Getting ready to Unravel

Unravel at Farnham Maltings

 

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….

If you can’t make it to the event, I did a little Q&A with the Unravel team you can find on their blog.

Also, congratulations to @laraloreleiknits, the winner of my Sweetheart giveaway. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Wish me luck!

Rx

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A darned jumper

Hello!

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.

ELK darned sweater 1

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.

ELK darned sweater 2OK, 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.

ELK darned sweater 3 ELK darned sweater 5 ELK darned sweater 4

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’!

Happy knitting,

R.