6 Reasons to Join a Knitting Club
1 Make new friends!
You might be the only one in your circle of friends who wields a pair of needles, but join a knitting group and you’ll meet lots of people who completely get your obsession with cashmere yarn or your payday dash to the yarn shop. It’s great to have a natter while you knit, and you might just make lifelong friends!
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2 Receive – and give – support
Sometimes you might find yourself with a Knit Block – that period in every knitter’s life when the last thing you want to do is get out your knitting. It might be that you’ve been spending ages on a particular project, or you might have come across a part of the pattern you don’t understand. That’s when knit club comes in! One of the members is bound to be able to teach you the technique you’re struggling with, or help you muddle your way through. Often a knitting session in a different setting is just what you need to motivate you to carry on!
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3 Get inspiration!
Seeing what others are working on can often spark new ideas or give you the confidence to try a new technique. Another member of your club might be into yarn bombing or charity knitting, or they might have an idea for a collaborative project – you never know! You may never have considered using a certain yarn, or you might just need to ask advice about what to knit someone for their birthday. Getting together with a creative bunch is bound to give you lots of ideas, knitting-related or otherwise!
4 Charity knitting
Speaking of charity knitting, a club is the perfect environment to do it! You could put the names of some charities in need of knitty assistance in a hat (woolly of course) and pick one to help out every few months. There are so many charities to choose from – check out www.theyarnloop.com/knit-for-charity to find one!
5 Swap books and share patterns
Sharing is caring – you might have a pile of knitting patterns or mags that you’ve delved into so many times that you no longer think of using them, or a pile of yarn that you’ve never found a use for, and it’s likely that the other members of your club do, too! Why not have a book, yarn and pattern swap? It’s a great way to update your stash without shelling out on a load of new knitting supplies, and it’s fun, too!
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Sitting in a cosy spot in a cafe, pub or in someone’s living room can be a great way to wind down after a long day at the office, or when you’re feeling stressed. The rhythmic motions can help distract from symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress, and sitting still also reduces your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Add to that the calming influence of others and the warm, cosy feeling you get from belonging to a group.
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