I'm definitely not trying to pull the wool over your eyes here, but the Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival is an actual event and it's all about to hit the little hinterland town of Maleny, on the weekend of 6 and 7 July. The very out-of-the-ordinary Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival is a celebration of fibre arts and crafts, allowing the community of Maleny to exhibit their creative skills. These very imaginative Hinterlanders actually yarn bomb?* - okay, they got me here, I needed to research this new word to my vocabulary. According to Wikipedia '*yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.' Sure sounds like good, wool-some fun to me!
No cows were hurt during the knitting of their coats
The main street in the town of Maleny is yarn bombed and decorated, becoming the focal point of fabulous art, creativity, workshops, music, trade stalls and craft markets. The Maleny Knitfest is a magically fun way for families to discover new hidden skills, talents and individuality, and all with the use of yarns, whether it be knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, spinning, weaving or felting. Get the family involved and join one of the many diverse workshops available at the Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, being hosted by very talented workshop presenters.Workshops can be viewed and booked online here. Online bookings for workshops close on Thursday 4 July at 9.00pm, after which time workshops can be booked at Knitfest Central at their ticket desk on the Festival weekend.
Knitfest Maleny has a bit of a competitive spirit too, with competitions running for community groups, art associations and skilled artisans to utilise their decorating skills by adorning the trees with handmade art installations made of yarns and fibres. Competitions for the 'Best Beanie'; 'Scarf'; 'Shawl'; 'Tea Cosy' are also running, so nimble-fingered creatives need to get those fingers a-working. And the tassle at the end of the scarf? There is also some prize money available for the 'best' entrants in these competitions.
The theme for Knitfest 2019 is 'Australiana' and the aim is to celebrate all that is winter on the mountain.
In addition to all the woolly fun in the sun in Maleny, the Brisbane Astronomical Society will be hosting a 'Stargazing Night' at the Maleny Golf Club, with four massive telescopes plus a viewing platform. Donations will be accepted by the Brisbane Astronomical Society as payment for attendance to the Stargazing Night. Bookings are not required. Galaxy devotees need to bring a blanket and some extra warm clothing as it can get a tad chilly up on the mountain at night.
Crafters who are keen on selling their merchandise at the Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival or have second hand crafty items and/or equipment to sell, can follow the link to Secondhandland here or email email@example.com
If you're not into selling, but still want to get in on the action, why not take a ride on the FREE yarn bombed bus as it travels up and down the Festival Precinct, showing off all the colourful attractions the Knitfest can muster. There will also be two Park 'n' Ride buses, running every twenty minutes, ferrying passengers to and from the event.
Everything for nimble-fingered creatives to get crafty
Let's get down to the knitty gritty and bookmark the weekend of 6 and 7 July for a fabulous weekend of colour, creativity and a heap load of family fun! I just know I'll be at my knits end if I forget!