Knit & Crochet in the West of Ireland

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19 Apr 2020 - 22 May 2020
Duration: 5 nights departing 19th April or 17th May 2020
Ref: 20023
With: Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND WITH 2 DEPARTURES, 2 EXPERTS & A BRAND NEW HOTEL FOR 2020!

Join us on 19 - 24th April 2020 with Carol Meldrum OR 17 - 22nd May 2020 with Sarah Hazell

On this superb 6-day knitting & crochet holiday you'll enjoy workshops led by either Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts of the west coast of Ireland. Included excursions give you a chance to explore the charming city of Galway and visit the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre amidst the rugged Connemara landscape.

Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600's when knitting schools were established across the country. During the 18th century knitting became a source of income for many households thanks to an abundance of wool. Aran sweaters with their distinctive design are a symbol of Ireland. A full day excursion to the smallest of the Aran islands is a chance to learn about Aran knitting - the Innis Oirr way.

YOUR WORKSHOPS

CAUGHT UP IN CABLES WITH CAROL MELDRUM

Carol's West Coast of Ireland project is inspired by traditional cable knit designs. Over the course of the trip we will look at the construction of cable designs and using either knit or crochet techniques, will create a cable hat or cowl design.

The project is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with the rib. For the main body of the design you can pick from a variety of cable patterns or even mix and match if you're feeling adventurous!

This workshop is suitable for those who understand basic knit / crochet techniques or want to improve on existing skills.

Knit skills you will cover

  • Working in the round
  • Crossing cables left and right
  • Bobble making
  • Pattern placement
  • Decreasing techniques (if working on a hat)

Crochet skills you will cover

  • Working in the round
  • Raised rib effect
  • Crochet cables and relief stitches
  • Bobble making
  • Pattern placement
  • Decreasing techniques (if working on a hat)

INFINITY LOOP WITH SARAH HAZELL

Sarah's West Coast of Ireland project will cover a variety of knitting and crochet methods. We”ll create an infinity loop that can be turned into a scarf using the following techniques:

Knit skills you will cover

  • Twists and bobbles – focus on using twisting techniques rather than a cable needle to move stitches and getting a really neat finish on bobbles.
  • Wandering cables – focus on asymmetric cables using cable needles to introduce a modern twist.

Crochet skills you will cover

  • Crossed stitches – focus in crossing stitches to create the illusion of textured aran patterns.
  • Front and Back posts – focus in crocheting around front and back posts to create the illusion of cables.
  • Finishing techniques – simple crocheted edging.

DAY 1

Meet your expert and tour manager at London Heathrow airport for your morning flight to Shannon. We'll visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher en route to the hotel.

DAY 2

This morning's excursion takes us to Galway where we'll visit Knitwits, Galway's largest yarn store, and enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic winding streets of this colourful and cultural city. We’ll return to the hotel this afternoon, for the first workshop.

DAY 3

This morning we'll travel to Ros a Mhil to catch the ferry to Innis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran islands, which are renowned for their preservation of the traditional ways of life. After a wandering wagon tour of the island we'll meet with local knitters to create and knit your own Aran design inspired by the Innis Oirr landscape. Lunch is included today.

DAY 4

Today we enjoy a full day workshop at the hotel with our expert.

DAY 5

Beyond Galway lies the cultural region of Connemara. Here we'll visit Kylemore Abbey and the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre for an insight into the importance of textiles to Connemara's past. Discover the history of sheep farming and learn about the methods of spinning and weaving as you see wheels and looms dating back to the turn of the last century.

DAY 6

This morning we’ll enjoy our final workshop with our expert at the hotel. This afternoon we transfer to Shannon airport for our return flight to London Heathrow.

PRICES:

19 - 24th April 2020 with Carol Meldrum

Twin room: £1495 per person
Single supplement: £189
Deposit: £250 per person

17 - 22nd May 2020 with Sarah Hazell

Twin room: £1545 per person
Single supplement: £189
Deposit: £250 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Flights from London Heathrow to Shannon with Air Lingus
  • Coach travel as described
  • 4-star half-board accommodation (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Entrance to the cliffs of Moher
  • Walking tour of Galway
  • 4 half day workshops with our expert
  • Full day excursion to Innis Oirr with workshop with local knitters (lunch included)
  • Visit to Kylemore Abbey and Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre in scenic Connemara
  • Driver gratuities
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

NOT INCLUDED:

Porterage, meals and drinks other than those specified; travel insurance; guide gratuities and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

If you are interested in any of our Stitchtopia holidays but don’t have a friend to join you, why not join our ‘Stitch Together’ programme? Designed for those travelling alone, we will help you find someone like-minded to share with so you've no single supplement to pay and can enjoy the benefit of this saving. Please call for more details.

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Galway Bay Hotel ★★★★

This 4-star hotel is set on the shores of Galway Bay, one of Ireland’s most scenic locations. Facilities include fully equipped gym, pool, steam room and sauna. The Bay Brasserie offers modern style cuisine with fresh fish and local produce. The classic rooms offer easy comfort, timeless style and warm bright décor. Facilities include TV, radio and complementary wifi, tea/coffee making facilties, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.