Friday, 22 September 2017

September Poppy Appeal Knit-Along



What a splendid turnout today.

By the end of the morning, I had received 50 small poppies (for sale at Festiwool) and 32 large poppies (for the display)

Laying them all out on a bed, with the list of names from the Hitchin War Memorial, gives just some idea of the scale of the project. There are 82 poppies in this picture, and 376 names on the sheets.

A big, big, thank you to all the members of the group who have joined this project so enthusiastically (a special shout-out to Colin).  We are certainly on target to complete poppies for the 100 men who were killed in 1917 (almost 1/3 of the total for the whole war). We have 62 completed poppies, and more than 40 already promised.

There will be one more knit-along, on 20th October, to complete the poppies for the 1917 tribute hanging. In the meantime, continue to knit large poppies as long as your energy and purse allow. When we reach our final target of 376, we will use any extras as memorials to those who are not named on any memorial and have no living descendents to remember them.

Anyone who feels able to help mount the wall hanging and display on 10th November, please let me know.

Pat


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Poppy Appeal Knit-along




Hitchin Stitchin is producing a display for the Festiwool Poppy appeal, in remembrance of the men of Hitchin who were killed in 1917. The Royal British Legion will be supplying posters and collection boxes for the event. A larger project is planned, in conjunction with the British Schools Museum, for 1918.
If you would like to help with this large project, you could knit a poppy or two and bring it to Festiwool on 11th November, or to the Friday morning group at the Sun Hotel. Each poppy will be named in remembrance of the 400 or so Hitchin men who were killed in the service of their country in WWI.







Thanks to everyone who attended the knit-along in August. There are 17 volunteer poppy-makers. If we each knit 20 poppies, there would be enough for all the names on the Hitchin War Memorial.

The poppy pattern chosen is a very simple one. Worked in chunky (or two strands of DK), it measures about 4” .






Poppy Pattern - large.

The next knitalong morning is 22nd September.


Thursday, 6 July 2017

In the news again


but for all the wrong reasons

Clare's Tea Party was not the only exhibit that was damaged, though nothing else ended up in the river.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Great Easter Bunny Hunt



Hitchin Stitchin', was asked to provide knitted rabbits for the Great Easter Bunny Hunt, on the first weekend of the school holidays.







With the help of Festiwool, and Woolly Chic (who designed a kit in time for the competition), we provided ten Easter Bunnies, who took part in the event. 














Each Bunny was named after a rabbit from children's stories, and was hidden in a shop window display. 












The event proved very popular. Many of those taking part asked if they could purchase their favourite rabbit. The Hunt took place on Saturday 1st April, and the winner was announced on 4th April.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Secret Santa


at The Sun Hotel.

A small, select, group had a luverly time.

video


Thanks to Sue for this great compilation. It really caught the mood.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Festiwool




I popped in to Festiwool for an hour or so this afternoon.







The weaving workshop looked
fabulous.
















I was sorry to have to opt-out of the sewing workshop, as I wasn't feeling well.

The tutor is arranging a private lesson for me when I'm feeling better.













I was impressed by the variety on offer from the stall holders this year.


Love these caps. I'd like to make one and would have liked to stop and ask what is used inside the peak.
















Aren't these crocheted wraps lovely?




















Such delicate lace-work.



















It was  nice to see such a variety of techniques for creating fabric on offer,






















and such lovely, sustainable yarn on offer from all over the world.

















North Herts Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers, displayed some of their work. Hilary's log cabin weave was worked on our recent away-weekend.















I was sorry to miss the fashion show(s) which were staged throughout the day. I would like to have seen our group's work showcased.






I made a couple of purchases, including some cotton yarn from Unique Yarns Co. that I will be trying out on my loom. It's 100% cotton, dyed to resemble leather. It's a ribbon yarn, and, although fine, has the same wraps per inch as an aran weight.














The turnout was a little down on last year by the time I left at 2pm but there were another 3 hours to go, and people were still arriving. Those who were early birds were taking a rest in the Food Hub and on the Atrium steps.









Friday, 2 September 2016

Welcome


to our newest, and youngest group member,










Orla brought her Mum, Britta, to the meeting this morning and showed us what concentrating on the knitting really meant.













She showed a great interest in what was happening with the rest of the group too.






The group did not disapppoint.

There was a variety of knitting work in evidence, and some first attempts at Patchwork from Pam.
















Sue impressed us with some recent art work that she had just collected from the framer's.









Group members have a great diversity of talents, not just knitting and crochet. It's lovely when members share their finished projects, whatever the medium.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

St Mary's Yarn bombing


was a great success, again, this year. Entitled 'Vestree', it had a fashionable theme.




I was really sorry to have missed it. By the time I was well enough to go out after a month's illness, on Friday 29th , most of the exhibition had been removed. There were some vests, languishing on the hedge, in the rain - unlike the ones in this photo from Off the Hook.










I have some photos to remind me of what I missed.

This corsetted dress from Philippa.
























This one from Helen





















We had some nice press coverage. .













from the local press,















and, of course, the wonderful video from Hitchin TV.

video

So, although I wasn't able to view the exhibition in person, I had a good idea of th pleasure it gave to visitors to the Chirchyard in July.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hitchin Stitchin' PM


Tonight is the final meeting of the evening group this term. Meeting will resume in September. Meet a The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin 7 - 9pm