Learning how to knit was the first step of #5. Actually knitting on a regular basis takes time and patience, both of which I have in limited supply. And since I announced I had learned to knit (again) as part of my Relish List, friends have been piping up to also learn. It occurred to me this is a great excuse to gather friends and work on my new hobby.
I started telling friends I wanted to start a Stitch and Bitch and some of my friends were pretty excited about it. Most didn’t know how to knit either and honestly, I am not confident enough to start teaching others. Luckily Jennifer was on board for teaching even more people. When I looked at my calendar, I decided once a month was often enough to meet without being overwhelming and “last Sunday of the month” had an easy way to remember scheduling. Even though this particular “last Sunday of the month” was Memorial Day, I decided to push forward and host, since the next meeting date wouldn’t be until June 30th. I figured those who could join would come over and those who couldn’t could come at a later date.
After the conversation on the night in question, it’s safe to say: this is not your grandma’s knitting club.
Seriously, this is the theme we have set for ourselves. Put five women in a room with knitting needles, some yarn, and some tasty vegetable dip and hilarity will ensue. At least that’s what happened for us. I wanted to make sure the focus was on knitting, so after a quick lesson from Jennifer, we started knitting and then great conversation. We began to share stories, distracting enough we’d lose our place (and then make awesome inside jokes from our knitting shortfalls). When the night was over, we were all proud of the little swatches we had created, even if there were holes, extra stitches, or crooked patterns. We took pictures (with pride) and talked about the next meeting (it’s June 30th, for those interested in joining).
Overall, I was excited for just scheduling the first meeting, rather than waiting until a less traveled weekend (because let’s be honest, someone always has something going on every weekend). Stitch and Bitch was by far one of the highlights of my weekend, I’ve already found myself using it as a tool to calm my nervous hands while watching sports (GO BLACKHAWKS).
Who knew old ladies had all the fun?
Do you have a knitting club? Do you have fun names for your ladies, or is this just us?