Knit 2B Square events

October 1st, 2012 by Frayed At The Edges

(C) KasCare

Autumn is a lovely season cos it means we can knit to our hearts content and get cosy.

If you’re looking for a fab project that will help others then Make It Glasgow and Frayedattheedges have just the answer for you.

Tying in with British Wool Week (15-21st October) they have organised a series of events where you can knit squares for children in South Africa who have been orphaned by HIV AIDS. The charity they will be sending the squares to is called KasCare which will then make them into blankets and jumpers. You can find out more about them on their website: http://kascare.org/

If you’ve never knitted before or have maybe forgotten how to cast on then this could be the project for you as the squares are only 20cm squared.

There are 4 dates and you can go to one or all. They will provide the yarn and will have a selection of needles to borrow however please feel free to bring your favourite needles. They might even let you crochet them if you ask nicely.

The dates and venues are:

  • Saturday 6th October: 1-4pm at the Virginia Gallery(*), 45 Virginia Street (under Luke & Jack)
  • Saturday 13th October: 1-4pm at the Virginia Gallery(*) (as above)
  • Tuesday 16th October: 4-9pm at Make It Glasgow Studios, 3rd Floor, 84 Miller Street
  • TBA

(*) please note these dates are only open to adults over the age of 18

Bird Yarns at the Luminate Festival

October 1st, 2012 by Frayed At The Edges

There’s a new festival happening all round Scotland this October. It’s called Luminate and aims to inspire older people to get involved in different aspects of the arts. With over 200 events it aims to get artists of all disciplines and older people living both in the community and care homes together.

So what has that got to do with GCM? Well we’re excited to see a project our own Frayedattheedges took part in literally fly into Glasgow. Called Bird Yarns people were asked to knit Arctic Terns and send them to textile artist Deirdre Nelson. They then roosted in Tobermory before swarming (do birds swarm?) around Scotland. You can read about Jules’ adventure making them here: http://craftyfrayededges.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/jack-victor-migrate-to-tobermory/

From 5-28th October the knitted terns will take cover all over The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane and we think they’ll enjoy their time there. On the 2oth October between 2-4pm Deirdre Nelson will be giving a free talk about the project and we believe you’ll then be able to take out your knitting needles and sit back to clack away while watching a film with knitting in it. Hmmm I wonder what film they’ll choose? We’ll just need to go along to find out.

PS did we mention it was free???

Sale time!

August 15th, 2012 by Stella My Star

Summer sales are upon us, and it’s not just the big stores who are indulging. Some Mafia Members and Mafia Friends are having sales, too. If you want to buy some handmade goodies or supplies, here’s a quick round-up.

First off, Girl Industries has a dicount code exclusively for GCM blog readers. Use code GCM50- valid for the next week.

Odd Little Tree Jewellery Supplies is having a sale in celebration of the Olympics. Use code GOLDMEDAL until 6pm GMT on Friday 17th August.

Stella My Star has also gone gold medal daft; discount code GBGOLD gets you 29% off until 20th August.

If you prefer to do your shopping in person, head on down to the Shop of Interest in Finnieston. Many items in their store are up to 50% off! More details on their blog.

Happy shopping!

Give, Craft, Make: Donations

August 6th, 2012 by Stella My Star

If you’ve got any oddments of unwanted wool or yarn and don’t know what to do with them, please bring them along to Give Craft Make to our yarn donation station.

We’ll be passing the wool on to Wooly Hugs and Lisa’s Stars. Lisa’s Stars also accept button and ribbon, so please bring any unwanted items along. Wooly Hugs only accept certain types of wool- if you have any of the following you want to get rid of, please label it so that we know it’s suitable for them:

  • Rowan Cashsoft DK
  • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (not the baby one)
  • Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
  • Artesano Superwash Merino DK

If you don’t have the above wool, or aren’t sure what you’ve got, don’t worry. Bring anything you no longer need along and we’ll donate what’s not suitable for charity to a local yarnbombing group to be used on public art projects.

Give, Craft, Make

August 5th, 2012 by Stella My Star

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll have seen that the GCM is organising an event next Sunday at the Tron Theatre, Give, Craft, Make.

In our last post we said that instead of running our own markets we’d hold one-off themed sales and exhibitions or events, and Give, Craft, Make is the first of those. Give, Craft, Make is a de-stash sale where members of the Mafia and friends will be selling craft supplies. We’ll also have charity donation stations for unwanted items and tutorials where you can learn new craft skills.

More details on those last two things across the coming week- but in the meantime, what sort of things are we selling? Well, amongst the goodies on offer are a Gocco printer, an overlocker, several sewing machines (some vintage), letterpress blocks, haberdashery supplies, fabric, beads, buttons, trim and more! Here’s a taster of some of the haberdashery supplies on sale from Girl Industries.

Stamp sets from Girl Industries

Stamp sets from Girl Industries

Ribbon assortment from Girl Industries

Ribbon assortment from Girl Industries

Vintage buttons from Girl Industries

Vintage buttons from Girl Industries

Suedette leaf ribbon from Girl Industries

Suedette leaf ribbon from Girl Industries

Stay tuned for some more taster photos across the next week, and we hope to see you next Sunday!