Knitting Manchester Closer Together.

Over a hundred years of knitting patterns have been discovered in the City’s archives. Inspired by this, The Manchester Museum, Gallery of Costume, Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery present a year long programme of workshops exploring and experimenting with knitting.

Whether you’re a knitting virgin or an old hand with the needles we’d like you to join in. Everyone is welcome. These workshops are an opportunity to get creative, learn new things, share ideas and be social.

Workshops are every last Saturday of the month, 2-4pm in one of the 4 venues. All sessions are free and there is no need to book.

List of workshops:
January 28th Gallery of Costume – A Stitch in Time
February 25th The Manchester Museum – Gripping Yarn
March 24th Gallery of Costume – Dusty, Musty & Mothballed
April 28th Whitworth Art Gallery – The Art of Knitting
May 26th Gallery of Costume – Knitting to Know You
June 30th Manchester Art Gallery – Texturise
July 28th Gallery of Costume – Knitting Re-mixed
August 25th Whitworth Art Gallery – Geek Knits
September 29th Gallery of Costume – In Stitches
October 27th The Manchester Museum – Sheep Socks & Wire Woolies
November 24th Gallery of Costume – Autumn/ Winter 2012 Collection
December 8th Manchester Art Gallery – Merry Stitchmas

For more information about the workshops please download the leaflet on the right-hand side of the blog. To keep up-to-date with everything that is going on and to get hints and tips for your knitting keep checking back to the blog and join the Close Knit Manchester group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/close-knit-5

    • Julie Thelwell
    • February 14th, 2012

    This looks really interesting.I’m looking forward to joining one of your knitting sessions.

    • Syd & Joan Caplan
    • March 9th, 2012

    We used to have a haberdashery shop and now have four books of knitting patterns, three of Lister Lee, and one of Pattons, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s; approximately 260 patterns, some duplicated. And, a photocopy of Paton & Baldwin’ publication, Woolcraft: A practical Guide to Knitting & Crochet; no date (1940s?), cost 9d, 70 pages. I’d rather donate these to a museum than put them in waste paper. We do come to Manchester 2 or 3 times a year. Can you recommend a sitable home for the above?

      • loobyluce
      • April 17th, 2012

      First off can I apologise for not getting back to you sooner, we have had some changes and I’ve taken over the blog and have only just seen your message. I’m not sure (I am not gallery staff directly) but the patterns do sound like they may be of interest. I will enquire and get back to you asap.

      Best wishes,

  1. Hi
    We are Stockport Spinners and meet at The Plough in Heaton Moor on the first Tuesday night of each Month. Some of us have come along to some of your sessions. We are very interested in the October one, would you like some of us to bring our spinning wheels? and give demonstrations.

      • loobyluce
      • September 25th, 2012

      Hi Jude, What a lovely idea! Anna Bunney, who is running the session at the Museum would be the person to ask. Her email is anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk. The only problem I could foresee would be bringing the wool into the museum because of conservation issues. See what she says anyway. Thanks for getting in touch!
      Best wishes, Lucy

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