According to historian Anne McDonald, stitch’n'bitch circles started up in America after WWI, and exploded during WWII, as an opportunity for women to connect with each other. They would gather to work on their knitting, while chatting about everything that was going on in their lives and their community. The friendships and support networks that grew out of these circles were just as important as the sweaters and socks that were made.
At KwartzLab, we dig the notion of community centered around activity — sure we’re all about the making, but we’re specifically about making in a shared space, pooling our resources, picking each others’ brains, and building a community around all that jazz.
A lot of the activity at KwartzLab revolves around electronics, but a number of our members (guys & gals alike) are at-home crafters too. The Stitch’N'Bitch aims to bring some of that craft into the lab.
This past Saturday, 9 ‘Labbers & friends joined us for delicious cake & apple fritters; conversation ranging from parenting to media; and projects ranging from knitting and crochet to chainmail. And we had a blast!
Here are some of the projects folks were working on:
A beautiful variegated baby blanket.