Knit 1 bike 1 FREE mini workshops are live!

Here are details of the Knit 1 bike 1 FREE mini workshops available to date:

 Burns Cottage Alloway Tues 29th June 2015 2-4pm. Knitting and crochet – bring your stuck projects, learn about finishing techniques for knitting and crochet or bring your questions. Contact Janet 

Arran Guild (provisional – private workshop) 3rd July.

 Kilmartin Museum Mon 6th July 2-4. Knitting and crochet trouble shooting clinic as above. Contact the Museum to book or contact Janet

Woolly Wednesdays workshop Tobermory, Mull Weds 8th July. Closed group. Mini workshop Loch Don Mull Thurs 9th July. Closed group.

 Mini workshop Lochailort Mon 13th July. Closed group.

Stitch n Bitch at Woolfeis (wool festival) Benderloch near Oban Thurs 16th July. Open to all just come along.

Heartfelt By Liz Dalmally Fri 17th July. Talk/slide show.  Contact to book.

 Handspinner Having Fun, Skye Monday 20th July. Contact  or Janet for info.

Meet up with Cyclists at Dingwall cycling event Sunday 26th July. If you are there I would love to meet up for breakfast or lunch.

 Birnam Institute near Dunkeld Sun 2ndAugust 2-4.Knitting and crochet mini workshop – come with questions or Janet will show you some techniques that are useful. Contact to book.

Fluph Yarn Shop Dundee Monday 3rd Aug 7-9. Talk and knit and natter. Contact Fluph to book 01382690190

New Lanark Heritage Centre Tues 11th August 2-4. Knitting and crochet – finishing techniques

and help with stuck projects/UFOs. Broughton Spinners Gathering Sat 15th August. Janet will have a wee table at the Gathering and will tell people about her travels.

Edinburgh Monday 17th August. workshop for friends and others who know me. At private house. If you want to attend get in touch with me.

Penicuik Arts Centre Tues 18th August 7-9. Talk re the Knit 1 Bike 1 trip. Contact or Janet to book.

Haddington Spinners mini workshop Thurs 20th Aug. Long draw spinning. Closed group.

Innerwick Sat 22nd Aug. Closed workshop. Knitting with multi coloured yarns.

Woolfish St Abbs Mon 24th Aug. Knitting and crochet mini workshop/talk. Contact or Janet to book.

Fri 28th August Borders Textile Museum 4-6. Talk etc for knit and stitch group. contact them for info.

Kirtlebridge Tues 1st Sept. Private workshop.

Fri 4th Sept. Homecoming event at Hawkrigg camping and caravan site near Carsphairn.

Sat 5th Sept Janet arrives home.

Knit 1 Bike 1 is still here folks…Onward and Upward

Just to make sure people know this.  Knit 1 bike 1 is happening regardless of the Kickstarter result.  I have a publisher, exhibitions and mini workshops all in place.  The Itinerary is nearly finished and I set off on the 29th June.

I am waiting for the outcome of a small funding application and will also look at other funding options.  But the important thing is – this project will happen.  There is a Paypal button on this blog and the Create With Fibre website if anyone still wants to support the project.

Knit 1 Bike 1 options

Meanwhile I am having a lazy day today!  Then off to Dumfries tomorrow to steward at the Dumfries Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers exhibition.  On Friday I am off to Aberdeen where I am delivering a two day spinning workshop. 

Knit 1 Bike 1 making things week next week when I get back so watch this space for new artwork.

Knit 1 bike 1 – how to support the project

The Kickstarter campaign ends tonight and is unlikely to meet its target.  Due to its rules, no pledges are collected unless the full amount is raised, so no one’s card will be debited. 

I have put a Paypal button on this blog and my website and if anyone would like to support the campaign this way then it would be very much appreciated.

Knit 1 Bike 1 options

A crocheted sheep, open studios and fundraising

Updated itinerary.
Scroll down a couple of posts to see the updated itinerary.  I have amended it rather than put the whole thing in again.
More art work practise going on.  
The sheep now has a head as well as horns.  The eyes are a bit of a challenge and need some brown crochet cotton.  Lots more work needed but the shape is not too bad.  Next to do the body.  chicken wire needed for the body shape methinks.
Meanwhile, I am printing out leaflets for Open Studios and willl have hands-on stuff for people to try on the day.

for those who don’t know, I am fundraising for the Knit 1 bike 1 project and the last day of the campaign is Monday 27th April.  Have a look at the Kickstarter video anyway, regardless of whether you want to back the campaign.  Two minutes long and a bit of fun!  


the scottish tapestry, coffee n cake and knit 1 bike 1

out practising i a different way today – looking forward to all those lovely cafes and being able to eat cake without putting on weight, what with all that cycling. And hey – my first blog post from the phone… Easy! Been making letters to wear as a tabard with tapestry crochet. So different to knitting them. Third attempt will do tolerably well. Just had,a sneak preview of Scottish Tapastry peoples panel. Am going to be supervising it lots as well as offering FOUR free workshops there. Peg looms n weaving sticks, weaving for beginners, and two needle felt workshops.

