Saturday, 4 February 2012

Craft cafe knitters

Today was another Craft Cafe, these are held monthly on a Saturday and are such a fantastic way to spend a morning.

The atmosphere is buzzing with chatter as all ages talk whilst either learning a new craft or spending time finishing their own  projects. The line of sewing machines under the bunting  next to the red polka dot table cloth always make my heart skip with joy. The cafe was set up by a group from church to provide a peaceful place to chat and learn from each other, of course the chatting and advice extends far beyond crafting.  It has been truly special to learn from older women, today I seemed to be the older one  and had such a fab time teaching a group of students  how to knit.

Just in case you forget:

1. Cross

1.Cross the needles

2. Wind

2. Wind the wool around

 3. Pull

3.Pull the wool down

4. Take off

5. Tighten (not too much!)
5. Pull wool slightly tighter to finish stitch

Do it all again
 Start again by crossing the needles

I hope that is of some help and you have lots of fun being a knitter.  I remember my Grandma patiently teaching me as a child, my Mum has been a more recent source of help and still patiently picks up my mistakes!

Any Knitters reading this, tell me how you learnt, any useful tips I can pass on?


  1. It was my grandmother who first taught me to knit and I have lovely memories of the many winter evenings we sat together knitting and chatting.

  2. I have just joined a knit and natter group in our local wool shop, where the lady who owns the shops is patiently teaching me. I had the basics from my mum and grannies who are/were expert knitters but I was never allowed to make anything other than squares as neither mum or grannies liked waste or mess so I wasn't ever left to experiment. I am hoping to be able to teach my children, girls and boy, while they are still little. My grandfather was a knitter, I have a blanket he made during the war. Your line of sewing machines sounds fab, I am hoping that the ladies I meet at knit and natter may eventually become my sewing machine teachers. Again, mum and grannies were great sewers but I wasn't allowed to touch the machines! Such a wasted opportunity, but I am very excited about starting the knitting.

  3. My mummy taught me when I was little and then i found a really old book with b/w photos at a friends house and took it from there.

  4. what a lovely idea. my mum tried to teach me to knit, but she always went toooooooo fast. I've got so much better by going to a group at our library.

  5. I'm a terrible knitter, but not too shabby at crochet!

    Did you know you are a 'no reply' blogger? I tried to reply to one of your comments and couldn't, was wondering if one of your girls would like to be pen-pals with my Miss 11?
    The old fashioned, letter writing way?


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  7. I learnt to knit at school, and knitted a very cute brown teddy! But haven't knitted in years, and it was only when I visited my gran in South Africa last year April, that she showed me again. It was a bit like riding a bike, once I got it, it all came flooding back! I have yet to knit a cute teddy bear again!


Thank you for your lovely comments, they really do brighten my day!