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"Vicki Hirsch, 53, a nanny from South Philadelphia, yarn-bombed a railing on the Race Street Pier - though she emphasized, given the security presence, that it was all yarn and no bomb."







Welcome to Philly Knits!  spread the word > PHILLY KNITS POSTCARD


Our mission is to spread the joy of knitting, crochet, and other fiber skills - far and wide!  We are a free and open meetup, where we help each other with our knitting "challenges" whether you're a beginner or advanced.  Everyone is invited to join us, no matter your age (7yrs+), sex, or skill level (from zero to expert)! Just bring your own needles and yarn. 

See our "Learn to Knit" page


See our "Learn to Crochet" page

  • Beginners might want to bring 9-inch long, size 7 or 8, wood needles, and yarn that is one color, smooth, and worsted (medium) weight.  But anything is fine.  We'll work with it. You can also make needles out of cheap bamboo skewers (sand, grease, and wax) and then wrap fine twine (i use hemp) around the end and tie off.

  • HOST & POST MEETUPS:  We encourage our members to host meetups in cafes, libraries, schools, and parks (in the warmer months).  Its a fun way to meet others and and see the city! For those who post meetups, please allow 2 weeks before the meetup date. Also, consider using a PHILLY KNITS POSTCARD to advertise your meetups on cafe fronts, libraries, etc. - just add the days and times at the bottom of the postcard!

  • RSVPs: Please try to keep your RSVPs up-to-date so that Event Hosts can cancel events if no one is going to attend.

  • ADOPT-A-LIBRARY PROGRAM!  There are several libraries that host knitting groups and offer assistance in learning to knit.  We would like to see a knitting program in every library.  Below we have suggested videos on learning to knit (more info will be added soon). And don't forget to make sure your knitting activity is prominently posted in the library. So please contact your local library and volunteer to:

    • host a knitting group for adults

    • teach/assist in an after-school program for kids

    • teach/assist in a summer program for kids


  • RESOURCE INFO: Below we also list other knitting, crochet, weaving, and fiber info, links, events, groups, and libraries.  If you want to add info, please email me the information at lynnlandes@earthlink.net/. 

  • We are also looking for LOCAL SOURCES (SEE BELOW) of plant and animal fiber (including fairs where they are sold), as well as locally made needles. Or maybe we’ll learn to make the needles ourselves! So, please send us that information.  Absent locally-made products, there are several yarn shops and outlets in Philadelphia that sell knitting supplies at various price ranges, see below. 

  • Feel free to knit SIMPLY or COMPLEX. That's up to you. Some of us, like me, don't read patterns (yet) and knit very simply, enjoying the meditative nature of knitting and crochet.  Others like to be challenged.  We want to encourage you to do what you enjoy doing.

Our meetup is free. Sharing is key. Welcome to Philly Knits!

Lynn Landes, founder (& free instructor for beginners)
215-629-3553 landline / 714-204-2690 cell

ARTICLES - knitting and the brain!

• http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/10/07/3888795/therapy-i...
• http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benef...
• http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health
• http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health-therapeutic



General:  http://www.knittersreview.com/upcoming_events.asp

ORGS, FAIRS & SPECIAL EVENTS (check for 2016 dates)


"World Wide Knit In Public Day" http://www.wwkipday.com/  (second Saturday in June)


National and International listings:



  • May 7 & 8, 2016: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is always held at the Howard County Fairgrounds the first full weekend in May SEE: http://sheepandwool.org/  (THIS IS A HUGE FESTIVAL!)




New Jersey:

  • Sept 12-13: Garden State Sheep & Wool Festival, Ringoes - njsheep.org/festival (This is a very nice, manageable fair and relatively close by - 1 1/2 hours away)
  • North Country Spinners Fiber Fallout, Hope - northcountryspinners.org

  Call before you go, to be sure these groups are still active!










LIBRARIES:  Call before you go, to be sure these groups are still active!

Also, we have started an informal ADOPT-A-LIBRARY program to assist libraries with their after-school and summer programs to teach adults or children how to knit or crochet.  Please contact your neighborhood library and volunteer.




Thomas F. Donatucci Knitting & Crochet Circle meets every Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  Bring your latest project and relax at the Donatucci Library for a low-key evening of crafting. All fiber arts are welcome. This program is intended for adults only. Address: 1935 W Shunk St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 / (215) 685-1755 EckertK@freelibrary.org




The Ramonita de Rodriguez / Girard Library  https://libwww.freelibrary.org/branches/branch.cfm?loc=rgr


Location:  600 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123-1311 (6th St. & Girard Ave.)

