Monday, 24 November 2008
I will, Of course, bring letter and picture to the next meeting, but I was so pleased to receive them, that I had to share it immediately.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
This morning I recieved a letter from Oxfam, re :the squares for maternal mortality. I will bring it to the next meeting, but you may like to know that Sarah Brown will be recieving the petition on WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER outside Downing Street, and adding her own square.
The 40m blanket will be displayed at LAWRENCE HALL, RHS HALLS, Greycoat St, London,
2 -5 pm the same day. We are invited to attend. The tone of the letter suggests that Oxfam are trying to get as many people as possible to the display.
Tutley Mutley, a fellow Raveller, has flagged up an event being staged by the Knitting group that she belongs to. The group is the Tea Shop Knitters, and the event is KTog 2. There will be stalls run by Yarn Shops, Workshops (which will be charged extra, but nominal) and TEA AND CAKE. Sounds wonderful. All this will take place in Bovey Tracey, on Sunday 19 October.
This is advance notice, and I will blog more details as I have them.
And I have finally finished Nicky's waistcoat. Yaaaaaay! Not as nicely 'finished' as I would have liked but, hey, we live and learn.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Sunday 10th August - 10-4
French Weir Park FREE Entry
Lots of Activities ( some free )
So, bring your knitting and join us .Some of us will be knitting hats for the premature baby units at local Hospitals.
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Also talking about whether this is what we knit on Sunday at the French Weir family fun day.
So here are some patterns:
Free Knitting Pattern W80025-K Preemie Cap : Lion Brand Yarn Company
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Various problems have caused us to call off the Close Knit attendance at the Fair on the 27th July,in the High Street,Taunton. We will, however, be meeting informally in the Old Library gardens, from 12 midday on the same day, to just knit. Join us if you can.
Monday, 7 July 2008
[ I also picked up some flyers about Fibrefest NEXT year, 22nd and 23rd August 2009. I will have them at the next (August) meeting, although folk may pick them up at the open day].
Saturday, 5 July 2008
The Oxfam squares are going well - Ness has some, as well as those in the photo. The collection reflects our range of expertise, in the level of ambition of pattern. All beautifully made.
Friday, 20 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Well, Knitting and Friday night arrived, and so did lots of cake! Here you see Ness cutting the birthday cake, with a little help from M.
We also welcomed lots of new members. (eight,I think). I can't remember everyone's names, but we will be delighted to see them all return.
A fair amount of knitting went on. So many different styles of project!
Several people ( Steenie, Amber, Jacqui, Ramona, Kat, Carla, me, and I can't remember the names of the others) went and Knitted In Public at Wellington monument on Monday. That was lovely. It was to publicise the Oxfam project, as well as Close Knit.
While we were there, we were able to get fabulous coffee from the lovely Lisa, who was running Coffee for gossip from her portable coffee bar. (You get cheek as a side order!).
On the knitting front, Steenie has reminded me (!) to post a photo of my mittens/gloves. I finished them in March, from a Rose Michelle Orne pattern. The wool is Jaegar matchmaker d.k. from Hayes.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Hope to see you tomorrow! Blessed Beltane! xx
Friday, 2 May 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Here you go all! My (or rather M's) lovely new vest - my first attempt at cable! Am so proud! It was from a pattern in Knitty i think. I used a paton's dark raspberry wool mix pink yarn -reasonably cheap - from Dave's of course. Only needed 250g. I did have abit of a problem with the straps as they weren't long enough the first time - so having totally finished it I had to undo all of it (arm holes and straps as well as the collar border) and start again - but it was OK - no biggy. Anyway, hope you think it's as wonderful as I do! M loves it too - which I guess is the main thing! Hrmm - what to do next!??? xxx
This fantastic bag was knit in a few days, though it took some time for me to do the finishing touches (though I tackled those in our staff meeting!). I used it for the first time last week and it held up well. I put the details on my Ravelry page, but the highlights are that I loved it. :)
I will bring it along the next time I attend a meeting. I won't be around next week as I will be flying back to the states! Enjoy the cakes for me! :)
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Right. Cables. Well, you should not need to add or subtract stitches when you make cables in the design, BUT you must keep your tension even. Another must, if you want well defined cables, is that there should be at least two stitches either side of each cable that are different from the cable and the border; i.e.5 stitches garter. 2 st. reverse stocking st. 8 st. st.st.[cable] 2 st. rev st st. 5 st. gart.st.
