the make escape

make escape

Some of you may not be aware, but there is a fantastic FREE craft night that happens in Hackney on the last Tuesday of the month.  It’s The Make Escape, and it’s held upstairs in The Attic at The Hackney Picturehouse.  It’s such a great night, I can’t believe not everyone knows about it yet!  The idea is that it’s a space where people can drop in from 7.30pm and just join in with the crafts that are happening on the night.  Each month hosts a different theme, and last week was all about Easter.

Here’s my bunny nugget with a very woolly sheep cosy:


Making the most of the opportunity to learn a new skill, I had a bash at crochet.  It’s hard to believe that someone has actually taught me to crochet before, but since I’ve never practised, I’m still completely rubbish.  I just can’t seem to figure out how to tension the yarn without a needle in my left hand, so I ended up with the smallest, tightest few stitches known to humanity:


Catherine Hirst tried to reassure me that an inability to tension the yarn is very common in beginners, but I think maybe crochet is just not the craft for me.

I had a little stall with my yarns and got a chance to talk to some really interesting knitters and crocheters.   I love how people are welcome to set up a stall and then help out or run a workshop for the evening.  I’m already plotting and scheming for some good ideas for future workshops.

The fabulous Momtaz who organises the night was busy taking photos of the evening’s craftiness, which she has put together in a blog post here.  There’s even a photo of me, but I can assure you, I was much happier than the photo suggests!  (I really need to work on my fear of being photographed).

All in all it was a great evening and I’m looking forward to more.  The next night is April 30th, with the theme of jewellery.  Break out the sparkly stuff!