I auditioned for the programme at the end June but was informed I didn’t make the final, I was however invited to the filming and asked to bring George the giant pumpkin too.
The Craft Club contacted me to see if I was willing to help run a knitting workshop throughout the day so more fun to be had. Sheena and family accompanied me and upon arrival we were shown the table under a tree where the yarn & needles waited for us. Denise arrived and after quick intro’s we set to work on knitting squares. Before too long I was asked to join the other makers for some filming. Paul Martin looked quite relaxed as he went over his lines but it took quite a few takes before the producer was happy. Thankfully it wasn’t raining! We had time to chat to other makers and moved around a bit to get the ‘introduction’ shots done.
Meanwhile Sheena and Denise were busy recruiting volunteers to knit or crochet a square or two. Grafitti knitters had decorated some lampposts and trees with bunting and pom poms and stalls were set up with demonstrations of wet felting, soap making and wood-turning. Denise showed me how to arm knit, fabulous when you’ve no needles!
By the end of the day we must have had over 30 squares all crocheted together.
I think the show will air in the Autumn, should be interesting! Look out for George in the introductions!
Now my yarn can have a professional look with their own ‘brand’ labels. Kindly designed by a good friend I can use these bands on any of my hand dyed yarns. Room for all the relevant information they are neat and subtle not detracting from the colourful yarn they surround. Will take me a while to complete labelling all my stock but it will be worth it in the end.
I have added quite a few ‘mill ends’ and hand dyed Brand name yarns to my stock so it’s not just sock yarn! Put the kettle on and take a look see!
Have almost finished the first pair of socks knitted from the sock blank ‘scarf’ which I hand painted. It was painted with 3 colours then steamed to set the dye. I don’t like the colours at all but at least I’ll have a warm pair of socks at the end of the experiment. Had to have a friend help me graft the toe on sock no 1 but I fully intend to have go myself on sock no 2.
After trialing my very first scarf sock yarn I am now pleased to announce that they are being added to my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/knitwitoriginalsuk
I love how the pink spotty one turned out, it took ages to do but I think it will look fabulous knitted up into a pair of funky socks. The second one still has to dry, another experiment-it is also funky for the brave of feet, some pink in it as I needed to use up the exhaust from previous one but with added blue. Rather than knitting from a ball of yarn you unravel the ‘scarf’ as you knit, it doesn’t roll away and you can wear it as you knit! great fun!
Friday is set up day for the Brighton Mini Maker Faire at the Dome. I’m really excited about this as visitors will be able to interact with the makers and learn new skills. I have enlisted the help of Sarah, one of our knitting group from Lewes so that will be helpful if I’m inundated with people wanting to make balls.
Follow the Brighton Mini Maker Faire on twitter #bmmf
and my progress #knitwit54
Thank you to all who sponsored me, I raised £46.00 for the Martlets Hospice and knitted ten squares, not many I know but every little helps! On August 20th the double decker bus covered in knitted squares will tour Brighton to raise awareness of the hospice. The squares will then be made into blankets and shipped out to Africa to keep AIDS victims warm and cosy.
I recently purchased knitted ‘scarves’ that you dye, unravel and knit socks with. The painting took over half an hour to complete and was quite tricky to do in a very limited space but once steamed I was relieved to see that colours hadn’t run and it was quite pleasing. Before I start selling them on etsy I thought I should actually knit one up and it is really quite fun, never knowing where the stripe colour changes are going to be.I’m not too happy about the colours, they look faded but not bad for a first attempt!