After a somewhat busy and adventurous summer break Granny Greens is looking forward to settling down for some serious crafting as autumn approaches. As per usual we have avoided meeting in the city centre over the festival period, however following one last hurrah (next meet up is at the Hawes Inn at South Queensferry on the 12th September) we will be back to our usual Monday night meet-ups 6-8pm at Akva (http://www.bodabar.com/akva/) from 19th September.
The summer has seen meet-ups at the Edinburgh Book Festival, at Portabello and Penicuik. A brunch/crafternoon recently saw 13 bags sewn for ‘Beads of Courage’ (http://www.beadsofcourage.org/) which will be going to the children’s ward at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Despite the production line much cake and yummies were consumed!
The other ‘new hobby’ occupying many Granny Greeners of late is the closing down sale of the haberdashery department at Jenners. Its very sad that it is going and the very helpful and knowledgeable staff will be missed. Granny Greeners have been acquiring bargains left right and centre – threads, yarns and needles. Should we ever lose Mary its possible we’ll now find her under a neon yarn avalanche!
If you can make it to South Queensferry on the 12th we’d love to see you there. If not, see you at Akva on the 19th. New and old members welcome!
Today Granny Green went to the seaside! This being Scotland the umbrellas got a good outing but the clouds parted long enough for a meander down the beach at North Berwick. Much cake was eaten and tea consumed. Crafty projects were worked upon and the world put to rights! We were also lucky enough to stumble across the lovely Chandlers tea room and yarn shop. We gazed enviously at their beautiful hand-dyed yarns, crocheted blankets, scarves and cowls (…and may have purchased some!). We were made very welcome and will be visiting again soon!
On Monday 4 July Granny Green’s will be meeting at Akva rather than the Melville. This is a trial for a potential venue change. See you there!
Next week in addition to the usual drop in session at the Melville, we’ll having a mouse and owl crafting session because….well why not!
For mouse makers: you will need odd bits of DK yarn and 3.5 and 4mm needles. These wee mice are knit flat and seamed and stuffed with a bit of something. We will bring along copies of the pattern, but here is a link in case you want to check it out in advance.
Owl fans: for next week you will also need odd bits of DK yarn in various colours, a 3.25mm crochet hook and stuffing. I’ll order some safety eyes which should arrive in time. The pattern is from mojimoji designs. Again we’ll bring some copies of the pattern.
See you soon!
The summer programme has arrived with the sunshine which seems rather apt! There are a variety of activities organised as well as our usual drop in sessions on a Monday night.
16/5/16 Drop in at The Melville
23/5/16 Drop in at The Melville
30/5/16 Drop in at The Melville
6/6/16 Crochet mice and owls at The Melville
11/6/16 Edinburgh Yarn Crawl
12/6/16 Notions Bags – Penicuik
13/6/16 Drop in at The Melville
20/6/16 Book folding at Central Hall
27/6/16 Drop in at The Melville
4/7/16 Charity Project Discussion & Drop in at The Melville
11/7/16 Drop in at The Melville
18/7/16 Cable knitting & knitting from a pattern at The Melville
25/7/16 Drop in at The Melville
1/8/16 Drop in at Akvar
8/8/16 Drop in at Espy, Portabello
15/8/16 Drop in -venue tbc
22/8/16 Drop in – venue tbc
29/8/16 Drop in – venue tbc
We’re also hoping to arrange workshops on screen printing and hand tied posies – watch this space for more details.
Happy sunny crafting Grannies!
As spring slowly turns into summer or perhaps winter (again!) the Granny Greens ladies have been busy. A number of Granny Greeners recently had a successful trip to the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show. They came home laden with sufficient yarn and fabric goodies to keep them going till…oh at least the next craft show! There are felt foxes and fabric bags planned. We look forward to seeing the finished products.
The sock-a-long is continuing with two socks now completed albeit not for the same pair! We have so far avoided the dreaded second sock syndrome and tears. Again big thanks to Michelle for her enduring patience.
45 plus squares have been parcelled up and posted to Knit-A-Square in South Africa to be sewn into blankets for Aids orphans.
Granny Greens and the Town Mouse Knitters met for a crafting session aka a ‘Rumble in the Craft Jungle’ on the 24th May in the centre of Edinburgh. There is a plan afoot for a joint outing to Portabello in August.
The Summer Programme is being developed at present. Just some final logistics to work out. Watch this space!
Welcome back to all Granny Greeners. Here’s hoping you had a fantastic Christmas break and wishing you a happy and successful 2016.
Granny Greens has changed venues for 2016. Join us on Monday nights 6-8pm at The Melville (www.themelvillebar.com) on William Street in the centre of Edinburgh.
So without further ado here is the slightly delayed spring (she says optimistically) programme for 2016.
1/2/16 Book Folding Workshop at Central Hall, Toll Cross.
7/2/16 Granny Greens Brunch
8/2/16 Drop in at The Melville & Twiddlemuffs.
15/2/16 Drop in at The Melville
21/2/16 Trip to the Spring Quilt Festival
22/2/16 Spring Quilt Festival
29/2/16 GG Ta Da night & Woolly skills workshop at The Melville
6/3/16 Granny Greens Brunch
7/3/16 Drop in at The Melville
14/3/16 Drop in at The Melville
17-19 March Edinburgh Yarn Festival – Options for a Group Trip
21/3/16 Knit a Square Night (http://www.knit-a-square.com/) – Knit or crochet a blanket square for Aids orphans in South Africa – The Melville
28/3/16 GG Ta Da night & Drop in at The Melville.
3/4/16 Granny Greens Brunch.
4/4/16 Drop in at The Melville.
11/4/16 Drop in at The Melville.
18/4/16 Drop in at The Melville.
25/4/16 GG Ta Da night & Drop in at The Melville.
Check out the facebook group for updates on the monthly brunches, outings and February’s book folding workshop.
Well November has thus far proved very active and creative for the Granny Greeners. A big thank you to Morag for instructing us in the art of tea cup candle making. No eyebrows were singed and we all went home with some wonderful potential Christmas gifts.
Hot on the heels of the candle making success, a number of Granny Greeners spent a fantastic and delightfully messy Saturday morning at the Cyan Clayworks studio in Edinburgh. We learnt how to throw pots on the wheel and how to coil build pots by hand. We’re really looking forward to seeing the final results once our creations have been fired and glazed.
The Cyan Clayworks were kind enough to run a bespoke workshop exclusively for Granny Greens Big Night Out. We will certainly be exploring the possibility of returning and we will be looking to arrange similar events for other crafts (suggestions welcome!).