PETT WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Pett WI meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Pett Village Hall, next to the Two Sawyers pub, from 7pm – 9pm. We enjoy interesting speakers, fundraising activities, theatre outings, and the objectives of the WI, which is NOT just about Jam and Jerusalem! Visitors welcome.
For more information, contact Hilary Dymott;813553; email@example.com
Well! What a blast was had at The 7th Big Village Lunch on the second Sunday in June! 100 villagers’ – families and friends – ranging from 92 years old to 5 years old enjoyed a communal lunch and an Amazing Feast of Puddings accompanied by the wonderful sound of the band ‘Lipstick and Beatnicks’.
The theme was the celebration of 100 years of Women’s Suffrage – so the colour theme was green, white, and purple bunting, napkins and rosettes, and many of the ticket holders turned up in the same colours. We were also honoured with Clare Calcott-James dressed in a real Edwardian Suffragette dress – she won the prize for the best costume, naturally, which was presented by our very own celebrity Sophie-Louise Dann – West End star of the musicals Calendar Girls and Made in Dagenham – which appropriately both celebrated the Power of Women.
The members of Pett WI worked so hard to make this a success and over £400 was raised to be shared amongst local organisations. Thank you to all who supported the day with donations of puddings, raffle prizes, and to those who bought tickets, danced, sang, and generally had a great time.
Our June meeting was one of socialising – we have several new members to get to know – and of poppy-making for the November Yarn Bombing of Pett Church. We are getting closer and closer to the 5,000 total! We enjoyed a questionnaire on what members would like to see in the programme next year.
In July we welcome Annie Whelan the Chief Officer of Seaview – the wellbeing centre in St Leonards that offers help and inspiration for people living on society’s margins. Seaview is a project very close to Pett WI’s heart. This is the third year of our supporting the organisation with donations from our WISPA project, and donations of clothes, too. The title of Annie’s talk is ‘Reaching the Furthest First’. To listen to this inspirational woman please do come along on Wednesday July 18th at 7pm at Pett Village Hall.
Later on in the month on 29th July Pett WI will be having a stall at Fairfest in Fairlight , and another note for your diary – Pett WI, for one month only, is taking over the monthly Coffee Morning at Anne & Tim’s request (they get very busy down on the farm at this time of year). So we hope to see the regulars on Wednesday 1st August for scrumptious coffee, scone and cakes – see you there!
Patterns for Poppy Yarn-Bombing
For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9). If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size.
Easy ribbed poppy pattern – use size UK9 (3.5 or 3.75 mm) needles
Colour A: 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies)
Colour B: Scrap of black yarn or black button
Body of Poppy:
Using Colour A Cast on 60 stitches
Rows 1 –10: K2, P2 across whole row (for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib).
Row 11: Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches).
Row 12: Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over… repeat across the whole row (10 stitches).
Break off yarn with very long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight and secure, leaving long thread for securing onto railings etc. Sew up side of poppy.
Centre of Poppy:
Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre or use a black button and sew to centre of poppy.
You will need some red wool and a black button. For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn).
- Three petal crochet poppy
with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle.
Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst.
Work the three petals separately.
Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.
Petal 2. Work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.
Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre. Add pin
- Two petal crochet poppy
Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts)
Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again.
Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again.
Fasten off. Attach button in the centre. Add pin.
Stitch explanation: st(s) = stitch (es) ch = chain rep=repeat dc = double crochet
rnd=round htr = half treble crochet slst = slip stitch r = row tr = treble crochet