Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta
Knitting is generally a solitary activity, but with events like World Wide Knit in Public Day, the popularity of Stitch and Bitch groups, Ravelry, Knitting Guilds and Knit Nights at private homes, churches and shops knitting is becoming a group event. People who knit are like many other groups and what is more fun than getting together with like minded people to do something you all enjoy. Knitting with a group is a great way to get help, comments, and an outlet to talk about all things knitting. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with already established groups consider joining a group, but if you are not near a knitting group consider starting your own group, joining an online discussion group or knitting social network.
To start your own group you may consider enlisting the aid of a local yarn shop as a meeting place or a place to hang flyers about meeting times. A local shop has the advantage of being a place with an already engaged audience, nearly everyone who enters is already interested in knitting and probably would be interested in meeting other knitters. Another lovely place to start a group is a coffee shop, many such groups start out as one person coming in regularly to knit and being joined by a friend, and other like knitters join them once they realize the knitters are there on a set schedule. If the coffee shop has a bulletin board place a flyer and make sure someone shows up at the alloted time. There is also on the internet a site called Meetup.com, it is a place to advertise your group, it allows you to put a meeting time and place in and when someone searches their site for knitting “meet-ups” and their zip code and your meeting will pop up.
The joy of having your own group is that you can make it as formal or informal as you please, but if you prefer something more formal the Knitting Guild of America has an educational emphasis that might appeal to you. The Knitting Guild of America has local guilds that meet and although the order of meetings will vary there are generally dues, a lesson, help with specific problems, and show and share. Some guilds plan field trips if a local museum is having a show regarding textile arts or knitting specifically. Other guilds bring in recognized experts to teach workshops or classes.
If you live in rural area where getting a group together is a hardship or you just don’t have the time or inclination to sit and knit in a group the internet offers many opportunities to share your love of knitting. One way is to join BellaOnline knitting forum, the more the merrier, we share ideas about knitting, ask each other for help, talk about what we are knitting, and just talk about knitting. Another online group is Ravelry, it is a place to list projects, join in discussions, and more.
Whether you want a formal group or an informal stitching session with friends there are plenty of opportunities available.