What about learning something new?

After hibernating trough the winter and the last cold spells, where all you want to do in cuddle up at home preferably under a nice cosy blanket, it is refreshing to finally feel that the energy level is rising. As the days grow longer and brighter I definitely feel more energetic. It is easier to find that initiative to get active, get across that front door threshold, and my old friend; Ms I-Want-To-Try-Something-I-Haven’t-Done-Before is finally revisiting.

If you’re anything like me, why not exploit this newfound energy to learn something new? Make your own Granny Square blanket, or dip your toe into some proper sock knitting! By the way, did I mention that Knit with attitude’s Spring Schedule is LIVE? Now, what’s listed in the schedule is far from all that’s happening this spring, oh no, you’re up for some proper treats! We’ll add more events as we go along – and yes, there will be a few of those intriguing and inspiring master classes I know some of you love so much! So keep checking in to keep updated, and don’t forget; next knit night is coming up February 19th!

Top Down Socks

Knitting with attitude

Why knit? I’m sure there are as many reasons as there are knitters out there, and even more so, because I for one have many many many reasons for knitting and for why I love this activity. Easiest to point out maybe, are those purely egocentric reasons, but knitting can also be used as a tool to build relationships, bring communities together and express attitudes.

When I moved to London not knowing anyone here, my first attempt to build a social circle was through attending a knitting group, and today several of my closest friends are people I originally met at this group.

For me, it’s always been important to make Knit with attitude into something more than a shop, I really want it to be part of the local community, a creative space not only for selling goods, but where people can meet, discuss, create and enjoy each other’s company. The second Thursday every month we invite to Knit Night, where this is exactly what’s on our agenda, creativity, chatter, and lots and lots of wine.

Knit the Common

Speaking about community, I really want to share one of the most amazing projects we’ve seen unfold during the last year, as several of our knit group members got involved with an exhibition at the local Hackney Museum. This is how the museum presents the exhibition ‘Side by Side: Living in Cazenove’; This exhibition explores Cazenove Road in the north of the borough as an example of how people from all over the world live side by side in diverse Hackney. The exhibition features a range of creative artworks, films and installation made by local people, community groups and schools working with local artists, filmmakers and photographers. 
They have explored the nature of their communities through different faiths, cultures, histories, fashions, languages and foods and what it means to them to live in Hackney today.

Knit the Common

So what is the link between our knitting group and this exhibition? Quite a few members of our knitting group are also members of SNUG – Stoke Newington Common User Group. Stoke Newington Common is a small park/green space next to the Cazenove Rd. which is ‘common land’ actively used and very much loved by the local community. The knitters came up with this brilliant idea: they wanted to knit the Common, and so they did! During the last year, to the delight of all our knitting group members we’ve seen the most amazing creations being made; trees, railway tracks, the playground with all it’s equipment, I’m not joking, if it’s on the Common it has been knitted! The engagement and enthusiasm surrounding this project have been amazing, and there are so many people who wanted to contribute in one way or the other. Let me tell you, this is how you build a community!

Knit the Common

The pictures here only show part of the process, and they give you an idea about what’s been going on. But honestly there really is nothing like seeing the whole installation in all it’s glory, so should you happen to be in the area you really need to pop by Hackney Museum and have a proper look, the exhibition is on until May 17th.

Knit the Common

Knit the Common

And by the way, tonight is Knit Night!

Indigo Memoirs

I’ve been so lucky to have Indigo Memoirs discover Knit with attitude. Indigo Memoirs is an online ‘magazine’ and this is what they say about themselves:
Indigo Memoirs are unseen experiences we seek and stumble upon as we search for a meaningful urban existence. We channel our intuition to discover such experiences in London and reveal them to you.

Lovely Ruby came to see us at our knit night, and I do believe we have a new knitting convert! To read what she thinks about Knit with attitude, just click on the picture.

Knit with attitude at Indigo Memoirs. ©Indigo Memoirs

Knit with attitude at Indigo Memoirs. ©Indigo Memoirs