Last night was my first adventure with having a small group of knitters meet at the local pub. The place we chose to start with was Spike’s. Spike’s has always been a comfortable place to hang out and socialize and they have a great selection of really good beers. Our family has quite a bit of history there, so in many ways Spike’s feels like home. If you click on the link to their website and look at the first anniversary staff photo from 1981, my husband Chuck is in that picture.
There were three of us in our group and after the task of choosing our beers from the list of 40 was done, we settled into some knitting and conversation. It didn’t take long for it to be clear that knitting, conversation and good beer go very well together!
We did have to be aware of potential beer and food messes that could come in contact with our projects, but we just did our best to keep things clean and eat and drink carefully. It’s also recommended to have a “pub project” and not bring that white silk lace scarf to the bar while you’re drinking stout.
Karen was working on a toe-up slipper in a beautiful gray wool. Christina was knitting a Harry Potter scarf in shadow knitting that looked something like this. The scarf is turning out pretty darn cool. And I was working on a garter stitch hat from some wool yarn I picked up at the Farmer’s Market in Madison, WI. I just love it that they sell yarn and spinning fiber at the farmer’s market!
The three of us are dark beer fans, so we had a nice selection of beer on our table. Kostritzer Schwartzbier, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The evening started with a Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company. Great beers, good knitting, good conversation… and a great place for it all to come together.
For most of the evening we were just in our own little group, and then a Spike’s regular came in who is also a knitter. Enthusiasm over the concept of knitting with good beer escalated and we now have another person who would love to join us on our next gathering.
The more I delve into this book project, the more the niche for the book and the need for the book become very clear. More ideas were sparked during our discussion last night about concepts that need addressing in my book, which is really helpful.
In order to explore other potential knitting bars, we’re going to have to venture out to other places around our town and neighboring cities, but we will definitely be going back to Spike’s again.