One of the things I really was concerned about snowbirding in Florida was missing my knitting friends back in Cincinnati. I love getting together with them every week. We share pattern ideas, favorite podcasts, fun tools, yarn info, etc.
While I do miss them (thankful for our Facebook group page so I can continue to interact with them), I’m happy to say I have found two groups that I’m participating in here in Naples, Fl. One group meets every other Tuesday literally across the street. This group is crocheters so it doesn’t provide pattern or tool sharing that I like but they are certainly friendly and welcoming so it’s an enjoyable evening. I found them through a Ravelry suggestion to find them on Meetup. There are about 8 ladies every week. They are all locals so I’m a bit of the odd man out as a snowbird but they have been accepting.
I am also attending a weekly open knitting session at the yarn shop in Naples, Castle Creek Fiber Studio. They have two sessions a weekly, one every Wednesday morning and one every Thursday evening. The Wednesday morning session is too big for me. There must have been 40 women there!!! Even last Thursday evening’s group was about 15 so getting a bit large. These groups are much more filled with snowbirds and are all knitters. Again they have been welcoming and I enjoy learning from others about various knitting topics such as knitting “conventions”, tools, and techniques.
The net for me is that I’m willing, and even looking forward to, snowbirding again next winter. I had thought I might fly home the end of January if I was miserable in Naples. January came and went with me staying in Florida. I will be glad to reunite with my Cincinnati friends come mid-March but at least I’m not literally counting down the days like I did last year in Miami.