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welcome back to Broadway Market

After a year's hiatus the east end girls are a-knitting and a-drinking belgian beer at the Dove on Broadway market, on market days no less.

Next meeting is on Saturday 12 May. More info here.

Glamour Knitting competition winners

1st prize
Illdiko Szabf, Liverpool
Yarn Forward magazine subscription for one year and beautiful Lantern Moon needle roll selection of rosewood needles from Purlescence

2nd prize
Ellen Boucher, Croydon
A selection of luxury yarn from Loop

3rd prize
Loba van Heugten (London)
Selection of yarn from Get Knitted

Runner up
Alice Bell (London)
Sock yarn and felted bag from Get Knitted

Runner up
Jan Price (Gwynedd)
Sari silk yarn from Hip Knits

Knitterati Glitterati encouraged visitors to the Knitting & Stitching Show to think differently about knitting. The finalists of the Glamour Knitting competition were displayed as well as other examples of funky knitting. We encouraged visitors to sit and chat, knit the free patterns provided, or just take the weight off their feet and compare their shopping prizes!

Thanks to our sponsors for donating prizes and yarn for the event. And a very special thank you to all our volunteers who helped to make everything run smoothly!

Glamour knitting competition

Calling entries for all glamorous knitting: put your sense of style and fun together with your knitting skills! The competition culminates in an exhibition of finalists' work at Alexandra Palace.

More info.


Knitterati Glitterati

Knitters of the 21st century use alternative materials like wire, soya and plastic shopping bags. We knit using chopsticks, broomsticks and their fingers. We produce sexy knickers, ballgowns and jewellery.

The knitterati meet to knit in cafes, pubs, clubs, the tube, at home, in parks, the cinema… anywhere! And from Thursday, 12 October to Sunday, 15 October 2006 the knitterati will congregating at The Knitting and Stitching Show, aka Ally Pally!

A special Champagne bar and chill out area, Knitterati Glitterati, will be the scene for young and old, novices and experts to share ideas, show off their talents... and their purchases! The goal is to provide a community-based area -- a place to chill out and meet up, rest weary feet and swap shopping stories.

The bar and chill out zone will be stocked with refreshments as well as supplies and original patterns – everything the knitterati needs to complete the perfect afternoon.

News, 21 July 2006



A knitting picnic and music festival is on this Sunday in Ealing, West London.

Date: Sunday July 23rd
: 2pm onwards
: Warpole Park
: to the park are here, we'll be meeting here (to the left of the festival 'gates', just behind the kids play area)

What to bring? A blanket, food to share, a plate, your knitting.
What to bring (optional)? A friend, a cup, some champagne, suncream, a parasol, your oldest unfinished knitting project.
What if it rains? We'll be livin' it up INSIDE the festival enclosure, in the big red tent.

Contact: Kate


The Bath Stitch and bitch group (who are meeting in the park during these lovely warm summer months) have posted pictures of the recent Recycling Competition, exhibition and knit/sew-in. Have a look at what the crafty people have been up to.


Please feel free to send in updates of your group’s activities and projects for inclusion in the news and events section!


Bovey Tracey
Brockley Knits
Knit Jam (St Leonards-on-Sea)
Stafford Knit Chicks


Adrienne: I am a lonely knitter looking to find others in my home town of Tunbridge Wells or nearby.  I have knitted for years & used to have a business designing & making hand knits for babies. Surely there must be other knitters here?

Meera: I am looking for people to form a group in Hampton, TW12 in south west of london. I am interested in crochet and knitting. Any likeminded people living nearby please, contact me.

Clive is still looking for a small group in Tyne and Wear to teach him to knit. Who wants to help a lovely fellow out?

knitting news


Knitchicks is on holidays – I’ll be back in a fortnight!


Betsy on what craftivism means.


The Brent Cross knitting date has changed from Thursday to FRIDAY - but the times, venue are the same.

knitin’ canary now meets fortnightly, the next being Thursday 11 May.

For the next two weeks, the Christmas crafting extravaganza group (AKA, Story Deli/Brick Lane) will be meeting at the alternate venue, Patisserie Valerie from 6.00/6.30-8.00pm.

