Sunday, September 21, 2008

Discovering the pleasures of social knitting

I've been knitting now for, well, since before dirt was invented, I think. It's only recently that I discovered the concept of knitting groups, mainly by reading The Yarn Harlot, and more recently still that I went in search of such a group. To my disappointment, the one yarn shop in my town doesn't have a regular group like you read about in books like Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street. Last year some folks at the university where I work started a knitting club, but they meet in the evenings at a time inconvenient for me to drive home, feed the cats, get some dinner, and drive back, as I live 30 minutes away and I don't fancy eating dinner away from home and family just to go knit with others. I'd also discovered there was a knitting guild in town, and found out where and when they meet, but the last few months there was always something up on the same mornings when the guild met.

Finally, finally I took up an invitation I received some time ago to join Ravelry, and through their forums, discovered a knitting group in my own home town. This afternoon I made time to go and join them at the coffee shop where they meet. Aren't knitters a lovely bunch? This bunch was, too, and I can see I'm among experienced knitters and spinners. What fun! Pictures to come, I'm sure, as I get settled into the group some more. I have an invitation to the next knitting guild meeting, too. We talked knitting, cats, more knitting, babies, more cats, more knitting... a good time was had by all.

As for Ravelry itself, here's my profile.


knakedknitter said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. I just started a knitting group with my girlfriends and we are having a great time. I'm happy you found a fun group to knit and chat with. Knitters are fabulous people!

Lupie said...

I know just what you are talking about! I have a group I meet with this is our blog. We are all in education hence the name. My daughter started the blog so we could post meeting dates but it has become more. We even take "feild trips" to our LYS.
It is great fun!
I think I will start this as a topic.

Knitting Mummy said...

Hi wanted to say hello, you are so lucky you having a knitting group near you I can't find one anywhere.:-(
I look forward to coming back and reading your blog again.

Hissy Sttitch said...

Hey, Knitting Mummy -- have you tried using Ravelry to find other knitters in your area? Maybe you could be the one to start the group that everyone else has been wishing for!


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