Casting off

Hello again friends,

It’s been a while since we blogged, as we’ve been on hiatus for slightly longer than we had planned.  As 2016 draws to a close, it is with heavy hearts that we are writing today to announce that The Cable Girls are in the process of closing down our company.

We have loved teaching our students to knit and the three of us will to continue to knit, purl and laugh together.

Thank you for your support and happy knitting!

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Hello again!

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We’re back!  After a longer-than-planned break, we’re back to it and have lots of exciting news to share.  We’re taking over @Chelt52 over on Twitter from tomorrow for a week to help us celebrate our first birthday!

Yep, we’ve been a company for a whole year and we couldn’t be happier.  Over at @Chelt52  we’ll be sharing insights into life as a small business, how we’ve turned our passion into a business and of course lots of knitting-related tweets!

Also in celebration of our first birthday, we’re giving away a place on our course that starts this Thursday at Whole Foods Market in Cheltenham – to enter, pop over to see us on Facebook, where all the details are.  The competition closes on 5th April, and our lucky winner will be notified then.  Tickets are still available, so if you’ve been thinking about learning to knit with us we hope to see you there!

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

p.s. The story behind the photo will be revealed this week…

Course dates for 2016 announced today!

Hello!

In a break from our usual blogging schedule, we wanted to let you know that our course dates for 2016 have gone live today!

Vintage knitting patterns

They can be booked via our website, which has all the details you need.  Our courses run for 6 weeks at a time, starting in either January, April or June (so far – more dates for 2016 to be announced in the new year!).

We are passionate about knitting and want to share our love of all things yarn-related.  If you’ve been thinking about learning a new skill for 2016, finding something to help you de-stress or simply fancy a new challenge, come and join us.  Our classes are fun and informal, with all the support you need to get you knitting away in no time at all.

If you’re reading this and thinking it would be ideal as a last-minute Christmas present for someone, have no fear – The Cable Girls are here!  If you want to book a place on any of our courses as a gift, book using We Got Tickets, then drop us an email at hello@thecablegirls.co.uk and we’ll email you a gift certificate you can print and wrap.  Sorted!

We’re very excited about our new classes and we hope you can join us for what promises to be even more yarn-induced fun next year.

Any questions, let us know – happy knitting!

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

 

A few of our favourite things: 29th November 2015

Hello!

It’s been a while, but welcome to this week’s edition of our favourite things from the very stormy Cotswolds.  Grab a cuppa and let’s catch up!

We’ve been busy knitting since we last wrote – with quite a few FOs.  More detail on that in a minute, but first we want to wish a very happy first birthday to the Crafty Hands Company in Chipping Campden, run by our lovely friend Jemma.  Congratulations on your first year – here’s to many more!

Kate has finally finished her Kalajoki socks (we’re glossing over the fact that #Socktober ended a month ago…) and is making progress with Still Light..  She’s also been knitting like mad on Christmas presents, and is quite smug now that she’s finished her festive gift knitting.

Sheila’s doing well with her #NaKniSweMo  goals – she has finished the black cashmere jumper she was knitting and also managed to knit an entire cardigan for herself!  It’s Parallel Planes knitted in Malabrigo Rios and is utterly lovely.  She’s also squeezed in knitting a poncho – Hugo in Noro yarn, and some socks in gorgeous Mini Mochi yarn.

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Sheila’s lovely sock (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Hannah is still going on the Squared Shades throw, pushing past the half way point in her “Throwvember” goal.  Otherwise, she and Sheila have been busy finishing up our Project Warmth blankets – ta da!:

Blanket 1

First blanket for Project Warmth Cheltenham (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Blanket 2

Second blanket for Project Warmth Cheltenham (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

We’ll be handing them over soon, there will be more photos – who knows, we might push the boat out and give that it’s own post!

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our blog reading…

And this was our favourite Pin of the week – pretty much all of Julie’s Modification Monday posts have us envying the knitter’s skills, but those socks are amazing!

How are you this week?  How goes the festive knitting? Let us know in the comments…

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

A few of our favourite things: 1st November 2015

Hello!

Welcome to this week’s edition of our favourite things from misty and foggy Gloucestershire.  With the weather like this, we’ve enjoyed curling up with a cuppa and a lot of knitting.

So #Socktober has come to an end, and team Cable Girls managed twelve completed socks and two partial socks!  We’re very pleased – Sheila tried new heels on three pairs of socks, Hannah met her goal and Kate managed to finish one pair and a prototype of a new pattern, plus starting a new pair and getting to the leg of the second Kalajoki sock.  We also knitted a cardigan (Sheila) a hat and a sleeve (Kate) – because we couldn’t just knit socks with Christmas around the corner!

We’ve been organising our stashes, adding to them (ahem) and passing some on between us when needed for projects.  Festive knits are well underway – did you see our tweet with our first red Starbucks cup of the year earlier this week?

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Blanket squares for #ProjectWarmthCheltenham 2015 (c) The Cable Girls

The main focus at Cable Girls HQ at the moment is finishing the blankets we are making as our work on #ProjectWarmthCheltenham comes to an end (for this year at least).  A huge thank you to all our wonderful knitters – we will make sure there are photos of the finished blankets and let you know where they are donated.  If you have any squares to send us, please make sure they reach us by 16th November for inclusion in the 2015 blankets.  Here’s the original post with all the details you need 🙂

We will announce our next charity knitting project in early 2016 – our goal is to always have a project to benefit the community underway, to give back to our local area and good causes.

In other news, we are just finalising the dates for our next learn to knit courses, with the first one starting in January 2016. Dates will be announced here very soon, but if you want to know before everyone else, you can sign up for our mailing list here 🙂

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our blog reading…

And this was our favourite Pin of the week – it caused serious stash and interior design envy!

How are you this week?  Is your festive knitting going well? Let us know in the comments…

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Meet The Cable Girls: Kate

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 final post in the series, Kate is in the hot seat…

How did you get started with knitting?

Kate: My nan taught me how to knit, so I’ve been knitting on and off since I was about four years old.  Sadly I lost my nan a long time ago, but knitting reminds me of her every day.  I have been really in to knitting for about the past ten years, starting with accessories to keep me warm when I was travelling as a student.

What is your earliest memory of knitting?

Kate: Sitting on my nan’s knee putting the yarn around the needles for her to “help” with her knitting!

What is your favourite item you have knitted?

Kate: My cream and red Sundottir jumper.  The pattern is by Diana Walla and was my first attempt at colour work knitting – I love it.  I used Cascade Eco+ and really enjoyed it – fewer ends to sew in and a great fabric.

What is your favourite knitting stitch?

Kate: I love the simplicity of garter stitch.

What is your next project?

Kate: Probably Low Tide by Tincanknits or Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki – I have the yarn ready for both but can’t decide. I’m also coveting Sheila’s Hitofude

What are you currently knitting?

Kate: The Pendulum shawl by Amy Miller and some ankle socks from my own design to use up some leftover sock yarn.  I also have a Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang on the go for little bits of leftover sock-weight yarn – it comes out of the cupboard every now and again but it’s a long way from finished!

What’s your most recent finished object?

Kate: Several pairs of socks 🙂

Knitting or crochet?

Kate: Knitting – my brain can handle five double-pointed needles but not one crochet hook!

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

Kate: I find knitting really soothing and really enjoy finished objects – so probably a bit of both.

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: 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

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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