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06.07.04 - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Prospect Park Knit-Out Details!!!
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Where is the Brooklyn Knit-Out being held?
Our Brooklyn Knit-Out is scheduled for Sunday, June 13th and is being held near the Bandshell & Harmony Playground (9th Street & Prospect Park West) in Prospect Park.

We will meet at the Lafayette monument at Noon and walk to our "hanging out" area.

What if it rains?
We have scheduled Sunday, June 27th as the rain date for the Prospect Park event.

How do I get there?
Take the 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza. From Grand Army Plaza walk along Plaza Street West to Prospect Park West. Continue walking on Prospect Park West until you reach 9th Street.



-- OR --

Take the F train to 7th Avenue. From 7th Avenue walk two blocks to 9th Street and Prospect Park West.



((If you need directions from other train stations, please e-mail Liz -- pp_knitout@ashidome.com -- and she will do her best to accommodate you.)

At the entrance to the Park at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, you will see the Lafayette monument.



Sage and Liz will be greeting knitters at monument from 11:45 - Noon.

Liz will be wearing black pants, Doc Martens and a beige baseball cap with cherry blossoms embroidered on the front. If she doesn't see you, just walk up and say HI!

If you arrive after Noon, follow these directions in order to find us.



There are two paths into the park from the Lafayette monument. The one to the right takes you towards the Harmony Playground and the Bandshell. The one to the left takes you to a picnic area. Follow the path on the left towards the BBQ area.



It's a very short walk to this area - 5 minutes tops from the monument. You should see the sign above right before you get there.



A little further in from the sign you'll see the some tables and BBQ pits. We will be sitting across from the BBQ pits on the right side of the road - in a small field between the Bandshell and the pits. The Bandshell and playground will be visible on your right side.

Just look for the knitters!

(If you need further help or directions, feel free to contact Liz at: pp_knitout@ashidome.com)

What should I bring?
We recommend you bring:
  • A blanket or sheet to sit on,
  • Sunscreen or a hat if the day is particularly bright (or if you burn easily),
  • Water or another suitable beverage and, most importantly,
  • Your knitting - yarn, needles, previously completed blankets, blankets in progress.
If you have a bad back, you may also want to bring a soft cushion or pillow to sit on. The area of the park where we'll be sitting is shady and grass-covered, but the grass is thin in spots. There are many park benches around the area, so if needed you will be able to find seating with a supportive back.

Please do not bring lawn chairs as the NYC Parks Department expressly forbids them.

There will be some yarn available but make sure to bring your own needles / hooks as the ones we have will be reserved for any beginners that attend the event.

Previously completed blankets will be collected so make sure to safety pin your raffle ticket onto the blanket. Extra raffle tickets will be made available in case you lose or forget yours.

Any previously completed blankets will be entered in the MAIN knit-a-thon raffle unless you specify that you would like for the entry to count towards the special Knit-Out raffle (see below).

You mentioned raffles and snacks...
Along with the sense of camaraderie that comes with enjoying an afternoon with like-minded crafty folks, you'll get to enjoy some snacks that are being donated for the Knit Out. We will also have yarn on hand for distribution and will provide free knitting instruction / help to beginners.

Last, but by no means least, we will be holding TWO raffles at the knit-a-thon. The first raffle, held at 3 PM will consist of a knitting book and some lovely stationery. This raffle is open to all participants at the Knit-Outs regardless of whether or not they complete a blanket or swatch*. Its our thank-you for showing up.

The second raffle, held at 5 PM, will auction off a "Summer Fun" knitting kit for those that complete** something at the event.

If your name is drawn, you must be present at the time of the raffle to collect your prize. If you are absent, another person will be selected for the prize.

*Knitting a blanket in an afternoon can be daunting for some knitters. That's why we're inviting folks to knit swatches / squares at the event. All the swatches we receive will be sewn together into patchwork blankets that will make a critter or two very happy.

**Completion means you knit something - a blanket or square - and cast off. Simple, hunh?

What're the food / restroom options in the hood?
The closest restrooms are a short walk to the Harmony Playground / the Bandstand.

Foodwise, there are are delis near the train station. There are also many nice restaurants in and around the neighborhood.

