OUR FREE MEETUP
GROUP! Philly Knits "After-School Program" We collect (& will
pick-up at your home) yarn and supplies and/or if you want to volunteer as a teacher,
Our mission is to spread the joy
of knitting, crochet, and other fiber skills!
Skills such as knitting are good for the brain, it can relax or
challenge us, plus it connects us to one another, as well as to the
other arts and sciences.
Philly Knits is a free and
open meetup where we help each other with our knitting "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 and yarn.
Beginners:Please bring 9-inch long, size 8, wood needles, and yarn that is
one color, smooth, and worsted (medium) weight. But anything is fine. We'll
work with it. You can also make needles out of cheap bamboo skewers (sand,
grease, and wax) and then wrap fine twine (i use hemp) around the end
and tie off. 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 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 meetups
in cafes, libraries, schools, and parks (in the warmer months). Its a fun
way to meet others and 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 on cafe fronts, libraries, etc. - just add the days and times at the bottom of the
try to keep
your RSVPs up-to-date so that Event Hosts can cancel events if no one is going
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.
Philly Knits is currently hosting the
after-school knitting program at Tilden Middle School. We are
looking forward to expanding our program to other schools.
We are always looking for
supplies (yarn, needles, hooks, tapestry needles, etc.) to help out with
our after-school knitting program, or if you need volunteers for your
school knitting program, contact
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. Sharing is key. Welcome to Philly Knits!