Recently, I have been thinking a lot about "knitting communities". Of course, there's Ravelry, the Mother of all online knitting communities. (If you're not familiar with Ravelry, it's like Facebook for Knitters if Facebook was created by a really cool couple - she knits, he codes - who are committed to actually creating a sense of community and not by some ruthless Harvard grad who is more interested in stealing ideas and information for his own profit.)
But what about real face-to-face, person-to-person knitting communities? Circles, Meetups, Groups, Stitch n' Bitches, whatever you may call them, groups of women (and men) who meet on a regular basis to knit, crochet, and spin together. Recently I posted on a Ravelry board that there is a knitting group that meets every day of the week (except for Sundays and Fridays) in Palm Beach County. And these are just the ones that are publicly posted. So I set out to visit each one throughout the month of March. Afterwards I posted a short review.
So here it is - the end of the month and to wrap it all up, I thought I would review the two knitting groups I frequent the most: Boca Raton Knit & Crochet, The Fiber Freaks of Boynton Beach.
The Knitting Garden in Coral Gables is a frequent carpool destination), celebrate a holiday or birthday, or watch a movie.
The staff at Starbucks is very friendly and accommodating (our favorite baristas treat us well). We usually take up a corner of the store and spread out over a few tables. There's always room to pull up another chair although the upholstered ones are usually the first to go. Conversation is sometimes loud and bawdy (depending on the participants) but always interesting. I always find myself looking forward to Thursday nights.
And that, my friends, is my Stitch n' Bitch Crawl. It was fun - I got to meet some new people, saw some old friends and knit in new places. I would urge every solitary knitter out there to try a group (or many groups). Everyone needs friends and knitting friends are sometimes the best of friends.