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Old 08-01-2013, 02:24 AM   #4
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One of my "standard" suggestions is to take an in-person knitting class at a yarn shop, preferably one locally owned and operated. But I just performed an Internet search for "yarn shop Wheeling WV," and didn't have much luck.

Hobby shops, yes; yarn shops, not so much.... A couple of shops said in the search that they carry yarn, but when I went to their own websites and searched for the key word "yarn," there were zero (0) returns. The usual advice--"make sure you have spelled the term correctly" and "use more general terms rather than specific terms"--was offered. I'm not sure how to get more general than "yarn"; maybe "sheep"? And, yes, I'm pretty sure I spelled "yarn" correctly.

There's a Joann's in St. Clairsville, OH; not sure what kind of drive that is from your house, and also not sure whether a knitting class at Joann's would be what you're looking for.

An additional avenue for finding people is local churches and the public library. These are venues where groups of knitters (and quilters, and there is often overlap between the two groups--ask me how I know...) will get together and make items to help out with community needs: afghans, hats, scarves, whatever has come to their attention. Often, the knitters/quilters don't belong to or don't have to belong to the church where the group meets. I know that I don't, and both groups are quite happy to accept my volunteer work.

So call around to a few churches and the library (on both sides of the river) and see if they have "community service knitting groups/circles" or charity groups, and see what happens. Quakers (The Society of Friends) usually are aware of community-service groups if you don't get anywhere with mainstream churches.

The people in these groups span the gamut of knitting skills: some are very experienced, some are new, and some have done the same garter-stitch scarf a hundred times without ever learning purl stitch. But they're right there, in person! It's somewhere to start.

Best wishes.
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