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Iron County Knitting Group Provides More Than Needles and Yarn

IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) — The group helped welcome Elizabeth Greve when she moved to Michigan eight years ago. Knowing no one, she decided to join a local knitting and crocheting group at the West Iron District Library.

“I’m just amazed at how we’ve been welcomed into the community, into groups like this. The library is just beautiful,” Greve said.

The library says the program was designed to accommodate new members like Greve.

“Even though knitting and crocheting tends to be a solitary activity, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a weekly gathering, so it could turn into a social event,” said Stephanie Swenski, assistant director of the library and coordinator of programming.

While artisans work hard, they also find time to enjoy the company.

“To come together and have fellowship in our interests [is important]It’s just a stepping stone into our conversations,” Greve said.

Greve says the group will often meet outside the library to spend time together. Due to the pandemic, the group was unable to reunite in person for nearly a year.

“We all continued in our homes doing crafts or whatever we were interested in. I was very happy to get back together,” Greve explained.

Most of the group members are adults, but Greve says an 8-year-old girl participates when she can.

“She absorbs everything. She is so ready to learn how to crochet and knit. We welcome him with open arms,” Greve said.

Swenski says having a multi-generational activity goes beyond just learning.

“These people can become a mentor to these kids as they grow up, it’s really good to mix the ages whenever we can,” Swenski said.

The group meets at the Iron River Library every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Membership is free and all are welcome.

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