Heritage Skills: Knitting the Colours of the Landscape

Do you wish you could use more colour in your knitting but are unsure how to do it? Do you ever long to capture the colours you see in nature on your needles but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you.

Spend a morning learning the techniques that will free up your ability to incorporate as many colours as you want into a piece of knitting.

Join your tutor Kate McBride on a guided walk in the neighbouring countryside to see how nature uses colour.

Spend the afternoon making swatches and samples to explore what you’ve learned, choosing colours from a range of 24 shades of gorgeous high quality Shetland yarn.

Experience needed: you will need to be able to cast on and off, and use both knit and purl stitches

Things to bring:
- Knitting needles 3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, single pointed (i.e. not circular or dpn)
- Practice yarn in DK gauge, preferably wool or acrylic (i.e. not cotton or linen) in a variety of colours
- Scissors, other knitting accessories you normally use
- Notepad and pen
- £10 for materials should be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

There are no charges for courses if you are unemployed or in full time education, (proof required*). If there is charge for materials you will be expected to pay this and cash should paid to the trainer on the day.

*See Terms and Conditions in event description

What to wear: Suitable outdoor walking gear. Binoculars – if you wish

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch with you. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Location: Rookhow Centre, Rusland LA12 8LA


From the South: From the M6 Junction 36: take the A591 and then A590, signed Barrow-in-Furness. Though we are only 10 mins on valley roads from the A590 at Newby Bridge, for your first visit we STRONGLY ADVISE staying on the A590 to Greenodd. At Greenodd take the A5092, signed Whitehaven/Workington, for quarter of a mile, then take the first right, a minor road signed Colton/Oxen Park. Continue through Oxen Park for a further 2 miles. Rookhow is on the left, after you see (but do not follow!) the sign for Ickenthwaite.

From Barrow in Furness: Take A590 east to Greenodd, then as above.

From Hawkshead: Follow signs to Grizedale and continue for a further 3 miles beyond the Grizedale Visitor Centre through Satterthwaite village as if heading towards Ulverston. Rookhow is 2 miles south of Satterthwaite, and 1 mile south of Force Forge hamlet, on the right. If you see a sign for Ickenthwaite you have just missed our drive!

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Weather: It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled. Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com if you have any questions.


Terms and Conditions

Course Fees - Concessions

Courses are free if you are unemployed or are in full time education. These discounts relate to course fees only, materials costs still apply. Money for materials should be brought to the course and given to the trainer directly on the day.

Applying for the Unemployment or Student Discount

If you want to apply for the unemployment, or student discount, please send us proof of your eligibility within seven days of your booking a course. You can send this to us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.co.uk or send via post to:

Sharon Callaghan, Rusland Horizons, LDNPA Southern Office, Saunderpot, Haverthwaite, LA12 8AB,

If you have not supplied proof within the required seven days, you will be charged the full amount for the course.

We can accept copies of the following documents:

Job Seekers

Proof that you are receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Letter on headed paper from your JobCentre Plus confirming your status


Student Card
Certificate of student status provided by your university, college or school.
Letter on headed paper signed by your tutor, head tutor, dead of department or University / College administration staff member.

What's the refund policy?

Cancellation: In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend. We are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.