M.O.E post 14 – Stitch Solihull

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Stitch Solihull is a modern, independent stitch craft shop and workshop venue located just outside of Birmingham.  Stitch Solihull will be bringing everything you need to Yarningham to make working with your new yarn a pleasure: needles and hooks from Knit Pro, Hiya Hiya and Clover plus blocking kits and much more.

Stitch Solihull will also have a small range of yarns including West Yorkshire Spinners, Coop Knits and their own hand dyed.  

M.O.E post 13 – The Knitting Swede

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The Knitting Swede is a UK based business focusing on high quality yarns sourced from the British Isles and Ireland.

When sourcing my yarns I not only look at the quality but I am also careful to choose ethical British suppliers.

My yarns are hand-painted or hand-dyed by myself in my home. During the dyeing process, I try to minimize my impact on the environment whilst dyeing as well as neutralizing any leftover water.

I also design knitting patterns to compliment my yarns.

Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Yarningham

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Members from the Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (BGWSD) will be demonstrating their skills within the new social space at Yarningham.

BGWSD meets once a month, on the second Saturday at The Friends Meeting House, Cotteridge, Birmingham.  They have speakers, workshops, members days and an annual exhibition.

It’s a great place to come for advice or just to meet and chat other like minded people. BGWSD welcome all those interested in their crafts and related textiles, whether an enthusiastic beginner or highly skilled expert.

M.O.E post 12 – The Knitting Shed

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Vicky the original owner of The Knitting Shed started the company in 2008.  After her death in 2014 from breast cancer, husband Paul wanted Vicky’s business to carry on.

Now her sisters-in-law Louise and Nicola run it.  The Knitting Shed specialises in luxury hand-dyes, knitting kits for vintage style children’s dresses and a range of quirky knitter’s accessories.

Knitmastery at Yarningham

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To celebrate the recent launch of their app, Knitmastery will be running a prize giveaway for Yarningham attendees.

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Knitmastery will be giving away a skein of Lord Kitchener yarn (laceweight, 55% wool, 45% silk, 800m) from Countess Ablaze and the Cascadia Shawl pattern by Karen Butler, a lovely design for summer knitting.

To be in with a chance of winning this bountiful yarn booty, just visit Knitmastery in the new social area and sign up to their mailing list (or give your name if you’re already on the list).

The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified after the festival.

Knitmastery is newly launched app from the creators of Stitchmastery (chart editing software for knitwear designers).  Knitmastery is a free app which uses interactive patterns to allow knitters to track their progress, colour code stitches, recolour Fair Isle & colourwork patterns, and more.

Come and meet developer Cathy Scott in the new social area to see the Knitmastery app in action, fondle knitted samples and ask any questions about either product.

M.O.E post 11 – Sherwood Yarn

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Sherwood Yarn is an artisan indie hand dyed yarn company based in the heart of Sherwood Forest. The ever changing colours and subtleties of Sherwood Forest provide the backdrop and inspiration for my colourways. Sherwood Yarn’s are passionate about sourcing high quality yarn that when hand-dyed provides an exquisite and unique beauty that cannot be surpassed.

Knit Aid

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We are very pleased to announce that this year, Yarningham will be supporting Knit Aid.

Knit Aid is a social enterprise helping knitters to help others in need.  Knit Aid was set up as a response to the refugee crisis in Europe, in particular the many refugees that had travelled to France and have been living in cold and harsh conditions.

Knit Aid started their knitted donations with Calais but are proud to have extended our distribution to Dunkirk, various locations in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

At this year’s Yarningham will be holding a raffle stuffed full of fabulous yarny prizes with all profits going to Knit Aid.  More details about the prizes coming soon.

Also at Yarningham, City Knits will be running a collection point to gather donated items. City Knits will also be on hand to offer advice on patterns, suitable yarns and will have kits available to buy.

So, we are asking you our lovely stitchers to pick up those needles and hooks, raid your stash and make something for someone in need.

What can I make/knit/crochet?

Knit Aid work with volunteers who work in the refugee camps to make sure that they are only sending donations which are needed and useful. Because of this, Knit Aid are currently only accepting the following items:

  • Beanies
  • Snoods
  • Gloves/Hand-warmers
    Please use only dark and unisex colours. We cannot guarantee that light coloured knits will be sent to refugee camps and have been specifically directed not to send these.
  • Little Snug Riding Hood toddler hooded cowl (pattern available on Knit Aid website)
  • Hot water bottle cover including hot water bottle (Pattern available on Ravelry for free with code KNITAID)
  • Fully sewn together blankets
    (Please do not send individual squares or rows. Unfortunately Knit Aid do not have the capacity to accept and sew together squares)

Please do not make anything other than that listed above. Knit Aid can accept both knitted and crocheted items.