Glasgow Woolly Huggers - who's up for a meet-up?

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It's a while since we met up for cake and gossip and coffee and more cake knitting, so it would be nice to have a meet up soon, I think.

The days that seem to work best for people are either Mondays at the Burrell Collection or Wednesdays at the Tramway - so if anyone has any preferences, speak now and we will try to fit in round them.

We are a very friendly group, and it will be lovely to see new faces as well as the old ones, so if you are in the Glasgow area, like knitting and/or crochet, and enjoy blether, coffee and cake - please do come along and join us, when we have set a date, of course.

Mondays or Fridays for me (boo for work)

I might have to pass on cake for some celery as the diet kicks in. But will be there with bells on if I can make it!

prettybird Sun 06-Jan-13 15:14:20

I'm up for a meeting any time. Will have to forego the cake though as I'm on BIWI's BootCamp from tomorrow stuffs face with lovely moist home made Christmas cake in the mean time grin

HairyPotter Sun 06-Jan-13 17:41:21

Mon tues or (some) weds for me! Cake essential though. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 20:28:19


In my heart.

Have fun and good blether. Don't even know if that's the right use of the word. Have fun!


Blether = chat so yes correct use of the word pistey!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 06-Jan-13 21:07:20

One day I shall come and blether wine

HairyPotter Sun 06-Jan-13 21:26:58

You and knotty could be there in spirit! We could skype! I will take cake of your cake for you. <helpful>

Just let me know when, Pistey, and you can come and stay here. Knotty too.

prettybird Sun 06-Jan-13 22:47:04

I already owe Pistey a bed for a few nights. We can fight over her wink

prettybird Thu 10-Jan-13 15:16:11

Any closer on setting a date? Looks like Monday is the best bet. How about a week on Monday (21st)?

It would be good to catch up.

21st works for me!

21st would work for me too - at the Burrell?

prettybird Thu 10-Jan-13 15:47:55

Burrell was fine last time smile Wonder if I'll be able to get a low-carb lunch there but I could always bring a packed lunch that meets Boot Camp "rules" grin

They have a selection of salads, prettybird.

Does 11am suit people?

Yep fine with me! The did have a large selection of salad stuff, but I didn't pay much attention to it! Are there carbs in cake???

biff23 Thu 10-Jan-13 16:04:20

I have just started crocheting, would that qualify me for meet up even though I'm very much a novice? One of my new year's resolutions is to meet new people and socialise more so I'd love to join you all if that's okay? Date and time suit perfectly smile .

biff23 Thu 10-Jan-13 16:06:58

I have just started crocheting, would that qualify me for meet up even though I'm very much a novice? One of my new year's resolutions is to meet new people and socialise more so I'd love to join you all if that's okay? Date and time suit perfectly smile .

Of course biff! I only started knitting in February, so I'm very much still a novice too. Don't ask me abut crochet though, pretty and SDTG can whip you into shape though! smile

biff23 Thu 10-Jan-13 16:23:03

Excellent, thanks. I only started around October so really am a beginner.

prettybird Thu 10-Jan-13 16:38:53

I still can't crochet as I need a left-hander to teach me although Pistey keeps on giving my links to left-handed crochet tutorials

We call this Scottish Woolly Hugs meet-ups - but we tend to natter and eat cake more than we actually knit or crochet! blush

I did teach HairyPotter how to do cable though [proud]

Oh yes it was cabling y taught hairy! Not witchcraft crochet!!

It will be lovely to see you, Biff. I will probably be crocheting white granny squares for an Angel Hug - I can do a basic pattern, but I might strike out and try a slightly harder one - though the snowflakes I tried to crochet on Monday were not a huge success. blush

biff23 Thu 10-Jan-13 18:46:06

Daft question, I know, but do we bring our crochet/k sitting etc with us and is this how I will recognise you all a la red rose in lapel smile .

Yes to both questions, Biff. I will try to get there a bit early and bag a table with comfy chairs, and I will probably have my huge knitting bag with me (it's easier just to pick it up, lock, stock and barrel, than to try to decide what I don't need).

I will look forward to seeing you there!smile

Yes to show off I usually don't get much done because I'm running after ds!

biff23 Thu 10-Jan-13 19:13:29

Excellent, looking forward to it. Better try to decipher a pattern now or I could stick with my wonky scarf!

HairyPotter Thu 10-Jan-13 19:31:15

Yay! 21st suits me too!

Pretty did teach me to cable. She was fab as I am very dim. Biff, can you teach me crochet? Many have tried but I think I am just too dumb blush

Bring on the cake. I'm happy to eat all the ones that you low carbers don't want. grin I'm nice like that.

