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Re: Yarn Dominance

Teresa Ambrose
 

Interesting and nice effect! 


On May 23, 2019, at 1:37 PM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

I think this hat is made by knitting for an inch or so with color A in the left hand and color B in the right hand, and then switching them.  Certainly it was linked to a discussion of that. 

Yarn dominance means that the yarn in your left hand is more prominent than the yarn in your right hand.  (Something to do with which yarn comes up from underneath as you knit the stitch.)

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripe-domination

An interesting pattern technique.

Lucinda


Meeting Date changes effective starting in June

Jane Daniels
 

The Spin-Knit Group will be meeting the first and third Saturdays of the month The farm is not open on Sundays and there is no county employee on site as county requires.

Once the farm stand is closed for the season, we will need to figure out what to do.

Jane Daniels.

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Life is better when you go outdoors!

Re: Meeting Date changes effective starting in June

Teresa Ambrose
 

Thank you Jane. 

On May 24, 2019, at 11:21 PM, Jane Daniels <jdhikes@...> wrote:

The Spin-Knit Group will be meeting the first and third Saturdays of the month The farm is not open on Sundays and there is no county employee on site as county requires.

Once the farm stand is closed for the season, we will need to figure out what to do.

Jane Daniels.

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Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 06/01/2019 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@...>
 

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 1 June 2019, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:Historic House, Hanover Hilltop Farm

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We'll meet in the Historic House (first building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 06/01/2019 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Jane Daniels
 

Sorry I can't make it. Wish we were still meeting on first Sundays.

Jane

On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 1 June 2019, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:Historic House, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Historic House (first building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!



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Life is better when you go outdoors!

Baby Time: DEGEN For Purl Soho + A Special Offer!

Teresa Ambrose
 



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Today's Meeting

Lucinda Shastid
 

Susan was spinning what appears to be the last bobbin of her three-ply yarn for the final arm of her daughter's sweater.  The yarn is from her daughter's favorite Icelandic sheep.  Susan also brought a lovely blanket spun and woven from the wool of their sheep.  Nice going, Susan!

Charlene has been absent for a few meetings but came today, just in time to show off her shawl: garter stitch background with short-rowed lunettes of lace.  She also had lots of souvenirs from a trip to Paris that she took with her mother, including some stitch markers.

Pat brought an ultra-simple knitting project so she could watch the spinning.  Oops - the ultra-simple project was home on her couch.  Instead she brought a poncho knit with two strands of yarn in a cable pattern, where she was stumped.  Charlene used her stitch markers (from the Paris trip) to bring Pat back up to the current row of her knitting.

Lucinda was knitting in a dark yarn, on small needles, in barely-adequate lighting, but she managed not to express her feelings aloud.

Shelley stopped by to say hello but then had to leave.

Conversation included what we were working on; families (children, grandchildren, mothers and pets), planned vacations, future venues for these meetings, etc.


Graphing Knitted Directions

Lucinda Shastid
 

I just fund this - I'm sure half the world already knows about it: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/tools/3912524/1-25

I find the stitch map especially interesting.  I'm perfectly happy with the grid charts that I grew up with, but maybe some day ...

Lucinda



Re: Today's Meeting

Teresa Ambrose
 

Thank you Lucinda for the excellent report!

On Jun 1, 2019, at 2:43 PM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

Susan was spinning what appears to be the last bobbin of her three-ply yarn for the final arm of her daughter's sweater.  The yarn is from her daughter's favorite Icelandic sheep.  Susan also brought a lovely blanket spun and woven from the wool of their sheep.  Nice going, Susan!

Charlene has been absent for a few meetings but came today, just in time to show off her shawl: garter stitch background with short-rowed lunettes of lace.  She also had lots of souvenirs from a trip to Paris that she took with her mother, including some stitch markers.

Pat brought an ultra-simple knitting project so she could watch the spinning.  Oops - the ultra-simple project was home on her couch.  Instead she brought a poncho knit with two strands of yarn in a cable pattern, where she was stumped.  Charlene used her stitch markers (from the Paris trip) to bring Pat back up to the current row of her knitting.

