Online connections in the Knitting World

Filed in Out of Our Head by on May 10, 2016 24 Comments

Hi again! It’s me, Jess, Gwen’s and Kellie’s assistant. Today I’m continuing our Prize-A-Palooza theme with a discussion of the online connections we make through the magic of knitting!

I’ve always loved the ability that knitting has to bring people together. I don’t know about you, but if I meet someone for the first time and I find out they’re a knitter, I’m instantly more interested in getting to know that person! My husband jokes that I only like people who are crafty, and he’s not entirely right, but that connection certainly has helped me to make several friendships over the years!

connections with knitters

These days, I get almost all of my knitting-based relationships through online connections. I work from home, I home-school my 3 kids, and I keep pretty busy doing those two things. So I don’t have a lot of time to go to knit group meetings or knitting retreats, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make connections with other knitters! Through the magic of the Internet, I’m still able to find and talk to other people who love yarn as much as I do, and I think that’s a pretty great thing.

Gwen and Kellie have talked a lot about knitting connections, and the impact of the online world on the knitting world, over the years on this blog. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Kellie’s post on modern collaboration – is crowdfunding good or bad for business & any particular industry?
  • The post on the start of EduKnit – I feel personally saddened that the EduKnit project never really took off like we hoped it would, because in this modern age of “everyone’s an expert on the Internet,” I loved having a place where I could find reliable expert knitting instruction and connection with other knitters!
  • Gwen’s post on changes in the knitting industry – this one is full of insights about the ways that the Internet has changed knitting from all sides.
  • Kellie’s post on the connection of knitting – a great story to remember all the ways that knitting connects us to the world around us, and how a great knitting teacher is able to spark that connection in her students.
  • Kellie’s post on Spinzilla breaks down the process of participating in one of the bigger ways to connect online as a fiber artist.
  • Lest you think online connections are the only way to meet other knitters, Gwen’s post on knitting in groups is a reminder of the value of a face-to-face connection when learning or practicing a skill.

So what about you – what are the ways that you connect with other knitters? That’s our prize-a-palooza question for this week!

To be entered into the drawing to win a fabulous knitting prize, please answer the following question in the comments below. Make sure you include a method for contacting you – only one answer per question per person, please!

Question: How do you connect with other knitters? (List any that apply.)

  • local knit group
  • attending events/classes at my LYS
  • knitting festivals and retreats
  • Ravelry
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • I read knitting blogs
  • Anything else we missed? Tell us in the comments!

I will draw for winners at the end of the month and contact everyone about getting them their prizes. Thanks so much for sharing your connections with us!

PS. If you want to keep connecting with the experts, here’s how to find them: Kellie and Gwen.


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  1. Debra says:

    Knitting in public, Podcasts & Ravelry have lead me to other knitters. Zytigg on Rav

  2. Carolyn Ritter says:

    I pretty much connect to other knitters online. I have no local yarn shop in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I really can’t afford to go to retreats, as much as I would like to. I do have a sister-in-law that knits and we are able to knit together when I visit her in July every year.

  3. Geraldine Scott says:

    Podcasts, blogs and Instagram! I’m not a good social knitter…if I interact with others while knitting, I usually spend the rest of my day fixing mistakes!

  4. I connect with other knitters through our local knitting Guild, with neighbors, with women in my Bible study and on Ravelry.

  5. Lynne says:

    I like to go to local fiber festivals. Watch fiber shows on tv.
    I scour the library for new books. Pretty much everything you listed.

  6. cfmdesigns on Ravelry

    local knit groups
    attending events/classes at my LYS
    knitting festivals
    I read knitting blogs
    Knitting in public: Local events/groups/coffee houses that are not about knitting but when I knit there I attract other knitters

  7. Paula Riley says:

    I have a very good friend that knits too. We visit yarn shops in our area & take classes together. I also take online classes through Craftsy & connect with other knitters through Facebook & Ravelry.

  8. Ellen says:

    I belong to a knitting group. Also connect at yarn shops, Ravelry, fiber festivals and classes

  9. Barbara Gambrell says:

    I belong to 2 wonderful guilds and also sit & knit at a LYS and in both I’ve made some great friends. I also teach at the LYS which has introduced me to more knitters. I’m also in a couple groups on Ravelry.

