Holiday elves work year-round, knitting and crocheting at Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild

“Many hands make light work” has been the mantra of the Laguna Beach Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild since its inception seven years ago. The volunteers’ mission is to create beautiful and practical knitted or crocheted gifts for the most vulnerable in LB and local communities.

Last month, members gathered to celebrate the season by packaging nearly 160 handmade knitted and crocheted items to donate to charitable organizations which serve disadvantaged youth, seniors, hospice patients, and developmentally-disabled adults.  

These organizations include Human Options, the Glennwood Housing Foundation, Susi Q Age Well Services and Case Management, the Friendship Shelter, and the Wayfarers Laguna Beach Youth Shelter.

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Photo by Jo Eckbad

Susi Q Needle Arts Guild

Back Row, l to r— Yves Newmen, Stephanie Masaki-Schatz, Roberta Luque

Front Row, l to r— Lisa Triebwasser, Jean Arovas, Adrienne Sheinwald

Gifts of blankets, scarves, gloves, hats, shawls, sweaters, baby garments, and yarn toys were also provided to emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, and homeless adults.

“It lets them know we are thinking of them,” said Jean Arovas, an organizer along with Maureen Buffington and Lisa Triebwasser.

This year the Guild extended its donations to include SoCal families of veterans and active military. 

The Guild meets the last Friday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Susi Q Center. New and experienced crafters are welcome to join. At the Jan 26 meeting, the Guild will provide free instruction and yarn to new members.  

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.

For more information, call the center at 949-464-6645 or contact Maureen Buffington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..