NYC, Mefi, and Knitting!
posted January 5, 2018 12:16 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun February 11 at 11:00 AM, City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
Kicking off a monthly knitting/crocheting/etc. meetup in New York, meeting the second Sunday of every month. If your craft is portable, it is welcome.
Yes, Ravelry and Meetup can also help me with this. But the group Ravelry helped me find disbanded when everyone moved out of town a few years back, and the only groups helped me find are all way the hell out of my way, or seem to be a little cliquey.

Monthly or bi-weekly seems a good frequency (at least it's one I know I'd make), and I am partial to Brooklyn for location, but as long as I can get to whereever pretty easily I can do Manhattan or Queens.

Any interest out there?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Meetup (51 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I'm one of the organizers for MergeSort, which is a feminist maker meetup, for non-binary people and women to make things, learn, and work on projects of all sorts. And we always or nearly always have knitters at our meetups; I'm not a knitter, but I am a MeFite.

This coming Thursday evening (the 11th) we have a project night in DUMBO in Brooklyn in case you want to swing by. (I am not posting it as a meetup on IRL because the venue address is meant to only be available to the meetup members; maybe I'll change my mind and post it as a Proposed meetup.)

MergeSort would not be a replacement for what you seek, an all-gender MeFi-specific group, but I wanted to make sure you knew about it.
posted by brainwane at 1:43 PM on January 5 [2 favorites]

I'd be down for that. And thanks for the heads up brainwane, I just applied to join Mergesort. I'm currently partial to manhattan because I'm still mobility impaired from some ankle surgery, but hopefully soon I'll be less limited.
posted by miss-lapin at 12:11 AM on January 6

I'd be down!
posted by starlybri at 2:30 AM on January 6

I would very prefer Manhattan.
posted by starlybri at 2:31 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]

Yes!!! But I'm in NJ so probably prefer Manhattan as well.
posted by sockermom at 3:01 AM on January 6

I'm interested too! It would depend where in Brooklyn since, you know, getting from one part of Brooklyn to another can be a pain in the ass. So it might be easier if it were in Manhattan.
posted by UltraMorgnus at 4:18 AM on January 6

I’m down! I’m in Queens so would prefer that, but barring that, Manhattan.
posted by holborne at 6:06 AM on January 6

I'd be up for this. I'm going to be taking two classes and working full time this upcoming semester, though, so I'm not sure yet how often I'd be able to join you all after January. Also, I just moved back to Bergen County but I belong to a NYC knitting Meetup, Pints n Purls. They meet in bars, primarily in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but also go to different events all over the city and beyond.
posted by LiliaNic at 6:54 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]

I'm contemplating Pints n Purls now.

But if there's still interest in a Mefi-Centric group - how about we make it easy on ourselves and only do once a month? In Manhattan, on a weekend?

I know fuck-all about what would be a good meeting place in Manhattan, is the only problem.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:02 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]

I am without a knitting group. I'm in Washington Heights, so would prefer Manhattan or somewhere in Brooklyn accessible from the A train.
posted by hoyland at 7:07 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]

I'm in. Accessible Brooklyn is fine pending insanity known as weekend MTA service though
posted by TravellingCari at 9:18 AM on January 6

Hello guys, Skygazer here....It's been a forever since I've been on Mefi and please excuse my so flagrantly off-topic question here, I don't knit, although perhaps I should learn how, (I hear it's wonderfully meditative), But this seems a place as any to ask if anyone knows of a sublet or room available in the next couple of weeks or in Feb? I am absolutely 100% ready to take up knitting if the case calls for it.

Anyhow, if anyone has any advice on where to look/ask online for NYC (Bklyn or Queens but considering other boroughs) these days, or within the Mefi Multiverse please let me know.

Happy knitting!!
posted by Skygazer at 10:31 AM on January 6

I’m up for a Mefi knitting group. Once a month sounds good.

My non-Mefi knitting group has tossed around City Bakery as a possibility, (18th between 5th and 6th) although we haven’t actually tried it out.

Library space is also nice. Surely we have some librarian-adjacent people here.
posted by Liesl at 12:00 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]

One a month in Manhattan on a weekend sounds good to me!
posted by starlybri at 3:10 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]

(I see Purl Soho also has regular knit nights, but I think those are on Tuesday evenings. Maybe they'd be open to hosting a one-off MeFi meetup just to try it?)
posted by brainwane at 3:46 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]

Also interested, would also prefer Manhattan.
posted by naturalog at 6:42 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]

Manhattan on a weekend sounds good to me.
posted by betweenthebars at 7:33 PM on January 6 [2 favorites]

Can other fiber-adjacent hobbies come play too? Never managed to wrap my head around knitting but for everything else, if Purl Soho has supplies for it, I've probably tried it...
posted by yeahlikethat at 4:18 PM on January 7 [1 favorite]

I live in the Bronx, so I prefer Manhattan (or parts of Queens I can reach by bus). This will require giving my social anxiety and embarrassment over my poor crochet skills a good talking to, but I think it may be worth it.
posted by zorseshoes at 5:03 PM on January 7

Can other fiber-adjacent hobbies come play too?

I say if it's portable enough to be brought somewhere, why not.

I know someone who also lurks here on MeFi, is a beer nerd and lives in the Stuytown area who crochets; let me ping her and see if she knows a good place we could meet at (and maybe enlist her). Then we can hammer out day/frequency.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:19 PM on January 7 [2 favorites]

Oh this is exciting!
posted by miss-lapin at 7:34 PM on January 7

Right, I just RSVPed to Pints and Purls on Wednesday should anyone care to join me.
posted by hoyland at 7:45 PM on January 7

I am interested! - I live in Queens so Manhattan works better than Brooklyn. I got rid of my yarn last year but kept needles just in case - and here we are...
posted by jilloftrades at 6:41 PM on January 9

My Manhattan/crochet/Mefi lurker friend is coming off a somewhat busy patch and hasn't gotten back to me yet with location ideas, but says she's starting to brainstorm now.