I hope this helps, but if it's as clear as mud, I can demonstrate at our next meeting, which is next week. Also, remember that if you are doing a main ground of something like moss stitch, you need to have an odd number of stitches to get good border definition.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Confused and unravelled
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Finished. The little cardi whose sleeves I forgot to shape. It is also the first knitted object I have ever designed. It is in superwash double knit pure wool, from Hayes wools [of course].Made for a friend's new baby girl.
Ness and I were discussing the OXFAM squares project last night, and realised that a number of our newer knitters may be wondering how to decide on needle size and stitch numbers for each square. We will do a little workshop at one of the meetings, but for now, I suggest this;
Use double knit wool, size 4 mm needles and cast on between 47 and 54 stitches.If you are a loose knitter, try the lower number.If a tight knitter, go for the higher end. If you are still on the big size having used the lowest number, you can go for even fewer stitches or use a 3 .75 mm needle [or both if it's really big ] and, obviously, the reverse [more stitches, 4.5 mm needles] if your knitting is still too tight/small. I hope you enjoy making your square, it's such a good cause.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
I'm looking to tackle my next project and am hoping someone might have some unwanted cotton balls to spare from their stash. I'm looking to knit a bag on 10 and 6 mm needles, and was hoping to use some wool that needs a loving home before buying some new stuff. I'm hoping to find some cotton or cotton wool mix, not too stiff type of stuff. If you have anything that you don't mind parting with, I don't mind about colour, then let me know! :)
I decided awhile ago that it would be fun to create a tea cosy. Having never had a tea cosy, or a teapot, growing up, I wasn't quite sure what I would be creating. I looked on the internet, and a coworker even gave me a fantastic old knitting pattern for Gollywogs and tea cosys. But that still wasn't quite what a I wanted.
I set out and found a teapot for the cosy (though most people likely go about this the other way - cosying an existing teapot). I then spent some time sketching out what I wanted to make and actually did a gauge swatch to make sure it would work. I then knit it up. And it's fantastic! It looks like a corncob (or ear of corn as people say). Just as I wanted it to. And I adore it! :) When I get the camera working, I will go ahead and take a picture. :) Until then, anyone want to come over and share a pot of tea! :)
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
You can use any type of yarn, provided that it is washable. All colours are welcome. Superwash wool or washable cotton yarns are particularly suitable.
Plain stocking stitch always curls up at the sides. You can prevent this by knitting a narrow border of garter stitch all round the square. To do this, just knit the first and last five rows (no purling!), and always knit the first five and last five stitches of every row with your stocking stitch in between.
Many people like to make patterned squares. You can find a dictionary of stitch patterns available free at each of the sites below: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches.htmhttp://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/stitches.php
Others may wish to use up different coloured odds and ends of yarn to make striped or multicoloured squares. Some ideas and examples are available here:http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/sampler.htmhttp://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/motifs_squares.php
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
The campaign is being launched in partnership with the parenting website http://www.mumsnet.com/ and knitters across the UK will be asked to make 9-inch squares for a giant baby blanket, with each knitted square representing a mother who did not survive pregnancy or childbirth to be able to care for her baby. Some Stitch n bitch groups are also involved already (http://stitchandbitchlondon.wordpress.com/ ).
Our aim is to get 250,000 squares by September, the number of mothers who could have been saved in that time if decent healthcare had been available. The giant blanket will be handed over to the UK Government just before world leaders meet in New York to discuss progress on the Millennium Development Goals, aimed at halving world poverty by 2015. It will represent a demand to global leaders to act now to ensure that everyone in the world has access to free basic healthcare. After the giant blanket has been handed in, it will be dismantled and sold in Oxfam shops and at festivals, with the money raised going towards Oxfam's work to fight poverty.
If this is something you would be keen to get involved in it would be fantastic to have your support.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
This is Ronnie, he will be a present for K when we meet her. The pattern is one Linda kindly gave me, a Mary Ann Gebhardt classic teddy bear pattern from interweave knits.com.
The main colour is another beautiful eco wool and the coloured parts are odd bits and bobs from my stash.
He's got some curvature of the spine issues but his jaunty little twist gives him character!
