A Knit-A-Long!

28 Apr

Brooklyn General has been in its new location for over six months, and Space has turned the once humble Friday Morning Knitting Breakfast into a sprawling, raucous free-for-all. With eight to twelve (!!) women and various pre-school age children and babies (including my own) in regular attendance, I have to admit, I was, at first, pretty overwhelmed with all of the energy. I missed the precious intimacy of the old Brooklyn General space. Walking down the stairs into that tiny, garden-level store, it was easy to stay for hours, breakfast running into lunch, long, lazy conversations undisturbed by telephone calls (or customers!) for the better part of the morning. I wasn’t sure I could embrace this cacophonous new experience. New faces felt like interlopers; conversations constantly interrupted mid-thought, never to be completed; gleeful children running the length of the store and crawling underfoot…food EVERYWHERE.

A few months into the “new” Friday Breakfast, something shifted for me. In part, it was the realization that becoming a mother necessitates embracing chaos. Now I cherish this gathering just as much as I did its prim predecessor. The new faces have become friends, neighbors I look forward to seeing around the block or at the playground. The larger group also means more fun project ideas floating around, more constructive input when you can’t decide which yarn to choose or what decrease will work best–as well as more practiced hands to feel a child’s forehead when they seem like they might be coming down with something. Intrusiveness has become exuberant camaraderie.

I don’t know why the Vestee pattern from the most recent issue of Knitty appealed to me as immediately and strongly as it did, but as soon as I saw it I wanted to knit it. I shot off an e-mail to a few of the BG regulars with the subject: “We have to knit these for our girls!,” and Melissa responded immediately, “I’m in for the knit-a-long.” A knit-a-long. Of course. So in celebration of my renewed love of this playful, loud, creative, messy event, I offer a communal activity and a Brooklyn General first: a knit-a-long.

Please, join us! Create your own vestee. Send us a picture. Or even better, stop by the shop one Friday morning, have a blueberry muffin, and knit-a-long for a while.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTvestee.html

–Jennifer

3 Responses to “A Knit-A-Long!”

  1. The Brooklyn General Store Family May 5, 2007 at 12:36 pm #

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  2. melissa May 23, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    can’t wait to see everyone’s vestee! i’ve just started the 2nd sleeve — maybe i’ll be done by memorial day. see you friday a.m.! xoxo m

  3. Jessica December 5, 2007 at 2:02 am #

    I am so extremely jealous of your knit-a-long and the raucous Friday mornings I dearly miss. So much that I formed my own knit & bitch at my home and invited my mom’s group. What am I working on that damn dress for the beautiful bunny Jennifer and I knit in her wonderful stuffed animal class. I only have one sleeve left, but it is hard to do here in the year round gorgeous weather. Even the softest mohair is uncomfortable to sweat and knit with. I like the idea of the cotton vestee and I can’t wait to start. I miss everyone and loved seeing photos from the knitting breakfast. Blessings to all the beautiful babies…Love, Jessica Campbell and Sierra 21 months

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