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Looking Forward To… Yarnporium 2016


I’m currently packing my bags for London. This weekend, November 5 & 6, I’ll be teaching at Yarnporium which is taking place at King’s College on the Strand.

(Let’s just stay with that mental image for a while. If you had told me 20 years ago that one day I’d be teaching at King’s College, London, I would have swooned. It is so exciting for this bookish girl from Nowheresville, Denmark)

I’m teaching two workshops: my popular Introduction to Shetland Haps class and a new workshop called Knitting the Landscape which I have developed by request. Obviously I’m really excited (and a little bit nervous) about these classes and I cannot wait to meet the people taking my classes.

Teaching is really rewarding: I feel I always leave a workshop feeling I’ve learned something – this can be anything from a cast-on someone’s grandma taught them to a better understanding of why one specific thing can feel daunting for a knitter. I take these things and I pour them into the other parts of my working life – I’m particularly focused on demystifying knitting and helping people the best I can.

You cannot talk about an event like Yarnporium without talking vendors. I have several earmarked already: my friends at Blacker Yarns (we are currently collaborating on my book!), Ginger Twist Studio, Midwinter Yarns, Kettle Yarn Co, Travelknitter (also a book collaborator!), The Wool Kitchen, Woollenflower, Triskelion yarns and the awesome ladies of The Crochet Project .. and that is just to start! Also excited to finally catch up with Knit With Attitude and A Yarn Story! There’s also an Indie Focus section which I’m really pleased to see.

And to cap it all off: I have a thing at the V&A on Friday which relates to my book research. It’s going to be a glorious weekend and I really hope to see a lot of friendly & lovely faces there.


6 Thoughts on “Looking Forward To… Yarnporium 2016

  1. Sigh. That sounds like a wonderful journey!

  2. Elizabeth Martin on November 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm said:

    Hello, Karie, I’m very happy to introduce myself as an attendee at ‘Knitting the Landscape’ and I confess I, too, am feeling a little nervous! :-) I have not attended any knitting workshops before and I will have a very early start on Saturday morning, but your concept really spoke to me and I am very much looking forward to it.

  3. Hello, I am also very interested in your Knitting the Landscape class but alas, I am in the US and can’t attend. But I would love to hear more details about it. I am currently the Artist-in-Residence for Great Basin National Park in Nevada, US and my art involves wearable knitted landscapes so this topic is particularly on my mind right now. I look forward to any recaps about the class you may post!

  4. Karie and Elizabeth don’t be nervous. I attended a Nordic knitting class with Karie who is wise, funny and very giving of her knowledge. The class was both fun and informative, with all levels of knitters catered for. Karie makes you feel that you can ask any question or for a repeat of technique without feeling like the bozo in the corner. Karie be yourself you are a great practitioner and teacher.

  5. You know, I would like to attend the workshop on Knitting Haps, but I haven’t booked……can I pay on the door?

    • I am not sure! You’ll need to check with the organisers whether there are any spaces left!

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