Among the local women who contributed to the knitting drive are, from left, Nancy Wagner, Karla Spinks, Judy Gilliam, Nicci Polakowski, “Grandma” (a.k.a. Joan Glenbin), Christine Schapfel, Mervi Bannasch, Amy Pipho and Joann LaMire. Not pictured is Carla Goode.
Among the local women who contributed to the knitting drive are, from left, Nancy Wagner, Karla Spinks, Judy Gilliam, Nicci Polakowski, “Grandma” (a.k.a. Joan Glenbin), Christine Schapfel, Mervi Bannasch, Amy Pipho and Joann LaMire. Not pictured is Carla Goode.

Monday visitors to the usually quiet Caestecker Public Library often hear a steady stream of sounds coming from its first-floor meeting room.

You might hear the click of needles, if you listen carefully; but you’re more likely to hear the boisterous banter of the knitters themselves.

Soon, because of the generosity of the local knitting group that meets there weekly, their handiwork won’t just be heard, but seen, too.

Inspired by self-described “compulsive knitter” Joann LaMire, the confident crew of women created items to donate to children in need in Green Lake County. ...

And before the warm, sometimes woolly, often colorful mittens snuggle the fingers of area youngsters, everyone will have the opportunity to view the lovingly crafted wear.

In that very library room where the women gather to spin yarns (figuratively) and knit yarns (literally), their months of hard work will be displayed during a reception Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Read the full story in the Nov. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.