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Get your socks ON with sock knitting masterclass

The team behind successful Staffordshire wool fest, Wool@J13, have organised a a workshop dedicated to getting hands-on with wool and mastering the art of knitting socks from scratch!

Taking place on Saturday 30th June at Lower Drayton Farm, near Penkridge, the workshop will be led by experienced tutor, Becci Pamely-Bast of Riverknits. Becci is normally to be found dyeing wool on the decks of a narrowboat studio and was one of the exhibitors taking part in Wool@J13’s sock fashion show at the May festival.

Wool@J13 co-organiser, Stafford-based wool artist Ingrid Wagner, says: “There are so many people who want to make their own socks but don’t know how. Wool@J13 decided to address this after presenting our very special sock fashion show this year.

“People can learn at the show workshops in May but we want to give opportunities all year round for learning about what you can do with wool. In March we did hats and now it’s all about socks. Wool is such a fabulous material; it’s a sustainable resource, it lets your skin breathe so there are no smelly feet with wool and knitting your own socks means they can be custom made for any foot width or length plus you get to control the colour choice. Wear odd ones if you want! Your choice the whole way. That has to be a good thing!”

Becci Pamely-Bast of Riverknits

Course students will leave with two mini knitted socks of their own creation as examples to follow  – one worked toe-up, and one worked cuff-down – after learning how to tackle techniques used in the majority of sock knitting patterns. To take part, students must be able to knit and purl, count rows & stitches, and work basic increases and decreases; being able to work in the round (any method) is preferred though not vital.

The workshop runs from 9:30am to 5pm, and costs £70.00 per student, inclusive of materials, lunch and refreshments with the opportunity for those travelling from further afield to book a room at the cosy farmhouse B&B on site either the night before or night of the workshop. There are just 7 places available.

For full details and to book your space, head to www.wool-j13.uk

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