Lucinda was knitting in a dark yarn, on small needles, in barely-adequate lighting, but she managed not to express her feelings aloud.

Shelley stopped by to say hello but then had to leave.

Conversation included what we were working on; families (children, grandchildren, mothers and pets), planned vacations, future venues for these meetings, etc.



Lace Knitting

Lucinda Shastid
 

Jane, I know you were knitting lace doilies for a while - I just found this pattern which is adapted from a doily by Herbert Niebling, using a partial circle.  I'm very tempted!

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/a-place-to-kal-my-own/3904792/1-25

Lucinda

Re: Lace Knitting

Jane Daniels
 

It was someone else who was doing lace doilies. As a general rule, I don't do lace.

The pattern is beautiful.

Jane

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 3:57 PM Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

Jane, I know you were knitting lace doilies for a while - I just found this pattern which is adapted from a doily by Herbert Niebling, using a partial circle.  I'm very tempted!

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/a-place-to-kal-my-own/3904792/1-25

Lucinda



--
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Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Re: Lace Knitting

Lucinda Shastid
 

OK, if anyone loves lace knitting, this link (below) gives you a shawl made from part of a lace doily!

Lucinda

On 6/2/2019 4:31 PM, Jane Daniels wrote:
It was someone else who was doing lace doilies. As a general rule, I don't do lace.

The pattern is beautiful.

Jane

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 3:57 PM Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

Jane, I know you were knitting lace doilies for a while - I just found this pattern which is adapted from a doily by Herbert Niebling, using a partial circle.  I'm very tempted!

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/a-place-to-kal-my-own/3904792/1-25

Lucinda



--
Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Re: Lace Knitting

Teresa Ambrose
 

That is beautiful. 

🦋
What we 
think 
we become. 
Buddha

On Jun 2, 2019, at 8:32 PM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

OK, if anyone loves lace knitting, this link (below) gives you a shawl made from part of a lace doily!

Lucinda

On 6/2/2019 4:31 PM, Jane Daniels wrote:
It was someone else who was doing lace doilies. As a general rule, I don't do lace.

The pattern is beautiful.

Jane

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 3:57 PM Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

Jane, I know you were knitting lace doilies for a while - I just found this pattern which is adapted from a doily by Herbert Niebling, using a partial circle.  I'm very tempted!

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/a-place-to-kal-my-own/3904792/1-25

Lucinda



--
Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Steel frame trundle bed

Shelley Reid
 

Hi guys—

This is a long shot, but I figure the more people who know, the better. 

We dismantled Hannah’s old trundle bed and replaced it last weekend, so I’m looking for a home for it. It’s disassembled right now, but it is similar to this bed in design:

Image result for steel frame trundle bed

Also available: the headboard and footboard that we had attached to it:


The headboard/footboard definitely show their wear (definitely not fine antique furniture), but get rails/slats from the Goodwill and you’ve got a very affordable bed frame. The mattresses are available, but of course they are over 15 years old. The trundle mattress was an inexpensive BJs mattress and was used probably less than twenty times. Might be worth your time to take that one if you don’t think the trundle will be used frequently. 

I have posted these on Freecycle but spreading the word here also. Trundle bed is disassembled, but trundle itself doesn’t really disassemble so will need two people and a vehicle with suitable cargo space to pick it up. 

Shelley

Re: Steel frame trundle bed

Lucinda Shastid
 

I've contacted Vietnam Veterans for things like this.  I've heard other people say that the veteran who wants the thing will be the one to pick it up, though that wasn't my experience.

Lucinda

On 6/5/2019 3:10 PM, Shelley Reid via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi guys—

This is a long shot, but I figure the more people who know, the better. 

