Wow! Wow-wow-wow! We had a terrific time at the Vancouver 2011 Mini Maker Faire. Thanks to the organizers and attendees for making it such a huge success. And to our own Jennifer for not only conceiving of the idea for us to host a learn-to-knit both, but also organizing the teaching/give-away kits, the display, and the staffing schedule. We’re lucky to have her as a member and a friend.
The high-flying knitting ‘clothesline’ was an eye-catcher in the hall.
We had a whole lot of knittin’ going on, — both from knitting novices picking up sticks and string for the first time, and from experienced knitters who stopped by to take a brief knitting break from the many interesting Faire displays.
We were entirely overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to learn how to knit and ran out of knitting kits to give away before noon on the first day! We had lots of yarn left, but no needles. Saturday night, over a sushi dinner, we pondered our problem and had a brainstorm — chopsticks! Five packages (fifty pairs!) of chopsticks and some quick work with pencil-sharpeners Sunday morning and we were back in business.
We’re tired and hoarse, but it was entirely worth it.
New knitters we were delighted to meet you all. Here are some links to recommended knitting sites:
http://knittinghelp.com (excellent learning videos)
http://ravelry.com (“Facebook for Knitters and Crocheters”. Join our Ravelry group: Fraser Valley Knitting Guild. Create a free, no-spam account.)|
http://knitty.com (Free online knitting magazine; many high-quality free patterns)