Monday, 9 May 2011

Roll Up for the Big London Scrappy Bloggy Meet Up!

OK, so we're going to work on the name but Nat over at Scrapbooking + Other Adventures and I feel it's time we got to hook up with you lovely crafty bloggers out there. So on Saturday 21st May, we'll be hosting a picnic in London and you're all invited! I really hope some of you are close enough to London to join us - for details send me an email: kirsty dot merran at googlemail dot com, and I'll set up a little mailing list. And a plan in case it rains...

Plus, if you're coming, stick it on your blog and spread the word! Looking forward to meeting you :D


And on the subject of scrappy goodness and sharing, I wanted to share my page for the UKScrappers ScrapFactor last week. Totally jazzed to get through! The challenge was to take inspiration from a song and so I did. Sort of. In fact, I went for a bit of anti-inspiration in the form of the Thong Song. Not my taste in music at all, but it was the perfect light-hearted inspiration to scrap these photos taken a couple of years ago at uni. The day we knitted thongs. The journalling reads:

"Stitch and bitch was always most awesome in the summer. We’d cart our big box of knitting outside and plonk on the grass of St Swithuns lawn. The cake came with us, but the kettle had to stay inside. Because that’s where the plug socket was. Duh. Still, there was plenty of tea and some knitting and the odd game of Frisbee which kept the guys happy and was considerably more successful at our out of doors gatherings. It was just so lovely to lie outside on the grass, large sunhat for purposes of style, looking good and just a little bit eccentric in the tourists’ photographs, and cunningly avoiding sunburn. The most memorable was the one when Connie and I decided to make thongs. Out of liquorice. We found a pattern online. By accident, naturally. We weren’t googling for “how to knit a thong out of liquorice” obviously. The pattern recommended knitting on chopsticks to avoid stickying up the needles so we turned up dutifully to the lawn on Sunday afternoon with pattern, chopsticks and packets of red laces in tow. The pattern turned out to be simple; the execution a nightmare. Our laces weren’t all that long so we had to periodically pause the knitting and tie on a new one. The chopsticks were chock were basically friction central so we made our peace with sticky needles and abandoned them. Eventually, after not inconsiderable effort (and mockery), we made it. Totally triumphant, dude. We laid them on the grass while we played frisbee and gossiped. Gossiping being the most important part of Stitch and Bitch. Clue’s in the name. As we cleared up to leave after an afternoon well spent avoiding work and responsibility, we realised that our carefully crafted liquorice thongs had dried out in the sun and disintegrated. Structural integrity fail. So we chalked it up to experience and ate them. What, did you really think I was actually going to wear it?"

Kisses xxx

P.S. Please come!

13 comments:

  1. What a fun activity!-have never heard of knitting thongs(never mind with liquorice!!)...if I lived near London I would come meet you, but it's a bit of a distance for me!
    Alison xx

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  2. Would have loved to meet up with other crafters but too far away sorry - Brilliant story - really made me smile :0)

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  3. LOVE this layout, great story too!

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  4. Congrats on getting through Scrapfactor. Loe the sound of the scrappy bloggy picnic but not sure if I can make it, have sent an email xxx

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  5. wish I was closer to London - Edinburgh bit far away

    wonderful story - I will laught next time I am offered either chopsticks or liquorice

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  6. That is a TOTAL HOOT! I love the creativity and spice of licorice thongs! AWESOME memory captured in a gorgeous LO. (LOVE your handwriting, too!)

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  7. Congratulations on getting through to the next round. Great story - I am intrigued how you found such a pattern by "accident" but more so about who would have dreamt of doing it in the first place!

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  8. Oh Soooo Funny! Howled with laughter... Brilliant fun! Sorry they were spoiled by the sun - but then, perhaps that was for the best after all - or you might have tried wearing them and disaster would have been certain!

    I would so love to come to your meet-up. I do live near enough - 50 miles from London, in fact. The fly in the ointment, is that I am teaching a Sock Monkey Workshop that day... I hope you all have a lovely time - do let me know if you plan a Meet Up No. 2!

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  9. Wow, I would love to do this... I have something in the evening, but I may be able to come for a few hours and to see you again Kirsty!

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  10. I'd love to come but i don't think I can make it. Have a great day. Give my love to all bloggers

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  11. I would love to come too but have childcare issues that day :(

    Fab layout Kirsty, I love the journaling down the side :)

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  12. I absolutely love this page, just brilliant, great story and I love the journalling :)
    Hannah

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