This time is a little different… Cory and I have teamed up with Noriko for another design challenge, this time with Stitchjones yarn!
We each asked Sharon of Stitchjones a few questions, mine were about crafting community.
Knitting groups have played a really big part in my life since I became a crazy knitter in 2004. I moved to Boston and didn’t know anyone, and very early on I was directed to my first knitting group. Knitters ended up taking over my social life while I lived there, and I continued meeting knitters when I came back to Seattle. So, without further ado, here are the questions I asked and Sharon’s answers.
Me: How did you learn to knit? Were people in your family crafty when you were a child?
Sharon: An aunt, and my best friend who knit and crochet, both taught me to cast on, knit and purl when I was a teen. They were very supportive of my first efforts. My mother sometimes made doilies in thread crochet, but that never interested me – I was all about knitting yarns and color. I remember being fascinated by some blue yarn my grandma had given me, before I even had enough attention span to focus – I must have been about six.
Me: Do you have an in person crafting group, or do you find community more online?
Sharon: Both, actually. I meet with a small SnB group on Wednesdays, and also am active in several Facebook groups for knitters, indie dyers, and yarn lovers in general.
Me: What is your favorite way to get involved with groups of knitters and crocheters? (KAL/CALs, yarn clubs, events like WWKIP Day, etc.)
Sharon: Great question! I launched my yarn club, Yarnageddon by Stitchjones, in 2012 (with all the dire predictions happening that year, I couldn’t resist a little wordplay). We’re beginning our 5th year, and I don’t know who has more fun, my club members or me! Yes, I love KAL’s too, and another way of getting together with groups which I particularly enjoy is guest speaking at knitting guilds.
Me: People I’ve met through knitting have had a much broader impact on my life. Have you had this experience, and if so could you share an example?
Sharon: Absolutely. Knitters tend to be kinder, more thoughtful, and more generous as a group than most. I didn’t find this out until knitting became my all-consuming passion, and coming from a corporate background I never experienced a level of positivity that I find among LYSO’s, fiber artists and artisans. It’s a quality which I strive to emulate!
A bit thanks to Sharon, for her thoughtful answers! I’m really excited to work with Stitchjones yarn for this design challenge!
You can find Cory’s interview with Sharon about color here and Noriko’s interview about fiber here.