Knot Just Knitting

This month our very own Minister for Crafts Louise joined us for a chat about what she would do if she was in charge.

Louise working on her Liberty Quilt contribution

Hey! So what are you doing there with the things and the needles and the craft?!

Hey! I’m sewing things! I’m doing some embroidery for the Liberty quilt we are working on.

Literally just this minute you have ousted our benevolent leader Jodie from the top spot and become President of our fine and upstanding branch of the Women’s Institute! Bloody go you. So I know you have organized an absolutely killer main meeting for us this month. I hear it’s being held in an amazing new venue. Where is it?

Um, this isn’t that exciting but I think Drink, Shop, Do would be quite cool.

You walk in and we’ve got ourselves a new bar person! Who is it?

Errrm, I don’t know, maybe I’ll just make the cocktails I feel like that’s better…!

In your wild exuberance at finally becoming President you order a round of drinks for everyone. What are we getting?!

Gin Cocktails. Oh and also the cocktails are in teapots!

Oh wait, shut the front door – looks like this party is catered and what a beautiful spread it has! What are we chowing down on?

Like, an afternoon tea style… with, you know little sandwiches – but AMAZING ones erm scones, hunners* of cakes.

NB *this delightful Scottish colloquialism translates as hundreds.

You have managed to wangle an absolutely amazing speaker for us. Who is it and what are they chatting about?

Mary Berry. Have we already had Mary Berry? If anyone else has already said that though I’ll have Rachel Khoo – that Parisian cook. She’s quite cool – OOooo maybe she’ll make the cocktails and Mary Berry will do the talking!

We have a little break and the dessert trolley is being brought round (yeah we have a dessert trolley now) what’s on it?

Caramel apple cake, pavlova, just ooooff chocolate éclairs, macaroons, just…you know, ALL THE CAKES.

Time for the second half of the meeting and we are learning a new skill! What’s it going to be?

I thought we could do something a bit practical, like, probably screen printing with Zeena Shah from Heart of Zeena.

Good call! Now it’s time for the raffle! OMFG… you only go and WIN! What is it?!

A pony.

A Shetland pony.

Its ginger and it’s got a wooly jumper on, you know? Like in that advert where they are dancing? One of them.

OOOOO What’s it called?!

It’s called Ginger.

Ginger the Ginger pony…*laughs*…so imaginative.

So it’s coming to the close of a stellar meeting and you’ve got one piece of advice to pass onto the ladies gathered there before you let them go back into the world. What is it?

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing!

Thank you so much for sharing your meeting with us. It’s been totes emosh and amazeballs.

The next Knit & Natter will be held at Leon in Spitalfields Market on Tuesday 9 June. We look forward to seeing you there! Maybe leave the pony at home though eh?

Blog by Katie Pepper for Shoreditch Sisters WI

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Shoreditch Sisters WI

Founded in 2007, we are a WI for women in and around London. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 52 - 54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT at 7pm. Membership is available all year around - joining in Jan-31st March is £41 for the entire year, April-30th June £30.75 for three quarters of the year, July- 30 Sept £20.50 of half a year, and Oct-Dec £10.25. We meet 11 times a year plus extra monthly sub-groups. Non-members are welcome to most meetings for £5.