Knitting Group

Just started a knitting group in my town. I am the only man (it's a very small town). We are working on a charity project of afghans for Social Services. Any other suggestions about what we could do (stash swap, project help...?) Let me know if you have any suggestions. I am new to the whole Knitting Group and hope it will be successful and continue for a while. Please help with suggestions to keep the group fresh.


scottly's picture

This is an organization that Steve Lyle turned me onto:The Linus Project. It's nationwide and I'm sure there is a chapter near your small town. Check it out.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Well Russell, I'm not sure if it is a good or bad thing that you are the only man in town. (bear with me, eventually you will get my senseless sense of humor, I simply respond to what people actually write)

First of all, the reality that you had the gumption to start a knitting group says a great deal. It becomes your 'baby'. Second knitting for charity is always admirable. Where it's a bit cloudy for me is when you ask about, "stash swap", "project help" I am assuming you mean within the group itself. I belong to a few groups here in Dallas and both those things work.

My pleasure from a group is when you can recruit new members. Don't be shy about this. How many times has someone seen you knit and tell you they wish they knew how? Conscript someone who is willing to teach. Small town huh? Have a yarn store? Any yarn merchant should be willing to flip over backwards to teach newbies to knit. More sales in the future.

Also Mr. Russell you be from da south! So there is no shortage of churches. Get the word out that you want to do a chairty knit together for some particular chairty and you would be surprised the number of denomination lines people will cross.

Local charities hit home as well they should... I'm a believer that charity does start at home.
There are national orgainizations.
Folks who knit balaclavas for the troops.
Warm up America who knit blankets for the homeless and needy.
Just tons.

To sum it up you have all the good intentions and I do wish you well. Find out what makes people respond and what does not.

I tip my hat,


"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

CRobertK's picture

Some friends of mine and I participated in the Snuggles Project. It is a great project where you knit, crochet, or sew simple and quick "snuggles" for homeless pets in shelters. There are a bunch of patterns for each craft on their website and a link as to where you can donate them. Our humane society absolutely loved them. I think I'll suggest we do this again! It's a great way to use up mill ends and other remnants from your stash too.

Here's the website:


-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

CRobertK's picture

Hey guys, I was just looking through the Snuggles knit patterns when I saw one calle a reversible knit.

I have read through this pattern and I'm intrigued. However, I haven't the slightest idea of how this pattern works. In fact, I can't picture how Row 1 works. *k1, yarn to back, sl 1 purlwise, yarn to front; rep from * to end. Return to beginning of row WITHOUT turning work. So I knit 1. I get that. Then yarn to back. Isn't the yarn already in the back when you knit? Then sl 1 which I would believe means to slip 1 purlwise? Maybe I need to pull out my abbreviation guide. Then Yarn to Front, then repeat? I'm confused. It looks really kewl how you knit two colors at once back to back. Could make an interesting reversable sweater? Hmmm....


-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

rc_in_sd's picture

Cory, I agree the instructions are confusing. This technique is often called double knitting. Try searching youtube for "double knitting" and you will probably find clearer instructions. Good luck!


Mnjack's picture

Hi Russell... We have a lot in common..I am in NC and also have just started a neighborhood knitting group, also all women except me. My problem is that half of them have never knitted before. They all can now knit and some can purl, we are working on that. They can cast on but have to learn how to hold the yarn, to get up any speed in knitting. That is the subject for our next gathering. We were going to do the "learn to knit afghan" from the book by the same name. Only a few actually wanted an afghan for themselves, so they have decided that it would be better to make the squares and then give the finished afghans to a charity. The next gathering is on the 12th at my house. The biggest problem I have is keeping everyone focused. I also have said they could call me or stop by any time with a problem. I have only had one taker so far. I think the fact I am a man and not another woman to confide in, keeps them from calling. They did approach me though about being the leader and asking me to start the group. I'll keep you posted on how things go. I really am not sure they will all become knitters. Good luck with your group and keep us posted on how it goes.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Lots of luck with the new group. I joined the Shawl Ministry at a friend's church [even though I'm not Christian] as it gives me a new way to connect to knitters. The socializing is important. Plus the fact you can help local and/or national organizations. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

smalltownknitguy's picture

They do a ministry like that at our church but they meet at 10 am on Mondays. Not good for those of us who have to work. That is why I started the evening group. It seems to be going well. Just hope that it continues.