How do I participate?
  1. RSVP to cp_knitout@ashidome.com
    (We need a preliminary count to see how much yarn to bring, snacks to get, etc. Liz will follow up with an email giving you her cell phone number so that you can contact her on the day of the Knit-Out
  2. Show up on the day of the Knit-Out! - If you're not sure about the weather, call Liz and she will let you know if the event has been rained out!
It's that easy!

What if I need more information?
Contact Liz at pp_knitout@ashidome.com. She'll get back to you as soon as possible and help you work things out.

Hope to see you there!

05.30.04 - Central Park Knit-Out Pictures are up!!!
You can read about and see pictures of the fun we had here. A tremendous thanks to everyone who showed up and made the event the success it was!

05.16.04 - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Central Park Knit-Out Details!!!
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Where is the first Knit-Out being held?
Our first Knit-Out is scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd and is being held in Central Park, Manhattan, at Strawberry Fields.

What if it rains?
We have scheduled Sunday, June 6th as the rain date for the Central Park event.

How do I get there?
Take the 1, 2, 3, 9, B, or C train to 72nd Street. (If you need further help or directions, feel free to contact Liz at: cp_knitout@ashidome.com)



From the train station proceed to 72nd Street and Central Park West.



Keep walking along 72nd Street until you see the Strawberry Fields sign pictured below. (It's not too far in from Central Park West.)



Follow the path the sign marks off to the "Imagine" mosaic. (Its currently got some barriers around it because its being renovated.).

Where will I find you?
Sage and Liz will be greeting knitters at the "Imagine" mosaic from 11:45 - Noon.

After that time, we'll be sitting in the field to the left of the "Imagine" mosaic. Just look around the field to see where the knitters are sitting and come claim a spot.

Liz will be wearing black pants, sneakers and a beige baseball cap with cherry blossoms embroidered on the front. If she doesn't see you, just walk up and say HI!

What should I bring?
We recommend you bring:
  • A blanket or sheet to sit on,
  • Sunscreen or a hat if the day is particularly bright (or if you burn easily),
  • Water or another suitable beverage and, most importantly,
  • Your knitting - yarn, needles, previously completed blankets, blankets in progress.
If you have a bad back, you may also want to bring a soft cushion or pillow to sit on. The area of the park where we'll be sitting is shady and grass-covered, but the grass is thin in spots. There are many park benches around the area, so if needed you will be able to find seating with a supportive back.

Please do not bring lawn chairs as the NYC Parks Department expressly forbids them.

There will be some yarn available but make sure to bring your own needles / hooks as the ones we have will be reserved for any beginners that attend the event.

Previously completed blankets will be collected so make sure to safety pin your raffle ticket onto the blanket. Extra raffle tickets will be made available in case you lose or forget yours.

Any previously completed blankets will be entered in the MAIN knit-a-thon raffle unless you specify that you would like for the entry to count towards the special Knit-Out raffle (see below).

You mentioned raffles and snacks...
Along with the sense of camaraderie that comes with enjoying an afternoon with like-minded crafty folks, you'll get to enjoy some snacks that are being donated for the Knit Out. We will also have yarn on hand for distribution and will provide free knitting instruction / help to beginners.

Last, but by no means least, we will be holding TWO raffles at the knit-a-thon. The first raffle, held at 3 PM will consist of a knitting book and some lovely stationery. This raffle is open to all participants at the Knit-Outs regardless of whether or not they complete a blanket or swatch*. Its our thank-you for showing up.

The second raffle, held at 5 PM, will auction off a "Summer Fun" knitting kit for those that complete** something at the event.

If your name is drawn, you must be present at the time of the raffle to collect your prize. If you are absent, another person will be selected for the prize.

*Knitting a blanket in an afternoon can be daunting for some knitters. That's why we're inviting folks to knit swatches / squares at the event. All the swatches we receive will be sewn together into patchwork blankets that will make a critter or two very happy.

**Completion means you knit something - a blanket or square - and cast off. Simple, hunh?

What're the food / restroom options in the hood?
The closest restrooms are a short walk to Bethesda Terrace. There are also payphones located there. There are hotdog and ice cream stands along Central Park West. There are a slew of restaurants - from BBQ to Chinese to Thai to your average bar and bistro - in the neighborhood. The closest deli is on 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue, about a 5-minute walk away.



