Thursday 20 June 2019

World Wide Knit comes to the Blackrock

Margaret Roddy

The Crafty Rock in Blackrock is inviting knitter to get their needles out and take part in an event they are hosting for World Wide Knit in Public day on Saturday.

'The came from a suggestion from an Italian girl who attends our crochet groups,' explains Brenda Leary, who runs the Crafty Rock along with Rita Alves. 'It was quickly picked up by the other girls who have become avid crocheters since they took beginner's classes last September. I looked into the event and discovered we could register with the official organisers of the day and have our event published on their website.'

It turns out that the Crafty Rock are flying the flag for Ireland as Brenda reveals ' As yet we are the only official event in Ireland!'

Any keen knitters and crocheters are invited to go along to the promenade wall opposite the Craft Rock on Saturday from 11am to 1pm.

'Anyone interested is welcome to join us as we celebrate this unique largest knitter and crochet run event in the world. Weather permitting we shall assemble on the sea wall opposite The Crafty Rock at 11am,' says Brenda.

Participants need to bring their work in progress and a cushion to sit on. Tea, coffee and a bathroom are available in The Crafty Rock where there will also be a discount of 35% on all yarn for the duration of the event.

In addition, she reveals: 'Our crochet groups are providing a 100% wool blanket they have made together as a raffle prize and we hope there will be other prizes donated. Proceeds from the raffle are being given to The Birches Alzheimer's Day Care Unit in Dundalk. Raffle tickets are on sale in the shop.'

Brenda says that they would love to see members of the many knitting and crochet groups around the county, and from further afield, come along and join them for this event.

'It's something that makes us very proud that in the slightly over two years since we opened, The Crafty Rock has been able to generate the passion in people to want them to organise such a celebration of this wonderful handcraft,' she says.

The Argus