Monday, April 09, 2018

My Bellingen Knitting Workshop


My shawl knitting workshop was on Saturday afternoon, and what a great afternoon it turned out to be. It was lovely walking into Cedar and seeing the beautiful room set up ready for the workshop. I got busy unpacking everyone's kits, and putting out the selection of yarn I brought with me along with many knitted things to use as samples. Megan (of Dolly Henry) came along to help me, and to take photos, and she was a wonderful assistant. Not only did she take heaps of lovely photos (which I've tried to go sparingly on in this post, but might have failed!), she did everything from help to keep the workshop running smoothly to arranging the flowers.

This is the first workshop I have taught and I couldn't be happier with the results. Everyone left with big smiles on their faces at the end of the day, so I'll take that as a sign that everyone had a good time! There was lots to learn for many, and they did a wonderful job with persisting through the trickier parts to eventually get the hang of it and have their shawl growing beneath their hands.




After showing everyone the finished sample of the shawl we were making, we pretty much got straight to work and enjoyed a productive full three hours of knitting. I spent a lot of time going from person to person to instruct and help where it was needed.
To be able to share my love of knitting with others is a real privilege, and to be able to help other enthusiastic knitters along on their journey was wonderful too. Along with lots and lots of knitting, a beautiful afternoon tea was had with a gorgeous spread of scones with jam and cream, and some delicious gluten-free bliss balls and fudge slice. All of this was laid out in a buffet-style so everyone could help themselves.



Seeing as I've filled this post up with so many photos, I won't write too many more words.
I only want to say thank you to everyone who came along, and I'm so proud of everyone's efforts and how much they all learned. Some were more experienced so only needed a little help here and there, but there were quite a few participants who were really new to knitting, and they did a marvellous job!
Everyone learnt lots of new techniques, some learnt new cast on methods, and we also talked about the differences between superwash and organic wool, how to finish off your shawl nicely and we even touched lightly on garment knitting. It was great fun!


I'm already looking forward to teaching my next workshop in May, and my mind is brimming over with ideas for other workshops. I can hardly wait!




If you'd like to attend one of my knitting workshops in Bellingen NSW, you'll find bookings open for one in May here, and I'm also taking expressions of interest for other workshops catering for different skill levels. Please contact me here to express your interest.

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16 comments

  1. That looks like so much fun... I have had first hand reports too. Congratulations on having your first workshop under your belt! Xx

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    1. It was heaps of fun! And it's such a small world, isn't it? :-D

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  2. Oh Sarah the workshop look so much fun! The photos are great, thank you for sharing them with those of us who live too far away to attend. The venue looks perfect for getting knitty. Well done everyone :) xo

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    1. Thank you so much Kellie! The venue was beautiful, it certainly helped make it a wonderful afternoon xx

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  3. What a fabulous workshop Sarah, thank you for sharing so many of Megan’s lovely photos. I am so happy for you all - well done �������� from Amanda R

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  4. Thank you Sarah for the great workshop. It was a fun day and I learnt a lot. It was a lovely day - Angie B

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    1. Hi Angie! Thanks so much for coming along! :-)

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  5. Looks like a fantastic way to share your love of knitting and to help others develop their skills. Meg:)

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    1. Thank you Meg! It was a lovely day :-)

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  6. Glad to hear the workshop went well Sarah. Venue and pics are great - good for promoting future events. Look forward to seeing what you come up with. Perhaps one day a virtual workshop or online video program for everyone so far away...

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    1. Thank you Laura! The venue was beautiful. I've definitely thought about an online course before, but video is so much tricker to do than real life....technology haha! x

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  7. How wonderful the day looks. The look of concentration on the faces says it all! So pleased it went well for you all, but had no doubts it would. Just wish I could attend one - we'll have to plan a trip up north.....

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    1. Thank you so much Meredithe! There was certainly a whole lot of concentration going on. I'm so proud of everyone for persisting and ending up with the beginnings of beautiful shawls.
      I'd love to see you at one of my workshops one day! x

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  8. This looks like so much fun! I so wish I lived closer so I could come to one of your workshops, and meet you and Megan in person!!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! That would be lovely; you know it's a nice place for a weekend away ;-) x

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