And if you really feel like treating yourself after the Knit-Out, Tavern on the Green is just six blocks away!

Why did you pick Strawberry Fields?
Well, we thought it would be easy to find - especially since it's near a main avenue.

Also the Mayor's Alliance is having an Adopt-a-thon and Pet-care festival nearby. For details on the Adopt-a-thon visit: http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/events/alliance.htm

How do I participate?
  1. RSVP to cp_knitout@ashidome.com
    (We need a preliminary count to see how much yarn to bring, snacks to get, etc.)
  2. Show up on the day of the Knit-Out!
It's that easy!

What if I need more information?
Contact Liz at cp_knitout@ashidome.com. She'll get back to you as soon as possible and help you work things out.

Hope to see you there!

05.09.04 - UPDATE: May Knit-Out News!!!
The first Sunday in the Park for Critters is only two weeks away -- weather permitting! Are you excited? I sure am!

As a reminder, the date for the first knit out is Sunday May 23rd. (The rain date is Sunday June 6th.) We'll be meeting in Central Park, NY and knitting and chatting for what I hope will be a sunny and fun afternoon of crafting and meeting other like-minded folk. The exact location for the knit-out will be determined this week and will be posted on the Knit-a-thon page. Also, additional details on how to find ME will be posted so fret not about getting lost or not finding the group. I'm going to make sure that this event is accessible to all!

We will be collecting completed blankets for the main raffle at the knit-outs, so if you're local and want to save yourself some postage, bring your blankets and tickets to the Knit-Outs. Just make sure that your raffle ticket is pinned to your blanket so that you get proper credit for your donations. As a bonus, any blankets made/completed at the knit-out will be entered into our "Summer Fun" raffle. And ALL attendees will be entered in, yes, another raffle for a special "thank you for coming" prize.

I'm currently looking for volunteers willing to assist with the teaching of beginners. I don't know how many we'll get but it would be great to have a few people that can help out. I will be making hand outs and we will have yarn and needles to provide to beginners so all I need is your willingness to donate some time. If you're interested, please email me and let me know.

In the meantime, mark your calendars and get your knitting bags ready! I'm looking forward to a big turn-out!

04.13.04 - UPDATE: May Knit-Out News!!!
Our first "Knitting in the Park for Critters" event is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2004. (The rain date is Sunday, June 6, 2004.) This Knit-Out will be held in Central Park, NY and will run from 12:00 PM - 5:30PM. We have not yet determined the exact location -- it will either be on Sheep Meadow or the Great Lawn -- but we will post the exact location in early May.

We really think this will be a fun and low-key event where folks can meet and chat and have a general "good ole time". Crafters of all experience levels are welcome. Crafters of all experience levels are welcome. You can work on your already started blanket, begin a new one, or knit / crochet a swatch for a patchwork "Knit-Out" blanket.

As a special treat, we'll be having on-site raffles at the end of these events. Check out the cool prizes Wendy put together for us.



You can bring any already completed blankets -- these will be entered in the main raffle so don't forget your raffle tickets! -- for collection at the event.

We'll have some yarn to distribute, but please bring your own needles or hooks as we may not have enough to go round.

Feel free to contact us for more details or sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news!

In addition to the Knit-a-Thon, Liz is inviting knitters in the NYC area to meet up and participate in several Knit-Outs in the park.

We'll be meeting in the late spring, with the first one being held after Mother's Day. Currently planned venues include Central Park in Manhattan, Astoria Park in Queens and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Suggestions for other venues -- not necessarily outdoors -- are gladly accepted. Feel free to email Liz with your ideas for any place where a bunch of people can get together and knit relatively peacefully.

On the day of the Knit-Out, we'll meet at noon and knit, chat, mingle, gossip, meet and generally have fun until 5 PM. Any blankets completed at the Knit-Outs will be entered into the Critter Knitters Knit-a-Thon raffle. Some refreshments will be provided and some yarn and needles will be available for novices who want to learn how to knit or for those who do know how to knit but don't have any supplies.

The Knitting in the Park for Critters get togethers will be a great way for novices and experts to meet, and just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.

Also we will be having an on-site raffle especially for these events. Check out the neat prizes we've got lined up for you!

Check back at the beginning of May for more details on the specific dates and locations for these events.