That's been some of the best advice I've received recently. One of the knitting podcasts I listen to really emphasized it. Go out. Meet other knitters. Join a group. You'll love it, we promise.
To say I was skeptical is an understatement. I have some (read: MAJOR) social anxiety, so putting myself out there was the last thing I wanted to do.
I had been to our local group a few times before, but never really felt like a fit. When my wife and I moved, it happened to be to the same town where the knitting group met up every Saturday morning. I knew some of the girls from my previous foray into social knitting, and I decided to push myself into going.
It also just so happened that a brand new local yarn store was having a soft opening that same day, and the group decided to meet there.
Well, those podcasters were not wrong. It's been almost five months since that day, and I feel like I've gained so much. If I have a knit-mergency, I am no longer stuck googling and youtubing until I find a solution that seems like it works okay. I can go into the yarn shop or wait until knitting group (which is now TWICE a week!). I have friends that I get to talk to. I get out of the house and go to events at the store. I have not only expanded my knitting skills, I have significantly expanded my social calendar. This is not something I ever would've thought I'd wanted.
Last night was Knit Night, and I realized how far I've come. When I open the shop door and I'm greeted by all the friendly faces that are happily knitting at the table, I exhale. I breathe. This is what I look forward to. No matter how busy I am professionally or personally, knit night is the one thing I do a week for me. I feel like I can reset myself and take a break not worry about everything else. I feel accepted.
Join a knitting group, I promise you won't be disappointed.