I have just accepted a short term job in Minnesota; the thriving metropolis of Austin to be exact. My pre-doctoral adviser is setting up a new lab there and I am helping him out until I get married in June. I am glad to be getting out of South Bend but I am sorry to be leaving my friends behind. On the bright side, my boss's wife has already found a Sunday knitting group which I will probably check out. That said, nothing will ever replace my beloved Knitwork.
Sometime in early 2008, Carly, Faith and I went to an organized knitting group where we met Kristine and Sandy. We decided to meet up again for coffee and knitting and in seemingly no time, we had a structured knitting club, complete with a webpage (on Ravelry) and email address.
Our group was formed with the mutual desire to have a small group of young professionals who love to knit over coffee, dessert and some light-hearted banter. That said, in a few short months, we have gone through almost every conceivable landmark event that life has to offer. We have seen some relationships begin and others end. We have stood by each other through both the gaining of new family members and through tragic loss. We have helped each other survive traumas, heartbreaks and frustrations. We have cried uncontrollably and we've laughed until we've cried together. We've been each others' support system for dealing with over-bearing parents, unreasonable in-laws and other examples of life's unpleasantness. We gossiped, we've analysed and we've listened. And dare I forget to mention, we've helped each other with knitting too.
From a mere hobby, I have managed to find a group of treasured friends, and two of my bridesmaids for my forthcoming wedding. It has been an privilege to be part of the South Bend Knitwork and it is a chapter of my life I will always cherish.