Stitches

This week I got to spend a few days fondling and hugging yarn on the Rowan stand at the ‘Stitches’ trade show.

Yarn hug

It’s no secret that my favourite part of the day job with Rowan is nattering with knitters and merchandising yarn…so trade shows and consumer shows are always good fun.

We had a beautiful new display fixture, lots of gorgeous yarn to fill it with and no shortage of passionate and inspiring yarn shop owners!

We showcased lots of new things for Spring/Summer – including the super cute new book from Martin Storey, Little Rowan Explorers, and Quail Studio’s latest – Kids Essential Knits. These and other new Rowan books are hitting the shops now – so keep your eye out at your local yarn shop!

We also had an exciting sneak preview of the first in a new series of books from Kim Hargreaves! Coming soon…x

Yarndale 2015

Last weekend was the third annual Yarndale in Skipton – and my first solo show!

One of my favourite parts of working for Coats and Rowan, was helping at the consumer shows. Meeting other makers, talking about their projects and helping them choose yarn and fabrics is always fun! Since becoming self-employed, I’ve been lucky enough to still be asked by my friends at Coats to help out at the odd consumer show. So I’ll see you at Alexandra Palace for Knitting & Stitching show next week?!

I visited Yarndale last year as a customer and decided that it would be the perfect place to have a stand solo.

The small sheep pen was a perfect size for me and it was really exciting to do a little preview of my new book ‘The Knitted Nursery Collection’. The official launch date is January 2016, but I’m hoping to have some stock before then – so watch this space!

I had three different kits for sale: the Lazy Lace Cowl, Shuggie Sheep and the Dice Cowl (in two colourways). All of these kits will be available to buy from my online shop which will launch in mid-Oct (perfect Christmas presents)! Or if you prefer digital – you can find more information on my patterns page here.

I loved pulling all of my designs together in one place and working on the whole show, from planning the stand and preparing stock through to the fun bits of creating displays and meeting hoards of lovely knitters! I couldn’t have done any of it without my trusty sidekick Nettynot who helped me out for the weekend and also took the pictures above. Thanks Steph!

If you bought one of my kits or patterns at Yarndale – I would love to see pics of your finished knits!

 

Yarndale

Another weekend- another crafty show!

I didn’t make it to Yarndale last year, so I was very excited to hear that Eleanor from Knit Nottingham (voted best yarn shop in the Midlands two years running in the British Knitting Awards) was planning a coach trip again. Read Eleonor’s blog about the day here.

It really is knitters heaven! I had a small budget, which I spent quite early in the day on a couple of blankets from Longwood Blankets– and I then found it very difficult not to blow the budget on some baby camel and silk yarn from Watercolours and Lace– it was soooo soft!

A lovely day was had by all and here is my overview in pics.

I fell in love with the Alpaca’s. Particularly the one in the picture above- I’ve never met such a smiley alpaca! A few years ago I went on holiday to Devon and spent my birthday at The Alpaca Park. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had- I really adore alpacas and I’ve found a place in Sheffield called Mayfield Alpacas, which I think should be the destination for our next knitting road-trip!

Kirstie’s Handmade Fair

Last weekend I was lucky enough to work in the Coats tent at the first ever Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. It was a beautiful setting and a really fun weekend- if a little tiring!

Our tent hosted up to 100 people for half hour/ hour long taster workshops. We had a wonderful group of tutors and designers on the stage, including Sarah Hatton, Jane Crowfoot, Stuart Hillard, Mr X stitch and Sharon Brant. I was part of the team of ‘knitting fairies’ making sure everyone was okay and giving one to one help where needed. Teaching a tent of 100 people to crochet in an hour requires extra help!

There was a lovely atmosphere at the show and you could really tell that all the exhibitors had been hand-picked. My favourites included Lou Brown Deigns, Toft Alpaca and Sew Over It.

I can’t wait for next year!