Me too, Hairy - we are so self sacrificing, aren't we!

biff23 Fri 11-Jan-13 11:18:47

Lol hairy - I tried to teach my 10 year old dd but she ended up in tears!

I'll have a go at helping biff teach you to crochet, Hairy - we can tag-team.

prettybird Fri 11-Jan-13 11:57:59

It'll be good to meet you Biff smile. One of my New Year's Resolutions was also to make more friends - so we can help each other achieve that! Before last year, the only other Scottish Woolly Hugger I knew was STDG (who I'd met at a previous MN meet-up smile) but Hairy and Glaikit are also lovely smilesmile

I've just "semi-cold" emailed a mum from the rugby club as part of my resolution as we seemed to be on similar wavelengths. Still to arrange a time to have our coffee/wine - but she replied quickly very positively! smile

Well - you are a lovely person, prettybird, so I am not surprised she is keen to meet up with you.

<lights joss sticks and joins love in> I can only repeat what Pretty and SDTG said!

<< snogs Glaikit >>

Ooh err blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 11-Jan-13 12:39:41

You all snogging? i thought that was just us Southerners? grin

I have the sad handicap of having been born English, Pistey. I am bringing my nasty furrin habits to Scotland. grin

Aye these interlopers with their exotic ways! Bring on independence wink!

AIBU to think that, if Scotland is going to be independant, we should do it properly^ and dig a Channel between us and England? grin

Just build Hadrians wall again!

prettybird Fri 11-Jan-13 14:29:12

Where's a Facebook "Like" when you need one grin

GoingGoingGoth Fri 11-Jan-13 14:30:38

Erm moved up around October (from the other side of the border), may I come too? grin

Sorry goinggoinggoth! Of course you are welcome to come! grin the more the merrier!

GoingGoingGoth Fri 11-Jan-13 14:37:29

Phew! Was starting to worry <desperately refreshing page after post>

We decided to move up before you lot shut the border! I can bring a shovel, if you need help?

grin between you and me I can't see it happening. Devo max maybe, but not full independence. So you'll be ok!

Alas, I cannot do Mondays due to dratted work. Next time with luck, hope you're all well?

I have had an Idea. * Pistey* and Knotty should examine their social diaries, and try to find a window of opportunity for a visit or visits to Scotland - and when such dates have been found, we can plan a meet-up specially for them! Good idea, no?!

Blotted - we'll try to have the next one on a day you can do. Dratted work indeed - do they not understand how important gossipping and eating cake knitting is?? shock

Ooops - bolding fail. Pistey also needs to examine her diary (consult with her social secretary, perchance) to find a date for a visit. 2013 should be the year of the Pistey and Knotty Scottish meetups.

This is the worst part of not having my own craft shop anymore wink

prettybird Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:01

Just worked out remembered who you are in RL blottedcopybook smile


prettybird Mon 14-Jan-13 22:34:10

I'm now going to be a couple of hours late sad - but knowing you lot, you'll still be yabbering and eating cake knitting and crocheting. wink

11am was the only time I could see my nice former boss who I'm asking for some career advice.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 14-Jan-13 22:40:49

I've not been to the Burrell before, so is there any particular place to meet up? (So I'm not wandering around like a lost soul)
Or will the large bags of knitting give it away? grin

If you go through the gift shop, and turn right down the corridor with the stained glass panels in it, and at the end, you will find the stairs down to the cafe - we will be down there.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 15-Jan-13 10:03:35

Thanks, didn't want to be asking random people if they MNed

The first time we met, it was at the Tramway, and when I walked in, hauling my knitting bag, I was accosted by a woman asking me if I was a 'Woolly Wednesday', to which I answered, 'No, I'm a mumsnet woolly hugger'! It turned out that she had come for a regular knitting group that met there, but was late, and couldn't find the group she was looking for - so I knitter-napped her for our group, and we had a lovely chat.

In the end, the regular group did find her (they had been upstairs), and took her off with them - but not before we all had a chat about knitting and knitting groups, and told them all about the Woolly Hugs.

prettybird Wed 16-Jan-13 14:27:47

Good news: my other meeting has been moved to 4pm, so I'll be able to be there for 11 after all! smile


Watching the news, the Burrell are struggling to raise funds to fix their roof. I shall buy more cake during our visit. For the cause you see, I'm selfless like that!

prettybird Fri 18-Jan-13 20:27:37

You can eat some cake on my behalf! wink

I will do that too, Glaikit - pure selfless, we are!

prettybird Fri 18-Jan-13 22:17:33

Neither of you are Glasgow Council tax payers, so so you should!

