Let's talk about 2017 yarn shows & planning for them
February brings the start of indie knitting shows. There’s nothing better than knitting show season. For me, they're a great way to meet new people and get introduced to new indie makers and dyers, as well as topping up my stock of yarns and accessories from my favs. Writing my shopping list and been lost in that thing thats soo beautiful you just have to have it... there's nothing quite like it.
I have applied for a number of shows this year - keep an eye on my Instagram and the TLGG Events page for details on where you can come and see me plus find some fab new fabrics and products.
As usual for me, Yarn Season opens with Unravel (on my show wishlist for 2018). This is a show not to be missed, despite the fact I should be spending 3 days working on EYF prep! I will be sneaking there on Friday morning to peruse and spend in a leisurely-ish time squeezing and petting yarn and other goodies.
Unravel – Farnham, 17-19 Feb
Friday hours have been added to make this a full 3 day show! Opening Fri 11-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Limited early bird £6/ Day ticket £7 in advance / £9 on the door. Beware there is no cash machine at the venue; most sellers will have card machines, I'm sure, make sure you don't miss out on that Perfect Skein because you've no cash...
Unravel is a not-to-be-missed show full of indie dyers and makers. Be prepared to spend lots of money! I will be there on the Friday early on if you want to meet up… and if you spot me, please say hi.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival (aka EYF) - 10-11 March
Edinburgh Yarn Festival is the show of all shows! I adore EYF and that's why last year I applied to be in the Pop-Up Market. The amazing organisation and selection of stalls you get at EYF explains why advance tickets are sold out already this year. If you haven't been before, get it on your yarny bucket list list as you will not be disappointed. Great stalls, the Podcast Lounge, plenty of places to eat and knit and catch up with yarny pals... Perfect! The Asda next to the venue has a cash machine and most vendors will accept cards.
If you're coming to EYF, come and see me in the Main Room hanging out with Leona of Rusty Ferret at stall G4!
Shows coming up later in the year
- Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales - 22-23 April
- Leeds Wool Festival, Armley Mills, Leeds - 3 June
- Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria - 23-24 June
- British Wool Show, Thirsk, North Yorkshire 8-9 July
- Yarningham, Stirchley Baths, Birmingham - 15-16 July
- Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire - 29-30 July
- Yarnfolk, Whitehead, Northern Ireland - 5 Aug
- South West Wool Fest, Exeter University, Devon - 26-27 Aug
- Yarndale, Skipton, Yorkshire - 23-24 Sept
- Shetland Wool Week, Shetland Isles, Scotland - 23 Sept-1 Oct
- Masham Sheep Fair, Masham, Yorkshire 30 Sept - 1 Oct
- Loch Ness Knit Festival, Inverness, Scotland - 13-15 Oct
- Bakewell Wool Gathering, Bakewell, Derbyshire - 14-15 Oct
- Kendal Wool Gathering, Kendal, Cumbria - 28-29 Oct
- Stitch Fest, South West Totnes, Devon date - 4-5 Nov
- Festiwool, Hitchin, Hertfordshire - 11 Nov
- Nottingham Yarn Expo - 11-12 Nov
Planning for Yarn Shows
Attending yarn shows mainly as an exhibitor these days means I have less shopping time. So I need to make another organised list for stalls I have to visit and things I must buy, as I've done for unravel... Being a vendor doesn't mean you can't splurge, but you don't want to go home feeling like you missed out either.
I think my 10+ years of being a PA (and now as a project manager in my day job) means I have always had to be organised to keep myself on track as well as who knows how many other people. I think that's why I'm such a planner nerd these days: if it's not planned and listed, I feel anxious and uneasy.
The Little Grey Girl has added a whole new aspect of planning to my life now. All of my time is so precious as I have to split it between work, business and having some kind of life... So if it's not planned and scheduled, it won't get done. (Please tell me everyone's like this and it's not just me!) it only gets done or sorted if its on a list and scheduled.
So I decided to formalise the planner I use for visiting yarny events. I want to get the most out of my time and not miss all that yarny goodness and really get what I need ... Although who doesn't get overcome and carried away by yarn fumes, no matter how meticulously planned and organised you are?
So here's a treat for you all... If you'd like a copy of the list I use for planning shows (even as an exhibitor), you can download it below.
If you see me at a show, please come and say hi! I won't bite and I love to see what other people have bought as well as have a good old chat.