Saturday, 4 June 2016

We're still here!

Well despite the blog not being updated for quite a while, our group has still been meeting almost every Sunday.

Doreen has finished this lovely pair of socks (her second ever pair).

She tells me these were knitted in 4ply Regia using Silver Sock's class on Toe Up Socks and a Fish Lips Kiss heel.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Round up update :)


Gillian recently finished this little jacket and we all loved the buttons as well as the colour combination.


She finished this jacket in the past week which she has now knitted twice. Every inch of it is pattern with no plain knitting in it. We also loved the buttons she chose for it.
Jean had rush job as she was given a gift of this necklace from a friend and found that she had ripped out wool which matches it. She is  hoped to finish the jumper by the time she was going to meet her friend!

 And Aileen made these cute baby face cloths and socks for her boss, who is expecting her 2nd little boy.


Aileen has been asked to help out with a HUGE charity knit/crochet project...

Starbucks Bothwell Street, Glasgow, are trying to raise £12,000 to pay for a kidney dialysis machine for KidneyKids Scotland And they have asked her to help.

To help encourage people to donate they are trying to knit/crochet a scarf the length of Bothwell Street - 0.2miles or 321.9 metres!  So how can you help? 
 Well you could either knit(or crochet) a section (long or short, every bit helps). All we ask is that it is:

  • 40 sts wide
  • Double knit (UK) Worsted/8ply (US/AUS)
  • 4mm/size 8 needles (UK), size 6 (US)

OR if you have DK yarn your don’t want any more you could pop it in the post or drop it off in store (Bothwell St Store only please), for others to work with.  Please send your scarf sections or yarn donations, along with a name and Town/state/country to:
  Starbucks Bothwell St. BigKnit
33 Bothwell St
Flat Basement
G2 6AU

And if you are feeling really generous, here is the JustGiving link for donations:

Please help us towards this worthwhile and once the year is over the plan is to remake the scarf into blankets & scarves to donate to a local homeless charity. We are all doing our bit with several sections already ben finished and added to the scarf. Watch this space for updates on it's growing length!


And in relation to the Big Knit... This will be our 5th year running so we are planning a little party. Unfortunatetly we can make it this or next month but on the 4th May we will be going to Starbucks Bothwell Street for 10.30am to have a knitting party, cake and to work on the Big Knit Scarf. Please come along and join us :)

Friday, 27 December 2013

Merry Xmas!!

We Would like to wish all our friends a Good New Year - 2014 will no doubt be an eventful year for us here in Scotland!

Xmas knitting

These photos were taken a few weeks ago but for obvious reasons we could not post them on the Blog as they were Christmas presents.

This photo is only a section of an unusual and stunning shawl which Aileen knitted for her mother.

And here is Irene, Aileens Mum, wearing her new shawl.

Aileen also knitted bunting as a Christmas present for her father to decorate his hut with.

And Aileen also knitted and then coloured these socks for her sister!

Here is a 'in progress' shot!

We hope to share more pictures of Xmas pressies knitted/made by the group soon.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

December update

Again we are sorry that we have not updated the Blog for two months. How time flies! We must make a bigger efforts in 2014. We have all been busy and meeting every week.

Julie has now finished a "mystery cowl" from Ravelry which was mentioned previously and here is the finished item. One photo is the item half-way through and the second photo is of Julie wearing it.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Sunday, 5th October

It has been quite a while since we last updated the Blog. Some of us have been on exotic holidays to places such as Italy, Spain and Cyprus while others have been to
less exotic places such as Wick in the Far North and Kelso in The Borders with other places in between!

Hopefully we will get back into our routine again, meeting on Sunday mornings at Caffe Nero in Sauchiehall Street at the entrance to Buchanan Galleries.

During our “holidays” Aileen finished her beautiful shawl in a pale blue mixture yarn which came from the Isle of Skye.

Others in the group have knitted hats and jumpers for a variety of ages.

You will see further down the Blog the start of Janette’s quilt with Celtic symbols and creatures. It is finished and it is magnificent.

