Knitting with Hand Spun Yarn and meet the sheep

Duration: 1 day 10am – 4.30pm

Price: £65

Run by: Rainy Williamson
at The Little Lancashire Smallholding


42 Bury Old Road

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About the Course

This workshop is aimed at knitters of all abilities that would like to experience knitting with textured one of a kind, hand spun yarn. The yarn is made by hand, from the fleece of sheep, on a traditional wooden spinning wheel. Such yarns give an originality to your knitted projects that simply cannot be obtained with mass produced yarn.

The day will flow something like this:
Arrive to hot drinks and on chilly days, get warm by the wood burner.
Chat about hand spun yarns, what goes into their creation, how they differ from commercial yarns and how you can make the most of them in your own knitting.
Choose a pattern to suit your knitting ability [scarf, cowl, cushion cover etc.]
Choose a hand spun yarn to suit you and your chosen pattern.
Cast on and get knitting.

Meet the sheep then enjoy lunch cooked on the Aga.
Continue knitting, chatting and enjoying homemade cake and hot drinks. A short demonstration of hand spinning will take place whilst you knit.
At the end of the day you’ll take home your finished item [or WIP] hand spun yarn to finish your project and your knitting needles.

Max group size is 5.
Suitable for all levels of knitting experience. If you can do a basic knit stitch that’s fine.
The workshop held on my smallholding on the border of Bury and Bolton in Lancashire.
Accessibility: the workshop is wheelchair accessible but access to the toilet is limited. Please feel free to contact me if you require more specific details. There are 4 steepish steps between the workshop and the sheep. You will need a coat but wellies/boots are NOT necessary.

Rainy Williamson is a qualified teacher of over 25 years’ experience, with a life time of crafting to share with you. She is also the editor of British Fibre Art magazine.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Unlimited tea, coffee, and cordial throughout the day.
Hot vegetarian lunch cooked on the aga.
Homemade cake
Knitting needles to take home
Knitting pattern to take home
Handspun yarn to take home- enough to finish your chosen project if you don't finish it on the day.

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