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Arm Knitting a Throw with I Make Knots at Workshop & Play

I like nothing more than a workshop, where I can make something beautiful to enjoy in my home. From making an origami lampshade or fairy lights with Origami-Est, to learning how to arrange flowers with an online class, and crafting gorgeous Christmas makes with Zeena Shah, I can’t get enough! These are all fairly small scale, and I’m keen to try some larger makes. I’m interested in learning how to upholster, but first, my latest challenge is arm knitting a throw with I Make Knots. Arm Knitting a Throw at Workshop & Play with I Make Knots

I live quite close to a new creative working space called Workshop & Play, in Ampthill. I met Emma, the lady who runs it, at an Origami workshop last year, and have been watching her progress on social media. When I spotted the I Make Knots arm knitting workshop on her Facebook page, I booked on straight away.

First Impressions of Workshop & Play

Workshop & Play is tucked away off Dunstable Street in Ampthill. It’s a bright, inviting space, perfect for holding workshops. But the first thing I clocked were the giant 2kg balls of yarn.Giant balls of yarn ready to arm knit into throws at Workshop & Play

My friend and I got there early, so we could claim the best coloured yarn. But unluckily for us, everyone else had the same idea! I would have loved the gorgeous peacock blue, but they’d been claimed. Instead, I went for dove grey, which goes perfectly in my lounge.

Once we’d claimed our yarn, we helped ourselves to refreshments…

With two delicious home made cakes on offer, plus tea, coffee and prosecco, I was a very happy girl.

The Main Event: Arm Knitting a Throw

Once we were all settled in, lovely Riannon from I Make Knots started showing us how to arm knit our throws. She showed us in little groups and left us to continue as she showed the others. She then kept popping back to see how we were getting on, and slightly untangling us every now and then!

Arm knitting a throw is good arm workout, that yarn is pretty heavy. It’s also quite hot work! It only took just over an hour to complete our blankets, which I think is incredible as we’d never done it before. They all looked amazing, although quite different sizes as we all did the tension slightly differently, and have different sized arms!

You can scroll through Workshop & Play’s Instagram post to see more behind the scenes. You’ll see one of me that shows how much I enjoyed it: massive grin alert!

My Finished Arm Knitted Throw

I’m so pleased with how my arm knitted throw turned out, it’s super snugly and soft.My finished arm knitted throw

I’ve draped my throw over my Ercol arm chair, in the window in our lounge and I think it looks great. Grey arm knitted throw on an Ercol chair in a sunny lounge

The giant yarn used is from Woolly Mahoosive and can only be dry cleaned. I’m hoping the girls won’t spill milk on it or something!

Want to Arm Knit Your Own Throw?

I’ve had lots of people asking me if there will be any more arm knitting workshops at Workshop & Play. Well Emma tells me there will be, though I don’t think the dates have been released yet. Keep an eye on their workshop page, and their Facebook page for updates, but be quick to book when you spot one, I know they’ll be popular!

The arm knitting workshop costs £50 for a relaxed two hour workshop, with refreshments included. Considering simply buying a 2kg ball of giant yarn is around £40 I think this is great value.

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Arm knitting a gorgeously snug grey throw with i Make Knots at Workshop & Play in Ampthill

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  1. jadewilce5

    12th October 2017 at 10:00 pm

    This looks like such a great way to spend the day and the end result is just magical! Hope you are enjoying cosying up on the chair with your throw x

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thanks so much Jade, it was a great workshop and the throw is SO cosy xx

  2. rosannaalicia

    12th October 2017 at 11:05 am

    This is such fun post! What a nice way to spend a day. I saw that Groupon was doing the huge yarn balls on sale a few weeks ago and I was really tempted but all the nice colours had sold out in a flash (of course!). Still want to give it a try though! Do you think it would still be do-able for someone who doesn’t know how to knit? Your throw turned out beautifully! Rx

    1. Becky Pink

      12th October 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Oh wow I’ll have to keep an eye on Groupon then, good tip! I haven’t knitted for about 20 years, and even then I was terrible at it, so I would so no experience necessary! xx

  3. verymeinteriors

    11th October 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This is so cool! I’m gonna have to look for something similar closer to where I live, hope I’ll find one Your throw looks super pretty and it looks like you had a nice time. And £50 for this workshop is a great price. This girl is mad

    1. Becky Pink

      12th October 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much, it was great way to spend the afternoon! I Make Knots do lots of workshops so it’s worth checking to see if there’s one in your area! xx

  4. Juan Sandiego

    9th October 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of arm knitting before and I was thinking “arm knitting? must be a device or something.” The workshop looks fun and a good workout indeed. I’m impressed with the end result. It really fits your chair.

    1. Becky Pink

      10th October 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Juan it was such fun, and much easier than I expected!

  5. Interiors & Home (@SeasonsInColour)

    9th October 2017 at 10:34 pm

    This looks so cosy! How does it behave as fabric? Does it pull a lot?

    1. Becky Pink

      9th October 2017 at 10:50 pm

      It is super warm. It does pull quite easily, so it wouldn’t fare well in a house with pets! My kids have dragged it around the floor and it still looks OK, and I think you can trim off any straggly bits if you’re careful xx

  6. Donna

    9th October 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Oh I love knitting! But really don’t have time at the minute so one hour sounds good! Looks ace in your room as well x

  7. Fionnuala

    25th September 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I would love to do one of these. Only an hour? I imagined they take weeks. I’m so tempted now to buy some of that yarn. #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      26th September 2017 at 10:08 am

      I was amazed, I thought they might show us how to do it and get us started, for us to finish at home but no, we all had sizeable blankets by the end of the workshop! Amazing, but I think slightly addictive! xx

  8. Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    17th September 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This is amazing, yours looks so so good. And I’m totally excited to discover their London workshops, I’m booking into one immediately X #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      18th September 2017 at 9:50 am

      Ah thanks so much Lins, I hope you love you workshop as much as I did! xx

  9. travelingchristie

    14th September 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Oh Becky I just LOVE this it is so so stylish I want to go to a workshop and make one, especially with prosecco xx

    1. Becky Pink

      18th September 2017 at 9:50 am

      The prosecco is a definite bonus, I have to say! I hope you can find a workshop near you! xx

  10. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    14th September 2017 at 5:27 pm

    This is literally the best thing EVER!!! You know me — I do love a workshop — but I LOVE LOVE LOVE these chunky throws!!! And an arm workout to boot!! No bingo wings there!!! 😉 Love it Becky, thanks so much for sharing 🙂 #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      18th September 2017 at 9:49 am

      Ha ha Caro you make me laugh, I think I’d need to make one a day for my bingo wings 😉 xx

  11. astrongcoffee

    13th September 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I would love this class! It looks lovely #homeetc

    1. Becky Pink

      14th September 2017 at 9:51 am

      Thanks so much, it’s so much nicer making things when you can, isn’t it? xx

  12. susankmann

    13th September 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I think this is brilliant. I’d love to do this and wish I lived closer. It’s so pretty and looks cosy x

    1. Becky Pink

      14th September 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks so much Susan, I really enjoy making things like this, such a sense of achievement! xx

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