I have just become a member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild. To be honest, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to join as I share the Guild’s values, as explained on their website:
Being a member of KCG means..
- Caring about the traditions of knitting and crochet in the UK. This country has a unique heritage in these crafts from Shetland lace to gansey sweaters, Sanquhar gloves to ‘granny blankets, woollen stockings to lace doilies. Noble skills that have been handed down for hundreds of years and that you an be part of handing on to the next generation
- Supporting the UK’s largest Collection of knitted and crocheted items: over 2000 made items, over 60,000 patterns, and hundreds of artefacts.
- Being part of a network of KCG branches which help members to develop their knitting and crochet skills. Much more than just ‘knit and natter’, they are opportunities for sharing experiences, inspiring new ideas and learning from each other.
- Receiving a quarterly journal, Slipknot, which includes authoritative articles written by members on techniques, special projects, our Collection, and Guild events
- Attending exclusive Guild events such as the annual Convention, workshops and presentations
- Having access to free downloadable patterns from the Guild’s archive.
I’ve just been browsing the downloadable patterns and there are some fantastic ones. For example, this booklet of men’s patterns from about 1950 features not only this wonderful fair isle pullover but also a pair of knitted swimming trunks – just the thing to surprise the man in your life (or maybe not!!)
I haven’t attended any events yet but look forward to the opportunity to meet like-minded crafters and expert practitioners. Have you knitted anything from the Guild’s collection? If so, please let me know. Thanks x