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4/3/08 06:51 pm - ropeadope_ie - Birthday!!!

Long time no activity here – this is what happens when ravelry becomes addictive. Anyway, I just want to announce that it’s the SnB’s first birthday on 16 April in Starbucks, Castle Court , and it would be great to get a whole bunch of stitchers together in one place.
Hope to see you there.

10/8/07 10:52 pm - ms_canoe - The Big Knit

Hi all

Have only recently stumbled onto this SnB site and am delighted to see a group up and running in Belfast!  Hope to make it out to a meeting soon (am I right in thinking it's at half four at Cafe Vaudeville on Wednesday's?)

I thought I would take this chance to post about a wee upcoming local knitting fundraising event - Innocent Smoothies is asking knitters across the UK to knit lots of little hats for their smoothie bottles. These be-hatted bottles will then go into Sainsbury’s in November and for every one sold innocent and Sainsbury’s will give 50p to Age Concern.

Almost 25,000 older people died of cold related illnesses last winter, and Age Concern will use the money raised to provide support to older people in winter including hot meals, blankets and advice on how to keep their houses warm. In 2006 knitters managed to raise £115,000 by knitting 230,000 hats. This year the goal is to raise £200,000 by piling up 400,000 hats by 17th October and it is hoped that 16,000 of these will be made in Northern Ireland. 

There will be a Belfast Big Knit evening on Monday 15th October at 7pm at Common Grounds Cafe in Botanic. Bring some double knitting yarn (if you have some) and some small needles and pass the word on to any UK knitters that you might know! For more information search for the 'Knit Belfast' group on Facebook or just turn up!  Here's the pattern if anyone's interested in getting started now . . .

Beginner Pattern
- Using double knitting yarn and some small needles (3 1/4-4mm) cast on 28 stitches.
- Knit 2 rows. Then starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch for 12 more rows).
- For the next row, knit 2 together to the end (14 stitches). And for the row after that, purl 2 together to the end (7 stitches).
- When you've finished cut the yarn leaving about 25 cm. Thread the cut end through a sewing needle, then run it through the loops and remove the knitting needles.
- Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together at the side. Once finished, turn it the right side out so that the seam you've sewn runs up the inside.
- Sew a little bobble onto the top of the hat if you like.

9/25/07 07:58 pm - pacem_appellant - The Fabulous UK SnB blanket

Ok so I heard back from the London SnB group about the UK SnB blanket that I kindly signed us up for (aren't I nice?). So here's the details:

Woolly greetings fellow knitting group

Thanks ever so much for getting in touch with us and letting us know you are raring to be part of the SnB UK Blanket for UK SnB Day.

The S&B London Stitchettes have been hard at work planning and designing and have come up with a plan.

What we need from your group are:

* 2x knitted or crocheted squares (or a bit of both) measuring 20cm each side
* A list of the names of anyone who helped to create it
* Your official group name and where you meet (city or town)
* A little bit about your group if you have time

Instructions for the squares:
1. You don't have to do two squares. If you don't have time one is fine.
2. Squares must be 20cm by 20cm (though a couple of mm either side is ok)
3. Go wild with your design! There are no rules here.

But here are some ideas to help. You could:

* Put on your group name
* Intarsia or embroider something to represent your area
* Put on your group logo (if you have one)
* Knit items to stick on
* Knit words of group wisdom onto it

All squares need to be returned by the 31st of October 2007 at the very latest.

So I think we should spend a meeting or two knitting them up, after of course, we have decided on the design. And I imagine I could find something applicable in my mass of frightening stash items if required. So think of designs for a couple of weeks and start knitting on the 10th? What do you think?

9/17/07 12:02 pm - ropeadope_ie - An outing?

As previously mentioned at the Snb and possibly on here as well, I had looked at the Lyric book of upcoming events and saw Potted Potter, the 6 Harry Potter books in 60 minutes. 

Tickets are £10 for non students and I can't remember what the student rate is, possibly £7 and its on from  Friday 19 October - Sunday 21 October. I think its starts at 7pm.

If anyone would like to go, please let me know ASAP with the preferred date so I can get tickets.... we could go for dinner somewhere too if you fancied.

Other Halves are more than welcome to come along too.

Let me know!!!

