Cedar Rapids Knitting Group

Katie: “I organized this group on meetup.com. I moved here from L.A., and I had a group there that was exactly the same time, same day. I knew I was going to miss it a lot, so I thought well, why not start a group?”

Bonnie: “Thank goodness she did. Before I moved here, I used to do a meetup group in Washington, D.C., and we met in the atrium of the Portrait Gallery. It was really cool. And so I thought, let me see if there’s anything here. […] I really like the group.”

Katie: “I think a lot of us might be inclined to knit in solitude or in front of the T.V. or something at home. But what’s great about knitting is, […] it’s something you can do while talking, so it’s one of those things that with a group…I think what’s nice is there could be a lull in the conversation–not often when Bonnie’s here–but there could be, and it’s nice silence.”

Bonnie: “And in my defense… [group laughter] this is the only place where I have any social interaction. I mean, I came to Iowa. I live with my son and his wife, and, you know, she has a job, he’s a surgeon, and they have grandchildren, but I haven’t, like, made any friends. You know, I don’t go out places. I don’t club or anything like that. And so, coming here, even though some of the people that you meet in these kind of circles are not the people you would gravitate toward if you were doing anything else, but because you have the commonality of knitting […] you find ways to engage with the person.”

“So, one Tuesday night, there was a conflict. My son had something, my daughter-in-law had something, and the kids needed something, and I said, ‘Well, maybe I just won’t go to my knitting thing,’ and my son was like, ‘Oh, no, no. Mama, you’ll go. You don’t do anything else. You’ll go.’ So, it’s clear in my family that this is an important thing for me!”

Debbie: “What I like about the group is it’s not the grandmother type that you think about. Everybody has jobs, you know, a variety of jobs, and that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t come into it.  It’s not like, ‘Hey, I’m better than you because I’m a doctor and you’re just a housewife,’ or something like that. You know, we just talk about stuff women talk about.”

Katie: “I supposed it’s a fairly female, but we have had some men join. I don’t know why all of them have been named Dave. We may have had one non-Dave member; I’m not really sure. But in terms of at least women, the diversity that you find, it’s like: you don’t really have to have a lot of money, but you could. You could spend as much or as little as you want to on yarn and equipment, and it winds up attracting a completely diverse group. I mean, the types of people I’ve met knitting, the different professions they have, it’s never the same. […] I suppose a lot of us end up being cat people, but not all.”

Ruth: “I’m pretty new here too, and I just love it. I just started knitting last year, and then several months into it I saw it on ravelry.com. […] I’m just thrilled. Even though I don’t knit the way everyone else does–I’m a loom knitter.

Katie: “We let people come with whatever crazy craft project they happen to be working on that they feel like they want to put some time into.”