On 22 June, I held a new member knit-in at my house. Meetings can be a bit intimidating to new members. My hope was that this would be an opportunity for the newer people to meet each other and a few established members.
It was a sultry summer afternoon and I set things up out on the screen porch. I got out my grandmother's silver tea set and her good Noritake china. In addition to tea, we had three different types of scones: cinnamon-glazed, lemon blueberry, and peaches and cream. (I just had to choose the last one -- so appropriate for Georgia, yes?) I also brewed up a tea posey tea flower in my clear Jenaer Glas (German) teapot. Yes, I am almost as passionate about tea as I am about fiber.
The guests were Anne (Welcoming), Becky (Treasurer & Raffles, see above left), Randie (Membership & Photographer), Linda (formerly Secretary and many other positions), Benita (new member, see right) and Irene (prospective new member, see below left). We got to sit and knit and munch and chat. Several guests browsed my personal knitting library. (There's a reason I was librarian for awhile.) Benita borrowed several items from my library: the Morehouse merino alligator scarf and dragon scarf patterns, Knit Kimono, Knitting New Scarves, and Andean Inspired Knits.
If we do this again, I do hope to have a bigger group. But on the plus side, we all had such a lovely time that the tea party actually ran an hour longer than planned. Truly a delightful way to spend a Southern summer afternoon.
(Both left photos credit: Randie Cowan)