Last week I went to a knitting retreat that I’ve been attending for the last two years. We meet at the St. Francis Retreat Center about an hour from my home. The rooms are simple, the food is wholesome, and the company is great! This retreat has a few social events such as a sock yarn exchange and a single one-hour workshop, but most of the time is listed on the schedule as “Relax.” The center has a short walking trail around a seasonal pond and some slightly longer trails up in the hills. A lawn with large, shady trees spreads across the front of the retreat center as well. Just before the retreat, I had the unfortunate experience of being rear ended twice in one week, so it was great to spend a weekend not driving at all and just basking in the company of fellow knitter.
The conversation ranges from the technical (such as the best way to finish the top of a colorwork knee-high sock) to the personal (dealing with health issues) and everywhere in between.
Knitting in company is one of the best things ever. I was part of a spirited conversation about the best interchangeable needle sets and all the considerations you might make in deciding which one to purchase for your first set. I’m quite sure my non-knitting friends eyes would have glazed over about two minutes in! With our hands at work, our minds are free to puzzle over both the mysteries of life and the technicalities of our craft.
I highly recommend finding a knitting group. It doesn’t have to be a weekend retreat, a weekly or monthly group also has many of the same advantages. Meetup.com has listings and many yarn shops have social knitting events. Many communities have knitting guilds that have social events as well as more formal meetings. You might even find a group at a local library.