It was Snowpocalypse 2011, and the knitters of Decatur, Georgia, had fallen on hard times. Two inches of horrifying powdery snow had fallen, shutting down the greater metropolitan region surrounding Atlanta for days on end and driving the city’s residents stark raving mad.
After baking everything in her larder, Shannan had run out of ingredients and coping mechanisms. Her four cats shadowed her everywhere she went, including the bathroom, and she was starting to think they might be plotting to kill her. And so, as one is wont to do, she posted to Facebook.
Less than a mile away, Allison was also running out of things to do and fucks to give. She saw Shannan’s post and had a brilliant idea – DAY DRINKING! The two decided to slip-slide their way to the town square the next day to drink and knit.
The next day, Shannan used the knowledge she had gained during her fifteen year exile to the godless north to teach Allison how to walk properly on snow. On their way to the pub, they saw a woman in a top hat dragging a tuba on a sled, and they knew they were in a magic time.
Originally, they intended to go to Square Pub, owned by the son of one of Allison’s friends, but Square Pub was (tragically) closed. Thankfully, Mac McGee’s, an Irish pub, was open, due to bartender Casey having slept there since the devastating snowfall began. The Whiskeyknitters all have fond memories of bartender Casey.
Soon the pair were joined by friends and Northern imports Rachel and Os, who drove there in their car because they were not afeared of the snow like proper Southerners. Rachel wasn’t a knitter then, but soon that would change…
And so Whiskeyknitters was born. It was slow going at first. Sometimes it was just Shannan and Allison. One time it was just Allison and a non-knitting friend! But every month at least two people gathered at the pub for whiskey and knitting, and the group grew. And grew. And grew…
And now, in addition to the founding Decatur, GA group, we have chapters in Richmond, VA and Minneapolis, MN, and Allison and Shannan have started this blog.
Let’s see what happens next, shall we?