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

 

#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

Catching up, starting out and a whole lot of knitting

It seems it’s easy to forget to blog when you’re having fun, but grab a cuppa and your knitting and settle in- it’s catch up time!

We are now two weeks into our first learn to knit course and it’s going really well.  Our learners are cracking on with the essentials and we’re having a great time sharing our passion for knitting.  If you are interested in learning to knit with us but couldn’t make the first course don’t worry- more are planned!  Our next six-week course starts on 11th June and is aimed at beginners and those who haven’t knitted in a long time but want to give it another go.  The booking page is here, and if Thursday evenings don’t work for you stay tuned, because we will be adding alternative days very soon.  Don’t forget, places on our beginners courses are 25% off if booked before 31st May 2015.

Lots of work has been done behind the scenes at The Cable Girls over the last couple of weeks on essentials like our business plan and making sure our plans for financial record keeping are sufficient for when tax time rolls around.  We have found a few good resources and plan to blog about the things we’ve learned along the way, but if you have any questions about life as a new creative startup or tips on setting up a business let us know in the comments below.

Since we launched #projectwarmthcheltenham we have received 40 squares already, more than half a blanket! Thank you to all our knitters so far, if you want to join in the details are here on what we are asking for and where to send your squares.  We are also discussing our plans for future social projects, so if you have any ideas or want to work with us on a knitting project to benefit the community please leave us a comment or get in touch.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

The Art Maze, Project Warmth: Cheltenham and online course bookings

Hi everyone,

Grab a cuppa and your knitting (unless you don’t yet knit, in which case stay tuned…) and brace yourselves for our latest roundup of the feverish activity at The Cable Girls HQ.

We are thrilled to announce we have been invited to contribute to the new Art Maze in Cheltenham – our work will be unveiled on 1st April and open until 19th April.  The Art Maze is being organised by Art Playground, the wonderful venue where we hold our knitting classes and workshops.

The Art Maze will be in an empty shop unit on the ground floor of the Beechwood Arcade in the centre of Cheltenham.  It’s free to enter and you can also come and meet us and try your hand at knitting:

The Cable Girls knit-a-long sessions at the Art Maze, 11am-1pm:

Friday 3rd April
Saturday 4th April
Tuesday 7th April
Thursday 9th April
Saturday 11th April

We will be asking (and helping!) people to knit a few stitches or rows on a square, which we will turn into blankets for donation to homeless people in the local area – launching our first community project, “Project Warmth: Cheltenham” (#ProjectWarmthCheltenham).  If you are already a knitter or crocheter and want to contribute some squares, please use acrylic yarn so the finished blanket is easy to wash.  You can do them in any colour, weight of yarn, needle size and stitch you choose, just please make them 6 inches/15cm square.  You can bring them to the Art Maze or send them to us at:

The Cable Girls
PO Box 1240
Cheltenham
GL50 9XY

In other news, the last bits and pieces we need for our first classes were ordered this week and we received our lovely business cards – very exciting stuff.

We also opened up our courses to online bookings – all the details and links to book are on our website, which was overhauled this week too!  Don’t forget – our learn to knit workshops are only £60 for 6 weeks if booked before 31st May 2015.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Progress

Hi!

Things are progressing at speed here at The Cable Girls HQ – we’re working on setting up the venue for the first round of workshops and will be announcing the dates soon.

We’re also working to set up our first weekend knitting retreat for existing knitters.  It will be held somewhere near Cheltenham and will be set in a beautiful countryside location. We’ll have sessions to learn new skills, plus group knitting time and breaks in the schedule to allow us to enjoy the surrounding areas or just hunker down and knit!  Details will be announced soon, but if you’re excited and want to know more please get in touch using the contact form on our ‘About’ page.

We offer bespoke packages too – so if you want to arrange a learn to knit session for a hen do or baby shower please contact us using the form on the right hand side of this page.  We are willing to travel and can tailor patterns to skill levels and different events – so get in touch and challenge us!

If you’re interested in finding out more, leave us a comment below, or follow us for updates and announcements about course dates as soon as they happen:

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Bye for now,

The Cable Girls