Welcome to my blog. I live, knit and craft near the Northumbrian Coast (but not too near – the waves won't be splashing my knitting!).There's a story in every stitch, every grain of sand, every blade of grass. I thought I'd blog about it…
We had a lively online get together on Friday and as usual there were some beautiful projects in progress and recently completed.
Pictured above are some silk/mohair socks that Y is making as part of her charity challenge for Versus Arthritis – she’s being sponsored for the number of socks she can make in a given time. The socks are promised to the person who supplied the yarn (I think it is handspun – it looks very warm and cosy). She also just completed this children’s cardigan from materials that arrived as part of her Knit In A Box subscription.
R finished her pink cardigan.
Her next project planned is this lovely Fair Isle design cushion.
L has mastered cable as part of her jacket – the cables run up the front edges.
G just cast on with this pretty variegated yarn she bought recently – It’s going to be a baby top.
Last week T acquired a long, narrow hot water bottle – such a practical shape. It’s going to be so much nicer to use now that she’s crocheted a cover for it.
I just started another alpaca hat with a twisted rib edge.
We are a busy lot!
Are you managing to keep in touch with your knitting friends?
The group met again on Friday . Here are a couple of screenshots of group members’ recent projects.
The beautiful lacy baby blanket is now finished, Last week we were talking about how the maker was going to do the edge and she’s chosen this pretty scalloped crochet design. It works beautifully.
She’s also about to start a knitting challenge to raise funds for the Versus Arthritis charity – this will involve knitting as many socks as possible within a set time period – she’s planning on using a silk yarn, so they are going to be very luxurious socks. She’s got her teeshirt to wear during the challenge!
With her pink cardigan almost done except for the sewing up, this member has returned to the sparkly ombre scarf – up to the pale stripe now.
I’ve been working on a project in handspun undyed alpaca. Can you guess what it is?
Our online Knit and Natter Group continue to meet every Friday lunchtime. The Social Prescribing Team who run the group have been busy working on COVID vaccination sessions in the area so we’ve arranged for group members to host the meetings if they can’t make it. We were thinking of them on Friday when it was bitterly cold outside – if anyone was in the car park directing patients where to go it can’t have been a pleasant job!
The last time I posted we’d been asked to made some Twiddle Muffs for dementia patients. You can see the post about the ones I knitted here. Here are some of the muffs the group members have been making. As always I can’t include them all – sometimes the screenshots are too blurred to use.
They all look great, with such a variety of colours, textures and embellishment and either knitted or crocheted. Those of us able to get to the Alnwick GP surgery on a day when Jane was working there had been asked to drop off our finished items. We arranged to phone her and meet outside at a safe distance. It was pouring with rain so I hardly recognised Jane – she was all wrapped up with her hood pulled up and we were both wearing masks. Then I remembered that this was the first time we’d actually met face-to-face. Normally I see her in our Zoom meetings like this!
Lots of other knitting and crochet has been going on too. One of our members gets a monthly subscription box of knitting and other treats. She’s made some lovely stuff. including this colourful top…
…and this blanket – it’s a real heirloom piece that would make a beautiful Christening shawl.
Her new knitting box had arrived and she showed us what was in it.
Since then she has made good progress with this – a jumper for her grandson
The rest of the group have been working away on an assortment of projects. I think this is going to be a jacket
This is a waterfall front cardigan that is nearing completion
One of the things I miss about the group meeting face-to-face is being able to feel the texture of the yarn and projects that the group are working with. This scarf is growing rapidly -the yarn looks so soft and luxurious – shades of turquoise with a hint of sparkle
.There were hearts for Valentines weekend too!
This crochet blanket is growing . A young relative of this group member had asked for it in black and grey, but she’s added a touch of pink, which works really well.
More lovely projects were on show at Friday’s online Knit and Natter group. I took some screenshots so we could share what we’ve been working on. My fellow spinner from Berwick is knitting this colourful child’s cardigan.
The pattern (with jumper and cardigan options) and yarn were in this month’s subscription knitting box.
Her husband was drum carding some Gotland fleece ready to spin.
Isn’t this yarn gorgeous? I love those aqua colours. A member of the group from Alnwick has just cast on with it.
It’s going to make a very glamorous/scarf/wrap.
The raspberry blanket is getting bigger.
I worked on my socks with the lovely blue Silent Night yarn.
We’ve had a request for twiddle muffs. These are used for dementia patients – something to hold, stroke and twiddle with, which can be immensely calming – those of us with pets know how relaxing it is to stroke your cat or dog. Twiddle muffs are a great way of using up oddments of yarn, especially if it has an interesting texture, and they can be embellished with buttons, bows and beads, inside and out. I’m going to try and make some over the next week or two and see if I can use up some of my ridiculous collection of yarn!
