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Merry Christmas to you all!

It’s the last knit night of the year this Wednesday 19 December, come along and join us from 6.30-9pm at 42 Market Place for a seasonal knit (in fact it may be a “will this christmas knit get finished on time…”)

Hope you can make it. If you can’t have a fabulous yuletide and stay warm.

Secondly, there is a chance to win tickets to see The Fifth Elephant in January, over on the jelly website – the lucky winner will be announced on Christmas Eve, so add your comments now.

Lastly, a date for your diary: Tuesday 29 January 2013 6.30pm Global Cafe, London Street, Reading

Little Stitch has set up and created an event here (it’s a facebook link)

Basically it is to come and join a free ‘stitch in’ and make your own piece of the jigsaw for the Craftivist Collective and Save the Children I’m a Piece project. You can find lots of information about the project here and following the hashtag #imapiece

What do you need to bring? Yourself, an appetite for some crafty activism, any extra craft supplies you would like to make your piece your own (though don’t worry if you don’t have any to hand – embroidery floss, needles and jigsaw pieces will be available for you to use.) Tasty refreshments will be available for purchase in the Global Cafe.

We hope you can join us

Christmas kisses to all

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Knit night

We have moved knit night back to 42 Market Place – starting at 6.30, finishes at 9. The heating is on but as it’s a vast open space with windows, show of your latest knits and stay warm!

Secondly, next Tuesday 13 November, there will be a spot of tree dressing happening (originated by us) at St Marys Churchyard from 10.30 for around an hour or so. Email suzanne aka alabamawhirly (just reply to the mailer or leave a comment on this post) if you want more info or just see you there.

Get your knit on, it’s the perfect weather

Lastly check out this amazing hand knit sheepy rugs, remember, remember it’s Wovember.

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Not a trick, more of a treat

Yes, we are throwing in an extra knit night – the last one at Handmade at the Oracle, this Wednesday 31st October from 6-8pm. See you there!

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It’s a Yarn Sale

This Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 – from 5.30pm for outcasts, 6.30pm for everyone else – at jelly, 42 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE – press the buzzer and we will let you in. Please note we ask for a small voluntary contribution from all visitors to knit night at jelly, this helps us to pay towards the space.

Want a quick look? Here you go…

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Knit Night, Wednesday 5 July

Just a note to let you know we will be at Handmade at The Oracle (jelly’s temporary space) this Wednesday from 6 until just before 8pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us in this beautiful light and airy space. There will be no refreshments available but with plenty of close by coffee shops and shops just bring along your own.

See you Wednesday

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The Big Knit is back!

From the innocent people:
Knitting. Now there’s a grown up and sophisticated activity. It’s up there with playing bridge and lighting scented candles before you get in the bath. And if knitting’s your thing, we’d love your help for the Big Knit 2012. This year, as we have for the past nine years, we’ll be putting woolly hats on our smoothies and giving 25p per bottle sold to Age UK, to help keep older people warm and healthy this winter. Since we started we’ve raised over £1 million, so if you’ve ever knitted a hat for us or bought one of the smoothies that was wearing one, thank you very much. And if you’re up for knitting some hats this year, head to the website to find out more.

Shall we do a group Big Knit together?

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Knit night and a trunk show

This post is going to be long and full of information so apologies in advance if confusing but there is so much to say.
Firstly, knit night this week (Weds 20 June) will be at the jelly Handmade in The Oracle space from 6-7.45pm.

It’s a beautiful light and airy space and for the past week jelly has been there daily from 11.30-2.30 hosting a drop in area. We think you’ll love it, there is no electric though so please bring your own refreshments along. To find the space, enter The Oracle up the escalators by Boots and then look behind you on the mezzanine and we’ll be there.

Artwork by Sue Clarke

Secondly, this Saturday 23 June we will be welcoming Skein Queen to the Handmade space from 11.30-2.30 for a trunk show. A trunk show is a special show where you get to meet the maker and in this instance fondle the yarn. We are thrilled that Skein Queen will be with us, as her work is so very beautiful and it’s hard to get hold of it in her home town. Come along and join us on Saturday, 11.30 onwards, jelly Handmade at The Oracle.

Yarn by Debbie Orr / Skein Queen

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Phantom Knitter?

Have you seen this post?

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It’s a yarn sale…

Just a quick note to say that Next Wednesday 6th June there will be a yarn sale up at jelly ArtPad. Outcasts are welcome from 6pm onwards, non outcasts are welcome from 7.30pm. Please note that the we ask all outcasts and non outcasts to make a contribution of 50p towards the space. We will be there until 9pm. Yarn is generally £1 per ball.

Location: jelly ArtPad, 42 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE – we are between Harringtons Hairdressers and The Bag Shop (opposite Ninos). Please press buzzer for entry.

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Contemporary Art Fair

Congratulations to the designers, knitters and artists who exhibited on the jelly stand at the 3rd Reading Contemporary Art Fair this weekend. It was a fabulous event which just gets better every year. Here are a few images for those that missed it.

These beautiful crochet pieces above by Alison Friday were delicate and ethereal. How perfect, I thought, for the wardrobe of eerie Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.

Sue Clarke’s miniature boxes with figure, pebble and twig all dressed in finely knitted ‘cosies’. I love the play with scale and purity. The wool just adds to the warmth with the gentlest touch of human nurturing. See more on her blog at

Ella Austin was exhibiting two of her newly designed knitting kits for Intrepid Fox and Tawny Owl. These cute little characters can be made with the contents of the kits containing hand-dyed yarn, buttons and stuffing. Click here  more details on Etsy.

© 2012. Photographs courtesy of Lisa-Marie Gibbs of Patchwork Butterfly.

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