Knit 1 Bike 1 – Some crochet and knitting adventures…the itinerary and the Sunday Post……/knit-one-bike-o…/knit-1-bike-1 The Kickstarter campaign…

Offers of people who would like a FREE talk and slide show about the journey or a wee mini session (mini workshop probably a bit grand a name for it really) are still needed in many areas  so do get in touch if you fancy the idea.  Other examples might be a knitting and crochet clinic where people can bring stuck projects and just talk about knitting and crochet, or say what they would like to be shown (?mattress stitch, grafting??)  The only thing is I don’t have much flexibility on the dates as i will of course be travelling and it takes a lot longer to get from A to B on a bike!

An article about Knit 1 Bike 1 was in the Sunday Post today, 29th March 15. The article is in the ‘That’s Life’ section of website…Not sure where the journalist got the idea that I am cycling to raise awareness about fly tipping – and of course i will be knitting and crocheting all manner of things not just rubbish.  Maybe that’s what some people think of the country of course, although when we did the photos we were in a wonderful place with a woodpecker in the background and hardly any rubbish at all.  

knitted worms enjoying the sunshine

Meanwhile, here is the revised itinerary, which is coming along nicely…

Depart Mon 29th June 2015  

Provisional cycling itinerary – a work in progress –
As people make offers of hosting a mini workshop or providing a venue this will change.
Janet Renouf-Miller
Depart Mon 29th June 2015 
Day 1 – Mon 29th June    Workshop/talk Dalmellington.  leave 29 Dalton Avenue Dalmellington KA67QR East Ayrshire.  Workshop in Dalmellington.   Cycle to Ayr, South Ayrshire?  Accompanied by teachers from Doon academy?
                                     Talk/workshop at Burns Cottage, Alloway.  Open for bookings contact Janet.   ?Accompanied by teachers from Doon academy?
Stay with Lyn, Ayr.  15 miles
Day 2 – Tue30th June   Cycle to Ardrossan.  ?Accompanied by teachers from Doon Academy.  Ferry to Brodick Isle Arran.  Cycle to Kildonan.  Camp Kildonan.  Total 19 miles.           
Day 3 – Wed1st July     Meet with knitters/spinners on Arran. Stay Kildonan (North Ayrshire)
Day 4 – Thur 2nd July   Cycle Kildonan to Lochranza 30 miles.  
Day 5 – Fri 3rd July           
Day 6 – Sat 4th July           Stay Lochranza campsite.  Knit and crochet, write blog etc.   
Day 7 – Sun 5th July          Ferry Lochranza to Claonaig, Mull of Kintyre.  B8001 to Kennacraig, A83 to Lochgilphead A816 to Kilmartin.  (Argyll & Bute) Total 31 miles. 
Stay Kilmartin.  Day off.  ?Rendezvous with Hubby and caravan? 
Day 8 – Mon 6th July        Stay Kilmartin blog and knit etc.  Mini workshop Kilmartin Museum 2-4.  Open for bookings.  Contact Kilmartin museum direct, or Janet.
Day 9 – Tue 7th July          Cycle Kilmartin to Oban 29 miles. 
Day 10- Wed 8th July  Ferry to Mull. Cycle to Tobermory 22 miles.   Mini workshop evening 7-9 Woolly Wednesdays Antobar Centre and cafe. Tobermory,  Mull.  (Argyll & Bute)  Spindling for beginners max 8.  Helen  will organise fibre and advise them to buy hightop spindles 1-2 ozs via Adelaide Walker.  Stay with local knitter, with Hubby in caravan or camp. 
Day 11 – Thu 9th July  Cycle Tobermory  to Loch Don 24 miles.  Mini workshop Loch  Don.  
Day 12 – 10thJuly      cycle/bus Loch Don to Craignure 2 miles. 
Day 13 – Sat 11th July Ferry Craignure to Oban.  Train Oban to Fort William.  Stay Fort William.
                                                Stay Lochailort with Morag.

Day 14 Sun 12th July       Fort William – Lochailort 26 miles.  Stay Lochailort with Morag.

Day 15            13th July   Offer mini workshop Lochailort. Stay Lochailort.
Day 16 14thJul                     Stay Lochailort
Day17-15thJul                     Cycle and bus/train to Benderloch for Woolfeis.
Day 18 – 16th July       Stitch n Bitch Woolfeis.  Cycle Benderloch to Oban.  Train Oban to Dalmally.  Stay Heartfelt By Liz.
Day 19  – 17th July      Talk/slide show/mini workshop etc at Dalmally as desired.  Booking may be required – Contact Heartfelt By Liz direct or Janet to enquire.
Day 21   – 18th July       Stay Dalmally.  As above.   Then get train to Oban/Mallaig on 19th. 
Day  22  19th July        Cycle Benderloch  to Oban 8 miles.  Train to Mallaig.  Ferry Mallaig to Ardvasar Skye.  (Highland).  Cycle Ardvasar to Broadford 17 miles.  Stay Broadford Skye. 
Day 23  20th  July       Mini workshop  – Handspinner, Broadford.  Open for bookings – contact Handspinner direct or Janet to enquire.
Day 24  21st July         Bus Broadford – Portree.  Cycle  Portree – Uig 26 miles.  (City link or local bus.)  Ferry Uig to Tarbert Isle of Harris.  (Western Isles).  Cycle Tarbert to Horgabost 12 miles.  Camp at Horgabost (campsite & wild camping see info).  20 miles.  Mini workshop Harris – Venue needed.
Day 25 – 22nd July      Spend a day writing and crocheting/knitting and socialising.
Day 28 – 23rd July      Bus to part way to Stornoway.  Cycle 25 miles.  Ferry Stornoway to Ullapool.   Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller for bike maintenance and to replenish yarn supplies/ offload finished crochet and knitting.  Camp Ullapool.  (Highland)
Day 29 – 24th July      Ullapool.  Meet up with Ann-Marie?  Stay Ullapool.  
Day 30 – 25th July     Cycle Ullapool – Dingwall.  Stay Dingwall.  Cycle friendly campsite in centre of Dingwall caravan & camping club. 
Day 31 – Sun 26th July Meet with cyclists on road event Dingwall breakfast and/or lunch & talk re journey etc..  Contact = Denise.  Cycle Dingwall to Inverness Denise may accompany.   There is cycle track all the way. 
Day 32   – Mon 27thJuly
Cycle/train Inverness to Aviemore 30 miles.  Camp Aviemore.  Mini workshop – venue needed.    Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller for bike maintenance etc.
Day 33  – 28th July      Sustrans Route 7 Aviemore to Newtonmore. 16 miles.  Visit Highland Folk Museum.  Offer mini workshop Newtonmore.  Camp Newtonmore.
Day 34 – 29th July      writing and knitting time.  stay Newtonmore.
Day 35 – 30th July     Newtonmore to Blair Atholl Perth  & Kinross.  34 miles Stay Blair Atholl. 
Day 36 – 31st July       Cycle Blair Atholl to Bankfoot.  Visit Appletree Man organic fruit nursery Bankfoot.  25 miles.
Day 37 – 1st August    Day off.   stay Bankfoot.
Day 38 – 2nd August    Offer workshop/ talk 2-4 Birnam institute.  Open for bookings – contact Birnam direct or Janet.   Cycle there and back.  6 miles each way.
Day 39 – 3rd August    Bankfoot to Dundee.  29 miles.  Stay Dundee.    Offer mini workshop Fluff knitting shop.  Open for bookings – contact Fluph direct or Janet.
Day 40 – 4th August   Dundee to Auchtermuchty.  24 miles.
Day 41 – 5th August    Auchtermuchty to Kinross.     17 miles.  Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller.
Day 42 – 6th August    Stay Kinross.  Offer mini workshop/talk. Venue needed
Day 43 – 7th August    Kinross to Dunblane.  34 miles.   Talk/ workshop Dunblane.   Venue needed.
Day 44 – 8th August   Cycle/train to Glasgow.  33 miles
Day 45 – 9th August   Stay Glasgow blog and crochet/knit.  Offer mini workshop/talk.  Venue needed.
Day 46 – 10th August  Glasgow to New Lanark Woollen Mill.  (South Lanarkshire) Stay youth hostel new Lanark.  30 miles.
Day 46 – 11th August  Offer talk Lanark/New Lanark.  Venue needed.
Day 47 – 12th August  New Lanark to Biggar.  14 miles.  Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller.
Day 49 – 13th August   Time off knit, crochet, blog Biggar.
Day 50  – 14thAugust. Time off knit, crochet, blog Biggar.
Day 51  – 15th August  Attend Broughton spinners Gathering.   Talk to people about the journey.  Stay campsite Broughton. 
Day 52 – 16th  August  Broughton to Colinton Edinburgh.  27 miles.
Day 49 17th August     Stay Colinton.  (Edinburgh City)  Mini workshop Edinburgh.  ?Rendezvous with Lee.
Day 50 – 18th August  Colinton to Penicuik Arts Centre.  (Midlothian) 10miles.  Talk Penicuik    Arts Centre 7-9pm.  Stay Penicuik.  Rendezvous with Lee?
Day 51 – 19th August   Penicuik to Haddington  24 miles.  Stay Haddington
Day 52 – 20th August   Talk/mini workshop Haddington Spinners.
Day 53 – 21st August    Haddington to Innerwick.  Stay at Innerwick.  16 miles.
Day 54 22nd August      Mini workshop Innerwick.  Stay Innerwick.
Day 55 – 23rd August    Innerwick to St Abbs.  Stay Woolfish St Abbs.  16 miles
Day 56 – 24th August  Offer talk /workshop Woolfish St Abbs.  (Borders) Stay St Abbs.  Open for bookings – contact Janet to book or Woolfish direct.
Day 57 – 25th August   St Abbs to Coldstream.  Stay Coldstream.  24 miles
Day 58 – 26th August  Coldstream to Hawick.  Stay Hawick.  31 miles.  Visit Borders Textile museum. 
Day 59 – 27th August  Offer talk or mini workshop.   Stay Hawick. 
Day 60 – 28th August   Stay Hawick.  Blog and crochet/knit.
Day 61 – 29th August    Cycle Hawick to Langholm.  23 miles. 
Day 62 – 30th August    Mini workshop Langholm?  Stay Langholm.     (Dumfries & Galloway)
Day 63 – 31st August    Cycle Langholm to Lockerbie.  19 miles.   Stay Lockerbie. 
Day 64 – 1st Sept           Cycle Lockerbie to Kirtlebridge 13 miles.  Mini workshop Kirtlebridge.
Day 65 – 2nd Sept         Kirtlebridge to Dumfries.  23 miles.  Stay Dumfries.
Day 66 – 3rd Sept          Talk/workshop Dumfries?  Stay Dumfries. 
Day 67 – 4th Sept           Dumfries to Castle Douglas.  16 miles.  Stay Castle Douglas.
Day 68 – 5th Sept           Castle Douglas to New Galloway. 14 miles.  Stay New Galloway.
Day 69  – 6th Sept          Talk/workshop New Galloway/Carsphairn.  Stay New Galloway.
Day 70 – 7th Sept           New Galloway to Dalmellington  22 miles.  – HOME.  (East Ayrshire)

Knit 1 Bike 1 – Kickstarter is live!…/knit-one-bike-o…/knit-1-bike-1
the Knit 1 Bike 1 campaign ‘kicked off’ last night.  Thanks so much to the three lovely people who have backed me already – whooo.  I set off on the 29th of June 2015 in case you don’t know that and my first workshop will be at Burns Cottage Alloway Ayrshire on that day.  Get in touch if you would like to come along!  visit to e mail me. 

A lovely man from the Sunday Post interviewed me yesterday and they are sending out a photographer today, thanks to Jo and Mica at Edinburgh Yarn Festival who put him onto me.  Yarnmaker are going to run an article on the trip and proposed book in their next issue.   (By the way, it looks like I will be teaching at Edinburgh Yarnfest again next year – I do hope so…

By the way he told me that he recently did an article on Debbie, AKA The Feral Spinner and her sock knitting trip across Scotland.  He tells me knitting stories are of great interest to their readers, the paper to buy, huh?
…And this is me on a wee trip to Loch Doon Ayrshire a few days ago.  Having finished knitting those blue socks I was busy casting on, back to a gate, beside this cattle grid, in the sunshine…

Knit 1 Bike 1 Kickstarter

The Kickstarter campaign is almost live!
I have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund this project.  There are some nice wee rewards for those who want to support the project so have a look at the preview below.…/knit-one-bike-o…/knit-1-bike-1

Meanwhile, I am out there cycling most days and practising knitting and crocheting some of the strangest things….just off to work on that caterpillar – it’s looking good so far! 

Knit 1 Bike 1 – bit snowy at the side of the road today…

Finally got out on the bike at 3pm when there was a lull in the weather.  It was a fine, breezy day until I turned round to come home, then suddenly it was a howling gale with hailstones.  Had to get off at one point because it was so gusty but actually it was fine most of the time.  A wee quick ride, then but worth it.  Didn’t find anything at the side of the road except snow – had my head down and was too busy cycling!

Knit 1 Bike 1 – Funny goings on at the road side on Burns Day…

What I found at the side of the Road on Burns Day

 Took the bike down to the Robert Burns Museum today to celebrate Burns’ birthday.   Had fun with the witches in the Auld Kirk cemetery and the pipers at the Museum.  Found a packet of smoked salmon at the side of the road.  Nothing wrong with it – just thrown from a car – why???  Wonder if I can crochet it – I just have to have a go…

The witches at the Auld Kirk Alloway were out too.  Brompton bicycles are more appealing than a broomstick obviously..

and now I am off to crochet a packet of smoked salmon.  It can be done!