Meet The Cable Girls: Hannah

In a mini-series (well, there are only three of us!), we want to introduce the world to The Cable Girls: Hannah, Sheila and Kate.

In this second post, Hannah is in the hot seat…

How did you get started with knitting?

Hannah: My grandmother was a prolific knitter who kept knitting until she was 97.  I didn’t become a fully-fledged knitting addict until late 2013 when Kate introduced me to the dark art of sock knitting.  (Kate: You are welcome.  Mwahahaha.)

What is your earliest memory of knitting?

Hannah: Knitting with plastic needles that I had chewed, aged 4.  I would knit unintentional lacework in front of the snooker with my granny.

What is your favourite item you have knitted?

Hannah: I loved knitting Myrtle by Miranda Jollie.

What is your favourite knitting stitch?

Hannah: good old stocking stitch!

What is your next project?

Hannah: a pair of socks with a cable pattern in them.

What are you currently knitting?

Hannah: bunting for my wedding and a somewhat-abandoned blanket in the Rowan knit-a-long.

What’s your most recent finished object?

Hannah: lovely purple socks from a pattern that Kate will be publishing soon (at least that’s what she keeps promising…).

Knitting or crochet?

Hannah: Knitting, although I’m learning to crochet

Why do you knit? Are you a process knitter or all about the finished object?

Hannah: I am all about the finished object.

Do you have any questions for The Cable Girls?  Let us know and we’ll try to answer them in upcoming blogs.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Meet The Cable Girls: Sheila

In a mini-series (well, there are only three of us!), we want to introduce the world to The Cable Girls: Hannah, Sheila and Kate. In this first post, Sheila is in the hot seat…

How did you get started with knitting?

Sheila: I can’t remember, it was so long ago!  But I can’t remember not being able to knit.  It would have been my mum that taught me all those years ago.

What is your earliest memory of knitting?

Sheila: Knitting scarves for my teddies when I was a child.

What is your favourite item you have knitted?

Sheila: A shawl knitted from “Knitted Lace of Estonia” by Nancy Bush with gorgeous hand-dyed red and black yarn I bought in Tallinn when I was visiting Estonia.

What is your favourite knitting stitch?

Sheila: Anything lace!

What is your next project?

Sheila: A “Fern and Waves Scarf” from “The Art of Knitting Lace” by Potter Craft.

What are you currently knitting?

Sheila: A second Hitofude by Hiroku Fukatsu in Wollelfe yarn – this one is green, the first one was pink and orange.

What’s your most recent finished object?

Sheila: some socks of my own design in a really fun purple, red and orange gradient yarn.

Knitting or crochet?

Sheila: Both!

Are you a process knitter or all about the finished object?

Sheila: A bit of both really, but mostly I knit for the love of knitting.

Do you have any questions for The Cable Girls?  Let us know and we’ll try to answer them in upcoming blogs.

Bye for now, The Cable Girls

#KnitterLogic: Top ten reasons we love knitting socks

Knitted socks

Knitted socks, photo by Kate (c) The Cable Girls, 2015

The Cable Girls love to knit socks – all three of us always have a pair on the go and this weekend we thought we would share why in our new series, #KnitterLogic:

Top ten reasons we love knitting socks

1. Toasty toes – we have a collective theory that the satisfaction achieved from wearing socks you have knitted somehow increases the warmth they provide…

2. Portability – if you look into any of The Cable Girls’ handbags you will almost always find a sock.  Conveniently small, socks take up very little room, aren’t heavy, don’t require extra balls of yarn to be taken with you “just in case” and can keep you knitting for a little while.  The Cable Girls are prolific knitters-in-public, and can be spotted on planes, trains, in the passenger seats of cars… usually knitting away on their handbag sock!

3. They can be a cheap project (we all have a weakness for beautiful yarns, so this isn’t always true…) and are quite quick to complete.  Socks are a great way to try new yarns and fibres, and there are so many beautiful self-striping sock yarns and luxury fibre blends available that we’re pretty sure we’re not going to get fed up with sock knitting any time soon.