9/11/07 01:20 pm - pacem_appellant - Talk/Knit Like a Pirate Day

This year, by happy coincidence, talk like a pirate day falls on our SnB day. So my knitterly chums, I propose that on the 19th of September, our SnB should be pirate themed. I have found a lot of appropriate patterns and I'm sure you can find many more yourselves:

- We Call them Pirates (hat)
- Pirate Mittens (mittens, obviously)
- Skull Knitting Tote (felted bag)
- Skull Socks of Fury (socks, angry socks no less)
- Tricorn Hat pattern (a hat cap'n jack would be proud of)

And for the non-knitters in our midst, other craft like a pirate ideas:

- Yarn Galleon (material project/treasure bag)
- Pirate Eyepatch (cutting and sewing)
- Pirate Ship (made from a milk carton no less)
- Treasure chest (made from paper)
- Edible Treasure Chest (a cake, mmmmmmmmm)

Now don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that you are to stay away or be forcibly removed if you do not come knitting something black, skull-covered or with pieces of eight hanging off of it. I'm just a bit of a fan for the random, the themed and the craic! So if you feel like joining me (I have my project planned) then please do!


9/1/07 02:48 pm - ropeadope_ie - Times up!

Put down your needles!!

Time has officially been called on the first themed item competition. Beach themed pictures should be emailed to me as soon as possible as I would like to have the photos posted by Monday for the voting to begin.

Voting is by way of anonymous comment left to the post. My item will be included and if the item with the most votes wins a knitting related prize. The winner then decided the next theme and hassles everyone for their photo etc. WHOEVER HOSTS THE COMPETITION CAN NOT WIN.... IF THE HOST LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TO WIN THE ACTUAL WINNER IS THE PERSON WITH THE HIGHEST VOTE NUMBER AFTER THE HOST. You know what I mean lol.

Ah, and just a reminder. The Folk Museum and Proms is next Saturday.  I am certain that three proms tickets have been allocated - me, Nicky, Ceire. There's one left. If you want it, you have to be quick, or if I was a complete idiot and said you could have one and forgot, just remind me.

I think the day out will start kinda early for the museum with dinner in Springsteens Carrick with the possibility of visiting one yarn shop there, all depending on time, followed by the Proms.

Let me have those photos and let me know about next week!!!

8/28/07 02:30 pm - ropeadope_ie - SNB! Cancelled!

Everyone is busy tomorrow either not being in the County of Antrim or working, so for the first time since its conception, the Belfast Stitch n Bitch is cancelled.


The week after though, Cafe Vaudeville!!!!!

8/23/07 01:03 pm - ropeadope_ie - SnB

Last week at the SnB it was decided to give Cafe Vaudeville a try to see what it was like.

Ceire and I met there last night, sat outside in the sunshine knitting while Ceire sipped a fly invested cocktail.

According to the bouncer man, the place doesn't close til after midnight, so plenty of knitting time!

We didn't eat there but there's always next week to give it a try.

In short, Cafe Vaudeville next Wednesday from 4.30 until whatever time you want to leave at, lol.

Come one, Come all!!!!!

8/13/07 08:06 am - ropeadope_ie - A multi-random post.

I was wondering quite a few things yesterday so am going to post about said musings.

I want to know what knitting related books eeryone has, so if I have a look on ravelry and see a pattern I like, i know who has what book that I could maybe borrow and photocopy said pattern.

My books are as follows:

One Skien Wonders
SnB Nation
Knitting for Dummies
Knitted Accessories
Knitting workshop
Knitters Almanac
Nursery Knits
7 Day Afghans

If you haven't joined the waiting list for Ravelry, I suggest you do so, so many pretty things to add to your queue, lol

Another thing I was wondering, who all is still interested in teh Folk and Transport Day plus knitting with the Proms in the Park on 8 September?  I got 4 Prom tickets and there are now 2 left ( I have one, as does Nicky) so there's still 2 up for grabs. We may need to get more tickets if more than 2 people want to go but I can't get them since I already got 4 free ones.  I also got a couple of leaflets in Tesco on Friday for 2 for 1 into the Folk and Transport museum so all in all I'm reckoning it should be a cheap day out with dinner in Springsteens in Carrick... it'll also be an earlish day too... Proms gates open at 6.30 to let you find a dry spot of grass to sit on for the concert (which is over at about 11.15pm)

if you can let me know, that would be great as its only a few weeks away now and I hate being in limbo.

7/30/07 10:35 am - aislinns - Moooovies

Are we Transformering tomorrow?
17:40 20:00 20:50

Any takers?
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