Whether it's for a charity or just for fun, being around others can truly enhance the experience of knitting and crocheting. In YarnCraft (our 30-minute downloadable audio-show) episode #17, my co-host Liz and I shared ideas for gathering to knit and crochet in a group.
Here are a few tips:
1. Do a pattern together. Whether you each create a rectangle for a Warm Up America! afghan or you all make the same pattern (like in our knit-along), you can find support (as well as expertise and advice) in numbers.
2. Add your own influence. Take a pattern like our basic wristers and personalize it. Each person can make it in their own colors, adding their own embellishments, etc.
3. Try new yarns. Throw a "yarn-tasting" party by gathering some friends and passing around some new yarns. Everyone can make a swatch of each yarn to take with them, so that you all know how the yarn works up and you have a record of the colors you like.
4. Teach new people. Bring new knitters and more experienced knitters together and hold a class. This is a great activities for mothers and daughters, girl and boy scouts, groups of new mothers (maybe make it a baby shower activity) and more.
5. Create for a cause. Make items to donate to the charity (find one at our Charity Connection) of your choice. It's always nice to know that your handiwork is going to a good cause.
For more ideas, as well as some great pattern recommendations, visit the YarnCraft blog post on this episode.