TIME IS RUNNING OUT

Set of 3 character baubles (L-R) Snowman, Santa and Rudolph

Time is running out if you want to order our seasonal products and get them delivered in time for Christmas. The last day for ordering ‘Made to Order’ items is MONDAY 7 DECEMBER.

You can find our seasonal products in our online shop here.

Feedback – Part 8

Another subject that was mentioned in the feedback is signage.

Every year, we produce a brochure for the show to be given to our audience as they arrive. This includes a floor plan, as well as other information.

However, in our feedback, it became clear that we needed more signs within the venue and outside to help people find their way. Fortunately, we have our fabulous knitted arrows, created by the Yarningham team, that we could use both inside and out.

Another suggestion was to have a large floor plan on display at the main entrance – why didn’t we think of that??! This was put in place at Yarningham 2019 and did make a difference.

We hope to put more copies of the floor plan on display around the venue if we can find suitable locations. This is complicated by the fact that the Uffculme Centre is a grade 2 listed building, so we can’t attach anything to the walls. We will find a way!

We are very grateful to everyone for taking the time to send feedback – it really does help us to make changes to improve the show for everyone.

Feedback – Part 7

We moved to our current, larger venue Uffculme Centre in 2018. It was exciting to be in a bigger space with opportunities to grow and develop the festival.

We always measure the rooms to be used as marketplace and make a paper floorplan to lay out the stands. Unfortunately, our measurements weren’t quite right the first time.

This was reflected in the comments received in feedback – aisles too cramped, lack of space between the stands. We knew this before the show happened, but not until the day before when it was too late to change it. On paper, our plan worked perfectly. In reality, it didn’t.

In response to this and to the feedback received after the show, we went back to the venue and started again. We purchased a trundle wheel (pictured above, being pushed by Sara) and measured more thoroughly to try and work out where we went wrong the first time.

We discovered that the main hall wasn’t a rectangle, as we had thought. The two long sides of the room curve in slightly, making the room narrower in the middle than at either end. The curve isn’t visible to the naked eye, but is enough to make a difference to our original layout.

We redesigned the marketplace for 2019 using these new measurements and it was a much better fit. Lesson learnt – measure more carefully in future!

Feedback – Part 6

As mentioned in previous posts, feedback from our audience and exhibitors is very important to us.

We enjoy reading your comments and suggestions in the feedback survey sent out after the festival – even the negative things, as this helps us to plan and improve the show.

We love cake at Yarningham! For us, yarn shows and amazing cake go together perfectly. It was mentioned in the feedback that it would be great to have gluten-free cakes as well, so we asked our instagram followers for suggestions of a local, Birmingham based baker.

Paisley Immy Cakes was highly recommened and, after a tasting session, we agreed that her cakes are delicious.

We are delighted to have a wider range of cakes available at future Yarninghams, including gluten free and vegan options.

Black Pound Day This Sat

This Saturday (7th November) is Black Pound Day. Started on 27 June 2020 Black Pound Day is a monthly ongoing campaign to meaningfully alter the UK’s shopping habits to become more inclusive and, in turn, grow the Black economy and Black communities.

Black Pound Day seeks to make some noise about the brilliant stuff that the Black community is and always has been doing.

So this Saturday, if you are in a position to do so please support Black owned businesses like ours. If you’re looking for other fibre/yarn companies to support check out BIPOC in Fiber website for there fantastic searchable directory.

You can find our online shop here.

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S&H/Yarningham SHOP – New Scarf Designs

Colour Block Scarf in scarlet, grey and peacock

We’ve added 4 new scarf designs to our online shop. First up is COLOUR BLOCK SCARF. A made to order machine knitted colour block scarf in up to 3 colours.  The scarf is double thickness for extra warmth.

Choose up to 3 colours from our palette of 6 (scarlet red, mustard, grey, navy, cream and peacock) to create your personalised colour block scarf. Put your colour choices in any order.   Have the same colour twice or even just a single colour.  The decision is yours.  

