I so enjoyed this article about a group of friends in South Carolina who formed a knitting circle. They took the one thing they all had in common (the hobby of knitting) and met weekly to work on their projects and also have some conversation.
The women (Pat Lare, Renee Graham, Barb Richstad, Lucrecia Herr, Jackie Harrington, and Jane Gillespie) meet up once a week at a bookstore. The thing I love is that they went from making small talk at the knitting shop to creating this group. Never underestimate the value of small talk!
One of the members, Renee Graham, said of the group, "It was a time for me to come and be centered."
This is a perfect example of the power of openness, and how it can bring you together with others. Simply find others who enjoy an activity like you do, and you'll have the beginnings of a possible friendship.