  10. Diane Bloomer says:

    I have a “Wed Night Knitting” support group that started as 3 of us attempting to be more social and not sitting at home knitting. Over the years, it has grown (by invitation) to about 12. They are my sisters in yarn! I also attend classes and events where I’ve learned new techniques and met new people. Having a friend who teaches at Stitches introduced me to Kellie & Gwen and many others. Facebook keeps us connected. I have also belonged to a knitting guild which introduced me to many I may not have known and I helped initiate a spinning guild who did a lot of outreach and training to educate people on fiber.

  11. Cathy says:

    Monthly knitting group, local festivals and workshops, online

  12. Georgeanna Couldry says:

    I connect at the local yarn shop. I seem to go to all the classes and the knitting group. So glad we have a local yarn shop. We didn’t used to.

  13. SidraG says:

    I’ve recently joined a local group with my daughter,Have EWE Any Yarn??!, but before that it was either Stitches, LYS, Ravery or my daughter.

  14. Rocksolana says:

    My first exposure to the wider knitting community was thru various knitting blogs. Then I progressed to Stitches Conventions (where I’ve taken classes with Gwen) , Rhinebeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and LYSs, of which there were at one point about 5 but are now down to only one (boo hoo). I’ve listened to many knitting podcasts. Then I discovered Ravelry and Craftsy. Now one of my daughters knits as well. She lives in England so we’ve done some long distance KAL’s together. We enable each other a lot and knitting related gifts are part of every get together. We’ve attended Stitches together and now we knit for my new granddaughter (her god-daughter). So the adventure continues.

  15. Mary Hawthorne says:

    My most unusual knitting connection happened at a book store. I was browsing the knitting magazines when I met Lydia who was doing the same thing. We got to talking and found that we lived in the same area. I invited her to join our knitting group and we have been friends ever since.

  16. Holly says:

    I read knitting blogs.

  17. Jackie says:

    I joined a local knitting guild that has opened up my knitting to new people and techniques. Thru the guild i teach knitting at a local recreation department. Our new students are great fun!

  18. Linda Hobbs says:

    I have a close knitting sister of another mother with whom I talk knitting several times a week. We also get together for lunch and knit talk frequently since we have both now retired. I do not have a local yarn shop but I was told there was a needlecraft circle of friends at the local senior center. It’s a great group of ladies who knit, crochet, needlepoint, embroider and talk. My husband has talked of moving but I’ve such a great circle of needle-friends that I want to stay here!

  19. Adele Danielsen says:

    Knitting Festivals as much as possible. So sad that Stitches East is discontinued. I spend time everyday on Ravelry, read a lot of blogs, and listen to podcasts. Also a sock knitters Facebook group.

  20. Terese Pratt says:

    Ravelry, the knitters in my hospital auxiliary group, my LYS, and call my daughter. My daughter knits with some of her office co-workers–they are yarn-bombing the office.Two of the knitters in my auxiliary also go to knit with a group in the local senior center..

  21. Tagati says:


    Generally I use Ravelry and read knitting blogs to keep in contact with the knitting/crafty world.

    Tagati on Ravelry

  22. Zita Gardner says:

    I belong to a wonderful knitting guild, have a group of knitting friends that gets together weekly, take classes and attend events at LYSs, occasionally go to Stitches, use Ravelry, read a couple blogs, and attend Adult Education knitting classes.

  23. Juli Macht says:

    We have a small local group that meets fairly regularly (every Sunday morning) to knit and visit together, I usually drag my husband along as he knows most of the group, as well.
    I attend retreats with a girlfriend, an avid self-taught knitter. We also travel together, and therefore knit together.
    There was a time I carried a purse large enough to contain a small knitting project, once while being stuck in a long banking line, I knitted to pass the time.
    Under normal circumstances, whatever they are….., I never sit in a meeting without my knitting. Until my most recent travel, my knitting lives in my car (I have two kittens at home who think my knitting is just for their entertainment). I have been home two weeks and seriously need to get my knitting back into my car.
    I could go on, ad nausum, I will stop here. Enough said! Any time, any place, I knit! It makes me happy!

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