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nanabanana
06-27-2008, 01:23 PM
Hi I'm new here...NanaBanana [grandkids labeled me, lol!]

I taught myself to knit [English] as a teen from a book, then dropped it for over 30 years [mistake yes, but sometimes life interrupts my plans]! I recently picked it up again & am learning Continental with the help from the videos here :muah: & on Utube.

I want to start a church knitting/crochet chapter in my small local church for people of all ages...I ordered EZ's Workshop book & DVD & her Almanac. Also Maran Illustrated. Can't wait to get them.
I contacted a local knitting/crochet teacher to get the newbies started & refresh people like me who haven't done it for so long. I'm not sure how to get it all organized & what steps I need to take to make it successful....Any Tips?

Has anyone posting here done this before? Or belong to a church chapter? If so how do you/they run things? I am also looking for a catchy, christian themed name...is it okay to use a name found on the internet or is that infringement? Any name suggestions?

I know I'll have lots more questions but can't think past the initial beginings right now...Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated! :grphug:

desidiva
06-27-2008, 09:27 PM
That sounds like such a great idea. I belong to a knitting circle called 'knit together.' The name is taken from a passage in Colossians.

This is what I have asked of God for you: that you will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love, and that you will have the rich experience of knowing Christ with real certainty and clear understanding. For God's secret plan, now at last made known, is Christ Himself. Col 2:2

Maybe your group could work on charity projects, like chemo caps or blankets for premies.

Good luck!

nanabanana
06-28-2008, 09:53 AM
Thanks for your kind reply! Your group sounds wonderful & the name is truly inspired!

Yes, I'm sure that when everyone learns to knit/crochet we will be working on many charitable items.
Right now I need suggestions on getting it up & running.
I found a helpful link in lionbrand & will keep looking & asking for help. Thanks again & keep up your good work!

Here it is in case anyone else is interested:

http://www.lionbrand.com/archives/lbyarnblog2/2005/11/10_easy_steps_t.html

nanabanana
06-28-2008, 09:57 AM
The link did not show up on my PC so I am going to type it again. I think I accidentally clicked on insert image icon instead of insert link [woops!]

http://www.lionbrand.com/archives/lbyarnblog2/2005/11/10_easy_steps_t.html

MAmaDawn
06-29-2008, 06:43 AM
The book knitting for peace has some stuff in it about starting one.

nanabanana
06-29-2008, 05:19 PM
Thank You MamaDawn, I'll look into it!

PeattieWa
06-30-2008, 12:42 AM
My church has a group of us called Heart and Hand. We meet once a month and everyone works on charity projects, hats, sweaters etc. We only meet once a month and I wish it were more often. We also bring yarn and patterns to share with the others in the group. We are never at a loss for yarn as many of the people from our congregation also donate unwanted yarn that we gladly put to good use. Becky

Denise in Michigan
07-01-2008, 01:59 PM
Thanks to everyone posting on this topic! I've been wondering how I'd go about starting such a group and this has been really helpful!

Debkcs
07-01-2008, 02:15 PM
Great thread! The Col.2:2 verse has given me the impetus to call my church and see if I can start a group there.

Thanks!

becjo
07-02-2008, 11:46 AM
I had posted notices in my church bulletin for "Knit-Night" - & I just had another knitter there with me & I did sort of like a group training. Had everyone doing the steps together as they watched me. That way everyone was on the same step, they could watch each other & I could go help everyone being in the same place.
The more it got out, the more people started showing up when we held these nights. I had the people starting off with size 8's & just a plain worsted weight & had them knit just a small square to use as a coaster. That way they get to get casting on, knitting & then casting off fairly quickly.
Once they get familiar with that -introduce the purl stitch. And then, what I did - have everyone knit up squares to put them together for a charity knit.
You'll be surprise how natural some people are once they get going. And then that leaves time for the ones that arent so easily catching on!
Keep us updated on how it goes!