The most spectacular thing about being on a journey of knitting is the friends one makes. Each and every knitter/hooker brings something to the table. It is almost guaranteed that something new can be learned from each and every one of these people. Some are quite random!
- One of the pointers I learned was always structure your projects so you work on winter things in the summer and summer things in the winter. This means the Winter Bag and the Summer Bag. (I do not need any excuses to have more than one bag. Honestly.)
- Carry hand cream in your knitting bag and a small emery board. There is no place for rough nails or rough hands in knitting!
- Carry an additional tiny scissors in case another knitter asks to borrow them and (after the copious amounts of drinks and conversation) forgets to give them back to you. The ones that come in Christmas crackers are the best for this!
- Carry a pen, pencil, a sharpener, an eraser and some graph paper or post-its.
- Paperclips make great stitch markers. Scoop up a bunch from work… hehe
- Plastic wallets are great to keep your pattern
- Always make a copy of the pattern you are using to avoid ruining the original through constant use.
- Needle caps! Great to put on the end of your needles so that your stitches don’t slip off while your project is in your knitting bag. They are also good if you need to make a double-point needle into a straight needle.
- By hook or by crook. You will need a crochet needle just in case of a dropped stitch!
- Have a good clear-out of your bag(s) regularly. Once a month is best.
- An empty dental floss container to cut yarn (in case airline takes the scissors away!!! Damn you terrorists! You will NOT ruin our joy!)
- Small hair barrets to keep yarn ball tails neat and tidy.
As if we die-hard knitters and hookers need any encouragement! I usually take my knitting everywhere. Or at least I am carrying around some needles and a ball of yarn. Another Knit In Public Day is coming up, so spread the news!
Let’s kTog! Saturday, 18th June at the Red Gate Inn on Westfield Lane. The weatherman says it msy rain. So this is a good excuse to come indoors and have a swift half/ wee dram/cup of tea and socialise with the area “Knitterati”. This eventcis open to all of any skill level. So come along! GET INVOLVED! Got a project you’re working on? Bring it! Need a project to be getting on with? Well there is Yankee Yarns right next door!
Also, there will be a raffle and prizes. Any money raised will be going to a local homeless charity.
If you have prizes you wish to donate (yarn, needles, sheep, interesting shiny and/or odd objects that you wish to donate, add them to The Stash!
If you would like more information about the day, the history of it or to set up your own even, check out the official Kbit In Public website here!
So then THIS happened…
They do say a picture is worth a 1000 words so I don’t need to wax lyrical about how fun it was to go out on a sunny Sunday afternoon with a bunch of ladies and adorn Mansfield town centre with the many wonderful pieces local knitters submitted to us at Yankee Yarns.
What the pictures do not tell is how wonderful it was to have people stop and admire what we were doing. One very nice man named David even found it worthwhile to help us out!
ITV is rumoured to be coming in to our knitting group tonight to interview Sara at Yankee Yarns. I just did my nails in case they zoom in for a close up of my hands working my project (I used to work in broadcast news… I know how they think.)
Jenny and Sara are planning more of these events for charity. The Mansfield District Council are all for supporting the efforts so stay tuned!
Or illustrious general, Sara Brown, is waiting to be interviewed by the good people on, not one but TWO radio stations. So in the meantime, we are putting stuff together.
Now! Putting it all together for the yarn bomb!
Lots came in from around the area…
And it’s all for the Queen’s 90th birthday… and for our own glory… let’s be honest…
So we got together to k2tog! (Hehe)
Because these are just such pretty things to make….