Seniors show off their knitting, crocheting and ceramics skills at Civic Association clubhouse.

PHOTO: BLAIR STENVICK - Jean Heckler shows off a red ceramic pot she created as part of the King City ceramics club.King City is pretty quiet at 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning — except for inside the clubhouse of the King City Civic Association clubhouse, where a group of dedicated knitters and crocheters meet each week to put their talents to good use.

There's just one rule at this crafting club: No personal projects allowed. Every stitch these ladies make is to benefit someone in need in their community.

There are warm scarves and caps for Northwest Pilot Project, which helps low-income seniors find housing. There are afghans for the Veteran's Administration clinic in Portland. And there are baby blankets and clothing for the Caring Closet, which helps children and teen mothers in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Dee Schiavone, a longtime knitter and crocheter, said that for this group, "it's typical to have more than one project going at a time." Ann Carver is happy to knit scarves or blankets — "anything flat," she said, joking that she doesn't have patience for more complicated projects.PHOTO: BLAIR STENVICK - Shirley Russell works on a beanie that happens to perfectly match her outfit.

Carver held up her current project, a multi-hued scarf that's the perfect shape for draping over one's shoulders. "It's kind of different," she said as her friends made admiring comments.

"When you're getting older, you're trying to figure out how to fill your time," Schiavone said as she made the short walk from the clubhouse to the library, where the ceramics room is located. "That's when the art starts."

Upon entering the ceramics room, a large red pot, speckled with black spots, caught the eye. That's the handiwork of Jean Heckler, who spent three weeks shaping and firing the piece. "I am pleased with that," she said, grinning.

No experience is needed to join the ceramics club, which meets twice weekly. The artists partake in a range of different styles and media — for instance, Janelle Veith has spent the last year perfecting her free-form clay skills.

"It's a nice creative outlet," she said. "I like working with my hands … getting creative, getting my hands dirty."

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