I used to have a friend. Yes, used to as in past tense, who wanted to charge me for everything even to learn how to knit. Can you imagine that? She thought have a few bucks was more important than spending quality time with a friend having a common interest. I learned quickly that our "friendship" was one sided. I would do anything for her and she would invoice me for whatever she did. Yeah, not cool.
Well, I had another friend, Dee, who is a wonderful person. She said that I needed to meet her friend Holly who loved to knit and was totally awesome. She didn't tell me that Holly was married to an Ogre, mother to three little pigs or that she knitted with snot and slayed zombies...those just happened to be bonus features in my new friend. The fact that she came with a whole knitting group of awesome and that they also were fabulous knitters and spinners, well that was just the hand-whipped topping on the most delicious cake you can imagine.
SpinSanity. It's officially been a year since I met the Zombie Prom Date Knitters and learned that you shouldn't have to enjoy fiber arts alone, that we are all women who need an outlet to talk, vent, laugh, play, live, and that we need to look beyond ourselves and help others by volunteering. We occasionally also have to be girls and work through little issues, but hey...that's what great friends and great knitting groups are for and we help each other work through our problems one stitch at a time.
Sometimes I think I miss that "friend" but realize that she actually did me a favor by being a jerk. Her selfish behavior led me to the most amazing and talented group of friends. Our group meets almost any day of the week depending on who's available but every Tuesday we meet at the Koffee Klutch in Galesburg. I normally don't get to go because of work but this week I was able to. It's been three months since I last went to a Tuesday gathering. Although my morning started out slow and a bit grumpy, it quickly turned to giggles, laughter and kinship. We shared our projects and our stories. Holly's Dad, Sir FrogsAlot aka Marty, knitted me a pair of socks. I LOVE KNITTED SOCKS! I have yet to knit a pair of knitted socks. The only knitted socks I own are ones that were made the wrong size for other people. I'm a size 9, by the way. WINK WINK
I am meeting with some amazing Fiber Artists that reside right here in Michigan at the Michigan Breeders Show and I plan to interview them and take pics so I can share some hidden treasures right here in my neck of the woods for future posts. This week I spun a bunch of my Suri and knitted a Cowl, tore apart said cowl then knitted a shawl which ended up childsize (I really need to investigate this knit gauge thing people talk about). I'm taking my Lendrum to the show so I can demonstrate my awesome spinning. Wow, it's hard to believe I've only been spinning a year. What a year. What adventures in Fiber Arts did you have this week?
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