Remember I told you last week about how Agrarian Artisan and I are working together to host the Cheshire Fibre Festival on Saturday 1st October at The Hall at Marthall? Well I’m delighted to announce that Jenny Barnett, Feltmaker is joining us. She will have a stall and also run a workshop in the afternoon. We’re so excited to have Jenny with us; I hope you are too!
It’s that time of year again, when the replies for the show applications start to come in. I’m thrilled to be returning to two shows that I attended last year; the Pop Up Wool Show in August and Kendal Wool Gathering in October.
This year sees a change of location for the Pop Up Wool Show, from the Bebbington Oval to Hulme Hall at Port Sunlight. This is a venue I’ve never been to before, so I look forward to it. I’m very fond of the Pop Up Wool Show as it saw the first real discussions between the powerhouse of world domination that is Jo Shiny Bees and myself about the idea of Yarns From The Plain attending shows. Last year was also a wonderful opportunity to meet with some podcast listeners.
The Pop Up Wool Show is at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight on Saturday 20th August from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs £3.
The Kendal Wool Gathering takes place on the last weekend of October, in a variety of units in the K Shopping Village, and this year is expanding into a local school as well. It was created as a way to promote Kendal’s woolly heritage and that is something very close to my heart. I met some lovely people last year and had a great time demonstrating the Dizzy Sheep spinner. They flew off the shelf like hot cakes on the Saturday!
The Kendal Wool Gathering takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 3oth October, 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday. Free entry.
Well, I’ve just got back from Kendal Wool Gathering and I had a blast! It was brilliantly busy and had a real buzz about it. I was manning the stall on my own, so didn’t get to move away from it on Saturday. On Sunday though, a friend covered me for half an hour and I managed to slip into the Livestock marquee to have a quick coo at the sheep. I left my camera on the stand though, so didn’t take any pictures of the gorgeous little Ouissent sheep, which were small enough to pop into your pocket, not of the Herdwick ewe and lamb in the pen next door. Ah well! What I can show you is the stall – I got excited because I could put the banner up on the wall this weekend! Here it is on Saturday:
Here’s a wee close up on the Sunday. Can you see some new friends?
Well, I have to say it was a brilliant day down at the Harbour on Saturday! Aimee hosts a Saturday morning knit group at Harbour Yarns and it was great fun to sit with them and chat and to see their reaction to all the yarn and fibre. The pop up racks seemed to fill the shop but there was room to swing a cat, honestly!
I do love doing Trunk Shows at yarn shops. If you would like me to come to yours, get in touch!
Hope you are all well, and enjoying this last little blast of warm weather. It was pleasant enough to sit outside for lunch today!
I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that the beautiful and bijou Harbour Yarns is hosting a Yarns From The Plain trunk show on Saturday 3rd October. Harbour Yarns is nestled into a lovely row of shops at Seaham Marina, County Durham and stocks a delicious selection of yarn, including West Yorkshire Spinners, Fyberspates and Adriafil. There is also a great range of books and notions and the smiliest owner and staff I think I’ve ever met! There is a café and also a lovely ice cream shop in the row, too, so make sure you make time to enjoy the refreshment opportunities whilst you are there!
I’ll have a wide selection of 4ply with me, along with some DK and aran weight yarn as well. I’ll also have a selection of hand-dyed fibre too, plus I’m excited to have some spinning kits available as well. If you want to make a start with spinning on a small scale, I’ll be happy to show you how!
If you are in the North East at all, it would be great to see you next Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Come and say hi!
Seaham Harbour Marina
Gosh, what a whirlwind it was again this weekend! Hubby and I, in our corporate polo shirts no less, were manning the stall at the Pop Up wool Show on Saturday and we had a great day. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and also to meet new customers and some faithful podcast listeners. (As I said, it’s not dead, just in a wee coma…).
The stall at the Pop Up Wool Show was three times the size of the one I had at Fibre East, which meant customers could really get in to look, which was great.
Don’t worry, I did get Hubby to smile at the customers! I was also able to put some tables out to show off the miniskeins and a new product that got a little launch at the show. I’m not going to mention it in the blog though, until I am able to launch it in the shop. Keep you eyes peeled!
Did you notice my banner? I’m so ridiculously excited by it!
This week’s update will be on Friday, more details then!
Gosh, where did July go? I thought it wet fast when I was teaching, but maybe July is just a fast month, as it didn’t seem to go any slower this year!
July saw my first stall at a show. I was in the Cotswold Marquee at Fibre East and I learnt lots at this show! The biggest thing I realised was that in all the Guild shows and pop ups in stores and knitting groups that I’ve done, I’ve never had to unload the car in the rain before… Note to self – find some plastic sheeting….
Anyway, after some slithering about in the wet and a couple of hours on the Friday evening, the stall was ready:
Well I wanted a woolly rainbow wall!
The other thing I realised is that I need to knit a lot faster, as I only had one sample on display.
these are Monkey socks by Cookie A, a free pattern from Knitty and they were knit in Nether Alderley by the lovely Liz, who is a good friend.
The show ran over a weekend, and the Saturday was very warm, with the need to continually run out of the marquee to get some air. In contrast, the Sunday was very wet. There was a very small leak, but nothing that caused any damage and I was very pleased we were in the Cotswold as it had boards down. Apparently the torrential run was running in rivers through some of the other marquees, on the tarmac!
Don’t despair if you didn’t get to Fibre East though. This coming weekend sees me at the Pop Up Wool Show on the Wirral on Saturday. More details about the show can be found here. It’s a great little show and I look forward to meeting some of you there. Until then, happy crafting!