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Knitting sensory sleeves on International Public Knitting Day, in Madrid

On 8th June 2024, the EWE Foundation celebrated the International Day of Knitting in Public in Spain at the Madrid Museo del Traje (Costume Museum). Many knitters from Madrid came to spend the day outdoors, to weave as a community, exchange knowledge, learn and experiment with different techniques, all taught by the different associations and artisans who attended the event.

The EWE Foundation in collaboration with IAIA Association, and other two entities, proposed two activities to give visibility to this day:

  1. A “Wool Route”, along with My Knitted Closet, a collaborating store, in which the knitters carried out a pilgrimage, stoppeding to knit in public, emblematic and busy places in the city of Madrid. This tour ended at the Museo del Traje, where all the grannies who were knitted throughout the morning were donated to the Association, to make a solidarity blanket.

Some of the knitters who attended the event, took advantage of the journey and knitted in the Madrid’s Metro.

  1. A sensory sleeve workshop, to promote the European W4HA that EWE Foundation (European Wool Exchange) manages. The knitters who joined the group throughout the morning had 100% European sheep wool at their disposal, to learn how to knit sensory sleeves with natural fibers.

Each of them created their own version, using different colors, textures and techniques, giving free rein to their creativity while weaving as a community.

To end the morning meeting, a raffle was held among all attendees, which contained the following prizes:

  • European wool balls from EWE Foundation.

  • Book “Knit for health & wellness” by Betsan Corkhill.

  • Handmade bags, donated by a volunteer from the Association.

Concha Rey, as president of the Association, presented the prizes to the winner of the raffle.

If you want to know more about sensory sleeves and other therapeutic tools, you can consult our blog:

And you can also watch a short video summarizing the event, on our social media profile:

In the end, we achieved the objective of this special day: give visibility to knitting in public spaces. All the participants took the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn new techniques, while IAIA Association taught all of them the benefits of sensory tools, which we can create, as knitters, to help others.


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