In mid June I visited the inaugural Maleny Knitfest with two of my fibre friends. Maleny is a small, scenic town 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia.
The town of Maleny is home to some of the Hinterlands most creative and innovative artists and craftspeople. With a range of different creations from woodwork, to beads and musical instruments, the town is always abuzz with some sort of artistic show or creative endeavour. Many local craftspeople are found regularly at the Sunday markets at the Maleny RSL,
The town was awash with some fabulous yarn bombing.
The organisers produced a wonderful program for the weekend which you can find here.
We stayed at Maleny Lodge, which has been operating continuously as a successful boarding house, guest house and bed and breakfast for over 60 years. Originally named ‘Rosedale’, Maleny Lodge was built around 1905 by Mr A.C.K. Cooke for his family with at least five bedrooms. This grand Queenslander was an impressive residence.
Our accommodation was right in the middle of Maleny so we could shop, come back and drop off our purchases and wander out again or, as we did on a couple of occasions, sit in the lounge room and just chat, drink tea and knit!
I really love the woven basket I bought from the Co-op. It’ll come in handy to store some of my projects.
Some beautiful handspun alpaca; so lush and soft!
Loving these colours in this 2ply lace yarn.
Couldn’t resist these orange bed socks from a shop that sells local handmade goodies.
Only $5 each for these key rings from the Maleny Markets on the Sunday. How cute are they?
Plus, you can have your name engraved for free!
A lovely alpaca scarf.
There were a few more things but I can’t keep you here all day 🙂
How about this for some yarn bombing: the local police station.
And the little bus that took us on our mystery tour around Maleny.
I would highly recommend the Maleny Knifest. It’s not a long drive from Brisbane, it’s a beautiful and quaint country town with an amazing buzz and vibe. The shops are unique and there are enough of them to keep you busy.
I would like to congratulate the organisers for creating such a fantastic event for us fibre lovers. It was a lovely weekend and I had so much fun!
Until next time…