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May 31 16

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Evening All,

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!

Granny Green

May 15 16

Summer Programme!

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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!

May 4 16

Summer dreaming

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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!

Feb 27 16

Blankets for orphans

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The Granny Greeners have been beavering away over the past few months creating blanket squares that will go to AIDS orphans in South Africa via the charity ‘Knit a Square’. These have now been sewn together by our very own Marvellous Mary into these rather fabulous blankets!

Jan 26 16

Spring Programme

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Happy New Year!

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 ( 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 ( – 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.

Nov 12 15

Shine a light…

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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!).

Nov 2 15

Teacup candles

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Tonight we’ll be making teacup candles at Central Hall, Tollcross, so if you’re planning to be at GG’s then come and join us there!

If you’d like to make one, two or a few teacup candles (10kg of wax and 60 wicks ordered!) then please come along with:
– teacups or other suitable receptacles (charity shops or parents/grandparents attics are where they are all hanging out) Nice glasses or baby kilner jars were also mentioned as good options
– a few pounds to contribute to wax and wicks cost, the amount will depend how many of us there are
– optional, you can add essential oils as your candle cools and apparently you need rather a lot to scent the whole candle so please bring your own if you fancy that
– optional, if your container is glass/transparent you can add things such as cinnamon sticks, star anise, rose petals etc again please bring your own

We’ll do the candle-making in the kitchen but there’s plenty of space in the hall for normal crafting activities!

Next week, back at Bert’s Bar as usual.

Oct 8 15

‘Knit a Square’ Night – 12th October

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Monday the 12th is ‘Knit a square’ night! Supporting our very own Marvellous Mary and the fantastic work of KasCare ( we’ll be knitting and crocheting blanket squares to send to AIDS orphans in South Africa.

This is a cause Granny Greens has supported on many occasions in the past. We even roped in Grey Friars Bobby!  (

Don’t worry if you’ve never made a square in the past. There will be plenty of friendly faces on hand to give advice. Any colour of wool/yarn is fine, but we aren’t encouraging pale colours, as the blankets will rarely, if ever, be washed. Spare hooks, needles and yarn will be available on the night.

Join us at our usual haunt Bert’s Bar, for some crafting for a great cause xx

Sep 22 15

Autumn Programme is finally here!

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Granny Green is back from her summer holidays and limbering up for a craft filled countdown to winter. We hope you can join us for Monday night chat and creativity.

28/9/15 Swap Shop – Central Hall, Tollcross – Bring your leftover/spare crafty items for swapping.

5/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s

12/10/15 Knit a Square Night – Knit or crochet a blanket square for Aids orphans in South Africa – Bert’s Bar

19/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s

26/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s

2/11/15 Tea cup candles – Central Hall, Tollcross

9/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s

16/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s

23/11/15 Make Xmas decorations – Central Hall, Tollcross

30/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s

7/12/15 Drop in at Bert’s

14/12/15 Drop in at Bert’s

21/12/15 tbc

Check out the Facebook group for updates on the monthly brunches, Christmas outing and November’s pottery workshop (to join this group ask one of the regular members on a Monday evening). And keep an eye on the public Facebook page for further updates.

Sep 7 15

Those nights are drawing in…

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We’re back from our summer break and some of us have been busy making beautiful things in a variety of locations across the globe (and in William Street – see right). Until we publish our programme for this term we will be meeting as usual in Bert’s Bar from 6-8pm every Monday evening for drop-in crafting, banter and general bonhomie.

Many of us have felt compelled to take action to help the refugees caught in camps across Europe, so we’ll be knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, gloves and scarves to send to Calais and elsewhere. We’ll also be collecting any contributions for Calaid that folks bring along. Here’s a list of what they are looking for:

We are collecting items of all kinds, and contributions towards transportation and distribution where possible, from a drop-off point. With summer swiftly coming to an end and plummeting temperatures fast approaching, many items are more vital than ever. Below are listed just some of the things most needed:
– Men’s clothing and shoes are in short supply, so trainers and boots are vital (not wellington boots), as are warm clothes, waterproofs, underwear and socks. There are roughly 10 times more men than women in the camps and durable shoes and clothing are urgently needed.
– Gloves, scarves, hats and socks for a range of ages and sizes are welcome as is women’s underwear and women’s and children’s winter jackets. There is a surplus of general clothing for women and children for now, but warm layers are needed.
– Tents, sleeping bags, camp beds, sleeping mats, blankets, towels and any extra warm things you can think of.
– Candles, matches, torches and batteries, wind-up torches, head torches or other equipment that can be used for light.
– Basic hygiene products like hand sanitiser, bars of soap, toothpaste, wash cloths, toothbrushes, women’s sanitary products, razors, shaving foam, wet wipes, and other basic toiletry and hygiene supplies.
– Vitamins, medicine and basic first aid supplies like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams, over-the-counter painkillers, generic antibiotics etc.
– Dry, packaged and tinned food that is easily transportable and won’t quickly expire. Camping stoves, pots, pans and utensils are also welcome.
– Old phones. A lot of people want to be able to contact their families, so old mobiles with chargers are very welcome, especially if the chargers have European plugs or people have spare adaptors.
– Books in varying languages, including French and English dictionaries and educational books.
Also, think about attaching notes, cards or letters to your donations, messages of hope and acceptance, reminders that there are people who care! Think of what many of these people are going through, and what comfort kind words and gestures can bring.

There are also a number of blogs and groups you can join to find out more about crafting for refugees in Turkey, Turkmenistan and other places. Check out the Granny Green’s Facebook page for some links, or come along to Bert’s and join the conversation.