I can’t remember the exact date that I started to attend knit night; I think it was sometime in January or February of this year. I didn’t know it at the time, but making the decision to go really changed my life. I know that sounds silly, but first you have to understand that I am not an outgoing person. To go out of my way to attend something in which I did not know anybody was a lot for me to put out there.
I found out on ravelry that knit night is held every Thursday from 7-9 at Hyperion Espresso, a wonderful locally owned, one of a kind coffee shop in the historic downtown area. If you are looking for your own knit night, go to the ravelry link above and look for a group in your local area. Usually there is a knit night thread on the discussion board, but if there isn’t start one.
That first Thursday I timidly asked A. and D. if I could sit with them and knit. They were so gracious and made sure to include me in the conversation, catching me up on the relationships about whom they were speaking. I found out that J., another knit night regular was about to have her first baby. A. was knitting a cute pair of baby booties for the aforementioned baby. D. was working on a gauge swatch for a sweater using the most beautiful shade of peachy orange. I had brought a tank, which was a gift for my mom, to finish crocheting on the edging. We fell easily into conversation and the night was so enjoyable I decided to return the next Thursday, and the next, and so on. (as a side note I was really happy that we were all at a pretty similar stage in life, mid-twenties and could relate)
From a purely knitting perspective it’s wonderful to have people that know the craft to bounce ideas off, share patterns with, and discuss yarns. If you get stuck and need a solution there is always someone there who knows how to get you unstuck. But knit night is so much more than just knits and purls.
My new friends seem like old friends already. As we each arrive and take our seats around the table we are all abuzz with news from the previous week. Whether it’s stories about the ridiculous things our husbands (or babies) do, triumphs and tribulations at work, or bigger news about life changing events like pregnancies or engagements, we share in each others joys, are supportive of each other when things aren’t how we would like, and problem solve when the situation calls for it. I’m so happy that I made the decision to put myself out there.