#KnowYourOrg is a weekly publication by the Center for Student Involvement that highlights different student-run clubs and organizations on Northeastern’s campus. It aims to promote and support these groups by allowing them a platform of communication to their community, on campus and beyond. Think your club or organization would be interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We spoke with Mikaela Bartels, a fifth year student, and the president and founder of NU Knits. The club meets every Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm. Mikaela told us a little bit more about the club and what they do.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your club.
A: NU Knits is a place where anyone interested in knitting can learn to knit and enjoy the company of other knitters. Many of our members start the semester as complete beginners and learn everything they need to know at NU Knits! Knitting is one of those niches that many people consider trying at some point but most never do. NU Knits offers Northeastern students a chance to change that. We also have a partnership with a local group called The Knitting Connection, which supplies us with yarn in return for completed knitted goods that are then donated to local schools, hospitals, and churches.
Q: What does a typical meeting look like?
A: A normal meeting consists of the group members essentially hanging out and knitting together. Many of our members use NU Knits as a mental break from the normal hectic life of a student. Our club members range from beginner to advanced and a normal meeting always has some exchange of ideas, patterns, tips, and skills. Certain meetings are set aside for specific skill workshops and for doing projects for our charitable partner, The Knitting Connection. We always meet on Thursday nights and start at 7:30pm. We have the room booked until 9:30pm and many of our members do stay that late, though that is not a requirement.
Q: What does your e-board look like? Why?
A: Our e-board consists of 3 members: President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. Our club does not have a lot of business logistics to figure out so a 3 member e-board is plenty of people to run the club. As president I mainly use my e-board as a sounding board for new ideas and projects, though they do each have their specific roles as well.
Q: What are some projects or events you have had in the past? Why were they memorable?
A: NU Knits was founded in Spring 2015. Since then we have made a knitted quilt to donate back to The Knitting Connection, as well as many smaller projected donated by individual members. For the quilt each participating member made 1 or more 8x8in squares and we sewed them all together to make a quilt! Our project for Fall 2016 is a baby clothes drive where our knitters will spend the month of November making as many baby hats and baby items as we can.
Q: Do you have any projects or Events that you are particularly excited about?
A: We are planning various workshops next semester to learn new skills, as well as a knit-along, and some more projects for The Knitting Connection, but none of them have specific dates yet. Come to an NU Knits meeting early next semester to find out more! The workshops are a comprehensive lesson on one specific knitting skill. This semester we did a socks workshop where members learned how to knit socks and then were able to use their new skill in a project! Knit-alongs are similar to a reading club where everyone reads the same book, but instead we all knit the same pattern together! The projects for The Knitting Connections can be anything, we will probably be working on hats next semester. I love the workshops because it’s always fun to teach (or learn) a new skill. My vice president, Abbie Weeks, is a very experienced knitter and she is the one that leads the workshops and teaching.
Q: How can students at Northeastern get involved?
A: Anyone who is interested in knitting is welcome to join! Crocheters are also welcome, although we do not have materials to teach crochet, only knitting. We meet every week but the meetings are not mandatory. NU Knits is a safe space where students can come to learn a cool new skill and to take a break from the hectic schedules we all have.
Q: Is there a place where I can go for more information about your club?