Carving out time for a weekly or monthly meeting is tough when we are all so busy. But I put it on my calendar anyway. The first and third Tuesday evenings of each month are blocked off. I guard this time and look forward to it. Those are my knit nights.
Tuesday evening I walk down the street and knock on my friend Anke’s door. She always calls out, “Come on in! It’s open!” I am expected. As each knitter arrives, Anke calls out again, “Come on in! It’s open!” Soon the room is full of women chatting. We each pull out our work, find our place in a pattern, and start where we left off. We admire one another’s progress, we hold up finished projects, and we seek advice through tangles.
Once we’ve all settled into our knitting we move on to other topics:
How is your sister?
Did you finish that book I lent you?
Is your car fixed?
Have you heard about the job interview?
How was that cake recipe?
We share an interest, and connection to each life around the circle. Knitting brought us together with a common craft but caring for each other is also a vital part of our gathering.
Sometimes knitting on a Tuesday evening is the only progress I make on my projects. But more importantly, it is a time I treasure to connect with my friends. I know about their cares and concerns, and they know my worries and joys. I am invested in helping them as a sounding board, cheerleader, helpmate, or prayer partner. When there is sadness— a grown child moving cross-country or a long job hunt left unfulfilled—we pray for one another. And when there is joy—a new home, a new baby, a new job—we celebrate together.
What would it take to get this kind of gathering going in your world? Do you have friends who would long to learn to knit? Or maybe there are scrapbook folks waiting to join each other? Quilters? A book club? Gathering in community on a regular basis offers each member of the group friendship and security. Consider finding a few friends with like-minded interests to gather monthly for a community of caring. The support (and silliness) it gives your life will be something you treasure each month.