February’s Close Knit

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February’s Close Knit

Close Knit, Saturday 28th February 2-4pm 
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
 
Join us for a 16th Century “Wolf Hall” inspired knitting session!
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We will be looking at an amazing piece of early knitting from the gallery’s collection: a hat preserved by the mud of the River Thames. This fascinating item resembles those hats worn by tradesmen in the 16th century and by Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. Inspired by this highlight of the gallery’s collection, we will be creating similar hats of our own. 

Hope you can make it!  

Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but feel free to bring your own choice of DK yarn and 4mm standard needles (or a set of 4mm double pointed needles) if you’d prefer.

January’s Close Knit

Close Knit at The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme

Saturday 31st January 2-4PM

 

Join us for the first session of 2015 as we are inspired by the gallery’s beautiful wedding dresses on display in the ‘Something Blue: Wedding fashions 1914-2014′ exhibition. We will be looking at the construction and shaping of the gowns and paying particular attention to those that feature collars. The shape of a collar can really place a garment in it’s era and allow us to add to an outfit with a retro twist. We will be creating Peter Pan collars that can be worn with a plain jumper to add interest. We will be introducing the (relatively simple) technique of shaping using ‘short rows’- an invaluable addition to your skills if you ever feel the urge to knit some socks or shape a shoulder!

Hope you can make it!  

Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but feel free to bring your own choice of DK yarn and 4mm needles if you’d prefer.

November’s Close Knit

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November Close Knit

November Close Knit, Gallery of Costume Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme.
Saturday 29th November 2014, 2-4pm
Ho! Ho! Ho! Have fun knitting with new and old friends creating your choice of knitted baubles- a beautiful, and very personal, crafty addition to any tree. We will be looking at the Victorian era and how the Christmas traditions originating at this time, from the sending of Christmas cards, to stockings full of gifts and the tree itself, continue to this day. We will imagine the Christmas’s spent in the beautiful Victorian costumes of the Gallery’s collection.
As this will be the last session of 2014, please bring along your favourite knits of the year, made during the sessions or your own creations, as we reflect on our creative year. New participants are very welcome, beginners and experts alike.

October’s Close Knit

October’s Close knit took place the day after Halloween so we were just in time to start looking forward to Christmas! It was fantastic to see our numbers swelling as new and regular participants arrived to take part in this fun bauble making session. On arriving we spent some time looking at some of the beautiful wedding dresses on display in the fantastic ‘Something Blue’ exhibit with the gorgeous Vivienne Westwood blue and cream dress being a favourite.

It was lovely to see the WI’s beautiful crocheted poppies that were brought in to share with the group. What a poignant way to remember those who have been lost to war.

The pattern we used to make the baubles was a big hit with the knitters and everyone got quite far with it-we even had a couple completed during the session. Next session we will be developing the theme and moving on to some colour-work baubles. Hope you can make it!

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October’s (slightly delayed) Close Knit

Close Knit, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
2-4pm Saturday 1st November
 
Christmas comes early to Close Knit! Hallowene has been and gone so it’s time to start thinking about those Christmas treats for ourselves and perhaps even for friends and family! We respond to some of the textures and patterns in the Gallery of Costume’s collection and create some beautiful contemporary baubles to jazz up the tree. You might not be feeling festive yet but these quick knits will help those long evenings fly by! 
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