What do you do when you are a knitting instructor, have bags of donated acrylic yarn and are looking to build community? You start a charity knitting class. After moving back to Syracuse NY from the Bay Area I found myself missing the strong fiber community from the Bay. It's much colder in Syracuse so you would think there would be more knitters, and maybe there are but, how do you find them? Well its 2018 so I started so I started a hashtag on Instagram #knittersofsyracuse and it worked. I started connecting with and meeting new people but being ready to take it to the next level and really wanting to find a way to give back with the craft "Loopy Lunch" was born.
The objective of Loopy Lunch is to create blankets as a group to then donate around our area to people in need. I however have bigger plans for this weekly meeting. Each week we'll use up more and more of the donated stash and get to know each other a little better each time. I'm offering free lessons to anyone willing to join us, all in effort to make the knitting/ fiber community bigger.
Knitting/ fiber groups bring people together that may never cross paths otherwise. In a time where there are so many factors driving us apart and highlighting our differences, getting out of your comfort zone is the perfect way to learn how we are all the same, human. Crossing generations, races, genders and economical backgrounds is the best way to move forward as one. There is so much we can learn from each other and so much more we can accomplish as a collective.
Loopy Lunch is hosted by Wildflowers Armory, an artist collective boutiques located in the heart of Syracuse. The space is full of work for sale by some many talented artists and makers in our region. It is my first stop for finding the perfect gift or some new art for myself. If you don't support your local artists imagine how boring this world would be. The gallery space is the perfect setting and full of inspiration for our Loopy Lunches. Loopy Lunch is Tuesdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
I would love to see more groups get together and build community across the world. If you are interested in starting a similar event in your area I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Send me an email and I will do my best to help.
Ellen Coy is the knit designer behind Ellen Rose Knits and can also be found teaching Knitting Classes of all levels at Knitty Gritty Yarns in Syracuse, NY.