Goddess Knitters

19 May 2011


While I was designing Knit Night it brought to mind all of the great times I have had with my knit night friends. We have been together for about 7 years and even though some members have come and gone, the core group has remained constant. Our members differ in many ways; age, backgrounds, marital status, family dynamics, where we are in the different phases in life.
Our conversations will range from family issues, books we are reading, movies we've seen, world events and everything (and I do mean everything) in between. Our group has quite a few strong personalities and so our discussions are pretty lively. There are agreements and "friendly" disagreements. We are a mixed bag of tricks!

But what we ALL have in common is our love for the world of fiber. Anytime anyone buys a new skein of yarn or finds a new pattern it's show and tell time. If someone needs help with a technique or has a questions about the interpretation in a pattern, there is always someone in our group that can help. I love my knit night group!

Now here's the contest! How would you like to win a copy of Knit Night AND a skein of Bling (the yarn used for the design)? Lorajean of the Knitted Wit and I would love to hear about your knit night.

Do you have a knit night (day, or afternoon) group? I would love to here about yours. What is your favorite knit night memory? How did your group come to be? What do you talk about?

Leave your memories in the comment section below between now and Sunday midnight (pacific time) and we will choose 2 winners! First prize is a skein of Bling and a copy of the pattern, the runner up will receive the pattern! We will post the winners on Monday! Can't wait to hear all about you!

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  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger Nadine said…

    My Wednesday nite knitting group is awesome. They inspire me to knit beyond previous boundaries.

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger socks and said…

    I have two knit nights. One I started and one I joined. The one I started is at the local library and a very cozy and consistent group. Same faces almost every week. We talk about family things mostly and the two that drive the special ed kids talk about the students and who's driving when. Knitting does happen.
    The other group is at the LYS about 25 miles away and is a very diverse and lively group, faces come and go but the conversation runs the gambit.
    My best friends have grown out of these two groups and I know when I move I'll be taking them with me in my heart (and on the internet). I love my knit buddies.

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger hot pink socks said…

    My knitting night takes place on Thursday nights, now having said that, we are usually close enough to a TV for us all to watch Grey’s Anatomy followed by Private Practice all while knitting. For the last two years I have been a Resident Director (‘Dorm Mom’) to 196 young college aged ladies at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville KY.
    I was so excited to be able to teach several young ladies how to knit. As most would agree, you have those who come once in a while and you have those that come once and politely say, ‘thanks anyways.’ However, the best part of our group was the 20 ‘die hard’ new knitters. They would come to group and we would usually sit in the dorm lobby and share all about what we were knitting, who joined Ravelry that week and who had a monster test coming up. I have come to cherish each and every one of those girls as if they were little sisters. I remember our first Knit Picks order, I ordered everything on my credit card and the girls just paid me. You would have thought it was Christmas in November! We had 4-5 large boxes come in to the campus mail room all in my name. As we sat that next Thursday night and I promptly handed out yarn, needles, project bags and stitch markers, I knew I would never find a better group of girls again. Now some have gone on and graduated or transferred to other schools, but they all are so proud to show me there newest projects on Raverly each time they post. I even have a few that drop in when they are in town on a Thursday night just to brag to the other knitters that they were one of the first.
    I think the best part of my knitting group is that I, through what I love to do, have been able to pass the timeless craft of knitting down to these girls who in turn will hopefully share that same love with there friends.

    ~Stephanie Lewis~

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger Kassia said…

    My knitting group gets together on Thursday evenings at our LYS. One of my favorite things about our group is how welcoming everyone is...and no one minds if I miss a week or two (I work evenings and sometimes get scheduled on Thursdays), they just welcome me back. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging. Plus, my Sock Summit buddies, Alice (yes *that* Alice) and Judith, go to the same group!

  • At 2:08 PM, Blogger PNWBookGirl said…

    Our Wednesday night group is where we come to share our latest projects in progress and especially finished ones. Everyone gives out a cheer if you finish while all together. We fluctuate in size from six to almost twenty some nights.

    Thankfully the eating area at Whole Foods can accommodate the different sizes. People talk about their latest projects, yarn finds, upcoming classes at Sock Summit but also things they are doing at work or home. There's also comparison's of who they like on American Idol by those who watch.

    They also love it when we assemble the goodie bags for the WWKiP or WWSiP events I organize. ;-)

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Watercolor said…

    I started a knitting night on Thursdays but it's having a hard time.... My LYS closes at 5 every day so we can't meet there and finding a place has been tough. And getting people to come has been tough. Too many kid things going on for people I guess.... :-/ Wish I could find one or a group that would attend more consistently. When we *have* met, it was great to talk and laugh and learn from each other.