‘Ladders’ Scarf in grey and mustard

Next is ‘LADDERS’ SCARF. A made to order machine knitted slip stitch scarf in ‘Ladders’ pattern. The scarf is double thickness for extra warmth. ‘Ladders’ pattern is available in colour way grey and mustard

‘Hexagon’ scarf in scarlet red and navy

Our 3rd design is the ‘HEXAGON’ SCARF in scarlet red and navy. The scarf is double thickness for warmth.

‘Zig Zag’ Scarf in peacock and cream

Our final scarf design is ‘ZIG ZAG’ SCARF. This design is available in peacock and cream colour way and is double thickness for extra warmth

All of our machine knitted scarves are made to order from 100% merino wool. Dimensions: 185cm length 15cm wide. Dispatch time: approx. 12-14 days.

All of our scarves are available from our online shop here.

To ensure delivery before Christmas Day our last order date for ‘Made to Order’ items is MONDAY 7 DECEMBER.

How We Select – The Panel

TEAM YARNINGHAM L-R Venetia, Helen, Sara and Lilith

In our last post about how we select exhibitors for the Yarningham marketplace I’ll talk a bit about the panel. The panel is made up of TEAM YARNINGHAM – myself (Sara Fowles), Helen Winnicott, Venetia Headlam and Lilith Winnicott.

Sara Fowles “I grew up in Birmingham and learnt to knit at school aged around 7. I then promptly gave up knitting and learnt to sew instead, crafting clothes for myself out of pillowcases and my mothers cast offs. I didn’t take up my needles again until a friend gave me a birthday gift of 2 balls of chunky Rowan yarn. Less than a year later I had started Stitches and Hos, a monthly knit night held in a pub. Over the last couple of years I have expanded my making repertoire to include machine knitting after buying a machine in a charity shop.”

Venetia Headlam “My mom taught me to knit when I was about 7 or 8 years old, I forgot it all then she re-taught me when I was 11, ill and needed something to do. She also taught me the basics of crochet when I was 14, and I have surpassed her in my skills, she will now call on me if she needs “help” with something (ie wants me to do it for her!). Over the past few years I have expanded my skills and added knitting machines and an electric spinning wheel to my arsenal of yarn crafting instruments. The spinning wheel doesn’t get as much action as the needles/hooks/machines but I am determined to make yarn that actually looks decent, and not like spun carpet fluff.”

Lilith Winnicott “I began knitting as a child and promptly forgot how to do it. I re-learnt when I was about 18 and chose the most complicated pattern to knit, on dpns! I also sew, bake and build things. My life seems to revolve around one craft or another but I love it all”

Helen Winnicott “My mom taught me to knit when I was 6 or 7, but I don’t remember making anything until I was a bit older. My cousin and his wife had a baby girl when I was 12 and I knitted bootees and a cardigan for her. I began knitting again in 1989 when I was pregnant with my first child and have never stopped since then. I knitted things for all my children when they were small and now for my grandchildren. Thanks to the internet, I found lots of indie dyers and gorgeous yarns and love to knit socks and shawls for myself. I have tried to crochet but am not very good at it and can only manage a chain.”

S&H/Yarningham SHOP – Seasonal Products

‘Pine Cone’ door wreath in blue/grey colour way

We’re pleased to announce that the S&H/Yarningham shop is now full of seasonal products.

We’ve created a small range of hand made accessories and decorations including machine knitted scarves (pictured below), traditional bauble sets and hand knitted colour work door wreaths (pictured above).

Each one of our seasonal items has been designed, developed and produced by one of the core Stitches and Hos team.

Most of the items are made to order. Dispatch is within 12-14 days of your order.

Colour Block Scarf shown in red, grey and peacock

Please note that if you would like to ensure delivery before Christmas our last order day for made to order products is MONDAY 7 DECEMBER 2020. Our last posting day to ensure Christmas delivery is MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2020.

You can find our online shop here.