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Wool you be there? Scottish company hosts knitting workshops at Games

Want to get involved in the Commonwealth Games, but sport's not really your thing? Then why not flex your skills with 'urban knitting', as part of Festival 2014, the cultural companion to the Games.

Scottish knit company Eribé, nominated for a 2014 Scottish Fashion Award as exporter of the Year, is hosting creative hand-knitting workshops over the weekend in the Shed Zone in Glasgow Green. These include urban knitting sessions - a form of street art where people create colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn to brighten up public spaces. Scottish knitters will be getting involved including Ginger Twist Studio and Town Mouse Knitting Club, both based in Edinburgh.

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Knitting sessions are free and you will be provided with different yarns in a range of colours, along with knitting needles and expert advice from Eribé.

There will also be a pop-up shop open until Sunday August 3, which tells the story of Scottish knitwear, including fisherman's Guernsey and Fair Isle. Yorkshire based wool suppliers Z Hinchliff, going since 1766, will have raw material, cones of yarn and different shade cards to allow people to experience wool from raw to finished state. Campaign for Wool and Textiles Scotland will also be promoting the benefit of natural wool.

Founder Rosemary Eribé said: "we will be bringing a large variety of yarns, colours and techniques to Festival 2014 to tell the Scottish knitwear story. We look forward to being part of the international conversation as we introduce all cultures to sit down, chat and knit together."

Eribé's workshops run from Friday July 25 to Sunday July 27 in The Shed Zone, Glasgow Green Live Zone, near main entrance (Saltmarket), Glasgow. 

You can find out more at www.glasgow2014.com

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