photo by elitatt
I think craft personality and knitting enthusiast Vickie Howell said it best. As a guest on Wendy Russell’s syndicated show, She’s Crafty, Vickie mentions that she was first drawn to knitting because of the sense of community she found with other knitters.
I felt the same way when I visited my local Stitch ‘n’ Bitch a few weeks ago.
I haven’t gotten out of the house much since Gabe was born. I mean, we go places, but usually the little guy is in tow. I know some families LOVE urban life, but deep down, I’m so over it. Everything feels like a chore when I have to factor in a child, so I rarely take the excursions I used to. I loved walking everywhere BG (before-gabe), but now I feel faced with ridiculous obstacles. (Our stroller doesn’t even fit through the doors of our brownstone apartment building.)
It was nice to get out of the house on my own and feel “normal” again (whatever that means). Not so much normal as familiar, like “yes, I do indeed know how to traverse the city on my own” unlike the feeling of juggling a fussy infant or running into things with my city-friendly-but-still-too-bulky stroller.
Let me just start by saying, I love knitters (and crocheters…and even the occasional cross-stitcher, but I don’t meet them often and honestly it doesn’t really roll off your tongue). The women in this group come from all walks of life and there’s no pretentions or struggles to fit in. We all simply share our love of yarn craft.
Of course I spent plenty of time chatting about my son (he’s never far from my mind, even when he’s not with me) and getting tips and tricks from other moms in the group. Tips like how to make my much loved, but too-quickly-outgrown baby knitting projects go further (Protip: Knit time-consuming, intricate detail separate from the garment you’re working on and attach it after the fact. This way, you can recycle that beautiful knitwork when your child inevitably and quickly grows out of your newest creation).
Local crafting groups not only provide a sense of camaraderie, but also provide a concrete time to actually sit down and work on a project. As one of the knitters remarked, “I’ve knitted more in the last hour and half than I have over the last FIVE years!” Indeed, I almost finished one of the washcloths I was working on for a special someone (I’m knitting these to work on stitches, as I still consider myself a “nooby knitter.”)
There aren’t any more meetups scheduled until 2012, but you can bet come the new year I’ll be there, coffee in hand, to share some time and some crafting with a special group of women.
Check out meetup.com to find your own, local, crafty bunch of people to meet up with.