Men's Groups

Bradferd's picture

I didn't go to any knitting group for a few reasons. The one that I have tried, was well, a hen party. There were four other 20 something women and myself in attendance. I thought I would give it a try. First, I hate Knitting. I know, this is a Men Who Knit Web site; however, I love to crochet. I find it therapeutic. Plus, on days when I want to kill people, it is a way I talk myself down from the dark side. Loop, pull, loop, pull, one, two, three... Ahh... Yes, therapeutic.

So, my first experience was a dud. Not only am I a boy, but I am a crocheter. Of course, this was a bad thing in the yarn shop. I mean who comes to a yarn shop to crochet??? And all the yarn one wastes, knitting is much better. Yes, this was actually said by one of the women.

Then a few weeks ago, I was on a yarn shopping spree. I selected a few shops and mapped my course with expert care as not to double back on myself across the south and west of Denver. I found a shop called A Knitted Peace. The lady was friendly and invited me to a Men's knitting group they were holding on Sunday. I said thank for the information. Bought some nice Berracco yarn that just came out to make something with. (That project failed btw...Sigh)... and left. But it got me thinking between that shop and the next that I should give it a go.

So, I went. I was pleasantly surprised. They were all nice and friendly and talked about projects and such. Not much banter about the problems of the world or if their child was going to need therapy because of something one parent did. It was simply men working with yarn: creating things and working out problems in patterns.

I continued on for the next few weeks until the lady at A Knitted Peace went back to work and couldn't host on Sunday. Frank stepped in and offered a new place down on Broadway, Fancy Tiger.

I have been passing by this place for the last 10 months on my way home. It seemed interesting. I was never around that point where I could stop and visit. Besides, it looked all crafty and such and not much in the way of yarns. But, again, I was surprised by the amount of quality yarn they have in stock. Natural fibers and the helpful staff was great. I bought some stuff that will end up a scarf for Cat. I think she will love it.

Frank and Jon attended today. Both were working on sweaters that looked great. I worked on a scarf I have going. The talk was decent and moreover, it was great connecting with gents who knit/crochet. Nothing formal, just getting together to do our wonders with yarn.

I hope we can keep it going.

Comments

Frank helps make you feel

Frank helps make you feel comfortable. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Glad you found a couple of

Glad you found a couple of places that let you be yourself and comfortable. I had friends who lived on Washington Ave. in Denver and used to walk over to Broadway while visiting. Next time I'm in Denver, I shall have to look Fancy Tiger up. We don't have a Men's Group here in Casper but are lucky that men are more than welcome at The Dancing Sheep downtown. We have all sorts of fiber people come in, all willing to help each other and say nice things. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bradferd's picture

Next time I am in Casper, I

Next time I am in Casper, I will have to check out The Dancing Sheep. It sounds interesting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

There's usually an open

There's usually an open knitting/crafting night on Tuesdays. There is also All That Yarn in another part of town, but I don't know what they offer for open knitting. However, the two shops complement each other as far as what they offer by way of yarns, etc. The Dancing Sheep is a nice space and a good selection of yarns is display. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

New York Built's picture

I have done my fair share of

I have done my fair share of Downtown Redevelopment and Business Improvement District work in the Northeast. Your thoughts bring to mind a few truths about Why We Buy...and kudos to Paco Underhill for pointing all this out.

People buy things from other people. We don't buy them from buildings, from paper inventions that legally have an identity, nor from tented streets or computer screens. We make an emotional decision to push our money at SOMEONE...not something. Even on the internet, the sites with a point of view, a human face, a personality...sells the product.

What does all this have to do with men's knitting groups or testosterone wafting through the skeins, you ask?

Everything. I am drawn to the LYSs that have the unmitigated gall to recognize that men knit...and men think differently than women. The group's create familiarity, sales opportunities, identity, and plain ol' community.

Buy from those who treat you well...because you can spend your money ANYWHERE.

"If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over."

Bradferd's picture

Funny, one of the LYS I love

Funny, one of the LYS I love going thinks it is just fantastic that I come into their store. The old lady that is the mother of the owner just loves me. Gives me a discount every time I buy wool there. So, I keep going back. They also have yarn I like to buy. They say hi and let me shop. They know that men don't like all the chatty Kathy stuff that women like. And they have fantastic clearance sales!

jdkcubed's picture

That has also been my

That has also been my experience. While hanging with the girls is always fun. I have never had the occasion for an all men's group. Wouldn't mind trying it.

Bradferd's picture

It is quite different. I

It is quite different. I would give it a try.

QueerJoe's picture

Love your comments on the

Love your comments on the differences for you between your two different experiences.

When we put together the first Men's Knitting Retreat (www.mensknittingretreat.com), we had a lot of very similar reactions, which surprised us.

Bradferd's picture

I will get to one of these.

I will get to one of these. I wish I knew about the November one sooner.

purlyman's picture

Hey Bradferd!! Great to see

Hey Bradferd!! Great to see you here on MWK! And thanks for coming to Fancy Tiger yesterday - it was a great time. See you in a couple weeks...

Bradferd's picture

Thanks Pman! I had a great

Thanks Pman! I had a great time!!!

Buzzboy's picture

In my LYS I am the only male

In my LYS I am the only male in the group and I have always been treated as an equal. I was a crocheter for many years and a few years ago I decided to try knitting. I have had a wonderful time and everyone has been so helpful. I have also been to shops in bigger cities and have been treated well. I'm sorry you have had some not so great times.

Dennis