Your kids dinner money is enough to get you into a knitting group at The Woolly Brew. Everything is £1; £1 for coming, £1 for a cup of tea and £1 for a piece of home-made cake. Other more formal workshops might cost a bit more than this bargain price.
Fiona Wright (left) and Karen Grant host groups in their yarn shop which opened in Pittenweem, Fife, December 2011. The idea arose after the success of Karen’s first knitting group in St Monans and the discovery that there was a lack of good wool shops in Fife.
Fiona explains. ‘You don’t have to come to every group or even finish specific items. Some visitors don’t even knit; they just come for a cup of tea.
‘A few own holiday homes so they just attend when they’re staying in the East Neuk and it’s been a great way of making new friends’ Below are felt flowers made by 10 year olds as part of the felt flower workshop using The Woolly Brew’s kit.
There will be more formal classes launched in the spring so that people can learn a skill such as crochet and knitting, producing specific items from start to finish.
At The Woolly Brew it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner though. Although Fiona could knit and sew she couldn’t crochet. Her first attempt is pictured left.
She used to work in Glasgow in investment management. Both she and her husband had been on family holidays to the East Neuk when they were children and were interested in returning there to live when they started their own family.
Karen, originally from the Isle of Lewis, has a fine art background. As well as a huge variety of yarns the shop sells kids’ knitting kits which include children sized needles for £8, beginners’ crochet kits for £12 and other craft kits.
Original Knitting Group – For all levels, EVERY Tuesday 7.30 – 9.30pm Harbour Howff, Station Road, St Monan, Fife
Pittenweem Knitting group, meets fortnightly, next meeting Wednesday 28 March 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Woolly Brew.
Festive Flowers Drop In, Thursday 29 March 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Drop in to chat with Anne-Marijke about the project, swap patterns, see some flowers, do some knitting and have some tea & cake.