We had a fantastic time on Saturday – 25 intrepid knitters and crocheters made their way up to the gallery of All Saints Church in Penarth (and a couple of very brave gentle men – more on them later), and knitted, crocheted, chatted, drank coffee and tea and ate cake! I was meant to post this yesterday, but this weekend and yesterday have been a tad busy for other reasons (long, boring, not going to burden you with them now).
I think the best thing would be is if I told the story in photos:
So, during the week, I sorted out a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern for people to follow: one thing that writing this blog has taught me is that people really like to know exactly what to make! So we now have a bias knitted square pattern, and a pattern to make a solid granny square (not a solid granny as somebody quipped on Saturday! When I have a moment, I’m going to re-photograph the crochet square (I’ll make it square by blocking it for a start), and I’ll also re-knit the knitted square for a photo as there’s a really glaring error in this one (although nobody has mentioned it to me, I sure that most people were just being polite – however, I’m more of a hooker than a knitter – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)
My lovely sister had t-shirts made for us – here she is modelling hers here – I don’t seem to have stayed still enough for anybody to take a proper picture of me in mine! She also brought her crochet hook and the blanket she was working on (which she’s since finished) and kept reminding me to breathe during the morning. (Thank you, sis!)
We set up the servery – posh coffee, lovely tea and so many cakes (oh, so many cakes!) and two of my lovely friends from church came along to woman the kitchen – neither of them were particularly up for knitting, but did a brilliant job in the kitchen!
My fantastic dad came to help out with childcare (I had some complex child juggling to achieve during the morning), and found himself being put in charge of the ball winder – he took to it like a storm – my dad does like a gadget!
My mum also came – she’s a proper knitter, not like me, who messes around the edges of knitting – and was kept busy teaching people – people like Geoff Selby of Bro FM fame – the gorgeous gentleman who allowed me to go and prattle on on his show last week (that’s another blog post I haven’t written up yet – I’ll do it for next week, promise). What I hadn’t told her about Geoff is that he has very little sight … but mum managed – she can teach anybody to knit!
My daughter (also known as Girlchild to all on social media – another long and complex story I won’t bore you with) was also there for a little while – she kept busy taking coffee orders, circulating with cakes … oh, and eating one or two cakes herself! Hmmmm …
Yes, we had a wonderful time – here are some more of the photos.
Thank you to everybody who came to knit, everybody who came to help and to donate cakes, and everybody who supported us by buying the cake that was left over after the Sunday Service. We’ll be looking to have another stitch-in later in the year – it’d be lovely to see you there!