Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Why Knit In?

What do you get out of your knit group? Why go?

Really, who among is isn't perfectly content knitting alone? I could happily knit about eight hours a day in complete solitude except for maybe a well-behaved cat and some good movies or a book.

When the whole Stitch N'Bitch knitting revival thing developed, I began hearing about knit ins. I'd actually been out of knitting for a bit, recovering from a bad case of knitter's elbow, probably from knitting about eight hours a day in complete solitude.

I trekked down to the local knit in, project in hand, and feeling like a complete goob. Maybe it was because they were an established group, maybe it was my social anxiety, but the whole thing felt really cliquish. I felt too much like the new girl in first grade saying, "Hi, can I play with you?" Actually, I couldn't even manage that. I was more like the girl standing on the edge of the playground waiting for someone, anyone to say hello. I went back one more time, then gave up.

I decided knit groups weren't for me. I may have grumbled something about "Kumbaya knitting," so my friends say.

Suddenly, I find myself attending two weekly knit ins, in addition to the monthly guild meeting.

I don't exactly know how it happened. I think I decided it would build character for me to push myself out there and knit-with-others. I know that I came home with some great stories to share with LB.

And it has been good for me, but I still have to watch myself. As someone who began knitting in the pre-SNB era, garter stitch scarves do not blow my mind. As a teacher, I have to bite my tongue not to give unasked-for advice. I've gotten over the first hurdle and am on the playground, but playing nice with others, that builds character too, I guess.

So, I'm off to Knit Night tonight and to hell with the character building. Sometimes there's pizza and scandal.

The blue thing in the photos is another sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. Begun and knitted in solitude. Its mate will begin at a knit in. In the end, no one, not even I, will be able to tell them apart.


Annie said...

I'm always looking for a good knit-in, but none of them take place during the day when I can play. At night I have to leave homework and bed time and sports practices... bah, humbug.

7-letter Deborah, never a Deb said...

There are some during the day, I think. Look at the GSLKG knit-in page: