We would like to thank the visitors, exhibitors, workshop teachers and especially our many tireless helpers. We might have supplied the framework of the event, but it was you who made Wollfest such a great weekend.
All of you were great!
As soon as we’ve caught up on our sleep we’ll be back to report more on Wollfest and post a lot of pictures. Please feel free to send any photos our way that you’d like to see online!
Your tired but happy Wollfest Team
The early bird…gets their armband first:
Nobody likes to stand in line! We have therefore arranged for four extra entrances for presale orders along with the box office. But it might still come to lines, so we are offering those already in Hamburg the opportunity of already picking up their armbands at 9:00 a.m.
To avoid misunderstandings: the doors won’t open until 10:00 a.m., but if you already have your armband, you can get to the yarn first.
The Wollfest team:
Your Wollfest team, who should not be held responsible for the amount of money you spend at the marketplace!
Sitting on a train with empty hands is a no-go. If you want to get into the Wollfest mood, here are some alternatives to standard train knitting, also known as The Sock: knit the Wollfest logo or the Hamburg coat of arms.
Whether it turns into a dishcloth with knit-purl structure or a double-knit potholder, it will get you ready for Wollfest Hamburg. You can find the charts here.
Some of the Wollfest attendees will be bringing their partners along, and weâd like them to enjoy the weekend too. One of our partners has put together a list of fun and interesting things to do for those lacking the passion for fiber. Thank you, Rolf!
It hasnât been scientifically proven, but there is definitely an affinity between women who knit and record-collecting men (and probably the other way around!). The used record fair will be taking place on Saturday, 06.09 at the University Mensa on Schluterstrasse, directly next to the Audimax.
I can warmly recommend the Maritim Museum for those into maritime things:
It can be reached in less than half an hour with public transportation:
From Dammtor station, take bus line 109 (direction Hauptbahnhof / Steintordamm) to Jungfernstieg. Then take the subway line U4 (direction Hafen City / UniversitĂ€t) to Ăberseequartier. You can then also check out the Speicherstadt on foot.
Miniatur Wunderland is close to the Maritim Museum, a dream come true for any model railroad fan â and those who arenât, too!
Follow the same directions as those above; everything is signposted well.
For those who are more interested in the essential aspects of Hamburg, I have the following news:
FC St. Pauli has an away game on September 6 against SV BW LĂ¶wenstedt and the HSV soccer team has its first home game on the 20th. Hamburg wonât be scoring any points with that newsâŠ.
For those who want to go home with filled bags:
Horn Flea Market
Bramfeld Flea Market
Hamburg is a beautiful city. Various city tours will show you the best places:
I can particularly recommend the historic Alster tour with the St. Georg steamboat. It departs from nearby Dammtor.
…will hold the body and soul of knitters and crocheters together.
The Student Union will be taking care of catering at Wollfest – and at very yarn budget-friendly prices.
Apple juice 0.2 l /Â 1.30
Orange juice 0.2 l / 1.30
Fritz Cola products 0.33 l /Â 2.00
Viva con Agua 0.5 l /Â 2.00
with & without carbonation
Mio Mate /Â 2.50
Mal-Vite 0.33 l /Â 2.00
Coffee 0.2 l /Â 1.50
Tea 0.2 lÂ /Â 1.50
Pastries /Â 1.00
Sheet cake /Â 1.50
Quark /Â 1.50
Red fruit dessert /Â 1.50
Ciabatta rolls /Â 2.00
Bockwurst /Â 1.70
- with potato salad /Â 2.80
- with roll /Â 2.00
Potato salad “solo” /Â 1.50
Leek strudel /Â 1.50
Wraps /Â 2.50
MĂŒsli bar / 0.80
Trail mix /Â 0.80
Those who prefer something else will be able to find a wide variety of places to eat in the direct vicinity, from kebab to bakeries to specialist restaurants with excellent international cuisine.
For those who didn’t manage to grab a workshop spot, or who simply can’t get enough, we still have isolated workshop spots that can be booked directly on-site at Wollfest only. Reservations in advance are not possible.
Here are the free spots:
sa TricosaÂ “Ziggurat Method 1â â 1 spot
Saturday 10:30 to 13:30
Chantimanou “Farben spinnen” â 5 spots
Saturday 10:30 to 13:30
al-mut “Knooking” â 5 spots
Saturday 11:00 to 12:30
Nicolor “Fotokurs 2″ â 2 spots
Saturday 18:00 to 19:30
sa Tricosa “Semele” â 1 spot
Sunday 10:30 to 13:30
There are also two courses in which the open spots can still be ordered in presale.
Stephen West “Swants” â 1 spot
Saturday 11:00 to 14:00
Yarnissima “Toe-up Socks” â 4 spots
Saturday 15:00 to 18:00
We are making an exception for these two courses because they require some preparation in advance, which will be either difficult or impossible to get done at Wollfest itself. Therefore, these two workshop spots can be ordered immediately.
Anyone interested should send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which course. We will send you an invoice, which must be paid within 3 days as otherwise the spot will go to the next interested person. This only applies for the Stephen West and Yarnissima courses.
Please be aware that we will not be answering general questions about reservations – we have a lot to do!
In addition to all the nice people to knit, crochet and chat with, and all the tempting yarn our exhibitors will have on offer, Wollfest has something else to offer: the marketplace activities. They are free of charge and open to all visitors. We have put together an interesting program that will take place on both days directly at the marketplace, in the seating areas and at several stands on the ground floor. (Note to English speakers: all events will be conducted in German except for Ă
sa Tricosa, Ysolda Teague and Stephen West.)
