Welcome

Spanning Tree will be a feminist hacker/maker space for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them, as well as agender people. We welcome people of color, trans and genderqueer women, and people with disabilities.

Our first-ever class was pretty great

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Yarn, glorious yarn!

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Our students turned out to be a very diverse group. We got people of all ages and backgrounds, united in the quest to learn how to knit. Once they figured out casting, we settled in to talk about the difference between English and Continental styles, the proper way to hold a needle (“Like you’re going to stab someone!”) and how knitting patterns are like programming languages.

yarn happened

“It doesn’t matter, yarn happened.”

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Mackenzie demonstrating the Continental style of knitting: “Knit like you’re from France!”

People have already begun asking if we’re going to do a basic sewing class. We just might!

 

Learn to Knit and Crochet with Us!

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Spanning Tree is proud to present our first class! Learn to wield a crochet hook or knitting needle with us at HacDC on July 11th.

During this two-hour class, you will learn basic knit and crochet stitches that you’ll use to create a washcloth. Needles and yarn will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register by emailing info@spanningtreedc.org!

Never been to HacDC before? You can get here by Metro, by bus, or even by bicycle. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

DC Mini Maker Faire & What’s Next

“Make” buttons from the DC Mini Maker Faire

Spanning Tree had a table at the DC Mini Maker Faire this past Sunday! We really enjoyed talking to people, as well as showing off Becca’s eggbot and my 3D printed jewelry. The Maker Faire also wrote an extremely nice blog post about us, which brought many new faces to our table and visitors to their site!

Several people at the Faire asked what’s next for us as a group. Right now, Spanning Tree’s biggest goal is finding a space– preferably in DC–where we can set up our robots and sewing machines and start having classes. Until we find that space, we’re discussing making guest appearances at other hackerspaces to teach.  Our first class will probably be about knitting, so watch this space for updates!

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