Knitting friends, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks! We had Thanksgiving, and I hosted a visiting knitting friend for a few days, and then we both drove down to Rhinebeck for a long weekend of knitter frivolity, and then after some extended visiting with another knitter friend in the Rhinebeck posse I finally made it home yesterday. I have so much to catch up on in non-knitting life (and, well, some in knitting life, too), I’m behind on television shows (my stories are important, yo), and probably I could use a bit more sleep, but I am also so glad I got to have this good chunk of knitterly vacation. It was totally worth it.
Being able to do this year after year is an incredibly lucky thing, and I am very glad to know so many knitter friends to spend this fabulous weekend getaway with every year. The time-space continuum is, sometimes, a complete jerk, and I have so many knitter friends who I would normally only get to “knit with” via digital interaction. But emails and Skype just aren’t enough all the time, so sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and go to a place where there are knitters you know in the same place.
Explaining this weekend to non-knitters is a bit of a trip. There are people in the world who don’t understand why thousands of people would spend their weekend at a state fair Sheep and Wool festival, I guess. I have described it to several people as, essentially, a cottage getaway/girls weekend, and I know others have used Comic Con as an analogy. I have come to look forward to the non-festival parts of the weekend just as much as the fair, if not more so. I can buy yarn in a lot of places but this group of my friends only comes together once a year.
Not everybody gets to do this. And people who do get to do it don’t necessarily get to do it several times. I am very lucky.
If you are without a Rhinebeck-style knitter gathering opportunity, and wish you had one, I’m going to enthusiastically encourage you too, take matters into your own hands and find the closest alternative you can manage. Find a knit night, make Saturday afternoon coffee-and-knitting plans or a weekly cocktails and knitting time with friends that live locally. Whoever the knitting friends are that you have in your life, make time for them, because they might just be some of the best ones you’ll find.
The knitting friends I have made, largely first through digital interactions to be followed by many worthwhile visits in person, have outlived many other friendships I have made through school or work relationships. I hit the jackpot with this group. I hope you can too.
Thanks for another great year of knitting and friendship time, Rhinebeck! Fall looks good so far if you’re any metric to go by.
Happy knitting this week, blog friends! I hope you are working on some great projects and I will be sure to catch up very soon with what’s on my needles, because I’ve got new yarns to hug and some stashed ones that will be ignored no longer. I might just try to knit all the things.