This winter we are making gifts for local elderly people. A couple of weeks ago Sarah Douglas (aka Cycling Sarah) demonstrated how to crochet beautiful shawls/scarves. The pattern for this is attached, but we’re also looking for any handmade items to keep people warm this winter. Scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, slippers, bed socks and blankets are all welcome.
Sarah has been in touch with local charity, Lifecare Edinburgh (and coincidentally erstwhile Granny Greener Vicky Bradley) and they are delighted to partner with us to pass the gifts on. If you don’t craft you can help by donating wool, gift wrap, cards and sweets to make our parcels extra special.
Download the pattern here:
granny grandad shawl scarf pattern
Join in the fun any Monday evening at Summerhall between 6-8pm.
Tonight (3 November) we’ll be meeting at Central Hall for general crafting with a little bit of Christmas prep. We’re asking everyone to bring any ideas for Christmas crafts, recipes and other crafty ideas. If you have a fail-safe recipe for Christmas sweets, a clever idea for making your own wrapping paper or you’ve crocheted your own Christmas tree, then we’d love to hear about it. So far we have orange and cinnamon garlands and tablet up for discussion, so the field is wide open. Drinks and snacks provided, all we ask is that you give a donation to cover the cost of hiring the room. 6-8pm. Central Hall. Bring your own jingle bells.
At last, our autumn programme is ready to be revealed. We’re keeping things low key this term as we adjust to our new home at The Royal Dick bar at Summerhall. We have a couple of workshops and book discussions programmed, but otherwise it’s business as usual every Monday from 6-8pm. Look forward to seeing you there!
|7||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|8||Drop-In (ideas evening – bring any ideas or patterns for winter crafting that others might like to try)|
|22||Swap Shop/Charity ideas evening (at Summerhall)|
|5||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|13||Book group – Before I Go To Sleep (SJ Watson)|
|2||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|3||Workshop (tba – at Central Hall)|
|1||Book group – The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)|
|7||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|22||Christmas party (tba)|
|5||New Year break|
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!