It's Alison here, back with another Tip Tuesday. This week's tip features one of my favorite makers of all time: Chantal, the maker behind @knitatude. When I first started following Chantal on Instagram, I was blown away by her unique style and awesome knits. Case and point: she's one of the only knitters I know with pink hair (although don't expect her to keep it for too long because she's always experimenting with it). Chantal is also one of the few knitters I know who just might love making chunky cable pillows as much as I do. Chantal hosts weekly knit nights in her community, so in anticipation of our fast approaching OML maker meet up this summer in NYC, Chantal is sharing some of her essential meet-up tips.
Ready to learn all things knit night with Chantale and I? Ok, let's go!
Imagine this: You’ve just learned to knit or crochet - or maybe you have been for a while - and can't stop pining to talk knits and purls, crochets and cables, patterns and fibers and yarn, etc. There's just one issue: Your partner or close friend doesn't really care. They listen and smile, but just don’t get it.
Welcome to my life.
My name is Chantal and I am the knitta behind Knitatude. I started a weekly Stitch N’ Bitch in Calgary, Canada 2 years ago and it’s been the highlight night of my week since! It’s wonderful to get together to knit or crochet, chat, laugh and learn. So if you’ve been wanting some knit-friendly friends, here are my tips in starting a knit night!
1. Find Yo’ Knitters
We knitters are a tight and scarce group but when we come out, we come out in HOARDS! Start searching hashtags on social media (#knittersgonnaknit #knittinglove #crochetersofig) to try and find knitters or crocheters in your area. You can also pop into craft fairs or markets around town and say hello! (I literally stalk people on insta and invite them personally to my knit nights. I also invite all the knitters who say hello to me at my booth at markets!)
2. Keep your location, time and meeting day consistent
Planning something as small as a weekly/monthly knit night seems minimal but it doesn’t need to be stressful. The more repetitive the better! Bumping around the city sounds cool but it’ll become a hassle (especially if you have to do it each week) and you won’t get your regulars showing up on you know…the reg. Plus if you keep the same date and time your regulars will show up no matter what – even if you’re late.
3. Include a weekly reminder post on your social media feeds
Advertise your knit night in advance and the exact same day as your “event”. State the time & locations along with your knit night deets! By doing this your followers get that constant weekly/monthly reminder and even if they can’t make it to this one they can plan for the next. It’ll actually make it easier for new followers or people to find you too if you’re constantly posting! (At the beginning I actually tagged all the knitters I knew on the actual photo I posted so they couldn’t miss it!)
4. Don’t get Bummed
If no one comes to your first knit night, no worries. If someone comes consistently for a while and then stops coming, no worries! You will find your tribe of crafters and you will get those regulars that keep coming in no time.
5. Bring your Project and Have Fun!
This is the best part. Meet, mingle and knit/crochet away. You will meet so many amazing people and learn a whole bunch since everyone has a different skill set. Enjoy!
Did this inspire you to plan and start your own knit night? Though we are officially sold out for our OML maker meet up 2016 please tag #OMLTipTuesday on @ourmakerlife Instagram and share your knit night pics with us here at OML - you just might have the next knitting meet up that we'll feature!
Alison, OML dream team
Alison is the knitter behind @la.reserve.design. She has always loved making things with her own two hands and the idea of turning strands of yarn into warm, wearable garments gets her itching to pick up her needles. With a background in textile design, she currently works as a design assistant for a menswear company in Montreal, Canada. Her favorite thing to knit is warm chunky blankets made of cozy, thick wool.
Chantal is the knitter behind Knitatude. She is all about being comfy and cozy in your own skin and loving yourself fully. Her mantra in the knitting world: 'the bigger the better', which not only pertains to her chunky knits but also includes her large attitude and personality. Connect with Chantal on Instagram.