I received a wonderful Christmas present from Mr G of a book of vintage knitting patterns, re-written for the modern knitter. How exciting! Except I don't know how to knit.
I investigated getting some lessons, but the local knitting teachers were asking more than I could afford (which is nothing, basically). Quel domage! Mr G had bought me a basic 'how to knit' book, but it's just not quite the same as having someone show you.
Fortunately I have got to know a lovely lass called Gemma through UkeJam, who is a knitter extraordinaire. She gave me a lesson over dinner a few weeks ago, and we got to chatting about setting up a local Stitch and Bitch group. I believe these groups started in the US - the premise being a bunch of people who get together in a pub or bar, to knit and, erm, chat. There are already a few local-ish groups, but none in my hometown.
Our inaugural meeting was yesterday, 20th February, at The Snug Bar in Godalming (chosen for it's lovely atmosphere & even lovelier 2-4-1 cocktails). We invited several twitter friends and people already known to us. These included experienced knitters, those who had knitted a little bit, and complete beginners.
|I hope to be able to make a gazillion jumpers like the one I'm wearing (which is wonderful and is available here from Rocket Originals!)|
|Gemma oversee's a new knitters first lesson|
|My first time using 'little' needles! The training wheels are coming off.|
|Check me out! I can now make tubes, not just squares!|
Being an inclusive bunch, we were not at all sexist and invited my mate @Timato_ along, ostensibly to record our first meeting in photographic form. Gemma managed to get him knitting too (his first time!), and this is his offering:
|Tim knitted his first item - a blanket for a slug.|
Our next meeting is on 5th March, 7pm at The Snug Bar in Godalming. We have a facebook group if you're interested in coming along to join us https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/379762208716375/. Knitters, crocheters, sew-ers & cocktail lovers all welcome!