Fiber market returns to Slater Mill this weekend

Fiber market returns to Slater Mill this weekend

PAWTUCKET – The annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Market returns to Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to organizers, the upcoming event will have an expanded marketplace as compared to prior years, with 30 fiber vendors located on two floors of the historic factory.

The opening of the second floor of the mill, also a former manufacturing space in Samuel Slater’s time, will allow for an expanded roster of fiber producers, artisans, and crafters in the 2020 market.

Knitting Weekend is not just the Fiber Market, but also includes opportunities for classroom instruction for knitters seeking to expand their skills. Two four-hour classes, one each on Saturday and Sunday, will be offered for early and intermediate skill levels respectively.

“We’re super excited to host internationally known master knitter Laura Nelkin as our guest instructor this year,” said Lori Urso, the executive director of the museum and historic site. “Her Sunday sweater class filled up quickly, and Saturday’s beading class is just a few seats away from being full.”

In addition to Nelkin, who travels from upstate New York to teach at the event, the mill will host fiber vendors from the six New England states and Pennsylvania, including Rhode Island vendors: WeeOnes, Gigi Bonin Yarns, We Got the Buttons, Ball and Skein, Ladylove Llamas, Lucky Star Llamas, North Light Fiber, Dursin Merino Roving, and Old Slater Mill Book Shop.

Visitors to the Fiber Market may register for free for a door prize raffle, featuring Berroco yarn gift bags, and other prizes.

Admission is free both days, and free parking is available in the lot next to the mill on Slater Avenue, or in the municipal lot across from the mill on Roosevelt Avenue.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/slater.mill , email info@slatermill.org, or call 401-725-8638, ext. 108.