Image from Distance Knitting.
I found this photo via Google Images this morning and used it as an illustration over at RevGalBlogPals, for a FreeForm Wednesday Festival.
I.LOVE.IT!!!!!! It makes me think of a crazy quilt! It's everything I love about knitting; colorful, various, surprising, textured, and beautiful. Delicious, in fact.
I was thinking of knitting anyway, because (let's face it) I think of knitting a lot. And because Monday was the monthly knitting meetup at Barnes and Noble.
Monday morning before work I was looking at the front page of the newspaper...then I turned to the inside front page and was shocked to see the following at the top of the page:
7 p.m. - Mary Beth Butler welcomes crafters to her knitters' monthly meeting at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2201 S I-35E. Call (BN phone number) or visit www.bn.com.
I sort of squawked and DH said, "What!?" I showed him. He was impressed. "You did it all by yourself!" he said.
Well, no, not really. In December I started a group on Meetup.com, which BN agreed to host. They suggested our first meeting be in January (fine with me) and they have done a great job of publicizing it in their in-house newsletters, with signs in the store, and apparently in the newspaper! I had no idea!
I told the group on Monday night that I'd like to think of a different name...it's not MY group, really! I am not teaching lessons; I just wanted some folks to knit with. Also, the other things in that column are titled more descriptively: Lions Club, Toastmasters, Duplicate Bridge Club, Alcoholics Anonymous...So I'm taking nominations for names.
In further amazing news, one of the women in the group said she worked at my university. (Well, lots of us work there...it's a college town.) But I asked what department...turns out she is an ESL teacher in the department where I work! She has worked there 3 years but I had never met her. We talked about a weekly knitting meeting in her office at lunchtimes...
Knitters, they are everywhere!
Then first thing this morning, a friend at work said to me, in an ominous tone, "I need to talk to you." Nervously, I followed her into her office (she works directly for my boss so I was a little nervish).
"What can I do for you?" I asked, and she said, happily, "I need you to to teach me to KNIT!"
Phew....that worked out well! She's going on vacation next week and wants to get a start before that.
I said, great, told her what supplies to get, and went on about my day. Later in the afternoon I walked into the hall, where she and two more co-workers were gathered. They said, "We ALL want you to teach us to knit!" First friend had already gone out at lunch to pick up needles and yarn!
So tomorrow at the noon hour, you may find me and three lovely ladies in my office with sticks and string, headed down the path. God bless 'em!
That's the other thing I love about knitting: the community it creates. You can do it by yourself, and that can be a lot of fun, but there's something about knitting with others that's just a gas.