International Crochet Day

Today is International Crochet Day. Here are a couple of S&H’s hooky faves.
First the incredible Olek

Next, Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam Crocheted Playgrounds

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And last but by no means least Shauna Richardson. Her main website is under construction at the moment so here’s a picture of her most ambitious work to date Lionheart Project.

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Don’t forget if you’d like to learn to crochet or knit with us we have new classes coming up in October and November. More info here

New Classes

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(image taken from Dunkirk Memories)

Here at S&H HQ we’re pleased to announce another batch of beginners crochet and knitting classes.

Hook Me Up – Beginners Crochet Class £25

Tuesday 7th Oct 6:30 – 9:00pm

Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

This class is designed for those who are new to crochet or those wanting to brush up on basic skills.  You will learn how to start and finish your crochet and how to produce a chain.  You will also learn basic crochet stitches.

All materials are provided along with hot drinks and a piece of cake.

To book onto Hook Me Up – Beginners Crochet Class please click here

Pick Up Sticks – Beginners Knitting Class £25

Tuesday 4th Nov 6:30 – 9:00pm

Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

This class is designed for those who are new to knitting or those who would like to reacquaint themselves with the basics.

You will learn how to cast on (using the knit stitch method), knit stitch, purl stitch and casting off.

All materials are provided along with hot drinks and a piece of cake.

To book onto Pick Up Sticks – Beginners Knitting Class please click here

Tharsis Sleeps – Thrones

I came across this incredible embroidered video for Tharsis Sleeps by Thrones thanks to the mighty WFMU

It was created by embroidering over 3000 frames onto individual denim patches the size of A5 paper. The video was directed by singer Nicos Livesey and used around 200 square metres of denim.

THRONE – ‘THARSIS SLEEPS’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Nicos Livesey on Vimeo.

Spring has sprung

Early on Saturday morning members of S&H Knit Graffiti Faction celebrated the arrival of spring by leaving waterlilies and daffodils in a fountain somewhere in Birmingham.

Did you spot our colourful spring offering?

Sara_Water_Lillies_01 Sara_Water_Lillies_03 Sara_Water_Lillies_07 Sara_Water_Lillies_21 Sara_Water_Lillies_25Don’t forget that we are also running beginners knitting and crochet classes at Cherry Reds Cafe Bar.  For more information and how to book please see here.

Wool Swift

I went for a little stroll around Kings Heath today to take advantage of the sunshine.  On my way back home I walked up the High Street from Highbury Park.

I went into the British Heart Foundation shop as I’d seen some terracotta saucers in the window and thought they might make good plant pot holders for the kitchen windowsill.  I then saw a box…

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That when opened, had real treasure inside.

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What I had found was a compact wool swift or umbrella.  Here’s the instructions

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The collapsable arms that hold the skein.

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And here it is all set up.

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Holding a skein of wool ready to wind by hand or with a wool winder.

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Not bad for £2.75