Knittin’ Kittens

I’m a member of a private group of knitters called the Knittin’ Kittens. We meet once a week from fall to spring to work on projects & learn new things about knitting. The women in our group are from their early 20s to 40-ish and there are some men who participate also. Knitting is “cool” right now. It’s a very social craft but one you can do solo too if you wish. There are many public knitting groups around Austin. One is the Austin Stitchnbitch which meets every third Tuesday each month at Book People. Then there’s the Austin Knitters Group which also meets monthly. These groups welcome beginners but if you want more formal instruction, a variety of knitting classes are offered at Hill Country Weavers which also sells a tempting variety of yarns, equipment, and books on knitting, crocheting, etc.

10 Comments so far

  1. Professor Harold Hill (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 8:32 am

    OK, just stop.

    Are you boasting about this little ‘knitting group’ or are you just trying to look cooler than the other kids who go to the regular stitch and bitch meetings all over town? Instead of writing about knitting and all the people doing great stuff in town you throw down this little two-year old style taunt.

    THOSE groups welcome beginners… your group only takes holier than thou people who don’t have time for people who don’t know how to knit? Most people would say “I knit with friends” but you make it sound so damn pompous. That is why crafty people get a bad name, because they throw attitude around before they even talk about their craft.

    Pft. It’s not “cool” now; it was “cool” a few years ago now it’s “played” because of people like you.

  2. Stephanie (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    Dear Music Man,
    I hope that someday you learn to knit and are able to let go of your anger against others.

  3. Professor Harold Hill (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Stephanie –

    Thanks for proving my point by being condescending with the same tone as your post. It’s that attitude that makes it hard for the rest of us craftspeople. Oh yes, I’m one. Guys knit and craft too but you’re just the sort who would toss that off. (When blogging consider the possibility the people you’re talking to have frogged more yarn than you’ve knit… as my grandmother would say.)

    Anger against others? Not sure where that came from – no, this is squarely pointed at you and your attitude. Your post was nothing more than “I’m better than you… but you can knit here” and that’s just sad.

    I’m sorry you came to knitting and decided to make it such a reflection of your attitude. I hope you’ll realize there’s room for everyone in the sandbox, and not just the cool bloggers. In fact, that’s the message here just for you.

  4. JC (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 11:04 am

    Is this really a throw-down about knitting?

  5. ruthie (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    Sounds to me like she’s saying, “You can knit if you want, all the cool kids are doing it. You just aren’t cool enough to knit with ME.”

  6. Stephanie (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 12:26 pm

    I’m sorry that my words have been misinterpreted. The Knittin’ Kittens is not just a group of my friends, I don’t know many of them. It is simply what I described, a private group. I enjoy knitting and wanted to provide info to others on how they can learn and/or meet others who knit. I will no longer be posting to Metroblog since it’s most vocal readers seem to be here in order to attack strangers whom they’ve made erroneous asumptions about.

  7. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2005 @ 10:48 am

    Whoa. I just stepped into this thread. I was wondering why this post was generating so many comments.

    I have to agree with Ruthie on this one. I don’t think Stephanie’s post was intended the way that you took it, Professor. I can see perhaps misconstruing the “private” descriptor of the group, but I don’t think it’s what she meant.

  8. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

    For the record, I read the comments too fast. I don’t, in fact, agree with Ruthie. She read it wrong as well. The rest of the comment stands.

  9. Nancy (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 4:20 pm

    What a bunch of terrorists you all are! Someone tries to give you good tips on ways to learn to knit, meet people to knit with and where to buy your supplies and you stomp all over her! The original poster obviously can’t help the fact that her group is private, but she did make an effort to give us the info we needed to get started. Professor, you do sound like you have some definite inferiority problems and ttrentham, you’re not very supportive of your fellow blogger. I’m taking this bookmark off my computer because this has left such a bad taste in my mind of how people treat others on a blog for Austin.

  10. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 10:12 am

    Gee, Nancy. You didn’t really read my second comment, did you?

    Do whatever you like with your bookmarks. I think we “terrorists” (an amazing choice of words in this day and age, btw, I commend you) will survive.

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