Grandma Ida taught our owner, Jayne, to knit when she was a little girl. In April 2016 Ida’s House opened: as a knitting shop we sell yarn, knitting and crochet accessories, and haberdashery items, but we also host twice weekly social nights and offer one-on-one teaching and classes for knitters and crocheters of all levels.
We look forward to seeing you in store soon,
The team at Ida’s House
Ida's House Social Club meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Feel free to drop in any time, 7-9pm. The charge for the evening is £4 for tea or coffee, cake, and advice from the Knit and Crochet experts. For every evening you attend we will give you a stamp on your Social Club card and when it is full up your next visit will be on us!
Following the super positive response to our Learn to Crochet days, we are holding a day of “bite size” crochet workshops. These short sessions offer the opportunity to perfect a technique or learn a new skill – pick and choose what you need to learn or just fancy doing from our selection of courses and you can advance your crochet in just one hour!
Each one hour session costs £10 – this does not include materials so please make sure you have checked the requirements for your workshop so you can come prepared on the day. We will of course have lots of lovely yarns and accompanying crochet hooks in stock if you need anything.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Joining Granny Squares
Granny squares are quick and fun to make, and very versatile, but are you stuck with a stack that you want to transform into something else? In this quick class, our resident crochet teacher Maggie will show you how to join together granny squares so you can turn them in to any number of things!
Please bring two completed granny squares, some yarn and an appropriately sizes crochet hook to join them together.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Crochet in the round
If you have mastered the basics of crochet, learning how to crochet in the round can open up lots of project opportunities to you. Maggie will teach you this technique so you can develop your skills and tackle new crochet challenges.
For this class you will need some yarn (in whichever weight you prefer to work in) and the correct size of crochet hook.
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Crochet Flowers
Our shop is decorated with crochet flowers and we receive lots of complements on them! A number of you have asked how they are made and, in this class, Maggie will show you the secrets of crochet flower construction.
This session requires you to bring some DK yarn and a crochet hook – if you are capable at crochet, please feel free to bring yarn in more than one colour to experiment with your flower designs!
As much as we may moan about them, we know that the final stages of a knitting project are essential to achieving a professional finish. Sarah Goodwin has devised a two-stage workshop to cover a range of finishing techniques – from picking up stitches to blocking your completed project. Join one (or both!) of her sessions so you can finish your projects to a high standard that reflects the hours you spent knitting them!
The cost of each two hour session is £20; this does not include materials so please make sure you read the requirements for each session carefully so you can come prepared.
Saturday 6th May, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Finishing Techniques 1: Casting off, Picking up stitches
In this session, Sarah will introduce you to a variety of cast off methods so you can select the right cast off for your project. You will also learn how to pick up stitches for neck bands and blanket edging.
You will need to bring one 10x10cm stocking stitch square still on the needle in whichever yarn or gauge you prefer, as well as the yarn and needles.
Saturday 13th May, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Finishing Techniques 2: Blocking, Mattress stitch
Mattress stitch is a method of sewing up that ensures professional-looking seams – learn how to achieve lovely, neat seams with Sarah in this session. This class will also cover blocking, a final stage in the knitting process that can radically improve the finished look of your work.
You will need to bring two complete 10x10cm stocking stitch squares, some yarn and a knitter’s needle to join them. We have plenty of knitter’s needles and blocking pins in stock should you need some tools on the day.
Book Your Session
The number of spaces on all our workshops is limited so that everyone can get the most out of the sessions – if you would like to join us for a class, please book your place in advance. You can contact the shop on 01883 345 220 or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). To secure your place, we will require a non-refundable 50% deposit to be paid in advance.
In the event of a cancellation, we can reimburse your deposit if another student is available to take your place; we will be running a waiting list system for eventualities like these but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date is less likely to be refundable.
It is possible to book individual lessons with our knitting and crochet teachers by contacting the shop. Simply contact the shop to arrange a class.
Call us on 01883 345220 or send us an e-mail at email@example.com to arrange a class