Friday, May 31, 2013

Yarning For U-Knitty: How To Start A Knitting Club

Over the past month and a half, Thursday nights have been my favourite. I arrive at my church, pull some chairs out of the closet. I arrange them in a circle, then settle in to wait for the others. I pull out my yarn, my crochet hook, my scissors if I need them. For about an hour and a half, I let my fingers dance while I listen, talk, share.

Approximately 8 of us have started up this 'knitting' club. It's a surprising group, too! The average age is about 23, and we're missing the stereotypical grandmotherly knitters. This is just a touch disappointing - they would have so much to teach us. As it is, many of us are still learning. I've taught one to crochet, and helped others as they struggled with their hooks and patterns that seemed alien to them. Another is learning to knit, discovering yarn-overs and fancy, fuzzy yarns. I, myself, am taking the opportunity to get back to knitting, to push myself to try a sweater for real, for once, now that I have access to a little hand holding and someone who is more knowledgeable than myself.

But first, I need to finish this project.

Photo, from my phone, snapped by a fellow yarner.

It's a blanket in a beautiful, almost 'reversible' pattern and I'm so close to finished. Unfortunately, as with every crocheted blanket I've ever made, the last part is the most painful part: working in all those ends, one at a time, laboriously, without cutting corners. It's such an important part - I did cut corners once, working the ends in minimally and snipping them off. I paid for it in all the holes I had to fix when I pulled it out of the dryer following its first wash. But, I will be so happy to finally work in that last long tail.



 I hope to be able to share this project with you properly next week, when I have finally finished it. Until then, I'm going to suggest something crazy. You could start a knitting club too. True, you need a few fellow knitters to get involved. But it's not hard, not in the least.

How to Start a Knitting Club
  1. Ask your friends, particularly those you know have an interest in knitting. Ask the ones who don't have an interest too. They might want to learn!
  2. Find a place that is easy for the majority to get to. If you belong to a church, ask if you can use one of the classrooms! It's a good neutral place to meet that doesn't put any pressure on a host. Or, see if one of the people interested might offer up their living room.
  3. Set a time and a day of the week. 
  4. On that time and day of the week, show up at the decided-upon location with your knitting bag in tow.
  5. Knit! Or crochet. Or, if you'd rather, quilt! Or, maybe do some beading. A knitting club doesn't have to be just knitting.
See? Easy!

10 comments:

  1. My friend let me join her stitching club and I LOVE IT. We do any sort of handcrafts, mainly it's knitting and embroidery and eat food and talk about stuff. It's great.

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  2. I love the pattern of that blanket, I can't even imagine how much work + love has gone into it :)

    My friend has been trying to teach me to knit+crochet for the last ten years, but because we live so far apart, it's difficult to get some sessions going, though it's something I'd love to learn to do (i just like busy hands, something about it is relaxing and fulfilling).

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  3. I kind of love this :) My grandma has always been a knitter - I can't even count how many scarves we have of hers! My friend decided to knit socks for Christmas presents last year. She wore a pair once when she was visiting and my cat just loved them and would not leave her feet alone haha

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  4. Hooray for blankies! Unhooray for weaving in ends.


    Ravelry's also a great resource for finding knitting groups or meetups in your city (or for attracting more to your current group). There are quite a few regular ones in my immediate area.

    I'm more of a solitary knitter though. I already have three planned weekly activities (two sports, one gaming), so adding a fourth might overwhelm me a bit. I like to knit while waiting for dinner to BBQ, or watching TV with boyfriend. I'm not against the idea of a group, and learning/talking with like-minded people can be great, but for now I'm happy with knitting as 'me' time.



    Also, did you change your comment system, or is that just a Disqus update? I used to be able to include a link with my name/be linked to my google/blogger account without being signed in to Disqus, but now I either have to be a 'guest' or use a Disqus account. Weird.

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  5. It's the Disqus update and it makes me very sad. I resisted their 'Disqus 2012' update for ages, but then they forced me over and I've been seriously considering ditching them altogether. I try to visit the blog of every person that comments, and it was always so easy before doing it through my comments. So, grrr... the changes frustrates me!

    I'm on Ravelry! (Username SomethingMore if you want to connect!)

    I'm still a solitary yarner too! I try to pull out my crocheting at least twice a week, especially with this project on the go, and sometimes I get on a role and it's every night. Sounds like you've got a lot going on, so I can totally get not wanting to add yet another thing! I appreciate the knitting group a lot less on the nights I'm tired and feeling under-rested. That's the introvert in me...

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  6. Socks are hard! I have never made socks, though I have two pairs of socks that my mom made and they're pretty much my favourite socks in the world, tiny cables and all!

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  7. Thank you! I can't wait to share it in all it's pretty orange and turquoise glory!


    The trick I find for knitting and crocheting is constant practice practice practice! I'm the only crocheter in the group and they always comment on how fast I go. But, it's all muscle memory from making the exact same twists and pulls over and over and over again. Anyone can crochet with enough practice. :D

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  8. It sounds wonderful!


    We skip the food part because that makes it just a little extra complicated and I love it because it's not complicated. Though, maybe I should stop by the bulk barn next week for some nibbles... That's no complicated, right?

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  9. Daniela DuriavigJune 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Love the blanket! I like to do a little knitting now and then, but I
    bet if I had some company I would get at it way more often. Great idea
    to join a group!

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  10. At ours we do end up with more and more food each week, because nobody wants to turn up empty handed!

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