At the moment Julia is knitting a “mystery” cowl and she does not know what it will be like until it is finished.

Julie is also the proud owner of this gorgeous footstool which Gillian renovated and re-covered.

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Sunday, 7th July

Sunday was a glorious sunny day yet six or us turned up for the knitting/craft group.

Poor Aileen spent the time there trying to get to grips with the final lace edging of the shawl she is knitting in the stunning Shilasdair wool - a gift from the Isle of Skye. By the time we left at 1 pm we were still not sure if she had solved the problem!

Gillian and Cathy are into Tunisian crochet - Gillian is making a cover for her mobile phone and Cathy has completed a coaster.

Janette has almost finished the Celtic embroidery of her large quilt - the deadline is the end of July.

The highlight was yarn Gillian produced from her bag which she spun herself into a skene. She then to put it over the back of a chair in Caffe Nero andproceeded to wind it into a ball!

Margaret and Jean were quite boring just getting on with their knitting.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sunday 16th June

The photo does not do justice to this fabulous shawl knitted by Julia. It was knitted in a Swedish yarn which was almost as fine as a cobweb. You can hardly feel it
touching your skin.

Here is a close up of the stitch

And here is Doreen is modelling a stunning pendant recently made by Aileen.

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Janettes 'Accidental Tartan'

We took a photo of Janette's quilt which on display a couple of weeks ago at the Quilt Show in Dumbarton.

And here's her own description:

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Better late than never

Apologies for this post going up a little late.
Only a couple of weeks ago the world was shocked to learn that hundreds died when a factory in India collapsed containing more than a thousand poorly paid
workers making cheap clothes for the U.K. market.
This also brought to mind a conversation we had had about the cost of hand knitting a jumper versus the mass manufacture of the clothing industry.
A few months ago Jean timed the knitting of two jumpers at a steady pace. The timer was stopped when she started to slow down. The true cost of hand-knitted garments are –

This jumper in 4 ply was knitted entirely in rib which takes a lot more time that stocking stitch.
The yarn used was 7 x 50g Rowan Cashsoft at £5.75 per ball = £40.25.
Time taken was 62 hours. If the hourly rate was £6 per hour then that is £372.00.
Total cost = £412.25.

This jumper was in double knitting with a very simple cable-type pattern. It took only 31 hours to complete yet the cost was £222.00.
Yarn- 9 balls at £3 each = £36.00 and 31 hours at £6.00 = £186.00. This is the real cost of hand-made jumpers.

The number killed, in the factory mentioned above, rose to almost 1,500.
That we are all fortunate enough to craft as a hobby and in safe surroundings we should all be truly thankful for.
Keep on crafting! x
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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sunday 24th March 2013 - Easter Bunnies

With a week to go until Easter these bunnies were finished and ready to find eggs to cover (probably chocolate ones).  I’m sure the recipients of these cute creatures will love what Doreen has made.

Aileen continued to knit the shawl which was originally going to be Mother’s Day gift but now looks more likely to be an Easter shawl.  I’m sure her mum will definitely think it was worth the wait.

It’s not just knitting; Jeanette has finished her postcard sized fern design for the botanical embroidery quilt and has now started work on a larger piece for a competition for the Scottish Quilt Championship.  The theme is Celtic Inspiration and Jeanette’s entry is called Celtic Sea; it’s a Celtic knot ring on watery fabric.  We’re all looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Other projects on the go:
  • Gillian – knitting an Aran cardigan for a toddler
  • Margaret – knitting a lacy pink cardigan
  • Julie – crocheting blanket squares

Monday, 11 March 2013

A quick catch up

Firstly the WIP which you will see posted a couple of weeks' ago is now finished and framed. We were delighted to learn that Janette has won Second Prize. It is on display in the Willow Tearoom, Sauchiehall Street, now and for a few weeks only.

Janette's latest project got us all guessing on Sunday such as "Is it a J" or "Is it a P"? - it is neither. It is BRACKEN bursting forth which is for a "Plant" exhibition.

