How To Throw A Knitting Party

Plan a knitting party in a few simple steps. It is easy to throw a fun party and learn a valuable skill with friends.

It's easy to plan and host an event your guests won't be able to stop raving about- a knitting party. The ingredients of any successful party apply here: a great theme, one part unique invitation, two parts activity, a pinch of tasty snacks and, last but not least....the goody bag. Read on for some tips on planning an evening your girlfriends will be talking about for weeks.

While knitting may seem like your grandmother's craft, younger women are eager to learn this hand craft. By learning the simple techniques of knitting, your guests can create their own accessories for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them-while having fun. Marcia, 38, a mother of two, recently joined a knitting class and proudly shows off her first project-an electric green nubbly scarf. She enjoys her class because she had gotten to know the women and enjoys the chance to socialize while creating something unique. Heather, a 30 year-old gym teacher, almost never misses her monthly knitting club with about a dozen other women.

Major department stores and exclusive boutiques are offering a large inventory of hand- knit scarves, hats and mittens to answer the huge increase in demand for handcrafted accessories this season. The popularity of handcrafted wearables makes a knitting party a fun way to spend the evening while learning a valuable skill or improving rusty ones.

Your invitation sets the mood for any event. For a unique invite, begin by printing or writing out the details. Add some clip art if you like. Copy the information onto colorful cardstock available at most copy shops and you've got an eye-catching postcard. By simply punching two holes on top of the card, you can thread some interesting yarn scraps into a bow for an even more powerful effect.

Next, decide on the activities. If your guests are experienced knitters, ask each one to bring a project to demonstrate and an idea to share. Consider choosing a simple pattern to give all your guests or distributing the same yarn. Seeing the different creations your friends come up with will certainly fuel the conversation and is sure to get more than a couple of laughs. Another idea is inviting a guest speaker. Perhaps one of your guests might be a skilled knitter and willing to teach others.

If you and your guests are just learning to knit, it will be helpful to have some kind of instructional program. There are several options. A good source of information is your local knitting store. Because crafting has experienced a resurgence in interest recently, you will probably be able to choose from a few. Several shops were happy to provide helpful hints for a successful event. Your local knitting shop is also a good place to turn when you've run into a snag in your project. Many shops even welcome knitters to bring in their mistakes for an on-spot repair. Another resource is the local craft store. General craft outlets offer an overwhelming variety of supplies. They often provide free craft classes. However, it is hard to get the personalized attention you can expect at a smaller specialty shop.

Knitting kits for beginners are available online or at local knitting stores and range in price from $30 to $45. Kits vary, but will generally include needles and small supply of yarn and written or video directions. Instructional videos and DVDs range from $20 to $40. Private knitting lessons can cost $100 for a 2 hour individual session, or consider a semi-private lesson which can cost in the range of $75 per hour for the group. Many local knitting stores offer party planning services and supply kits, so if you are not feeling creative or energetic, simply pick up your phone.

Many craft stores offer a wide choice of well priced yarns. Basic supplies for knitting are very inexpensive. You'll need needles in size 8 to 10 and yarn. This is usually less than $5. It is a good idea to have several scissors and safety pins on hand. Some of the textured and multicolored yarns available can make even a simple project like a scarf look unique and exciting. Pompoms are an easy-to-make yet adorable addition to any hand knit project.

It's not a party without refreshments. Offer simple finger foods because guests will want to focus on their projects and avoid getting crumbs in their work. Stay away from messy dishes that can soil hands and yarns. Remember, the focus of this party is the activity, so don't waste your time or distract from that with complicated snacks. Your guest will not be able to enjoy them while trying to keep their work tidy. Warm and cold beverages, cookies, brownies or a cheese tray are easy to prepare and easy to eat while working with your hands. Your guests may enjoy a glass of wine, but you may want to stick to a white variety!

Long time knitters agree that they love being able to create personalized garments and wearable art. But most respond that knitting is a form of relaxation for them. Many women pick up crafts while waiting for a pregnancy to end. Making baby blankets and garments is a great way to pass the time and get your mind off of your swelling belly. Hand-crafted items also make fabulous gifts the recipient will always treasure.

What's a party without a goody bag? Once you have planned a simply terrific menu and lined up entertaining activities, there is one more step to a great event. Using a simple paper bag with handles bag, make a decorative bow out of some colorful yarn, or twist together a few strands of different colored yarn. Let your creativity run wild. Fill the bag with a handful of hard candies or mints to enjoy while knitting at home. Add an interesting skein of yarn, and a handful of colorful buttons. Roll up inexpensive items such as a copy of a simple pattern, and tie it with decorative yarn scraps. Add cards from the local knitting shop for an unforgettable gift.

A theme has been picked, refreshments and activities planned. Invitations have been sent. Now it's time to sit back, relax and cast on.

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