There is plenty of free street parking, and Septa route #15 stops right in front of the door.

About us: Crocheting craft & chat meeting every Wednesday at 5pm 

Contact: Lisa Chianese-Lopez chianesel@freelibrary.org  215-686-1768




Lillian Marrero Library https://libwww.freelibrary.org/mobile/branch.cfm?loc=LEH

Location:  601 West Lehigh Library

Dates:  July 9 through August 13, 2015

Time:  3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Bring your knitting, crocheting and other handiwork and enjoy an hour of relaxing listening to a good book read aloud. Enjoy cold drinks and light refreshments.


Lovett Memorial Branch Library Knitters (closed for renovations, will re-open in 2018)

Location: 6945 Germantown Ave  Philadelphia PA 19119 US 

Phone: 215-685-2095 

Contact: Teresa Glover, Children's Librarian glovert@library.phila.gov  

About us: Lovett Knitters meets every Thursday in the Library's meeting room from 3:00-4:30. You are welcome to drop in any time during these hours. All skill levels (from absolute beginners to advanced knitters) and ages are welcome. For more information please call Teresa at 215-685-2095. We would love to have you join us! 

We make / need: Group members work on projects of their choosing. I give advice on new projects and the Library has books on knitting to borrow.


South Philly Library Knit and Sip (closed for renovations, will re-open some time in 2016)

Location: 1700 S. Broad Street  Philadelphia PA 19145 US 

Phone: 215-685-1866 

Contact: Tiffany Smith tiffanylynn_philly@yahoo.com  

About us: We meet weekly on Thursdays from 6:30-8. Tea is provided. Newbies are welcome. Bring your own needles if you are new. 

We make / need: everyone works at their own pace on their own projects. New knitters will learn to knit, purl, read patterns, and make a scarf.




The Wynnefield Library - 4th Saturday of the month, 1-4 pm

Location:  5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498

Contact: 215-685-0298 or https://www.facebook.com/Yarnys 

About us: "Sisters Interacting Through Stitches" is a diverse group of women who crochet and knit items, that are donated to local, national and international programs.


Northeast Regional Library - Women's Craft Circle (call for schedule)

Location: 2228 Cottman Avenue

Contact: Lisa Carpenter, Adult/Teen Librarian

 (215) 685-0512 / Carpenterl@freelibrary.org


Other ORGANIZATIONS:  Call before you go, to be sure these groups are still active!



LIBERTY BELL KNITTERS - The Knitting Guild Association:


Liberty Bell Chapter #65, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

TKGA Guild Since: 9/18/2003

Contact: Lucia Herndon. luciaherndon@verizon.net

Location: Cathedral Village, 600 E Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Meetings: The second Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.



The Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers and Fiber Artists
3705 Main Street Philadelphia PA 19127, pghwinfo@gmail.com, 215-487-9690 / The Guild has a portable fibers group every Tuesday at the Guild House. We get together from 10am to 12 noon and those attending bring whatever project they can carry in. We have weaving, dyeing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and any fiber work you can think of and is portable. We have a wonderful library and a Kuerig to boot. There is no agenda and it is a lot of fun.  You do not need to be a member to come and there is plenty of free parking across the street. This coming Tuesday, the group will not meet due to our annual Celebration of Fibers.




Informal knitting group, 6-8 pm at Barnes and Noble, Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 



BusyFingers http://www.crochet.org/members/?id=16407056 part of the Crochet Guild of America - http://www.crochet.org/

Location: 900 Belmont Ave  Philadelphia PA 19104 US (Pinn Garden Apartments, 900 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104 in the community room)
Contact: Deborah Kearney, President ms_k_hook@hotmail.com /
(215) 877-6206 OR Angela Briggs myhtsab@aol.com /  (215) 477-4862
About us: BusyFingers is a group of Crocheters who love the Art.
Meetings: We meet every fourth Saturday of the Month from 1pm to 4pm, except holiday weekends then we meet on the third Saturday.
For New Learners all we ask is that you bring 4ply light colored yarn and G, H, or I Hooks to use and any projects you may be working on and your Love and interest in CROCHET! We teach the basic stitches in crochet. No one under 13 please. And for those of you who know how to Crochet we would like for you to share your skills, and your love of crochet! Every meeting we have a Show N Tell and a review of any new books and patterns you would like to share with the group. We also have a Yarn Exchange twice a year and after attending 6 meetings you will recieve a free gift! We will help you with any crochet patterns!
We make / need: Our Group is also involved in creating scarfs and hats in the winter for local charities.