4. Turning little gaps of time into something productive.  This follows on from point two, portability – as socks are so convenient and we always have one tucked away in our handbags, we love nothing more than turning those gaps in the day, in waiting rooms, before classes and even social time at the pub into something we can wear.

5. They are a real talking point!  We love chatting to people about knitting, and find that when we’re knitting away on a sock in public (see also points 2 and 4) they are a real conversation starter.

6. The look of surprise when people spot them.  Admittedly not many people see your socks, but when they catch a glimpse of them it’s great to hear the surprise in their voice when you tell someone you knitted them yourself.

7. Matching your knits – grey scarf, check.  Grey hat, check.  Grey socks – check!  It might just be us, but coordinating knits is deeply satisfying.

8. Tailoring your socks to perfection.  Particularly for those with high arches, or feet that are wider or narrow than “the norm”, creating socks that fit your feet perfectly, keep them warm and keep blisters at bay is our path to happy feet.

9. The satisfaction of pegging lots of hand knit socks out on the washing line – we don’t know why but it’s more satisfying than hanging up shop-bought socks to dry!

10. Year-round knitwear – some people only think of hats, scarves and mittens when they think of knitwear.  Certainly here in the UK we have the kind of weather that lends itself to wearing hand knit socks all year round!  Socks are also an ideal light-weight knitting project for the summer months, as they don’t require heavy yarn or create vast swathes of fabric that lies across your lap as you knit.

We struggled to keep ourselves to just ten reasons – so please add yours in the comments and tell us why you love knitting socks!

If you want to learn to knit socks with us, we offer “Sock It To Me!” workshops – the next one is Saturday 20th June 2015 and spaces are still available here.  We also have availability for our sock workshop on Saturday 5th September 2015 here.

What other knitting top tens would you like to see?  Let us know in the comments below!

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Meet our designer!

Our beautiful logo was designed by Jess Waterman, Theatre Manager at the Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham. Jess designs print for the theatre, including the seasonal brochure and overseeing the website design. She has an amazingly creative brain, and a brilliant ability to take a few random ideas from a customer and turn them into a work of art. Jess had designed logos for Nonumbum Theatre Company and Hannah’s Homemade before we approached her to create our Cable Girls branding. We love the way Jess has incorporated a three-stranded cable to represent the three of us, and how the stitches resemble little birds!

We had a little chat with Jess about her passion for design:

TCG: How did you get into design work?

Jess: Entirely by accident! In the course of my marketing work at the Bacon Theatre, my appetite for certain projects like creating posters and putting together ‘artwork’ for press adverts increased and so did my frustration with Publisher. A colleaguerecognised my secret passion and persuaded me to train to use professional graphic design software (Adobe InDesign). Needless to say, I went ahead gleefully and I remain grateful for the encouragement.

TCG: What do you enjoy most about the design process?

Jess: Ooh tricky question. I love pulling together a collection of seemingly unrelated ideas to create something new. For me, understanding a project’s purpose and ‘audience’ is just as interesting as how aesthetically pleasing it might be. Designing a logo is brilliant fun because it’s all about crafting a kind of ‘persona’ that reflects the people, ideas and products it represents. Every project is unique for that reason.

TCG: What is your favourite part about your theatre role?

Jess: As with design; creativity and practicality go hand in hand when running a theatre venue – having ideas and then finding ways to realise them! I love theatre experiences and love the fact that we get to share these with audiences every week at The Bacon. But above all else, I am extremely lucky to work with a fantastic bunch of people.

TCG: What are your plans for the future?

Jess: No concrete plans. I just hope to be involved in many more projects that spark my creativity!

TCG: Thanks Jess – we’re really excited to be working with you!

For any enquiries, Jess can be contacted on team@bacontheatre.co.uk.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls