This month at the Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild session, we held our first craft swap. The idea being that everyone has things in their stash that they won’t use or finish, but are too nice/expensive/labour-intensive/emotive to throw away… although you’d be happy to see the materials or project go to a new home to be loved and used.
It appeared that nearly everyone brought along something and there wasn’t much left over at the end, so it may be true that one woman’s stash trash is another woman’s textile treasure.
The items were laid out for all to peruse – we were careful to make sure everyone had a chance to look and see what was on offer before selecting the items – and later on we returned to make our choices.
We also had Ruth back to lead us through some Christmas craft making, which included knitted Christmas baubles and [paper] chains.
The Christmas bauble pattern provided gave us the basic shape, with a few Christmas motifs to use, although the beauty of it was that you could easily adapt the pattern to feature your own Christmas designs. We had some great colour combinations and ideas throughout the session from our makers.
Christmas paper chains are usually made from paper (the clue’s in the name), although can be made out of any malleable material. Knitted paper chains are an ideal project to involve the whole family in some Christmas making as it’s suitable for beginners and can be added to each year. It’s also a nice way to use up leftover yarn from other projects, which creates different textures and colours.
Do share your Christmas makes with us over on the Ravelry page – we love to see your finished objects.
As the Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild has now been running for six months, we decided to gather a little feedback to see what attendees think of the group and to understand why they keep coming back each month. The results were wonderful and quite unexpected!
It’s difficult to see what’s on the cards, so here’s a roundup of the fantastic feedback we received:
Photo credit: knitted paper chain (header image), The Twisted Yarn blog