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Friday, 30 September 2011

knit club

so, here i am blogging on a friday night. but my lastest chapter for my PhD is finally taking shape so i'm harnessing this spell of clarity and will work on into the night. but first, i wanted to tell you about knit club. this one is on a tuesday not friday - in case the photo is misleading. i started this book on holiday and have barely read any of it but i liked all the knitting references.

the inaugural knit club was so lovely. i really wasn't sure if i'd get anything done other than chat but i managed to seam up a baby dress and most others knitted quite a bit so that was pleasing. see for yourselves - 

we met two weeks ago at the folk house cafe at the bottom of park street. i'm really looking forward to the next one which will be at papaji's this coming tuesday from 5.30-7.30pm. if you are bristol based and knit or would like to learn, do come along! the lovely bianca organised the club and i was disappointed to discover she's leaving soon to go and live in melbourne for a year. we'll have to have some virtual blog link up with her so we can keep sharing our crafty antics. to find out more about the club, see the hash tag #knitclub on twitter for updates or follow @bian_cek on twitter.

photos - bianca teaching jo how to do a slip knot and reminding her how to cast on, fritha and her first ever project (a scarf), becky starting a hat, fritha and finally abigail's *gorgeous* boy theo.

click on people's names to visit their blogs. there are quite a few more joining us next tuesday and it's definitely a nice way to make some progress on figs and roses stock in a sociable atmosphere.

have a lovely weekend.

nancy x

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


if you follow my other blog, you will see that i had the most magical time in ischia and i think the photos do it justice. i had such a nice time using a new lens i'd been given for my birthday so, if you want to read all about it and see the photos, click on the link to the top right of this which says 'nancy knits'.

i didn't end up doing any knitting after all since i had to choose between wool and a snorkel in my suitcase and the snorkelling gear won out. i also didn't find any yarn shops but i didn't look for them either. next time... for there will be many more visits!

raffaele's nonna (brigita) was a real inspiration. she works (as do raffaele's aunts) as a seamstresses but she is 92 and still very busy with it! i have dreams of living in ischia for a while knitting products for figs and roses alongside brigita sewing while we drink our coffee and chat (so i can learn italian). this dream is not that far fetched actually...