I went with a friend last night to the eclectic-meets-IKEA decorated bar. I wasn't sure what to expect... knitting juggernaut, intimidating experts only club... and found a small gathering of genuinely nice folks. I resigned myself to the background but my buddy asked them a couple of questions and we found that talent is not required, just materials, and they'll show you what they know.
So this night consisted of some observations from afar, accompanied by a cheese plate, a Lone Star, and some quiet reading. Next time, next time... the yarn will be flying.