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UK S&B Blanket – The group squares & their stories

Posted by laurapurlprincess on November 13, 2007

Behold the UK S&B blanket!

Blanket

We asked groups from around the country to contribute a square or two to our blanket to show the unity and unique nature of the many knitting groups around the UK. We got such a great response, so thank you to all who participated.

Here is some information on each of the groups and the square(s) they contributed:

Group: Unnamed

Where: London

Group leader: Sarah Macleod

They say: I’m not part of an official S&B group, although I have converted three friends to the knit, and we meet often to discuss the ways of the yarn! 

Leyland Knit & Natter

Group: Chorley & South Ribble Knit n Natter

Where: Leyland

Sent by: Gael Finch and Pauline Lowther

They say: We meet once a month in Leyland and all the ladies (well, we have had one gentleman come along once) get involved so would be unfair to name names!

Knitting triumphs: World Cup Blanket for local Children’s Hospice. 

Wolly Mad

Group: Woolie Mad

Where: Warwick & Wellesbourne

They say: We meet in Wellesbourne and Warwick on alternate Tuesdays. We travel for miles for our Knit & Natter, as we are all Woolie Mad. Only our second attempt at crochet. Hope it fits the bill! 

Knitwits

Group: KnitWits

Where: Bradfield College, Bradfield, Reading

Sent by: Bev Eldridge

They say: We meet every Monday in Bradfield. Our group is made up of sixth formers, and is a mixture of complete beginners and more experienced knitters. We are currently knitting a blanket for charity and hope to move onto other charity knits when this is finished.  

meantime knitters

Group: Meantime Knitters

Where: Greenwich, London

Group Leader: Helena Russell

They say: We meet the first Sunday of each month at the top floor bar of the Greenwich Picturehouse Cinema from 5pm.And every third Sunday of each month at the Royal Albert pub on New Cross Road from 5pm.

Knitting triumphs: Knit at the Movies Champagne Bar (with S&B London) at Ally Pally 2007Greenwich Maritime Museum Stitch and Bitch 

Sheffield Forum

Group: Sheffield Forum

Knitted by: Lisa H, Wheezy, Barui and Mara

They say: Sheffield Forum is an online community with about 50,000 members! In March 2006 the Special Interest Groups sections were set up with the Knitting Group being the first.We have an active online knitting group which has had over 12,000 posts in the time it has been running. We discuss all things knitting and crochet, and will help each other through difficulties! We have run several knitalongs – mostly successful – and it’s great to see the variations which are produced on a theme. The Knitting group now meets monthly on the last Wednesday of the month at our fabulous LYS ‘The Wool Baa’. We have also been having intermittent meets. It’s a great group to be involved with – we have about 25 regular contributors with varying ability (and lots of other less regulars), and are attracting new members all the time!  

Belfast

Group: Belfast SnB ‘Wait Till I Finish My Row!’

Where: Belfast

Knitted by: Nicky Lynn, Nikki McCrudden, Ceive O’Donoghue, Caroline Fletcher, Inga Hamilton, Lasariona Curran, and Debi Schaibly

They say: We meet on Wednesdays in Café Vaudeville from 4:30 – 8:00ish.The White Patch has a famous landmark, the Harland and Wolff crane at the docks where Titanic was built. The other shows fish and coral as Northern Ireland/Ireland is surrounded by water. 

Fiddlesticks Devon

Group: Fiddlesticks Devon Knitters

Where: Honiton, Devon

Knitted by: Two beginners, Sally and Jenny

They say: We knit our squares to represent the beautiful countryside and coastline of Devon. 

K1 Sip1

Group: K1 Sip1

Where: Sutton Benger near Chippenham, Wiltshire

Knitted by: Edwina Kelly

Sent by: Nicola

They say: We meet fortnightly at the Wellesley ArmsK1 Sip1 started in July our members are Edwina, Nicola, Peter, Avril, Lorraine, Fiona and Laurinda, but we hoping to have recruited a few more. At the moment we are all madly knitting xmas presents including socks and bags.

Knitting triumphs: Hats for Innocent smoothies & future charity knits  

Glasgow

Group: Stitch and Bitch Glasgow

Group Leader: Georgia Reid (co-founder of S&B London)

Knitted by: Margaret Parkinson

They say: Our patches are a Scottish thistle and tartan. We meet once a week in different pubs and cafés around Glasgow. Although we are a small group, we are great friends, and have a brilliant time stitching together! There is often a lot more drinking than stitching. 

