Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Next Meetup 4/11 @ EBC Cafe

It’s that time again. Tomorrow is the 2nd Thursday of April, and we’ll be meeting at the same Bat-time in the EBC Cafe’s Bat-cave.

We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday at Elliott Bay Cafe on Capitol Hill, on 10th (just east of Broadway) between Pike and Pine.

Parking on Capitol Hill is always a challenge, even on the best of days. If you are driving, we recommend parking in the Seattle Central Community College garage (just one block away west of Broadway on Pine) if you can’t find street parking. Cost to park in the garage is just $5, is secure, and given that street parking is metered until 8:00pm, it’s a bargain.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, March 10, 2013



How’s it going? Long time no see! How long has it been since we’ve knit-2-together?

It seems like you’ve just been doing lots of ssk’s and yarn-overs, but maybe it’s time for you to consider casting on again with SMWK.

We’ll be swatching on Thursday and we can help you check your gauge. Let SMWK be your lifeline.

Even if you don’t nup or bauble, feel free to join us for some lighthearted ribbing.

Whether you’re a Twisted German, or have a long tail, meetups with SMWK can help keep your cables from getting crossed.

No matter if you’re straight stockinette or you prefer it through the back loop, come and slip some stitches with us this Thursday.

Remember. Knitting is not a solo pursuit. Double-knitting is way more fun.

Find us this Thursday, March 14, at Elliot Bay Cafe on Capitol Hill, from 7-9 PM.

See you then!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Registration for Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2013 is now open


A weekend knitting retreat!

For guys!

MFKR is in its fifth year, and has grown every year since its founding. Last year was the biggest Men's Knitting Retreat ever with over 40 participants, and we expect to exceed that number this year.

Though most of our participants are from the Pacific Northwest, we have had participants from as far away as Texas, North Carolina, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the UK.

MFKR (held in the Seattle area) isn't the only retreat. There's a Rocky Mountain retreat in Colorado, and East Coast retreat in New York, and a Southeast event in North Carolina.

The Men's Knitting Retreat Home Page is here:

The MFKR registration page is here:

And, finally, the Men's Knitting Retreat forum on Ravelry is here:

Check it out! This event is a great way to connect with other men who knit.

Mathematical Knitting

I'm a geek. I went to an engineering school and studied Math and Computer Science. The most math I do nowadays is to multiply the stitches per inch in my gauge swatch by my desired finished object size to see if it will work out, and I still sometimes get it wrong.

But, today I ran across this article in American Scientist:
Mathematical Knitting

Cool stuff!

Monday, January 21, 2013

SMWK is Alive and Well in 2013

Seattle Men Who Knit is going strong, meeting 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Elliott Bay Cafe.

Here is our 2013 Meetup Schedule:

Jan 10, 24
Feb 14, 28 (2/14 meetup at Madrona)
Mar 14, 28
Apr 11, 25
May 9, 23
Jun 13,27
Jul 11, 25
Aug 8, 22
Sep 12, 26
Oct 10, 24
Nov 14, (no meeting on 11/28 - Thanksgiving)
Dec 12, 26

See you at EBC!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

SMWK Holiday Knitting Drive

This year, the Seattle Men Who Knit group came together to knit 13 hats to donate to the wonderful Holly House organization!

Holly House provides gifts for underprivileged children in the Seattle area, and will be serving up to 3000 kids this year. Holly House tries to provide each child with two toys, a stuffed animal, pajamas, a holiday stocking, undergarments and socks, a hand made hat or scarf, and a blanket and board game for each family in need.

Here are some pictures of the great items that were knit by these generous knitting-guys.

Some of our favorites this year were:

The "Skull and Crossbones":

The ever-popular Koolhaas:

And the super-squishy Brioche Cap:

Every kid deserves a warm hat or scarf in the cold-and-rainy Seattle winter.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks, along with the thanks and appreciation of Holly House and all of the kids whose Christmas will be just a little warmer thanks to the generosity of these knitters.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Knitting - Next Meetup 11/8

After a long indian summer here in Seattle, fall has set in, and for knitters, spinners, and wool-lovers alike, the handknits are coming out of storage!

The first annual "Knit Fit" weekend in Ballard ( was this past weekend, and, kudos to the organizers. For a first-time event, it was well organized, featured a great marketplace, and first-rate instructors from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Men Who Knit will be meeting this Thursday, November 8, at our usual place and time -- Elliott Bay Cafe on Capitol Hill from 7-9 PM.

Whether you are joining SMWK for our charity knitting drive, or you are casting on for a Christmas gift for someone special, or, even if you're just curious, and want to join us for some great conversation, please join us.

And, just a reminder, there will be NO meetup on 11/22 (Thanksgiving Day), but, we'll have a "make-up" knit night on 11/29.

Happy Knitting!