Carving out time for a weekly or monthly meeting is tough when we are all so busy. But every Thursday evening I rush home from work and make a quick dinner for my family. Afterward I let them do the clean-up because I am out the door again. Thursday is Knit Nite at the local yarn shop. I guard that evening and look forward to it every week.
I walk in the shop and find a spot. It’s hard some nights to decide who to sit with, since I want to visit with everyone, and there are three tables to choose from. I usually solve this dilemma by moving around during the evening. I want to see what progress gals have made on their projects but I also want to touch base and see how my friends are doing.
Yes we share fiber expertise and can detangle most knit mistakes for each other. But the sharing of our lives is what brings me back week after week. This is what I love the best about being in a knit circle. These are not anonymous knitters. I know these ladies by name. We are a community, diverse but brought together by our knitting. We share life. Is your dad recovering from surgery? How is your job search going? Did you find a dress for that party? Is your grandson coming for a visit? We share more than just our knitting with each other.
Some Thursday evenings I don’t make any progress on my knitting project. I’m too busy visiting to follow my latest pattern. That’s okay because I treasure this time to connect with my friends. I know about their cares and concerns and they know my worries and joys. I am invested in helping them as a sounding board, cheerleader, helpmate or prayer partner. When there is sadness— a grown child moving cross-country or a long job hunt left unfulfilled—we pray for one another. And when there is joy—a new home, a new baby, a new job—we celebrate together.
Getting together for knit nite gives me so much more than time to knit. It gives me a sense of community. This circle helps me thrive. Maybe you’d like to have this sense of community, too. What would it take to get this kind of gathering going in your world? Do you have friends who would long to learn to knit? Or maybe there are scrapbook folks waiting to join each other? Quilters? A book club? Gathering in community on a regular basis offers each member of the group friendship and security. Consider finding a few friends with like minded interests to gather monthly for a community of caring. The support (and silliness) it gives your life will be something you treasure each month.
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As both a gifted writer and master knitter, Lisa Bogart practices both of her passions every day. She has gifted over 70 sweaters to Guideposts’ Knit for Kids. Her award-winning devotions have appeared in several publications, including Guideposts, and she is the author of Come on In: Taking the Hassle Out of Hospitality. She lives outside of New York City.
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