Tonight's ol/ravelympic update is interrupted for something a bit more philosophical (no, it's not Veronica Mars) and perhaps even controversial (no, it has nothing to do with Dawn being the key. Athough, that was always kind of weird...).
An article titled Children's knitting group turfed from library under new craft ban has caused a bit of a stir across the web today (and in 'real life' too, apparently).
I don't want to get into the arguments about this particular issue (I don't want to get into any arguments, actually!), but it got me thinking (just thinking - not judging, not even saying, just thinking) about the way community groups are defined - that is, what makes an SnB?
Is it a knitting group every time two or more people are together to knit?
The issue has been kind of touched on with Canberra Stitch'n'Bitch recently with our search for a venue to replace civic Starbucks.
The library was floated as an option - that is, until we discovered we would have to have $1 million in public liability insurance!
What if a couple of us met there to craft? (not suggesting we should try to get around it - just hypotheticals...)
When are we SnB, and when are just a bunch of people knitting together?
This in turn begs perhaps an even stickier SnB-related question, when are we knitting friends and when are we friends knitting together?
As an adult it can be really hard to meet people outside of work (and perhaps parents of other children, if you have your own) and I know for many organised community groups are a great way to fill this 'social hole'.
It is an undeniable fact of life that you'll get along better with some people than with others - and there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't necessarily mean that you don't like someone (though you might not).
You're not being mean, or exclusive, you just get along with others better, perhaps you have everything in common.
Is it unreasonable to think that knitting friends from SnB might become great friends outside of SnB, making the transition from getting together to knit to knitting when they get together? I don't think so.
And if you meet through an organised group, do you then have an obligation to the group?
There are no knitting police (knitted police yes, but, in so far as I know, no knitting police), are there craft group police?
I'm telling you, there are more shades of grey here than the latest bendy shade cards have shades of purple!
ps. flowers from our kitchen and garden for light relief ;o)