Yarningham Hootenanny

Bette Davis and Her Stand-In Sally Sage

Bette Davis (left), and her stand-in, Sally Sage, pictured together on set and in costume.

We’ll be hosting a pre Yarningham Hootenanny to get you in the mood for our very first wool show.

So bring whatever’s on your needles and come get your stitch on.

All are welcome.  You don’t even have to be good!

Yarningham Hootenanny

Friday 15th July

The British Oak, 1364 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham

7:30pm onwards



Florence the Big Cuddly Easter Bunny


Meet Florence.  She’s a big cuddly bunny who is in search of a good home.

Florence will be the star prize at our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny on 31 March.

I used the Big Cuddly Bunny pattern from Purlbee.com which is available for free here.  I knitted her in Twilley’s of Stamford Freedom Wool in shades 430 and 401.

So, to stand a chance of snuggling up to cuddly Florence you’ll have to come along to our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny.



Eggs = Prizes 2

IMG_3757Our next prize for our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny is this plaited i-cord necklace.  It’s made with merino blend yarns and the necklace closes with a ball and loop closure.

To stand a chance of winning the necklace come along to our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny on 31 March.

Eggs = Prizes


So we’re busy here at S&H HQ planning for our one off hootenanny.  We also have some exciting plans that we want to share with you.

So by means of enticement for you to come along we’ll be giving away a slew of prizes as part of our Easter Egg Hunt.

The first prize I can reveal for our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny is 2 skeins of Artesano Aran in Strathy.  The yarn is 50% alpaca and 50% Peruvian highland wool and each skein weighs 100g.  The blend creates a strong and durable yarn that is as soft as it is hard wearing.

We’ll reveal another prize next week.

To stand a chance of winning any of our prizes come along to our Easter Egg Hunt Hootenanny on 31 March.

(In)Visible Stitch


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

stitches and hos New Year hootenanny

A Happy New Year to all you stitchers out there.  It’s a little bit late I know, but better late than never.

Last night was our first little hootenanny of the year.  A really good turnout inspite of the weather.  It was good to see lots of new faces and a few regular ones as well.

A big thanks to Steve Nicholls for providing sounds to stitch to.  I really enjoyed his set especially Pavement’s Range Life a personal favourite of mine.

There are some plans afoot for some special events in the coming months so keep your eyes peeled on the blog for more details.

Until then here are some pictures from last night

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