Posted on Thursday, April 19 2012 at 8am
There are plenty of fibre fairs, knitting workshops and craft shows to inspire you this month. We've picked out a few of May's knitting highlights for you to choose from. If you sign up for any, let us know how you get on!
3,10 & 17 May Toe-up Socks
Develop your kit socking skills with Sherry James over at Create with Wool in Ilkley. West Yorkshire.
This class is suitable for people who are comfortable with casting on, knitting and purling. Cost: £45 including tuition and all materials. Find out more at www.createwithwool.co.uk or call 01943 817788.
4 May Learn Mayan Spinning
This class is taught by Beryl Weir at Stash ‘Yarn Barn’ in Chester. Cost: £40. Find out more at www.celticove.com or call 01244 389310.
5 May Nordic Knitting
Avril Best will lead this Rowan workshop at John Lewis in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. Book online or call 0117 959 1100.
5-7 May The Weald of Kent Craft Show
Pick up crafty ideas while indulging in family fun in the grounds of a stately home. The Weald of Kent Craft Show, featuring nearly 250 British artisans, is at Penshurst Place, Tonbridge. Get tickets at www.ichf.co.uk or by calling 01425 277988.
12 May Felt Slipper workshop
This fun workshop with Michelle Dibden will see you making a fabulous pair of slippers using hand-dyed merino wool, soap and water, plus your own feet. Cost: £65. Location: Colinette Yarns, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys.
Find out more at www.colinette.com or call 01938 810128.
12 May Crochet Finishing Techniques
Head over to Liberty London for this Saturday workshop with Erica Pask. Book your place by calling 020 7734 1234.
From 14 May Shearing Week
Fancy watchng a burly shearer shear an alpaca? Then head over to Toft Alpaca in Warwickshire during shearing week. It’s weather dependent, though, so check the website or give them a call on 01788 810626 before setting off.
19 May Beaded Knitting with Sarah Hatton
During this workshop in Cleethorpes you'll be working a beaded corsage in 4ply. Sarah will cover how to place beads on the yarn then how to knit with beads and placing them using a crochet hook as well as beaded loops. Cost: £40. Find out more at www.agoodyarn.co.uk or call 01472 508707.
19 May Lace Improvers Workshop
Anniken Allis will lead this workshop at Purlescence HQ in Wantage, Oxfordshire, covering how to read more difficult charts, work the various stitches and decreases needed for lace knitting, add beads to your lace using the crochet hook method and work an applied edging, provisional cast on and suitable cast/bind offs. Cost: £45. Find out more at www.purlescence.co.uk or call 01865 589944.
25 May Shibori Knitted Felt
At John Lewis in Cheadle you can take this one day workshop combining knitting and felting, inspired by the ancient Japanese technique of Shibori. Rowan Design Consultant Margaret Rowan will lead the class. Find out more be calling 0161 4914914.
26 May Plying Homespurn Yarn
At Calon Yarns in Cardiff, Rebekka Leigh will guide you through the process of plying together your homespun yarns. She will also cover different fibres and their effects so you can achieve the results you want. Cost: £28. Book your place by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 02920 211508