the knitchicks story
Knitchicks was launched in September 2003 as a way for me to find other people to knit with. I was recently arrived in London and had left my crafty chicas back home.
I went to a couple of Cast Off events (still do!) and was keen to keep meeting people to knit with. So I thought I'd organise my own, and knowing few people in my area, I figured the easiest way to spread the word was on the internet.
I already had a Typepad blog, and as they give you some free space, the quickest way to get the info online was to create a new blog, especially for the knitting announcement. As the name of my blog is acechick (a nickname given to me by a friend), I decided to call this new blog knitchicks.
TWO people turned up to that first group. Turns out, they were the greatest two people I could ever meet and are now firm friends!
I would like to be able to say that 'everything took off from there', but it didn't. The first year was full of meetings and groups where only one or two people came. I trawled through message boards and blogs, emailing people and trying to make contacts.
I was just about to give up on it all when in November 2004, The Metro newspaper did an article on knitting and then it really did take off from there! Knitters came out of the woodwork and groups de-cloaked! It was really exciting to meet new people and get to knit with them.
At the same time, there seemed to be more bloggers, so in March 2005 UKnitters blogring was launched. A year later, we've over 130 members, and growing.
I'm thrilled that the UK knitting scene has taken off so successfully. In London there are now meetings every night of the week and new groups are constantly being formed. The UK has plenty of talented knitters, designers, spinners and bloggers and I'm proud to be part of this community.