Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild

IMG_8418On Saturday, I got up bright and early and drove the picturesque few miles to Bath for the Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild‘s 2nd event at the Fashion Museum.

As I approached the building I knew that I must be in the right place; knitted bunting decorated the railings and once I stepped through the door, I could see needles flashing in the distance.

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Bath is the most recent addition to the Knitting & Crochet Guild‘s network of branches, having launched last month on National Knit in Public Day, and is supported by the Fashion Museum.

Every month, the Guild hosts an event based on a different aspect of knitting or crochet; this month it was Ravelry.  Carmen from Bath’s newest knitting shop, A Yarn Story, had prepared an excellent presentation for us about the site and took us through the basics of using it, with some tips and tricks thrown in for good measure. I’ve been meaning to sign up for a while but had never quite gotten round to it, so within a few minutes of the end of Carmen’s talk I was merrily adding patterns to my queue.

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There were also some copies from the Fashion Museum’s knitting archives on the tables. Since I spend most of my days working on knitting and yarn adverts, I was particularly interested in an old Patons ad – how things have changed!

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Talk turned to these archives and how the museum would like to turn them into a resource, potentially even putting them online with the help of the Guild. I can’t imagine anything better than getting to rifle through – I mean, catalogue – vintage patterns and technique booklets, so I’m very excited to be involved!

We finished up with a quick demonstration from one of the knitters who is working on a great double knitting technique – he’s even promised to give us a proper workshop on it at one of the future events.

All in all, it was just a lovely morning knitting and nattering, and you will certainly find me in the Fashion Museum’s cafe on the 2nd Saturday of every month. With a workshop on Fair Isle knitting coming up in September, I might even finally achieve one of my woolly dreams this year!