Chicago Knitters Unite is a well rounded group of friendly people who just want to knit and crochet over good food, wine and beer, in good company. We are all skill levels and all ages and would love to see more new faces!
Here are some questions that you might have about our group:
Q: I prefer to crochet. Am I still welcome in the group?
A: Of course! The talk tends to be more about knitting (Kitchener Stitch, amiright?), but all of the portable fiber arts are welcome in CKU.
Q: I don’t know how to knit at all. Can someone in the group teach me at the next Meetup?
A: Sorry, no. As eager as we are to bring new knitters into the fold, we all come to socialize and work on our own projects. We do occasionally host a learn-to-knit, so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, check out your local yarn shop — they often have classes. You can also learn a lot from internet (knittinghelp.com is good) and from books (Stitch ‘n’ Bitch by Debbie Stoller for example).
Q: Why don’t you hold your Meetups closer to my house?
A: Over time, the group has self-selected to a Brown Line/ Red Line/ Clark Street demographic. We currently have at least one meetup in Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Boystown, Old Town, and Rogers Park. If you can’t make it to any of these locations, there are other knitting groups out there that might be more convenient for you. Check out the Windy City Knitting Guild's list of local knitting groups.
Q: Does Chicago Knitters Unite want to participate in my charity project?
A: Maybe. We don’t typically do charity knitting as a group, but individual members might be interested. The best place to let us know about things like that would be on our Ravelry forums
Q: Are the Meetups expensive?
A: They don’t have to be. We collect $1 per person at each meeting to cover Meetup.com fees and to fund other group activities like Knitmas and group classes. We hold the meetups at bars, restaurants and coffee shops and we try to strike a balance between the more and less expensive venues. We ask as a courtesy to our venues that you order something, even if it's just a coffee, while we use their space.
Q: Is CKU only for ladies?
A: Nope! CKU is open to anybody who likes to play with yarn in a social setting. A high tolerance for anglophile sci-fi nerds is helpful, but not required.