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How I rediscovered my love of knitting, at work!

Some of the doll clothes April Dillinger knitted at Willard's A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Cllub.
A knitter made a mini-me of Kal, Everyone's Pal.
I was an avid knitter when I hired in at Willard. I knit everything from socks to shawls. I even attended a couple of knitting conventions in Chicago.

Nearly three years ago, I had my daughter. Life got exponentially busier! This working mama, like most, rarely has time to do anything extracurricular. I order books for the crafting section, and the library owns hundreds (no exaggeration) of knitting and crocheting books. I would check out these beautiful knitting books, take them home, and they would sit in a pile until I brought them back. It was very disheartening

Fast forward a year or so. The suggestion for a weekly knitting group was brought to us by a community member looking to connect with other knitters in the area. The library was exploring more hands-on programming. Being a prior knitter, I was asked to organize one of the sessions. I immediately said "yes!"

The group took off and quickly expanded to include crocheters and a second gathering was added. We've even had members bring in their spinning wheels and spin yarn.

I soon realized there are some very talented people in Battle Creek. Many of the men and women who attend the groups have been knitting most of their lives. They often bring in finished projects for show and tell.

Recently, a member crocheted a doll to resemble our security officer, Kal, Everyone's Pal. Their creativity is so inspiring.

I'm happy to say I'm back in my knitting groove and have found a passion for knitting doll clothes. More importantly, the success of this group has opened the door to other meetups, crafting classes, and topical programming at the library.

Peek at our events calendar. I think you will be surprised at all, we offer.

A Good Yarn: Knit & Crochet Club meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. downtown and 6:30 p.m. at the Helen Warner Branch. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

April Dillinger, head of acquisitions and technical services, is reading The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian and listening to Delta by Mumford & Sons.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020