Thursday, 5 April 2012

Conversations over Knitting

Another great stitch experience from the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at the NEC - this time a knitting experience and one I was able to take part in.  'For the Record: Conversations over Knitting' is a project run by Ruth Morris and Belinda Harris-Reid in collaboration with the UK HandKnitting Association,  consisting of a collection of knitted squares pinned to a huge board to create a wall of hand-knitting and knitters' thoughts.  The little bias-knitted blocks, all in cream, will be a living document of the knitters' voice and preserved as a testimony to the unique and special world of hand-knitting.
Ruth and Belinda in front of the wall of knitting
After walking round the show all day it was good to get chance to sit down and rest my weary legs and while away a happy half hour knitting my block and chatting with the other knitters.

This is my block which I dedicated to the memory of my dear old Mum who taught me how to knit and who I always think of when I am knitting.  She could knit for England and her favourite saying was 'You can never have too many cardigans.'  

To take part in this brilliant project visit Ruth and Belinda's Conversations over Knitting page for details and to download the label to record your thoughts and then post your block to them.  The pattern is on their website but I've put it below too - it's really quick and easy to do and a good idea for using up oddments to knit a cosy little throw, cot cover or blanket for the dog:

How to make the bias block motif

This magic square has an old, old story to tell, its roots are thrift and love.

Find a pair of needles that feel comfortable with your wool. Size 4mm is good with ‘double knitting’ 5mm for Aran weight, and so on…..

In cream yarn start the tale by casting-on three stitches. For every row: knit two stitches, make one stitch, then knit to the end of the row - until the work on your needle is 10cms wide. Then knit two rows without increasing. Next, for every row: knit two stitches, then knit two stitches together, and knit to the end of the row. When there are three stitches left, cast them off. Your bias block should measure 10cms.

   Happy knitting!


  1. Ah, you went too Jacqui! I spent some time sat with Ruth and Belinda, and did them a couple of squares. They also filmed my hands while I knitted, which was nice. I think the project is a great idea.

  2. You are a darling - thank you so much for promoting this and being of all the crazy words and knitted work. More and more blocks are coming in daily :0) - here are some words that I received today... hugs Belinda

    My mum loved to knit and tried to teach me, I tried but wasn't very good. Lots of years later my very good friend Linda gave me some needles and with lots of giggles she's got me trying again, now I'm going to knit my new grandson Olly a jumper. It might not be brilliant but it will be knitted with love. Jackie xx

    Is it right? Is it wrong? Why are there holes? Start again and try a different way. I like my new rosewood needles with mother of pearl ends - so glam! Memories of my mother knitting - lots of Aran knits! My own efforts - red think set in acrylic wool so popular then. News in background.... children killed in Toulouse, footballer improving, 100 year old torch-bearer for Olympics, Kate gives 1st speech - a snapshot of today as I knit. There it's done. Marj Morrison

  3. I love this blog Jacqui keep up the good work