Knitters Unite – a celebration of knitting will take place at Hive Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre on Saturday October 23rd between 12pm – 4pm.
Experienced knitters, nervous knitters and complete novice knitters are invited to drop in and join in the ‘have-a-go’ knitting session.
Volunteers from Wingham Wool Work, the Wentworth Textile Group and local members of the ‘Knitting and Crochet Guild’ will be on hand to offer help and advice. Beginners are welcome to come along, learn the basics and have a go at knitting a scarf. More experienced knitters are also invited share their skills, compare favourite knitting patterns and donate any unwanted wool to be used by beginners at the event or to make hats for homeless people.
Steph Pollard, of Creative Barnsley which is hosting the event, said: “The knitting afternoon is an opportunity to celebrate this traditional skill in these high-tech digital times. There is a growing appreciation of hand-crafted products in today’s mass-produced economy and many creative individuals and businesses are thriving. “We’d like knitters and people who have never knitted before to come along, share their knowledge and get knitting.”
The crafty cultural event will also link to the ‘Small World Animation Festival’ being held at the Civic in Barnsley until November 5th. Knitting patterns have been devised to knit the Festival’s bright blue mascot called ‘Globo’ and the Festival’s superstar character the Clanger! The more experienced knitters will be knitting these cuddly characters on Saturday afternoon.
The event is linked to Creative Barnsley’s creative networking programme supported by Enterprising Barnsley.
Links to patterns:
Knit your own Small World mascot ‘Globo’ globo_pattern
Knit your own Tiny Clanger