NEW (and newly listed) GROUPS

HipKnits knitting group, Hertfordshire
Dropstitch knitting group, Berkshire (next one is 17 May)
Warrington Knit 'n' natter, Cheshire
Gourock Stitch and bitch, nr Glasgow
N16 Stoke Newington Knitters, London


hazel is looking for any knitting groups or fanatics near to Burton on Trent or Lichfield area.
dawn wants to connect with other knitters in the Southern Hampshire.
Seeking small groups in Tyne and Wear, contact Clive

knitterly events


What constitutes an ecological yarn or environmentally friendly textiles? Where can designers and students find ecological materials to work with? Annie Sherburne talks about her recycling project in the latest knitchicks feature.


Erika Knight talk at V&A

Erika Knight is giving a talk at the V&A Monday 8th May, 19.00-20.45 (wine reception 20.00-20.45), tickets cost £12.

To book, call 020 7942 2271 or email membershipevents@vam.ac.uk

I've heard that this was cancelled - express your interest and maybe we could have it rescheduled.

Knitting workshop at London's Chelsea Physic Garden

Tuesday 9th may 2006, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Cost: £30 per person (includes materials, refreshments and admission to the Garden via the West gate on Royal Hospital Road, SW3)

In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore Creative Knitting inspired by the colours/textures of the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden.

More info


Warrington Knitting Circle

If you like all things yarny AND fancy a knit and a natter at a central Warrington venue, then contact Hannah.
More info


Regine is looking for other knitters in Richmond, Surrey.

Yvonne is in the Ossett area of west Yorkshire and is keen to hook up with some other crafters.

If you're a lonely knitter seeking someone/a group to share long walks to the yarn shop and have a GSOH, contact knitchicks with your details.


11 April 2006


Knitflicks, knitting at the cinema: The Squid and the Whale
Saturday, 15 April at 11.10am Ritzy Cinema Brixton
(Brixton tube is closed, bus replacement service from Stockwell)


A new group, Lakeside Knitters is meeting on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 7.30pm at Starbucks in Borders at the Lakeside shopping centre, Essex.

You can find Glasgow’s latest knitting event, the Big Knit Out every second Wednesday from 7pm at the North Star Café in the North Kelvin district.

Coventry Knit-Wits meets every Wednesday from 7-9pm at the Liquid Café Wine Bar in Coventry, Warwickshire.


Alison is looking for crafters in or around Wilton/Salisbury. If you know of any groups, or are interested in meeting up, contact her.


Check out the new (and newly listed) groups in Nottingham and Harrow.

I Knit London's next meet (on 6 April) will be at the Marylebone Tup: 93 Marylebone High Street, LONDON, W1M 3DE.

Knitting at the Dove (Broadway Market, east London) is on this Saturday, 8 April.

Any lonely knitters in Stoke Newington (London) or surrounds, contact Lynne.

Girls at their Sunday Best on Sunday 9 April will have a crafty corner (8-9pm) at the Buffalo Bar, Islington. £2 entry for crafters before 9/£4 afterwards.

A new pattern is ready to knit: Fruit Pouch by Kate Buchanan (of Gifted Knits)

The UKnitters blogring just last month celebrated their first birthday and now count over 130 members! Membership is open to all Brit knitters (by birth or geography) as well as the occasional spinner and crocheter.

welcome to the new knitchicks!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m proud to annouce the launch of the new knitchicks site. The goal is for it to be more user-friendly – allowing you to find (and publicise) knit groups around the UK more easily.

A quick rundown of the new site:

find groups by name

find groups by location

Regular Features on a variety of knit-related issues (feel free to suggest topics or even contribute)

Free patterns

Soon to be launched chat the new home of the ‘lonely knitters’

There’s still a lot to ‘clean up’ around the site. Over the past couple of months I have emailed many of you to confirm the details of your group, and kindly, you replied promptly. Unfortunately, due to seemingly endless computer troubles, I lost a lot of data – please do send me through your info again. I’m still working out some navigation kinks and appreciate your patience while this is sorted out.

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