Last night I had knitting group. It was a smaller group last night of about 10 or so. The women in the group have interesting jobs: one is an author, another a nurse at a Veteran's hospital, another teaches nursing, one is a young mother with a job, goes to the gym regularly and goes to college full time, one is a manager at a laboratory, one is the shop owner, one worked at a mid-western college and is now retired, another is an admitting nurse at a local hospital, one is a teacher at an elementary school, one is a stay at home mom with a card making business on the side and I'm in commercial construction. We all have knitting in common, but the bond is even deeper than that. These women have faced losing a child, breast and ovarian cancer, divorce, unfaithful husbands, etc., etc. but they have all been strong and made it through anything life has thrown at them! We meet every Tuesday night and when we walk through the door individually it is like being Norm on the old TV show Cheers-everyone says your name like you are the most important person on the earth!! Then we all catch up with each other and check out each others knitting projects or yarn finds. We go in search of new yarn for new projects, someone always brings something they have made to eat, so we share that too. We help each other with problems in our knitting (or crocheting for some of the ladies). More than that though we have shared parts or all of our lives and everyone pulls as a group to help the person that is having some trouble or is upset about something that has happened to them.
In this day and age I find it a comforting to know there are still groups like this that you can go to and be a part of. Sometimes we have had bumps in our little group with personalities but it all seems to work out. Alot of the ladies say jokingly that coming to our knitting group is cheaper than therapy! I feel it is a kind of therapy! Just meeting with the same women every week and sometimes on the weekend and sharing is like group therapy. I also get alot of therapy from the knitting process. After rushing around all day at work and being so busy, busy, busy it is so nice to just sit, relax, chat and knit. We are a form of a family. We have celebrated birthdays, the birth of grandsons or granddaughters, Christmas parties, people graduating from college or high school.
I just wanted to put my thoughts down about how I feel about my knitting group and hope that if someone is searching for a knitting group, bookclub, quilting group, church group, etc., etc. they find what I have found in the group of women at Cottage Yarn! Love you girls!!
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!