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jelly @ Jacksons
Birthday Cake Candle Knitting Workshop

Come and join jelly at Jacksons for the Heritage Open Days programme for the first time as they join together to bring you a very unique event.

To celebrate to the 135th anniversary of Jacksons, Reading’s oldest family run department store, local community arts organisation, Jelly along with the Outcast knitters will host knitting workshops with a difference in the store’s haberdashery department.  

Drop in at any session and knit a candle to place on the knitted birthday cake which will then feature as part of the store’s celebratory window display, the following week.

Chat, knit, pick some knitting tips and be inspired but the Outcasts – knitters who are at the forefront of a new wave craft scene currently hitting the UK.

For beginners, there will plenty of help and needles and yarns for you to use.

Jelly and the Outcasts have created a very special Jacksons Birthday Cake Candle Knitting Pattern which is free for you to download at www.alabamawhirly.com. So what are you waiting for?  Download your copy now and get started?  

All are welcome at these informal drop in sessions.

Thursday  9 September  1.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 10 September     10.30am – 12.30pm
Saturday 11 September  10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm 

Pattern Download click here

If you can’t make it to drop of your candle then please feel free to post them to:

jelly ArtPad, 3rd Floor, 42 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE.


Outside:Inside Festival 31st July-21st August 2010

If you haven’t heard already Reading has a new festival that is growing in size and popularity year by year.

If you have the time or are in town this weekend why not come and join the fun. You can find out more by visiting the official site


Knit Nation, London
29-31 July 2010
I’ll be there with the amazing Skein Queen, there is the chance to win a fantastic giant 500g skein of hand-dyed yarn worth £50.

To free the yarn from the birdcage, on a slip of paper provided at the show, the idea is that you state why in 140 characters or less the yarn should come home with you. Skein Queen will read all the entries on returning to SQ HQ and choose the most imaginative or clever or funny or endearing entry, announce the winner on her blog and the yarn shall be sent directly to you to do with as you please.

Come and find us on stall 118, we’ll be there every day.