Winding up to Unravel* Festival of Knitting (& another giveaway!)

Mid-January. It means something different to each of us - for some it's a miserable time of short dark days and broken resolutions, but for me, mid-January is really very exciting because Unravel Festival of Knitting is only a matter of weeks away.

This will be the fifth Unravel, and it has already become one of the leading independent events for knitting and crochet enthusiasts from around the UK and beyond. Last year 2,500 people attended over the two day weekend.

The event is sponsored by Selvedge textile magazine and supported by Farnham's Interknit Cafe (the yarnbombed onsite coffeeshop is very cute) and there are numerous demonstrations and workshops which can be pre-booked online. The chance to visit the independent yarn producers and dyers as well as some of my favourite designers is what makes this such a special event for me. How many times have you looked at websites like Nimu, Natural Dye Studio, Skein Queen or Easy Knits and wanted to smoosh the yarn before buying? At Unravel I've had the chance to, and I can't wait to see the list of 2013 exhibitors when it's released later this week.

Add a few rows to The Maltings Scarf while you have a coffee break
Unravel 2011 was just a few weeks after I started knitting and my first real blog post was about my trip there. Last year I got to meet up in real life with some 'virtual' friends, so this annual event has taken on additional meaning for me - another year of knitting, blogging and friendship. It feels a bit like an anniversary party. I'm so excited to be going again next month and hope to meet some friends - old and new - as well as spending several hours browsing beautiful yarn, saying hello to some of my favourite vendors and generally enjoying the wonderful atmosphere where it's perfectly normal to 'squee' over a hank of yarn or some beautiful buttons.

If you can get to Farnham during the weekend of 23rd & 24th February, this is a really great two-day event (pre-book discounted tickets are £7 for one day or £10 for the weekend, and there are limited numbers of tickets at the door). What's more, thanks to the kind folk at Unravel I have a couple of weekend tickets to giveaway!!!!!!!

If you'd like to be in with a chance to win a ticket - which gives you entry on either (or both) day(s) - simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you'd like to win. I'll randomly select TWO winners on Friday 1st February. Good luck!  Entry is now closed and the winners selected. Congratulations to Dandelion and Tickety-Boo! 

* I know, I know - the post titles are getting worse, but sometimes they just write themselves.


  1. Oh man I wish I had some extra cash stashed away so I could journey to the UK and visit... Unravel sounds like the place to be!

  2. Ooh I'd love to take my Mum to this :)

  3. I'd like to win because a) I've never been to a big knitting event like this and b) I'm a very poor student who wouldn't be able to afford to go otherwise. On another topic, I love the blog and reading it is a great distraction from all the revision I should be doing!

  4. Oh I'd like to win so I can come and have a cuppa with you and Danielle!! We become lovely friends and it would be so lovely to have a proper natter :)

  5. oh would love a ticket, would love to see you all there but without DH and I working at the moment I can't justify buying a ticket x

  6. I have my ticket - can't wait! Obviously, don't include me in the giveaway, I'm just posting because I'm excited ;)

  7. When I first read this I didn't think that I would be able to get there but I now can YAY. Obviously winning a ticket would mean that I really would go (or maybe give it to my very good friend and designer Joanne Scrace) who would also love to go to a bit of 'networking'!) I do hope the dilemma comes up for me :)



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