Rounding up (events and plans)

Exciting things are like buses - none for ages, and then they all come at once. The last few weeks have flown by in a whirl, and it feels there is so much to catch up on - so here's a round up of what's been going on over the last few weeks and also a preview of what's planned at Crafts from the Cwtch before Christmas. 

 Lonely Tree Shawl by Sylvia McFadden, knit in 2012 and still a favourite. Find the 'Ta-dah' post here

On November 5th I had the absolute pleasure of taking over the Yarn in the City Instagram feed for Yarnporium - a brand spanking new yarn festival which included over 40 exhibitors, eight workshops (with TOP names!) and various 'meet the designer' opportunities. The two-day event in central London attracted over 800 yarn-lovers, exceeding expectations of show organisers Allison Thistlewood and Rachel Brown from Yarn in the City.

Allison said “The response we’ve received to the Yarnporium has been overwhelming. Our guests have told us that they loved finding all of their favourite makers in one place and that their time at the Yarnporium felt like getting together with their friends for a slightly larger knit and natter.”

Rachel Brown (left) and Allison Thistlewood - co-founders of Yarn in the City

Rachel added “we wanted our guests to feel excited and inspired, like you would in an old-fashioned sweet shoppe or haberdashery. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to share some of our favourite UK makers with such a wide audience.” They certainly succeeded, creating a friendly and intimate atmosphere despite a constant stream of visitors. 

The pair are currently planning next year's Great London Yarn Crawl (Saturday 9th September 2017) and have said they are already thinking about a follow-up Yarnporium event - date TBC. I'll keep you posted on that, in the meantime you can see ALL the photos tagged #Yarnporium here

As if that wasn't enough excitement for one weekend, on the same Saturday, LoveKnitting invited many designers and bloggers to a party at their central London offices to launch The Flock ambassador programme. We got to sip bubbles, try out lots of different yarns and hear about the latest developments with their store and the LoveKnitting App (iPhone edition coming VERY soon!!!!). Of course, there was also a lot of laughter, chatter and general merriment. I think it's safe to say a fun time was had by all.  

Image: (C) LoveKnitting, photographed by Tracey Chau  - see more on their Facebook page here

Next week I'm off to the Netherlands to visit Scheepjes HQ for some blogger/designer workshops and I'll hopefully be sampling some of the new yarns they are planning for the next year! It'll be my third trip to visit my favourite yarn brand and now that I know most of the other bloggers/designers who are going too, I'm just as excited about seeing my friends, as the 'official stuff'. Expect lots of photos of yarn, buttons and bikes to appear on my Instagram feed.

Before I go away, I'll be putting the finishing touches to my new pattern (by popular request, after my FO post) - it goes out to test knitters this week. For those who have been asking already, the pattern uses 10 balls of Secret Garden yarn* and 4.5mm needles on the longest cable you can find! Expect the pattern to be launched within the next few weeks - I still need to come up with a name for it so suggestions are welcome. 

Finally, I'm reviewing products like crazy for the annual Festive Gift Guide. I have found some great things which I think will be really popular, and will be able to offer some discount codes and giveaways - so far I've managed to source things mostly from small family-run or independent businesses (there are a few exceptions, mostly books or stationery). I can't wait to start sharing them with you, so stay tuned. 

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