What we're about

Welcome to the Madison Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts Group! We're an inclusive group of mostly knitters and crocheters, though other crafts are welcome, too. So if you knit, if you crochet, if you do latch-hook rugs, or yarn dolls, or are strangely passionate about pompoms, come join us! You're even welcome if you do crafts that don't have yarn in them; so long as it's portable you are invited to join us.

Our default location is the Colectivo on Monroe St, though from time to time (especially in the summer) we meet at other locations (most are on the west side, but if you'd like to start a branch in a different neighborhood, please let me know). Likewise we mostly meet on weekday evenings, rotating through Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but we've been working some weekends in here and there, too.

We also have Beginner's Workshops roughly every two months, where people come either willing to teach or ready to learn. There is no pre-required skill level to come to one of these workshops, though we do ask that you bring your own supplies. And if the timing of them doesn't work for you, give a head's up in the comments for a particular meetup, and we'll probably be able to teach you then, instead.

And the last thing that I'll mention here is that while meetups are free to join, they cost money to host through the meetup site. It's $15-20 each month (depending on how you buy it), which is not an incredible amount of money, but is still significant to me, so if you value the group, I'd really appreciate it if you can pitch in towards its upkeep (there's a donate button, or cash at a meetup is fine, too), although it is definitely not required.

Upcoming events (5)

Stitchers' Book Club

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This time around we're reading… the same thing as last time! Since several of us read “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson but could not attend last month’s book club, we’re having a do-over. Here’s the book description, according to Goodreads:

"The New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry.

The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a bold and unique tale of the Packhorse Librarians in literary novels—a story of fierce strength and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home."

Note: Crafting is not mandatory for this book club, but you're welcome to knit, crochet, or do whatever with yarn (or your craft medium of choice) along with us.

East Side Stitchers - Always a Free Event

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Always free. Always open to the public. The more, the merrier!

New/beginner-friendly. Can't afford supplies? Need instruction? No problem. Fibre Forward has you covered, always at no cost, no questions asked. Send a message, and we can arrange a safe, no contact drop off/pick up.

Optional Charity Project - Knitted Knockers of South-Central Wisconsin (fibre-forward.org/scwiknittedknockers).

There's no formal agenda or program, and people pop in and pop out throughout the night. Looking forward to stitching with you!

Monday Makers Virtual Knitting & Yarn Crafting Group

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Knit and crochet lovers, please join us for a case of the Mondays now online via Zoom (We miss you, KnitCircus!!).

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East Side Stitchers - Always a Free Event

Online event

Always free. Always open to the public. The more, the merrier!

New/beginner-friendly. Can't afford supplies? Need instruction? No problem. Fibre Forward has you covered, always at no cost, no questions asked. Send a message, and we can arrange a safe, no contact drop off/pick up.

Optional Charity Project - Knitted Knockers of South-Central Wisconsin (fibre-forward.org/scwiknittedknockers).

There's no formal agenda or program, and people pop in and pop out throughout the night. Looking forward to stitching with you!

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East Side Stitchers - Always a Free Event

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