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Canadian superstar brings her expertise to Nottingham

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No no no. We’re not talking ice hockey here. Or Bryan Adams. Or Mounties. Or any other Canadian stereotypes! We’re talking knitting.

I know what you’re thinking, a superstar knitter? Really? But in the online world of two needles, the name Amy Singer is pretty big. Founder of Knitty, an online resource and regular read for knitters the world over, it’s kind of a big deal that she’s coming to Nottingham on her UK tour later this year.

For those of you not familiar with Knitty’s output, let me help a little. It’s published four times a year and each edition contains around 20 free knitting patterns. Yes you read that right! 20 FREE patterns! And I’m not talking old fashioned stuff – this is modern design, fun and inspiring and soooo much better than stuff you could buy from Debenhams. Did I mention these are all free?

As well as this, Knitty contains advice on technique, a spinning section, reviews, contests and advice on playing the ukelele. Not bad eh? Amy manages this by taking pattern contributions from lovely knitting types worldwide who are happy to share. We at Creative Nottingham salute them, since this kind of sharing attitude is pretty much the kind of thing we do too.

For an impoverished knitter who has a few patterns but not much cash, Knitty is a godsend. I am typing this while wearing one of my favourite cardis, pattern courtesy of Knitty – thanks v much! So when I heard Amy was coming over to Nottingham to run some workshops I jumped right in there.

The workshops are being organised by our friends and erstwhile guest bloggers at Knit Nottingham on Mansfield Road. In summary:

October 3rd 10am-1pm Making the next Monkey – this workshop is all about how to design knitting patterns (and get them accepted on Knitty)

October 3rd 7pm An Evening with Amy Singer – general chat from Amy about Knitty and knitting plus there will be booze so come and socialise with Nottingham’s knitters (we’re quite friendly)

October 4th 10am-1pm Tuscany Shawl workshop – an introduction to lace patterns. (I’m going to this one, and bringing my mum… it’s that good.)

October 4th 2pm-5pm Autopilot Sock workshop – get proper jiggy with sock patterns.

October 5th 10am-4pm Plug and play textured shawl design – a full day course about pattern design and professional photography and shaping and copyright and lords know what else.

October 6th 10am-1pm Spindling silk A workshop all about spinning which includes a free spindle kit worth £15. For beginner spinners.

So there you go! All events take place at the Belgrave Rooms in Nottingham and you can book your tickets, get details of patterns and wool and engage in light hearted and excited banter by going to see Eleanor at Knit Nottingham on Mansfield Road or by going to KN’s website at www.knitnottingham.co.uk

Don’t forget, to get you in the mood, have a good look through Knitty’s website – there’s some lovely stuff there.