Vintage social networking

Remember when social networking was about meeting up with friends – in person?

Crafters are reclaiming the original concept.

Getting together for coffee, cake and chat, accompanied by knitting or crochet, seems to be an increasingly popular way to escape the everyday hustles for a couple of hours – and long may it continue, that’s what I say!


Some crafty friends and I meet up every month or so at The FoldΒ in Bransford, just outside Worcester. The friendly staff don’t seem to mind our yarny antics and we get lots of positive comments from fellow customers. Β We share ideas, help each other out with queries, and even swap stash, while we ‘put the world to rights’ over a cuppa.

Knit and Natter; Stitch and Bitch; Craft Bees … Are you a fan? Does your group have a name and if so, how did it come about? I’d love to know!



About yarnsmithery

Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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14 Responses to Vintage social networking

  1. MrsCraft says:

    I’d love to have something like this near me but I don’t know any other knitters or crocheters. It looks fab. 😊

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    • yarnsmithery says:

      Yes, I’m lucky to have met some lovely crafters and to have a found a venue that is roughly central to our various locations. I wonder if Ravelry has any groups with connections to your area where you could add a message to see if anyone would like to start a craft group with you? Or your local hall or tea shop? There might be lots of secret knitters hiding just out of sight! If you are ever in the Worcester area, you would be very welcome to come along and join our little group! πŸ˜€

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      • MrsCraft says:

        Thank you! I will look on ravelry, you never know. I nearly joined the local WI but it’s on a night my husband works. I’m sure I’d find like minded people though them. I really don’t use ravelry enough. 😊

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  2. catterel says:

    If I sit at a table to crochet, my ball of wool often rolls off and away … I have a mental picture of the chaos that could ensue if I were in a group of equally clumsy crafters! One of those puzzles where you have to trace which ball belongs to whom! Seriously – this looks great. And I must make myself a cage for my ball of wool from which it can’t escape.

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    • yarnsmithery says:

      I love that analogy! Re the “cage” for your wool, there are specially made yarn bowls that you can buy, but I’m sure you could find a suitable container around the house without going to any expense. A teapot or colander perhaps? Or a suitable box with a hole made in it for the yarn to flow through? With your artistic skills, you could decorate it, or draw on it, to add to the creative fun! πŸ™‚

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  3. catterel says:

    By the way, are the lovely jumpers you crafters are wearing all handmade?

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  4. Hi there! I found your post by searching similar topics to my blog. I love this post about vintage social networking and would love to reblog! Great post! Love the idea of getting together to do crafts like women used too. My great grandma made many quilts this way.


  5. Reblogged this on Vintage Feminist and commented:
    I absolutely love this piece! Thank you yarnsmithery for allowing me to reblog. My great grandma made many quilts doing this with friends!


  6. SleepyTown says:

    I meet up with a group of ladies sometimes to do craft and chat. Being 28, im the youngest one there by at least 30 years, but that doesn’t matter. It’s nice to meet up with people who share the same interests


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