I Knit started life as a small group of friends who met one night at The Beehive pub in Vauxhall, London and who shared a common thread - knitting.
Gerard wanted to meet other knitters who didn't mind dropping a few stitches over a pint or two, and who wanted to get out and knit instead of sitting in front of the TV at home.
Since that first meeting the I Knit London group has met in over 50 different venues across the capital, attracting knitters of all ages and abilities for a social, creative, and sometimes drunken, experience.
The knitting group is still the fundamental driving force behind everything we do. Shortly after the first meeting, we opened a small market stall at historic Old Spitalfields Market in London's East End. Driven by a passion for more exciting yarn than the average department store, and encouraged by fellow knitters, we sourced a few gorgeous yarns and needles and cycled across London every Sunday with rucksacks full of silk, alpaca, merino, birch and rosewood needles! It was here we met hundreds of like-minded knitters, crocheters and creative types who shared their ideas and experience with us. Each Sunday was always worth that long cycle ride and very early start - even on the days we didn't sell anything, we met some lovely folk, and ate loads of organic cakes.
On September 2nd 2006 the I Knit London shop and sanctuary for knitters opened in Bonnington Square, SW8 and we attracted more and more knitters and began to run classes and the knitting group found a new home and we began to meet every Tuesday and Wednesday evening. On 15th March 2008 IKL moved the new, bigger shop and sanctuary for knitters at 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1...and the knitting continues. The shop is open until 9pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with weekely knitting groups every Wednesday and Thursday. Please feel welcome to join us whether you are just passing through or whether you live/work in London.