Blankets and quilt squares

Two of the activities at Disley’s Great Get Together were

A total of 19 blankets were made


And 27 Quilt squares were created


June Happenings in Disley WI

The Craft Group had a great social evening in the Rams Head at the start of the month, and a couple of weeks later had a workshop on crochet skills

As usual, WI members created a wonderful well dressing board for the Disley Well Dressing


Many members helped to organise and took part in Disley Great Get Together – by knitting squares, waitressing, making peace quilt squares, singing in the community choir and coming along and eating cake. The event was a great success!

The Monday Book Club read ‘the flight between oceans’ by ML Stedman


June meeting

Our speaker this month was Jane Murison who is Head of User Experience & Design at the BBC.


Also, Elicia gave a five minute talk on the charity she volunteers for – Affecting Real click here for the website

Elicia goes out to the Gambia where she works with venerable children and children with special needs. She has now been 9 times and the latest project involves setting up of a computer lab


Several members went to see comedian Stewart Lee at the Buxton Opera House – great night!

The Supper club went to The Sycamore in Birch Vale]



May Meeting – Resolutions

The May meeting was held on a gloriously sunny evening. We discussed the two resolutions will go forward to the Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June and had a Bring and Share buffet afterwards


The two resolutions were …

Alleviating loneliness
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.
Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

The vote was unanimous for campaigning against more microplastic fibres reaching our oceans and unanimous against a national WI campaign to alleviate loneliness. We all agreed that this should be done at a local level not mandated by a national campaign

fancy line

Mary T was this month’s ‘5 minute advocate’ and she told us about the Piece by Peace quilt project that some members are taking part in.  click here for piece-by-peace website

fancy line

There was a meeting in the White Horse after the meeting to discuss our entry for this year’s Disley Show WI display.

As a reminder the items we need to make are:

A cake incorporating garden fruit or vegetables
A gardeners’ apron
A jar of home-made jam, or chutney of our choice
A basket of home-grown produce, e.g. fruit, vegetables, eggs
A cottage garden floral arrangement
A framed picture depicting an English Country Garden in a medium of our
choice, e.g. collage, embroidery, photography, painting etc.

Annual Coffee Morning

On Saturday, February 25th it was our turn to hold the Saturday Coffee morning in the Community Centre. It was a very successful morning with lots of cakes for sale, a tombola, two raffles, a plant stall and a craft stall

The amount raised for our nominated charity of 2017, The North West Air Ambulance Service, was an amazing £400

Many thanks to everyone who donated, helped out and attended!


How to knit a 10 inch/25 cm square

How to knit a 10 inch/25 cm square for the Disley Great Get Together on Sunday June 18th 1.30pm to 4.30pm in Disley Community Centre  click here for details

If anyone needs some help – please just ask Paula or one of the other knitty people

And if anyone has a yarn stash they’d like to donate to this worthwhile cause – it would be  very gratefully received

Any thickness of yarn can be used – similar squares will be matched up for sewing together – see chart for size of needle needed for which type of yarn

Yarn Approx Needle Size in mm
4 ply 3.25
Double knitting 4
Aran 5
Chunky 6


How many stitches you need for a 10 inch square will depend on the thickness of the yarn and the size of the needle, and how tightly you knit.

This is a (very) rough guide to how many stitches …

  • 4 ply yarn with 3.25mm needles needs 63 stitches
  • DK yarn with 4mm needles needs 53 stitches
  • Aran yarn with 5mm needles needs 40 stitches
  • Chunky yarn with 6mm needles needs 36 stitches


There are various methods of ensuring you end up with the right size square


Cast on 20 stitches, knit a few rows and then measure across the row nearest the needle. Then work out how many stitches you need to cast on to obtain 10 inches

e.g. if your 20 stitches measure 3.25 inches, then you need to cast on approx 62 stitches to get a 10 inch square  (10 divided by 3.25,  and then multiplied by 20)

Then just keep knitting until your work measure 10 inches/25cm long and cast off.


Increasing half

Row 1: Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, increase 1, Knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 3 until the side of the square measures 10 inches/25cm

Next row: Knit to end of row. Do not cast off.

Decreasing half

Row 1: Knit 1, k2tog, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 until 2 stitches remain.

Next row: Bind off/cast off. Leave a 50 cm/20” tail (for sewing the squares together).



Work out how many stitches you need for 20 inches (see method 1)

Cast on enough stitches for 20 inches

Row 1 (wrong side): K across

Row 2 (Right side): Slip one, knit to the centre 3 stitches, knit those together and knit to the end

Row 3: Sl 1, K across

Repeat rows 2 and 3. Slip one. Eventually, you will have just 3 stitches. Knit them together and fasten off (with long tail that can be used for sewing squares together)