Monday, 25 April 2011

What the bloody hell is a Present Stash workshop?!?

It struck me a couple of weeks ago as we were thinking up this batch of workshops and I was still knitting last years Christmas presents, that it would be a fabulous idea to have a stash of knitted and crocheted things ready and waiting to give out for Christmas and birthday presents. And thus the Present Stash workshop was created.

You'll know which workshops we're referring to by the "Present Stash" at the beginning of the title. These workshops are full of cute little ideas that'll work up quickly and can be made in a multitude of yarns to tailor your presents to your loved ones (and hopefully use up some stash in the process, though the workshop price includes yarn).

None of the lessons are for complete beginners, though we're envisaging that you might learn something because the nature of these lessons is going to be more like a knitting group so feel free to bring other projects, queries and questions and we'll work through them together.

Present Stash - Knitted Mittens

These cute little flip top mittens are unisex and the pattern can be adapted into full mittens or into fingerless mittens and we'll discuss this on the day. On the day we'll work a cabled Celtic knot but the pattern will include an option to knit plain. They can be knitted out of 100 g of DK and look beautiful striped, a way to use up left over yarn scraps.

Present Stash - Crocheted Mittens

A similar design to the knitted mittens, omitting the Celtic cable as we'll be messing around with colour and texture instead. The main pattern will be fairly plain but with the help of stitch dictionaries and our knowledge and inspiration we'll make jazzy personalised gifts and you'll gain confidence in changing patterns. As always the materials to make the mittens will be included in the workshop price but feel free to bring along some inspirational yarn, beads or embellishments.

All Present Stash patterns are exclusive, so to join in the fun you'll have to come to a class.

We're planning on doing more of these workshops, as we know you think they are a great idea, let us know what you and your friends fancy doing and we'll accommodate you. We were thinking of putting on a felted slippers workshop, any thoughts?

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