Last night was the first meet-up of ‘Swanknitsch’ - our Swanage pub-based knitting (and otherwise crafty) get-together. Inspired by the ‘Stitch & Bitch’ some of us frequented at the Square & Compass last Winter, we decided to rally the troops a little closer to home - namely so we could all have a glass or two of red wine, without having to designate a sensible driver type to get us all home safely!
Having been my local not so long ago (Matt and I used to live literally next door) and with an exceptionally friendly and accommodating landlady (the lovely Alison), the Black Swan seemed the perfect venue. They also sell a very scrumptious house red and local ciders.
There were eight of us in total but we’ve already attracted a few new members for next time: some of the ladies at the book club meeting on the next table along were apparently avid crocheters!
While Kim, Sophie, Kate, Jane and I got busy with some knitting projects, Charlotte brought along some bunting she’s making for her wedding next year, for a spot of hand sewing:
Lara, always one for a new craft, brought along some tatting: something none of the rest of us had heard of before.
Tatting is a technique used to make a type of lace by knotting and looping threads together to make chains and rings - the finished result is really intricate and beautiful.
The most unexpected convert was Ash! Having never tried her hand at any sort of needle craft and reluctantly dragged along by Jane, she produced a rather delicate (pink) finger-knitted chain and even mastered basic knit stitch using needles. She will absolutely die when she sees this blog post - all the more reason to include her! ;-)
So, as the nights draw in and we all look for something sociable and cosy to do on our Autumn evenings, you are very welcome to join us at the Black Swan in Swanage from 7.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month - there’s a real log fire and it won’t be long before she’s lit, for us to huddle round:
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete novice or a total pro - everyone’s welcome. If you’d like to learn to knit from scratch, I’ll be bringing along spare yarn and needles each Tuesday; we’ll also be bringing along pattern books for anyone looking for a new project.
I’ve set up a Swanknitsch Facebook group - to find out more, just follow the link and request to join.