This post is written by guest blogger, Bairbre, a regular knitter at the Wednesday morning and Saturday afternoon Knit in the City groups
Every November for the past eight years myself and my sister Eithne have
taught a week-end knitting workshop in the ICA Education Centre at An
Grianan, Termonfeckin, County Louth. In the early years we advertised the
workshop in yarn-shops around the country but pretty soon we had a core
bunch of between 16 and 20 people who turned up year after year and we gave up advertising.
Each workshop we concentrate on something different eg
knitting from the top down, mitred knitting, shadow knitting, lace knitting.
This year the group requested sock knitting so that¹s what we did.
It was hugely successful and all the participants went away happy. By Sunday lunchtime the majority of people had at least 1 sock completed, a couple even had both done and were ready to start a second pair!
Last spring, on Ravelry’s, Irish Knitters discussion forum, gave birth to the idea of a weekend getaway. What started as a simple discussion on “let’s go away for the weekend and just have fun knitting together…” Soon, this idea was planted into the minds of four volunteers…3 knitters and 1 crocheter from Dublin and Cork…A planning committee was formed to take Ravelry’s Irish Knitters to the next level.
The First Irish Knitters Retreat 2008 was held 17 to 19 October in Co. Galway. Fourteen members of Ravelry’s Irish Knitters arrived via automobile, bus and train from all over Ireland and converged on Tom & Mairead’s B&B, Craig Country House for a weekend of fiber frolicking, which included knitting & crocheting, a learn to handspin workshop, retail therapy in Galway City and relaxing by the fireside at the B&B.
Here’s a few of our photos from a memorable and fun weekend…
Sit ‘n’ Knit by the fireside…
Frolic with Fibre: Learn to spin your own handspun yarn with Chic with Stix…
hand-dyed fibre by Winona Queen
Retail therapy in Galway City…
the not so camera-shy knitting delegates…
several of the knitting delegates completed knitting the urchin
The Irish Knitters Retreat Planning Committee:
special thanks to our LYS proprietors at:
The Yarn Room
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