Plan Your Visit – Getting to Yarningham by Car

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If you are coming to Yarningham by car/road we recommend that you don’t use Spaghetti Junction (Gravelly Hill Interchange, Junction 6, M6).

Instead use the M42, get off at Junction 3, A435.  Uffculme Centre is directly off A435 approx. 7 miles from Junction 3.

There are approx. 100 free car parking spaces at Uffculme and no restrictions on parking in the surrounding streets.

Pre Yarningham Hootenanny

britishoakHey everyone. Just a reminder of our pre Yarningham get together. It is being held on the 15th July at 19.30 at the British Oak pub – which coincidentally is a 2 minute walk from the Yarningham venue! We will be sitting and knitting and getting to know people so come along and meet us all!

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

Sneaky Peak

Here’s a sneaky peak at our latest knit graffiti project.  Keep your eyes peeled to see where they end up.

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

Stitches and Hos @ Cherry Reds

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(image taken from http://blackeiffel.blogspot.co.uk/)

Happy New Year Stitchers.

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be holding a PomPom Party at Cherry Reds to launch our new beginners knitting and crochet classes.

We’ll be holding a little taster session where you can have a go at making pompoms in advance of our new beginners classes.  It’ll also be a chance to meet and greet the tutors and sample Cherry Reds’ fine cakes. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet please join us on 4th Feb at Cherry Reds to find out more.

If you can’t make it on 4th Feb but would still like to sign up for a class I’ll be updating the blog with more details in the coming weeks.

PomPom Party, 4th February 2014, 8-10pm

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

For details of how to get to Cherry Reds please click here

(In)Visible Stitch

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How to Knit by Stitches and Hos, Illustration by Ben Javens

I have become increasingly fascinated with the myriad of techniques and styles that can be used to produce the 2 basic knitting stitches knit and purl. Hold your wool in your right or left hand? Wrap your wool around clockwise or anticlockwise? Where do these techniques and styles come from? Most, if not all of these techniques are not ‘visible’ in the knitting produced. Why is this? I understand that knitters are basically doing the same thing but why don’t these differences show? In other craft disciplines slight changes to technique are visible in the finished product.

What factors lead to a knitter using one technique or method over another? Are they geographical? Inherited? Stylistic? Historical?

Over the next few months I intend to look into these questions. The first thing I’m going to do is to film knitter’s hands whilst they knit to see the what differences there are in technique and style. I’ll also ask some questions about how and where they learnt to knit to see if can spot any patterns.

So if you see me at our next hootenanny wielding my smartphone at knitters hands you’ll know why.

Our next hootenanny is on Tuesday 28 May from 7:30pm at Hare and Hounds