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Say It With Knit!

London, Knitting Patterns

Written by Melodie Ash

Time and Place

Bridget Macdonal
New paintings and drawings from the artist’s new figurative and landscape work.

Art First, online abortion 1st Floor, 9 Cork St, W1S 3LL
Apr 28 – May 21, 2009


Where Eagles Tremble

Vic Reeves
TV comedian Vic Reeve’s art work mixes the surreal and the mundane in an amusing way,
the exhibition features a new series of paintings that focus on aviation.

Mews of Mayfair
, 10-11 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 1EY
2nd April – 29th April 2009
Weekdays 10am – 6pm


Optimistic Immigrants

Performances and films from a group of London based immigrants as Part of the East End Film Festival 2009.

Vibe Live and V Gallery, The Vibe Bar, The Truman Brewery. 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Main event: Tuesday 28th April 7-11pm

Tickets £7. £5.50 concessions.



Dan Mort
This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with Museum 52 gallery.

Museum 52, 52 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
20th March – 30th April 2009, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6 pm or by appointment


Still Life

Robin Conway
An exhibition of stunning underwater photography.

Red Gate Gallery
, 209a Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8RU
24th- 30th Apr 09, Monday – Saturday: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm


Swedish Fashion: Exploring A New Identity

This exhibition showcases fashion and jewellery from a group of Swedish designers.

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, Tower Bridge, SE1 3XF
6 February 2009 – 17 May 2009, from 11am – 6pm
How Much: £5 tickets, £3 Concessions


Monday 27th

Don`t let a rainy and grey Monday discourage you from having a fun and joyful evening out. Go for curry and great indie/electro in Bricklane where Blitz And The Sheets, find Beta Rays, side effects Richard Peter Snapes and The Lie Awakes will be playing at 93 Feet East.
7:30pm. Free.

Blitz and The Sheets

Tuesday 28th

Let the beat – and one more of ICA`s awesome musical nights – control you. This time is Micachu and The Shapes performing their delicious electro pop.
7:30pm. £8.50.

Micachu and The Shapes

Wednesday 29th

Better and more creative than band names only venue names, right? This one is called Last Days of Decadence and is welcoming the very ladylike sound of My Toys Like Me.
8pm. £6.

My Toys Like Me

Thursday 30th

That`s a night we were all waiting for! Straight from St Albans comes Friendly Fires, three lovely boys who came up with one of the most catchy and totally danceable things from last year. I just can`t stop listening to “Jump in The Pool”. Support comes from Boy Crisis and they will all be at the HMV Forum.
7pm. £12.50.

Friendly Fires

Friday 1st

Start your long weekend at a fantastic venue that is Koko. Hosting Joe Gideon and The Shark + White Man Kamikaze in another Club NME night.
10:30pm. £7, £5 before 11pm, concs £4.

Joe Gideon and The Shark

Saturday 2nd

Presenting their fourth album entitled “Kingdom of Rust”, Doves will be stepping up Brixton Academy`s stage on Saturday. Don`t pass out the opportunity to check this historical band out and their new stuff for this year.
7pm. £20.


Sunday 3rd

Some easy and boyish vibes can`t never hurt so pray for a better weather to come and plan your Sunday to enjoy the Sheffield`s boys from Skeletons at Barfly.
7pm. £5.

Here at Amelia’s we go barmy for all things yarn! As an avid knitter, pharmacy I am always trawling the abyss of the net seeking out the underground realms of knitting blogs for zany new projects to get my needles stuck into. As always the world of the web came up trumps with a whole myriad of bizarre knitting creations in every form, literally!


I unearthered some utterly peculiar specimens ranging from the humble beer bottle, knitted paint brush scarves and for the particularly neurotic a knitted gas mask!


So if your sitting at home idly tonight, scouting for something remotely stimulating on the box but are only confronted with re runs of Top Gear or Britain’s Got Talent while slowly self deprecating. I urge you to pick up your knitting needles from the darkest realms of that cupboard and indulge in a little light relief!

If your bored of your locks, why not try a chemical free make over with this knitted wig pattern!


One size fits all!


8 inches wide at widest point when flat (unstretched)
11 inches long when flat


[ MC] Red Heart Kids [100% acrylic; 5oz.]; color: Pink, shade 2734
1 pair US #8/5mm needles? 1 set of 5 US #8/5mm double-pointed needles OR? 2 US #8/5mm circular needles (any length)? 4 stitch markers, 2 each of 2 different colors? Tapestry needle


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]
2 X 2 rib?Row 1 [RS]: K3, [p2, k2] to last st, k1.?Row 2 [WS]: P3, [k2, p2] to last st, p1.


28 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in 2×2 rib (unstretched)


Using straight needles or one set of circulars, cast on 96 sts.
Work in 2 x 2 rib until the piece is as long as the distance between the bottom of your chin, and your eyebrow (about 6.5″), ending with a WS row.
NOTE: The extra stitches along the edge of the work will balance the width of the first and last ribs. Later on, when the bangs are added, these stitches will become parts of purl ribs.
If more length in the main body of the wig is desired, work more rows at this point.?Next row [RS]: work as before, but slip the first and last stitch.
Bangs?With RS facing and using backward loop cast on, loosely CO 32 sts. The backward loop cast on allows for plenty of stretch.?Div sts onto DPNs or circulars and join to work in the round with the RS of the wig facing out, being careful not to twist stitches. The first stitch will be a p; follow rib pattern after that. ?Work in 2×2 rib for 10 rows.?NOTE: The extra stitches that were at the beginning and end of the work up to this point become parts of purl ribs where the bangs join – see diagram A below for example.

Our thriving knitting communities out there are spreading the knittivism ethos so get your needles out! Here is a pick of the crème de crème of the best knitting blogs to get your creative juices flowing. Subversive cross stitching is an online blog championing our quintessential past time of cross stitching, however this is not the kind to boast to your grandma about, her idealized perception of you may be impaired afterwards. Then there is Etsy who supply a whole backlog of kitsch patterns, check out this adorable toilet paper creation (I know that’s two concepts I never envisaged I would utlise in one sentence) Just make sure you put this fella far enough away from your actual paper! My favourite however has to be Stitch Witch, who supply a whole forum of zany ideas for projects from an Elvis Wig for those rock and roll moments, to a knitted womb, very eclectic!



In addition to Etsy there is a whole backlog of smaller blogs that are also raising the flag in innovative textiles. So many infact it’s hard to have left all stones unturned. I throw this one out to you, the faithful reader for more investigative work! Over and out.


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One Response to “Say It With Knit!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hooray for novelty knitting,the womb is my fave!

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