Last year I was involved with the Academy of Friends Gala, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and other health services in the Bay Area that is held on Oscar night.
Restaurants and caterers, wineries from the greater Bay Area would donate food and wine, a large pavillion would be decorated and folks would dressup in tuxes and gowns and sip champagne and nibble and browse and mingle... last year we had a surprise performance by the cast of Cirque du Solei's Zumanity!
I knit on the BART train, I knit standing in line, I knit at sidewalk cafes... and it seems that folks are more than happy to strike up a conversation with you... either they're knitters themselves or they're admiring the piece you're making...
Knitting seems to help bring down social barriers to talking to strangers and I think it's cool. A nice smile or compliment is a little thing but has such a great impact on one's disposition. It can really make your day.
It's also nice to share one's experience with knitting... not to sound too New Agey and hippy-dippy, but it is very gratifying to be reknitting the social fabric in our community through a simple and satisfying craft.
Ok . . . I'm sitting here in St. Louis, Missouri and I'm jealous! I read messages about groups getting together in SF and NY and I wonder how I might get something going here. There are a number of 'stitch 'n bitch' groups that meet in various parts of the city, but they're all women. I'd love to get a group going for men. I know there are men who knit here--I've seen them in yarn shops! If anyone has any ideas of how I might go about getting something started, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.
I'm still working on my knit tie. It's 16" now (40" to go). The novelty of watching the pattern emerge from the self-striping yarn is gone, but has been replaced by tracking the length by counting the repeats in the pattern. I've figured out exactly how much each repeat in the pattern adds to the length and I check the measurement at the end of each one. So far, it's dead on...2.25" I've got about 4 inches to go before I work my decreases and start on the skinny end. It's long enough that I was able to tie a modified half-windsor and get some idea of what it will look like when it's actually tied. Very cool. I've been taking my time with it, carrying it around in my brief case and working on it in waiting rooms and on my lunch break. Now, I'm anxious to get it finished and actaully wear it to work. I'm going to pick up the pace and try to do 3-4 inches every night.
Join us at 7:00 each and every Tuesday at the world-famous Cafe Macondo located at 3159 16th St. between Guerrero & Valencia.
Will be teaching my first improvisational hat class on Sunday the 30th. A four hour workshop. The idea is to show how to use left over stash and different types of crown shaping.
Have been having fun working up examples - three needle bind off, fair isle, combining leftovers from around the home.
Giving it at my local yarn shoppe in Philadelphia. We shall see how many sign up for it. With the snow we are expected to get this weekend, it might be the impetus for people to take it.
Bring your knitting, bring your creativity, drink some java.
Last week was great about 12 guys showed up and Vanessa (our honorary boy) was a great host. They may be looking to switch to another night, but until then its Friday's at 9:00. BYOB.
I ran into a friend from art school yesterday... this makes the third ex-CCACer I've run into this week. I went to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA from 1990 to 1994.
Sandy, who I ran into, turns out to also knit... in fact, his sister, Christina owns Article Pract the yarn store near my house!
I also received an envelope from Article Pract the other day when I got home from work. I was puzzled as I hadn't signed up for any mailing list there. Turns out, my friend Karul in NY had gotten me a gift certificate for my birthday (turned 37 on the 10th, very binary). This might provide the impetus to try knitting with cashmere... I love my enablers.
Why should the West Coasters have all of the fun. Knit New York had been running Boyz Night each Friday from 9pm--? They apparently lost the guy who was running it and cancelled it last week. A friend asked them to run it this week, so we are showing up and see if we can figure out a way to keep it going. Pass on the word if you know any NY'ers.Thanks