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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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!

more knitting events

Since my post a few months ago there have been a couple of updates to the list of knitting events for 2014.  And guess what?  I’m planning on vending at both of them!

The first addition is the Popup Wool Show taking place on Saturday 16th August in Bebington, Cheshire.  There are some amazing yarn dyers attending (as well as travelknitter, of course!), including Fyberspates and Natural Dye Studio, so it’s well worth checking out.  It’s a part of the world that I’m not familiar with, so I’m looking forward to making a weekend of it.  If you live in that neck of the woods, I’ve been reliably informed that there are good transport links from both Liverpool and Chester.

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The second addition to the list is Hitchin Festiwool.  This is a brand new event in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 2nd November.  Hitchin is a lovely market town, and an easy train ride direct from London King’s Cross.  I’m especially looking forward to it as I have friends who live  in the area, and I’m expecting it to be a lovely atmosphere.

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So, book them in your diary, and be sure to let me know if you’re planning on coming!

 

 

 

2010: the year of the knitting festival

I’m not sure what prompted it exactly, or maybe the UK hand-knitting community has just reached a certain strength, or perhaps we’ve glanced across the pond and been a bit envious of all the events in the US (ahem, Sock Summit).  Whatever the reasons, the UK seems to have a phenomenally full calendar of knitting events lined up for 2010.

It may only be early January, but here’s a rundown so you can start planning your knitting calendar for the year ahead.

24-25 April            Wonderwool Wales,  Builth Wells, Wales

25-26 June            Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria

29-31 July             Knit Nation, Imperial College, London

9-14 August          UK Knit Camp and Ravelry Day, Stirling, Scotland

10-11 Sept            I Knit Weekender, London (no further details available yet)

7-10 October         Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London   (plus dates in Dublin and Harrogate)

Phew! And these are just the ones that I know about.

I’ve already snaffled my tickets to Knit Nation and the UK Knit Camp – I’m using this as a great opportunity to do some travel around Scotland (and I’m booked on to a workshop with the awesome Norah Gaughan Yay!).  I think some serious prioritising will be needed this year – I’d love to hear about what events you’re planning on going to.