  • At 9:55 PM, Blogger pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said…

    Knit nite! I'm in a group with Lorajean. She is a doll! The group has been knitting together since 2007; we started as an intarsia class with Leigh Radford, and moved on from there. I love my knit nite friends; we are varied ages and styles, but we all love to knit.

  • At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love my Knit Night!
    The White Marsh Knitting Gals meets at the Panera Bread on Tuesday nights in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. We started out small…just three of us and now, having celebrated our 1st anniversary in November 2010, we are up to 12 ladies who meet with some regularity (28 members on our Ravelry group!)…
    My favorite Knit Night memories usually have to do with our extra-curricular activities such as potlucks or a Knitting Noel (Christmas Party at my place where we did a Secret Santa). I love how we learn and grow together and share our passions. One member started spinning…brought her wheel into Panera and everything! The next thing you know, two more members get their own wheels….then two more…we have now have about 6 of our members who have spinning wheels now…and we are not ashamed to spin in Panera!
    Topics of conversation may span across movies, books, tv shows to jobs, family, weightloss, sex… basically ANYTHING.
    I love the women of my Knit Night group. If I happen to not make it one Tuesday…the rest of my week is usually off. They are special to me.

  • At 8:49 AM, Blogger Andrea said…

    My KnitSibs & I meet every Thursday. We call ourselves the Sequins (if you make a mistake, put a sequin on it.) We also have a yearly retreat in Oct. It's such an inspiring group of women.

  • At 11:03 AM, Anonymous momwhoknits said…

    My knit night is a little different. Several years ago I was asked to teach knitting at the local women's centre. This centre focuses their services on all women, but low-income, homeless and new immigrant women have found the centre to be a source of support and information critical to their lives. Frankly, I wasn't quite sure how this would all come together - but it has. Many of the women new to Canada have knitting experience from their childhood and are delighted to pick it up once again. For many of the women, this puts some joy and escape into lives that often eem (to me at any rate) dreary and hard. And of course, there is the universal pride that comes from making something with your own hands.
    We have cobbled together yarn and needles through donations and a very small budget and I have put together a list of easy knits (for new knitters) that includes scarves and hats (this is Calgary in Canada and it gets stupid cold here). But some of the women come with huge ambition for lacework or colour work and I try to help them get there.
    Through trial and error, I developed a method to teach casting on that most women pick up very quickly - even with very limited English skills.
    I have taught young moms who want to make something for their babies, women who really need a warm hat and an 87 year old woman to make slippers for herself and her friends (in fairness, she already knew how to knit, but came to the centre looking for friendship). And as they are learning knitting skills, I learn about their lives and what rare privilege I have to be able to listen to them and their successes and struggles.
    Over the years, some of the same women return every fall (we run fall and winter), while others come and go. I always wonder about the ones that disappear and if they keep up with their knitting.

  • At 5:17 PM, Blogger knitter said…

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  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger knitter said…

    knitter said...
    We meet Sundays at 1 at a local eatery, Papa San RIce Bowl. They have a private room that is round with a big round table and a door that you can shut that is glass. Even if it is shut people can see what we are doing. Our town is about 90,000 people and there is no LYS within 180 miles, so baby, this is it! Restaurant patrons are always talking about "those ladies at Papa San" and say things like "oh--you are one of those ladies from Papa San", like we are some kind of tainted women. They kind of walk by trying not to stare and sometimes their curiosity gets the best of them and they ask what we are doing. The little kids just come right up and ask. Sometimes we grab little kids to try things on them.
    Whenever someone comes up with a new project others want to do it too, so we end up with little KAL's. I used to belong to another group that is Ravelry based but I felt like I was cheating on my PapaSan group so I am now monogamous. We all either work for or are retired from a high school district of about 10,500 students. We talk about knitting. A lot. Mostly we talk about educational issues and especially about District Admin. A lot. Using very descriptive words. And how the world would be a better place if we could just get them all to knit.

  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Stariel said…

    I have had several knitting groups. When I lived in Boston I went to a few, and since I've moved back to Seattle I've had to find some here.

    They've all been very different, but I think my favorite story about my knitting group is from when I was a fairly new knitter. I had only been seriously knitting for a couple of months, and I decided I wanted to knit Rogue which was listed as having "advanced cables" - I had never knit a cable in my life. I went to knitting group and asked if I was crazy to attempt it, and my fellow knitters were so encouraging and told me that it didn't matter what the pattern said, I would be fine. I ended up knitting the sweater, and they were completely right. After that I wasn't afraid of trying anything knitting-related!

  • At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When I moved 1600 miles from home I knew the quickest way to feel at home was to join a knitting group which I did. This group immediately embraced me and made me feel like I have always been a part of the group. I love my knitting family.
    SantaFeLil on Ravelry.


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