In August 2015, I went out to dinner with a group of women. We usually get together once a month for dinner and catch up on all sorts of things. Some of us are work colleagues. Some are relatives. Some are friends. It’s a great opportunity to get together and share life’s joys and challenges.
One of the women pulled out a little bag and started knitting. She was making socks. This was fascinating to me. I had learned how to knit and purl as a child, but had never made anything, thinking that it was for big projects like sweaters. Or boring projects like scarves. But socks! This was a project I could do. A small project that I could take anywhere. This was brilliant!
It turns out our local yarn shop has clubs, and she was part of sock club. The store owner picks 4 sock patterns for the year. When you sign up for the club, you get a little project bag, and each quarter, you get yarn and a pattern.
I was so excited that I went to the yarn store the very next day that it was open. The owner would not let me sign up for sock club. I did convince her to let me sign up for fingerless glove club.
The shop also has a knitting circle that meets a few times a week. As a homemaker, this was a great opportunity to get out of the house and meet some women. I attended every week. This was very dangerous! I saw so many beautiful projects that others were working on. The shop had knit alongs as well. Of course I wanted to make everything!
I was curious about fair isle, and lace. I wanted to make socks and shawls. I needed a project on big needles. I needed a project that was challenging. I needed an easy project to work on while watching tv. So of course I always had 5 projects going at once and joined 2 clubs this year and a knit along.
I’ve slowed down now. The newness has worn off. I have fallen behind in shawl club and sock club. I won’t be joining any clubs next year. That’s ok. I won’t stop knitting. I have found a rhythm. I don’t need the clubs. I know that I will make socks in summer. shawls in fall. Sweaters in winter. I’ll join knit alongs that look interesting.
If you are looking for something to keep your hands busy while you watch tv, or something to challenge your mind or creativity, or a handmade gift for someone, or a new social outlet, check out your local yarn shop. I’ve also found a knitting circle at my library, that I attend during the summer.