Knit & Natter group met up at Prick Your Finger

Wednesday 8th June at 7pm

Some of you may already have seen the event via Facebook (RSVP to the event on Facebook) or heard Caroline talking about it at the last meeting. To make our tent at Big Feastival really unique we’d like to decorate it with an array of woolie wonders, a full knitted high tea with cakes and sandwiches.

So we are having a group knitting project to whip up some woolie cakes and sandwiches from patterns by Rachael Matthews book Knitorama. Rachael is very kindly going to host an evening for us at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green.

There are parts of the patterns suitable for complete beginners, and parts that are crochet, so all levels of knit ability are catered to. If you want to make some of your own creations, anything suitable for an afternoon tea would be great too.

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lease bring real cakes if you can to thank Rachael and Louise for the hospitality and the not knitted cups of real tea  and size 3.5mm or 4mm knitting needles (size 9 or 8 in old UK non-mm sizes) if you have them.

Also bread or swiss roll coloured wool or small balls of red for cherries would be useful. I have some supplies of pink, yellow, white and cream for battenburg cakes, cheese and ham slices and the icing on the bakewell tarts.

As well as woolie cake making, you can drool over the lovely yarns at the shop and giggle at the rude knitting patterns, have a natter and talk to Rachael and Louise who run the knit-emporium. Here is their website: and see more about Rachael below, from the Craft Council website:

Rachael MatthewsWalking down Globe Street in London’s East End, you will come across a unique yarn shop and gallery called ‘Prick Your Finger’, the creation of designers Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries.  Prick Your Finger grew from their desire to make textiles with UK based and ethical yarns. Half the stock is spun in house, and the rest is from farmer producers who are spinning yarn themselves too.Rachael Matthews, the knitter from the Lake District, has achieved quite a lot in her time! From early beginnings at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, she is now the writer of various books on knitting such as ‘Knitorama’, full of outlandish illustrations and original patterns designed to be shared between friends and portable enough to be taken to your knitting venue of choice.  You won’t find your average pattern for gloves amongst her repertoire! Rachael is definitely the champion for doing things in a new and different way.Rachael started out by running a knitting club for boys and girls called ‘Cast Off’ with Amy Plant, and she encouraged events that would promote knitting and other crafts as a more constructive way of spending our time. Cast Off met in nightclubs, pubs, and other non-typical places.  As part of an exhibition called ‘Ceremony’, Rachael organized an entire knitted wedding at the Pump House Gallery in London’s Battersea Park in 2009.  It was a huge success that opened the public’s eyes to see how much can be achieved with yarn and a pair of needles!  Knitting groups were invited to attend and make things for the wedding. Everything was knit from the wedding dress to the cucumber sandwiches, and even the cake.  Cast Off’s ventures promoted the revival of KIP (Knitting in Public) in London, demonstrating how knitting is the ideal craft to take with you wherever you go- Rachael has knit on the London Underground’s circle line, folk clubs in the East End, in Paris, and even at a specially organized evening called ‘Craft Rocks’ at the V&A Museum

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