We’re headed to the wonderful festival of knitting – unravel – in February! Who’s with us?! We adore this festival – with a laid-back atmosphere, some of our favourite indie yarn dyers on show and a beautiful setting in a converted maltings, how could we not? The ladies at Farnham Maltings have been lovely enough to let us give away two tickets to the Friday evening preview night! They were also nice enough to give us a little interview and insight into this year’s show.
Here’s our chat with Amy and Lynsey – unravel’s organisers. Read on for more info on how you can win a ticket to the preview night!
PPQ: unravel is now one of the most looked forward to fibre events in the UK now. How long has unravel been going and what was the original inspiration for the event?
A+L: The original inspiration came from the idea of hosting a weekend for knitters, and since then it has grown into what it is today. We are bowled over by the enthusiasm, commitment and generosity of knitters. Now in its sixth year we attract a national and, latterly, international audience, commission new work and have a thoroughly good time.
PPQ: We’ve loved visiting and then exhibiting last year. What, if anything, will make this year different from past years?
A+L: This year we are delighted to be opening on the Friday night where there will be a social atmosphere with live music, drinks and yarn prizes. Hopefully it will be an opportunity for stall holders to do some shopping and catch up with each other.
PPQ: We imagine you’re pretty familiar with the exhibitors. What are some favourite stalls/stallholders from over the years?
A+L: We couldn’t possible say! We are always overwhelmed by the amount of applications we receive, and we include a mix of new exhibitors with retuning stands each year.
PPQ: Which stalls or talks are you most looking forward to this year? (We’re sure it’s hard to choose!)
A+L: It is hard to choose, but this year we are delighted to invite Betsy Greer from Washington to talk to us about Craftivism, where craft can enable and inspire personal and political change. This year we welcome True Brit Knits as stand holders and they will be giving a talk on Knits To Show Off.
PPQ: Are either of you knitting or fibre types? Has organising unravel made you more so?
A+L: Amy is a knitter and has just finished a Take Heart pom pom hat and is currently working on a Susan Crawford cardigan, and since the last unravel Lynsey has learnt to crochet, although she can’t go around corners yet! Farnham Maltings has a staff knitting & crochet club which meet once a week, we are all frantically finishing projects so we can add to our stash at unravel.
PPQ: unravel is one of our favourite annual fibre events in the UK. Why do you think Farnham has turned out to be such a great place to host the event?
A+L: Farnham is a craft town, the opportunities to exhibit, sell and present contemporary craft is a significant feature of the town’s cultural life. Farnham Maltings is a historical building offering unusual exhibition spaces in comparison to other large venues. Unravel has a warm atmosphere where visitors can meet and share ideas in our knitting lounge and spend time chatting to the stand holders.
PPQ: Is there anything else you’re excited about for this year that we should know about?
A+L: We are excited to welcome several new workshop tutors including Ragnheidur Sjofn Johannsdottir from Iceland, and new knitted work from maker Louise Walker. As every year we commission an illustration for our publicity material, this year Kate Sutton has designed a stylish group of alpacas.
Thanks so much Amy and Lynsey for chatting to us about this year’s festival. We absolutely can’t wait.
Want to win one of two free tickets we have to give away to the preview night? Have a look at the amazing list of exhibitors at this year’s show and let us know who you’re most looking forward to seeing in the comments below! We’ll choose a winner from the comments at random on Tuesday the 4th of February, so get your comment in by then. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winners, Maria and Gabrielle!
We hope to see you there!
Friday 21 February, 5pm-8pm
Saturday 22 February, 10am-5pm
Sunday 23 February, 10am-4pm
Friday preview £10 advance only (limited number available). Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
Saturday or Sunday: £7 advance, £9 door.
Saturday and Sunday: £10 advance, £12 door.