Built in 1828, Calderstones Mansion House is 190 years old this year. Like most surviving, large houses of its age, the Mansion House has been at the centre of a few ghostly rumours and scary stories over the years.
Just like Jane Austen’s Miss Bates in Emma, we love a good wedding and the season is very much upon us. Since Calderstones Mansion House has played host to many wonderful weddings over the years, we thought it would be nice to hear about some of the happy occasions from the happy couples.
From Katie Gwilt, PQASSO Intern at The Reader and Knit and Natterer
Hello again happy crafters!
It’s only a couple more days until the Craft Fair takes over the Mansion House. This Saturday, 16th April from 10am – 4pm, we welcome a whole host of stalls, including the Knit and Natter Group who donate all of the proceeds from their stall straight back to The Reader.
Everyone has been super busy crafting a whole host of goodies for the stall, a colourful mixture of knitted, crocheted and sewn items in all different shapes and sizes. Some beautiful jumpers and cardigans for children made by Sally with different patterns and designs, finger puppets by Jenni, knitted pompom bookmarks by me, two quirky dessert inspired headbands by Sue and many more beautiful handmade gifts to browse including hats, bunting, a monkey, a banana (maybe for the monkey!) and two beautiful cushions. Have a peek below:
One of my best friends came up to visit me from London recently and I brought her along to the Knit and Natter group (of course!).
I started a small craft group a few years ago with my three best friends and we would meet every week to craft and catch up, rotating meeting at each others houses. In all the time I have known her Suzanne hasn’t ever tried knitting.
This was my chance to finally teach her and I seized it! By the end of the two hour session she had made a great start on her first scarf. She learned to cast on, knit, purl and repair mistakes as well. I sent her home with a set of needles and some wool and I’m happy to say she has kept up her knitting back in London.
Sadly we have had to say a fond farewell to group member Rosie. She was a much loved member of the group but has moved back over to Texas, America.
The group organised a farewell card which we all signed. They also had a rose that we could write on and sign as if we were all Lords and Ladies to impress her American friends! I think I signed it as Cat Lady Katie.
We wish her the best of luck and really hope she keeps her promise to start a Knit and Natter group in Texas which we can all come and visit!
Knit and Natter meets every Tuesday in the Calderstones Mansion House from 10.30am-12.30pm led by our illustrious leader Sue. Come along and join us, any experience level is welcome . We also have crochet specialists and sewing enthusiasts who regularly attend. Just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org