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Knitted map displayed in Inverness Airport to celebrate Loch Ness Knit Fest

By Mark Hayhurst 05 Oct 2018

Inverness Airport is expecting to see lots of visitors flying into the area during the month of October as knitters venture to the Highlands of Scotland for Loch Ness Knit Fest 2018.

International and domestic passengers arriving into Inverness are in for a treat as both Loganair and Inverness Airport have embraced the woolly wonder of Loch Ness Knit Fest with yarn-storming of the Loganair check-in area and the display of a carefully hand-crafted world map.

Cecilia Grigor, director at Loch Ness Knit Fest, said: “We’re completely overwhelmed by the reaction we’ve had from people abroad who are tuning in to our pre festival news in 2018. The number of international visitors coming to the area for Loch Ness Knit Fest is increasing year on year and to give you an idea of the breadth of nationalities taking part, there’ll be over 19 countries represented ranging from New Zealand to Alaska, Iceland, Scandinavia and the USA to name a few.

“We felt that the knitted world map would be a wonderful way to show the international element of the event. It’s designed and positioned in the airport to engage minds and spark intrigue.

“We’d seen first hand how people can connect through their mutual love of craft and we’re so fortunate to have such a rich textile heritage here in the Highlands to share with visitors from near and far. Forget the language barriers and cultural differences, with yarn and needles, people are completely united on the knitting front.”

Joyce Rawlinson and Hampshire based, Bramley Knitters, have supported Loch Ness Knit Fest from the very beginning in 2016. This creative group have volunteered to create some head-turning pieces such as a giant knitted Loch Ness Monster, 3D knitted Inverness Castle that’s currently on display in the Victorian Market and the technical knitted map which is on show for the next two weeks ahead of the 2018 event.

Joyce said: “I love to knit and although the world map was quite a complicated piece to complete due to the scale. The original pattern for the map took ages to find and came from Denmark. I altered it to make the map, each panel took about three weeks knitting. At one point, when knitting Africa, I had at least nine different balls of wool on the needle! It was great fun and we were pleased with the finished result.

“I’m attending Loch Ness Knit Fest with our group from Hampshire and we can’t wait to meet reconnect with old friends, meet new people, share knitting skills and ideas as well as gaining some inspiration for our next knitted installation.”

Loch Ness Knit Fest takes place October 19-21 at Inverness Leisure Centre with 30 plus workshops and presentations, Main Stage line-up, Marketplace with yarn-focused 60 plus sellers, Crafting Village, Ceilidh, Knitting Cruise on Loch Ness, Highland Feast and more.

The teacher line-up is a real draw, including:

  • Ann Eunson - Studied BA in Contemporary Textiles at University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Anna Maltz is and independent knitting pattern designer who claims she’s “an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles”.
  • Chrissie Day - Knitwear designer and mixed fibre artist, Chrissie Day, returns to Loch Ness Knit Fest. Having had 11 books published and designed for companies as far afield as Australia, she’s got a lot of experience to share!
  • Elizabeth Johnston - Shetland spinner and knitter, was recently announced as Patron of well established knitting event Shetland Wool Week which is in it’s ninth year.
  • Hazel Tindall - has been knitting for over 50 years and since 2008 has held the illustrious title of ‘World’s Fastest Knitter’ having developed a fast and efficient technique. She is also a talented designer and has written many knitting
  • Maddie Harvie - Edinburgh based freelance designer and knitting teacher “inspired by colour, geometry and knitwear construction”.
  • Kurt Payne - joining Loch Ness Knit Fest for the second year, all the way from New Zealand.
  • Laura West – Professional, award-winning bookbinder.
  • Tania Ashton Jones - Dorset Button Maker, hand knitter and teacher.
  • Christel Seyfarth – Danish knitwear designer and organizer of Fanø International Knit Festival

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