Recently I worked at a public library next to a Town Hall. I saw a group of crafters gathering for the monthly ‘Yarnistas.’ I was delighted to find this happening!
I wanted to check out what projects people were working on, and to chat with people who loved the same things as me.I introduced myself and asked whether people would allow me to have a quick chat and take a few pics of their projects.
I was made welcome!
Table Of Contents
- Yarnistas – A Knitting And Crochet Group
- How To Find Knitting Groups Near Me?
- How Do I Start A Knitting Group?
- Tips For A Successful Knitting Group
Yarnistas Monthly Meetup
The Yarnistas catchup is coordinated by Farrah and Niki.
It’s promoted by Unley Libraries and on the Adelaide Crochet Knitting Catchups group on Facebook.
Farrah is a designer. Her business is The Crochet Fix. She was working on lovely crocheted fingerless mittens and beanies. We chatted about how the group provided community and advice on techniques in crochet or knitting.
Niki was working on socks using 2.25mm needles from her Hiya Hiya Interchangeables Sock set. Her yarn was in a lovely ceramic yarn bowl made by one member who attended the catchups.
I made my way around the table and chatted about each project with the person. I tried to take photos to do each justice!
Members made items for charity and others were learning new techniques. The vibe was positivity and merriment. Each member was enjoying themselves. Lots of laughter and chat.
Here are the projects the members were making.
Jane knitted garter stitch squares for a blanket project.
This scarf by Janet had a gorgeous open lace stitch pattern.
The Teddy Bear book marks crocheted by Maxine and others are sold at the Unley Library front desk.
What fun these crocheted toys for RSPCA by Mel will make!
The crocheted blanket pieces by Jenni will be gorgeous!
I was amazed at the knitted in one piece beagle dog by Julie. The pattern was from the UK and 70 pages long!
Julie told me it sat in a basket of unfinished projects for a few years and she was glad to be motivated enough to finish it.
Betty was knitting a Snood with Moda Vera yarn.
We discussed how the colors worked so well together. This snood will be donated to charity.
Her pattern was from a knitting book – Knitting for Winter.
Betty attends the Yarnistas catchups but is involved with another group of knitters who donate their makes to charity.
These knitted Scarves and functional Tunisian crochet items by Joy provided her with a great sense of achievement.
People have commented on how nifty her Tunisian scarf with pockets is for carrying her stuff.
She does Tunisian crochet on a normal length aluminum crochet hook!
This delightful and bright Crocheted Granny Square blanket by Sarah was created by yarn with color changes.
Yarn manufacturers are clever with the way the color pooling works out so well as in Sarah’s blanket.
Sarah showed me pictures of the knitted sweaters in cable designs and Fair Isle, her Mum had made her children.
They were beautiful and she said they’re treated as heirlooms.
Woolen garments are long lasting if well cared for.
It’s been a while since I was part of a physical group. Traveling with my family means I’m not in one place for long.
The last time I caught up with other makers was during the Soul Craft Festival online meetups on Zoom.
I was grateful to have chatted about knitting and crochet with the Yarnistas.
It made my creative heart fill with warmth and joy!
Thinking how to get involved with a group or start one?
Here are some tips.
How To Find Knitting Groups Near Me?
- Research Knitting Guilds near you
- Guilds in North America
- Guilds in Australia
- Guilds in the United Kingdom
- A community bulletin board at your library, coffee shop, or community center
- Your local Facebook group
- Instagram – designers have Knit-A-Longs (KALS)
- The local newspaper
- At work (some knitting clubs meet at lunchtime!)
- Google – try searching “knitting group near me” and see if anything pops up! I got tons of results when I tried this
How Do I Start A Knitting Group?
Ask your friends if they’re interested in meeting up to spend time on their projects. Get them to invite someone they know.
Be open to all.
Find somewhere to meet up like
- A café
- Someone’s home
- The Library, community center or Town Hall
Find a regular time. Decide whether the meetups happen weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
People will remember when the meetups happen.
What are the expectations of the meetups?
- Will everyone work on their projects?
- Will you pick one pattern?
- Will snacks/drinks be allowed?
- Could someone run a techniques class?
- Will the projects be donated to charity?
Create a Code of Conduct with what is expected of members.
Tips For A Successful Knitting Group
- Stick the time and dates set
- There are dynamics in groups
- Sometimes these work or they don’t
- Set up a code of conduct for the group
- Ensure everyone follows it
- Respect and inclusivity are important
- Things and people change, so be flexible.
- You may have started as a knitting group, but being creative takes all forms
Are you involved in a knitting or craft group? What’s it like?
I’d love to hear your experience or tips in the comments.