Glasgow School of Yarn (GSoY) 1


We’re back down south after a smashing weekend in Glasgow for the Glasgow School of Yarn run by the most excellent team from The Yarn Cake.

This was the first ever Glasgow School of Yarn (GSoY) and hopefully it won’t be the last as it was a brilliant event.

The event was held in the beautiful Mackintosh Church, designed by the famous Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Some of the classes took place in the church and it was great seeing Stephen West teaching in the upper pews. It looked like he was conducting a choir of knitters, which in a way, he was, a choir of colourwork!

As well as Stephen West, Amy Singer of Knitty.com, Carol Feller (aka Stolen Stitches and author of Contemporary Irish Knits), and Ann Kingstone of p/hop and Novel Knits were at the event. GSoY was very relaxed and the tutors had time to browse the market place and have a look at the stands and chat with knitters. There was a good mix of people who knew all about p/hop and those who had never heard of us.

I took the photo below before the marketplace officially opened, it was busy with people knitting and shopping all day.

Our patterns proved to be as popular as always,  including our recent designs, Cricket Tea Cosy, Waterhouse Mitts, Teeny Tiny Teddy, and we launched a brand new pattern, Lyle socks, which will be available on here shortly.

On the Friday night there was a party, with knitters knitting in the pews, a buffet and  donations for wine going to p/hop. There was a brilliant design competition at the event. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of the designs but they were of such a high standard and all reflected the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

I didn’t take as many photos as usual as I’d been sent by MSF with a film camera, evidence of which will be coming to the blog in November.

We raised a marvellous £464.60 as well as lots of good will and awareness of MSF.

I’d like to say a huge Thank you to the Yarn Cake team, especially Antje for organising such a well run and happy event, providing the vendors with cake was a stroke of genius and we will definitely be back. Thanks also to K who had me to stay and who instigated a trip to the pub in which we found beer with Stephen West’s name on.

I’m taking a couple of weeks off to do some travelling but the excellent HilltopKatie is taking p/hop to Fibre Flurry next weekend so if you’re in Birmingham please go and say hello.

When I’m back there will be some things happening for p/hop’s third birthday! Three? How did that happen? Stay tuned, there will be more cake and yarn to celebrate three years of knitters changing the world …

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