Knit & Nat­ter

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As it is the sea­son, we caught up with Ravelry’s on­line Christ­mas Knit­ting group. With the fes­tive group cel­e­brat­ing its 10th birth­day this year, we got chat­ting with two of its lead­ing mod­er­a­tors, Pat and Lynn (aka Ploops and Steele­lady).

“Our group is very ac­tive,” says Pat. “We av­er­age over 1,300 posts per month and have 1,791 mem­bers world­wide, with around 30 reg­u­lars who post most days.”

“The closer it gets to Christ­mas the more mem­bers are ac­tive, hop­ing to get their projects done,” adds Lynn.

The group works on all sorts of projects in­clud­ing char­ity knit­ting. “A cou­ple of peo­ple knit for spe­cial care baby units,” says Pat. “I knit for a cold weather cen­tre, an­other mem­ber knits for Warm Up Amer­ica, and an­other for refugees.”

Lynn says that Christ­mas-wise, the projects fall into two cat­e­gories: “Christ­mas dé­cor and of course, gifts.”

“The fes­tive sea­son is an op­por­tu­nity to give to oth­ers,” says Lynn. “It brings out the best in us – it’s just en­joy­able to share that with like-minded peo­ple!”

Their monthly knit-a-longs are very pop­u­lar too. “This year we had a Sealed with a Kiss KAL in Fe­bru­ary – make some­thing for some­one you love or in a colour you love,” says Pat. “Our Christ­mas in July KAL is when we start on Christ­mas gifts or things for the home. In Jan­uary it’s Now or Never KAL, where we drag out all the WIPs we’ve ig­nored over the year >!`"}iÌ"Ì#i$"w!%Ã#i`t"&>ÃÌ"Þi>À]"Üi"#>`" a spon­ta­neous-a-long. Some­one made a mar­ket bag and a few oth­ers joined in and soon it was a real knit-a-long!”

“The bag knit-a-long was one of my favourites,” says Lynn. “I love how many projects are for char­i­ties round the world.”

As to what draws each mem­ber to the group, Pat men­tions it’s dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one. “I’m a full-time carer for my dis­abled hus­band and go­ing out any­where, let alone to a knit­ting group, is al­most im­pos­si­ble, so for me, an on­line group is ideal. The mem­bers have be­come real friends. We all share in each oth­ers’ ups and downs, be it in a chat thread or by pri­vate mes­sage.”

So why Christ­mas knit­ting? “Be­cause Christ­mas is the loveli­est time of the year! It’s a time for giv­ing and shar­ing, and what’s bet­ter than shar­ing some­thing you love with some­one you love?” laughs Pat.

Both Pat and Lynn de­scribe the group as fun, friendly and pos­i­tive. “We have our monthly KALs, we have two mini swaps and one big swap a year,” says Pat. “We chat about ev­ery­thing and any­thing!”

“Christ­mas time comes around ev­ery year so our goal to make our fes­tive items is al­ways there,” says Lynn. “We en­joy tack­ling new types of knit­ting and hope to keep learn­ing to­gether!”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the group or to join in, sim­ply visit www.ravelry. com/groups/christ­mas-knit­ting.

THIS IS­SUE, PAT AND LYNN WIN A £15 BLACK SHEEP WOOLS GIFT CARD EACH TO USE AT WWW.BLACKSHEEP WOOLS.COM!

Pat’s skull cowl is such a trendy ac­ces­sory. from Mini stock­ings Pat, ready to bring a tree. fes­tive cheer to sorts of Mem­bers en­joy all colour­ful projects, from Frances’ Liz’s cre­ative snowflake hat to twid­dle­muffs.

Lynn’s knit­ted this cosy hat for one lucky re­cip­i­ent, and Pat’s elf hat is just adorable!

Flarycka’s cute mini sweater bunting is a fes­tive de­light!

Lynn’s s u p er stripy soc ks make prac­ti­cal and pretty gifts for all the fam­ily.

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