Breidagen Zwolle

We’ve just had a fantastic weekend in The Netherlands with some of the Stylecraft Blogstars.  Not just a girly weekend, you understand, we were actually all working really hard!

On a beautiful sunny Thursday Jane Crowfoot, Sarah Shrimpton, Helen Shrimpton, Emma Varnam, Juliet Bernard and Annabelle Hill flew in to Schiphol airport from various parts of the UK.  We were heading one hour out of Amsterdam to the lovely town of Zwolle for the Dutch Knitting Festival, Breidagen.

There were more than eighty exhibitors selling yarn, books, kits and accessories, just as you would expect.  But the quality of what we saw was amazing and the designs completely mouth-watering.

Even though it was billed as a knitting show, there was a lot of crochet on show.  The Dutch seem to love their Amigurumi and they do it in a very elegant way, so full of character.

Zabbez – Bas den Braver

Emma Vernams Billy Bear 

We took lots of projects by the Blogstars for people to see and it was lovely to hear their comments about the designs.

Luckily most people spoke exceptionally good English, but if we did get stuck Annabelle was on hand to help – who knew her Dutch was so good?

 

All the Blogstars had workshops to teach which ranged from 1 ½ to 3 hours so they were pretty full on and the visitors were so cheerful and eager to learn something new.

We also got the chance to chat with some of the other tutors, including Annelies Baes and Meret Buetzberger, and hear about what they are working on.  Meret’s double knitting had us all completely fascinated.  Check out her designs here – https://www.ravelry.com/designers/meret-buetzberger

Even though the days were tiring the evenings were special.  There is something about sitting with a group of crafters who understand about your passion that makes the conversation and laughter flow.

If you want to know more about the Breidagen show you can sign up for more information here https://breidag.nl/?lang=en