In February 2008 I started a book group. One of the women always brought her knitting. She and I talked, and we decided to start a knitting group. We set the time and place and publicized on Craigslist, Meetup, and Yahoo Groups. My friend was an experienced knitter, while I only knew how to knit and purl. So of course, she quit the group within a few weeks.
Suddenly I was the sole organizer of a new knitting group. People were asking me questions all the time, and I really didn’t know a thing! I began checking out every book I could find at the public library. I came across Knitting Without Tears on one of those first fact-finding missions to the library. I began reading it before bed, and read it all the way through that very night. (Who needs sleep?)
EZ gave just the advice I needed. You made a mistake? No big deal, it’s just knitting. You think a hat would look better with a different decrease at the crown? Give it a whirl. You basically like this cardigan, but you want those shoulders? Unvent it! You can do it. EZ demystifyed garment construction. And best of all, she wrote in a tone so hopeful, so friendly, so funny!
Not only did I feel better about being the organizer of a knitting group, I felt more comfortable that I didn’t know everything about knitting. I bought the book Knitting School and kept it in my knitting bag. When someone asked me for help with an unfamiliar technique I pulled out “the manual”. When another knitter seemed overly stressed out with their knitting I’d talk about how much I loved Knitting Without Tears, then strongly recommend they read it.
Now I am “the boss of my knitting”. I have tried techniques, not for a specific project, just to learn. Turkish sock cast-on? I can do it. I have made projects that I never would have attempted. Adjust a stranded knitting pattern from bulky to worsted? Done! Improvise a pattern for a project? No problem.
I attend two groups every week, and they have attracted knitters with a wide array of skills: a great opportunity for sharing knowledge. I love my knitting groups and have made more friends than I can count.
One of the biggest surprises is (next week) I will become a volunteer knitting teacher at a local women’s shelter. Where once I felt embarrassed that I didn’t know enough, now I feel confident to share the skill with others! Thanks to my groups and EZ!