Knitting Community Project :-)

Hi all!  I am new to this message board, but over the past few days I have read practically all the posts and it was truly wonderful to see how warm, helpful and friendly everyone was.  Let me tell you all a little about myself – my name is Joe and I am a 19-year-old sophomore at Villanova University.  I have only been knitting for about a year or so, but I have learned quickly and I have been knitting up great projects left and right.  I am a very creative person who loves to paint, sketch, sew and design.  After Villanova I hope to get my bachelors in Fashion Design.  Knitting, much to my initial surprise, has opened up a whole new world of creativity to me…if you can knit and purl you can create endless garments and patterns.  It is mind boggling to me that with the simplest of tools – essentially 2 sticks and string – one can create imaginative, complex, and stunning apparel. 

What strikes me most about knitting, however, is the tight knit (no pun intended) community of knitters.  In a world full of hostility, violence and despair we can still all find common ground through a simple craft that brings us all together.  Knitters share experiences that bind them together across the world – individuals young and old, male and female, rich and poor.  Language, race, gender and cultural barriers are broken down with this common bond.  It truly impresses me and I’m honored that I can share in this tradition with such great people. 

Last night as I was falling asleep a wonderful, rousing idea struck me.  As a knitter, I know just how many skimpy skeins of yarn I have lying around in the corners of my dorm, my closet and even my car – not even enough to make a knit cap!  After recently becoming inspired by a variety of patchwork quilts I have seen online, in books and in the city I thought it would be a fabulous idea to beseech all of you to knit up 4”x4” swatches of yarn, send them to me and I will seam them into a wonderful afghan representing the entire community of knitters.  How long would it take to knit a simple patch?  Minutes.  However, what a fabulous challenge for each knitter to express themselves as an individual in a 4”x4” swatch.  Use whatever yarn/materials/embellishments you wish.  It will be a dynamic piece of you that is unique from anyone who has ever knit before you.  The finished afghan (or perhaps 2 or 3 depending on the number of swatches received) would be a stunning arrangement reflecting the diversity and talent of our community.  This project would be a wonderful way for each of you to showcase your skills and to keep what some deem a “dying craft” alive and thriving.  Please email me at joseph.c.healy@villanova.edu for the mailing address where your piece can be sent.  I will personally reply ASAP.  Once the project is done pictures will be sent to all of you and put on message boards – you can see what became of your swatch and take joy in seeing how it works in harmony with the others from knitters just like you!  Thank you all so much and I can’t wait to get started on this project!  ~Joe

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20th August

Have just finished a prayer shawl for a very amazing nun friend of mine is is 60, blind and does Karate...It was my first go ant incorporating moss stitch and ended up looking really cool....but mu most exciting discovery has been finding out about freeform knitting, Have any of you guys heard of it? It is bloody amazing what you can do with it and what is really cool is that you can't really make any mistakes with it, as you don't use a pattern, you just knit by intuition, using a variety of yarns, stitches and even kneedle sizes. I've working on a piece that is eneding up looking really amazing, that I think will evolve into a bag, I'll try to post some pictures of it when , I've done a bit more.

Chat Box

Just wondering does anyone ever use it? Every time I look it says it's empty. Also I wonder who all the guests are each time I log on there are always a few. Do any join? Must do, that's how I joined!

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Knitting group

Hey guys just woundering if there are any guys from Melbourne who would like to start a kniting group?

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Starting a Knitting Group

Barry mentioned in another post that he may give up trying to start a knitting group due a lack of response.

I think that statement is a good starting point for another discussion - How does one start a knitting group?

Like any grassroots community organizational effort, you gotta spread the word! Within a week of learning to cast-on, I started Men Who Knit. I posted ads on Craigslist and other knitting message boards, wherever I could find an audience.

On the local scale, I'd suggest contacting your local yarn stores and asking if they'd be willing to put up a flyer, place small cards on their counter, or anything of that nature to publicize your efforts.

On your marketing collateral, make sure to welcome beginners and the curious. Teaching someone to knit isn't difficult and imparting instruction only serves to build a lasting impression with those you assist, as well as serving your efforts to build a group.

If you see another knitting group advertised, contact them and see if any of them would be interested in getting together at a different time. There was a point when HMAlbert and I were hitting up 3 a week. We found that most people frequented multiple groups.

Knit in public and always have an extra ball of yarn and some needles on you. When the curious approach, ask if they've got a few minutes and offer to teach them a few things. If they don't have time, pass on your email address and suggest getting together at a later date.

Contact seemingly unrelated groups of people and pitch knitting as something that might augment their current activities. The yoga/meditation crowd is a prime example of this. Quite a few books have been written linking knitting to spiritual or mind-body practices. Target a flyer to the group you're trying to attract and cite references which appeal to them.

I'm sure others have good ideas, too... Let's hear 'em!

Yarn Coucil classes

Knitting/Crocheting Class sheduled at FIT

Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructor program
Sept 9-11, 2005
Friday 6-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 10am-3pm
Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue @ 27th Street
NYC
cost $125

I'm hoping to be there!

Annie Modesitt & September Renaissance Knitting Faire

Join Annie Modesitt as she brings her teaching, designing and knitting talent to Stratford, Connecticut again this September 16-18 for the World's First Renaissance Knitting Arts Faire! It's Knitted Millinery time! Hats and head coverings were very popular during the Renaissance and you will be learning the fine art of creating a hat from crown to brim to adornments. There will be many other classes offered also - from socks to soakers, lace both knitted and crocheted, several different styles of bags, drop spindle spinning, bobbin lace making - classes for both beginners and experienced fiber artists! Renaissance costume is optional. Weapons must be checked at the door. Verily! All the details, plus the registration form for the Renaissance Knitting Arts Faire in Merry Olde Stratford, CT, are now available on the Fabric of Life Retreats web site ( www.fabricofliferetreats.com )! Click on Current Events, and then look for the links to the class descriptions and the registration form. Please note the Early Bird Discount - we encourage you to register for your favorite classes quickly, as the number of students per class is limited and we don't want you to miss out on your favorites! Any questions, email us at info@fabricofliferetreats.com. We look forward to meeting you at the Faire!Allison Jacobs & Lisa Sarfaty for Fabric of Life Retreats

Men's Issues

Hi boys,
Did you know that the current issue of www.knitty.com is all guys stuff? John from The Point has a design in there.
Also the knitting magazine put out by Vogue knit:1 is publishing a men's issue in Novenmber.
Enjoy,
Martin

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Knit Shops in Pasadena and L A.

I'll be in Pasadena next week, so if you provide Gabriel with information on here, it will help both of us. Thank you.

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Knit Shops in L.A. and Pasadena???

Hello boys,

Just wondering if any of you in the L.A. area have favorite knit shops....I'm headed there this week and would love to check them out!!?!?!?! Please send a message if you know where I should go.

Thanks for your time.....Gabriel

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