Talking jewellery and knitting after break

Hepscott WI

Hepscott WI reconvened in September after its August break.

Although there was no meeting in August, the WI hosted a summer party for the village. Lots of tickets were sold, the committee provided a delicious supper and a most enjoyable evening was had.

The speaker at the September meeting was Gail Mortimer, who designs and knits unique jewellery. Gail has always enjoyed knitting and after requests from friends to knit scarves etc. decided that if you could knit with wool then you could also knit with wire and beads — a new craft was born. In 2008 she designed and knit all the jewellery worn at her son’s wedding, including her own necklace which used 1,500 Swarovski crystals.

The committee had been puzzled by her request for balls of wool, but that was soon explained as she quickly got everyone finger knitting; silence fell as concentration took over while we struggled to count, wind and pass over loops to begin making our own trendy doll sized scarves.

Some of the beautiful, colourful jewellery which Gail displayed was quickly snapped up and new pieces commissioned by enthusiastic members — well, Christmas is coming!

Ian Byatt, of Moorhouse Farm, will talk about his work on the farm and the development of his popular farm shop at the next meeting on October 15, at 7.30pm. This should provide plenty of delicious ideas for the festive season ahead and visitors are most welcome to come along.