I didn't go to any knitting group for a few reasons. The one that I have tried, was well, a hen party. There were four other 20 something women and myself in attendance. I thought I would give it a try. First, I hate Knitting. I know, this is a Men Who Knit Web site; however, I love to crochet. I find it therapeutic. Plus, on days when I want to kill people, it is a way I talk myself down from the dark side. Loop, pull, loop, pull, one, two, three... Ahh... Yes, therapeutic.
So, my first experience was a dud. Not only am I a boy, but I am a crocheter. Of course, this was a bad thing in the yarn shop. I mean who comes to a yarn shop to crochet??? And all the yarn one wastes, knitting is much better. Yes, this was actually said by one of the women.
Then a few weeks ago, I was on a yarn shopping spree. I selected a few shops and mapped my course with expert care as not to double back on myself across the south and west of Denver. I found a shop called A Knitted Peace. The lady was friendly and invited me to a Men's knitting group they were holding on Sunday. I said thank for the information. Bought some nice Berracco yarn that just came out to make something with. (That project failed btw...Sigh)... and left. But it got me thinking between that shop and the next that I should give it a go.
So, I went. I was pleasantly surprised. They were all nice and friendly and talked about projects and such. Not much banter about the problems of the world or if their child was going to need therapy because of something one parent did. It was simply men working with yarn: creating things and working out problems in patterns.
I continued on for the next few weeks until the lady at A Knitted Peace went back to work and couldn't host on Sunday. Frank stepped in and offered a new place down on Broadway, Fancy Tiger.
I have been passing by this place for the last 10 months on my way home. It seemed interesting. I was never around that point where I could stop and visit. Besides, it looked all crafty and such and not much in the way of yarns. But, again, I was surprised by the amount of quality yarn they have in stock. Natural fibers and the helpful staff was great. I bought some stuff that will end up a scarf for Cat. I think she will love it.
Frank and Jon attended today. Both were working on sweaters that looked great. I worked on a scarf I have going. The talk was decent and moreover, it was great connecting with gents who knit/crochet. Nothing formal, just getting together to do our wonders with yarn.
I hope we can keep it going.