I’m not sure how to put into words the joy that I have with these dear friends. I wish I could write more eloquently about them to make up for the lack in my photography skills. These four women occupy a very dear spot in my heart. That spot is all soft and squishy, colorful and textured, just like the yarns we run through our fingers.
Many years ago, this spot began to grow as I met each of them in a beginning knitting class I was teaching at one of our local yarn stores. Bobbie, Ellen, Pat, and Tracy (from left to right, after myself on the very left in the lime green top) were all learning to knit. As we knitted yarn together we found our lives being knit together as well. We started to go to plays together and make trips out of town to yarn shops. We began meeting for lunch at restaurants and in each other’s homes. Each of us, so different in our backgrounds and station in life, realized common ground in our enjoyment and love for each other. This has only grown over the years, even when we didn’t get together as regularly as we are now.
One of the things I wanted to do this fall was to establish a regular time with these friends. They all wanted to grow their knitting and crochet skills, so we’ve been meeting once a week all fall to learn new techniques, to work on projects, and mostly to talk and laugh!! These photos are taken from our Christmas Making Party last night.
I absolutely loved seeing the table strewn with yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, ribbons, buttons, thread, delicious treats to eat, and tea to drink! It is amazing none of our yarn trees fell over into the foods! We all had a great time learning to make these incredibly simple trees from a basic knitted or crocheted square!
I found the idea from a favorite blog I follow, called The Twisted Yarn, where she showed step by step how to create these simple decorations. I also made one with a crocheted square and varied the size of the knitted square to see how it makes up in a smaller version. ALL of them turned out so charming and delightful, even with their wonky shapes!
Though we’re taking a break for the holidays, I’m already looking forward to our weekly Knit Knites in the New Year! All but one have taken to learning to crochet, so I’m dreaming up inspiration for them as they add to their skills. They are now pressuring the “one” to join the crochet bandwagon!
I love to teach knitting and crochet! I have enjoyed getting back into teaching numerous classes this fall at Knit One Smock Too!! It is a delight to watch ladies “get” it, and take off with their needles or hooks. But it is equally a delight to meet women from all walks of life and get to know them even if it’s just for a one-time class or a four week class. It has been an EXTRA privilege to be able to continue the friendships made with these four women, who are now my dear friends.
I’d encourage everyone who loves to knit and/or crochet, to find a group to join and invest in the friendships you will find there! The camaraderie of yarn lovers is like none other! You’ll be blessed with a huge spot of joy in your heart!