Philadelphia Yarn Shops: KNITTING CIRCLES https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=philadelphia+knit+shops&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4NDKB_enUS570US570&q=philadelphia+knit+shops&gs_l=hp...0i22i30.

Yarnphoria - www.Yarnphoria.com (Washington Square)
Loop - www.LoopYarn.com (Graduate Hospital & South Street)

KnitWith www.TheKnitWith.com (Chestnut Hill)
Hidden River - http://www.HiddenRiverYarns.com/  (Manayunk) 
Thursdays, 6 - 8:00 pm 

The Resource Exchange www.theresourceexchange.org, 1701 N. 2nd St.


HELPFUL LINKS from Andrea and other members:




Farms in yellow!  Other products may not be made with local yarn, so beware.

Vendor Name State Products Website
A Good Day for a Cupcake NJ Hand sculpted knitting needles, crochet hooks and stitch markers, hand dyed yarns and fibers and accessories. http://www.agooddayforacupcake.com
Alma Park Alpacas NJ Alpaca yarn, roving & top, hand painted roving, top & yarn, raw alpaca fleece, alpaca knitted handcrafts. http://www.almapark.com
Appletree Knits NJ Hand-dyed yarns in semi-solid, variegated, and gradient colorways, in a wide variety of yarn weights, along with original Apple Tree Knits knitting patterns. http://www.appletreeknits.com
Bead Biz CT Unusual Czech glass beads, great for knitting, crocheting and kumihimio.  Kits, patterns and supplies for knitting, crocheting and  kumihimo with beads.  http://www.beadbiz.org
Berry Meadow Farm NJ Alpaca yarn. http://www.berrymeadow.com
Bitsy Knits
PA Handpainted yarns and spinning fibers, original knitting designs, knitters jewelry, knitting accessories, Spinolution spinning wheels. http://www.bitsyknits.com
Black Diamond Alpacas PA Alpaca and mohair in yarn, and rovings, skeins for hand-dyers, and alpaca socks. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Diamond-Creations/373873852683487
Breezy Meadows Farm PA BFL roving, dyes, Louet spinning wheels, BFL yarn, wool crafts, needle felting supplies. http://breezymeadowsfarm.com/
Callowhill Farm Alpacas PA Alpaca yarn and rovings, alpaca socks, sweaters, hat, gloves, and scarves. https://www.facebook.com/callowhillfarmalpacas
Ch'Naca / The Studio MD Hand dyed roving, yarn, woven and knitted handmade items, handmade shawl pins. http://chnaca.com
Sue and Rosies (formerly Cherry Wood Farms) NJ Felted purses & slippers - knitted lacey scarves. Recycled woolen hats & mittens. Soaps.  
Cloudberry Sheep & Wool NJ Wool roving, yarn and felt made from our own mixed flock (Romney, Jacob, Shetland, Gotland) http://www.cloudberrysheep.com
Compass Farm NJ Wool, sheep pelts  
Cozy Rabbit Farm NJ Handspun angora yarn, handspun angora blend yarns, handmade hats, scarves, texting mitts, earwarmers, angora roving, wool roving, knit hat kits. http://www.cozyrabbitfarm.com/
Creative Sheepskins NJ Handcrafted items using high quality sheepskins. Sale of Organically Tanned and Carefully Selected high quality sheepskins. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeSheepskins
Dragonfly Alpaca Criations NJ Fiber products > Yarn, batts, fleece, finished products, processing tools for fiber. http://www.openherd.com/farms/3579/dragonfly-alpaca-criations
Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnet CT Hand-dyed yarn, sweaters, buttons, patterns. http://www.ellyncoopersyarnsonnets.biz/
Evergreen Farm MA Angora rabbits, fiber, felting, handcrafted homespun textiles. http://www.evergreenfarm.biz
Foster Sheep Farm, The Yarn Shop at NY Romney-Wensleydale cross wool and fiber, some hand dyed, knitting novelties, Miss Babs, Fat Cat Knits, Cascade, Berroco and Tahki yarns, Kromski wheels and tools, magazines, Farm original patterns PLUS Saratoga Suds 'n' Stuff farmstyle soaps including bars, shapes and novelties incorporating mineral water from Saratoga, goat's milk, sheeps milk and olive oil combined in the Farm's own recipes. http://www.fostersheepfarm.com/
