January 22, 2005

Knitters Unite:
Stitch and Bitch Greensburg Event

Ever wonder what happens when women are armed with pointy multi-colored sticks of steel and pent-up rage? They get together and knit at a coffee house.

Karissa and I can knit. So domestic.

On Friday night at DV8 in Greensburg, Karissa and I attended the first monthly Stitch and Bitch meeting. With a small gathering of some experienced and inexperienced knitters, we introduced ourselves to one another. How sad that our informant of the event was missing. :-( There were women of all ages there; I was pretty surprised. By the end of the evening we had about ten to fifteen people there, not counting the men that popped their heads in the doorway to see what the womenfolk were doing. There was one guy there at the end of the night, but I did not see him pick up needles. Another guy, who briefly stuck his head in, mentioned that his grandmother taught him how to crochet.

The knitting group gets together for a pic

After we assembled, several of the women got right down to it. I was baffled at the knitting needles and the yarn and manner in which I was to manipulate both. I got the basic principle from Karissa.

My first try was a great big flop. My stitches were too tight, and I was dubbed "Hewoman stitcher." One of the ladies asked if I had a controlling personality--Karissa and I got quite a laugh out of that.

My Hewoman stitching efforts

Throughout the night, I got helplessly knotted several times before I finally got going. I ripped out my stiches at least ten times. I think I had to do that because I was so focused on the great conversations sparking.

Two Seton Hill College alums were at the event and asked me about my major and Seton Hill University in general. Karissa and I told them about the changes, specifically in the athletics departments. I think that is when I started the official b-i-t-c-h-i-n-g. I am not a naughty sailor speaker, so every time the words came up, I sort of felt like a bad girl. :-)

I also *get this* met a woman who loves squirrels: Heather. She told me a horrible story about a squirrel in her toilet...but otherwise she was really nice. She is an English teacher in the local area. Karissa heard her say "squirrels" first; she leaned over to me and said, "She just said the magic word." Yes, Karissa, yes she did. Insta-squirrel pal.

"Insta-Squirrel Pals"

I am still knitting. I am making a purple scarf, but I have an inkling I will not finish it until spring. ;-) They will be having more Stitch and Bitch meetings every month on Friday evenings, and now that I know how to do some of it, I can actually relax. What a great way to wind down after a day of SHU.

*Special thanks to Karissa for the wool yarn and Marian for the loaner knitting needles.*

Posted by Amanda Cochran at January 22, 2005 9:17 PM

Hey, you spelled my name wrong in the next to last paragraph, FYI ;)

I am really glad that you got to come knit! Who could have predicted meeting all the fascinating people, the great conversation, and laugh upon laugh with knitting in mind? Not me... And I did enjoy my café au lait--toasted almond :)

Posted by: Karissa at January 22, 2005 9:49 PM

Fixed it. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at January 22, 2005 10:31 PM

Gracias! And I'm certain Marian's mother doesn't mind loaning her needles to someone willing to use them! We'll have to go on a Knit Wits trip (if I ever get any money!).

Posted by: Karissa at January 23, 2005 4:23 PM

I'm so sad I missed Stich N Bitch! I am, however, thrilled that you and Karissa got to go. I will be there next time for sure!

I wanted to tell you as well: I'm having a crafty party on February 5th. If you guys give me your SHU box number, I'll send you an invite (I made way cool invites!).

By the way, the blog looks superfly but isn't loading properly on my computer (it's an oldie at work). I'll be sure to check it out later at home so I can actually read your entry about the night.

Posted by: moira at January 24, 2005 3:23 PM

If you click on the permalink, you can read the entry without moving to another computer. I know it is a pain, but isn't that what beauty is all about? :-)

Posted by: Amanda at January 24, 2005 5:44 PM

I figured that out right after I left you that comment... doh! :c)

Posted by: Moira at January 25, 2005 10:45 AM

Awh, Moira, a craft party sounds like great fun! Awesome :-)

P.S. Glad to know the blog is fly. I aim to please ;-)

Posted by: Karissa at January 25, 2005 11:14 AM

Hi third generation of knit-witts

Posted by: grammy at January 25, 2005 9:01 PM
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