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The Print Focus: Knit-A-Soc

Bryony Leathes, Knit-A-Soc President, warming up for a year of fluffy fun

Knitting is not just for grannies and hipsters, or just for girls. It’s fun, sociable, inexpensive and excellent for de-stressing – perfect for students. We may have started very small, but we are now expanding. We want to recruit more members, organise more activities and events, and of course, do lots more knitting and crocheting together.

Last year was a huge success; we made lots of progress with the society and had plenty of fun. We made hats, gloves and scarves, which we are going to donate to the homeless. Our legendary first blanket, made with squares knitted by members, is very nearly finished after several evening sewing sessions, and we’d like to donate this to charity as well. Also, we started up our Thursday evening session, to ensure that people who can’t make it on Wednesdays won’t miss out!

However, we want this year to be even better. We use our knitting and crocheting to support Queen Mary’s RAG Fund, and for the past couple of years have held twelve hour Knit-a-Thons during RAG Week. In addition to this, we’ve started making lanyards, key rings and other woolly accessories to sell to students to raise money – so keep an eye out for us in the library square. As well as supporting charities, we also have plenty of social events to look forward to, such as exhibition trips and movie nights. Finally, this year we are embarking on our most ambitious project yet: a yarn-bombing on campus, although further details of this are currently for members’ ears only!

It’s not too late to get involved with our society. New members are always welcome, and we are eager to teach beginners how to knit. Our regular meetings are very relaxed; we knit/crochet, chat, drink tea and eat cake in a friendly environment. We are also open to new partnerships with charitable organisations – please do get in touch if you have anything that you think may be of interest to us.

Meetings are on Wednesdays from 3-5pm and Thursdays from 6-8pm, both in St Benet’s Chaplaincy Lounge, which is opposite Sainsbury’s on Mile End Road. St Benet’s is locked after 5pm, so please ring the doorbell when arriving after this time so that we can let you in. Both meetings follow the same format, so it’s fine if you can only attend one per week, but we would also be delighted if you can make both! If you already have a project you’re working on, please bring it along, or if not then we do have a small amount of equipment available for people to borrow.

Our email address is However, we strongly advise that you join our Facebook group, as this is where we do the vast majority of our communication (search for QMUL Knit-a-Soc).

Queen Mary’s fluffiest society, keeping you warm this winter!

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