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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Knitting Groups and Knitalongs

Would you like to breathe life into your knitting this summer? Are you looking to have more fun or infuse a sense of purpose into your knitting? Why not join a knitting group or start a knitalong?

Here at Close Knit, we host a weekly knit night on Wednesdays from six to ten p.m. Our group is friendly and welcoming with veterans and newbies alike and the lovely Adrienne is here to help you and ring up your purchases. Bring your own beverage or grab one from Mash Tun and join the fun.

You can also start your own group at home, in a cafe, or even outside in this beautiful weather. When my son was a baby, I got together with other mothers and we knitted while the babies played at our feet. These days, I join a diverse group of knitters and crocheters who meet in a variety of interesting locales. I get lots of knitting done, see what others are making and get inspired by the energy.
If you're looking to add a sense of purpose to your knitting, you can start or join a knitalong. Close Knit has copies of Portland author Larissa Brown's beautiful book, Knitalong, which outlines the history of knitting together, discusses organizing knitalongs and has some great patterns and ideas.
Or, you might have seen yesterday's post on our Facebook page about knitting helmet liners for soldiers. Stop by, pick up a free copy of the pattern and join your friends for a knitalong.
Knitting groups and knitalongs are a wonderful way to make new friends, get inspired by others' projects and ideas or create items for a good cause. Join us at Close Knit next Wednesday or look into starting your own knitting group or knitalong. You will be amazed by the friendship, the rewards and the knitting that you will create.

Close Knit knit night photo courtesy of Chris Bittner Tolomei
Soldier hat liner photo courtesy of kae1crafts at

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