Stocksbridge

Group: Knit & Chat

Where: Stocksbridge, Sheffield

They say: We came together for the first time on the 12th of May 2007 and from that date on, we’ve seen each other at least every two weeks. Our meeting place is upstairs in the Stocksbridge Library where the staff showed us their continual hospitality. Joining the group is free and everyone is welcome. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet, just come along with needles or a crochet hook and some yarn. As a rule we’ve said we would come together every 2nd and 4th Saturday, from 10am to 12am.  

Shaldon

Group: Shaldon Knitting Group

Where: Shaldon, Devon

Sent by: Alison

They say: Inspiration for the square came from the seaside in summer: deckchairs, beach huts, the regatta in August. Our group meets on the first Tuesday of every month (although sometimes more!). We are currently seven, and our names are: Colin, Chris, Aly, Karen, Barbara, Denise and Alison. We meet at my house, but are hoping to relocate to a pub very soon! 

Prick your finger

Group: ‘Cast Off Knitting Club for Boys and Girls’

Website: www.castoff.info

Group leader: Rachael Matthews

They say: Our square hosts a knitted Penis in Cable from my knitting kit ‘Penis in Cable’ made while the Clinton trial was on (but not because of Clinton I promise). I made it for a fashion porn mag called Pure. The original penis from the kit was stolen by Ricki Lake, who stuffed it down her cleavage on telly and never returned it. We formed in 2000 on the Circle Line, and have never knitted in the same place twice. We have knitted in London, around UK, Paris, Dublin, New York, and Lithuania. We are knitting activists, and our meetings are ‘events’ or ‘performances’ held in galleries and other public spaces. 

Prick your Finger shop

Shop: ‘Prick Your Finger’

260 Globe RdLondon

E2 0JD

Tel: 0208 981 2560

We are a Punk Haberdashery Gallery. We sell ribbons, buttons, embroidery patterns, but specialize in organic and hand-spun and hand-dyed knitting yarns from the UK.  We write books and knitting patterns, and show work by artists who use textiles, and hold classes, and talks.  

LCM

Group: The London Crochet Meetup

Where: London

Group leader: Helda Panagary

They say: We meet in London venues and all meetup details are given by email. Our group is a place for crocheters and knitters (we don’t discriminate) to meet share patterns, books, ideas, and purchases. There isn’t much we can’t do or solve. Members range from the newbies to those who can’t remember a moment without a hook/knitting needles. You learn so much more with others. We also eat loads of cakes and drink loads of tea and coffee.

Members can join through this http://knitting.meetup.com/1271/?a=mu_rbld3tviii or email heldap@hotmail.co.uk  

Liverpool

Group: Stitch n Bitch Liverpool 

Group founder: Angie Dalton 

They say:The group started in February 2005 with just two knitters and has gradually grown over time and now has around 30 – 40 knitters who attend semi-regularly. There are usually 10 – 20 knitters at each weekly meeting. We meet at the White Room on Smithdown Rd in Liverpool every Tuesday evening. We are knitters of all ages and experience from teenagers to octagenarians and very beginners to respected designers. 

Knitting triumphs:Two knitting at the cinemas events. Knitted a black and red stripy sweater for our coffee shop waiter as a gift for when he started Uni. We all knitted a bit of the sweater, a sleeve, a back, etc…. Knitted a secret baby shower for Jo, our first SnB mum-to-be (very soon). She’ll have the best dressed baby in Merseyside.

S&BL 1S&BL2

Group: Stitch and Bitch London

Where: Central London

Website: www.stitchandbitchlondon.co.uk

Group Leaders: Lauren O’Farrell, Laura Parkinson, Joelle Finck, Candice Lamb, and Laura Delaat (collectively The Stitchettes)

Group motto: SUBMIT TO THE KNIT

We say: S&B London are a feisty but friendly radioactive Godzilla of a knitting group. We meet every single week in different venues, on different nights around central London.

Anyone and everyone is welcome (crochet too!).

We teach beginners and more advanced skills for free (always have and always will).

Our patch represents the variety of our group members from all ages and all walks of life.

Knitting triumphs:

The London Lion Scarf – Over 160 knitted metres and £3000 for Cancer Research

Won Biggest UK Knitting Group 2007

The London Knit Crawl – Knitting in public at four major London tourist sites

Knit at the Movies Champagne Bar (with Meantime Knitters) Ally Pally 2007

Over 1500 members and growing

8 Responses to “UK S&B Blanket – The group squares & their stories”

  1. Simone said

    That is so cool.

  2. Trisha said

    Wonder if you are still making?
    I could.

    T

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