Sunday, 30 March 2008
...other people knit snood/ cowl type things with 400 stitches in each row! I have finally completed this for Bella, a friend at work. It has been a bit of a labour of love. It is knit in 100% angora (which I bought from Coldharbour Mill) and is beautifully soft. I can't really call it my own 'pattern' - I just cast on 400 stitches onto a long circular needle, joined into a round and worked 1x1 rib until it measured 13 inches, ending up with a giant loop. The idea is that she can loop it once around her neck and once round her head, or twice round her neck. Here's a photo of her modelling it!
Friday, 28 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
Friday, 14 March 2008
Friday, 29 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
An indulgence evening at SCAT Conference Centre.
7.30-10 pm Thursday 28. tickets £3.
Tickets available from AMBER,
There will be a Close Knit table, bring your knitting, prepare to be indulged,
and have fun.
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS.
Monday 10 - Sunday 16
JERSEY TEXTILE SHOWCASE 2008
Sat 26/ Sun 27
WONDERWOOL WALES 2008
At Royal Welsh Showground
WORLD KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY
Friday 27/ Saturday 28
There is also an open day projected for Bath Place, but I can't remember when Ness said it would be.
I also promised a link to a wonderful site for buttons VERY like the ones at Ginger Fig;
Lovely to see you all last night.What a delicious selection of baking! Have a blessed Imbolc. x
Thursday, 31 January 2008
It was Christina's fault, she made Lisa a brilliant coffee pot cover for her birthday. It was just at the time when I was trying to work out how to knit using 4 needles so obviously all coffee pots in Taunton needed covers....
This is the first one made for Christina's birthday. It's a bit saggy and I think she regularly covers it in coffee as it's pouring.
So the design was refined and then they just kept coming! I love knitting with 4 needles! Since then I've knitted lots of pairs of pulse warmers (long fingerless gloves) using 4 needles. It's so much quicker and you don't have pesky seems to sew up. So here's pictures of a few of them (cue 'The Gallery' music). Thinking about 4 needles reminds me of a conversation and various drawings (?schematics!) by Christina to help me understand the concept of 4 needles!
Ok, I'll stop now! xxxxxx
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
I adapted the pattern so there was no knitted base as I thought the cup might be wobbly if it had a knitted bottom. Not doing the base meant I could knit the cozy flat rather that in the round.
The button is really sweet and came from Ginger Fig in Bath Place.
My Dad said it was 'ridiculous', that may be so but I like it anyway!
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
On the knitting front - I'm sorry I missed the last get together. I was itching to show you my newly finished (at last) stole. It's now so long it's practically unusable, but hey ho!
My grotty illness did have the small advantage of giving me lots of sofa time, so I have finally tackled a real pattern with funny stitches, decreasing, shaping and all. Rowan now has the back and half a front of a pullover, which she keeps getting me to measure up against her to see how much it's grown!
I'm feeling very excited because I went wrong, and managed to rescue myself with no outside help - a huge confidence boost just when I needed one! I shall be displaying my efforts so far at our next session.....
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
I'm Ness, a member also of this merry band of women. Knitting because my fabulous Ninna and Mum taught me a long time ago and remembering it again last year to stop smoking.Although I no longer smoke I do now have an obsession with wool (probably teetering on the unhealthy). Meeting up for close knit helps me to realise that waking up thinking about which wool to use for a pattern is perfectly normal. And the cake is good too. Thank you to Christina for creating this blog and for Linda for insisting on it! xx
Saturday, 19 January 2008
We soon found that there were more women out there who want to join us and we ended up having to hire a hall once a month in order to accomodate everyone, as previously we were meeting at each other's houses.
So - why so close knit? Well, although we started out as the usual Stitch and Bitch group, we realised quite quickly that this name really did not fit us well. There was an awful lot of stitching going on, but no bitching at all! Instead we found that the more we knitted, the more we had in common to share, the more we got together, and the more our community grew. We met new people and found new friends - hence, Knitting a Community.
So - we decided that we needed a platform for us all to share our community with others, to record our best successes, our frustrations, our wool obsessions, and of course our best spoils and finished items for all to see! We also have a facebook group, entitled CloseKnit - so if you are on facebook, please feel free to join.
We hope you enjoy it - we will each update this blog as and when we can - and we will also be very willing to help with queries, should you have any - of the knitting/crocheting kind - or if you just want to share, we would love to hear from you - so feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Joys to all of you for a wonderful 2008! Happy New Year - Happy Knitting!
( Just one of the closely knitted women!)