Do you dream in yarn, get annoyed if you get interrupted when you’re counting, and try to analyse people’s knitwear? Then this post is for you.
As a loud and proud knitter, I often get comments from people who see me knitting, along the lines of “you just don’t see people knitting anymore”. I always tell them that they can’t looking in the right places, as I know many knitters and crocheters of all ages! Today I’m delighted to point you in the direction of some of those places – right in your local libraries! Books, chat, a nice cup of tea and a biccy: what could be better?
Scotland is a perfect place for yarncraft enthusiasts, not only because of its ideal climate for woolly goods, but also because Edinburgh is home to two world-famous knitwear designers: Kate Davies and Ysolda Teague!
Knitting Groups meeting in libraries
Blackhall Library – every second Monday at 6pm (next one is 28th November)
Leith Library – every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Newington Library (who made the amazing items pictured above) – every Wednesday at 6:30pm.
Oxgangs Library – every other Tuesday, 10:30am-12pm: next meeting November 29th.
Portobello Library – every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm
Sighthill Library – Fridays 2-4pm
Wester Hailes Library – adult group every other Wednesday, 2-4pm , kids knits every Friday throughout term time, 2-4pm. Please note that these groups are very popular, so please contact the library first to avoid disappointment!
I’ve chosen some fantastic pattern books for your consideration – and there’s not a comedy fun-fur jumper in sight!
Cookie A – Sock Innovation: knitting techniques and patterns for one-of-a-kind socks
Cookie is another popular knitwear designer – guaranteed satisfaction for all you crazy sock-knitters!
Betty Barnden – Start knitting: the beginner’s book of basic techniques and stitches
Debbie Bliss and Ulla Nyeman – Blankets, bears and bootees: 20 irresistible hand knits for your baby
Everyone loves making things for little ones!
Cathy Carron – Hattitude: knits for every mood
What’s not to love about knitting hats? They’re fun, fast and don’t use up much yarn at all!
Jane Crowfoot – Ultimate crochet bible: a complete reference with step-by-step techniques
A one-stop shop for new crocheters
Teva Durham – Loop-d-loop crochet: novel, elegant crochet designs
Innovative and stylish crochet patterns
Claire Garland – Toys to Crochet
I am reliably informed that crocheting toys may cause addiction…
Sally Harding and John Heseltine – Quick Crochet, Huge Hooks
Now that’s what I call instant gratification!
Erika Knight and Graham Atkins Hughes – Essential crochet: 30 irresistible projects for you and your home
Crocheted charm for the home
Jenny Lord – Purls of Wisdom
Tried and tested: this book helped a friend to become a wonderful knitter!
Tricia Malcolm – Felting
Felting is a fun and easy technique which can save the day when an item comes out too large!
Carol Meldrum – Knitted icons: 25 celebrity doll patterns
I have this book and the little celebrities are just hilarious!
Rick Mondragon – Knitters at home: cottage, condo, cave or castle, no matter where you live, knits make it home
Add some personal, knitted touches to your home.
Claire Montgomerie – Knitting for children: 35 simple knits kids will love to make
For the knitting kids in your life!
Anna Tillman – Knitted dog coats: over 20 designs for handsome hounds and perfect pooches
Keep your best friend cosy in style!
Sue Whiting – Cute knits for baby feet: 30 adorable projects for newborns to 4-year-olds
Making things for teeny tiny tootsies is a great way to use up oddments from your stash!
So please come along to one of these groups, bring your yarn, projects and your experience, or your queries, pull up a chair and have a stichin’ good time!