Join Jane Lawrence for a WW1 Knit-In at Royal Festival Hall Riverside Cafe by BBC Radio 3 pop-up studio. London.
Date: Monday 24th March
Time: From 1.30 p.m. Hope to continue until 6.30 so we catch In Tune with Sean Rafferty who has helped promote the WW1 knitting project
Bring: Needles if you have them, any wool in muted colours
Beginners: There’ll be people around who can get you started with knitting
Anyone is welcome to drop in with their knitting for this highly informal session of knitting, chatting, listening and watching the presenters at work. Headphones are provided for listening to the broadcasts. Beginners are welcome and Jane has prepared several sets of needles with the beginnings of a garter stitch scarf ready for people to have a go. We do appreciate that this is very short notice but if any of you can make it, that would be great. The RFH is 6 minutes from London Waterloo and just across the river from Charing Cross Station.
Details of the Southbank Centre: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visitor-info
For those unable to come, you can catch the broadcasts via the Radio 3 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
A taster of the film based on just the first two days filming. Spot knitting by Elizabeth Lovick, Sheila Cunnea, Judith Brodnicki, Juniper Askew and Liz rogers and crochet by Alison Casserly.
The shawl I have bee knitting came along quite quickly towards the end, I added a few extra rows at the end to fit with what we had in mind, when I say ‘we’ that is me and my knitter in crime! (you know who you are!)
last night I sat and cut up pieces of yarn for the fringe, I was very overcome with this feeling of just how many little pieces of yarn I would need and then to attach!! I worked out it was around 600!! and goodness did some of my fellow knitters know about it, I had a good old moan but everyone was supportive!
I wrapped the yarn around a ruler, it was quite a thick one, I did it length ways snipping the top and bottom to get the right length, and I had a nice little heap by the end!
Then the long drawn out task of putting them all on….
The thing that surprised me the most was that it did not take me long to cut the lengths of yarn at all, in fact it was all done quite quickly, and after attaching a few bits of fringing it became apparent that it wouldn’t take too long, I was originally dreading it but found I quite enjoyed attaching all the yarn…I also miss judged quite how nice it was doing this part of the shawl, it was rather relaxing and quite snug and warm having it on my lap! I will be more than happy to do it again!
And as if by magic….because it had gone so quickly I had one snug and warm shawl!
Here is the shawl/scarf that I have been knitting, I had hoped to keep you all up to date – ball by ball, but that went out the window! a shame really but our house was struck down with flu so not much time for blogging…I had hoped to have it finished a lot sooner but it made it there in time so I am happy!
It took a little under a month for me to knit up (with flu) so not bad going really.
I used 10 balls of 4ply yarn (50g) and it measured around 5’5″
and here is the finished item…before sending it off…
My favorite part to knit was the boarders, each end took 30g of wool (60g for both ends) to knit up and as it was lace work I really got into it.
I did one end while I was really feeling ill, very sleepy so it was nice to be able to knit one scallop then have a nap and do another and nap…..and soon it was done
when casting off the boarder the pattern tells you to drop a stitch…all the way down to the end (1st row) I have to say I found the idea of this very scary even before I picked up my needles! one of my thoughts was, ‘what if I accidentally drop the wrong one!’ it was just waaaay out of my comfort zone and it felt as if I was going against everything we are taught as knitters!
as I was knitting it up dropping the stitch didn’t seem like a good idea, it just didn’t make sense to drop it on that stitch, maybe a few higher, above the scallops, but not were it was suggesting! I checked, and double checked but it was the stitch the pattern said so with a deep breath and some faith I dropped the stitch…
….well I think my faith was misplaced!! it doesn’t look much like the picture I had! the two scallops on the left and the ones with the dropped stitches, and the ones on the right are the ones that were not dropped! my instincts were right I shouldn’t drop the stitch….at least not there… so I ran to Annie (Knitsofacto) to double check what was right, and to my relief she agreed, so I took to it with a crochet hook and began picking up the dropped stitches…. I have to admit before I did this I thought I would have to rip back the 3 scallops I had already dropped, but to my great relief it was fairly easy to pick up!
so their we have it, a quick run trough of the scarf, I do have more pictures of the progress but I wont bore you with all of them, here is one that I took and realized just how long it was getting!
after this I had to start taking pictures along the back of our sofa as it was getting too long!