10th Knitting Weekend & Fiber Market
Slater Mill was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the place where textile mills first began to replace the old ways of home weaving. So to make long overdue amends, Slater Mill hosts a knitting weekend – Friday through Sunday – where handmade fiber arts of all kinds are making a comeback, big time.
This is the 10th annual Knitting Weekend, where professional knitwear designers and artists rub elbows with knitters of all skill levels for an exchange of ideas, a honing of skills and the opportunity to purchase the wares of some of New England’s finest yarn producers, spinners, dyers and micro-farmers. It kicks off Friday evening, with a cocktail opening reception, designer salon and trunk show (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.). But that’s just the start of things.
Both Saturday and Sunday mornings, 8:30 to 11:50am, expert knitters teach a variety of concurrent knitting classes. On Saturday, you can lunch with the artists from 12:30-2:30, or just go directly to browsing the Fiber Market & Fiber Art Exhibition (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.)
Some people want to do as much as possible and stay all three days -- check out the Slater Mill website under programs for more details and prices.