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Traveling Around the Crafty Bay Area blog

Crafting in Public, in the SOMA neighborhood
One of the recommended crafty spots: Crafting in Public, in the SOMA neighborhood, S.F., Calif.

This year’s San Francisco Maker Faire is this weekend (wow!, where did my Spring go?). For those of you who don’t know, Maker Faire is an annual gathering (although I suppose technically it’s semi-annual since there are a few held throughout the U.S. every year, but I digress) that features a variety of designs, projects, and concepts form artists, engineers, scientists, and a mix of all of them combined. It’s one of the few places in the world you’ll see fairy wings that electronically flutter, or beautifully programed light shows. So, if you’re in the area you should definitely check it out, and as long as you’re there,

“it’s the perfect opportunity to share with you some of our favorite crafty spots around the Bay!”

At least the cool craft stores according to Craftzine.They recommend a variety of places I’ve only read about but am dying to go explore. For example:

Address: 3897 18th St., San Francisco, Calif., 94114
Phone: 415-621-6642
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am to 6:30pm; Sun, 11am to 4pm

From floor to ceiling everywhere you look, you’ll find yarn, yarn, and more yarn.
Allison and the friendly staff at ImagiKnit are fantastic at helping you find the right yarn you’ll need for any kind of project. I’ve been coming to this store for years since it first opened years ago and always find inspiration just ogling and touching all the variety of yarns they carry.

You can also just sit in their craft book area and search for your next project through their extensive pattern binders, books, and magazines or sit on their cozy couches and chairs and cast on your new project. Hone your craft skills by taking any one of their classes from knitting and crochet 101 to spinning. You’ll definitely find lots of fiber love at ImagiKnit.

Food Match: Find more inner peace stroll across the street at Samovar Tea Lounge for a pot of green tea and their tea-infused cookie plate. Then sit back and knit or crochet in serenity.


Crafting In Public
Address: 690 Mission St., San Francisco, Calif., 94105
Phone: 415-957-0558
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am to 11pm; Sat-Sun, 8am to 11pm
Neighborhood: SOMA (Ravelry link; requires sign-in)

About a year ago, I started a monthly gathering for crafters of all types named Crafting in Public. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Grove Cafe (on 3rd at Mission) from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. It’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery Station and is convenient for anyone working downtown. This cafe is one of my favorites in the city. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food and drinks are great. And the nicest part is that the staff seems to love having us hang out making things.

We usually score the large seating area near the fireplace, which is perfect as our group grows and shrinks throughout the night. We’ve had makers bring all kinds of projects: crocheting, knitting, embroidery, origami, and even circuit board blinky-light jewelry. And if you need help with your project, there will probably be someone there who can assist you. Everyone is welcome to show up with something to work on and hang out.

Read some more of their craft & food pairings, and more tips via Travel Crafty Bay Area blog.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.