Knit with Attitude, the number one knitting shop in London is run by Norwegian May Linn Bang. Based in trendy Stoke Newington, the independent yarn shop specialise in ethical and eco-friendly yarn, and they’ll happily advice on all the know-hows and how-tos on all levels, from beginners to knitting experts.
So, without much knitting experience, too many lovely images on Pinterest and here on the blog inspired me to give it a go. And with May Linn’s (also known as Maya) encouragement I headed to Stoke Newington this morning, for a how-to beginner lesson and to purchase the finest of yarns. If I’m spending my time knitting I’d like the result to be wearable, both beautiful and comfortable.
Stoke Newington is a very special place in itself. Only by the time I’ve known it it has seen a massive transformation. This time I saw several cool shops like Beyond Retro, and cafes in addition to barber, fishmonger, butcher and veg shop. Maya said she rarely leaves Stokey and I can see why. There’s no need to, when everything is on your doorstep.
But I was there to visit Knit With Attitude, so with determination I decided to revisit to check out the other shops and rather get going on my new knitting project. After a quick walk through of possible patterns, we landed on this gorgeous poncho, the ‘Breeze Top’ from Purl Alpaca Designs.
I chose ‘dew’ which was a beautiful light grey colour. Maya quickly got me started with bamboo knitting pins, patterns and a beginner lesson.
At first, going there, I thought I’d do a scarf, at the most. But Maya firmly beliefs everyone can knit. And she’s such a good teacher, so by the time I left the shop, my knitting project was in full swing. And it had moved on from a scarf to a women poncho! And not only that… I found myself knitting on the bus, on my way home.
But before I let you go, I have more photos from this must visit shop! Worth mentioning is that Knit With Attitude shares the shop space with gift and art shop Cabbages & Kings, which is just another reason to visit!
Knit With Attitude is celebrating 5 years – so remember to say Happy Birthday if you stop by. It all started with a table in one of London’s markets, see the story here, in 2010. So a big well done to Maya for believing in and staying true to her vision; bring beautiful yarns and knitting skills to the people.
You can also shop online at knitwithattitude.com