We dismantled Hannah’s old trundle bed and replaced it last weekend, so I’m looking for a home for it. It’s disassembled right now, but it is similar to this bed in design:

Image result for steel
          frame trundle bed

Also available: the headboard and footboard that we had attached to it:


The headboard/footboard definitely show their wear (definitely not fine antique furniture), but get rails/slats from the Goodwill and you’ve got a very affordable bed frame. The mattresses are available, but of course they are over 15 years old. The trundle mattress was an inexpensive BJs mattress and was used probably less than twenty times. Might be worth your time to take that one if you don’t think the trundle will be used frequently. 

I have posted these on Freecycle but spreading the word here also. Trundle bed is disassembled, but trundle itself doesn’t really disassemble so will need two people and a vehicle with suitable cargo space to pick it up. 

Shelley

Re: Steel frame trundle bed

Shelley Reid
 

Hi Lucinda, thank you for the recommendation. Joan said that the group she worked with (not in NY) did contact individual vets who took things, but here in NY my experience is that VVA will not take furniture, except for very small things, like nightstands, that one person can carry and toss into the truck. 

S

On Jun 5, 2019, at 3:40 PM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

I've contacted Vietnam Veterans for things like this.  I've heard other people say that the veteran who wants the thing will be the one to pick it up, though that wasn't my experience.

Lucinda

On 6/5/2019 3:10 PM, Shelley Reid via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi guys—

This is a long shot, but I figure the more people who know, the better. 

We dismantled Hannah’s old trundle bed and replaced it last weekend, so I’m looking for a home for it. It’s disassembled right now, but it is similar to this bed in design:

<41h+fR3WzrL._SX425_.jpg>

Also available: the headboard and footboard that we had attached to it:

<IMG_0259.jpeg>

The headboard/footboard definitely show their wear (definitely not fine antique furniture), but get rails/slats from the Goodwill and you’ve got a very affordable bed frame. The mattresses are available, but of course they are over 15 years old. The trundle mattress was an inexpensive BJs mattress and was used probably less than twenty times. Might be worth your time to take that one if you don’t think the trundle will be used frequently. 

I have posted these on Freecycle but spreading the word here also. Trundle bed is disassembled, but trundle itself doesn’t really disassemble so will need two people and a vehicle with suitable cargo space to pick it up. 

Shelley

OT Help Needed - Dog sitter Recommendation

Charlene Feliciano
 

Hi All! 
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a dog sitter. I would need someone to watch my dog preferably in my house from 7/25-7/31. Any recommendations? 


Charlene Vargas
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2019 Workshop Catalog Posted for Review - Registration Opens 6/15

Lucinda Shastid
 

FYI re Rhinebeck workshops.

All the links and pretty fonts disappeared, but the second sentence below is "View this email in your browser," so that should help.

Lucinda


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Gay Men Knitting

Lucinda Shastid
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/nyregion/knitting-gay-men.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=New%20York

Here's a cut-and-paste of the text.  It really doesn't say too much, but it's good to see knitting picked up by TNYT.

Lucinda

Trading the Noisy Gay Bar Scene for the Knitting Circle
Many gay men in New York are looking for alternative ways to socialize. A look at the surprising revival of the knitting circle.

Image
A men’s knitting night at String Thing Studio in Brooklyn. Louis Boria, center, and Woodie Howard are impressed by Jack O’Connor’s crochet work.
[note from Lucinda: the photo is clearly knitted lace!]

June 7, 2019

The conversation had just turned to night life in the city when Louis Boria, an administrative assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital, groaned. He sat in the back of the yarn shop, String Thing Studio, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, knitting the beginnings of a yoke sweater.

“There’s no more clubs,” said Mr. Boria, who is the organizer of a weekly guys’ knitting night, which welcomes men and teenagers no matter how they identify (as well as crocheters).

“So now we’re left with the bar scene and all those people are packed into the bar.” Mr. Boria tried to remember the name of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen and asked the seven men sitting at the table with him if they knew.

The other knitters, drinking rosé from disposable cups, stared blankly at Mr. Boria. He offered a few more details. “The guys get up on the bars,” he said. Then someone figured it out: “Flaming Saddles!”

