Design and knit woolly wonders

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Maija

3 hours, Hosted in English and Finnish
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 3 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

An Almaborealis knit workshop provides guests with the tools and knowledge to experience becoming a knitwear designer for a day. Visitors will be guided step-by-step through the design process of a machine knitted scarf.

Colour, pattern and texture are all discussed and used as part of the design process. My guests will choose from a variety of yarn, including lambswool, merino, and other natural fibres. Chosen designs will come to life through the magic of a hand operated knitting machine. Guests will be introduced and guided through every step of operating a knitting machine to guarantee a successful wooly outcome.
The process from an initial idea through to a final warming and hand knitted item is fascinating - and what better souvenir to take home than a memorable experience and the product of your own creative process!

Please be aware that once you have knitted your wondrous scarf in our experience, you will then, at home, weave in yarn ends and hand wash, to give it the lovely finish it deserves! Details of this will be chatted through during the experience.

Please note, due to Covid restrictions, we are only able to host one household at one session.
An Almaborealis knit workshop provides guests with the tools and knowledge to experience becoming a knitwear designer for a day. Visitors will be guided step-by-step through the design process of a machine knitted scarf.

Colour, pattern and texture are all discussed and used as part of the design process. My guests will choose from a variety of yarn, including lambswool, merino, and other natural fibres. Chosen designs will come to lif…

What's included

  • Equipment
    All yarn, knitting equipment, and guidance, hand sanitiser

Meet your host, Maija

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 27 Reviews
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I am a knitwear designed based in Edinburgh. I learned to crochet with her Finnish grandmother at the age of 5 and has never stopped since. I spent my early career in children's theatres creating costumes and hats for colourful, bold and expressive performances for kids. I later trained at Galashiels School of Textiles, Heriot Watt University and graduated with a BA(Hons) and MA in knitwear, specialising in designing meaningful children's clothing.
I am a mum and passionate about sharing skills, circular economy thinking, creativity and traditional skills, and hopes that crochet, knitting and sewing will populate the school curriculums again soon.
You can see more about Maija and her work at: www.almaborealis.com and instagram, facebook: @almaborealis
I am a knitwear designed based in Edinburgh. I learned to crochet with her Finnish grandmother at the age of 5 and has never stopped since. I spent my early career in children's theatres creating costumes and hats for colourful, bold and expressive performances for kids. I later trained at Galashiels School of Textiles, Heriot Watt University and graduated with a BA(Hons) and MA in knitwear, specialising in designing meaningful children's clothing.
I am a mum and passionate about sharing s…
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Where you'll be

My guests are welcomed to my little studio located in the heart of Leith, by the popular area of the Shore, with attractive waterside streets full of fun cafes and bars. A short bus ride from Princess street or a curious stroll down Leith Walk, with lots of second hand and independent stores.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Eyðbjørg
December 2019
Such a unique experience! My mother and I had the pleasure of expanding our machine knitting skills with the keen guidance of our lovely host, Maija. Prior to attending the session I had asked if Maija was up for tailoring the session, since we already had experience with machine knitting. She exceeded all my expectations and was absolutely brilliant providing the right amount of support for us to get comfortable and play about with different knitting techniques. I absolutely recommend loosing track of time in Maija’s studio!
Laura
December 2019
This was truly a one-of-a-kind experience that we will forever remember and tell all of our friends and family about. Maija made us feel welcome with tea and treats, while sharing her knowledge and personal stories. She took extra time to help us create the pattern we wanted and find the perfect colors. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to experience something unique in Scotland and walk away with a wooly project you made yourself. I cannot wait to show off my scarf with my sweaters this winter.
Hope
November 2019
This experience exceeded our expectations. Maija was lovely and generous of her time, knowledge and supplies. My daughter and I made amazing scarves that were so unique. I was also impressed because she created a time slot just for us as we couldn’t attend the other ones listed. I highly recommend!
Adi
November 2019
Excellent workshop! The best I've done on Airbnb so far! Maija is an amazing artist and an expert knitter. Her studio is snug, unique and really close to Edinburgh centre. Maija was patient, full of suggestions and tons of patience. Under her guidance, I created one of the coolest scarfs ever!!
Hannah
September 2019
Absolutely fantastic experience! It was the perfect way to spend our first day in Edinburgh since we were super jet lagged. Very fun, interactive, but restful and relaxing. Maija was a real pro and even when we had some technical difficulties she figured it out and got us back on track! If my husband and I can walk away with beautiful scarves, anyone can!
Patricia
August 2019
Maija is just so sabby in any knitting technique, is so great to have her teaching you and sharing all her knowledge :D loved the experience

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 2 and up can attend.