“What’s the Craic” is a new monthly feature on the blog. I’ve been searching the big ol’ tinternet for knitty and crafty related events and dates and for your diary. If you have any events you’d like to have featured, drop me an e-mail to email@example.com
1st November – 30th November
This is the 6th Wovember since it’s inaugural celebration in 2011. It is the brainchild of Louise Scollay of Knit British and Felicity Ford of KnitSonik. It is all about the celebration and appreciation of the fabulous fibre that is Wool. Not that us knitter need to be told, but Wool is bloody brilliant, and Wovember gives us the chance to shout it from the rooftops. I’ll be talking about it in more depth in a later post, but for now, go don your wooliest of knits/crochet/weaving/*insert woolly creation here* and share it with the world. You can find out more about the initiative on the Wovember website, and join in on the woolly chat on the Wovember Ravelry group.
Winterval – Waterford
25th November – 23rd December
Waterford’s winter festival is no in it’s 5th year. Every year the streets of Waterford are turned into a winter wonderland, with lot of seasonal events, markets and activities for the whole family. You can find out about everything that will be happening throughout the 4 weeks on their website and I have details of some of the workshops that will be running in the Classes and Workshops section of this post.
Waterford Home Crafts Annual Christmas Craft Fair – Garter Lane, Waterford
25th November – 23rd December
As part of Winterval, over 40 local craftspeople come together to showcase their products. Entry is free. More info on Winterval event page.
The Cottage Market Christmas Fair – Patricks Gateway Centre, Waterford
Open 11am – 5pm. Music, Santa, Bumper Christmas Raffle, Art’s and craft sessions for children and over 20 stalls.
WLR FM Concert of Christmas Music – Waterford
This one isn’t a craft related event, but it is one that I love being apart of every year. I put away my crafty hat and pull out my musicians one for a brilliant cause that delights every year. Come and join us in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity for an afternoon of festive music that will not disappoint. All proceeds from the even go toward the Lions Club Appeal. More info here.
Classes and Workshops
Mobius Technique Class – This Is Knit Dublin
12th November 3pm-4.30pm
With circular knitting techniques and a clever cast-on, knitters can make a mobius strip in one piece. In this class, you’ll learn the secrets of mobius knitting while working on our ‘Glenties’ Cowl pattern. This cowl would make a great gift and it knits up in no time. Cost: €25 and 10% Discount on materials
Winterval Elves Workshop – 20 Lombard Street Waterford
25th-27th November, 2nd-4th, 8th-11th & 15th-23rd December
Help Santa’s elves make cookies, stuff Teddy bears, make toys! €5 per child. More info on Winterval event page
Winterval Christmas Sewing Workshops – A.M. The Home Workshop, Waterford
26th November, 3rd, 10th & 17th December @ 2pm & 4pm
Make your own Christmas stockings and warm up with some hot chocolate at A. M. The Home Workshop, 32 Parnell Street. Everything included for a brilliant price of €7 and all ages are welcome. For more info, check out the Winterval event page.
Frosty’s Creation Station – St. Patricks Gateway Centre, Waterford
26th-27th November, 2nd-4th, 9th-11th & 16th-18th December
Create your own snowman or snowflake tree decorations. €9 per child. More info here
Now – 22nd January 2017
Valery Larkin is looking for volunteers to help knit a blanket to break the existing Guinness Record which is 1,378.28 m² (14,835.68 ft²).She is looking for people to knit 6” squares, in any type of wool, basic garter stitch is great, and she only needs around 70,000! After all the knitters break the record, the blanket will divided into smaller ones and donated to the Red Cross. This is a huge undertaking and she is asking everybody who wishes to take part to have the squares with her by 22 January 2017. She is also looking for volunteers to help her stitch the squares together.
1st November – 30th November
Get involved in Wovember by taking part in the annual Wool-A-Long. To take part you just need to make something using 100% Wool yarn and fibres, be it knitting, crochet, spinning, felting or anything else your crafty heart desires. Pop over to the official Ravelry group chat to get in on the woolly action!
1st November – 27th November
If you like knitting hats, or perusing Ravelry for hat patterns, then you know all about Woolly Wormhead. Her annual MKAL is always a popular one and this year is set to be no different. With 3 versions to choose from, a beret, beanie or slouchy, there’s something to keep every knit worthy head. You can opt in for 1 pattern for £3.50 or go ahead and buy all 3 for £5. It starts on the 1st November, with new parts to the pattern being released throughout the month of November. The Woolly Wormhead Ravelry group will be the main platform so head on over there and join in!
1st November – 31st December
Knitvent is the knitters advent calendar. It is run every year by the wonderful Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. Each week, a new gift knitting pattern is released. Be sure to sign up to Helen’s newsletter to be kept up to date on all things Knitvent!
Return of the Shinybees and Knit British Podcasts
Yay! I go into a bit of withdrawal when any of my favorite podcasts go on a break, and get a bit giddy when I get a notification about their return. If you aren’t already a listener to these fabulous podcasts, I heartily enable you to go check them out right now.
24th October – 31st December
Membership for the 2017 Irish Yarn Club is open now until 31st December. The club runs through This Is Knit and costs €87.50-€105, depending on your delivery option. Every 2 months, from February 2017-June 2017, members receive a Carol Feller pattern and a skein of exclusive Irish hand-dyed yarn. It might be time to start dropping hints about what you want for Christmas!
Future Dates for Your Diary
If you have a holiday budget and a week to spare in February you just might want to check out this out. This is a 5 day trip visiting and learning about the Manos del Uruguay organisation. Prices start at $820. You can find the itinerary and more details here. If you are in fact going, please do let me know so that I can express my envy!
Saturday 25th February 2017 11am-5pm
Workshop in Irish Crochet/Clones Lace, given by “renowned expert and published author Maire Treanor”. Cost: €50