You might try entering some of your knitted stuff in a county fair or other craft competition. You're sure to meet some knitters (or [egads!] crocheters) who might like to get together occasionally.
I understand about going it alone. I live in a tiny little community, and although I've met a few crocheters, I've not met any knitters here. I crochet and knit both, so that's not such a big deal. All the same, none of the people I've met so far have any interest in being social.
So . . . I come to this site and learn new things, ask questions, and find inspiration from all the beautiful projects posted here!