Knitting enthusiasts will definitely want to grab their needles and head over to Norway’s capital city for the Oslo Knitting Festival, which takes place this November.
The festival is first and foremost a place to learn and share patterns and ideas with other knitters. Visitors can attend over 50 courses from world-renowned instructors in knitting, weaving, spinning, and crocheting – there are even fashion designers on hand to show how knitting could soon be the next big thing (again). Whatever you’re interested in, and whatever level you may be, from a professional to a novice knitter, there’s a course for you.
Once the training is over, you can kick back and enjoy some of the social options the festival offers, such as group knitting sessions while having coffee or watching a film. If you prefer to browse and buy ready-made items, then check out the festival’s large marketplace of knit goods, where you’ll be sure to find the perfect warm blanket and cosy sweater for those cold northern nights.
The festival kicks off Friday night with a free launch party at Deichman Library in downtown Oslo, while on Saturday and Sunday the festival will be over at the Norwegian Folk Museum on the Bygdøy Peninsula. Day tickets can be bought for 130 NOK, with additional tickets on sale for the lectures, seminars, and workshops.
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