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UK fibre festival Woolfest is celebrating its 10th year this year. Held Friday June 27 and Saturday June 28 at the Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria, the event promises to be a showcase and celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. There will be demonstrations, classes, shopping and all sorts of fibre-y fun.
Very smart: a yarn shop in the UK is promoting knitting as a tool to help smokers quit their addiction. KnitOwl in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has announced a special series of ‘KnitQuitin’ classes on Wednesday nights.
File under: not a typo. The headline reads ‘Musselburgh volunteers learn how to knit a shoal‘. Knitters are making fish to be displayed in an exhibition about women in the fishing industry. They will be used in a theatrical performance, “Get up and Tie Your Fingers“, which tells the story of the 1881 Eyemouth Fishing Disaster, in which twenty ships and nearly 200 men were lost, through the eyes of the wives and children of the men involved.
Inspired by the very successful campaign in Harrogate, a resident of Cambridge, UK, is looking to collect mini knitted replicas of cycling jerseys and other cycling-themed items to decorate the town for its part in this year’s Tour De France. Cycling trainer Rad Wagon says that knitting “is in Cambridge’s DNA”, and he wants to leverage the skills of the town’s knitters and yarnbombers “…to show that Cambridge can do things slightly differently, and perhaps slightly oddly.”
Love this: a keen knitter has started up a stitch & brew event at a local craft brewery in Henderson, North Carolina. Sandy Polson relocated to the town from Florida a couple of years ago, and established the get-together as a way to meet new people. It sounds like they have a great time, although I’m not sure about the quality of the work being done after a few pints…