Sheep's Head Yarn Festival
2017 will be the 3rd Sheep's Head Yarn Festival, offering 28 different workshops in Knitting, Crochet and Fibre Arts at various locations from Ahakista through Kilcrohane and out to the Black Gate in Letterwest over the weekend of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017. Workshops range from beginners to intermediate skill levels. There will once again be a Yarn Market at the Wine Bar in Kilcrohane offering gifts and tempting supplies from Irish Indie Yarn dyers.
The 1 May will also see the return on the Pop-Up shop in Kilcrohane village, where there will be many handmade gifts and supplies created by Irish crafters, Lessons are by appointment from June - August. For more information please visit the website or call on 087 1491549
The People behind the Sheep's Head Yarn Festival
To give you a better idea as who is behind all this let us introduce ourselves
After many years of living in West Cork and hearing stories of 'Knit & Stitch' Shows across Ireland and the UK a small team of yarn crafters from the Sheep's Head Producers Market got together to see what could be organised for the people of West Cork.
After coming up with 7 or 8 workshop possibilities, work got started on how, where and when.
It was decided to help local businesses extend the summer season we would run the festival on the 3rd weekend in May. Workshops were to be placed in Cafe's, Pubs and B&B's along the Sheep's Head Peninsula from Durrus to Letterwest encouraging visitors to see as much of the beautiful scenery as possible while travelling to their next workshop.
This proved a great success for all involved and showed that anything is possible when you have the support of the community, no matter how small we may be.
We then decided that we wanted to continue with what we'd started, a pop up shop in The Black Gate in July and August 2015 offering Irish made Yarn gifts and supplies was created and was a good test run.
In 2016 we opened a pop up shop 'Sheep's Head Yarns' in Kilcrohane Village where we continued to support Irish crafters and run small classes in the run up to the festival and during the Summer. We also attended some of the local Christmas Craft Fairs in West Cork too and it was so great to see the support and interest in what we have achieved and what we are planning for the future
Both the Sheep's Head Yarns & Sheep's Head Producers Market are non-profit organisations & rely 100% on volunteers and we are always looking for new people to join us as we continue forward with this venture