July’s Close Knit

Hi all,

Close Knit,
Saturday 30th July
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Mannchester

Get out your surrealist sun-cream, it’s hot enough to celebrate Elsa Schiaparelli (who features in a scorchingly stylish exhibition at the Gallery of Costume) and her collaborations with Salvador Dali! Let’s escape the mundane, worship the weird and drift in dreamscapes as we create our own surrealist masterpieces! We will make extraordinary lobster claw mittens as we have a look at the fantastic results of their collaboration.

All materials will be provided but if you want to bring your own, you’ll need sets of 3.5mm and 3.75mm dpns plus 2 holding dpns of a similar size and approx 135 m of aran weight yarn in pink, brown or blue, depending on if you like your lobster cooked or not!

Close Knit is a friendly, free adult group. Do come along!

June’s Session

Saturday June 25th 2-4pm
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Manchester

This month’s Close Knit will be taking it down a notch, easing into summer with a simple knit -I know I have said so before, but this time I mean it!We will be creating a set of simple embossed coasters which are inspired by Schiaparelli’s beautiful playing card dress. Plenty of opportunities for chatting without going too badly wrong!

Close Knit it a free friendly group and all materials are provided. If you want to bring your own you’ll need 4mm needles and aran/worsed weight cotton in a colour of your choice (approx 250 yards). If you are feeling adventurous and want to add in some colour-work, feel free to bring along white, red and black.

Hope to see you there!

May’s Event

Close Knit, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
May 28th 2016 2-4pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!
The Double Knit Dotty Snood!
As requested during last month’s session, this month we will revisit the tricky double knit dotty snood that we embarked on last month. Dont worry if you weren’t at the last one, you can cast on this month too!

Close knit is a free and friendly event. All materials are provided but if you would like to bring your own this time you will need two DK yarns in contrasting colours and 3.75mm dpns or circular needles, 40-50 cm long, or long enough to create a magic loop.

I knew I was taking those pictures for a reason!

Here’s a look at some of the recent sessions. Didn’t we make a lot?!

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April Close Knit

Close Knit, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
April 30th 2016 2-4pm
 
This month’s Close Knit will see us going dotty (hopefully not with frustration!) as we embrace all things polka dot, a pattern that we can see on many items throughout the gallery’s collections. We will have a go at making a practical and stylish reversible spotty snood. We will be using the double knitting technique, knitting with two colours to create a pattern where the colours are swapped over on the reverse. Should be fun! 
 
Close knit is a free and friendly event. All materials are provided but if you would like to bring your own this time you will need two DK yarns in contrasting colours and 3.75mm dpns or circular needles, 40-50 cm long, or long enough to create a magic loop.
Hope you can come along!

Close Knit March-Date Change!

Because of the Easter weekend, this month’s Close Knit will be taking place a week after it’s usual spot on the last Saturday of the month. It will be taking place on Saturday 2nd of April, 2-4pm at The Gallery of Costume. We will be trying a new woolly craft: needle-felting! We will be drawing inspiration from a stunning Elsa Schiaparelli gown which is decorated with a very striking and  painterly floral design to create felted 2 or 3D designs.
Equipment and materials will be available but if you have any felting fleeces or interesting yarns for embellishment, please do bring them along! Close knit is a free and friendly event. Hope you can come along!

Close Knit February

Close Knit at The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme.
Saturday 27th Feb 2-4PM

Calling all you Close Knit Wonder Women! Let’s get the sisterhood together and prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) in style. This month’s pattern will be inspired by the Italian tradition of the giving of beautiful golden mimosa flowers on the day: we will be creating mimosa mitts! On a similar theme, we will be exploring the use of symbolism in costume, looking at examples from the collection and beyond.

A friendly free knitting group with needles, patterns and yarn provided, but bring your own if you prefer. The pattern will require 3.5 and 3.75mm dpns or circular needles, long enough to create a ‘magic loop’. The yarn will be yellow DK.

Hope you can make it!

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