FIJ’s Knitting club (=ompeluseura in Finnish)
The history of “ompeluseura” traces back to more than 100 years ago. These gatherings were opportunities for women to come together to enjoy a cup of coffee while knitting or sewing…and gossiping! In the spring of 2018, the Finnish Institute in Japan brought the tradition to Japan in the form of a monthly Knitting club. The event is sponsored by Novita, whose knitting needles are made from Finnish birch wood and the colours of the yarns are inspired by Finnish nature. The programme of the knitting club follows seasonal themes and each meeting features a presentation on a prominent Finnish woman or a timely cultural tradition.
Due to huge popularity, the Knitting club is organized in two groups starting from February 2020. Participants can choose the group based on their own evaluation of their skills.
The Beginners group is for people with little or no experience in knitting and who might need some help with basic techniques. You can join this group even if you have never tried knitting before!
The Advanced group is for experienced knitters who can work independently and would like to tackle some more challenging projects.
*ATTN. Please note that all events are held online until further notice.
Participation fee: No fee, yarns and needles are provided by the institute
Below are the planned event dates from February through June. Please note that the schedule is subject to changes.
Regardless of group, the meeting time is 15:00 –17:00.
2021 Spring Knitting Clubs:
- January 20th
Theme: News, part I
- February 17th
Theme: Spring patterns
- March 17th
Theme: Exciting easter
- April 14th
Theme: Charity knitting
- May 19th
Theme: Summer patterns
- June 16th
Theme: Finnish midsummer-knitting
Registration is needed to join the Knitting club. Please register at https://finstitutejapan.peatix.com
The registration opens at 9:00 on the first Monday of the month for both Beginner and Advanced groups. The group is filled in the order of registration. Please register for one group only! Furthermore, please make sure that you cancel your registration as soon as possible if you cannot join the event.
We do not keep a waiting list. Cancelled seats are made available in Peatix again, so please check the event page if you are waiting for cancellations.
Socks pattern according to Aino Sibelius.
Good to know
First-time participants don’t need to bring anything with them. Those who have participated before should bring the needles and the project they are currently working on.
The Finnish Institute is located within the Embassy of Finland compound, and the gate is locked. There is no waiting area inside, so those arriving early will need to wait outside the gate. In order to avoid congestion near the gate area, please arrive at about 14:55. A staff member will come and guide the participants to the institute. If you arrive late, please let us know via Peatix message or an email to email@example.com.
Come and join the Knitting club – Finnish culture with Finnish materials, and a little bit of gossip!