Have you heard of Stitch Up Events? Organized by Michele Costa of Stitch & Hustle, Stitch Up is an event with the goal of bringing knitters and crocheters of all skill levels and backgrounds together for a weekend of fun, fiber, and friendship. We were honored to have been asked by Michele to sponsor part of Stitch Up Chicago 2019, and wanted to share some pictures and info about this event.
Stitch Up Chicago was housed in the beautiful Godfrey Hotel in downtown. The first day of the event kicked off with a visit to Nina, a trendy yarn shop in Chicago, where attendees were given a special discount and had the store to themselves, with hors d’oeuvres, tea, and coffee.
The first evening, attendees opened up massive gift bags loaded with goodies for every person, including a March 2019 KnitCrate shipment. Everyone was so excited to break open their KnitCrates! Cocktails in the beautiful Godfrey bar were accompanied by lots of lounging, chatting, and knitting and crocheting.
The next morning, brunch was served with a side of more crafting, and Rob even picked up some needles and learned the basics:
At lunch, attendees were able to try a variety of yarns from another sponsor in a yarn tasting. Check out that pile of samples to play with on this table!
Throughout the weekend, instructors and crafting personalities Louis Boria (Brooklyn Boy Knits), Tamara Kelly (Mooglyblog), Cecilia Nelson-Hurt (Creative Ceci) and Michele Costa (Stitch & Hustle) were on-hand to help crafters of all levels (even total beginner) advance their knit and crochet skills.
That evening, KnitCrate hosted ‘Tacos and Kits’, a party to close out the weekend with a fully stocked taco bar, fantastic grand prize drawing (with thousands of dollars in prizes), and fiber explorer Kristy Glass (Kristy Glass Knits). Here are Rob and Hannah, all decked out with Kristy:
Attendees had cocktails and knit on the beautiful rooftop bar (with a cozy fire pit) late into the evening, making new friendships and introducing attendees to each other. The event has a no-cell-phone policy that means you actually talk to people, make friends, and don’t spend all your time documenting rather than connecting. We really loved that element and others did too!
Does this sound like the right event for you? Looking to meet other crocheters and knitters in your area? Stitch Up is announcing new locations all the time, and KnitCrate is also sponsoring a Tacos & Kits night with Kristy Glass in Brooklyn this summer. Click here to read more!