Cherry and Copper Spinning Wheel Orifice Hook – in the shop now.
It’s Monday. I have the day off. I’m all alone. Everyone is at school or work. I’m just about to have an Buttered English Muffin for Breakfast. Then there will be a few phone calls, errands run, a little tidying up of the house – and knitting. I’m on the leg of the second pink sock and about to start the second sleeve of Wallaby. Things are good.
Here’s a question – and it’s about Knitting Groups. I’ve been thinking about this for a day or so. I love my Knitting Group. I go there for the chance to sit and knit with my people. To talk and chat about whatever – knitting, kids, news – you name it. I love being able to “talk” knitting – exchange ideas, discover new patterns and the occasional tip or trick that we can all be glad we found out about. But I don’t go there to “teach”. I don’t mean this to sound as selfish as it’s probably going to sound. I don’t mind helping someone who’s stuck on something – that’s a few minutes here and few minutes there and I think that’s what we should be doing. But if someone comes and wants to LEARN to knit something new – scarf, sock, hat – I don’t think that it’s the right time to be teaching a “class” on something and using up a good 40 minutes of group time doing that – unless we’ve decided as a group that next meeting we are going to be learning such and such and everyone agrees. I really thing knitting group is for the “group”. Although I’m happy to teach someone and I have given classes and lessons – It was noisy. I was trying to socialize. I was trying to get some of my own knitting done. I did not get a say in this – I wasn’t asked beforehand – “If I come next week with my_______, could you teach me how?” I don’t think it’s right for someone to show up at knitting group and just assume people are there for the sole purpose of being a resource for them, when they haven’t picked up a book, looked on the Internet or attempted to take a class. I felt like I was backed into a corner and really didn’t know what to say. I really don’t mean to sound like a bitch. I’m a very generous person with my knitting – talk to me and ask me if we can meet on our own and I’ll teach you whatever I can. Just not at group. I don’t think it’s fair to me, or the other knitters there. What do you think? I’d really like to hear your comments on this.