There appeared to be a bit of a spinners takeover at Fridays Knit and Natter Group. The two of us who spin are both new to the craft (since first lockdown) and I think we are both craving the opportunity to compare notes! My fellow spinner has now spun enough yarn in this lovely deep green to make an adult jumper and is well on with knitting it. This is going to be fabulous – it’s gansey style, with a lot of textural design across the chest and shoulders. You can see this in more detail on the pattern illustration
Her husband also started spinning at the same time so he joined us for part of the session (from another computer in the next room, where his spinning wheel is set up) – as always, screenshots don’t always work too well but you can make out the flyer on his wheel here.
She also told us about Knit in a Box. This is a subscription box – every month a box is delivered containing yarn and everything else you’ll need to make a garment (pattern, buttons etc) along with some treats (eg sweets) and knitting accessories. There are various subscription options available from 3 months in length and to knit items for babies, children (either girl or boy) or ladies.
Some lucky grandchildren have received a nice surprise from another member of the group. She just finished sewing these delightful Christmas stockings. There will be no arguments about which stocking belongs to which child when they are personalised like this. Very festive!
Since she got hold of some wool and needles there’s been no stopping our new member. She’s been making baby clothes and showed us her work in progress on this hat – such a gorgeous pink colour.
I’m still working on socks – I’ve not made much progress, but have now turned the heel on sock one.
Our online Knit and Natter Group runs on Zoom and is organised by the Social Prescribing Teams of GP surgeries in North Northumberland. It’s going to be pretty busy for the surgery staff over the next few months as COVID vaccinations are rolled out, not just for the clinical staff giving the injections but all the others too, organising the sessions and appointments and maintaining contact with the most vulnerable patients. We hope that Jane who hosts our meetings will be able to find time to wind down and do some relaxing knitting. She’s just learnt how to knit since she started running the group and has totally mastered garter stitch. We reckon she needs to get on YouTube to learn purl then she can do stocking stitch.
Some great projects were in progress at the Zoom Knit and Natter Group on Friday. This colourful crochet blanket is now finished and the bold diagonals look great.
For a complete change, this group member is now moving on to pink patchwork hexagons.
Also completed this week are some Christmas Tree decorations.
The Christmas stocking and tree have now been decorated with sequins. You can never have too much glitter hanging on the Christmas tree!
We’ve seen our beginner knitter’s grey stocking stitch rectangle get longer and longer over the last few weeks. We talked about how that is now big enough to become a cosy cowl. She’s going to check out some You Tube videos before she casts off and sew the ends together.
Speaking of cowls, look at this colour work one, knitted in the round. Lovely isn’t it?
I’m working on a soft toy – can’t say much yet as it’s a gift.
Our newest member has been given some yarn and needles and has completed this lovely baby hat. She’s now on to another – they are to be donated to a hospital baby unit.
This Zoom group is an amalgamation of two knit and natter groups from Alnwick and Berwick run through GP surgery social prescribing. With hopeful news about COVID vaccines this week, we were speculating about the future. When we go back to our separate face-to-face groups and cafes reopen we could perhaps arrange a halfway meet. 2021 has so many possibilities.
Friday’s ZoomKnit and Natter at Alnwick Medical Group was as lively as usual and we were joined by a new member as well as a new member of staff.
Our existing members showed off what they’ve been working on over the last week – I carried on spinning alpaca fleece. I’ll not post any more pictured of that here but I will share some cropped screenshots from the session.
Last week one of the Alnwick members showed us the start of her knitted “Santa’s Washing Line”. She’s completed more of Santa’s laundry.
She also showed us this Christmas tree decoration knitted from a selection in this book illustration- she explained that the candy canes are held rigid with a bendy drinking straw.
Aren’t the colours in this crocheted blanket great? It looks really cosy. The maker of this explained that it is worked diagonally.
The co-ordinator of The Berwick Group (the two knit and natter groups have combined online) has been knitting head bands in various colours using a Fair Isle design. She intends to line these with fleece fabric to make them warmer to wear and stop the wind whistling between the stitches! I want one! – it would stop my hair blowing about too.
Our new member introduced herself – we are going to send her some patterns as she’d like to try some charity knits – something the group does a lot of. Unfortunately it’s harder to access the donated wool and needles from the surgery at the moment as we are in lockdown, but we gave her some ideas where to get some.
Jane, who co-ordinates the Alnwick group and is a new knitter has added to her first knitting project. She says the garter stitch is getting neater as she does more. Scarf length soon!
We also met Andrew, Jane’s colleague in the Social Prescribing Team. He can knit and was taught by his mother who made this lovely bobble hat.
All too soon our hour was up – another great catch up and some great projects. The group meets on Zoom every Friday at 12 noon for about an hour and is open to all patients of the Alnwick Medical Group – no social prescribing referral is necessary.