Knitting Groups and a CONTEST!

DSC02893There’s not enough knitting going on around here at the moment. (For me, personally, that is.) Here are two things that are currently “in-progress”. The first is the scarf that I’m working on out of Malabrigo Silky. I’m using two skeins. I plucked the stitch pattern out of a stitch dictionary and I’ll add it to the Free Patterns link when I have a finished scarf to photo. In the meantime, if you want to start one, here are the basics:

Cast on 39 stitches (or a multiple of 6, +3.) I’m using a size 4 needle with this Malabrigo Silky. Knit four rows in garter stitch.  Work the following pattern (6 rows) until scarf is desired length, knit four more rows in garter stitch, bind off.

Pattern (repeat stitch sequence in brackets until the end of the row):

Row 1:   P3 [K3, YO, P3]
Row 2:   K3 [P4, K3] 
Row 3:   P3 [K1, K2tog, YO, K1, P3] 
Row 4:   K3 [P2, P2tog, K3]
Row 5:   P3 [K1, YO, K2tog, P3]
Row 6:   K3 [P3, K3]

P= Purl, K=Knit, YO=Yarnover, K2tog=knit two stitches together, P2tog=purl two stitches together 

DSC02894The other thing I’m working on is a Cabled Rib Wrap out of Shibui Baby Alpaca and Silk Cloud. (Knit together, it takes 4 skeins of Baby Alpaca and 3 skeins of Silk Cloud.) I’m using the natural color. The pattern says it will end up being 18″ x 67″ and I can’t wait to wrap up in it this fall and winter!  I wonder if it would be fun to knit this with one color of Baby Alpaca and a different color of Silk Cloud? I may end up making a second one out of another color, too.

DSC02895I know you’re waiting for our Third Anniversary Kits to go up! We’ve decided to start pre-sales for them on Friday. (Too many of you have emailed and begged us to do this, so that you don’t miss it. You talked us into it.)  We’ll process the pre-sales as you order them, and then we’ll start shipping them out next week and the week after. This year’s kit revolves around “Loopy’s Knitting Lounge” and it’s a theme that we have more plans for in the coming weeks. (There may be some opportunities for some of you to be an Honorary Loopy Elf in the future. 🙂 Interested?) I’ll have a photo of the kit on Friday’s blog, when they are available to start ordering. (Oh ok, here’s a teaser photo, but you can’t see everything. Remember when I said that this rug in our Knitting Nook here at Loopy Central would play a part in something later in the summer?) More info on Friday!

This month’s blog contest question has to do with knitting groups. Do you belong to a group that gets together regularly to knit? How often? If you don’t have such a group, do you wish that you did? Or do you like knitting on your own? (Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll draw for prizes next Wednesday.)

Congratulations to all of you who completed your Second Quarter Challenge Socks!  Please take a minute to vote on your favorite from the Q2 Photo Gallery and email your answer to support AT theloopyewe DOT com. We’ll announce the winners next week!

Sheri what’sthemachinecalledthatbreaksupconcrete?Therearetwoworkingonthestreetoutside.


  1. I don’t currently have a group that I get together with, though I would love it! Maybe I should look into starting one 🙂

  2. I knit with 3 moms from my oldest son’s school, and we try to meet each week or two weeks. Because I work part-time, I can’t get together as frequently as I’d like with them, but when we do, it’s plenty fun. We even worked together on making a teachers’ gift, as well as something to auction off at a school fundraiser.

    Thanks for the contest, Sheri!

  3. I belong to two knitting groups which unfortunately meet at the same time. I started a group at my church on Wednesday nights. When there are no Wed. night activities at church I go to a group near my home that meets at the same time. I love both groups because I’ve gotten to meet a lot of different women who knit and who I wouldn’t otherwise have gotten to know.

    When we went to visit my parents for spring break I discovered a knitting group in their town and am planning to try to join them whenever I am there.

    I reallly didn’t think I would like knitting groups because I’m a basically a shy person, but I have discovered that they are a great community to be part of.

  4. After having knitted completely alone all my knitting life, I moved to a new city and found knitting friends! We meet once a week in each other’s homes and knit and talk and talk and talk for a few hours. It’s great!

  5. I do belong to a knitting group now at a local yarn shop here in Chicago that meets on Friday nights – it is great to get together and keep inspired with such a great group!

  6. I belong to a local knitting group that meets at our Barnes & Noble. I stumbled upon them last spring after having dinner with my husband, and I started going regularly. It’s fun to meet other people that like to knit as much as me, and it’s also cool to see what everyone else is working on. That being said, I also do a lot of alone knitting during Phillies games. I love baseball season!

