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EAST YORKSHIRE FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S INSTITUTES
Woolly Thoughts has taken on a life of its own. People all round the world are using our materials to run their own workshops. When they report back to us they are always delighted with what they have achieved. On Wednesday 21st March 2007 and Wednesday 11th April 2007, two workshops were held at the offices of the East Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes on the subject of Modular Knitting. Shirley Cummings sent us this report:


As the Federation Office is quite small we can only take a maximum of twelve members at any workshop. The first workshop rapidly filled up with twelve ladies who wanted to come and learn about Modular Knitting. Still applications flowed in and a second workshop was arranged and this time we had fourteen ladies who crammed into the room.

Some years ago I arranged an Afghan competition where I held two workshops to teach how to knit a square from corner to corner in garter stitch and they were then asked to go away and design an afghan based on these squares. We had forty entries, more than we have ever had for a competition, and they made a colourful sight strung on washing lines ready for the judge. The winners were awarded prizes very generously donated by the yarn manufacturers.

With the second Workshop we followed this up by learning how to knit triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombus, hexagons and octagons. The ladies were fascinated at how the shapes evolved and they enjoyed sitting and knitting whilst chatting to each other for the whole day. Towards the end of the afternoon, I showed them examples of what they could knit using these shapes and they were highly delighted with the way the shapes were used. The Mathemagical Mittens were much admired and the one I handed round was tried on by everyone.

It was a good day and most enjoyable.