Celebrating knitting and crochet (part 2)

Well, I gave my presentation tonight on the history of knitting and crochet to the Billericay branch of the Essex Handicraft Association, who meet at The FOLD on the last Monday of each month.

What a delightful group of ladies EHA turned out to be.  Of course, Kirsten Yeates I already knew from the Brentwood Art Trail, and one of my favourite customers, Claire Mackaness, came along, too.

Everyone really sat up when I started talking about  new trends in knitting, including yarns made from alternative sources like Arucania, DK made from 100% Sugar Cane in Chile (very soft like a bamboo to handle), and  Rowan’s “milk cotton” yarn in  DK and 4 ply made from 70% cotton and 30% milk protein.

Louisa Harding’s Grace hand beaded yarn elicited a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ …the days of having to add beads manually are over!

I also highlighted several British wool providers – but more of this later in a separate blog!

 

We Three knitting and crochet presentation at Essex Handicraft Association

Demonstrating ancient knitting technique

We Three knitting and crochet presentation at Essex Handicraft Association

The talk ended with a few examples of current knitting trends, one of which is Manos wool, one of the Fair Trade brands we stock.

We Three knitting and crochet presentation at Essex Handicraft Association

Of course, everyone ooo’d and aah’d over the cute Baby Boutique outfit knitted to a Bergere de France pattern!

The Billericay branch of the Essex Handicraft Association meets the last Monday of each month at 7:45 at

THE FOLD
72 LAINDON ROAD
BILLERICAY
ESSEX
CM12 9LD

You can contact the group on 01277 213610 or email kirsten.yeates@tiscali.co.uk.

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