Despite a week of fairly rainy weather, the sun shone for Stitch London’s Stitch Crawl picnic on Saturday. The grass may have been damp but everyone who turned up came prepared with picnic blankets and a smile. The whole event was organised by the fabulous Deadlyknitshade to celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day, as well as raising money for P/hop through a raffle of lovely craft related prizes. The venue was the newly redesigned Jubilee Gardens next to the London Eye. It was great to see so many knitters in one place and we certainly got some curious looks from passers-by.
Some workshops were on offer if you wanted to try cross stitch with Mr X-Stitch, or you could have a go at sewing brooches with Momtaz Begum-Hossain from The Make Escape. There was also a talk given by Sarah Corbett from The Craftivist Collective, which I’ll attest I didn’t hear myself as I got carried away chatting with some new knitting friends, but I heard some very exciting things from those who did hear it.
The highlight of the day (apart from the 300 naked cyclists that we witnessed at one point) was the raffle for P/hop. There were 41 fantastic prizes up for grabs and tickets only cost £1 each, bargain! The prizes ranged from knitting kits to cushions and from vouchers to the many, many books that had been donated.
Sadly I came away empty handed but I was cheered up when I heard that an amazing £301 had been raised for P/hop! Lots of cake was consumed and current works in progress were admired over the course of the afternoon, plus a few of us made some new friends. Knitting in public really is the best way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. Roll on next year!
Ace blog post, thank you Emma aka @Goldenblades91 and thank you to Momtaz aka @thecraftcafe for the photos from her blog. And of course a massive thank you to Deadly Knitshade for organising the whole event and to everyone who helped out. Marvellous. Crafty people are ace! Clare