Yesterday I attended Stitch & Story’s beginners’ knitting workshop hosted at the Harris + Hoole coffee shop on Cannon Street London. It was a two-hour session dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of knitting. Suitable for beginners, the session aimed to teach newbies like me all the basics. We learned how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. I booked it through Groupon for the bargain price of £12.99 and all the equipment we used (needles and wool). Can you believe that cake was included in the package?
Stitch & Story
Stitch & Story is an online shop. It was founded by friends Jennifer Chan and Jen Hoang in 2012. I love that they aim to kick the old stigma associated with knitting by offering kits and tutorials to reflect current fashion trends and lifestyle products.
My biggest fear was that I would be absolutely hopeless at knitting. I had never tried before! But I needn’t have worried at all. The tutors explained clearly what we needed to do and they were so patient when we needed further instruction and help. The group consisted of absolute beginners who’ve never touched a knitting needle (like me!), a lady who attended the previous week and wanted to learn more and those who wished to reignite their knitting skills. I did have to stand up and knit a few times as my fibro pain was a bother but I was determined to keep going because I loved it! I learned how to cast on, knit, purl, rib stitch and how to cast off. It was so much fun! What could be better than a group of 12 ladies learning to knit whilst eating delicious cake?
I really enjoyed learning to knit. I’m going to try and knit my first scarf. I’m hoping that knitting’s peaceful, relaxing repetition will help me unwind after a busy day teaching and that it will be a distraction from the pain of Fibromyalgia. Also it will be a welcome retreat from a technology-saturated world.
Have you ever tried knitting?
Keep smiling 🙂