NEW DATE! DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT WILL NO LONGER BE HELD IN APRIL 2020 BUT ON SEPTEMBER 9TH 2020.
Meet & Greet Stephen
Meet Stephen and try on his array of fabulous knitwear! Stephen will talk about his latest designs, share stories, sign patterns, and help you select yarns for your next Westknits projects.
The cost of the ticket (minus VAT and ticket fees) shall be donated to a charity that Stephen and the Countess choose.
Doors open at 6 pm and not a moment before!
About Stephen West:
Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing patterns, and he was soon featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Not long after, he moved to Amsterdam, publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.
Stephen has taught workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Iceland, UK, and Amsterdam where he co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in the city centre. 2019 has been a busy year for Stephen. He celebrated 10 years of designing with the launch of his new book Westknits Bestknits 3 Shawl Evolution, and Stephen and his business partner Malia Mae Joseph realized a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.
Photos are copyrighted, Darren Smith
About Countess Ablaze:
Countess Ablaze is an established, independent yarn dyer since 2011 and has a three floor dye studio and retail boutique in the Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre. There are two showrooms on the ground and first floor. The building is DDA compliant with a lift and wheelchair access throughout. The ground floor is dedicated to sock yarn and fingering weight and the middle floor is dedicated to everything else.