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I am looking for some very experienced knitters in the Chicago area to form a guild. Anyone?
you can join a group im sure there are some obscure groups
There is a knitting guild in Chicago. The Windy City Knitting Guild are you wanting to start an additional knitting guild or more of a knitting group? Here's their link http://www.windycityknittingguild.com/ I haven't joined yet so I don't know what they are like but it does get you a discount at most area knit shops.
I don't know what defines an experienced knitter. I have been knitting since my mom taught me which puts my experience near 20 years (some of those were just failing to finish legwarmers years) but I haven't yet tried swedish weave yet or thrumming but I am designing my own patterns now. I think I'll be experienced when I am 90. I am obscure though.
Thanks, I'll check out their website.
I'm obscure, too. I'm a hands-on learner, and I don't get much out of websites and tutorials. I'm hoping to find a small group or even one person that will challenge me to come up to their level of skill.
I had another thought - there is a group I've attended in Chicago that you might want to check out. Kelly Girls. http://www.craftylibrarian.com/blog/craftyblog.html There is a wide array of skill levels there and the last time I went the group had ballooned but Hilary who runs it is sweet and skilled (and a librarian) and the group is encouraging ( I am afraid I was almost ignored by the one stitch and bitch group I attended in Chicago). I have also noticed a group that meets in the Lincolnwood Borders on Thursdays. I think they are listed on the windy city knitting guild site but I don't know about their level of proficiency.
I sometimes have friends over to my apartment but most are either working on their own projects or just starting to learn.
I know what you mean though I call my sister in Portland when I want inspiration -she cuts sweathers apart and fuses them back together and has all kinds of crazy wonderful skills.
What sort of new knitting skills are you hoping to learn to challenge yourself? Have you checked out Barbara Walker's books I have found her stitch guides a great place to go for inspiration and really readable. I have designed two herringbone hats based on her stitche patterns and a tunsian knitting cowl (you pick up the yarn overs from the previous row and knit them together on the next one- it's really neat). Just looking at all the stitch patterns makes me want to try more.
Thanks, Maren. I have some Barbara Walker books, too, but I'm so visual when it comes to learning, it takes an agonizingly long time to learn from printed word, and then I don't feel like I've really got it until I see someone else do it.
I'd love to meet your sister in Portland!
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