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Sunday, November 11, 2007

The morning after the Stitch 'n Bitch Day before...


How was it for you?

From the first excitement back in April when Debbie first asked if we'd like to host an event "around my new book and my first trip to the UK" right up until Friday's night's set up I think we both were still pinching ourselves, feeling like a bit of a fake and wondering how did this happen?"!

From an original germ of an idea, something like Debbie in a room, a pile of books and a few pens to sign them with....we expanded...and expanded and settled for what happened yesterday. What did happen yesterday exactly?....ProbablyJane summed it up brilliantly on her Ravelry post this morning - it was like a big knitting party! Those who know us or come to our knitting group meetings will, I hope, agree that we've always wanted I Knit London to be more than just a shop, or a knitting circle. The social aspect is key to making everyone feel welcome and everyone feeling like they are part of IKL - and everyone is. Yesterday would not have been possible without the cool knittersand fabulous friends who turned up and stayed for the day - settled down, shopped,had a drink or two, met new knitty friends and learnt new stuff in the workshops.

For me, it was just thrilling to see everyone having such a good time, and a genuine 'buzz' about the place (thanks must go especially to the Shellacs for looking glorious as ever and providing the perfect backdrop to the day). I guess we need to thank everyone, from Debbie all the way down to the very last knitters who stayed to the bitter end....

We've set up a Flickr group for y'all to share any pics from the day (did anyone get some of the fashion parade - we'd love to see those!) Feel free to join the group and post away....


We especially liked to see our name in lights at last!! (Even if they did spell 'stitch' wrong - German girl input this apparently.) Come to this week's knitting club night at the Mulberry Bush on Wednesday for more SnB Day backstage gossip!


...and despite running around like headless chickens for most of the day, Gerard and I really, really enjoyed ourselves! We must do it again sometime...



Origins Ginger Knits stand

Knitting!


Pom Pom International!

Knitted hamsters!

...and lots more!

17 comments:

Dye Studio said...

Dear I Knit's

Had a fantastic day.
Met lots of lovely people.
Loved the fashion show, but not sure about crabby Phil's cardi.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
:-)
Really looking forward to being back next year.

love Dye Studio's Amanda

Flavaknits said...

Had a WONDERFUL time! Can you do this all again ? lol Have emailed some piccies of the fashion show on flickr. Thank You for a great day.

Ali said...

Blogged it! :)

http://luckoftheirish.typepad.com/tripping_yarns/

Anonymous said...

You did brilliantly Guys!
It was all such fun and you deserve a great big knitterly hug for organising it.

PurlyQueen said...

Thank you and well done for organising such a fantastic day! Can't wait for next year!

Betsan said...

Thank you for all your hard work and a wonderful day! Looking forward to next time.

Carla M said...

The Dutch knitters from the Dutch Knitting Cafe had a great day! It was surely worth coming to London.
Thanks Gerard, Craig and all others that contributed to the Day. I hope the knitters in London appreciate IKnit and all the work that was done to make this Day such a big success.
And yes, as I was also one of the organisors of the Stitch 'n Bitch-Day in the Netherlands, I recognize the feelings you have over the Day; wondering 'what happened' and liking to see the knitters so happy and knitting all the time.
Som of my photos and how I experienced the three days in London: www.lifenknitting.net

Carla M

Missmalice said...

You guys rock! I had an amazing time, SnB was the best! Please say you'll do it next year - it really was so amazing and fun. A knitter's party, is def what it was. Thanks so much.

Alice x
Socktopus!

Stitch 'n Dye said...

BRILLIANT DAY - really enjoyed it as did my sister (who is new to the mad world of us knitters) and my niece who is 8 and spent several £'s - and is currently knitting a scarf for her baby sister with yarn bought at the show. When are we going to do it again please???

Melissa said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I totally didn't see the inside of the program till I was on the bus on the way home and got it out to read. I was so excited when I realised I was mentioned (I know, I have a sad life, sorry).

It was a brilliant day, and I really enjoyed it. Please don't feel bad that I worked on my birthday - I had one of the best birthdays i've had in a while and it was so much fun meeting people. In a strange way, even the tidying up was enjoyable!

Melissa

PS: You guys are generous to a fault - you know what I mean!

Knit Nurse said...

Sorry I missed it, will definitely be at the next one! Smug sheep has some nice pics of the fashion parade http://smugsheep.blogspot.com/

Flibbertygibbet said...

It was such a fun day - even I left a lot poorer that I intended but so much happier with yarn from Knitwitch and Easyknits... thanks so much for organising!

Ginger Lucy said...

Oh wow, that's me winding the lovely yellow yarn (Natural Dye Studio) in the photo of the knitters! Had a lovely time, blogged about it (and the White Mischief evening) at http://gingerlucy.blogspot.com.

I cannot believe I missed the knitted hamsters! I need the pattern - where can I get/buy it from?

E-J said...

I'm the bookstall lurker in the green jumper. Thanks to the I-Knits for organising the SnB Day. It was my first knitting/crochet show and I had a great time.

Anonymous said...

I love your shop and your blog. I want to knit a hamster or two as stocking fillers - do you have the pattern?

I Knit London said...

The hamster pattern comes from the book 'Pet Heaven' by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. The ladies held the workshop on the day.....the book is great actually. I've never quite 'got' the whole pet knitting thing but there are some great ideas in this book, not just dog coats - horse blankets, tortoise tents and, of course, the infamous hamsters!

Gerbilgal said...

I want to knit one of those knitted hammies. Where can I find the pattern?