We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog, but rest assured that Granny Green’s will be running as usual this term. With lighter evenings there are lots of other attractions on Monday nights, but a core of us will continue to meet from 6-8pm in the Red Squirrel each week and newcomers are always welcome! At present we don’t have any special workshop evenings planned, but we’ll post details here if anything unusual is happening.
Thanks also to those of you who popped into see us at John Lewis on Sunday. We had lots of fun making brooches and eating cake!
Contrary to the published programme, tonight’s Granny Green’s Big Night Out will be a drop in at the Red Squirrel. Look forward to seeing you there!
This Monday (10 March) we’re relocating to Central Hall for an embroidery workshop led by the lovely Jen. You don’t have to be experienced at sewing but you will need to bring scraps of fabric, needle, thread, stuffing and any ribbon that you might want to use. We’ll be making little stuffed birds (like the ones on the left) which can be hung around the house or given as gifts.
The workshop will take flight at around 6.30pm but we’ll be there from 6pm. If you don’t want to join the flock of embroiderers you can, of course, bring something else that you’re working on and wing your way through that. Charge for the evening is £2 per head to cover the cost of room hire and tea and coffee, and we’re asking everyone to bring a snack to share with the peckish.
Obviously we’ll tweet about this. And now the puns will stop. See you on Monday!
Our project to knit and crochet the height of Greyfriar’s Bobby in squares for the Knit-A-Square project is now complete! Mary, who got us organised on this, is going to package up the crocheted and knitted squares and send them off to South Africa where they will be sewn into blankets and given to HIV/AIDs orphans. To celebrate this, and to get a bit of publicity for this cause, we’re organising a photo call on Friday 6 February at 11am at Greyfriar’s Bobby statue on George IV Bridge. Mary is bringing the squares and we’ll measure them up against the little orphan dog. If you’re free then please come and join us (arriving between 10 and 11am ). We’ll post some photos once we’ve taken them, so look out for them here and in the media.
You can find out more about it on Mary’s blog.
To keep us cheerful through the long, winter nights we’ve put together a programme of crafty fun for Monday evenings. We’ll be meeting most Monday evenings as usual at the Red Squirrel bar between 6-8pm with one or two workshop evenings at Central Hall. Newcomers are always made very welcome, there’s good food and drink available to buy and the range of ability and style of crafts varies wildly. So, without further ado, here’s the programme…(and in case you’re wondering, the beautiful crochet flowers are from http://carriewolf.net/)
3 Craft Drop-In *Simply bring along the project you’re working on and we’ll craft together.
10 Craft Drop-In
17 Craft Drop-In and Book Discussion (Philomena by Martin Sixsmith)
24 Craft Drop-In
3 Craft Drop-In
10 Workshop (Central Hall)
17 Craft Drop-In
24 Workshop (Central Hall)
31 Craft Drop-In and Book Discussion (Blossom by Lesley Riddoch)
7 Craft Drop-In
14 Craft Drop-In
21 An actual night out! (tbc)
This Monday (16 December) is the last Granny Green’s of 2013, and we’re going to the Scottish market in St. Andrews Square (with option to wander to Princes Street if folks want!). Meet on the corner of George Street and St Andrews Square outside Amarone pizza restaurant (big “A” in the window) at 6pm.
Granny Green’s restarts on Monday 6th December 2014 with a Drop In. The following week is Book Group and we’ll be discussing The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared
The programme for Spring 2014 will be available shortly afterwards.
Look forward to seeing you on Monday and wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year!
We are very excited about our special workshop on Monday night! There are still spaces left, so please do let us know if you want to come and also feel free to bring any friends you think may be interested.
Chocolatier, Gill Lyth, from Hello Chocolate will run a Chocolate Experience for us. The evening lasts 90 minutes (6.30-8pm) and includes tasting and the opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate. The cost per head is £10 and we will require a minimum of 15 people to make it viable. We think we’ve got enough people, but there’s room for a few more if you’re interested. Just turn up on the night, or email the Granny Green’s account. This event will take place at Central Hall, with space for regular crafting at the same time.
It’s been great to see everyone back at the Squirrel this term and, as the pile of squares reaches the height of Greyfriar’s Bobby collar, it’s clear we’ve had a productive few weeks! The programme for the rest of the term looks like this:
11 Craft Drop-In *Simply bring along the project you’re working on and we’ll craft together.
18 Craft Drop-In
25 Chocolate Experience
Chocolatier, Gill Lyth, from Hello Chocolate will run a Chocolate Experience for us. The evening lasts 90 minutes (6.30-8pm) and includes tasting and the opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate. The cost per head is £10 and we will require a minimum of 15 people to make it viable. As a result, we’re asking people to sign up by Monday 18th and pay a deposit of £5. Please let Andrea or Fiona know if you plan to be there, or email the Granny Green’s account. This event will take place at Central Hall, with space for regular crafting at the same time. Feel free to invite your friends too!
2 Christmas Crafting
We probably all have some clever ideas about how to make a simple gift for Christmas – if you’ve got something that you’ve loved doing, and are happy to bring along a sample and some instructions, everyone can leave with a stockingful of new ideas!
9 Craft Drop-In
16 Christmas outing
As in previous years, the final Big Night Out of the term is an actual Big Night Out. We’ll meet at the Scottish Market in St Andrews Square for a wander, a spin on the rides and finish with something to drink in a local hostelry. More information to follow in due course.
6 Craft Drop-In
13 Craft Drop-In and Book Discussion The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
Granny Green’s is open to all crafters, so if you’ve never joined us, please feel free to jump right in.
Unless otherwise noted, all weekly Nights Out are on Mondays at Red Squirrel on Lothian Road from 18:00-20:00.
Look forward to seeing you soon!
We’ve set aside next Monday, 28th October, for a very special Granny Green’s Big Night Out. Meeting at Central Hall (NOT Red Squirrel) at our regular time of 18:00 – 20:00, we will be challenged, inspired, and motivated to craft for a cause. Our own Marvellous Mary will tell us a bit about the charity for which she perpetually crochets granny squares. Orphans are shown love and warmth with a gift of a handmade blanket.
After Mary shares about who, what, and how, we will get the needles clicking to make some squares for the kids. If you have wool/yarn and needles to bring, great. If not, no worries. We will have plenty to share.
Note: Any color of wool/yarn is fine, but we aren’t encouraging pale colors, as the blankets will rarely, if ever, be washed.
Please feel free to bring friends along. We will have plenty of room to spread out.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, but we will have a donation cup to help offset the cost of room rental. (£2 suggested)
Join us for a special workshop to make the lovable, the quirky, the Sock Monkey.
Everyone is welcome to make a sock monkey. If you would like to join in, please bring a clean pair of socks. The extra bits & bobs will be provided along with expert instruction.
The Great Monkey-fest of 2013 will be Monday, September 30th, at our usual time and place – Red Squirrel at 6:00 p.m.
Note: Some crafters may choose not participate in the workshop, but will enjoy a Craft Drop-In.