However, I did think about the possibility of holding a "surgery" or some similar sort of workshop. Besides, there are quite a few yarn shops around this area that offer classes and I don't want to go into direct competition with them.
So I mentioned this in passing to Vicki, the owner of the Little Birds Market, just in passing and it turns out she was thinking of setting up a couple of the rooms in Sloan's Tea Room (the market venue) as workshop space.
The month of July has completely flown by, aided by the Commonwealth Games which were held in Glasgow, so I was still recovering from the July market! But it was a nice surprise to receive an email from Vicki last weekend as one of her artists had to withdraw from their workshop, so would I consider offering something on August 10th?
Of course, I'm not going to turn down a chance to start something new, so the answer was a no-brainer - YES, absolutely! And then, immediately after hitting the Send button, I started thinking "OK, so what WILL I do?"
With only a week to get ready, I didn't think there'd be enough time to write a structured (and priced) workshop and get all the materials, so a quick think and a search through my cupboard made me come up with the idea of a Knitting and Crochet Tool Tryout.
So, what is this Knitting and Crochet Tool Tryout? Well – there’s now a myriad of different needles, hooks, tools and other gadgetry on sale in shops and on the Internet. And it’s often quite expensive. Sure, Internet retailers offer the chance for you to send it back, but you first have to buy it, then go through the hassle of sending it back if you don't like it. And also, if you’re in a shop, it must be really annoying to a shop owner if they have to open a product and then the customer decides it’s not suitable after all!
Besides the fancy gadgets, I wondered what the difference was between needles and hooks made with plastic, metal or wood. Any why the price difference as well – is it worth the extra money for those Turbo needles? (Spoiler – yes they are!) I haven’t joined a knitting group since the move and I miss the chats with other knitters about tools and the chance to try out someone else’s if they happened to have brought them along that night.
So, by having this Tool Tryout, I’m basically holding a knitting group with the availability of my own tools for folks to play with and see if they like them. I’ve got wooden DPNs, circular needles, Soft Touch hooks and light-up hooks, and my interchangeable needle set.
I’m afraid I won’t be offering the tools for sale but if you need help in finding them, I’ll be happy to suggest local yarn shops or websites for you to look at.
As well as the Tool Tryout, if you don’t crochet or knit yet and want to give either craft a go, I’ll be more than happy to show you the basics to get started. Yes, there’s a wealth of books and online tutorials available but sometimes it good just to be shown in person. So, pop along for a few minutes and I can show you the very basics to start you off!
And if you can already knit or crochet and just want to come in for a knit and knatter, I’ll be making hats for the Innocent Big Knit campaign if there’s time, so you can come along and join in!
The Little Birds Market takes place in Sloan’s Bar and Restaurant on Argyle Street/Buchanan Street in central Glasgow, on Sunday August 10th. The market will be running from 12-4pm and I’ll be in The Snug between 12noon and 2pm.
It’s free entry as always. Yes, free! See you there!