Unravel at Farnham Malting’s international knitting festival

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If this week’s bout of cold weather has got you determined to cling on to your winter warmers for that little bit longer, then you should certainly make a note to see what the world of knitting has on offer next weekend.

Unravel, Farnham Malting’s annual international festival of knitting, will be returning for its fifth year between February 23rd and 24th.

Beginning in 2009, the celebration has made a name for itself as one of the leading independent knitting and crochet events, bringing together enthusiasts from across the country.

This year’s festival is hoping to build on last year’s success, when 2,500 people walked through the doors in just two days.

Textiles magazine Selvedge and Farnham’s own Interknit Café sponsor the event, which is dedicated to sharing the wonder of all things woollen.

Next weekend, crafters will be able to enjoy a programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops, led by well-known names in the industry.

There will also be stalls at the event, giving knitters all the inspiration they need to find the perfect yarn and pattern for their next project.

If you find yourself in over your head, there are plenty of experts on hand to help with any knitting or crocheting queries you may have.

Alternatively, if you believe yourself to be the best at your craft, you can enter your creations into the event’s Best in Show competition.

If you’re a bit of a yarn bomber, there will also be a section dedicated to the penchant for guerrilla knitting, with the Arts Centre in Farnham Malting – located at the heart of the town – covered in knitting graffiti.

Additionally, public spaces in the surrounding area will be yarn bombed and fans will no doubt be eager to see what wonders are produced for the occasion.

After the Unravel festival, knitters can also look forward to Yarndale  - One of Yorkshire’s best woollen celebrations, held in Skipton.

Workshops, demonstrations, displays and stalls with knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing and felting will be set up at the event, The Craven Herald reported.

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