Thinks about the thousands of pounds I have to pay in council tax and mutters about the "hangers on" in Milngavie and the Mearns and who happily use Glasgow's facilities without contributing angrysad

Hastens to add that neither of you fall into that category! grin

You are more than welcome to come and avail yourself of west lothian's finest facilities! There is bubbles leisure centre, it has flumes! And um, other stuff I'm sure!

Linlithgow palace too!

HairyPotter Fri 18-Jan-13 22:57:41

I am in the back arse of nowhere. We have nowt sad

I'll have extra cake to make up for the pain wine

biff23 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:44:57

Just thought I'd better check in to make sure plans hadn't changed. See you all at 11 smile .

Can't wait!

prettybird Sun 20-Jan-13 13:13:37

Will be there smile

I'm watching the weather. We are at the top of a hill which can be quite tricky. Looks like we are in for more snow overnight and tomorrow morning. So as much as I would like to see you all, I might not make it sad

prettybird Sun 20-Jan-13 13:52:21

That would be a shame - but you are right to put safety first sad

biff23 Sun 20-Jan-13 17:18:17

We used to get loads of snow, EK, haven't had any.

Well the snow forecast for this afternoon never appeared. Maybe will be lucky tonight!

prettybird Sun 20-Jan-13 18:38:07

Weather forecast on the news not looking hopeful sad

Still nothing more here. I was just thinking about that road up to the Burrell, will it be cleared if there is snow?

If I got all the way to Glasgow only to get stuck there would just be my luck!

prettybird Sun 20-Jan-13 23:00:34

That road will be fine. a) it's sheltered and b) there's no snow forecast here anyway.

I'm calling off, it's currently a blizzard here. One neighbour has just got stuck trying to get out the road. I'm sure the main roads will be fine, but I'm not risking it. I'll bake a cake and eat it instead!

Have fun!

prettybird Mon 21-Jan-13 09:07:19

That's a shame but definitely the right call. It's not "essential travel" even if we might think Woolly Hugs business is smile

No snow here in Glasgow. I tell a lie - it has tried to, but there is only a barely visible smear on bare earth and no sign on any other surface.

Blizzard has changed to a gentle fluttering, but I hasn't stopped since I got up. Going to take ds out on his sledge later! Every cloud??

HairyPotter Mon 21-Jan-13 09:40:40

Arghhh! Another one calling off. I'm really gutted, dd1 is off school ill and I don't feel I can abandon her. sad

Can we organise another one soon? Can never have too much woolly hugging cake grin

I hope you all have a lovely time <sobs quietly in her cake free house>


4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)

a small splash of vanilla extract

1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). And why is this most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Apparently this works well with peanut butter in place of the chocolate chips - or so ds1 tells me.

We will miss you both, Hairy and Glaikit - and we will do our best to organise the weather better for the next one!

I was thinking - would it be a good idea to see when pistey and knotty could come up, and arrange a Glasgow meet up to coincide with that? We could tempt them north of the border with cake!

It was a lovely meet up - great to see biff and Goth and prettybird - though Hairy and Glaikit were much missed - I hope you are not snowed in, you two!

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 15:39:16

Lovely afternoon, and I made it back just in time to pick Dd up from school.

Aw, I'm vexed I didn't make it today but I just took a wee drive to the shop and got stuck half way up the hill coming back. Had to walk the rest of the way, ds was not amused!

Sorry to have missed you Goth, hopefully meet you next time. smile

HairyPotter Mon 21-Jan-13 16:30:06

No snow here, well nothing worth talking about. My poorly dd and I snuggled up under a blanket and watched musical dvd's all day. My throat is all hurty now, I sang loudly and out of tune all the way through. It was fab.

Glaikit, that cake sounds amazing, I am going to give it a bash in a min. I hope you and your scrummy ds managed some sledging.

Sorry I missed meeting Biff and Goth, is there another date in the pipeline? I'm gutted I couldn't go. Fab idea to get Pistey and Knotty up sometime. We could make a day of it with dinner and wine gin

biff23 Mon 21-Jan-13 16:43:20

Nice meeting you all ladies and my crochet square now actually is square thanks to Goth's help. Snow all gone when I got home ho hum. Definitely up for another meet whenever suits you all.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 17:01:50

biff23 excellent!

Oh yes definitely up for another meet.

Glaikit yes would be lovely to see you, and that cake sounds great. Will be doing that soon.

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