Wednesday, 22 February 2012

(Knit &) PurlJam, aka Stitch 'n Bitch

For a few months I've been hankering after some lovely vintage-style cardigans.  Finding original vintage knitwear that's in great condition AND fit's the modern woman, can be a trial (as anyone with 'a bosom' will know!).

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.
Cocktails were drunk, knitting was erm, knitted, chatting was chatted, and I learned to knit 'in the round!'

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.
We intend to meet every 2 weeks at The Snug Bar (who were very accomodating and hardly raised an eyebrow at us, even when I lost control of my wool ball which shot across the floor leaving a wooly trip wire in it's wake).  I believe that setting aside this time to knit will really help in the completion of projects, which otherwise could get 'left behind' in the busyness of life.

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!/groups/379762208716375/.  Knitters, crocheters, sew-ers & cocktail lovers all welcome!


  1. I love the sound of this group would be interested in attending but I can't knit

  2. Hi Dawn,
    You don't need to know how to knit - we are happy to give some instruction! We had several people last meeting who had never knitted a stitch. I have only just learned myself.
    We are meeting tonight from 7pm at the Snug Bar in Godalming if you'd like to come along.
    Best wishes, Steph aka Dr G

  3. Thank you for last night I had a great time and looking forward to doing it again in a fortnight, I've also posted a little something about it on my Blog for you I have a couple of friends who are also interested in attending xxx

  4. Would it be ok to link this posting to my "Panic Attacks" and "Baby Steps" posting as they are related?

    Dawn xxx

  5. Ok thank you, thought it best to ask than to just add it as that would be rude lol x

    Dawn xxx

  6. Hello Dr G! Please could I come along to your next meet up? I am a beginner. I have knitted a scarf, a hat, and a pair of wrist warmers (gloves without fingers!) so far but would really love to attempt a jumper or cardigan. Would be great to have some fellow knitters around for encouragement! I moved to Godalming at the beginning of the year and do not know the area particularly well yet. Is the snug bar on the high street somewhere? Thanks!

  7. Sorry, forgot to say my name is Melanie, I don't have a google account at the moment so had to use the anonymous sign in option!

  8. Melanie, of course you can come along, we would love to meet you. You have knitted far more than I have! We now meet at The Star pub in Godalming, on Church Street (down from the Pepperpot at the top of the High Street), as the Snug Bar is now closed on a Monday.
    Next meeting Monday coming - 11th June, from 7pm. See you there! Don't forget to join our Facebook group Godalming Stitch & Bitch. Dr G x

  9. Hello! Hello! I am still coming! Just had a couple of hectic weeks. When is the next meet up? Is it a week Monday? Can't wait to meet fellow knitters! See you soon, Melanie x

    1. Hi Melanie,

      no problems! Our next meet up will be on Monday 9th July xx