Bybritt Valentine’s Day Workshop to Benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC
Little Italy, Manhattan
On February 5th, Brittany McVicker hosted new friends and old ones for a love knot-making workshop at Two Hands Coffee in Manhattan’s Little Italy. On a chilly Thursday evening, we met up at the brightly lit Aussie expat-run coffee shop with charming details like original brick walls and cast-iron pillars. Everyone sipped wine from OneHope and indulged in some pre-Valentines day sweets from Nunu Chocolates before settling down at the long table for the evening’s project: a heart knot. Britt supplied the group with parachute cord in every color imaginable for the night’s jewelry making and doing-good project.
“I’m passionate about supporting local charities, like Edible Schoolyard NYC, which provide children and families with creative educational experiences that I enjoyed as a child,” says Britt, who grew up in Fisher, New York with her parents and sisters. In fact, the evening’s activity was inspired by one of Britt’s favorite childhood activities—making friendship bracelets.
Together, at tightly packed table, Britt led the group in a detailed tutorial on how to create a love knot. In between snacking on Tate’s cookies, we admired one another’s cool color pairings while talking about upcoming Valentine’s day (and Galentine’s day) weekend plans.
As the night came to an end, we sipped on hot tea or coffee before heading back out onto the wintry city streets, brightly hued new accessories in tow.
“To get to know everyone better, Britt asked guests to share their name, their relationship to bybritt or Edible Schoolyard, and what food they couldn’t do without.”
“With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to riff on the knot theme,” says Britt. “There’s ‘love me knot,’ or ‘tying the knot….’ The project was inspired by loved ones, friendship and the way a heart knot brings those things together.”
“As the night went on, guests became more serious as they focused on creating multi-color bracelets or necklaces incorporating the Love Knot technique. Between the scented candles, the warm wood farm table and the bold parachute cords, it was easy to forget the single-digit temperatures outside.”
“Britt shows off her own interpretation of a Love Knot mixing two kinds of knot styles and parachute cord to create one of the evening’s most oft-replicated pieces. Many of the guests tried to take Britt’s design home.”
“After briefing the group on the step-by-step process, we broke out into smaller groups and helped each other. The result was collaborative and fun.”
“Our guests were quite varied in their backgrounds and interests. One of our favorites was Jayne Sutton, a lively 91 year old woman who attended the event with her daughter Leslie.”
“Ashley Garove and Lauren Graham share a laugh in between jewelry designing.”
“Lauren matched her nailpolish color to her new Love Knot necklace.”
“At the end of the evening, guests took home a gift bag full of KIND snacks, more Nunu Chocolates and information on getting involved in Edible Schoolyard NYC. Britt encouraged everyone to take extra paracords and clasps so they could continue jewelry-making at home.”