There is a local knitting group near where I live that I go to whenever I can. It’s hosted by my friend James and called The Friday Night Sock Club. Work commitments force my attendance there to be somewhat sporadic but I go when I can and I love it.
Knitters are an amazing group of people and I’m often struck by how diverse our lives and situations seem to be yet we are brought together (all over the world) by the simple art of creating. It’s a community that I feel very blessed to be a part of.
Sock Club is always fun and James is the quintessential host. There are interesting teas (made in a proper teapot) served on gorgeous vintage crockery, yummy things to eat and always, always lots of chatter and laughing.
As a group the Sock Club knitters have made many friendship quilts. It’s an idea started by James where the recipient names the colours they would like their quilt to be made in and the group all knit a square or two which then gets sewn together to make a quilt/blanket/throw. The latest quilt was deemed a ‘mystery quilt’ with a request from James for squares done in reds and purples.
I couldn’t believe it. I’d been at James house a few weeks before and the quilt was out while he worked on the edging and I remember admiring it and thinking how sumptuous it looked.