“Yes!” said Mr. Boria.

“Clearly we’re not the clubby types,” said Jaime Andrade, who was diligently stitching a teal short-sleeved sweater fringed by lace, a birthday present for his sister.

The conversation shifted to industry gossip. Drew Ariana, a designer, divulged a yarn shop’s financial trouble. Felicia Eve, the owner of String Thing and an honorary female member that night, said a woman dissed someone’s swatch on Instagram. Ms. Eve wore a T-shirt that said, “I Knit Before It Was Cool.”

Soon, Jonathan Requillo, a store designer for Clinique, arrived with another bottle of rosé. And finally, toward the end of the night, Joe Major, a photographer, slipped in.

Mr. Major was having a rough week and wanted to be around people. Going out for drinks is too expensive and he’s sick of everyone glued to their phones, he said, so he decided to come to the guys’ knit night instead.

As Mr. Major stitched a black beanie, Cairo Romaguera, who works in H.I.V. prevention, took out his cellphone and began taking pictures of Mr. Boria through a filter. The men laughed loudly at the resulting image, which transformed Mr. Boria into a woman. With all the excitement, Mr. Major dropped a stitch. His mistake didn’t matter though. “The social interaction is priceless,” he said.

Fed up with awkward small talk and impersonal interactions at bars, some gay men in New York are looking for alternative ways to connect. You couldn’t call it a knitting explosion, exactly, but in small pockets — at yarn shops, apartments and gay bars throughout the city — a new kind of knitting circle is emerging.

“I don’t feel like being in a bar or a club is conducive to getting to know people,” said Michael Richman, who has a business knitting jockstraps and harnesses and began a monthly nude knit night in an apartment in Harlem last year. Mr. Richman described the bar scene as “sensory deprivation,” meaning no one truly sees or hears one another.

Still, some groups do meet at bars in the city, like the bimonthly knit circle at the Holler, a queer bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. But the intention is to bond over a shared interest, not alcohol. After all, it can be challenging to stop for a sip when you’re casting on stitches with both hands.


This makes knitting circles especially appealing for those who don’t drink.

“The more anxious and uncomfortable you feel, the more you drink,” said Alan Montes, who attends Mr. Richman’s nude knit night and is in recovery. “At the knitting night, there’s no evidence or example of that excess.” Several men at Mr. Richman’s event said knitting in the nude fostered intimate conversation. The men have discussed their coming out stories and their childhood experiences being gay, topics that don’t tend to arise in bars. Mr. Richman said several men have even started dating.

“We’ve reached a tipping point,” said Erik Heitz, one attendee, about the bar scene. “You get dolled up and spend a ton of money and New York City is costly, and you’re like, ‘Gosh, I spent $100, and did I get what I wanted out of this? Could I spend $10 at Michael’s and bring a bottle of wine to this house party and get a more genuine experience?’ Maybe so.”

In a more clothed and public setting downtown, about 10 men and women waited for the doors to open at Club Cumming in the East Village. By the time Knit@Nite, the bar’s weekly knitting social, started at 6, all of the seats had been taken. Brini Maxwell, one of the event’s hosts, showed off her handmade 1970s-inspired suit and yellow blouse.

Alan Cumming, the bar’s co-owner and a knitter himself, came up with the idea for Knit@Nite. Sam Benedict, the manager at Club Cumming, organized it. He tapped Josh Bennett, a knitwear designer whom he described as “the hunk of the knit world” and Ms. Maxwell, who is known as “the Martha Stewart of drag,” to be the hosts.

The evening consists of raffle prizes, a potluck dessert, and special guests, who tend to be celebrities of the fiber world like editors at “Vogue Knitting” and London Kaye, the Yarn Bomber, whose knitted street art has appeared on fences and water pipes all over the city.

