If you are a crocheter or knitter that loves enjoying your craft alone, and gets all the inspiration you need from the many websites and Ravelry, then you do not need to read any further. But if you would like to be opened up to the larger world of wonderful people (in the flesh) that knit and crochet, I whole-heartedly encourage you to join a group.
Here’s a quick list of benefits for joining a local crocheting or knitting group:
- Connecting with other crafters
- Learn new techniques
- Be inspired by other members work
- Plan craft related trips such as yarn crawls or retreats
- Organize charity projects
- Find or be a mentor for anyone interested in becoming a professional
- Learn about national guild activities
Don’t know of a group in your area? Start one yourself! Perhaps do a Meet Up or post a notice in a local yarn & craft store. Many coffee shops or libraries are happy to give you a spot to hold your meetings. Want guidance, check the websites for CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) and TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association).
To join CGOA, go to www.crochet.org.
To join TKGA, go to www.TKGA.com.
Connect at the Knit & Crochet Show
If you live in San Diego, or can plan a trip, I want to let you know that the two national guilds for crochet and knit are joining together for the Knit & Crochet Show this month, July 22 to 25. Here are links to learn more about the CGOA conference and TKGA conference. There are classes, awards, a design competition, demonstrations and a market for shopping all things yarn related. And you’ll meet many enthusiastic crocheters and knitters (which is my favorite part).
If you go, be sure to stop and say “hi” at our Crochetville presents Red Heart booth. Learn more about the show.