Friday, 12 December 2008

Knitting cafes

Post number 27

The spring board we promised you: Knitting cafes started in Sweden a few years ago as far as we know and became a little popular in the US. We don’t know how proactive the Swedish cafes are as we speak, but wouldn’t be surprised if they are struggling to survive. However, flickr.com/photos, wool at Knit Lab Stockholm is proactive and sells wool to some. Their site was updated in October which is good news.

Also, as far as we aware, there are no knitting cafes in the UK, or at least one in London as a ‘test bed’ for the rest of the nation’s cities to follow suit. We have ideas for readers to set one up in London with a difference. We envisage to run it as a sustainable business if products and a market can be created for a profitable and sustainable business, or to set up a knitting/wool charity. Either way, it ought to be non – celebrity - centred and if we were to take liberties we would suggest to appoint Pierce Morgan as the chief celebrity detector. Celebrities are not welcome unless the likes of Jeremy Clarkson wear the uniform of knit café staff, members and contributors. Members of public at large are welcome to wear the uniform too to offer support.

Before we spell out our ideas, we make it clear that CCCC Limited will have no interest commercially or otherwise in taking part. We will remain in the back ground hidden from press, media, and new business/charity. We will be an over seer and offer advice through the blog to maintain the planned philosophies and to avoid the new venture or enterprise trip over landmines that others will place in their ways of progress.

We have more than 20 years of panoramic experience that helped us notice the ingenious move by Adidas to do away with the cable knit woollen cricket jumpers to the delight of Messrs Hugh Morris – the managing director of ECB and Michael Vaughan, the England captain. You be the judge of seeing how much of our 20 years watchful experience will come in handy for ensuring that the knit café will not be just a fad. If we succeed to have a unity of vision for social responsibility, and indeed business, then we will have achieved a great deal. All compliments of CCCC social responsibility drives.

We would recommend that the knitting café has a manifesto. Engineers design structures for most critical load cases. For example, a cantilever concrete slab that was thought to bear the load of 1,000 excited live concert goers may now have to be designed for 50,000 now that performers’ musical talents have hit such highs that are beyond belief. Take Puff Daddy, 50 pence (cents and pence may be equal before we end this debate) or the other one, for example. Need we say more?

We recommend that our manifesto be to be vigilant about our food security. That means self sufficiency. We produce 60% of our needs. Promoting wool through the London Knit café and by other peaceful knowledge - rich means (no hitting people, chaining ourselves to ships or terrorising reasearchers for the sake of animal welfare. We register what the latter do but will remain apolitical), we will have produced more milk, cheese and mutton (we may have to eat it) that will contribute somehow towards the deficit of 40%.

Food security means national security. Therefore, the knitting café will be set up to contribute to national security. Our currency of £, heaven forbid may become so worthless that we will not be able to buy imported food. Let us be engineers in this case. We won’t loose any thing by playing it safe.

Knitting café uniform: You can laugh until the significance sinks in. But first, you’ve had Mods and Rockers, You’ve had Teddy Boys, you’ve had the green and pink Mohicans. You’ve laughed. Laugh at the following, but wear it, and let others laugh at you:

Crisply pressed jeans with centre creases down the legs: This is as ridiculous as wearing sandals with socks, but there you are. Ultimately, it identifies you at a glance that you contribute to rural employment, the plight of sheep farmers some of whom live on state benefit and off course to national security through food security. Anyone wearing wrinkled jeans without centre creases will come across as out of touch, socially irresponsible and frankly, plain dumb (including Jeremy Clarkson).

A cotton T-shirt with a print of the humble cable knitted pure wool cricket jumper with the designated colours on the front. Check with ECB first so that you don’t contravene patents, copy rights and registration marks. Messrs Hugh Morris and Michael at least may not have objections and may come across as Clima-Cool as ever, and will remain delighted respectively. This item will be the first in a product range if organisers want to run the knitting café as a sustainable business. Use your imagination to print other wool related messages on your newly innovated T-shirts compliments of CCCC social responsiblity projects.

Trainers made by Adidas, Nike, Puma, and all others with uppers made of Harris Tweed, and Scottish tartans. If they refuse, then manufacture your own near copies of shape and styles without infringing patents, etc. A second product for the proposed business?

Adjustable hand made (in the knitting café to keep the place open 6 days a week) pure wool bracelets. Another product for the business but you may have competition: www.guardianecostore.co.uk/gaurdian/productid. We do not see many people wearing wool bracelets. If the ecostore is struggling, perhaps you could partner it and make them stronger. Benefit from their experiences…

Note: We do not recommend promoters of organic wool, recycled fabrics, people who put silver in fabrics for disinfection, and ethical fabrics to take part. By so doing, we will maintain crystal clear of the politics behind these philosophies. Also, we will have kept crystal clear water for the organisers of the knit cafe to see where they are going. You may just have to trust our 20 years of varied experiences on this one. For now, it will suffice to say that wool sheered from sheep is organic enough. Wool is protiene. The latter has constituents of hydrogen and carbon in it, elements that make a material to be classified as organic. Recycling? Well, you tell us if we need it while wool, silk and other natural fibres with the exception of cotton remain under utilised.

To be continued…

Mohammad

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