I've had a lot of knitting posts swimming in my head for a while now (can you imagine how hard it is to concentrate when you have stuff swimming in your head?), but am always so busy reading everyone else's posts that I never get mine done. I want my posts to be perfect, but Katie reminded me that nothing is perfect and people are forgiving (thank you Katie!) So, I'm heeding Nike's admonition to "just do it." Here I am, getting my feet wet with my first knitting post, albeit a short one. Many more to come...
Very soon after I started knitting (12/10/06) Katie introduced me to knitting blogs, knitting podcasts, and Google Reader to keep up with them. (Katie is helping me get in touch with the frustrated wannabe geek inside.) The first podcast I found was Pointy Sticks. I loved it immediately, and was especially excited to discover that Christine lives in the Houston area! I'm practically a stalker now (don't worry Christine, no harm will come to you.) Funny thing is, Katie and even Adam have now met her, but I still haven't! Someday soon, I'm sure... :-)
I can't thank Christine enough for her shout out in her latest podcast, and mentioning the knitting (and crochet) group that we've started up here. Second & fourth Tuesdays, 6-8pm, 1st floor of the Montgomery County Central Library (I-45 N & FM 2854) you'll find us stitching and yakking, encouraging and supporting, and challenging ourselves to learn more about our chosen fiber-arts crafts. If you're in the area, come join us! You can also email us: hiptostitch AT gmail DOT com.
In the interest of growing the group, we have a couple of tactics to get the word out (in addition to listing it in the paper.) The next meeting is this coming Tues, so my friend Debby and I are going to stalk the yarn aisles @ Hobby Lobby & Michaels today (alas, no LYS - Local Yarn Store - up here.) We always manage to strike up a conversation with people shopping in those aisles, then we get a chance to talk about the group, and hand them a 3x5 card printed with information. Afterwards we're going to Panera to knit in public. Don't know if anyone will actually approach us there, we'll see. I'm hoping to get Katie, Adam & Ella to Panera some time, too. I figure Ella will attract an adoring crowd, Adam can knit (to show that guys knit, too), and Katie can be working on her laptop, with a started project lying nearby (completing the picture that totally cool people do knit.)
I'm trying to talk Katie into talking to her boss about hiring me as the Company Knitter. You know, I would just sit around knitting, surf the net (at work!) for knitting blogs and sites, and hold knitting groups during people's breaks & lunches. I could throw in a few extras - Company Mom things like telling people not to run with scissors in their hands - at no extra cost. I think this would have a very calming effect on the office, which would mean lower stress, fewer sicknesses/absences, and increased productivity. C'mon Ed, how 'bout it?