Gillian's finished beret is in stunning muted colours and we hope the photo does it justice. The WIP on her needles is the start of a similar beret and we hope when it is finished you will see the actual pattern more clearly.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Some pictures

Here are a few pics of what we are working on:

This is a WIP and the deadline to have it finished for an exhibition is fast approaching.  The theme is an A4 size project based on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs.  We will eventually show you the finished project. 

We all loved Doreen's fingerless gloves with the orange flowers.   

 Gillian has knitted wee Bunny Bootees.  

Margaret's wee jumper for a wee baby. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Not just Knitting....

It is now February and at long last the days are getting longer. What is so good about this Group is that everyone is doing something completely different such as Margaret knitting tiny wee jumpers for an unborn baby; Aileen has just finished crocheting a multi-coloured baby blanket (shown below) which is also for an unborn baby and is now concentrating on beading.  Jean is still plodding on with a jumper which she only knits at the group and it has been ongoing for 24 weeks!  Gillian was knitting a hat and of course we look forward to seeing how that turns out.   Julie is continuing with a long-term project of crocheting squares for a blanket but every so often she takes a break and crochets something else.

The most interesting project of all which we have been watching over the past few weeks is seeing the progress Janette is making with her Mackintosh Window (quilting/embroidery) project which we all hope she finishes in time for an exhibition.   This is stunning and we hope to be able to get a good photo of it for this site when it is finished.  

As you will see – it is not just Knitting but any Craft


Aileens Crocheted baby Blanket.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Happy New 2013

We would like to wish you all a Happy & Productive 2013 whatever your craft is. 

Our group continues to meet on Sundays in Caffe Nero (Sauchiehall Street at the Buchanan Galleries). We begin arrive around 10.30 am and leave at 1 pm. There are around a dozen regulars in our group. During 2013 we plan to post photos of some of our projects such as a crochet, quilting, embroidery, beading and of course from the ever productive knitters whose needles never seem to stop. One of the members used a digital timer to find out how long it took to make a simple cabled DK jumper and also a 4 ply ribbed jumper to let others know the actual cost of hand-made goods when you add the time taken as well as the yarn. It was very interesting project. The details will be given soon. 

Our New Year Resolution is to post something regularly, hopefully with some photos. Even if you are unable to join us on Sunday mornings, we hope you can keep in touch by checking this Blog. So I guess it is a case of WATCH THIS SPACE! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Been a while :)

So it's been a while since we updated the blog but we are still here.

You may remember a while back Janette and Margaret decided to do a 'craft swap'. They agreed Margaret would knit an Arran cardigan for Janette, and Janette would hand quilt a panel for a cushion cover ( the back of which was knitted in entrelac by Margaret).

We already posted the pics of the cardigan but here it is again cause its so fab:

And here is the beautiful quilted cushion just finished by Janette:

Margaret was delighted with the finished cushion as you can see :)

See you next week. A x

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sunday 4th March 2012

Yes I'm late. Got 2 sickies in the house that needed looking after so please bear with me.

Ok, just very quickly, Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th March is the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts fair at the SECC (me too skint to go - boo hoo) so pop along and you just might find a bargain! And if you're going on the Saturday... keep your peepers out for our Aileen!

Ok, finishes:

Janette's Pretty Picture

Pretty Picture by Janette. I adore this!

Crochet Hat by Doreen

Doreen's crochet hat.

On the needles/etc:

Aileen - Lace heart socks
Doreen - Crochet Shawl
Julie - Cardigan
Margaret - Jumper
Gillian - Baby Waistcoat
Janette - Embroidery
Jean - Jumper
Rosemary - Short Row Scarf
Me - Cable Throw (centre section)

See you all next time (won't be so late next time!)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sunday 26th February 2012

 Hello everyone!  OOPS! Blog is late again and I do apologise!

