Knitty City

Knitty City, the Upper West Side yarn emporium’s Wednesday evening knitting circle seems like any other. Needles clack, and idle conversation ebbs and flows.  All quite commonplace, until you realize that all of the participants are men.

According to a marketing consultant in the yarn industry, knitting is making a comeback, fueled by young men breaking into the world of fashion, and progressive schools, such as the Waldorf School, who have incorporated it into their curriculum.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal chronicles the male knitting phenomenon and the men who enjoy it.

The men cite positive effects on neurological development, and the meditative state brought on by the repetitiveness of the craft as the reasons they like to knit.  The social aspect of the Wednesday evening knitting circle, is also a draw, and the satisfaction of creating something practical and wearable is an added benefit.

Knitty City offers a wide range of yarns and needles, as well as classes for beginners and children in addition to their men’s night. Check out their site for more details.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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