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September 8, 2013 / KristenMakes

A Summer of Knitterly Events

It’s been a really busy summer, both in and out of work.  At work, we are in peak production just now, with loads of amazing knitted items coming in and being sent on their merry way.  Its a thrill that, while busy and stressful, remains exciting and makes each day an adventure.

Somehow, we’ve managed to squeeze in a few knitting events in Edinburgh this summer.  I can’t say no to any chance of meeting with and teaching knitters, so I went to both our Yarn Forward event at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival in July, and also to our Hand-Knitting Party at the V&C Scottish Gift Hall in Jenners in August.

Yarn Forward was a workshop at the Fashion Festival inside the City Arts Centre, so we had a lovely space and table, which we littered immediately with yarn and needles.  We had loads of activities ready – pom pom making, finger knitting, knitting a rabbit or a fish – but were ready to demonstrate any knitting technique or answer any question that came up.



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I had arranged for one of our star knitters to send in her current project back to us unfinished, so that we could display it and show a sweater-in-progress.  This sweater is our hand-knitted Horizon Fair Isle Yoke Pullover, knitted in lambswool.


The star knitter came to visit us too, and was really pleased with what we had done! Happy moment for me indeed!  We had all sorts of other visitors too, students, children, parents, even some of the City Arts Centre crew sat down for some knitting lessons.


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Kelsey who works with us had patterned out a baby hat, and which one knitter sat down and knitted entirely then and there! The hats turned out adorable.


We also had a lovely visit from Jess, of Ginger Twist Studios! She sat down for a bit of knit and chat, so we got a chance to catch up (and pose for a picture of course).


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The next event was our Hand-Knitters’ Party in August.  Valvona & Crolla with Jenners were kind enough to host us and invite along anyone who fancied a drop-in for some knitting, tea, cake, and chat.   We were able to sit right in the middle of the Scottish Gift Hall, surrounded by some fantastic Scottish brands (including our own!).

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We had a great time and the cakes were fantastic (so obviously they didn’t last long!).  People kept on dropping by and stopping to chat, whether they’d heard about the event or not.  I mean, who can pass up a chance to knit, or at least to stare at knitters knitting?

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It was fun to sit and chat with other knitters, and help to answer some questions too.  I got to demonstrate continental knitting and two-handed fair isle, and also help a few people out of the knitting troubles.  We had some more of our own knitters who lived locally come to visit, and even sit and knit with us for awhile.  It’s a great chance to get to know them, beyond our usual phone chats.  I quite enjoy these events and look forward to having another one soon hopefully!



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  1. Crafted by Carly / Sep 10 2013 7:33 am

    This all sounds and looks like SO much fun!!! 🙂

  2. Sarah / Nov 14 2013 1:48 am

    Oh, I bought an Eribe tam when visiting Scotland a few years ago. I think it came from the Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick. How fun to know that you are working for them!

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