Foxcross Farm NJ Otto Strauch carders, swifts & Baynes spinning wheels, Cushing dyes, Revenge moth traps and fly strips,  Ashland Bay fibers,  as well as our own Romney roving and our special "Llamney" roving, prize winning fleeces & Romney lambs.  
Glendemere Farm NJ Roving, jewelry, crafts, fleeces.  
Gusler Design PA    
Handweavers of Bucks County (HWBC) PA Display only of weaving, spinning and knitting Fiber Arts.  Members will be demonstrating spinning and weaving. http://hwbc.us
Hum-Dinger Alpacas NJ Handmade alpaca apparel (baby booties, hats, sweaters, gloves, stuffed toys), and commercially made merchandise for adults (socks, hats, gloves, blankets, sweaters). http://www.humdingeralpacas.com
Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild NJ Rug hooking demonstrations. http://www.hcrag.com/
Hunterdon Knitting Guild NJ Knitting demos.  
Jackpie NY Hand woven scarves from our hand spun yarn. Hand knit hats. Roving, Batts, Hand spun yarns, Dyed fleece. http://www.jackpie.etsy.com
Jacob Sheep Breeders Association (JSBA) NJ Jacob Sheep logo items - T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Polo Shirts, Caps, Aprons and Tote Bags, also fiber and fiber products from JSBA members. http://www.jsba.org/
Katrinkles RI Bamboo buttons and tools for fiber artists such as knitting needle gauges, WPI tools and double pointed needle holders. https://www.etsy.com/shop/katrinkles
Lanart NC Needle felted on alpaca animal sculptures. Alpaca items for women, men, children. Socks, bears, sock monkeys. http://lanart.net
Ledoux Trading, LLC NJ Vintage Buttons.  
Light Brown Hare NJ Hand dyed yarn and fiber, stitch markers.  http://lightbrownhare.etsy.com
Luna Stitch NJ Tapestry knitting bags, project totes, notion and needle cases. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LunaStitch
Lynchings PA Modern neckwear: woven scarves and beaded necklaces.  
Macknik, Lois NJ Handwoven items and needle felting. Handwoven placemats, table runners, mug mats, scarves, etc.  Needle felted animals & ornaments. http://www.loismacknik.com
Marianated Yarns NJ Hand Dyed Yarn http://www.marianatedyarns.com
Miners Hillside Farm NJ Natural and hand-dyed rovings, milled yarns/ pot dyed, homespun yarns and hand knit accessories. http://www.minersminisnigerians.com/
Molly Girl Yarn NJ Indie-dyed yarns, patterns. http://www.mollygirlyarn.com
Mother Frogging Yarns NY Hand dyed yarns (sock, lace and worsted), needle felted items, nuno felted scarves/shawls, reclaimed wool, items made from reclaimed wool. http://www.motherfroggingyarns.com
Mountain Pride Farm PA Home grown, home made fiber products from goats, llamas and alpacas. http://www.mountainpridefarm.com
Nadelson, Susan NJ Handspun yarn and sweaters, hats, scarves all from handspun yarns, space-dyed roving. http://www.coveredbridgeartisans.com/susanNadelson.htm
Navajo Churro Sheep Association WA Navajo-Churro Sheep Association Logo items and finished wool items. http://www.navajo-churrosheep.com/
NJ Dept. of Agriculture NJ Lab services http://www.jerseyvetlab.nj.gov
North Country Spinners NJ Spinning classes and demos, skein competition, Spin Off 11AM Saturday.  Pat Heavener President 2014. http://northcountryspinners.org/
Oak Hill Alpacas NJ Alpaca yarns, hand drop spinners, alpaca products, socks, hats scarves, stuffed pets.   http://www.oakhillalpacasnj.com
Once Upon A Twine NJ Hand spun yarn, hand made whisk brooms.
Platinum Alpacas VA Natural and hand-dyed alpaca yarn or various weights, spinning fiber, knitted and woven clothing accessories; and crafted items for gifts and home. http://www.platinumalpacas.com
