We've been having quite a few knitalongs in the shop lately. Balmy is so much fun, and I can't wait to start Jessamyn. I love knitalongs because they're open - I never have to say, "I'm sorry, that class is full." And you love them because they are flexible and fun. Come when you can and be part of something fabulous. While we tend to think of knitalongs as in-shop events, Knitalongs actually started on the internet. Here's a little background
Until now, knitting enjoyed a kind of cyclical popularity. It was at a high in the late '70s and into the '80s, which is when I learned. Patterns were fairly faithful to the current styles. Dreadful styles, but sadly, that's what we wore. I actually knit this sweater, with its puffed shoulders and all.
Never wore it though, because the shoulders were too large (a problem that I now know how to fix, but that's a topic for another post.)
Anyway, around 1989 knitting took a nosedive. It seemed like everyone had moved on to something else. Or nothing else. I don't know what happened, but it was sad. I still loved to knit, but I felt so alone with it. No one to talk to about it, and no way to find someone to talk to about it. Netscape and my brand new dial up helped me comb the web for a knitting forum or chat room - any kind of knitting contact. There wasn't much out there. Pretty soon, though, the internet exploded. Tech-savvy knitters found a virtual space for their passion and started keeping diaries of their knitting - weblogs or blogs for short. Knitters soon found each other and began sharing their projects - inviting others to knit along with them. Then, as now, we make connections and build community through shared interests one stitch at a time.
The Jessamyn knitalong will have both an in-shop and an online component. We'll meet in the shop (kick-off is Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30) but I'm also going to do regular blog posts. These posts will address topics that apply to Jessamyn, but they'll also have a broader scope that should help you in all your sweater projects. I've set up a Ravelry thread on the Crazy for Ewe forum, so follow that topic and keep your eye on the blog
Whether you're local to the shop, or an internet friend I haven't met yet, you are welcome to join us in knitting Jessamyn. If you need a kit, order one here. Use the code JESSAMYNKAL and get free shipping. Jessamyn is a great garment in a gorgeous yarn, and it's going to be a fun journey together. Come knit along with us.