I think that knitting is a lovely hobby except sometimes it gets kind of lonely. Let’s face it — it’s a solitary activity. I don’t need my husband to count stitches with me or my friends to decide what colour to use next. And for the most part, people who don’t knit themselves, don’t care about knitting at all. So, I decided to start a new knitting group to hang out with other local knitters in the library. I have been to many knitting groups around the city, and all of them have their charm and special atmosphere but I figured that adding one more couldn’t hurt.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
(this month — September 10th and 24th)
7:15pm – 8:30pm
Program Room at Captain William Spry Public Library
This group will be open to all crafters — just bring your projects along. There is no need to sign up, it’s “drop-in” and free. Thanks to people who donated yarn, we will have a “community yarn stash” and needles that will be available to the group members. This might be interesting for people who knit for charity, new knitters or those who want to start knitting again but hesitant to invest in yarn and tools. Actually, anyone who is not knitting because yarn is not a priority on their budget is welcome to dig into this stash. And if someone needs a place to donate the yarn they “fell out of love” with, we would gladly accept it. (Provided the yarn is clean, not scratchy and doesn’t smell funny.)
If there is interest, I would like to start informal peer-to-peer tutorials about different techniques — tips and tricks that we learned over years and want to share with others. It also might help with the socializing, topics like “How to join yarn invisibly”, “My favourite cast-on method”, or “Frogging vs Tinking” can be good conversation starters. I personally love “Show and Share” thingie, when we can bring our finished objects and brag (or complain) about them. If someone struggles with the pattern or a project that became a hot mess, maybe someone in the group could help out.
Also, we could use library resources for printing out patterns, looking up techniques on youtube, or even borrowing knitting books. I also have a few donated books with vintage patterns — some people might like them. We are allowed to bring snacks, so maybe we could have some food there, too.
If some of the members would like to knit for charity, we could take a closer look at the Spryfield community — non-profits, schools, and churches in the neighbourhood that need hats, scarves, mittens or any other items.
If you know someone, who could be interested, please share this information with them. I would really appreciate your feedback, whether you plan to come or not. Do you attend any knitting groups and if so, what do you like about them the most?