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!
Join Annie Modesitt as she brings her teaching, designing and knitting talent to Stratford, Connecticut again this September 16-18 for the World's First Renaissance Knitting Arts Faire! It's Knitted Millinery time! Hats and head coverings were very popular during the Renaissance and you will be learning the fine art of creating a hat from crown to brim to adornments. There will be many other classes offered also - from socks to soakers, lace both knitted and crocheted, several different styles of bags, drop spindle spinning, bobbin lace making - classes for both beginners and experienced fiber artists! Renaissance costume is optional. Weapons must be checked at the door. Verily! All the details, plus the registration form for the Renaissance Knitting Arts Faire in Merry Olde Stratford, CT, are now available on the Fabric of Life Retreats web site ( www.fabricofliferetreats.com )! Click on Current Events, and then look for the links to the class descriptions and the registration form. Please note the Early Bird Discount - we encourage you to register for your favorite classes quickly, as the number of students per class is limited and we don't want you to miss out on your favorites! Any questions, email us at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you at the Faire!Allison Jacobs & Lisa Sarfaty for Fabric of Life Retreats
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.
7th Annual Knit Out & Crochet
Noon to 5p.m., Union Square, NYC
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
Bring your knitting, drink some coffee, share your creativity.