  7. I belong to several groups that meet regularly, but I attend irregularly. Sometimes I have the knitting neighbors to my house so I will have to clean, or at least consolidate the piles.

  8. Yes, I belong to a small group that meets at Borders once a month on Saturday mornings. Our local knitting shop closed, but a year later two more have opened, but we keep meeting at Borders. We are currently making a top down plain vanilla cardigan.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. I’m part of a prayer shawl ministry that meets twice a month at my church. We meet one morning and one evening.
    I would love to also be a part of a knit night where one can work on all types of projects.

  10. I knit with a group that meets every Wednesday night at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, IL. Our group ranges from 5 to 35 depending on what everyone has going on, but we’ve become an institution with the staff at B&N. We have taught several people to knit and even some to crochet besides the fact we just enjoy the time to get together to knit, talk and of course eat and drink. In fact, a portion of our group even meets once a month for a Mystery Potluck and knitting on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

  11. I’d love to have a group to knit with but there’s not one available to me at this point, and, since I’m still recovering from yet another surgery, I couldn’t drive to one anyway. But I get a lot of support from my Ravelry buddies & I’m very grateful for their support.
    Now, I’m off to search for why I can’t seem to find a way to order the Anniversary kit!

  12. Here in Oshkosh, we have a knitting night every Wednesday at one of the Starbucks. We have a core group of diehards who don’t miss a week, and then we have others who come and go. This week, we’re hoping to get some folks here for EAA to join our group. So, tomorrow we’ll add the sound of airplanes to our chatter!

    What could be better, knitting and Starbucks!

  13. I have a church group that meets once a month to crochet or knit. I like to go to receive help with new stitches and to see what projects others are working on. I get more work done at home, though. I crochet in public, too, like at a scout meeting or Special Olympics. I make hats and scarves for the needy.

  14. I belong to a prayer shawl ministry thatmeets on Thursday evenings. Once a month we place that months shawls on the alter during Mass where they are blessed. We started last December and have made and distributed over 200 shawls. It fill me up to knit for others.

  15. I belong to a knitting group that meets Monday nights. I started going maybe three years ago? We’ve got about 30 people (we actually do have an occasional man!) ranging in ages from undergrad to grandma. The group started out smaller, knitting at our local yarn shop, but our LYS had to close down and we’ve migrated to a cafe in town and grown a bit in the process. For the summer, a small group of us have instigated a knitting crawl through half the restaurants and coffee shops in town, picking up random new knitters here and there. We even knit at one of the bars! I think that was my favorite spot 😉 And a few of us get together occasionally for a movie night or dinner out…knitting always in hand, of course!

    I absolutely love my knitting group. We may have squabbles sometimes and people do come and go, which makes me a bit sad, but I’ve made so many good friends through this group that I don’t mind the drama so much. Not to mention that knitting with my group, sharing new FOs and WIPs and the gripes and pride that come along with either, has seriously helped further my skills. I am so completely grateful for all the inspiration and encouragement that comes from that quarter; I doubt I’d be into knitting nearly as much as I am without them 😀

  16. I knit alone, mostly at home although I do like to take my knitting with me outside of home. I really would love to join a knitting group and meet other knitters in my area. The only knitting group I’ve found in my area is a group where all the members are significantly older than me. It’s a little awkward for me being much younger and I feel like I don’t have anything in common with them other than knitting. I do keep my eyes open for other groups and I do have several internet knitting friends and online groups that are a lot of fun.

  17. i tried to join the local knitting group, but the contact person is insanely inflexible with meeting times, so i gave up. they meet on tuesdays and i work on tuesdays! would a wednesday really kill them once in a while? boooooo.

    so, i knit alone. or rather, i knit amid the furry family and my hb.

  18. I belong to several knitting groups in the Des Moines area. I could knit with others every day if I did not work,but then I couldn’t afford so much yarn. I love knitting with others. I love the feed-bck and the encouragement you get. Also the Ideas of things to knit. We have a large age range here and we all seem to help each other. We are very blessed here in the mid-west.

  19. I belong to a local knitting group. We meet on Wednesday nights. I’ve been going for about a year now. It is very fun and relaxing after a long day at work. I have learned and may have even taught a thing or two. There is definitely a difference between “social knitting” and projects you can’t be too engrossed in a conversation and hope it even looks half way right.

  20. I belong to the Knitting Guild of Tidewater in Gloucester, VA. We sponsor a knitting help session on Tuesday afternoons at the Main Street Library. In addition, one member hosts weekly knitting groups at her yarn shop/manicure shop. I meet with the Monday night group; there is also a Wednesday morning group (that I get to once and a while on vacation days). But most of my production knitting is at my son’s baseball games (which seem to stretch from March through November! Baseball is no longer a “spring” sport!!!)

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