Do I know how to throw a party or do I know how to throw a party?!! That was so much fun meeting new people and crafting for the most part of the day! I am talking none other than the fabulous needle crafting party themed: Stitch & Bitch (S&B) I hosted yesterday, it was a huge success!
It couldn’t have been a huge success without all of the wonderful attendees and volunteers from the Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club (KCWC) Knitting Clubs, some Junior League of London (JLL) members, loads of mummies from neighboring schools, Jane from Tea & Crafting and even my gardener, Adrian!
materials for all of the planned activities from Hops and Lavender dream pillows and lavender sachets, pin cushions and suffolk puffs to quilted pillows and blocks to a knitting and crocheting seminar led by Jane, Tea & Crafting, to teach all of our guests how to cable knit – it’s completely doable ladies and not so intimidating anymore!
While we sat, nibbled, crafted, we all enjoyed catching up with one another and meeting new friends. And besides this fabulous group getting together, we had many things to
celebrate. Like having a very Happy BirthdayMargot! Good Luck Susan on your first birth next week – keep us posted! Rachelle, thank you for the big pointer on CASS! Those teenagers won’t know what hit ’em! Joy and Vickie we will all miss you as you head over the pond back to the United States this
summer! Welcome back Susan S. from New Zealand! Annette, thank you for introducing ‘Thirty One’ to us all! Denise, good luck next week with Connor as he heads into Football tryouts! Lisa we are going to have to get together to design some beautiful hand painted PPPP shoes and belts! And Zena, He-ll-ooooo!!! Your fabulous cookie business – www.cookieluscious.com – sounds divine! Can I have a dozen sent now?! PLEASE?!! Yummy Yummy!
And one of my absolute favourite parts of the entire event was the Volunteer of the Year (VOTY) quilt (above in pink) that everyone participated in making! We asked every attendee, even Adrian, to design a block for the quilt and they did! We provided the squares and triangles and the designs we preferred. There were so many blocks, we had enough to make three quilts: Pink, Green and even a Turquoise theme! All are to be donated to our beneficiary charities so they may recognise their own VOTY’s for the year!
BUT the best surprise I got came was from Lois at The Haven last week. I saved this bit to tell the KCWC Knitting group when they all gathered together upstairs in the knitting station. I had explained I got a call from Lois saying she had good news and bad news. These days a phone call like that is a little off-putting, but I sighed when explained it had to do with The Pink Pom-Pom Project. Whew!
“I have some good news and some bad news, Alex.” she said. “Your project has really taken off and our visitors really appreciate the hats and scarves – they love them!” Well, that is very good news indeed! But I waited on baited breath, seconds felt like hours, for the hammer to fall, and asked “Well, what’s the bad news, Lois?” She cleared her throat and politely responded “Your bucket’s empty!” Yippeeeeeee! It’s working! And to boot, when I went to the front door to let my guests out there was a huge bag of finished hats and scarves ready to go straight to The Haven.
It was like angels falling from heaven because at that very moment Donna, Zena and Jane all piped up and volunteered to help me, Shelton and Edwina put all of the quilts together too! I LOVE GROUP PROJECTS!
And I love Stitch & Bitch! I encourage and even challenge everyone reading to host one today! It’s a fabulous way to reconnect, make something new and even get your kids involved!
A big THANK YOU to Blake T., Vicky D., Denise M., Lina K., Lisa H., Zena M., Annette J., Rachelle O., Donna B., Sarah J., Nicki K., Susan S., Margot B., Jillian W., Cindy D., Ana C., Joy, Pat E., Heather R., Nancy M., Adrian C., Jane G and I know I am missing a few others that didn’t sign the book! I am so sorry – BUT THANK YOU FOR COMING and making the very first PPPP: S&B a huge success!