Knit Night

Well, I finally made it to a Wednesday night knitting session.  It wasn’t the one that meets at Panera’s – I still hope to make it there one of these days – but it was in Charlottesville.  You see, I’m in the Junior League and each year, one month we skip the general membership meeting and instead, each member chooses one of several cottage meetings.  Cottage meetings, you say?  Yep.  They’re very informal sessions, all over the city, throughout the month, at different venues or homes, with topics to suit any interest, and schedules to suit all agendas. 

I won’t fib; I’d originally signed up for a stampin’ night early in the month, just five miles from home.  However, that was cancelled, and when I dug a little deeper into the offerings, I found the “learn to knit” night, and once I actually read the fine print, it was clear that those already in the knitting know were welcome too.  

I don’t have photos, mostly because I’m too chatty to shut up and point and click.  (Imagine, right?!)  There’s also the small matter that only one of the other women in attendance last night is on Ravelry, and none of them blog.  (Gasp!)  Given those facts, I figured they might find it strange if I dropped my knitting and took photos like a mad woman.  That, and honestly… learning to knit is stressful enough without worrying about what your hair looks like at 7pm or hoping that you weren’t making one of those frustrated looks that come with learning a new skill…

Anyway, trust me, we had a good time.  Three of us decided early in the evening that we’d like to turn this into our own knitting group.  (Easy choice, since all of us were in the non-beginner category.)  The one in Ravelry did message me today and say that nearly everyone else expressed an interest in a regular, monthly group too, so I’m going to track down the person who runs the craft group rumored to be in place.  If it will work for us to just mesh with them, great.  If not, away we go on our own knitting group adventure! 

 It was the first time I’ve even helped show someone how to knit.  There was a hostess, and there was someone who – bless her! – cast on and knitted five rows for each person.  She showed everyone the basic garter stitch, and then roamed the room to help as needed.  I unknowingly plopped down between two new knitters, so I got to help them along.  It was neat to watch them figure out how to hold the needles and then get their knitting groove on.  I only got three rows on my new hat project, but it was still a great night.

Speaking of which, I think I’m going to knit now.  Tomorrow, I’ll show you my scraped knuckles from carding.  My fleece isn’t decreasing as I card it.  I’m not even making a dent in it.  Of course, some of it is still damp.  Before it gets too dark outside, I might go see if more has dried so I can card some more…  Honestly, washing even a small part of a fleece and carding it by hand is enough to turn a girl off of spinning!

13 comments on “Knit Night

  1. Anita says:

    Ok, let’s see if this works now…. 🙂

    Sounds like a great night! I have a weekly group but I’m finding that is just too much. I have started going every other week. And we never seem to get much knitting done, too much talking, that’s probably how most knitting groups go.

    Now see, hearing you talking about washing and carding and whatever even before spinning, I’m thinking I just wouldn’t have the patience to do that! Then you have to spin it, ball it up and then knit it into something! Whew, my hats off to the ladies that do it!

  2. p3knitter says:

    Isn’t it nice to actually make it to a knitting night? I struggle and often never make on in my area.

  3. Anita says:

    Ok, trying again, I’m out of blogger…..

  4. Anita says:

    Ok, trying again… I’m out of blogger and I deleted all my internet history, maybe it’ll work????

  5. Anita says:

    I believe that WordPress is having a problem with blogger maybe…. go figure! At least I figured it out finally! 🙂

  6. Anita says:

    One more time to make sure… LOL

  7. Amanda says:

    Good for you for showing those newbies! Sounds like the hat would have been on hold soon enough anyway…

  8. Nancy says:

    i’m so glad you’re finding knit nights! and as for the spinning? lol. if it’s like work, it’s not fun!

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    Oh please, please try spinning with something pre-prepared and gorgeous! It makes all the difference in the world. If someone had made me go through all that my very first time, I’d have quit in a heartbeat too. Go look (humor me) at http://www.sakinaneedles.com and then tell me you’re not at least a little interested. ;-p

  10. Pretty hat. Is it for you? I hope your knit night works out. I am soo looking forward to rejoining my knit night next week, for the first time since December.

  11. fireflynights says:

    Knowing the duds you have in the JLC you should have known that they weren’t hip enough to blog.

    I carded through a two hour TV show and I don’t think my bag of fleece has gotten much smaller, either.

  12. Darcy says:

    I never thought i would be a good enough knitter to help others with their projects and never thought I would be in a knitting group.It’s fun to knit with others and be able to help them with their projects:)Hugs Darcy

  13. nichole says:

    Glad you had a good time – sounds like it was a lot more fun than you thought it would be!
    LOVE the new hat project!

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