Sip and Stitch
Wine bars and tasting rooms where you can knit while you drink.
Sipping wine while slipping yarn.
It's happening at places like La Knitterie Parisienne in Studio City, Calif., where a weekly "Sip 'n Knit" series on Wednesdays extends into the evening hours. Knitters—a mix of men and women—bring in cheese and entrees to pass around as well as projects they are currently stitching.
Several other options can be found in the Sonoma and Napa areas. Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma pairs pub grub—and eight wines by the glass—with knitting on the second Monday of the month, i.e. Knit Night. Justine Malone, owner of Cast Away in Santa Rosa's Historic Railroad Square, recently launched a series on Thursday nights called "Get Loopy." The first was held at Cellars of Sonoma, a nearby boutique tasting room that represents difficult-to-find, small-lot Northern California wines. Each knitter sipped a flight of wine while working on a project.
Roche Winery in Carneros not only hosts a monthly knitting and crochet circle called Knit Sips but its tasting room manager, Carrie Roche, sells scarves and baby hats she has knitted in the tasting room, located across from the Sonoma Plaza. Roche and a handful of other employees who knit attend the gatherings and sip from their wines. Food is served too. "Everyone is encouraged to invite friends who want to learn knitting or crochet because we all enjoy teaching the craft of fiber art," Roche says.
On the East Coast, Felicia's Atomic Lounge in Ithaca, N.Y. hosts a group of people who knit and cross-stitch every Tuesday night. The lounge specializes in locavore cocktails (drinks made from ingredients sold at the farmers market or from local farms), including Lemon Coco Martini, Sage Riesling Cocktail and mojitos prepared with staff-harvested mint. And in New York City, knitters can be spotted at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. The wine list includes selections by the glass and bottles from regions ranging from Rioja to the Loire Valley.
Some other establishments where you can stitch while you sip:
-At Enoteca Wine Bar, in Corvallis, Oregon, every Tuesday night is Girls Night Out/Knit Night. Free appetizers are served.
-Atlanta's Javavino has a private room often reserved for knitting circles.
-On the last Sunday of the month, Bar Olivino (899 Fulton St.; 718.857.7952)Â Â in Brooklyn, N.Y.,'s Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhood hosts Knit + Wine Brooklyn.