An Easter treat for knitters: A NEW knitting group AND new classes!

I am excited to let you know that I have set up a new knitting and crochet group a stone’s throw away from the Clapham Sew Over It shop!

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It will be in The Landor pub (everyone who’s been to Sew Over It Clapham will have walked past this watering hole) and the first meeting will be on Monday 4th April at 6pm.  We will be in the back of the pub: head to the left as you walk around the bar and you’ll see an area with sofas that backs onto the beer garden.

MossStitchAndButtonsThe idea is that we’ll be indoors on the sofas during colder weather and decamp to the beer garden when the days are longer and the weather’s warmer.  All in all, a friendly relaxed atmosphere for knitters and crocheters to hang out together.

As such I won’t be giving any lessons at all during the knitting group (more than happy to help out with patterns and give tips, though!), but if you’d like to learn something specific please book a one-to-one lesson via me or Sew Over It – or keep reading for details of a few new classes coming to you this spring!

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In May there will be some one-off classes for knitters wanting to learn how to knit cables, lace and colour block knitting (aka intarsia).  All the details are on the Sew Over It website and each class includes a pattern for a small project so you can show off what you’ve learnt 🙂  All these techniques follow straight on from the Intro to Knitting course so if you’ve got the basics (casting on/off, knit and purl) you’ll have all the experience you need to get started.  Learning how to read charted and written instructions is part of each class so regardless of your choice, cabled, lacy or colourful projects won’t be a scary prospect or a distant dream.  All you have to do is turn up – the Sew Over It team and I will do the rest.

If you’d like to come along to the knitting group in a couple of weeks, please let me know in the comments below or send me a private message via the form below so that the Landor’s proprietors and I have an idea of numbers – and so I can get excited to see how many people might come along after several weeks of planning!

So, a quick run-down of dates:

That’s it!  Looking forward to seeing you soon 🙂

New knitting classes for autumn/winter 2015

Hello!  Finally, a little post for you all.  Apologies for the radio silence but the start of term has been manic, coupled with a steep learning curve.  I have been at UWL just over two months but am having to bluff a little when it comes to being and feeling part of the furniture.  I’m already looking forward to the end of term so I can catch my breath a bit!

Coupled with this there are a few new classes to tell you about for this season, all of which are at Sew Over It, Clapham.  This post is coming to you a bit later than planned, but I haven’t missed much.  For those north of the river I have a crochet class coming up at Fringe in Muswell Hill this November.

I am now teaching more techniques classes for knitters who’ve covered the basics (casting on/off, knit and purl) or who want to learn a new technique.  So, we now have three new classes on learning to knit cables, lace and intarsia (the technique for knitting blocks of colour like polka dots, tartans or vertical stripes).  All the classes are listed on this page – scroll down to the bottom for the knit and crochet ones.

Each class is 3 hours long and right now they’ll take place on Wednesday evenings, beginning with cables on 4th November.  You can book for as many or as few as you like; they work well alone or together, so you can really mix and match to suit you and what you’d like to do.  By the end of each session you’ll have a lovely sample and some helpful notes to keep close to hand as you practice at home.

I also got off campus last Wednesday to work with the Woman’s Weekly team for one of their Learn to Crochet workshops.  Some cheerful colours and goodie bags all round – I took this snap shortly after we broke for lunch.  Can’t wait for my next visit to WWHQ!

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New knitting and crochet classes – London, Feb-June 2015

A quick post to let you know about the knitting and crochet classes I’ll be teaching for the first half of 2015.  I am already working on ideas for new classes in the second half of the year and can’t wait to see how people respond, but there’s this on offer in the meantime:

Fringe 108, Muswell Hill: All knitting and crochet workshops will now take place at 14.00 on Saturday afternoons.  An exciting new addition is our 1-2-1 clinic on Saturday mornings, before workshops take place.  For clinic bookings you can troubleshoot your current projects, learn a new technique, revise something you learnt ages ago, learn how to sew up and finish your projects…it’s up to you!  For all enquiries and booking info please visit the Fringe website or telephone the shop on 020 8883 9478.

Sew Over It, Clapham & Islington: You may have heard that Lisa opened another shop in Islington towards the end of last year – so excellent news for those who are a little too far away from the original Clapham store!  The new shop is on Myddelton Street, which runs into Exmouth Market and is around the corner from Sadler’s Wells theatre, and offers all the courses that people have come to know and love – including the knitting and crochet classes, taught by yours truly 🙂  Course dates are added on a rolling basis throughout the year – for all enquiries and booking info please visit the Sew Over It website or telephone the shop(s) on 020 7326 0376.

Woman’s Weekly, Central London: I am VERY pleased and excited to announce that I’ll be a guest tutor at a number of Woman’s Weekly Make and Take knitting and crochet workshops this spring!  These workshops take place on Fridays at Woman’s Weekly HQ and last for the entire day, refreshments included.  Topics include Easter knitted toys, Learn to Crochet and the MyBoshi crochet beanieFor all enquiries and booking info please visit the Woman’s Weekly events page or freephone 0800 024 1212, quoting Knit&Cro15.

Best wishes – and I hope you enjoy the classes! – Natalie x

Announcing a new knitting group at Sew Over It!

Good morning – a quick message to let you know that we are launching a new knitting group at Sew Over It!  Our inaugural meeting will be on Monday, 13th October at the Clapham shop.  More details here: http://sewoverit.co.uk/knitting-club-2/

Please do come along if you can.  As it’s a brand new thing, we’re open to your ideas, even though we’ve had some of our own about how the group will run.  There are many ways in which the group could develop, but the basic premise is for it to be a regular meet for people to turn up with their knitting for company, support with their projects, maybe to see old faces, and the hallmark of Sew Over It – tea and cake!

For example –  crocheters, do turn up as well!  The group could be just for knitters, or for knitters and crocheters, or, depending on interest, there could be a separate group for crocheters.  The only thing that makes me put on a *stern face* is that the group is not for beginners; you must have done the SOI Intro to Knitting course or have equivalent experience.

I’m very excited about October, and looking forward to seeing the crowd we get.  Hope to see some of you there – I’ll have an eye out for past students! 🙂

A Crochet Weekend

I have been slightly quieter than usual because I’ve been in knitwear design mode for an early March deadline.  All is ticking along well and I’m enjoying it, but as ever, when working on creative solo projects, it is lovely to have a bit of an escape.  So just a quick one from me this week.

As you might guess, this weekend is happily stuffed full of crochet.  On Saturday I will be teaching two lots of crochet: first, at The White Room; then at Fringe 108.  Both are at beginner level, and with a bit of enthusiasm, both my groups should be at least well on their way to producing granny squares like these:

BeginnersCrochetGrannySquaresThere are a couple of spaces left at The White Room this Saturday so do come along if you are anywhere near Crofton Park!  Nicky and I are really looking forward to our first official workshop together following the Croftmas fair.

Crochet is starting to get a bit more attention these days, and in response to demand/interest I have been working with Fringe to create a new Improvers Crochet workshop, which will run for two Wednesdays in early March.  It has been great fun making up samples for this workshop; the focus is on texture and getting more practice at pattern instructions.  There will also be a Mothers Day crochet workshop at Fringe at the end of March so look out a special post on that, and the improvers class, in the next week or two.

I am still eyeing up the Sidewalk Shawl from my last post – it is my post-deadline project!  I have wound about four hanks of the Tuhu yarn into balls in anticipation and the shawl will be perfect for christening the set of KnitPro Waves crochet hooks I bought from Purple Linda Crafts a few weeks back:

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And finally…a very sneaky peek at my design!

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