Barry mentioned in another post that he may give up trying to start a knitting group due a lack of response.
I think that statement is a good starting point for another discussion - How does one start a knitting group?
Like any grassroots community organizational effort, you gotta spread the word! Within a week of learning to cast-on, I started Men Who Knit. I posted ads on Craigslist and other knitting message boards, wherever I could find an audience.
On the local scale, I'd suggest contacting your local yarn stores and asking if they'd be willing to put up a flyer, place small cards on their counter, or anything of that nature to publicize your efforts.
On your marketing collateral, make sure to welcome beginners and the curious. Teaching someone to knit isn't difficult and imparting instruction only serves to build a lasting impression with those you assist, as well as serving your efforts to build a group.
If you see another knitting group advertised, contact them and see if any of them would be interested in getting together at a different time. There was a point when HMAlbert and I were hitting up 3 a week. We found that most people frequented multiple groups.
Knit in public and always have an extra ball of yarn and some needles on you. When the curious approach, ask if they've got a few minutes and offer to teach them a few things. If they don't have time, pass on your email address and suggest getting together at a later date.
Contact seemingly unrelated groups of people and pitch knitting as something that might augment their current activities. The yoga/meditation crowd is a prime example of this. Quite a few books have been written linking knitting to spiritual or mind-body practices. Target a flyer to the group you're trying to attract and cite references which appeal to them.
I'm sure others have good ideas, too... Let's hear 'em!
Knitting/Crocheting Class sheduled at FIT
Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructor program
Sept 9-11, 2005
Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue @ 27th Street
I'm hoping to be there!
Did you know that the current issue of www.knitty.com is all guys stuff? John from The Point has a design in there.
Also the knitting magazine put out by Vogue knit:1 is publishing a men's issue in Novenmber.
I'll be in Pasadena next week, so if you provide Gabriel with information on here, it will help both of us. Thank you.
Just wondering if any of you in the L.A. area have favorite knit shops....I'm headed there this week and would love to check them out!!?!?!?! Please send a message if you know where I should go.
Thanks for your time.....Gabriel
I'm just wondering where you all knit? Apart from home that is!
I've been going to 2 knitting groups recently.
Sunday evening is Boyz Night @ The Point, 37a Bedford Street, NYC, NY 10014.( 212) 929 0800 (877) 60-POINT
www.thepointnyc.com Great coffee, sandwiches, muffins etc.
John is the leader & it's a nice friendly bunch of guys.
On Wednesday evenings I've been going to Booze & Yarn. This is lead by Corinna @ Bowery Poetry Club. There is another who goes but I've not met him yet! It's a cool venue. www.boozeandyarn.com
Sometimes I knit on the subway to & from work. I get a few odd looks but no comments as yet. When I flew to London for Easter I was able to knit but on the way back had to put my project in my suitcase at the check in desk. American Airlines. On my way out security at JFK checked my carry on as I had my laptop & they said nothing when my knitting came out of the bag. Bamboo needles I might add not metal.
I have to say being in New York is great as there are so many Yarn Stores & all the ones that I have been to have been very friendly & helpful.
The Point of course.
Purl in SoHo has helped on several occasions & I went there as I've knit a couple of items from Joelle's book 'Last Minute Knitted Gifts'. www.purlsoho.com They have classes.
Seaport Yarns, close to Brooklyn Bridge & City Hall is a fabulous store bursting full of yarn. www.seaportyarn.com They hold classes.
P & S Fabrics, 355 Broadway @ Franklin Street is an Alladin's cave for yarn, needles & tons of other stuff. www.psyarns.com
School Products, www.schoolproducts.com 28th Street & Broadway has a great selection of yarn, needles & patterns. They are very friendly & helpful too.
Knit NY, on 14th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. www.knitnewyork.com has a great cafe & selection of yarn & needles etc & holds classes.
There are more but I've not been to them yet so it would be unfair to comment. If I made any mistakes I'm sorry in advance. I'm only human after all.
Hey there Guys,
Just a note to show you the progress on the scarf I showed you earlier. Yes, I couldn't wait until the plane ride that I purchased it for....had to start. It is sooooo addictive. BTW....I have had many ask for it and the book the pattern is in is Donna Kooler's "Encyclopedia of Knitting." I'm leaving Thursday and have vowed to not touch it again until my ass is on the plane. My boyfriend is getting frustrated.....for a couple of reasons...LOL....but mainly that I promised him his sweater by fall.....of course I didn't say of what year!!!! LOL
Hope this finds you all well, Gabriel
The final two patterns (Pinky and Numbers) in the Man Issue of Knitty have been posted. They're not linked from the main site as of this writing. I have to say that I'm not surprised. The designs, while strong, solid designs, were incredibly disappointing. I'm not so sure if I'm more disappointed in Knitty (who could only go with what they had submitted) or in the designers (meaning the fact that the vast majority of submissions were from women, thereby making me disappointed in the men who knit -- of which I'm one myself and therefore just as culpable). I'm curious as to what the reasons behind the lack of submissions by guys (I didn't because I didn't have enough faith in my abilities as a designer), but I can certainly hope that the upcoming inagural issue of MenKnit will be a much more satisfying effort by the male knitting community.
I work part time at Skein Lane, a local yarn store where I live. Today, I had a couple of women talking to me about the rampant sexism that they see surrounding knitting. I just laughed and told them they have no idea. One woman said, "You mean people get patronizing to you because you're a guy who knits?" Before I could say a single thing, the second woman said, "Would that be matronizing?"
Many laughs. :)
This is the first entry I have made. I hope I'm doing it right. I fell in love with a cool pattern this weekend. I am headed to L.A. in a few weeks and can't take my Addi Turbo's on the plane. Ugh!!!! Since I am using them on a sweater, I set out to find something else that I can use the plastics on. I went to the local knit shop and the owner walked up and said I had to see this......It was a scarf......(I know, I know, how boring!!! )But this one caught my eye. It looks like basketweave....the direction at which you stitch the scarf creates an interlocking that looks like the whole piece is woven.....I am knitting it out of Noro Silk Garden, so the varigation in the yarn will create a blocks of color in the scarf.....I chose the brown/purple/apple green combo...(that doesn't sound so good when I write it out...LOL.......the one in the photo is Silk Garden too but it was a little too Screaming Rainbow Queer for me....I am in Oklahomo, ya know!!!!!.............After looking at the picture in the pattern book and comparing it to what she had done...I realized that they had blocked it for the photo.....It loses it's texture when you do that.....so I won't be doin' that! I am going to try to attatch a photo of the first couple of rows and let you see the start of it....If you are interested in finding the pattern let me know and I will get the name of the book. I enjoy reading about you guys. Keep the info coming.