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Cast Off

prickyourfingerwoolRachael and Louise from Prick Your Finger (haberdashery shop in Bethnal Green), came in to the store last night for this fortnight's Wee Do.  They gave a really entertaining talk about how their business started, with a knitting club called Cast Off, which met once a month on the London Underground's circle line.  They taught commuters who popped on and off the tube, how to knit.  Soon after the group started knitting in night clubs around the city, with the aid of a head torch (which inevitably ended up with everyone in club covered in wool!); getting involved with the V&A's Friday Lates; marching for peace "drop stitches not bombs"; a knitted wedding (oh yes!); to knitting on ice!

They now have this amazing shop in Bethnal Green.  They have a great ethos for sourcing wools from the UK, and have a great compassion for the British farmer.  They also use their shop as an exhibition space for local textile artists, who have something to say with their work; whether it be about politics, tradition, or a dedication to unsung heros.

Their...message from all this..."have a go!"

If you find yourself in Bethnal Green, pop in their shop.  They have some amazing stories to tell, and have trully created a great community atmosphere.

260 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London.

We hope to work with them again in the future :)

As with all our Wee Do talks, we will have a video from the evening available to view online soon...so watch this space!

She's Crafty


A bit of Beastie Boys in honor of tonight's Wee Do at the Carnaby Street store...this one's for the Prick Your Finger girls :)

Any other song suggestions for Prick Your Finger?



Tomorrow night is our next Wee Do event, Louise and Rachael, founders of Prick Your Finger wool shop in Bethnal Green, will be coming into the Carnaby Street store.  They will be talking about the raise of the new wave of hand knitting, by telling the story of 'Cast Off Knitting Club For Boys and Girls' , and how it brought KIP (Knitting in Public) back into fashion.  It will move into how and why Prick Your Finger started, and a quick low down on fibre production in Britian today.
The purpose of the shop and the events they put on are to promote knitting and handcrafts as a constructive past time.

If you have ever been to their shop you will have seen what an amazing place they have created. You can’t help but be inspired! They built the shop fittings themselves and laid the parquet flooring.

They don't like synthetic materials, and don't panic when their clothes get holes, because they can mend them. They are passionate about all forms of textiles, from current fashion to heritage, and couture to make do and mend.

Everyone is affected by textiles...so come along and have a listen to what should be an amazing night.

Listeners are welcome to knit through the talk and Louise the Knitting Nurse will be on hand to sort out any dropped stitches or problems with patterns.

As per usual with our Wee Do nights, doors open at 7.15pm, have a beer and chill out.  These are free ticketed events. If you would like one please give us a call (0207 287 2345) or email us ([email protected]).

Hopefully see you there.

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