It's a way of knitting that prevents you from getting bored because you're doing it along with a group, instructor Margaret VanLaanMartin said.
"In the class you discuss what's normal, whereas people outside of the group may think it's abnormal," she
"This class could be taken over and over, because it's something new and fun."
As they sat in a circle in a brightly lit room, the sound of needles tapping together were intertwined with banter and storytelling.
They shared different knitting techniques and new material they discovered while exploring in knit shops.
"Everybody shares," VanLaanMartin
Knitting can be great for focusing on things like that, because your mind does not wander, VanLaanMartin
"The practice of knitting can really help us in our everyday lives," she
"We can take the therapeutic aspects and apply them elsewhere."
Knitting started with just making socks and has now branched out to become something decorative and fun, VanLaanMartin
"I knit for the therapeutic reason as well," VanLaanMartin
"Knitting is one of the easiest meditations you can do."
spent the group session working on a long green coat for herself, other creations being knitted were a purse, a scarf and an infant hat for a baby shower.
The group began about a year ago as a get-together at a friend's house and then moved to a friend's local yarn shop where VanLaanMartin
began teaching classes.
The group now meets every Friday.
will be traveling to Zambia after Thanksgiving to teach crochet to kids in an orphanage.
goal is for them to eventually learn to "plarn," or knit with plastic bags, as a way of recycling.
"Plastic bags are a problem in third-world countries," VanLaanMartin
"I want them to have a huge success."
© 2007-2013 Margaret VanLaanMartin