It’s not finished yet
January’s Knit and Natter will focus on the East London Yarn Triangle (Fabrications, Broadway Market; Wild and Woolly, Lower Clapton Road; Knit with Attitude, Stoke Newington High St Keep Hackney Warm This Winter initiative. They are looking for cosy scarves which will get passed on to rough sleepers in Hackney.
The East London Yarn Triangle is four-and-a-bit miles, which is about 466 scarves. Their aim is to get as many knitters as possible involved and collect 466 scarves! The scarves can be knitted from any yarn with whatever stitch pattern you want. They recommend casting on for a width of about 25 cm and knitting a 150cm length.
Every East London Yarn Triangle shop will also be acting as a yarn exchange where knitters with extra yarn can drop it off, and knitters in need of some more can come and pick it up.
Once you’ve knitted your scarf, drop it off at any one of the shops and they will make sure it gets passed on to a rough sleeper. You can also bring any you have knitted along to January’s Knit and Natter and we will arrange a drop off of what we’ve got.
If you’ve never knitted before this is a great way to get started! Scarves are very easy to do and this is for a great cause. We will have experienced knitters on hand who can teach you how to knit. We’ll even have some yarn and needles on hand if you’ve not been able to pick up your own supplies.
If you’d like to get yourself some supplies, we recommend checking out the shops of the East London Yarn Triangle: Fabrications on Broadway Market; Knit with Attitude on Stoke Newington High Street and Wild and Wooly on Lower Clapton Road.
January’s Knit and Natter will take place on the 24th of January 2017 from 6.30pm at Leon in Spitalfields market. This event is open to non-members too, so feel free to come along!
We had members representing us all over the place at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Over in the Upcycling Academy we helped out The Craftivist Collective engage the public to stitch their names for a giant petition. It says “We the undersigned believe that everyone should have the right to a living wage. No one should be exploited to make our clothes. Together we can end the ugly side of fashion.”
We had members on the War on Want stand, asking people to sign a real life petition about the Rana Plaza factory disaster in which over 1000 garment worker died. Please sign the petition to demand compensation for the victims families.
Then over on the WI’s own stand, was our President Martha convincing people that the WI is awesome and they should join, with Liz from MFWI, Elin from Gothic Valley WI, Yvette from Stroud Green and Beatrice and Sarah from MFWI.
Kate Just (centre) knitting with us at Leon, Spitalfields- thanks to Kate for letting us use her photo!
We were lucky enough to be joined by Kate Just, a lovely Australian visual artist at our latest Knit and Natter meeting at Leon in Spitalfields. Kate is currently in the UK working on the Knit HOPE project, in which she invites knitters, such as ourselves, to join her in knitting a large banner made from neon and reflective materials and later march with the banner. To find out more, you can like KNIT HOPE on Facebook or have a look on Kate’s website.
Kate talks to Tina about the project
If this sounds like something you’d like to take part in, Kate will be running events throughout the UK – again have a look on the KNIT HOPE Facebook page for a list of upcoming events, including a stint at I Knit London and an event in Colchester.
Getting our neon knit on – thanks again to Kate for use of the photo
Our next Knit & Natter will take place on the 10th of September at Leon, Spitalfields with a focus on the Innocent Big Knit
– come along and join us! You can find the Facebook event here
I (Jen) am a teeny bit obsessed with Christmas. From October onwards, my flat is covered in stray scraps of red and white yarn and felt and recipes for cinnamon-y treats. So, I was lucky enough to be invited to an intimate craft bloggers’ event at the lovely Save the Children Living & Giving shop in Primrose Hill to represent the Shoreditch Sisters. The event was to raise awareness for the charity’s amazing Christmas Jumper Day.
|Magda Rakita/Save the Children
On 14th December, more than 250,000 people will be wearing a festive woolly to school, offices and workplaces all across the UK, with everyone taking part donating £1 to Save the Children.
Money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will help bring life-saving care to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. In the world’s poorest countries almost 7 million children die every year from easily preventable causes like diarrhoea and malnutrition. Simple solutions, like vaccines and mosquito nets, save lives – so our knitted jumpers could make a real difference.
As well as meeting lots of lovely fellow knitters on my table (Leanne, Karen and Rose and Claire), I got to meet one of my heroines, Debbie Bliss at the event and managed to keep my knitter geek sweats down to a minimum to talk to her… and she had even heard of us! Each of the bloggers got the chance to try out making exclusive adorable jumper-shaped egg cosies and now I get the opportunity to share the geek love with the Sisters – choose from a wee Santa, Aran or snowflake jumper to make. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also make your own human-sized jumpers as modelled by Debbie.
|Magda Rakita/Save the Children
If you need any help making these, you can always pop along to our Knit n Natter group.
I will go ahead and quote our treasurer, Jen Luk, here when talking about our most recent and highly successful knit and natter sesh, “My world = turned upside down”.
What had caused this inversion I hear you ask? Well, I crocheted a granny square. Yes, woollen crafts have finally got their hooks (no pun intended!) into me. After months of just nattering, I am now a bona fide crafter too. Admittedly I find it impairs my ability to speak as my tongue is hanging out the side of my mouth, but surely that’ll improve!
If you would like to come along to knit and natter please do, you don’t have to be a member, it’s just an opportunity to get together, craft (any craft welcome) or just natter. It’s always two weeks after our main meeting, check out the calendar here Drop in from 6.30pm to Leon in Old Spitalfields Market. They give us a table, we order their food, symbiotic, like.
It’s a great opportunity to learn something new, perfect something you did as a kid but can’t quite remember anymore, get some help with a tricky pattern or advice on where something went wrong. It’s an unintimidating mix of professional knitters and crocheters and total beginners who must be given more elbow room so as not to poke people’s eyes out. We also have a ravelry group
where you can share tips, get help and generally indulge your knitty activities.
Hope fully see you at the next one, remember, Christmas is coming and everyone loves a hand-crafted gift. Unless you’re my brother, in which case it’ll be the usual CD…
The Shoreditch Sisters first meeting of 2010! – Thanks to all who made it down…..
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