With all of the employment in the silicon industry, local Bernal Heights South residents enjoy the distance from the computer and internet. Wrapped up for hours, you can continue computer and math based thought with soothing knitting algorithms. It is not surprising to find knitters tucked into every corner and comfortable chairs of local Cortland Avenue cafes. There was even a movie entered into the local Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema that featured SF knitting.
Local community members are vocal about the need for a knitting shop in Bernal Heights South. Comments on Yelp.com feature direct requests for a knitting shop in Bernal Heights. When mapping knitting shops in the San Francisco community, the closest one in Noe Valley closed in 2009.
Knitting activists, however, are common throughout South Bernal Heights. In May of 2006, a Bernal homeowner knitted creations and hung them in trees in her front yard to protest the Iraq War. While South Bernal Heights waits for it’s own knitting shop, maybe the first step is forming a knitting circle with a purpose in the community.
There are also other knitting activist groups in the area that can help you get started with forming your own group in Bernal Heights. A webpage with the various organizations in San Francisco is hosted by ImagiKnit SF.