Wednesday, 14 July 2010

all things knitting

Our Stitching group has a table at the Arts & Craft exhibition during the St Monans Art Festival in September.  Karen and I hope to show some yarns, tools, knitted samples and garments donated by fellow knitters.  We're not selling items on the stall, but promoting the craft.

At the moment its mostly knitting related but we may be able to include some crochet once we get a crocheter on board.  My own expertise is still at beginner...

I suppose it is a bit of experiment ahead of our plans to open a yarn shop (if we can ever find suitable premises).  With this in mind I have been making a list of materials and skills that a knitter needs (and can aspire too). 

Our aim is to show that knitting isn't just for older women knitting for babies and charity (a view still widely held).  And that there is a wide range of yarns, patterns and price points that can suit a diverse demographic.  And with a little patience and instruction it is a simple skill to learn.

As part of this (and with an eye on owning our own shop), we're hoping to knit up some samples using yarns in our stash and sample yarns by Louisa Harding and Debbie Bliss, including:-




Luckily we've both got lots of acrylic in our stash to show a more economical price point.

I would like to do some traditional swatches to show garter, stocking stitch, rib,  simple lace etc. And also some mini garments, perhaps a sock or handwarmer or small toy...

AND also some little balls of yarn for some experiments, teaching and 'tasting'.

All from 50g balls...

HOWEVER I'm feeling quite aprehensive!  A bit like when you have a brand new sketchbook and a clean white page in front of you and you don't want to make a 'mistake'! 

I should rip a ball band off and just get knitting... or maybe I need another list...

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