It’s British Wool Week – perfect timing for the temperature dropping and us all wanting to put on a million jumpers and woolly hats. Knitting woollen treats has been a favourite London pastime for a while now, among the more resourceful in the city at least. So if you want to pay a particular homage to all those kindly sheep who’ve donated their coats to keep us warm, we’ve round up the best knitting events happening in the capital.
Formerly the more raunchily titled Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, this is still one of the most vibrant and happenin’ knitting group in London, despite the name change. As well as being the people behind the Stitch London book, they organise weekly knit-ups, as well as knitting lessons and regular events and exhibitions around the capital. Check their site for upcoming events and as they say, ‘Keep Calm and Carry Yarn’.
I Knit London
Possibly the most successful enterprise of the knitting trend that sprung up a few years ago, I Knit London started as a group of friends meeting up for a good old knitter-natter and has developed from a market stall into a Waterloo shop and bar, with regular knitting events accompanied by cake, booze and all things delicious. Their knitting group meets in the shop on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as well as a monthly Sunday Roast knit on Dean Street.
Knitting, of course, is not an exclusive pastime, and Queer Knit proves just that. For all LGBT knitting fans, this Sunday sees an afternoon of needle twitching, one of the regular meet-up events organised by the popular LGBT community outeverywhere. The central London location will only be revealed once you sign up.
Knitting and Sewing Circle, Alexandra Palace
The home of last weekend’s Knitting and Sewing Show also hosts a regular knitting and sewing night in the famous Ally Pally, that does just what it says on the tin. Offering somewhere to work on a project for an hour every other Saturday, along with tea, coffee and a friendly advice circle, it’s a great spot for all North London knitters. Victoria Gray