Shall we make a yarn bomb during one of our Watermill knitting weeks?

Blog yarn bomb busHave you heard of ‘yarn bombing’? Well, we hadn’t until we came across one of those marvellous TED talks by textile artist Magda Sayeg. She uses handmade, eye-catching yarn bombs to shake up the way we see the world and make us notice things we hadn’t seen before. Like the bus above. Or this transformation of  a fire hydrant and ugly street bollards below.

Blog yarn bomb 3 croppedMagda transforms urban landscapes into her own playground by decorating everyday objects with colorful knit and crochet works. These warm, fuzzy “yarn bombs” started small, with stop sign poles and fire hydrants in her hometown, but soon people found a connection to the craft and spread it across the world. She says: “We all live in this fast-paced, digital world, but we still crave and desire something that’s relatable,” Magda adds: “Hidden power can be found in the most unassuming places, and we all possess skills that are just waiting to be discovered.” You can see her TED talk by clicking here.Blog yarn bomb 2It got me thinking: maybe we should have a ‘yarn bomb’ during our three knitting weeks at The Watermill this year. I am not so sure that the local transport services would take too kindly to having one of their buses ‘stitched up’, but maybe a tree or two along the Watermill millstream garden. What do you think?Macfie millstream reducedYou’ll know that Watermill knitting holidays were recently rated recently by The Times of London as one of the best 50 holidays in Italy. This could make them even more fun.

In the two years since we inaugurated our Knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana courses at The Watermill, they have gone on from strength to strength. So far more than 50 people, from all over the world, have enjoyed our knitting weeks – and another 25 or so have already signed up for this year’s sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring weeks. As we only have room for about 30/32 guests in total of this year’s three knitting weeks, you can see that we only have 10 or so places left. So, yes, now really is the time to book and make sure of YOUR place,

Our lovely tutors are Sarah Hatton and Lisa Richardson, both of whom produce great designs for Rowan Yarns– and, of course, as ever, you’ll enjoy both knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana at The Watermill and its stunning Tuscan surroundings in the unspoilt area of Lunigiana.

As you know, La Bella Vita means ‘The Good Life’ in Italian and that’s just what you’ll be savouring when you take one of our wonderfully relaxing and inspiring week-long knitting holidays in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You’ll work at The Watermill on projects from top designers and you’ll also be knitting at a privately owned ex-monastery and in the grounds of a fabulous hill-top restaurant.

You’ll be treated to an all-day excursion to the beautiful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre and enjoy a morning’s ramblings through the market at the nearby walled medieval town of Fivizzano. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning new knitting techniques and tips from our tutors… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine: truly La Bella Vita Italiana.

A local view, thanks to the Ciao Lunigiana blog

A local view, thanks to the Ciao Lunigiana blog

Your inspiring 2016 knitting tutors

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton is a designer for the Rowan Yarns and also teaches knitting classes worldwide. She learnt to knit as a child and has always been passionate about fashion. After gaining a degree in fashion design she began working in the handknit industry and has done so for over 15 years. Sarah is also an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor and for her week-long course at the mill she has devised two specially-designed projects for you to knit: a lace scarf and a cable classic Aran project. She will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson’s name is instantly associated with the Rowan pattern house. In addition to her designer role, she manages the pattern editing process and mentors newer members of the design team. She says, “My biggest drive is to people create something that they will cherish for years to come.”

Lisa is an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor, winning much praise from her workshop participants. For her week-long course at the mill she has devised two specially designed projects for you to knit: one inspired by Italian lace work; and the other that fully justifies her label as ‘slip stitch queen’.

How to find out more

Hatton cable projectSarah Hatton  Knitting and La Bella Vita

21 May to 28 May 2016 Course full, waiting list

AND 28 May to 4 June 2016 New course: four/five places

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill.

Lisa Richardson bagLisa Richardson Knitting and La Bella Vita

10 September to 17 September 2016 Three/four places

Please click here to learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill.


If you’d like to book or find out more, please visit our Knitting Holidays website by clicking here. For more information or use our secure Knitting Holidays Enquiry Form by clicking here.

Treat yourself to Knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana! and maybe we’ll ‘yarn bomb’ as well!Knit Pandora and Claudia -reduced



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