Knit & Natter
Meet our club of the month.
As it is the season, we caught up with Ravelry’s online Christmas Knitting group. With the festive group celebrating its 10th birthday this year, we got chatting with two of its leading moderators, Pat and Lynn (aka Ploops and Steelelady).
“Our group is very active,” says Pat. “We average over 1,300 posts per month and have 1,791 members worldwide, with around 30 regulars who post most days.”
“The closer it gets to Christmas the more members are active, hoping to get their projects done,” adds Lynn.
The group works on all sorts of projects including charity knitting. “A couple of people knit for special care baby units,” says Pat. “I knit for a cold weather centre, another member knits for Warm Up America, and another for refugees.”
Lynn says that Christmas-wise, the projects fall into two categories: “Christmas décor and of course, gifts.”
“The festive season is an opportunity to give to others,” says Lynn. “It brings out the best in us – it’s just enjoyable to share that with like-minded people!”
Their monthly knit-a-longs are very popular too. “This year we had a Sealed with a Kiss KAL in February – make something for someone you love or in a colour you love,” says Pat. “Our Christmas in July KAL is when we start on Christmas gifts or things for the home. In January it’s Now or Never KAL, where we drag out all the WIPs we’ve ignored over the year >!`"}iÌ"Ì#i$"w!%Ã#i`t"&>ÃÌ"Þi>À]"Üi"#>`" a spontaneous-a-long. Someone made a market bag and a few others joined in and soon it was a real knit-a-long!”
“The bag knit-a-long was one of my favourites,” says Lynn. “I love how many projects are for charities round the world.”
As to what draws each member to the group, Pat mentions it’s different for everyone. “I’m a full-time carer for my disabled husband and going out anywhere, let alone to a knitting group, is almost impossible, so for me, an online group is ideal. The members have become real friends. We all share in each others’ ups and downs, be it in a chat thread or by private message.”
So why Christmas knitting? “Because Christmas is the loveliest time of the year! It’s a time for giving and sharing, and what’s better than sharing something you love with someone you love?” laughs Pat.
Both Pat and Lynn describe the group as fun, friendly and positive. “We have our monthly KALs, we have two mini swaps and one big swap a year,” says Pat. “We chat about everything and anything!”
“Christmas time comes around every year so our goal to make our festive items is always there,” says Lynn. “We enjoy tackling new types of knitting and hope to keep learning together!”
For more information about the group or to join in, simply visit www.ravelry. com/groups/christmas-knitting.
THIS ISSUE, PAT AND LYNN WIN A £15 BLACK SHEEP WOOLS GIFT CARD EACH TO USE AT WWW.BLACKSHEEP WOOLS.COM!
Pat’s skull cowl is such a trendy accessory. from Mini stockings Pat, ready to bring a tree. festive cheer to sorts of Members enjoy all colourful projects, from Frances’ Liz’s creative snowflake hat to twiddlemuffs.
Lynn’s knitted this cosy hat for one lucky recipient, and Pat’s elf hat is just adorable!
Flarycka’s cute mini sweater bunting is a festive delight!
Lynn’s s u p er stripy soc ks make practical and pretty gifts for all the family.