I recently have joined the WI!
This is a statement that is usually met with raised eyebrows and a high pitched ‘really?’However, when I then go on to explain that it is not your stereotypical WI and has an average age several decades below many groups around the country people begin to understand. I like crafting, as you know, and that is what many WI’s do. I am a member of Cam City WI.
Some of you may also know that I have a bit of a record getting involved in the running of such groups. I was really proud of myself and managed not to volunteer for the committee. 🙂 I then had an e-mail asking me if I would be happy to run a craft table based around knitting and crocheting brooches. My immediate reaction was Noooooooo. It sat in my inbox for a fair while and I then managed to get myself into action and plan some bits.
I quite happily came up with two flowers – one knitted and one crocheted before deciding that I really ought to include a wire option too. All fine and all organised (wool found, wire sorted, beads and buttons sourced etc) I turned up and set out my table. It all went well until I realised that there were several blank faces around the table. They didn’t crochet. Ummmm Why hadn’t I thought of this as a possibility? It was a large table with about 5 non-crocheters spread about the table. The room was noisy. Not an ideal situation to teach people how to crochet. Especially when they are wanting to use very, very fine wire to start with!
I am happy to say that most people went home with something that they had made although it was certainly not all down to me! I simply did not have enough time to give everyone the attention that they deserved. 😦 (Oh well you do learn.)
The pattern that I used for the knitted flower was one by Sue Thompson on Ravelry. What I really liked about this pattern was that each petal is knitted and left on the needle. You then knit all along every petal, effectively joining them together. Less sewing up required and I will never complain about that!
When I got back from the WI I had one of those brainwaves – why don’t I try to knit some of these flowers in wire? So I did:
I really like the way you can see all the intricate stitches.
I thought that some beads would make a great addition to this:
(Christmas needs to come quickly so I can get my hands on the photography book I have asked for!!)
My final go with this pattern was an attempt to make a bowl:
Knit or Crochet?
So there you go, I have been thoroughly side tracked again, although in a good way. I will be writing more posts based around the other two flowers we worked on soon. I do just want to draw your attention to an observation that I made on the night: out of the whole table only one person chose to knit over crochet. Not sure what that says but thought that it is an interesting observation.
To undo or not?
As always I want to say a huge thank you to all who commented and gave me their advice about what to do with the knitting that went wrong. The general consensus was that if it was not noticeable to leave it but many of you realised that many people cannot live with knowing that there is a mistake. As yet I have managed to be ‘too busy’ to make a decision ;). I have tried to take it back down using only the stitches involved although I am not sure how successful this is. I shall let you all know of my decision once I have made my mind up!!
Finally do grab a cup of tea and follow me over to see what everyone else has been up to this week at Handmade Harbour.
Hope you all have a productive week. 🙂