10:30 Nicolors âMaximale Freiheitâ Strickkonzept / Marketplace
11.30 Hilke und ihre Strumpfstrickmaschine in Aktion / Marketplace
12:30 Frag doch mal Tichiro! Antworten auf eure Fragen / Marketplace
13:00 Seide: Von der Raupe bis zum Faden mit Hilke / Marketplace
saâs Blitz-Workshop: Winding a center-pull ball by hand / Marketplace
saâs Blitz-Workshop: Two provisionAL cast-ons (winding and crocheted) / Marketplace
14:30 Yarnissima zeigt Strick-Tricks / Marketplace
15:00 Contiguous-knit-along mit Fallmasche (bis 18:00) / Seating area left
15:00 Vortrag von RosyGreen: âWomit stricke ich da? â Wolle im Bio-Checkâ / Seating area right
16:30 Martina Behm liest aus âStricken macht schĂ¶nâ / Seating area right
17:30 Ysolda booksigning / Penelope Craft
10:30 Nicolors âMaximale Freiheitâ Strickkonzept / Marketplace
11.30 Seide: Von der Raupe bis zum Faden mit Hilke / Marketplace
12:00 Martina Behm liest aus âStricken macht schĂ¶nâ / Seating area right
12:30 Chantimanou zeigt Zwirntechniken fĂŒr Texturgarne / Seating area left
13:00 Hilke und ihre Strumpfstrickmaschine in Aktion / Marketplace
sas Blitz-Workshop: Winding provisional cast-on / Dye for Yarn
14.00 Stephen West Live and in color / Penelope Craft
saâs Blitz-Workshop: I-cord cast-on / Dye for Yarn
15.00 Ysolda booksigning / Penelope Craft
Here is a map of Wollfest so that you can get an idea of what is taking place where: Wollfest_Map. You donât need to print this map out because it will be included in the brochure that you will be given when you get to Wollfest.
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If you ordered a ticket through the presale, we e-mailed you a confirmation with an order number. Please print this confirmation and bring it with you, or have it available on your smartphone to show at the entrance.
Some people will have several order numbers because they booked workshops and tickets separately. Upon arrival, please choose the door that corresponds to the order number of your ticket (and not your workshop).
If you ordered tickets for other people, you should either all arrive together or make sure than everyone has a copy of the confirmation at hand. And everyone should know under what name the ticket was ordered.
If you booked a workshop, please make sure to read the details about it. You will find this information for each workshop under âeventsâ above. By clicking the âdetailsâ link (in blue) at the end of the workshop description, you will find a PDF containing such information as what materials or needles you should bring with you or if you need to brush up on a certain technique beforehand.
After admitting that she was a spinner of yarn, she was asked in an internet forum to make instructions on how to do it available. She filmed a video and released it on YouTube. There was so much feedback that she filmed another video, and another, and another…
Fiber is her passion and she has now been producing videos about spindles, spinning wheels and yarn for about four years. She loves making videos, answering questions and having contact with her viewers. âchantimanou handSpinnereyâ came along a bit later. First as a hobby, then as a sideline business.
By now she gives numerous classes for beginners and advanced spinners, and has even more contact with those who want to learn how to spin.
More than a year ago, she gave up her office job and now spends all her time in her small workshop at home in Bonn. She then opened up her own online shop, where she sells equipment for hand spinners as well as hand-dyed fiber through her fiber club.
Chantimanou is always working on new projects, has new ideas and interests. âI am thankful that I can indulge in this in my job. I recently offered my control cards for hand spinners for the first time and am now in the process of printing the second edition. I am currently working on a beginnerâs book for spinning using a hand spindle, which I plan on self-publishing. There will also be more video workshops coming soon, and who knows what Iâll come up with by the time Wollfest rolls around. Standstill is not in my vocabulary.â
Her main objective has always been to bring other people closer to the wonderful craft of hand spinning and to show how multifaceted, thrilling, simple and colorful spinning is.
After having organized the Ravelry Meeting in Bonn in 2012, she is really looking forward to coming to Hamburg this year and to celebrate this amazing community, meet old and new friends, and have lots of fun.
Her real name is Martina Hees, she lives in Hamburg and sheâs a self-employed certified accountant by trade. But to be honest, this kind of work is really just there to finance her much bigger passion for knitting and her two cats, Chico and Rocco. She wouldnât be bored in a world without taxes and regulations.
She taught herself how to knit and is by now an institution for all those who want to get to know more. She has lots of tips and tricks on how to make knitwear fit even better or how to make that stitch fit more perfectly into a desired pattern. And even better: She likes sharing her knowledge. To do so, she has been writing her entertaining blog, www.tichiro.net, since 2006.
She also proves that she is a very close observer and sketches out her wooly life in her regular column in the magazine âVerenaâ.
Tichiro is what is known as a perfectionist and has infected many other knitters with this same virus. Thereâs nothing she hates more than a sloppy seam or a badly fitted sleeve. The instructions in her designs – mainly jackets and pullovers – are therefore detailed accordingly.
She will be conducting two sold-out workshops during Wollfest on how to make your knitting both simpler and better.
Tichiro also helps out the Wollfest team. After all, a Wollfest in her hometown of Hamburg would be unimaginable without her.
By the way, the name Tichiro comes from the first syllables of the names (TI)na + (CHI)co + (RO)cco