My condo association just started a knitting group two weeks ago.
We had 24 people at the first meeting!
I've only lived in the complex since January, so I didn't know most of the people, but it was great! I took my brand new Denises ( the needles - not you, foldedbird!) and the FT clog pattern. I taught two people how to do a long tail cast on, and one person how to purl.
I also took a couple pairs of baby socks, and soon I'll be explaining how to "TURN THE DREADED HEEL".
Lots of the people had never seen interchangeables before, so mine were passed around and ooo'd and ah'd over. I also took all my Knitpicks color cards, and I know they'll be getting more business. Everyone was amazed at $1.79/ ball WOOL.
One thing that made me a little sad had to do with some of the LYSs in the area. When a newbie comes in and they fall in love with a ribbon yarn or eyelash, or something really fuzzy, the LYS doesn't tell them how hard it will be to LEARN on that yarn. Then when they're on their own they get discouraged because they can't tell what they're doing wrong, or sometimes even see where one stitch starts and the next one ends!
I suggested to a couple people that they get a ball of smooth worsted or bulky weight to practice on, or combine with their novelty yarn. I hate to see people give up on knitting because they start with the wrong materials! Has anyone else had this experience? I also told everyone I could about KH.
Happy Knitting and keep spreading the word! :XX: :XX: