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tangneyc Posted - 10/21/2013 : 3:15:31 PM
I'm trying to get a knitting group together and am trying to find a place to gather that's not someone's house, that will allow us to bring food and wine and is private so we can chat and be silly. Any ideas?

Cindy
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tangneyc Posted - 10/30/2013 : 3:48:30 PM
Some really great ideas here, thanks! I tried the local yarn shop because basically I am the only "real" knitter in the group. I'm trying to get my friends into it. They don't have yarn or needles. Of course I could share, but it's better if they see all the choices and get excited about making a project. Yarn shop didn't work out. I completely understand why...not much return for them having to stay open later than usual, and they can't leave us unsupervised. I get it.
The library needs a certificate of insurance to let us use a meeting room! I'm going to try the senior center next. Wish me luck and thanks for all the great ideas!

Cindy
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Lynne604 Posted - 10/29/2013 : 06:43:29 AM
quote:
Originally posted by chlkh

Panera is a great place to meet.
My local Panera is very welcoming to our group.
No wine, though!



My book discussion group met at Panera for years, until they brought in a live band on the very night we always met. We couldn't hear ourselves think because the music was so loud. Ended up switching to Atlanta Bread.
Lynne604 Posted - 10/29/2013 : 06:37:17 AM
quote:
Originally posted by tangneyc

Thanks for the great suggestions! Do yarn shops ever allow this sort of thing? We may have to give up the wine and cheese part of the dream, I agree.

Cindy
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My local yarn shop has knitting night on Tuesdays, bring finger foods to share but no alcohol. The only drawback is that space is very limited.
cindyh1057 Posted - 10/28/2013 : 09:30:54 AM
Hi Cindy. I am Cindy too and am doing the same thing here in Montana. We lost our local yarn shop where we could eat,drink and laugh (loud)! So now I am asking my cohorts what they would like, a venue or our homes. Not sure what we will do yet. I like the idea of a library room. I will be interested to hear what you come up with.

Cynthia M. Hanson
Thneed Posted - 10/25/2013 : 07:50:14 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Lanea

A lot of yarn stores do have knitting nights, but it's generally considered best to work on projects using yarn bought at that store.

Honestly, this varies so much by region and even by store that I just had to say something.

I've just heard too many stories of people being shy to come to a knit night in a store because they can't afford to work on more than one project at a time. Or they just moved to an area so of course their WIPs use yarn purchased elsewhere. And I've heard lots of LYS employees say that they really welcome anyone, no matter where the yarn came from.

But I think everyone agrees that if you're in store A, it's pretty bad form to talk up store B to every stranger who comes in. (I'm not saying you can't say where you got the yarn; just be polite about it and don't insult the store you're actually visiting.)

But I do agree with Lanea: call or visit the actual store to ask if they have a policy or preference.

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metromaples Posted - 10/24/2013 : 6:32:33 PM
If the place where you want to meet sells food or drinks, it's really important that you buy your food or drinks from them. Or at least not bring in outside food and drinks.

-- Jeri
RMacAskill Posted - 10/24/2013 : 09:17:29 AM
Thanks for all these suggestions. Very helpful.
tizzy2@yarncafe.com Posted - 10/24/2013 : 08:17:31 AM
Do you have a winery near by? Ours lets us bring in food as long as we buy glasses or bottles of wine from them. We enjoy the space and location and they love having us there.

mwenskay@hotmail.com Posted - 10/24/2013 : 08:17:09 AM
Believe it or not- I have held a Wednesday night group called Knitwits at the local Presbyterian Church for 11 years! We gather at 5:30-8:30 for Knitting, potluck snacks and wine. The Church supplies us with a beautiful room, water, tea, and I have a key. We have a microwave and sink in the well lit room. Sometimes we bring dinner! The wine is the only alcohol allowed. During the years the Pastor has stopped by to see what we are working on and have a little nip with us. We have donated many knits to the Churches various missions and local homeless outreach programs in small repayment. It is totally open to the knit community regardless of any faith affiliation. Try it?!
purlewe Posted - 10/24/2013 : 07:13:52 AM
Places my knitting groups meet. (yes, I belong to more than one. Shut up. I am NOT addicted!)

cafe. We have been meeting there for years. YEARS. in fact we even bring in wine. Not often. But when we do we offer our barista a glass. Sometimes we bring plastic cups for this, other times she gives us cups. But since we have been a steady source of income for 5+ yrs she doesn't mind.

yarn stores. after going for awhile you can gauge if food and wine are appropriate. It is at both of the stores I attend, but one store is more equipped to deal with it than the other.

I don't go to this one, but a grocery store with a cafe/foodstation area with seating. I have been to whole foods and wegmans as knitting areas. Both worked. And while I don't know if people brought food in, I do know some people bought food and shared. so if you were not trumpeting your home made fancy cookies it might be possible. wine depends on if you live in a state that sells wine in a grocery store. I live in an area where that doesn't happen.

Library. depends on the librarian and if she is a knitter. Ours are and let us do anything any local community meeting would do. And that includes food and drink.

church hall/community center.

bar. We once met for awhile in a bar until the new owner changed the lighting and only put tea lights on the tables. then we went to a better lighted locale. We didn't bring food or drink.

state or local park that has a rentable bldg. Some locations like this are community use and can be "rented" by signing up and no fee if you are a resident.

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kbshee Posted - 10/24/2013 : 07:08:50 AM
A local grocery store in my town has a community room--you can reserve it and then the expectation is that you buy something to eat or drink while you're using it. So then you can have your cake (and wine) and eat it too!

I agree it might be challenging to find a 'public' type place that will allow you to bring in your own alcohol.

Good luck!

kim in oregon
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stherio Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:29:12 AM
How about a church fellowship hall? Wine probably would be a no-no, but most have great kitchens and hot tea and cookies are close runner up to wine in my book. I always end up frogging after a night of wine and knitting :-)

Suzy
Betty0323@hotmail.com Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:28:55 AM
quote:
Originally posted by kkknitter

Hi Cindy! That is a good question. The group I knit with had to find a new home recently, and after several tries we are now getting together in a local library. We have a room off to the side where we can even make coffee...and it is well lit and warm in the dark months. Maybe you could look into something similar?

Kristina

chlkh Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:18:52 AM
Panera is a great place to meet.
My local Panera is very welcoming to our group.
No wine, though!
chlkh Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:16:16 AM
quote:
Originally posted by chlkh

quote:
Originally posted by tangneyc

I'm trying to get a knitting group together and am trying to find a place to gather that's not someone's house, that will allow us to bring food and wine and is private so we can chat and be silly. Any ideas?

Cindy
Fuzzythinker on Ravelry



chlkh Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:14:49 AM
quote:
Originally posted by tangneyc

I'm trying to get a knitting group together and am trying to find a place to gather that's not someone's house, that will allow us to bring food and wine and is private so we can chat and be silly. Any ideas?

Cindy
Fuzzythinker on Ravelry

eroomje Posted - 10/24/2013 : 04:05:46 AM
I know a group that was tossed out of the library because they made too much noise. I believe it was laughter that was the culprit. The librarian would often close the door, giving a broad hint, but it would make the room too hot or cold. They now meet in the town senior center. I am not sure they would be able to meet there if all the ladies weren't seniors.

Ellen G. Moore
wildwinowoman Posted - 10/24/2013 : 03:42:03 AM
Try a local bookstore (or even a larger one that has a coffee shop). They often have cozy nooks that are perfect - and they welcome the occasional buyer to become a regular visitor.
Lanea Posted - 10/23/2013 : 05:03:59 AM
A lot of yarn stores do have knitting nights, but it's generally considered best to work on projects using yarn bought at that store. Some have paid knit nights where the shop owner and teachers will help with mini-lessons and advice. It doesn't hurt to call your local yarn shop to ask!

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tangneyc Posted - 10/22/2013 : 7:26:42 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions! Do yarn shops ever allow this sort of thing? We may have to give up the wine and cheese part of the dream, I agree.

Cindy
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