I say yes. A guild is a great way to meet other artists (beginners and advanced) who share your craft. In a guild meeting you can learn new skills and enjoy socializing with others who understand the passion you have for your craft. Let’s face it, we all have family members whose eyes glaze over as we go into intricate detail discussing a knit pattern, a weaving pattern, or how we blended our wool to spin that exact color we needed for the toe and heel of a sock.
We are fortunate in our area. We have three great guilds
- The knitting guild is Nashoba Valley Knitters. They meet every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. at St. Theresa’s, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. https://www.nashobavalleyknittersguild.com/
- The spinning guild is Boston Area Spinners & Dyers. This group meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30-9:00 pm. They meet at the Memorial Congregational Church, 20 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA. http://basdspinning.org/
- The weaving guild is the Nashoba Valley Weaver’s Guild. They meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, at the Congregational Church, in Harvard MA. https://nvwg.org/
- For those of you who don’t mind driving to the Boston area, here are two more great guilds. The Greater Boston Knitting Guild, https://www.gbkg.org/ and the Weaver’s Guild of Boston, https://www.weaversguildofboston.com/
Guilds do have a fee to join. I know the knitting guild is $35 for the year. That fee includes monthly meetings where we have guest speakers, learn a new skill, or learn some interesting facts regarding knitting and knitting history. And lots of fun people to meet and share ideas with. During the bad weather months we have done Zoom meetings so we didn’t have to travel to be together.
Check out a guild that interests you. All are on the web with additional information regarding programs.
As I’m sure many are aware, much controversy has occurred regarding this KAL. I have decided to do the alternate, new Clue 1. If you are still undecided, go to the spoilers page on Ravelry for this KAL and you will see the creative ways other knitters used their yarn to create a square that has 85 stitches to each side. I believe a few even offered patterns to make a new center design.