So do we want to discuss timing? Maybe, like, every second Sunday or something like that?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:56 AM on January 10 [3 favorites]

Oooh, sounds fun! Brooklyn or Manhattan mostly on weekends works for me. Anybody going to VKL this weekend?

Btw, I believe String Thing Studio in Brooklyn has a regular knit night on Fridays. I've gone a few times and really enjoy it. The timing can be a little difficult with my schedule though.
posted by wiskunde at 4:43 PM on January 12

Weekends sound excellent. Sunday is good.

I did VKL last year and loved it, but I unfortunately can't make it this year. To those going, enjoy!!
posted by sockermom at 4:57 PM on January 12

Why don’t we set the first one for City Bakery on a Sunday morning, and then continue brainstorming locations for subsequent meetups?
posted by betweenthebars at 11:06 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]

Okay - how about February 11th for the first one, to set the second-Sunday-of-each-month pattern? City Bakery, about 11 am?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:08 PM on January 13 [4 favorites]

I'll come if I can bring my (5-y-o) daughter--we're going to the ballet in the early afternoon. But we'll only be able to stay about an hour.
posted by Liesl at 6:05 AM on January 18

I see 4 favorites on my "February 11th at city Bakery" suggestions. Are those favorites "yes" votes?

Please advise.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:39 AM on January 18 [1 favorite]

Mine was a yes vote!

I believe there's a Metatalk thread or two about what favorites are for, though. ;)
posted by sockermom at 9:14 AM on January 18 [1 favorite]

I'm out for the 11th, but let me know when the next one is.
posted by hoyland at 12:29 PM on January 20

I can probably make it the 11th if I don't have work.
posted by starlybri at 6:27 AM on January 31

Will anyone have extra knitting sticks I can borrow? (I think I have some knitting string, but I gotta look around for it...)
posted by sexyrobot at 1:04 PM on February 4

What size do you like and are you ok with circs?
posted by miss-lapin at 4:40 PM on February 4

I don't know and what are those? (I may have knitted once when I was like 10)
posted by sexyrobot at 2:00 AM on February 5

SexyRobot - I think it would help for you to figure out what you're making first. Do you have anything in mind to make, or have you decided?

If you don't have an idea for what you're making yet - I have the perfect idea. There's a really big craze for dishcloths as a simple project because a) they're small, b) they usually only need a little yarn, and c) they go fast, and d) they can be pretty easy. I have a shit-ton of the yarn you use for dishcloths, to the point that I'm trying to get rid of it - lemme bring a ball of that yarn and the appropriate needles for that yarn. I'll need the needles back when we break for the day, but the yarn and whatever you make out of it you can keep.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:30 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

Do Not. Knock yourself out. (although that does sound cool...I guess I hadn't thought about what I was actually making, just learnding how to do it. Hmm...maybe a long Dr. Who scarf in cooler, and/or whatever, colors) If I end up with anything other than 'giant wad of knots' I'll probably be thrilled. If I do just end up with a giant wad of knots, I'll probably just have tea. ;)
posted by sexyrobot at 8:51 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

If you're just starting out then a dishcloth is perfect. It's small, it's something you actually could finish in one sitting, and it is something that is meant to be used, so you don't end up feeling all "I need to keep this shut away like Rapunzel so nothing happens to it".

I'll also dig out my copy of Stitch and Bitch to loan if you like. It was how I learned, and I used it to teach a friend. It also has a couple of beginner projects as well.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:09 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

Right, I'm getting way into this - sexyrobot, check your memail.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:13 AM on February 6

Sexyrobot-Circs is short for circular needles, which are mainly what I use. Some people don't like them, others, like me, use them for pretty much all their projects. Since your a newbie, I would say the Empress is correct. Stitch and Bitch has some great beginner projects to help you learn.

Just a side note, I'll be bringing embroidery probably although I knit and crochet. Right now my knitting project is finishing a blanket and I don't wanna haul it to a bakery.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:16 PM on February 8

Plans changed, I'm back in.
posted by hoyland at 6:43 PM on February 8

Alright - I'm heading there now. Will try to grab a table.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:57 AM on February 11

I am so sorry. As often happens to me, I must work today. I am sorry to miss this.
posted by sockermom at 7:35 AM on February 11

Ack, I’m glad I checked this thread and then double-checked our ballet tickets. The showing is at 11 am, not 1 pm like I thought. I hope to see you all next month!
posted by Liesl at 7:39 AM on February 11

I am here, on the second floor right when you get up the stairs.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:06 AM on February 11

Hoyland and i have established a beachhead. Come on down.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:11 AM on February 11

Had to work today - am not that far away and actually have my crocheting in my bag, but I'm guessing you'll all be long gone before I can make it... will definitely try to make the next one.
posted by Mchelly at 8:40 AM on February 11

Braving the weather via a local N train. ETA 45 minutes. Will you still be there?
posted by bilabial at 9:14 AM on February 11

I hate to be another cancel but I plan and the gods of plumbing laugh. Now I'm stuck here waiting for the plumber. Oh joy. I will be there next time with bells on.
posted by miss-lapin at 10:42 AM on February 11

Yay we have launched! Great to see everyone who turned out - and looks like this time/date/place works for everyone, so I'll be posting the next one soon.

posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:59 PM on February 11

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