UK yarn shows 2018

Happy new year everyone! I hope your 2018 is off to a good start.  For me the new year always means planning my yarn shows for the year, and putting together my annual blog post of the main shows around the UK.

The first show for the year is Waltham Abbey on January 21st, and this year I’m excited to be going as a vendor for the first time.  From all accounts I hear it’s a really nice, friendly event, and every time I’ve met the organisers they have been wonderful.  I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of local knitters.

I’m also going to be at the wonderful Edinburgh Yarn Fest again in March this year… it’s definitely not too soon to get excited!

(I’m also heading international this year as a vendor for the first time, so I’ll be posting more details about that, along with a little list of yarn shows in Europe.  Hit me up with recommendations!)

Travelknitter guide to UK yarn shows 2018

21 Jan                Waltham Abbey Wool Show Waltham Abbey, Essex
16-18 Feb         Unravel Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
1-4 March         Spring Knitting and Stitching Show  Olympia, London
15-17 March    Edinburgh Yarn Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
18 March          Cornwoolly Redruth, Cornwall
7-8 April           Spring Into Wool The Grammar School, Leeds
28-29 April       Wonderwool Wales Builth Wells, Wales
5 May                Wharfe Wool Fair Ilkley, West Yorkshire
12-13 May       Wool@J13  Penkridge, Staffordshire
13 May             Aberdeen Yarnfest Aberdeen, Scotland  (new!)
2 June               Leeds Wool Festival Armley Mills, Leeds
22-23 June       Woolfest Cockermouth, Cumbria
14-15 July        Yarningham Uffculme Centre, Birmingham
28-29 July        Fibre-East Ampthill, Bedfordshire
8 Aug                Yarnfolk Whitehead, Northern Ireland
10-11 Aug        British Wool Show  York Auction Mart, York, Yorkshire
25 Aug             Wool@Portsoy  Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
1 Sept               Southern Wool Show Newbury, Berkshire (new!)
1 Sept               Wool is the Festival Lincoln (cancelled)
8-9 Sept            Perth Festival of Yarn Perth, Scotland
15-16 Sept       Cornish Yarn Festival Penzance, Cornwall
22- 30 Sept      Shetland Wool Week Shetland, Scotland
29-30 Sept       Yarndale Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, Yorkshire
29-30 Sept       Masham Sheep Fair  Masham, Yorkshire
11-14 Oct         Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London
13-14 Oct         Bakewell Wool Gathering  Bakewell, Derbyshire
14 Oct               West Wales Wool Show Narberth, Pembrokeshire
19-21 Oct         Loch Ness Knit Festival Inverness, Scotland
20-21 Oct         Wooltown Ipswich, Suffolk (cancelled)
28-29 Oct         Kendal Wool Gathering Kendal, Cumbria
2-3 Nov            Yarnporium London
3-4 Nov            Stitch Fest South West Totnes, Devon
10 Nov              Festiwool Hitchin, Hertfordshire
10-11 Nov        Nottingham Yarn Expo Nottingham

23-26 Nov      Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate, Yorkshire

Here’s to a fabulously yarn-filled 2018!
Note:  Updated so that details are correct as at 9th May 2018.

 

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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

 

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!

UK knitting events 2016

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you’re all gearing up for a wonderful 2016.  If that includes anything knitterly, then I hope I can help you out with my annual list of knitting events across the UK.

I always really enjoy putting together this list.  Dreaming and planning for trips is one of my favourite things, so researching knitterly trips is just my cup of tea!

As always, there are a mixture of well-established and new events this year.  Newly added to the list is Gwlana, held in Wales.  I’ve mentioned Gwlana on a previous post as a retreat, but I’ve heard whispers that there is something a bit different planned for May this year, so on the “events” list it goes!  I’m very much looking forward to finding out more.  Also new this year is the Loch Ness Knit Festival, about which very little is currently known.  Intriguing.

Get your diaries ready folks!

I’ve also put this information together in a handy PDF suitable for printing which you can download here.
So tell me, what are you especially looking forward to this year?

Update:  For an updated list, see my blog post here.

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
30-31 July
5-6 Aug
2-4 Sept
24-25 Sept
24-25 Sept
24 Sep-4 Oct
26 Sept-2 Oct
5-9 Oct
22-23 Oct
(dates tbc)
29-30 Oct
12 Nov
1-4 Dec
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
Gwlana Powys, Wales (new!)
Leeds Wool Festival Armley Mills, Leeds
Woolfest Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Fibre-East Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
British Wool Show  York Auction Mart, Yorkshire
Bristol Wool Fair Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol
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
Glasgow School of Yarn Glasgow, Scotland
Kendal Wool Gathering Kendal, Cumbria
Festiwool Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate, Yorkshire