UK yarn shows for 2017

Happy new year everyone!  I hope your 2017 is off to a good start.

My 2017 has been great so far: I’ve just been back in London for 2 days after returning from a whirlwind trip to Australia.  It was pretty amazing, and now my head is buzzing with all sorts of thoughts, ideas, and half-plans for the year ahead.  Once I recover from the trip and get back in to real life (and some sort of sleeping pattern), I’ll be sure to do some posts about my travels.

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Thinking about the year ahead, I bring you my list of UK knitting and yarn shows for 2017.

This is an annual list that I’ve been compiling for a number of years now.  As the knitting community continues to grow in the UK, there are more and more events being held around the country, with new events each year, and some events being discontinued.  It’s becoming trickier to keep up to date with what’s happening where!

Keep in mind that in addition to the 25 events that I have included, there are many other smaller events around the country aimed at local communities of woolly enthusiasts, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.  I’ve listed the larger events that knitters more often travel for.

I find it really helpful at the start of the year to get an overview of what’s coming up over the next twelve months.  I hope you find it useful too.

My own first scheduled show for the year is the wonderful Edinburgh Yarn Fest, where Travelknitter and The Wool Kitchen will again be sharing a stall again (a great time is guaranteed!).  I’ve applied to be a vendor at other events later in the year, so I’ll let you know about those once details are confirmed.

travelknitter stall

UPDATE 16.02.17:  A month is a long time in the knitting events world.  Since my original post, there’s been one cancellation, one addition, and a change of venue.  The list is now duly updated.

Download a PDF copy of the 2017-travelknitter-guide-to-uk-knitting-events-updated.  Enjoy your travels!

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November yarn shows

Where has the year gone?  It seems I blinked and missed it!  It just means that now we’ve reached autumn, the knitters’ favourite time of year, and it’s peak yarn show season.  Being a solo yarn dyer I try to plan out my year’s schedule carefully, but sometimes it’s a bit like buses that all come along at once.

First up is the Yarnporium this coming weekend, November 5th and 6th.  It’s an event held by the team behind Yarn in the City, and there is a great range of stalls and workshops over the two days.   The event is located very centrally at King’s College London on the Strand, and is perfect for people travelling across London as well as further afield.

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Then the following Saturday 12th, I’ll be back at Hitchin Festiwool.  This is my third year there as a vendor.  It’s always such a friendly event, and I’m very much looking forward to catching up with lots of people from previous events.

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I’ll be bringing your favourite colourways of course, as well as a brand new Brambleberry colourway inspired by the season.

These are my last two shows for the year, so I hope you can come along!

 

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Heading to Fibre East

The Etsy shop is shut, the bags are (almost) packed, and the excitement is high: this weekend will see Travelknitter yarns at Fibre-East in Bedfordshire for the first time.

I’m getting just a little bit excited about this now – too excited to type properly actually – so I’ll keep it brief!

I’ll be bringing all the yarns and colourways that you know and love, as well as a few limited editions and two new colours.

There will a new shade of grey to add to the collection:

 

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And a spiffy new holiday-inspired summer colour that I’m rather in love with:

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I’ll be in the Jacob marquee, so please come and find me and squish some yarn.  Looking forward to it!

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UPDATED UK knitting events 2016

A few months is a short time in the knitting world and almost as soon as I publish my list of the big events for the year, there are changes aplenty.  I was waiting on confirmation of one new event in particular, so this update list is now ready to go!

I’m particularly pleased to announce that there is in fact going to be a major yarn show in central London this year.  After the I Knit Fandango was cancelled, there was a massive gap for a London-based event to take place.  Coming up in November is the shiny new Yarnporium, organised by the Yarn in the City team.  That’s one to look forward to.

Here you go…

17 Jan
19-21 Feb
3-6 March
17-19 March
23-24 April
7 May
13-14 May
20-22 May
4 June
24-25 June
16-17 July
30-31 July
5-6 Aug
20 Aug
2-4 Sept
24-25 Sept
24-25 Sept
24 Sep-4 Oct
26 Sept-2 Oct
5-9 Oct
22-23 Oct
29-30 Oct
5-6 Nov
12 Nov
Waltham Abbey Wool Show Waltham Abbey, Essex
Unravel Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
Spring Knitting and Stitching Show  Olympia, London
Edinburgh Yarn Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
Wonderwool Wales Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
Wharfe Wool Fair Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire
I Knit Fandango Lindley Hall, London (cancelled)
Gwlana Powys, Wales (cancelled)
Leeds Wool Festival Armley Mills, Leeds
Woolfest Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Yarningham Stirchley Baths, Birmingham (new)
Fibre-East Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
British Wool Show  York Auction Mart, Yorkshire
Popup Wool Show Port Sunlight, Wirral
Bristol Wool Fair Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol (cancelled)
Yarndale Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, Yorkshire
Masham Sheep Fair  Masham, Yorkshire
Shetland Wool Week Shetland
Loch Ness Knit Festival Inverness, Scotland (new)
Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London
Bakewell Wool Gathering Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Kendal Wool Gathering Kendal, Cumbria
Yarnporium Kings College, London (new)
Festiwool Hitchin, Hertfordshire

 

EYF purchases

It’s been great seeing so many posts about all the goodies that people purchased at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  Obviously I wasn’t there for the purpose of shopping, but I did manage to find time to pick up a couple of things.

lovely purchases

Interestingly, both of the items I purchased were planned in advance, and both were from vendors who were handily placed in the aisle opposite from me.  These goodies were clearly meant to be mine!

Lost Threads jar

First up, my big purchase:  this gorgeous hand-etched jar.  I love it!  I bought it from Grace of Beyond Measure, and it’s made by Andy of Vinegar & Brown Paper.  I’ve bought a couple of Andy’s pieces in the past, after I met him a few years ago at the Folksy Summer School.  Anyway I’d had my eye on the Lost Threads jar in Grace’s shop for quite a while, and once I discovered that Beyond Measure was going to be at EYF, the decision was made.  (Seriously, every single thing that Grace stocks is gorgeous: beautiful things for folks who make.  She also makes really lovely things and makes me wish I could sew.)

Since then I’ve had a great time rummaging through my house looking for scraps of yarn to store in the jar.  I can assure you, I have no shortage!  I find it really hard to throw away the ends of yarn that I love, so I’m pleased to now be able to put it to good decorative use.

 

Woollenflower Bag

My other lovely purchase was this pouch from Julie of Woollenflower.   I’d seen this particular bag online in her shop, but it had sold out before I got my hands on it.  I spoke to her about it at Unravel, and finally got one EYF.  Hurrah!  It’s made from a vintage woollen fabric with a great rusty-red check – just my colours.  And even better, the fabric comes via my friend Anna Maltz (aka Sweaterspotter).  How cool is that?

I love how my two purchases keep reminding me of the amazing weekend at EYF and the brilliant people I met there.

a weekend at EYF

And what a weekend it was!  Having a stall at Edinburgh Yarn Fest is one of the most intense ways a yarnie can spend a weekend, but thankfully it’s also one of the most fun.

It’s taken me a while to write this post, largely because I simply needed time to process everything before  I sat down to write about it.  Plus I got back home late on Sunday evening and went straight back to the Day Job on Monday morning, so there wasn’t much time to do anything other than work and sleep.

The weekend began with a rather large group of knitters catching the train up on the Thursday morning, and I do feel for the other commuters (sorry!)  I think we were all slightly delirious with that combination of excitement and exhaustion after all months of preparation.

train treats

We rented a cute Colony House which actually managed to fit us all (that is, Helen, Amelia, Anna, and Jane).  I didn’t even get a photo – clearly I was too busy focusing on EYF itself.

I shared a stall with Helen of The Wool Kitchen, and Amelia of Woollenwords was a star at helping us out.  I heard our stall described as “a riot of colour”, and it certainly was!  There was never a dull moment.

Helen on the stall

It was something of a challenge to plan the layout of the stall using only minimal props, as everything needed to be shipped up from London.  Only two vintage suitcases for me this time!

suitcases o yarn

I loved how international EYF was: I met people from all over the UK and Ireland, people from the USA, people who had made a day trip from Germany (yep!), and the Copenhagen and Oslo yarn stashers were out in force (you can see pictures of their haul on Instagram and Ravelry).  I love the idea of my skeins of yarn travelling around the world even while I’m back in London.

By the end of day two we all started getting a bit silly; the crowds were thinning out and stallholders had a chance to wander about and chat to other stallholders.  Karie Westermann and her partner Dave came round to say goodbye but ended up staying for a while and taking part in some very fun photos.  Karie has a great pic of the four of us over on her blog post.

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Being a stallholder doesn’t allow much time to go shopping elsewhere, but I did make a couple of very special purchases.  I’ll show you those when I’ve finished unpacking.

Edinburgh in the sun

After being inside the Corn Exchange for three days, it was nice to see the sun on Edinburgh just as I was leaving.

Thank you so much to Jo and Mica for organising such a brilliant event, and for letting me be a part of it.  Thank you to everyone who came along and said hi and squished some yarn.  I loved making new friendships, and catching up with old online friends too.  There’s something very special that happens when knitters get together.

See you next year!

heading up to EYF

I can’t believe the time has arrived, but bright and early tomorrow morning I’ll be on a train making my way to Edinburgh for the amazing Edin Yarn Fest.

I am typing this in a slight frenzy, with a long list of things to do before I go.  Like last-minute winding, labelling, printing, packing … all the usual stuff.

Labelling Tanami Dabbling Duck

Most of my yarn has been sent up ahead of time, so I’ve just got to sort out the remaining few kilos that I’ll be carrying with me.  Simple, huh?

boxes to EYF

I’m sharing a stall with Helen of The Wool Kitchen, and I couldn’t be more excited!  There’s something really wonderful about being able to work together with another awesome dyer from Walthamstow.  We both have completely different approaches to colour and dyeing, which makes for some really brilliant collaborations.  You’ll have to come by the stall to see what I mean.

wool kitchen

We’re on stall J6, and we’ve got a great corner spot.  Come see the East End Yarnies on tour!

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