There is always at least one person who can teach a newcomer, and spare supplies to experiment with. The atmosphere is non-threatening. If the baby sock you're making is going badly wrong, redefine it as a finger-puppet and keep going. There is no wrong or right way to knit, and it gives women a chance to connect in a non-church venue. Non-Christians can see that Christians don't have to be weird. We talk about church, yarn stores, houses, husbands and boyfriends, food, chocolate, cars, jobs, whatever comes up.
That's a little wierd, quoting something I wrote on my own blog. I'm working on another article for next month. Spero News is a "citizen journalism" project, I got asked to participate a while back, just before the CDP redesign. This is going to be fun!