That Clicking Sound

Grandma's favorite hobby hooks a new generation of young, urban go-getters

It was almost a scene out of Friends when a gang of eight professionals gathered at a Greenwich Village coffee house last week. But these twentysomethings weren't obsessing over their tangled love lives. One financial administrator was working on baby booties for her niece, a handbag designer was showing off her semi-completed angora scarf, and a few others were struggling to learn the purl stitch. All are part of Mimi Tsang's 12-member knitting circle, which includes two men. They meet for brunch or dinner in New York City cafes, sometimes clicking away as long as five hours. Says Tsang, 26: "People...

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