On June 25, during Pride Week, the special guest will be Frank DeCaro, the actor and TV personality, to talk about his new book, “Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business.” Additionally, the knitted hearts that attendees made for Valentine’s Day and donated to the Peyton Heart Project, a nonprofit that raises awareness about suicide and bullying, will be given out during the NYC Pride March, on June 30.

Several of the men from Mr. Boria’s knit night at String Thing were also at Club Cumming. Richard Shen, who said he has been turned away from women’s knitting circles, wore a headlamp while he knit. Mr. Major took a selfie with Ms. Maxwell. And Mr. Romaguera arrived with a plastic bag full of projects.

Standing back near the D.J., Mr. Romaguera pulled out a pair of short shorts. They had a purple band, a knit drawstring, and a brightly colored body in orange, blue, green, and hot pink. “I told myself I wouldn’t knit this here,” he said, looping his needles through the yarn. He had a crochet piece he needed to finish.

Later, Mr. Romaguera walked over to a group of women sitting at a table to show them the shorts. “There’s a pouch for the butt,” he said. The women cooed. “Are you going to wear them without underwear?” asked Kalliopi Aronis, who had come that night just to hang out.

Mr. Romaguera noted that they were acrylic, and that he would be wearing underwear. He figured he would use the shorts for the gym.

But Ms. Aronis had another idea. “You should come pole dancing with me,” she said. “And wear those. ”



Re: Gay Men Knitting

Teresa Ambrose
 

Wonderful! Yes, a much better way to meet people.

On Jun 8, 2019, at 8:54 PM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/nyregion/knitting-gay-men.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=New%20York

Here's a cut-and-paste of the text.  It really doesn't say too much, but it's good to see knitting picked up by TNYT.

Lucinda

Trading the Noisy Gay Bar Scene for the Knitting Circle
Many gay men in New York are looking for alternative ways to socialize. A look at the surprising revival of the knitting circle.

Image
A men’s knitting night at String Thing Studio in Brooklyn. Louis Boria, center, and Woodie Howard are impressed by Jack O’Connor’s crochet work.
[note from Lucinda: the photo is clearly knitted lace!]

June 7, 2019

The conversation had just turned to night life in the city when Louis Boria, an administrative assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital, groaned. He sat in the back of the yarn shop, String Thing Studio, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, knitting the beginnings of a yoke sweater.

“There’s no more clubs,” said Mr. Boria, who is the organizer of a weekly guys’ knitting night, which welcomes men and teenagers no matter how they identify (as well as crocheters).

“So now we’re left with the bar scene and all those people are packed into the bar.” Mr. Boria tried to remember the name of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen and asked the seven men sitting at the table with him if they knew.

The other knitters, drinking rosé from disposable cups, stared blankly at Mr. Boria. He offered a few more details. “The guys get up on the bars,” he said. Then someone figured it out: “Flaming Saddles!”

“Yes!” said Mr. Boria.

“Clearly we’re not the clubby types,” said Jaime Andrade, who was diligently stitching a teal short-sleeved sweater fringed by lace, a birthday present for his sister.

The conversation shifted to industry gossip. Drew Ariana, a designer, divulged a yarn shop’s financial trouble. Felicia Eve, the owner of String Thing and an honorary female member that night, said a woman dissed someone’s swatch on Instagram. Ms. Eve wore a T-shirt that said, “I Knit Before It Was Cool.”

Soon, Jonathan Requillo, a store designer for Clinique, arrived with another bottle of rosé. And finally, toward the end of the night, Joe Major, a photographer, slipped in.

Mr. Major was having a rough week and wanted to be around people. Going out for drinks is too expensive and he’s sick of everyone glued to their phones, he said, so he decided to come to the guys’ knit night instead.

As Mr. Major stitched a black beanie, Cairo Romaguera, who works in H.I.V. prevention, took out his cellphone and began taking pictures of Mr. Boria through a filter. The men laughed loudly at the resulting image, which transformed Mr. Boria into a woman. With all the excitement, Mr. Major dropped a stitch. His mistake didn’t matter though. “The social interaction is priceless,” he said.