Pleasant Valley Textiles PA Wool felt fabric, accessories, pillows. http://www.pleasantvalleytextiles.com
Puff the Magic Rabbit VA Hand dyed yarn. https://www.etsy.com/shop/puffthemagicrabbit
Queen Bee Fibers NJ Hand dyed fiber and yarn, handspun yarn, Bee + Ewe healing honey lotion, soap, drop spindle kits, honey, Buzz off Balls (all natural moth balls) http://www.QueenBeeFibers.com
Red Rope Farm PA Wool, yarn, felted crafts and ornaments, hand made soap, lambskins. http://www.redropefarm.wordpress.com
Reflections at Roclans PA Hand dyed and natural yarns and roving, combed top.  W. Cushing & Co. dyes, artisan orifice Hooks. http://www.roclans.com
Renee NH PA Knitted alpaca wraps, gloves, hats, tunic tops, sweaters, coats, infinity scarves and more.  
Rocky Top Farm PA Handspun, hand dyed yarn, hand knit items, wool items from farm raised sheep. http://www.rockytopfarmpa.com
Ross Farm PA Yarns, roving, batting & Fleecs: Romney, Shetland, Tuns, Leiceter Longwool, Lincoln & Cheviot & Photos. http://www.therossfarm.com
Sacred Rose Herbal Tea NJ Herbal tea and tea leaf readings. http://www.sacredtealeafreadings.com/
School Products Yarn NY Hand Dyed yarns and patterns http://www.schoolproductsyarns.com/
Seven Sisters Arts ME Hand dyed yarn and beads for knitting and crochet, fiber for spinning and felting, beautifully crafted pieces by local (Maine) makers.  http://sevensistersarts.com
Shirsty Cat Designs PA Hand painted yarn and fibers with some hand carded batts, handspun yarn, and handmade soap. http://www.shirstycat.com/
Simpatico Fiber Collective NJ Fiber batts and yarn; knit, felted and woven items. https://www.etsy.com/shop/simpaticofiber
Spindle Cat Studio NJ Artisan crafted stitch markers, handmade shawl pins, copper jewelry items and orifice hooks, hand dyed yarn and fiber, hand painted spindles. http://spindlecatstudio.etsy.com
Spinnery, The NJ Spinning, weaving, needlefelting, natural dyeing & knitting supplies. Hand dyed yarn, special kits and Special Sheep Prints. http://www.spinnery.net
Sterling Wool Mill PA   http://www.sterlingwoolmill.com/index.html
Storybook Farm NJ Handmade soap and body care products. http://www.etsy.com/shop/storybookfarm/
Swayze Inn Farm NJ Jacob sheep products (yarn, roving, knitted items) and Jacob Sheep Association info.  
Taylored Fibers MD Hand dyed yarns and fibers, handcarded batts, knitting and spinning supplies. https://www.etsy.com/shop/tayloredfibers
Tuatha Gallery NJ Celtic artisans collective - hand made shawl pins, knitting bowls, rustic home decor, and nature themed prints. http://www.tuathagallery.com/
Unleashed Creativity NJ Garden Art - Custom stones and windchimes.  
Verdant Gryphon MD Hand dyed luxury yarns with a Renaissance flair. http://www.verdantgryphon.com
Wandering Wool DC Hand dyed yarn, knitting patterns, stitch markers and notions. http://www.wanderingwool.com
WildeWood Farms NJ Alpaca fleeces, yarn and wool products. http://www.alpacanation.com/farmsandbreeders/03_viewfarm.asp?name=12548
Windy Farm Alpacas NJ Alpaca fleeces, yarn, rugs, handmade products (hats, globes, sweaters, purses, etc.). Alpaca Prducts from Peru.  http://www.windyfarmalpacas.com
Winter's Past Farm NJ Dyed roving, knitting bags and notions. http://www.winterspastfarm.com
Woolbearers NJ Hand dyed yarn, fiber, spinning and weaving equipment. http://www.woolbearers.com
Yarn Bazaar PA Hand dyed natural yarns, knitting needles and crochet hooks, American Made swifts, ball winders, blocking wires and mats. http://www.yarnbazaar.com
Yarn Boutique NJ Yarns from indie dyers: Done Roving, Copper Corgi, and Galloping Jester.  Wool from Willow Tree Farm. http://www.yarnboutiquebysarah.net

Lynn Landes, founder (& free instructor for beginners)
215-629-3553 landline / 714-204-2690 cell