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Knitting weaves group together at Maple Lawn coffee shop

Knitting weaves group together at Maple Lawn coffee shop

Every Friday at 2 p.m., one of the tables by the windows at Sidamo Coffee and Tea in Maple Lawn morphs into a miniature garment district. It's a clear sign that members of the Columbia Sip & Knit have assembled to make merry. They drift in, toting cheery bags laden with the tools of the trade — knitting needles, patterns and yarn — as they set out to make their own low-key fashion statements and enjoy company and conversation with other knitters.

There's more to knitting than the quality of basic eye-hand coordination. For Jane Pearce, 58, it also gives her an opportunity to apply her mental acumen. Breaking down patterns, declared the North Laurel resident, "is...

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