Fed up with awkward small talk and impersonal interactions at bars, some gay men in New York are looking for alternative ways to connect. You couldn’t call it a knitting explosion, exactly, but in small pockets — at yarn shops, apartments and gay bars throughout the city — a new kind of knitting circle is emerging.

“I don’t feel like being in a bar or a club is conducive to getting to know people,” said Michael Richman, who has a business knitting jockstraps and harnesses and began a monthly nude knit night in an apartment in Harlem last year. Mr. Richman described the bar scene as “sensory deprivation,” meaning no one truly sees or hears one another.

Still, some groups do meet at bars in the city, like the bimonthly knit circle at the Holler, a queer bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. But the intention is to bond over a shared interest, not alcohol. After all, it can be challenging to stop for a sip when you’re casting on stitches with both hands.


This makes knitting circles especially appealing for those who don’t drink.

“The more anxious and uncomfortable you feel, the more you drink,” said Alan Montes, who attends Mr. Richman’s nude knit night and is in recovery. “At the knitting night, there’s no evidence or example of that excess.” Several men at Mr. Richman’s event said knitting in the nude fostered intimate conversation. The men have discussed their coming out stories and their childhood experiences being gay, topics that don’t tend to arise in bars. Mr. Richman said several men have even started dating.

“We’ve reached a tipping point,” said Erik Heitz, one attendee, about the bar scene. “You get dolled up and spend a ton of money and New York City is costly, and you’re like, ‘Gosh, I spent $100, and did I get what I wanted out of this? Could I spend $10 at Michael’s and bring a bottle of wine to this house party and get a more genuine experience?’ Maybe so.”

In a more clothed and public setting downtown, about 10 men and women waited for the doors to open at Club Cumming in the East Village. By the time Knit@Nite, the bar’s weekly knitting social, started at 6, all of the seats had been taken. Brini Maxwell, one of the event’s hosts, showed off her handmade 1970s-inspired suit and yellow blouse.

Alan Cumming, the bar’s co-owner and a knitter himself, came up with the idea for Knit@Nite. Sam Benedict, the manager at Club Cumming, organized it. He tapped Josh Bennett, a knitwear designer whom he described as “the hunk of the knit world” and Ms. Maxwell, who is known as “the Martha Stewart of drag,” to be the hosts.

The evening consists of raffle prizes, a potluck dessert, and special guests, who tend to be celebrities of the fiber world like editors at “Vogue Knitting” and London Kaye, the Yarn Bomber, whose knitted street art has appeared on fences and water pipes all over the city.

On June 25, during Pride Week, the special guest will be Frank DeCaro, the actor and TV personality, to talk about his new book, “Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business.” Additionally, the knitted hearts that attendees made for Valentine’s Day and donated to the Peyton Heart Project, a nonprofit that raises awareness about suicide and bullying, will be given out during the NYC Pride March, on June 30.

Several of the men from Mr. Boria’s knit night at String Thing were also at Club Cumming. Richard Shen, who said he has been turned away from women’s knitting circles, wore a headlamp while he knit. Mr. Major took a selfie with Ms. Maxwell. And Mr. Romaguera arrived with a plastic bag full of projects.

Standing back near the D.J., Mr. Romaguera pulled out a pair of short shorts. They had a purple band, a knit drawstring, and a brightly colored body in orange, blue, green, and hot pink. “I told myself I wouldn’t knit this here,” he said, looping his needles through the yarn. He had a crochet piece he needed to finish.

Later, Mr. Romaguera walked over to a group of women sitting at a table to show them the shorts. “There’s a pouch for the butt,” he said. The women cooed. “Are you going to wear them without underwear?” asked Kalliopi Aronis, who had come that night just to hang out.

Mr. Romaguera noted that they were acrylic, and that he would be wearing underwear. He figured he would use the shorts for the gym.

But Ms. Aronis had another idea. “You should come pole dancing with me,” she said. “And wear those. ”