Only a few us today, but lots got done (eventually) and lots more chatter.  Gillian... how did it go on Monday with your 'non' fancy design? lol

Got a lovely email from Jean during the week.  Jean and Margaret had a good conversation about how long it would take to knit an item.  We'll all find out soon enough.  Jean has now started a ladies long sleeved jumper in DK and has looked out a digital timer.  While counting stitches or if stitches get dropped the timer will be switched off so that the only stitches that count are the ones that are knitted.  I would love to find out the outcome of this.... GO JEAN GO!!!!!

There was also a chatter about smoking as I have quit (feels good!) so I had more time on my hands... managed to whip up 6 knitted dolls (pic below).

Janice popped in for a few minutes to have a quick coffee... pity she couldn't stay on.

A couple of finishes this week:

Margaret's Jumper

Margaret has now finished this lovely jumper... I just love these colours!!!!

Emma's Jelly Babies and Superhero

Jelly Babies and a Superhero for my friend who is an officialk fundraiser for Help the Heroes

On the needles/hooks:

Margaret - Baby Cardigan
Gillian - Baby Waistcoat
Jean - Jumper
Julie - Cardigan
Doreen - Crochet Shawl
Me - Cable Throw

Gillian!!!!  Where's the pics??? lol

Until next time... Keep Calm and Carry On Knitting!

- Emma

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sunday 19th February 2012


Nice turnout again this morning.  It's really good to see us all together. 

Janette got her new phone with her Orange phone fund which she is very pleased about, and quite rightly so. Her goldwork piece is coming along really well.  I can't wait to see it completed. 

Margaret ran out of yarn needed for the little cardigan she was knitting.  She's using different shades of pink and didn't have the third shade to continue.  I'm pretty sure Watt Bros. came to the rescue though :)

Two pictures of finishes this week... I would love to see more completed projects so bring them in ladies and I'll get the pics up!

Fingerless Gloves

Aileen's fingerless gloves for hubby... even though he says his fingers are still cold.  No pleasing men is there Aileen? lol

Baby Socks

Baby socks knitted up from the free kit from this months issue of Let's Knit.  Socks on the left on straight needles and socks on the right on DPN's (my first project on DPN's I might add.... probably why the feet are too long... lol).

On the needles/Hooks/Frames this week is:

Margaret - Baby Cardigan
Gillian - Baby Waistcoat
Rosemary - Seaweed Scarf
Aileen - Lace Heart Socks
Jean - Jumper
Me - Jelly Babies
Julie - Cardigan
Doreen - Crochet Shawl

Until next week my readers!

- Emma xxx

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sunday 12th February 2012

Big turnout this morning!  It was great to see you all there!

Lots of chat this morning. Plenty of natter about everything and nothing really.  Rosemary brought a pattern book in of glamourous knits.  It had some gorgeous patterns including a bra! It did have some stunning projects though, may be worth a read.

Everyone was very chatty, it was good to see more of us there and being busy.

Finishes this week:

Emma's Stitchable Journal & Keepsake Box

I did this quick project to take a wee knitting break.

Fiona in her hat

This hat was finished by myself last weekend (modeled by the recipient).

Toni in her hat

 I also finished this one Monday (also modeled by the recipient).

Julie's 'Pink' Panther

 Julie's done a great job with this 'pink panther'.  I thought he was brilliant!

Julie's Cowl, completed this morning

Was on the needles when Julie arrived and completed this mornoing :)

Julie's Baby Waistcoat, also completed this morning

Gillian has finally finished the baby waistcoat, this was also on the needles when she arrived. :)

Gillian, I'm only jealous of your ability to make your own buttons! ;-p

On the needles/hooks:

Rosemary - Cable Hat
Aileen - Fingerless Gloves
Gillian - Baby Waistcoat (see above)
Doreen - Crochet Practice of Colonial Ripple
Jean - A Jumper (Jean, it'll look lovely, you'll see :-D)
Margaret - White Jumper with different coloured chevron stripes
Julie - Cowl (also see above)
Me - Cable Throw

Until next week.... :)

Night night