Knitting Groups-Suggestions, Opinions, Experiences, etc.

Location, location, of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong.  I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.

One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus).  The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc).  Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.

The other was held in a great Mission coffee house with great music, but the lighting was poor (Bill used to carry spare light bulbs in his knitting bag), the seating was uncomfortable and if it was crowded, we couldn't all sit together.  The food and coffee were fine, but limited to coffee house fare.  I like this place a lot and I'll go there to knit by myself sometimes, but it doesn't work for a group.

Another factor was time.  There was a group on Monday night and one on Tuesday night (in fact, I think for a while anyway, you could find a different group to knit with every night of the week).  Monday Night Knit vs. Men Who Knit and many of us went to both groups for a while.  But when I needed to pare down to one night a week, I chose Monday.  I would really like to see a men's night start up again, but as a monthly event.

On location, again, the staff also makes a big difference.  Monday Night Knit was started by the cafe owner who is also a knitter.   He understands the need for good lighting.  He reserves an area for the knitters so we don't have to worry about beating the crowds to the cafe and staking out our territory.  And he has great people on his staff.  He even knits with us, but not often enough.

I think men's knitting groups are a great idea and I don't want to discourage them, but one of the reasons I love my knitting group is the people who are there.  It's a terrific mix of great people.  If you limit your membership, you limit your group.  You limit your potential for success, you limit your potential for inspiration, great conversation, growth, etc.  Like I said, I would love to see a monthly men's knitting night in San Francisco, but for a weekly group, I think we've got it pretty good.

ulf's picture

It really sounds terrific with a knittinggroup for men and I can see why you like your group.

I've missed going to The Point the last few weeks but will probably start again next week. It's a yarn store cafe with coffee, tea, cold drinks, sandwiches & pastries. The store closes @ 7pm on a Sunday for Boys Night. Howwever, a few ladies often lurk! Even though I've not been for a while some of the guys e-mail me. 

Knit NY has a Boyz Night which is 9pm on a Friday I believe. I've not been as it's too late for me.

Seaport Yarn has a knitting circle Wednesday 5:30 until ........... again I've not been as I work until 6pm & by the time I get downtown it's too late & I want to get home.

Booze & Yarn also happens on a Wednesday evening at The Bowery Poetry Club. It's a cafe/bar with a performance space. If there is a performance the lights are too low. Fun space though & Corina is a great hostess. 

Knitting in a group is a lot of fun. You get to know new people. Share ideas & tips. alternative ways of approaching a project. And, best of all compliments! 

Living in a city does offer more opportunities for groups like this. Can you post an advertisement Ulf suggesting a knitting group? You never know what response you'll get. 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

ulf's picture

Yes maybe that would be possibility.

Knipper's picture

I started a Men's Knitting Circle last September in Philadelphia.  We meet

once a month (the last Tuesday of the month) at a local coffeehouse.  I took the suggestion of a member from this site who told me to advertise in advance.  So I spent the summer putting the information out via flyers and word of mouth.  We have 8 to 10 people attend each time with someone new at each one.  We meet at a coffeehouse roomy enough with a large table plus two sofas, so there is room for us and anyone else who is there.  Our only rule is that everyone is to make a purchase of food or beverage while there to support the establishment.  Music is mellow and never intrusive and the staff is congenial.  And, regarding an urban environment, it is close to public transportation spots so attendees can get home easy for those not in walking distance.  Once a month works for everyone since time constraints can be hard to dance around. If, in time, we want to meet more often, we will.