Woolly Chic Designs

Festiwool Bag-Along

Festibag Bag Along
Over the last few weeks I have been involved in helping to organise Festiwool, a wool show that is taking place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at The Priory School in Hitchin (my home town).  We decided to try something new this year and invite people to take part in a Festiwool Bag-Along.  What is that, I hear you ask?
Festiwool Bag-Along 

The Bag-Along, is basically an opportunity to knit or crochet a bag of your choice and bring it along with you to Festiwool.

Festiwool have teamed up with the very talented podcasters Sam from Betsy Makes and Sandra from Cherry Heart , who are hosting a Meet and Greet session at Festiwool from 3pm to 5pm in “The Green Room” and are also helping to launch this Bag-Along competition.   We are hoping to see lots of lovely hand-knitted and crocheted bags being filled with goodies bought at the show.

Now don’t worry if you can’t make it to Festiwool, but still want to take part, Sam has started a discussion thread on Ravelry where you can post photos of your finished bags.  Visit https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/betsymakes-podcast-group/3691644/1-25 to find out more.

I have donated a special prize, one of my Woolly Chic Mandalas Kits for entries that bring their bags to the show.   Sam and Sandra will put all the names into a hat and pick out a winner during their Meet and Greet session.  There will be another lovely prize for those that enter their finished bags on the Ravelry group thread.

If you are already making a bag, that is fine, the only rule is your bag must be finished by 11th November 2017.

Plus, just to help you out further, if you purchase Festiwool tickets before the event you get special Ravelry codes for 2 free patterns – Sam’s crocheted Star Flower bag  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-flower-bag and my knitted Festibag (pictured above) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/festibag


Festiwool Bag-Along Betsy Makes Star Flower Bag

Bag-Along party

So to celebrate the launch of this Festiwool Knit and Crochet Bag Along competition we thought we would have a party! You are invited to bring your crochet and knitting to Molly’s Tea Room in Hitchin on Thursday 26th October, between 7pm and 9pm and start making a bag in time for Festiwool.  This is a free event, just come along and treat yourself to some of Molly’s yummy cake!

Sam, Sandra and I will all be there at Molly’s for the evening!

Tickets for Festiwool on November 11th at The Priory School in Hitchin, will be on sale (and you can pick up copies of the free patterns too when you buy your ticket)

Woolly Chic’s wool and kits will also be on sale.


There are lots of other exciting new things to shout about this year – a new Festiwool venue to start with!  In one month’s time exhibitors will have set up their stalls in the large Hall and the Dining Room of The Priory School, a large secondary school just on the edge of Hitchin.  There is plenty of parking and all the stalls will be completely accessible for everyone.  There will also be a pop up vintage cafe run by Vintage Allsorts,  who will have a selection of refreshments, cakes, soups and sandwiches on offer to tempt you.

There are some fantastic exhibitors coming along and whatever you are into, whether it is knitting, crochet, spinning, hand-dyed yarns, weaving or sewing, there will be something for everyone.  You can see the list of exhibitors and buy tickets from http://www.festiwool.com