Knit and Natter Friday: 21 February (Part One)

It’s the third Friday of the month and that means I spent this morning at the Amble Pincushion. Recently completed work by group members includes a toy cat, a cobweb scarf and some baby blankets. There’s a lovely sweater on the go too, in pretty heather, pink and cream, being knitted in a lovely light, soft alpaca mix boucle yarn.

We all fell in love with the stripy cat, made with yarn and magazine pattern won in a raffle held at a previous meeting of the group. He’s a cuddly toy, but could have a weight put inside to make him into a doorstop.

There are some great courses coming up at the shop in the next few months: I’ve booked on to the mosaic one. We’ve also arranged a trip to a knitting-themed show at the Alnwick Playhouse next month.

After meeting K for a lovely lunch, I took a leisurely drive to Alnwick, so I could pop to the shops before the second knit and natter group of the day. The wind was really getting up as I was leaving Amble and I pulled in by the river Coquet as there is a great view of Warkworth Castle.

The birds had come quite a long way up the river where it is more sheltered. I watched a couple of cormorants feeding. There were mallards and black headed gulls too. Usually you can see herons on this stretch of the Coquet. Today I could just make out three of them sheltering among the trees on the opposite bank.

Pretty well hidden aren’t they?

Knit and Natter Friday #8.1

It’s that busy Friday that happens once a month when both the monthly group and the weekly group I’m in are on the same day.

First up this morning was the monthly group at The Amble Pincushion. Knit and Natter sessions are on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10am to 12, cost £4.50, including refreshments , raffle entry and 10% discount in the shop on the day. This lovable giraffe toy was made by one of the group for her baby granddaughter. It seems to have started a trend because, by total coincidence, another group member won a knitting kit in the raffle, to make, as you’ll have guessed……a giraffe.

We were talking about the newly-refurbished Alnwick Playhouse too. The shop team have been getting regular updates from one of the staff members who is a member of the Alnwick Stage Musical Society who will be performing Jesus Christ Superstar in late March. This will be their first show to be staged since the renovations.

We were also discussing casting on and binding off. I learnt the cable cast on method when I was little and used nothing else for years until I learnt the thumb or long tail method fairly recently. I now know there are absolutely loads of variations to use depending on the look and amount of stretch needed. Some are very plain, others are quite decorative. We were all pouring over a book that one of the group was given recently, that had full instructions for each and suggestions of the sorts of project each would be most suitable for. It’s always great to learn something new.

Do you have a favourite cast on or bind off?

Knit and Natter Friday #6

Today was the monthly Knit an Natter Group at The Amble Pincushion – and a bit of a Christmas party, with crackers, gifts and mince pies. In the picture you can see today’s work in progress – Clockwise from top right: moss stitch baby jumper (aren’t the colours beautiful); shawl in shades of blue: picot edged baby jacket (for a new baby granddaughter), stripy socks, a Christmas elf and the start of a twiddle mitt.

Here’s a close up of the elf – Anne knitted this and was wearing him as a brooch.

This was today’s raffle prize: a kit to make a group of Christmas decorations.

One of the group had brought sweets for everyone and group leader Anne gave us each some needles and a pincushion she’d made.

That’s the last Knit and Natter of the year. We’ll be back at The Amble Pincushion 10am-12, on the third Friday in January, for more knitting, nattering, expert advice as needed, tea/coffee and biscuits, a raffle and 10% off in the shop. All this for £4.50! Such a lovely group!

Have you received any knitting/craft related Christmas gifts yet?

Knit and Natter 1.

I’m in two knitting groups: a weekly one and a monthly one, both Fridays – today was one of those Fridays!.

The Knit and Natter Group I’ve been in longest is at The Amble Pincushion https://amblepincushion.co.uk – which sells all sorts of yarn, fabric, haberdashery and craft materials – it has the most amazing range of stock for it’s size. The group meets in the upstairs training room (there is a programme of workshops and courses too) on the third Friday of every month from 10-12. It costs £4.50, including tea/coffee/biscuits and entry into the raffle, and 10% discount in the shop on the day,

A while back we reviewed some cotton yarns for a knitting magazine and our verdict appears in this month’s edition.

We nattered about our pets, our parents and of course our knitting – Anne was on hand to help with problems and queries. We were also celebrating the arrival of a new grandchild for one of the group. Here is our work in progress: two ombre shawls, a red aran cardigan and a Santa Claus tree decoration for the new baby (not in the picture) – the dark blue piece at the bottom is my current experiment – if it works out I’ll tell you more another time.