Going to Unwind Brighton! Knitting, yarn and crochet festival

I found out recently I’m going to be in London for a work related week of intense work/fun/production. So I could easily rationalize getting to London on the Friday before to check out Unwind Brighton. Quel coincidence! Minor problem is that I had *already* rationalized booking into Fibre East one week later in July. Why so much good stuff all at once?!
Wooly people need to spread all this good stuff around better. There’s some months which are sorely lacking.

Unwind Brighton fun workshops

Unwind Brighton is a weekend event with a marketplace and workshops. There’s also apparently a printed guide planned which will include nice things like a free pattern by Joji Knits and the design contest’s winning entry by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

There are many classes and workshops during the event. There are still workshops with some places and 2nd runs of some workshops have been opened up.

I signed up for a workshop by the lady organizing the event, Dani Sunshine.

Do I Really Need to Swatch? with Dani Sunshine

Sunday, 13th July 2014 12:00 – 13:00ย Register here ยฃ10.00

I’m excited to see the results in the workshop. As “homework” before the event, you have to bring a swatch in sock weight yarn; 40 sts, 50 rows on 3.75 mm needles. How cool will it be to see everyone’s results?And I have no business in the workshop about Contiguous Method of sleeves with Susie Meyers, but she’s like, a knitting unventor, which is kind of amazing.

Map of Unwind

On the Unwind chat thread, a user named Dutte created a map of the locations. That is super handy.



Admittedly it is a far hop down to the south of England. Even Louise of Knit British spoke of suffering from “FOMO” (fear of missing out). Which is a terrible affliction. I only just heard about it, but I know exactly what she means.

I get FOMO everytime there’s a DrupalCon (open source software event) on and I’m not there. But events like that are really expensive. I had to call it quits on DrupalCons when my husband copped on to the fact that it doesn’t count as a holiday. Since I am there run off my feet from 8am in the morning til 3am the following morning…. Each day. Somehow I sense Unwind isn’t going to be that insane. However, there’s also the added danger of purchasing wool when you get near places like this. It will be my first fibre-related festival or event. So we’ll see if I can survive the temptation.

Brighton is beautiful

I’ve been to Brighton before. It’s lovely. I’m sort of at the “what to pack stage now. I have to bring work clothes for the following week, so I’m going to look like I’m at work unless I pack some extras… but YARN and FIBRE needs space. These are good problems to have. If the weather is really fine though you could actually swim! I can bring a swimsuit just in case.

Here’s a good map of the beach there, it made me laugh!


6 thoughts on “Going to Unwind Brighton! Knitting, yarn and crochet festival”

  1. Wow, sounds like a fantastic festival! I’ve been watching the patterns for the design competition pop up all over my pattern recommendations on Ravelry and wondered what it was about. I hope you have lots of fun there!

    1. Yeah I think I have maybe gone a little too early in my knitting career! I think I’ll be very overwhelmed ๐Ÿ˜‰ but in a good way!

  2. Yep, I have Unwind FOMO. And Woolfest FOMO … I was actually supposed to be there today but haven’t gone, what was I thinking!

    You’re right, there are far too many of these things squashed into the summer.

    1. Oh bummer! That is a drag. Sorry to hear I couldn’t meet you. Maybe another time!

      Yeah it’s easy for my past self to think that my future self is going to just LOVE all this. Until I realized that between family visits and these 2 trips to England, I have NO Pajama Sundays for the entire month of July. And I know I’m going to need that rest. I’m just not hardcore anymore!

  3. That sounds like a LOT of fun! I remember when I realized I had been going to DrupalCons (and paying my own way!) instead of taking “real” holidays… Can’t say it helped with the demise of what was left of my health. Whoops. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Oh no, Ariane ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Yeah, I think the DrupalFlu isn’t just a myth! It’s like “conference now, sleep later”… but I find it takes me even a week to recoup. I can’t imagine what it was like for you with any additional challenges healthwise. I’m so inspired to see how you’re taking care of yourself and making a new path ๐Ÿ™‚

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