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Monday, June 12, 2006

Maidstone Knitters Do WWKIP Day at the Chequers Centre

Thanks for all the good wishes for our plans which I found really encouraging. It's great to have such supportive friends! The event went well and we generated quite a bit of interest with several potential new members saying they would definitely attend our next meeting (including a textile artist who knits with plastic) and a fair few leaflets picked up. It was very hot in certain parts of the Chequers Centre particularly under the glass roofed area so we felt extremely lucky to have been placed right near the air conditioning outlet which meant we were able to keep cool all day. There were the usual minor hiccups such as arriving to find we had only been given a tiny four foot table instead of a six foot one but that was soon remedied by the obliging Chequers staff and very soon we had a whopping great big ten feet of table space as another six foot table was added to the four foot one we already had! Photo heavy post I'm afraid but sometimes, as they say, pictures speak louder than words.

So, here we have Emily working on big needles while Mary-Lou concentrates on the Loopa and Holly finger knits after being taught by moi! Holly cottoned on very quickly and made a fab finger knitted skinny scarf which she's going to add a fringe and possibly beads to the ends of. She was so taken with it, in fact, that she thinks she may finger knit one or two skinny scarves for the November Charity Craft Fair!

Here I am knitting with the gigantic needles. When this photo was taken, I was concentrating on doing a backwards knitting row so as not to have to turn the work! The gigantic needles generated a LOT of interest and double takes. One woman even wanted to record me knitting on them on her mobile phone camera as she said her DH wouldn't believe her otherwise!

A passer-by was so fascinated with the gigantic needles that she wanted to have a go!

Below is Chris making i-cord on the Prym i-cord mill so that I would have a second ball to work with when needed. This also attracted a lot of attention and comments with several people asking where they could purchase one of these handle turned french knitters.

Here's a pic of the stand which was right next to the ice cream parlour (very handy!) and, by the way, I can recommend the cappucino and chocolate double cone!

Below is Tricia doing her bit for WWKIP Day and, like the rest of us, wearing her WWKIP Day tee shirt. Mary also popped by in the morning but couldn't stay as she'd made other plans well before we decided on our event.

We all brought something for the stand in the way of yarn and/or knitted items, magazines, etc, and got asked lots of questions quite a few of which I'm pleased to say came from men. Generally, people seemed pleasantly surprised at the diversity of yarns available now and the knitted items were looked at and admired. Here's a close up of some of the items on the stand.

And another.

And yet another.

That's Cecilia on the right in the photo below. She had planned to knit on chopsticks but couldn't get hold of any in time so resorted to barbecue skewers instead!

Two more of our members, Margaret and Jackie, were able to join us for a couple of hours later in the day.

And here's Chris trying out the gigantic needles.

There were opportunities throughout the day to teach finger knitting and the Loopa. This young girl is already a knitter and stopped by to learn finger knitting.

She may be coming along to our group with an adult which will mean we have three school age members.

Some time in the morning, the Kent Messenger photographer arrived and, in the afternoon, we had a phone call from the reporter. Hopefully, the resulting article will generate even more publicity for Maidstone Knitters.


  • At 9:59 am, Blogger Woolly Wormhead said…

    Looks like it was a really successful day - well done!

  • At 11:18 am, Blogger acrylik said…

    What a fantastic day you had, I'm really pleased for you! Here's hoping that it generates a lot of interest in your group and knitting in general. It's so encouraging to hear the young girl is interested in knitting already, warms my heart!

  • At 11:35 am, Anonymous Silvia said…

    How fantastic that everything went swimmingly. Glad you got youngsters as well as men interested. It was all worth while then. I love all the pictures and just wished i could have come along.
    BTW the pattern is in the Summer 2006 Issue

  • At 11:57 am, Blogger nanatoo said…

    Fantastic! And thank goodness you were near the air-con. Your hard work paid off and you all deserve pats on the back for putting the craft out there :D

  • At 1:05 pm, Blogger Marie said…

    looks like your day was really successfull - and fun! Well done!

  • At 2:17 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    Brilliant :) I'm really impressed!

  • At 3:55 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Ooh that looks like fun! Well done, it looks like it was well worth all the organization/ insurance crises etc!
    Love the big needles too!

  • At 6:44 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    Thanks for posting all the great photos, it looks like it went really well and everyone had fun :-) And you got the best spot in the building - aircon and ice cream LOL! Hope you see more new members for the group too :-)

  • At 7:29 am, Anonymous Dipsy said…

    Now that seems to have been a very successful and fun day - fantastic! Thanks for sharing the pics! I still can't get over those amazing huge needles and the fact that you actually knit with them, they look sooo cool! I'm sure that you got a lot of people interested in knitting which is, of course, always a great thing - yay for that!

  • At 8:40 am, Blogger Rain said…

    It looks like a fantastic success. You certainly put on a good display and it looks like you had a lot of fun doing it too. I hope you get a lot more interest in the group. Like Carrie Anne, I love to hear of younger ones knitting too and think it's great you have school age members.

  • At 12:40 pm, Anonymous Annarella said…

    Beautiful pictures, I can almost feel the buzz of the day - sounds like everything turned out fab and a mention in the local press?? Will you still remember us when you're rich and famous? ;) xx

  • At 1:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well done Hazel//it looks like a great day ..angie and Holly.

  • At 1:03 pm, Blogger mrs Nito said…

    We are not anonymous Hazel ..just logged in as Mrs Nito ..Holly's spoof ,weird person site !

  • At 3:01 pm, Anonymous stricky said…

    wow! what an amazing wwkip-day you had!!!! fantastic idea to knit with chop sticks, skewers and giant needles. guess, you guys caught a lot of attention??? well done, hazel!!
    our opicknick in berlin failt: due to soccer in telly and lack of understanding a city map. i couldn't go either: work!!!! but neverless, wwkip-day is a great idea and we'll be back next year!!!

  • At 10:21 pm, Blogger susoolu said…

    It looks like you had so much fun - congrats on spreading the knitting word.

  • At 6:34 pm, Blogger ra said…

    well done. Looks as if all the effort you put in to organising it was well worth it.


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