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.



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













after the show

Phew!  It’s been quite a summer for knitting events!

Last month I spent a weekend in Brighton, with the excuse of going to Unwind Brighton.  Unfortunately the class that I was booked on to had been cancelled a couple of weeks prior to the event, so I was left with plenty of time to wander around the city, rummaging through some of the many second hand shops, and catching up with knitterly friends.

I even cast on for a new knitting project (and a sock, no less!);  Pavilion by sock designer extraordinaire, Rachel Coopey.  This is a pattern that was designed for Unwind, and drew its inspiration from the famous Brighton Pavilion.  It was released as a mystery sock pattern, meaning that there was a “clue” or part of the pattern released on a weekly basis.  I’m far too fussy to ever purchase and knit a mystery pattern, but I was late discovering this one so had already seen other people’s projects, so I knew it looked fantastic.

Pavilion Sock in travelknitter BFL

I’m knitting it in the travelknitter BFL Supersock in a dark teal.  I have to say, I’m really in to teal at the moment, and seem to be dyeing up numerous similar-but-different versions.  I’ve decided that there’s no such thing as too much teal yarn.

Unfortunately I’ve barely touched the sock since Brighton!  I have so many excuses:  I’ve been too busy;  I can only work on this pattern during daylight hours as the colour of the yarn is quite dark; it’s a bit too complex for knit nights… all the usual stuff.

I’ve just landed myself a brand new job which I can actually get to on public transport (you have no idea of the commute I’ve been doing for years), so I’m hoping that will mean an hour or two knitting time of each day on the bus.  I don’t know if anyone has ever been excited about a long bus commute before!

Last weekend The Amazing Molly and I packed up the car and headed north for the Pop Up Wool Show in Chester.  Although I often sell my yarns at events locally, this was the first time I’ve travelled to do so.  It was all rather frantic beforehand (a week of rain didn’t help with trying to get yarn dry!) but I had good fun once I was there.

I always love getting direct feedback on what people think about my yarns, and of course it’s fabulous catching up with old knitting friends, and meeting online friends in real life.

mini suitcase of mini yarns

I had the world’s smallest suitcase filled to the brim with little 10g “travel size” mini skeins.  It’s actually a vintage suitcase I picked up in Brighton, but it was in quite a state so I had to put in a bit of effort cleaning it up (if you need any tips on cleaning a vintage suitcase, just ask!).  I was pleased to see how popular the mini skeins were – they’re just so damn cute, and a really good way of sampling different yarns, or adding sections of colour to bigger projects.  They’re actually just wonderful for admiring in their own adorable way, without even needing to do anything with them (stash as art, anyone?)

The following day we decided to so some local sightseeing, so before driving back to London we did a quick trip to Crosby Beach just outside Liverpool to see Antony Gormley’s Another Place.  The weather was rather autumnal and definitely knit-friendly!

Antony Gormley

on the beach

It’s a permanent artwork consisting of 100 cast iron statues of Antony Gormley (each weighing some 650kg) spread out at various distances across the beach, all facing the horizon.  The tide comes in and out over the day, alternately revealing and submerging the statues at intervals.  After being exposed to the elements for a number of years, the statues are weather-worn and barnacled, with the tidemarks visible.  I imagine you could see something different on every visit, depending on the weather.

Definitely worth a trip on a blustery day.