At the women's college I attended, everyone knit, everywhere: in class, in the dorms, at the movies, in the pub. For years after college, I would seek out the most interesting yarns I could find, in local shops or at craft fairs, or while traveling, and I'd make scarves and sweaters and even blankets. And then, as my eyes began to age, I just stopped knitting.
The Pussyhat Project rekindled my knitting passion. I planned to go to the Women's March in Washington DC in January, and wanted to make pink pussyhats for my group. My cousin Sandra and I knit our first hats on Thanksgiving weekend, and I kept on knitting. Somewhere around hat #15, I discovered that my friend and neighbor Jane had been knitting hats, too. We got together one morning to knit, and realized we'd both like to be part of a group that met each month to knit or crochet items for donation to those in need in our community (or to work on our own projects). Jane asked Bead + Fiber, a shop in our neighborhood, to host, and the owner enthusiastically agreed. Wherever you live, check with your local yarn shop, as there are knitting groups everywhere. There's something both comforting and motivating about gathering around a communal table to knit, like a book group without the homework.
Our brand new group, Knit for Good, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at Bead + Fiber in Boston's South End, and all are welcome; please email me for details (instruction available for new knitters; 10% off yarn and supplies for Knit for Good members).