It’s always fun to discover new things to do during quieter times on Martha’s Vineyard. Recently, I walked into Vineyard Knitworks for the first time.
Located on State Road in Vineyard Haven, this shop is like a little haven. When you walk in, you’re treated to soft music, beautiful yarn as far as the eye can see, and smiling faces. I was there for the Beginners Knitting Class, part one.
Does this surprise you? Me knit? Sadly I do not. I knitted a scarf about a decade ago and it was not the best experience, so I realized it’s not for me.
However, it is a favored past time for so many, and I bet a lot of other people would enjoy learning the craft.
I can’t always write stories about me! My friend Shelly O’Neil had invited me to the class through Facebook. I thought it would be a great thing to check out and share.
So, I was already enamored by the space. All of the yarn and beautiful handmade things peppered throughout Vineyard Knitworks was so lovely to look at. When I went into the room where the class was being held, I was even more in love.
People attending the beginner’s class were gathered around a kitchen table, in a cozy kitchen/work space. I was greeted by Mary, an avid knitter who works there, and invited to sit and offered a cup of tea. The whole space and experience made you feel like you were in a friend’s kitchen.
Once the two hour class began (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a cost of $20), people chose their yarn, and needle style to use. The goal of the class, with the second one following later in the week, was to create a square dishcloth. This did not look like a beginner project to me, seemingly harder than a scarf, right?
However, students jumped right in, trying to create a perfect slipknot. Everyone was laughing together, helping each other out. It was quite the scene. I was sad that I did not sign up for the class. I definitely got caught up in the energy and the fun. An added bonus was that there were a number of people I knew in the class. Perhaps the next one will work with my schedule, and I can join in the fun.
I am now second guessing my lack of knitting skills. Knitting can yield some seriously fabulous creations!
There’s even an open knitting group on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the Winter months. How fun to grab your project, share and knit with others in that cozy space. I imagine you’ll make new friends and see old ones as well, all while creating wearable or usable art!
If you already knit, keep an eye out for the fun projects Vineyard Knitworks offers. For Valentine’s Day, you can make a knitted heart pillow for someone special with fellow knitting enthusiast on Saturday, February 4th, at 1:00 p.m.
Vineyard Knitworks, located on State Road (next to Educomp), in Vineyard Haven, has everything the experienced and novice knitter would need.