Knitting groups have traditionally provided a place for women to meet and interact with a social group outside that provided by their family or work - which can be encumbered with duty and responsibility. The knitting circle has acted as a place for women to vent, share, learn and come and go as they please while sharing a common goal - that of creating a knitted piece.
In our changing society, these knitting groups are now also places for men - as well as women - with a passion for knitting to be social.
Aside from making some wonderful knitted pieces for yourself or for friends, you can join one of the many groups that knit for charity and who are often affiliated with Wrap with Love - a non-profit group that oversees the knitting of thousands of wraps for people in need, every year.
Knitting groups are very individual; some dedicated to charity and others being suitable for people who crochet as well as knitters. Always bring your own materials and needles and make sure you understand the focus of the particular group that you are joining.
A group that knits for Wrap With Love and meets Wednesday afternoons. Knitters to bring 8 ply yarn and either no. 8 or 4 mm knitting needles. For any further questions, contact Wendy Banister on 9911 6348.
Although not free, Classie host a range of craft classes including a Knitting Class for Beginners in the CBD, where you start at the beginning with the very basics. You'll receive materials in a knitting pack, as well as a complimentary tea, coffee or soft drink.
Find a group close to you and join. Or if you have time to spare, consider attending a few different knitting groups near your home or work and getting the most out of this relaxing pastime. Also, always be sure to confirm the meeting time and place with the group organizer before attending.