Hey there Beastie peeps! The weekend is very nearly here, so that means it’s time for another peek behind the scenes here at Beastie Towers… And this week, it’s all about community!
As some of you may already know, I recently started teaching knitting classes at my local yarn store, The Constant Knitter. It’s a lovely yarny haven… That’s located a dangerously short toddle away from my home.
The shop is just one street over from St Patrick’s Cathedral, and as I mentioned in last week’s post, they got in touch to see if we’d like to host some free social crafting sessions in the weeks running up to the biggest event in their annual calendar… The St Patrick’s Day festival!
The idea was to make simple knitted, crocheted or wet-felted items that could be displayed at the Cathedral, and then given to visitors to take home as a memento of their visit. Oh, and it gave local people the chance to stop in and try out some new crafty skills… Or indulge in old favourites while drinking tea!
So, last week was the grand finale… The great giveaway! Unfortunately, by the time I arrived for my stint in the afternoon, quite a lot of the pieces had already been given away…
… But thanks to one of the other hard-working knitting groups, there were still plenty of little spring chickens to add to the lineup!
There were some bigger pieces to enjoy too, like these knitted landmarks of Dublin 8. This masterpiece included the gate of the old women’s hospital at The Coombe, the now-demolished Fatima Mansions flats and even a woolly Luas tram!
Local fibre artist Niki Collier also moved some pieces from her latest exhibition over to the Cathedral for the festival…
…Oh, and of course there was a little bit of last-minute knitting and crochet going on!
A few of these good people were even brave enough to try out this squiggly snake pattern, which I put together for the event!
And after we wrapped up, I took the opportunity to have a quick look around the Cathedral on my way out.
I can’t believe I lived across the road from this place for years and never went inside! It’s beautiful!
Hopefully we’ll get to do it all again next year… And if you’ve been involved in any crafty happenings lately, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments!
Have a super weekend, everybody! We’ll be back on Tuesday with another monster adventure to share!