Happy Valentines Day if that is your kind of thing!
Will you be going to Unravel this year? I always enjoy Unravel–its location in the Maltings, all the fun events and vendors, the atmosphere all come together to make a lovely weekend.
This year will be a bit different for me, as I am both teaching and giving a talk (!). I was surprised when the organisers asked about a talk, and not only that, but specifically something about my journey as a knitter. It seemed a tall order to speak about myself for 40 minutes; even if I thought of something to say, who would come listen to me go on and on? Well, we will find out Sunday….
So it would be super duper fab if you, yes you! would join me at Unravel in Farnham Maltings, at which I will be hosting a workshop on rejuvenating your unloved knitwear on Sunday 22 February. I would really love to see your unloved and unworn knits, and work with you to resuscitate those jumpers, hats, scarves or whatever you may have around that needs a little work and affection.
In the spirit of making do and mending, I thought I would show and tell a jumper I worked on not so long ago.
Inspired by the gorgeous work of the lovely Julie of Knitted Bliss and, of course, Tom of Holland, Master Darner, I was keen to repair a particularly holey sweater I came across. It was one for the bin rather than the charity shop, so I figured there was no risk in trying some visible mending.
I didn’t mind the process, although I hadn’t considered my old eyes when I decided to darn a fine-gauge sweater. It seemed to get finer as the darning when on, and there was always one more hole than I thought there would be.
OK, it’s not the most beautiful craftsmanship ever. I had imagined very neat and beautiful darning, but mine turned out rather more, err, rustic.
Nevertheless, I am pretty happy with it.
I do hope to see you at Unravel. If you can’t make the workshop, it would still be great to see you. I will be loitering at the Kettle Yarn Co. booth–please come and say ‘hi’!