How Things Grow! Christmas Knitting Workshops

Oh my, how things grow! Last year, in a moment of madness, I decided I was going to knit a Christmas Santa sack each day throughout advent. Eleven months on I’ve improved and added to them, published them as a pattern collection and now I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that I’m running some Christmas knitting workshops on them at the Woolly Beader in Okehampton.

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One of the aspirations I had for the patterns when I put them together as a collection,  was that as well as being fun for experienced knitters, that the simplest Santa sack could be used to learn to knit from, and that the collection could be used to build knitting skills. The three workshops I’m running are based around this idea.


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Thursday 9th November: Textured Santa Sacks (Suitable for Beginners and Improvers):
Learn to knit, or to improve newly learnt or rusty knitting skills, through knitting a simple textured Santa sack.

Thursday 16th November: Picture Santa Sacks using the Intarsia Technique (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):

Explore the intarsia knitting technique to knit one of the 20 adorable picture Santa sacks.

Fair isle group Santa SacksThursday 30th November: Colour work Santa Sacks (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):
Learn to knit stranded colour work/ fair isle or to improve your stranded knitting technique through knitting a festive Santa sack. Areas discussed will include tension issues in stranded colour work, knitting in the round, two handed colour work and avoiding the ‘jog’.

If you’re in interested you’ll need to sign up by contacting The Woolly Beader. 

And finally, a BIG thank you to all my lovely regular readers who’ve cheered me on with this project since the first mad moment when I decided I was going to knit a Santa sack each day throughout advent last year.

Stitch Fest 2017

Just popping in to mention – if you don’t know already – Stitch Fest 2017 is on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November.

Stitch Fest launched in November 2016 with a hugely successful festival that drew people from all over the UK to Devon. Now in its second year, Stitch Fest 2017 will showcase some of the best independent makers, dyers, spinners and designers in the UK yarn industry.  There are workshops, talks and, of course, lots of stuff to buy! Click here to find out all about it!



Knitting, Stitching and Hobbycraft Show Exeter

Last Friday I headed out to the Knitting, Stitching and Hobbycraft Show at Westpoint near Exeter. It was as much a day out with friends as a show visit, since it’s a very mixed bag and there are rarely any stalls that sell the sort of yarn I buy. It is however a very nice show, particularly if you’re interested in a range of crafts. As well as crafty things to buy, there are exhibitions and are various guilds tables, plus the stalls that shouldn’t be there, such as sweets, kitchenware and scarves.

Several of the exhibits caught my eye:

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My Spinning Journey Part One: Channelling Anita Rani – aka learning to spin

I ‘blame’ Shelia who blogs at Sewchet. Not long ago, we fell into conversation about learning to spin. Since we live in neighbouring counties – we speculated about taking a weekend workshop together somewhere in the middle. However, I knew of an amazingly knowledgeable and talented teacher called Jane Deane, who lives locally to me, so meet in the middle turned into sleep over.

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Anniken Allis’s Workshop: Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl

Last Tuesday I took a workshop on continental knitting at Spin a Yarn in Bovey Tracey.

The class was taken by the lovely and very talented Anniken Allis. And, as an added bonus, Belinda Harris-Reid turned  out to be one of the participants. Anniken was an excellent, knowledgeable, patient and attentive tutor and it wasn’t long before I had the hang of the continental knit stitch.


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