So you didn't know that knitting is a sporting activity??? Well it is and we are going to host a knitting marathon in aid of the Big Knit 2008
What’s the Big Knit? Every year innocent run a campaign to get folks up and down the land to knit little hats for their smoothie bottles. For every behatted bottle sold, Sainsburys and innocent will give 50p per bottle sold to Age Concern to help keep older people warm in winter.
Why are we doing it? It’s a really sad and largely unknown fact that every winter, over 25,000 older people die from cold related illnesses. It’s tough for many to get enough food, warmth or activity to stay fit and healthy. The money raised from The Big Knit goes towards providing hot meals, blankets and advice to older people on how to keep their houses warm.
How can I help? Last year The Big Knit raised over £200,000 for Age Concern and this year they’re looking to raise lots lots more. So they’d love our help.
All we need to do is knit a little hat and pop it in the post. All the knitting patterns are available here and we will bring more along on the day, including yarn, needles and a lot of knitter natter.
Join us at Picnic, from 2.30pm on Sunday 28 September for a knitting marathon.
Last year we got a top knitter award, what this year?
When I was at the 'In the Loop' conference in Winchester last month, Rachael Matthewshanded out song sheets. The exact date of the song is unknow but I'm guessing it dates back to the 'Knitters of Dent' era. This song would ideal to help keep you cheerful if you were knitting a plain jumper in black yarn.
It goes like this to a tune similar to 'Three Blind Mice'
We're a busy and joyous band Terrible knitters of Westmorland And many's the stocking we send away To Kendal town up on market day Week in, week out You may see us sittin' In t'ingle nook a doin' our knittin' In t'ingle nook a doin' our knittin' A do in' our knittin'
Knit Knit Knit! By Morin', by noon and bu night Knit Knit Knit! So lang as there's owt of a light When ever you're sorry When ever you're sick There's nowt that cheers like t'needles click, So knit knit knit!
T'men may snuff or drink or smoke, But thats not 'way with Women folk To pass the time or to soothe her grief She takes up her own lile knittin' sheaf And hours on end You may see her sittin' Just doin' nowt but knittin' Just doin' nowt but knittin an knittin' Just nowt but knittin'
Whilst surfing the internet I came across this magazine and quite liked it so wanted to shared it with you. It also features an article by one of our faveourite author/blogger The Gentle Art of Domesticity/Yarnstorm - Jane Brocket.
Only one thing made him happy, but now it is gone everything made him happy
It will be gone 7 days from now
The story of the love affair between poet and singer Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, the beautiful wife of a Norwegian novelist. The two met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Their romance and eventual separation is immortalised in one of Cohen's earliest and best known songs, So Long, Marianne. 45 years later Cohen talked to Norwegian Radio about the song, and later Marianne spoke for the first time in English about her role as muse.
We meet every Wednesday, that's right E V E R Y Wednesday, can you imagine! You don't have to come every week, we will be here doing our thing or there doing something else. So if you want to join us, leave a comment on our blog and we will get back to you to tell you where to find us, kind of like a knit night on the road.