Sunday, 8 July 2018

All thing bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small.

Hitchin's knitters, crocheters, and artists are adding to the Art Installation in St Mary's Churchyard.

Competition time! 

Find these three cakes at this years ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ display in St Mary’s Church, Hitchin. Take a photo of the cakes and the first 4 people to post pictures of all three cakes will win 2 free tickets to Festiwool. 

All you have to do is post your pictures on Facebook, twitter or Instagram. Tag @festiwool and use the hashtag #festiwin
The hunt starts NOW !

Friday, 29 June 2018

Art Installation

St Mary's Churchyard.

Today was Day One of the Art Installation.

Hitchin Stitchin', Festiwool, and Woolly Chic began installing the exhibits that have been created for this year's Hitchin Festival.


There's lots more to come, including the chance to add your own hand-made poppy to Hitchin's commemorative poppy exhibit, throughout July.

It doesn't have to be knitted, so long it is hand-made from natural or re-cycled materials, it is welcome on the visitor's section beside the Hitchin Stitchin heart.

Friday, 25 May 2018

July 2018 - All things bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small.


Hitchin Stitchin' will be taking part in this year's Hitchin Festival, with an Art Installation celebrating all living creatures.

Rhesus is one Cool Dude,

Wander through the trees and see if you can spot your favourite. Perhaps you will see Rhesus.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Easter Bunny Hunt 2018

Our bunnies are gathering at Hitchin Bid for this year's Big Easter Bunny Hunt.

Hitchin Stitchin's 2018 Colony
Find the bunnies in Hitchin's local Independent shops from 31 March.

Friday, 16 February 2018

More Bunnies

for Hitchin's Big Easter Bunny Hunt 2018

worked in crochet

Friday, 26 January 2018

Members' work

Today I received two wonderful items from Hitchin Stitchin' members.

The first was from Jane (@gardeningwitchdesigns),    who had made me this great, canvas, drawstring bag in which to carry my swift. It's lined and the outer material is the same colour (almost) and fabric as my Kromski loom bag. I look forward to keeping all my dowels together and safe from loss.

Rating:  *****

The second item was this cuddly bunny (Edward) from Clare. It's the first of this year's entries for Hitchin's Big Bunny Hunt.

Love his daffodil-coloured bow tie.

Spring is on its way.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Festiwool Poppy Appeal

Thanks to everyone who knitted poppies - for the display and for sale. 

Thanks to JP Asher for this report in The Comet 24, today.

Some of the Hitchin Stitchin' members who contributed poppies to the Armistice Day display at Festiwool (L-R) Philippa Gregory, Patricia Harris, Pam Coxon, Alicia Hammond and Hillary Ide. Picture: Mia Beskeen

The display at Festiwool, held this year at The Priory School, comprised 99 poppies, each representing one of the 99 Hitchin troopers killed in 1917.

The Hitchin Stitchin' Remembrance Day display of 99 red poppies at Festiwool. Picture: Mia Beskeen
The exhibit was particularly apt, as the festival for lovers of textile art, sewing, knitting and crochet, was held on Armistice Day.

Patricia Harris, one of the Hitchin Stitchin’ team behind the display, told the Comet: “We have a museum that hasn’t been open for four years, so people haven’t had a chance to pay their respects – and 1917 is the year of Passchendaele.We decided to make poppies for them, and because this was on Armistice Day, we made it into a display.”

Festiwool chief Philippa Gregory said the new venue at the school had been a great success, with 850 people in – and that she hoped it would be even bigger next year.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Poppy is to Remember

During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow.

Bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) however, were delicate but resilient flowers, and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

In Hitchin.members of Hitchin Stitchin’, and pupils from HitchinGirls’ School, and Biggleswade Academy, have been hand crafting poppies in remembrance of the Hitchin men who were killed in WW1.

At Festiwool, 20017, there will be an exhibit containing poppies for each of the men who were killed in 1917, almost 1/3 of those killed between 1914 – 1919.

Friday, 22 September 2017

September Poppy Appeal Knit-Along

What a splendid turnout today.

By the end of the morning, I had received 50 small poppies (for sale at Festiwool) and 32 large poppies (for the display)

Laying them all out on a bed, with the list of names from the Hitchin War Memorial, gives just some idea of the scale of the project. There are 82 poppies in this picture, and 376 names on the sheets.

A big, big, thank you to all the members of the group who have joined this project so enthusiastically (a special shout-out to Colin).  We are certainly on target to complete poppies for the 100 men who were killed in 1917 (almost 1/3 of the total for the whole war). We have 62 completed poppies, and more than 40 already promised.

There will be one more knit-along, on 20th October, to complete the poppies for the 1917 tribute hanging. In the meantime, continue to knit large poppies as long as your energy and purse allow. When we reach our final target of 376, we will use any extras as memorials to those who are not named on any memorial and have no living descendents to remember them.

Anyone who feels able to help mount the wall hanging and display on 10th November, please let me know.