Today’s interview is with Kim of the knitting group, Madrid Knits!, in Madrid, Spain. It sounds like a great group of people, and they have extended an invitation for all travelers (who handicraft) to join them!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your group?
Madrid Knits! meets every Friday and one Saturday a month to knit and/or crochet while we unwind from our busy weeks. It was founded by a couple of friends in 2009 and started off small, but nowadays you can find up to twenty people there on any given Friday! We enjoy relaxing and both chatting with old friends and meeting new people while we knit, crochet, embroider, etc…and, of course, enjoy the delicious food and drinks available at the Starbucks that has graciously saved us a spot from the very beginning.
Our normal meetings are from 5 to 9pm, every Friday as well as the first Saturday of each month. The group meets in a relaxed, friendly setting, and has no particular schedule. Both members and newcomers are welcome to come and go as they please. However, it is important to note that we do not provide classes or lessons on knitting (or any other crafts)–above all, our aim is for everyone to be able to relax and have a good time, and we don’t want anyone to have the obligation to work while they’re with us! In addition, I might also point out that though we do have some members who speak English (and other languages), Spanish is the dominant language of communication at Madrid Knits!, so it may be good for you to brush up that HS or travel Spanish before you come!
3. When and where do you meet?
We meet at the Starbucks on C/ Pedro Teixeira 8, Madrid. It is in the Tetuan neighborhood of Madrid, near the Santiago Bernabeu soccer (or football, as it’s known in Europe) stadium. Our typical meetings are from 5 to 9pm every Friday, and the first Saturday of each month.
Every year we organize a special meeting (usually in a park) for WWKIP day. In the past we have had special activities that day, for example, meeting up with other knitting groups or providing fun things to do for the children that come along. We also celebrate MK’s anniversaries with a special meeting where, for example, this past year we had a bingo to win specially donated prizes.
5. How does one find out more about or join your group?
The best places to get to know us are via our website (http://www.madridknits.blogspot.com.es/) and our ravelry group (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/madrid-knits). Anyone who knows how to knit, crochet, or do other portable handicrafts is welcome to join.
Our website is http://www.madridknits.blogspot.com.es/ and our email address is madridknits(@)gmail.com.
7. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thanks for reading about us and be sure to stop by and see us if and when you’re ever in Madrid!