Knitting and beer

michaelpthompson's picture

OK, so I usually look askance at these comments about "knitting in public." I knit anywhere I like, public or private, and I have never had a negative experience with it. In fact, I often get very positive comments, or questions like, "What are you making?" So, when I took my knitting into my local brewpub, it was no different. It was pretty much ignored as we all watched Real Madrid win the UEFA cup on TV. Then my friend Chelsea, who works there, started up a conversation about knitting and crochet. She's a crocheter, as are my wife and daughter, so we had an interesting conversation about the differences and the people who value them. A pleasant day all around. I had her take a photo, which got several dozen "Likes" on Facebook.

I like the idea of knitting and beer. I've been thinking of starting a fibre arts and beer meetup in my local community. Probably would if I could come up with a catchy title I liked. I think "Pints and Purls" is overused. What about "Stitch and Stagger" and "Drink and Drop Stitches"? Any better ideas?

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TinkerJones's picture

how about 'knit 1 cold 1'

how about 'knit 1 cold 1'

michaelpthompson's picture

I LIKE IT!

I LIKE IT!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a fun time you appeared

What a fun time you appeared to be having. As you know, I take my knitting everywhere. Thanks for the thought of a group just for that. I'd join up and have a tea or soda...I don't drink much alcohol.

michaelpthompson's picture

Maybe you could start one at

Maybe you could start one at your local malt shop Joe. :-)

MMario's picture

PUB-lic Knit

PUB-lic Knit

michaelpthompson's picture

That sounds great MMario, but

That sounds great MMario, but I'd have to be careful on the spelling. I'm not sure PUB-ic Knit would have the same resonance. :-)

SAPBrown's picture

It is good to hear such

It is good to hear such positive experiences with public knitting. I have not tried it.. yet. Not sure how my town of 30k (in the bible belt) will respond. I still get "stares of disbelief" when I buy yarn. Now a "beer and knit" group sounds quite appealing. The right drinking establishment would be key.

as for names:
Yeast and Yarn
or
Sip and Slip (stitch)

Thunderhorse54's picture

I too, take my knitting

I too, take my knitting everywhere. I have never had a negative experience either. Terry

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

I LOVE IT! I've only had

I LOVE IT! I've only had positive experiences. I think because i can look rather how friends say criminal way, so most people leave me alone. One thing about knitting in public you do get to enter act with another strain of humans, and open our horizons.

michaelpthompson's picture

Thanks Andy and Calvin, for

Thanks Andy and Calvin, for the positive comments. I'm not sure the concept of "knitting in public" would even have occurred to me, except I see comments on here from people who don't think they are ready for it, need to psych themselves up, or are "working up to it." For me, if I'm going to be spending some time somewhere, I'm knitting.

Calvin, I guess South Carolina is a bit far, but if any of my MWK buddies find themselves in the Denver area, let's get in touch for a pint and some knitting.

Crafty Andy's picture

I enjoy taking my work in

I enjoy taking my work in progress in public. I have never had a bad experience. Always curious people, and one of the first questions I get is what are you making, then how long I have been knitting or crocheting.

colamanknits's picture

Michael, I don't have a

Michael, I don't have a problem knitting in public either and haven't found any negative experiences yet; I hope this continues to be the case because I don't like confrontation. That beer looks totally delicious and if you were close, I would definitely join the group for the knitting, beer and conversation! I love the last two possible group names.