It wasn’t until I started knitting again (about a year ago) that I realized I had stopped. I’ve been a yarn and needle girl since childhood, was an avid knitter through high school and college making Fair Isle sweaters and big bulky reindeer sweaters that I wore skiing and horseback riding. I was never without a project.
And then my mother – my favorite knitting pal – died, and I stopped. Just stopped. I didn’t even put all this together until I started knitting again, ten years later.
I wish she were still alive because she wouldn’t believe what’s changed. The circular needles! Knitting “top-down”! Washable wools! Hand dyed yarns! In my mind, I talk to her about it all the time.
When a friend asked me to teach her two 12 year old girls how to knit, together they learned to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, and then, how to make tiny hats for premie babies born at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
It was fun. And as I’ve made a commitment to myself to volunteer in the community and spend time away from the screen, I’ve decided to start a knitting circle.
In DC? From June 15 until August 16, on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm, I’ll host a Knit Together at my upper NW home. I can accommodate up to 6 people (any age, but under 16 must be accompanied by a parent). Bring your projects if you’ve got ’em. We can admire, assist and appreciate each one. And if you have never knit, I’ll teach you how using materials I have on hand.
If you’re interested in participating, send me an email via the contact form here on the blog or connect with me on Facebook. Select three Wednesday dates between 6/15 and 8/16 and I’ll let you know the details by return mail.