It’s that time of year again where we pull out our trusty diaries and plan for the year ahead of knitting and fibre events, right? Or is that just me?
I’ve pulled together a list of all the major knitting events in the UK for 2014, and some of these dates are hot off the press. Calendars at the ready..
19 Jan Waltham Abbey Wool Show Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey (new event!)
21-23 Feb Unravel Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
13-16 March Knitting and Stitching Show Olympia, London
26-27 April Wonderwool Wales Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
24 May Highland Wool Festival Dingwall Mart, Scotland (new event!)
27-28 June Woolfest Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, near Cockermouth, Cumbria
12-13 July Unwind Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Brighton (new event!)
26-27 July Fibre-East Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
5-7 Sept Bristol Wool Fair exact location in Bristol tbc. (new event!)
6-7 Sept British Wool Weekend The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
27-28 Sept Yarndale Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, Yorkshire
16 Aug Popup Wool Show The Oval Leisure Centre, Bebington, Cheshire (new event!)
9-12 Oct Knitting and Stitching Show Ally Pally, London
6-12 Oct Shetland Wool Week Shetland
18-19 Oct Bakewell Wool Gathering Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell
2 Nov Festiwool North Herts College, Hithin, Hertfordshire (new event!)
20-23 Nov Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate
Please note that the Edinburgh Yarn Festival will be taking a wee break this year, and are planning a bigger event for March 2015.
I’m amazed at how many new yarn and fibre based events keep springing up all over the country. And every one is different, with a different theme, focus, atmosphere, and fabulous vendors. I’m trying to work my way round them all, but there’s just so many to choose from! I might visit the new Unwind event in Brighton this year (good excuse for a weekend away) and my dream is to get to Shetland Wool Week one day. Maybe this year? Because we all know that knitters DO travel.