Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival

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The first (and hopefully not the last!) Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival was everything that I was hoping for: interesting classes, gorgeous yarn and an opportunity to meet other knitters. I started my festival with Ysolda's "Beyond the Raglan" class and ended with Jonna Hietala's "Knit Pictures with Stories" workshop. Between classes I managed to buy a bag full of lovely yarn, and also meet many other knitters.

Kässäkerho PomPom is a new yarn shop in Kuopio, and they had a lovely stand with yarn and supplies. Their own hand dyed BFL and donegal might have been the most photographed yarn at the festival (well, La Bien Aimee would be competing for that!), and I should have bought some. My issue with sock knitting is the only reason why I don't have any in my souvenir bag. The market place had several other options for buying yarn, both Finnish favourites, as well as La Bien Aimee from France and Snail Yarn from Italy.

Knit graffiti at Toivolan vanha piha (the festival venue)

It was raining on Friday evening, and it was raining on Saturday morning. These ladies show true knitter spirit: they took turns holding the umbrella so one of them could always knit. By noon the rain was gone and there was more knitting in the yard. 

Every kid's favourite was the opportunity to feed alpacas! And I did see adults doing the same thing, or at least trying to pet them. At least there was a good selection of alpaca yarns to touch and feel.

There was a "Fitting room" for trying on knitwear. Many of them were samples from Titityy, but also from knitters wanting to share what they have knitted. I took a bag full of my own designs, and was very pleased to hear the response. Puuhis wasn't the only one taking a picture of my Briochangle shawl, so I'm hoping to see many more of them in the future!

I spotted several knitters working on their Tour-de-Sock stage 5 mosaic knitting. I can only admire them, for that pattern requires that you constantly keep an eye on the charts. 

My goodie bag: 4 skeins of La Bien Aimee, 2 skeins of Handu and 11 from Knitlob's Lair. Can't wait to get these babies on my needles! And yes, there is sock yarn. I was so amazed by the experience with Handu on Tour-de-Sock that I had to get more of that. It seems that I'll be knitting socks even after Tour-de-Sock.

Thank you Tiina, all the volunteers, market place sellers and designers and class organisers for a great festival!

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4 kommenttia

  1. What a cool festival!! I would love to be there!! Your bag of yarn looks so so good!!

    1. It was a great festival, you should make plans so that you can come next year!

  2. This is the best function room in the city. The food they served at venues in San Francisco was warm, fresh and tasty, and the panoramic window is a sight to behold on a clear day. Their main hall was similar to a club/lounge – however, it had more of an intimate feel.


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