One of the lovely things about the wintry season is being wrapped up in wool, and this June in Maleny the trees will be wearing wool too! No, I'm not just imagining things, on June 30th-July 1st, Knitfest Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival is coming to Maleny embracing the cold season.
Yarn bombing — where trees, cars and sculptures along Maleny streets are festooned in lovingly made crotched and knitted tea cosies — is a great part of the festival. Last year the streets were colourfully vibrant with creative flair and humour in celebration of local knitters, crafters, and makers. I'm looking forward to seeing some quirky yarnbombing displays this time round.
The yarn and knitting festival is a not for profit organisation run by committed volunteers and this is its third year running. Knitfest is free for the family and provides a great opportunity to ignite your creative bone, activating the dormant inner crafter within. It is an occasion to foster and exhibit creative pursuits and keep them thriving within the community, and a special time for makers to gather, share artisan knowledge, connect and spin yarns.
Lovely wool being sold-image from 2017 Image gallery on Maleny knitfest website
The festival will be holding 30 wonderful workshops to participate in, with experts around Australia, which include; ombre yarn blending, wool dyeing using avocado pips and skins, an introduction to brioche knitting, making a crotched market tote, and mandala, making crochet flowers with a difference, and a weaving circle for weavers in the community.
Making crotched mandalas with Jane Little- image from Knitfest website
Events will take place in the centre of Maleny, including local music, craft competitions, and three market stalls. The main trade stall at Maleny Primary School will hold 'secondhand land' where weaving looms, spinning wheels, knitting needles, pattern books, a variety of wool clothing and accessories can be found. Spinning Central trade stall at Maleny RSL will have key guest speakers, spinning wool demos, and wool, yarn and craft sales. There will also be a smaller bespoke suitcase market along the Riverside boardwalk. Food stalls will be available at each market. Full details, and a list of events at Knitfest can be seen in the program guide.
There will be a yarn-bombed bus transporting visitors from the top of the festival at Maleny Primary School through the festival grounds, travelling continually for your convenience. You can hop on and catch great views of yarn bombing displays. The bus will travel onward to Maleny showgrounds to the Maleny Alpaca Fleece Show on Saturday 30th.
If you want to join a workshop or attend a spinning demonstration bookings are essential. For those wanting to have a suitcase stall and sell your crafts, vintage clothes etc, there are places available for a $5 fee. You can also volunteer in various areas during the festival.
So if you're an artisan, or aspire to be, come spark your inner maker, and be inspired. Celebrate all things wool and fibre and learn something new. This is a great opportunity to connect with like minded makers, share knowledge and be visually entertained. This will be a fun event for you and your family.