I'm very excited. starting in April I've got a whole bunch of upcoming knitting and crochet workshops running in conjunction with The Knitting Network and Woman's Weekly Magazine.
All held at our sparkly new headquarters at Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf - do drop in for a fun workshop if the mood strikes you, it would be great to see you. Details below (links to book are on the dates, or you can ring 0800 024 1212 and book over the phone).
Learn To Crochet
I really love teaching these - it's so rewarding watching people who have never crocheted before learn to tame a hook and create fabric.
This jam-packed day is a start-to-finish introduction to crochet for those who have never held a crochet hook before, or who’ve tried but need to check their technique or get a refresher. Join our experts for our most popular workshop – places fill up fast – so book your spot before they’re all gone.
Arm Knitting Afternooner
Wednesday 9 August (12-4pm)
I was totally not convinced by arm knitting at first but it has it's place for super speedy, humongous projects. It's certainly a fun and very sociable activity, many people come as a group for this one.
Join me to ditch the needles and go all arms for this fun new technique for giant and super speedy knitting. Be prepared to get your upper body moving with many people preferring to stand while their giant pieces of fabric, form. Make yourself a snood and try your hand at some other shapes and sizes. No knitting experience required!
Professional Finishing For Knitters (Intermediate)
Friday 14th July (10.30am – 4.00pm)
This is a classic rehash of an old favourite. Professional Finishing is a great course if you've started knitting garments but they're looking a bit wonky. This day tends to shape itself around the questions posed by those attending so it's quite flexible.
Aimed at those of you who know the basic knit and purl and can read and understand a pattern, this is a great day out to sort out any niggles you’ve come across at the final stages of a project. Learn to pick up stitches without forming any gaps, banish bizarre buttonholes, master invisible seaming and get your teeth into some spectacular shaping exercises. Participants will need to bring 3 x DK 10cm knitted squares in stocking stitch.
First Steps In Crochet (Total Beginners)
Friday 11th August (10.30am – 4.00pm)
Similar to my Learn To Crochet day, this full-day course is also aimed at total beginners. But there's some bonus things if you fancy doing both this and the following course.
Get to grips with how to handle your crochet hook and yarn, master a variety of stitches and tackle reading patterns with a selection of projects to try in the afternoon. Those attending the course on the following Monday (see below) will be assigned some bonus activities (yes, there's homework) to take away with them and practice over the weekend.
Motifs, Mandalas and Granny Squares (Beginner to Intermediate)
Monday 14 August (10.30am – 4.00pm)
An ideal next step from First Steps In Crochet day (above), join our experts to put the basic stitches which you already know into practice with some stylish circular projects to develop those pattern reading skills.
Add a flourish of colour and texture to a variety of granny squares, circular mandalas and pretty motifs. A perfect day to pop along to if you’re partaking in our current Collect and Create series in the WW Knit and Crochet Monthly.
Knitting With Colour – Fair Isle and Intarsia (Intermediate)
Friday 6 October (10.30am – 4.00pm)
Last time I taught this course we had a ball! No pun intended, of course.
The day kicks off with a comprehensive morning of Fair Isle techniques (it's tricky, so best to do this while you're fresh!). There are three main ways to hold your yarn while working and I like to let everyone try all three, and then move on to pick one which suits them.
In the afternoon, we ease off into Instarsia country. Starting with knitting an initial of your choice, and hopefully finishing it when you leave.
Never be bothered by a complex looking picture knit or complex colour project, ever again. I always think this day is pretty fun.
First Steps In Crochet (Total Beginners)
Thursday 9th November (10.30am – 4.00pm)
Similar to our Learn To Crochet workshop, this full-day course is aimed at total beginners.
Get to grips with how to handle your crochet hook and yarn, master a variety of stitches and tackle reading patterns with a selection of projects to try in the afternoon.
Those attending the course on the following day will be assigned some bonus activities to take away with them and practice overnight, if they wish.
Poppy Brooch Crochet Workshop (Beginner to Intermediate)
Friday 10th November (10.30am – 4.00pm)
An ideal next step from our First Steps In Crochet day , join our experts to put the basic stitches which you already know into practice with some very special flower brooches to develop those pattern reading skills.
Proudly wear your WW Poppy in memoriam for Armistice Day, (the following day).
Those who finish their poppy during the day will have the opportunity to make more than one, or choose from a variety of other pretty flowers to make.