updated 9/7/2004 7:38:10 PM ET 2004-09-07T23:38:10

This Monday night men’s club doesn’t watch football. Thirty to 40 young men in Altoona, Wis., meet to crochet.

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The Male Crochet Club formed about a year ago when one of the men learned the hobby from his girlfriend. A few guys got together, and word spread. Now there are members from virtually every area high school and college.

The guys crochet hats, afghans, doilies and bracelets.

North High School sophomore Samuel James said they also try to make original, fun stuff like slippers. James said crocheting is addicting.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student Andy Pamperin said it just seemed like a cool thing to do — something that’s not normal for guys.

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