We have been embracing National Knitting Week here at the shop! We organised goody bags for our Knit’n'Natter club here in Malvern. Thanks to the generosity of Sirdar, Viridian and Designer Yarns we gave away bags worth £40 for a £10 donation to Breast Cancer Research. We had about 20 people there last night which was great, about half of those were new faces so the word is spreading about our club. We still have a few bags which we are offering to people who call into the shop so that we can reach our target of a £300 donation.
Here we all are. The photo is dreadful and thanks to my rubbish camera (I should have known I can’t rely on it after it let me down at a pivotal moment on Monday) it is the only one I have despite taking at least 6! Still, hopefully you can get the gist that we were having a good time!
We are busy getting ready for the Autumn Quilt Show at the Three Counties in Malvern where we have a stand. We are taking some new kits there which will then be in the shop and also on the website before Christmas. Very exciting!
I am still having a finishing off phase at the moment which has been quite successful. I finished my Colinette Cadenza jumper which I’d started in April and have started on a Rowan Denim jacket for Jake which now I only have the sleeves to do. My shop knitting is a Noro Aurora wrap over cardigan and I have only the sleeves of that too and the mile long ties. However, christmas is creeping up on me and I’m mindful of the fact that I have 3 socks (1 got finished last night), 2 scarves and a pair of gloves to knit and 3 bookmarks to crochet. I should have time. Also, a lot of my friends and relatives are pregnant which means a lot of knitting but no babies are due until February which is good for my stress levels.
Have now returned from a super holiday in S. Africa. Saw so many things, whales at Hermanus, beautiful flowers on the Cape and lots of wild things on safari up near Kruger. Weather was very mixed but it really is a beautiful country.
Needless to say I took some knitting with me and actually knitted the bits for a cardigan for Jess, now I have to sew it up and knit the collar and frill. It is in the new tealy colour in Sirdar Tiny Tots and I am really pleased with it even though there are a lot of stitches on the needle for the frill.
My sister has been trying to knit a Debbie Bliss entrelac baby shawl and has been having huge problems with it. It has been the subject of lots of phone calls. Anyway after the last useless effort I suggested she phoned Designer Yarns who knew there was a problem straight away with the pattern and are sending her more instructions . In the shop we have used helplines before and always found them very clear and knowledgable. We are always very willing to help sort out problems in the shop if we can but it is good to know there is more expert help if we need it!
It’s good to be home and believe it or not back at work. Once the garden is under control and the bulbs planted there will be more time for knitting and sewing!
We have been trying to think of an event for National Knitting Week. In the past we have done knitting squares for a blanket which we raffled in aid of Breast Cancer research and had a knitting day with donations for the same charity. Anyway, this year we decided to combine an event with our usual Knitting Club night. So on Tuesday 16th October from 6-8pm at The Mount Pleasant Hotel in Great Malvern we will be having our knitting club but with Goody Bags in return for a £10 donation! We reckon the contents will be worth about £40 because our suppliers have been so generous. We will have about 30 bags which will be enough for our regular club members and for the new members we are hoping to attract. I’m sure it will be a great night with more knitting and drinking than usual in celebration of National Knitting Week!
Pat and I are off to Ally Pally at the weekend. We can just about fit a visit to the show on Sunday after shopping our socks off on Saturday! We always have a great time as we rarely have the time to spend like that normally but the shop will be in safe hands with Mary. I’m sure she will relish it after being on hols for a couple of weeks!