OUR FREE "MEETUP
GROUP"We post regularly scheduled meetups in the city of
Philadelphia, plus special
events. We encourage our members to post their own gatherings
(knitting, crochet, sewing, etc.) We also post requests for volunteers for
educational, charity, and artistic projects, and we work with local museums,
libraries, educational institutions, businesses, and rehabilitation
facilities. Lastly, we collect yarn, fabric, and other supplies for the
Philadelphia School District's Arts Education Resource Center and individual
schools. To date, we have donated over 100 boxes of yarn, lots of fabric, and
other supplies to the School District, as well as to individual schools.
So, please join us and help expand the Fiber Arts throughout Philadelphia!
TO DONATE: YARN, FABRIC, &
SUPPLIES for the
Philadelphia School District's Arts Education Resource Center, please contact:
"Vicki Hirsch, 53, a nanny from South Philadelphia, yarn-bombed a
railing on the Race Street Pier - though she emphasized, that it was all yarn and no bomb."
We strongly encourage our members to host and post
their Fiber Arts events and gatherings (knit, crochet, sew, etc.) on
PHILLY KNITS MEETUP. Simply
contact me so that I can
make you an "Event Organizer".
Our mission is to spread the joy
of the Fiber Arts - knitting, crochet, and other fiber skills! We hold
in various places, and promote the "fiber arts" to schools, libraries,
community centers, etc.. The Fiber Arts are good for the brain; it
can relax or challenge you, as it connects us to one another as well as to the
other arts and sciences. It is particularly adaptable to STEAM
programs https://steamedu.com/ &
Philly Knits is
a free AND open "fiber arts" meetup where we help each other with our knitting
or crochet "challenges"
whether you're a
beginner or advanced. Everyone is
invited to join us, no matter
your age (7yrs+), sex, or skill level (from zero to expert)! Just bring your own
needles, hooks, and yarn.
Beginners: Check out
Learn2Knit for self-guided print and video instruction,
including how to make your own knitting & tapestry needles. At meetups,
please bring 9-inch long, size 8, wood needles, and yarn that is
one color, smooth, and worsted (medium) weight. But anything is fine. If you want to make sure that someone will be able to help
you get started, email those particular
attendees and ask, OR contact me (LynnLandes@gmail.com) and we can make arrangements to get you
free to knit simply or more complex. It's up to you. Some of us
don't use patterns and knit very
simply, enjoying the meditative nature of knitting and crochet, while others
like to be challenged. We want to encourage you to do what you enjoy
Host & Post Meetups:We encourage our members to host
their own meetups
in cafes and other public spaces. Its a great way to show the public
that this is a fun skill, as well as a great way to socialize and see the city! For
those who post meetups, please allow 2 weeks before the meetup date. Also,
consider using a PHILLY KNITS POSTCARDto advertise your
meetups at cafe, libraries, etc. - just add the days and times at the bottom of the
try to keep
your RSVPs up-to-date so that members can see how large and active the group is.
There are several libraries (Library
Groups) that host knitting groups. We
would like to see a knitting group in every library, so we encourage our
members to call up and offer to start a group if your local library
doesn't have one. We have lots of information and suggested videos on our
"Learn2Knit" link. And make sure
there is a flyer about your knitting program posted prominently in the library
where visitors can see it. So
please contact your local library and volunteer. It is a great way to
meet your neighbors.
School Program: We are always looking for
supplies (yarn, needles, hooks, tapestry needles, etc.) to help out with
in-school and after-school knitting program, or if you need volunteers for your
school knitting programs please post your requests on our
or contact LynnLandes@gmail.com to post it
for you. Volunteers need these
Information: On the Yellow table at the top of this page, we
list all kinds of helpful information. If you want to add info,
We are always looking for local sources of
plant and animal fiber (including fairs where they are sold), as well as locally
made needles. Or maybe we’ll
learn to make the needles ourselves! So, please send us that information.
Our meetup is free, and sharing is key. Welcome to Philly Knits!