Unwind 2014 In Pictures

Selfie on the train to Brighton, wearing my Undone Capelet
The New Elegance Yarn from Blacker Yarns (80% Falkland Island Corriedale-style wool and 20% British alpaca). I heart. I may have swatched!
Skein Queen Stand (Sorry, I seem to have had the shakes, this was Day 2… ahem.)
The Eden Cottage Stand
Easy Knits (suuuuuch deep colours)
Old Maiden Aunt (Came away empty handed, but unwillingly. I wanted it ALLL)
Pom Pom! Sombra was there! (WEIRD seeing a sample I made not on me) ((Saw another at the Knit Now bun fight!))
Early morning volleyball game, chaps?
The Pier herself
Some of my Loot after Day 1, including a horde of buttons from Textile Garden. The reddish ones in the shadows are a PERFECT match for the Skein Queen DK
My lovely, lovely Harrow Knitters, who came down on the Sunday.
Little bit crazy-lookin’ there, Elanor! Next to Aimee from L’Oisive The. She has Koigu! Unicorn Tails! (I’m wearing my Biennial Sweater)

Where the heck is Simply Daisy’s?

The Harrow Knitters had their inaugural Second Friday daytime meeting today. It was lovely, and my latest model was a model of good behaviour! But I’d a job of it trying to find the place.

Get to the Harrow Arts Centre. Go to the car park.

The Harrow Arts Centre now looks like this


(BTW, Through the door on the right is the quickest way to get to Daisy’s In the Arts for the First Tuesday evening meets.)

To get to Simply Daisy’s, don’t go *into* the arts centre, but go to the right of it.


Go past the prefab where they’re having the WeightWatchers meeting.


What’s that in the corner?


Aha! There it is!

xxx e


Calling All Harrow Knitters

Hello! If you’ve previously read about us Harrow Knitters on girlpurlandtwoknittingneedles‘ blog, I’m updating the info! This post accurate November 2012.


The Harrow Knitters are a very friendly group of crafty ladies of all ages and walks of life. If you just want to give knitting or crochet a go, or you already know 3 kinds of estonian nupp, come along and join in the banter. There’s frequently cake! Maybe bring a garter stitch scarf if you want to catch up on the gossip! There’s always someone with an interesting story to tell or a new technique to show. 

All meetings are knitting and crochet. We try and change the day and time throughout the month so it doesn’t clash with member’s other commitments.

On the first Tuesday of every month, 8pm at Daisy’s Bar & Bistro in Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA. This is inside the arts centre, not Simply Daisy’s which is adjacent to the centre. This is a new venue for us and a change from Grim’s Dyke. Rail: Hatch End, Bus: H14, H12 & 182, Parking: Free parking is available.

On the 2nd Monday of every month at 8pm at the Oddfellows Arms Pub, 2 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EN (opposite Lidl or the Police station). Babies/children cannot attend due to the pub’s license.

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8pm at the Oddfellows Arms Pub, 2 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EN (opposite Lidl or the Police station). Babies/children cannot attend due to the pub’s license.

On the 4th Thursday of every month at 10am at Costa Coffee in Harrow Town Centre next to Natwest Bank and opposite the Fruit & Veg stall (not the Costa Coffee next to the station).

On the last Friday of every month at 8pm at Papa Gateaux, 4 Cumberland Court, Princes Drive, Harrow, HA1 4UD (£2 contribution).

A suggestion has been made that it would be good if one member volunteers to ‘host’ each meet-up so that someone can greet new members etc. 

You can also find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/theharrowknitters/

And we have a Ravelry group at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-harrow-knitters

Happy Knitting!

Mentoring With Rockandpurl, Knitwear Designer Supremo

Ruth Garcia-Alcantud was gracious enough to agree to mentor me as I set out on this path towards knitterly enlightenment.  Not only does she have gorgeous designs to ogle, Ruth also gives excellent advice. She was able to identify my style, and I didn’t even know I had one!

Rock and Purl

We talked over Skype IM, it’s been a while since I’ve had an IM chat, but boy, I rocked those smileys. Quite a lot of the conversation ultimately came back to time management – if I can discipline myself to get my work done within the time I have available, that’ll be a flying start.

This is how long I have left to finish this post (from 45 mins).

Submissions I’ve been sending off are too lengthy. Huh. I forgot to ask if the ideas were sound, but I guess they are or I’m sure Ruth would have said – best not to pull the punches in these situations! So, do you have any tips for me on layout? I have a lot of information (graphical and written) that I need to fit onto one page (max 2). What tricks do you use to condense information? Thanks for any comments you can make.

We also talked a lot about blogging, my local knitting group (The Harrow Knitters (who totally rock!)), patterns with tricky bits, a little about cameras and accountants, and yes, poking myself in the eye. We covered a fair bit of ground in that first session.

This was the best bit for me though:

Me: even if i don’t have a style yet?

Ruth: if I can see it, cant you??

Me: erm???

Ruth: You are Miss Trick in the bag, I’ll teach you how to graft ribbing to make it look superb, I’ll teach you knitting backwards so your friends can gasp in admiration

Ruth: I’ll teach you to match welts at the back of a neck

Me: oh right. no pressure

Ruth: and put intarsia AND beads

Ruth: it’s your style

Ruth: I can see it

Ruth: you need to polish it by working on it

Me: ok, cool, thanks

Ruth: seriously now, I think you CAN do this

Ruth: I cannot tell you how many people don’t work half as hard in their submissions

Ruth: you’re putting in some serious elbow and brain into this and you can do this

Me: ta, ta for the confidence boost

Ruth: hey sometimes it’s all about that

I have a style! Rock on! Hope you like it ‘cos you’ll be seeing more of it!


Xxxx e

P.s. I went two mins over.