Crocheting with FriendsBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 11 Comments
I am always astounded by the versatility of our craft. While crochet is perfect as a solo activity, maybe relaxing on the porch with some tea in the evening, it makes a fine group activity as well. Stitching while chatting over coffee with friends adds an entirely new dimension to the crafting experience.
I have to admit, my love of fiber crafting was very clearly driven by connecting to a craft community. At first this community was online, through podcasts and my personal blog. I later joined Ravelry and started a crafting group in Mexico City. It took me a long time and a lot of perseverance, but I finally attracted a core group of similar yarn lovers and we shared tips, patterns, encouragement, and most of all, friendship. We eventually became the first Mexican chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, Ganchitos Mexico City. The Ganchitos are still going strong although I’ve changed locales.
My current crafting group is called The Hollywood Knitting Divas, although we are most definitely crocheters as well! At our meeting last night, I asked my new pals why crafting with friends is important. Here are their top five reasons to crochet with friends:
1. Camaraderie. Especially as adults, it can be hard to make friends outside of work. Coming together over a shared interest allows us to form meaningful friendships sustained by commonality.
2. Advice. When you crochet in a group and you get stuck on something, there is always someone there to help you out. Your friends are also there to help you choose a pattern for that gorgeous yarn or give advice about how to modify something.
3. Sharing. When one member is excited about a new technique, designer, or yarn, the knowledge is shared and everyone can enjoy it. I love looking at the latest magazines or bringing favorite pattern books to the group so people can check them out. Crochet groups are also a great way to experience the latest yarns and learn how they handle.
4. Intergenerational interaction. Crochet groups allow people from all different ages to interact. Intergenerational interaction is one of the most important resources and it can be one of the most difficult to come by. Crochet groups are an excellent way to make younger or older friends.
5. Fun! The moms in our group savor the weekly “adult time” the group brings. The students value a break from homework, and everyone loves to come together, relax, and simply enjoy each other. Crochet time is social time, too!
Do you ever crochet in a group? If so, please feel free to share your stories here. If your group has a link, please share it! If you do not crochet with friends, then why not? Would you like to? Please share!