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.

Knitting Picnic for WWKIP Day

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Come get your stitch on outside to celebrate World Wide Knit In Public (WWKIP) Day.

WWKIP Day is the largest knitter run event in the world so on Saturday 10 June, grab your current project, pack a picnic and come and join us in the great outdoors of Kings Heath Park to celebrate.

World Wide Knit In Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each others company. Knitting is traditionally seen as a solitary act, done behind the closed doors of the home. WWKIP Day was created to get knitters out of their houses and into the fresh air.

Knitting Picnic for WWKIP Day

Saturday 10 June

1:00 – 4:00pm

Kings Heath Park, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7TQ

General Information

We will be on the large grassed area facing Vicarage Road.

Please bring your own picnics and picnic blanket/chair(s).

Cartlands Tea Rooms is located within the park and serves breakfasts, light lunches, homemade cakes, loose leaf tea and ground coffee.

The main toilet block is located near the bowls hut, just past the glasshouses (a short walk form the main car park).  There are also toilets located within Cartlands Tea Rooms.

Wet weather contingency.  We will be in Cartlands Tea Rooms if the weather is wet.

Stitches and Hos supports inclusiveLYS.com

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The rainbow sheep image above represents the campaign initiated by designer Ysolda Teague to support and encourage inclusivity within the fibre community.

The symbol behind the sheep is the LGBT Pride flag, but the campaign is to encourage working towards a yarn community that is inclusive of everyone.

Keep an eye on the website for more information about the campaign as it is updated.

We are very proud to support this initiative and welcome everyone to all Stitches and Hos’ events.

Yarningham 2017

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We are very pleased to announce that we are planning the next edition of Yarninhgam.

Yarningham 2017 will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017 and will be held at Stirchley Baths.

We are looking for independent yarn producers to take part.  If you would like to apply please download the application form from our website here.  Just click on the ‘Apply to Exhibit’ text to download the application form.

Applications close on Friday 9 December 2016 and exhibitors will be notified in January 2017.

Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Demonstrations

One of the great things about organising Yarningham has been making links with other stitch-y organisations in Birmingham.

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One of these is Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (BGWSD) based in Cotteridge. They got in touch about seeing if they could attend the show to attract new members.

BGWSD meets once a month, on the second Saturday at The Friends Meeting House, Cotteridge.  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.  They welcome all interested in our crafts and related textiles, whether an enthusiastic beginner or highly skilled.

Members of the guild will be demonstrating their skills within the marketplace at Yarningham.  They’ll be on stand 12.

Yarningham Raffle Star Prizes

I am extremely excited to announce the star prizes for our Yarningham raffle.

Our first star prize is a bundle of 2 skeins

L-R Dye For Yarn, Mulberry Silk in Dolphin in my Whirlpool colour way 100% silk, 750m

Canon Hand Dyes, William Merino Gradient in Selfridges colour way, 75% merino, 25% nylon 460 yds.

There are only 12 cakes of the Canon Hand Dyes Selfridges colour way in existence and there won’t be any more.

 

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Our second star prize is 2 alpaca fleeces from Animal Encounters.  Cookies and Cream have donated their fleeces so that one lucky person will be able to spin, weave or dye 100% alpaca fleece into something truly unique.

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To be in with a chance of winning the star prizes or any of the other raffle prizes you’ll need to buy a raffle ticket at Yarningham.  Raffle tickets cost £1 each or £4 for 5.  Winners will be drawn on Monday 18 July.

Plan your visit to Yarningham

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photo credit: The British Oak by Katchoo/ Fiona Cullinan on flickr reusable under Creative Commons licence

We’ve been receiving a few questions from you about your visits to Yarningham.

So I’m going to try and collate some information that I hope you will find useful

Places to meet, eat and drink

The British Oak A redbrick pub with a large garden and seating area.  Food also available.

Change Kitchen Cafe, Award winning vegetarian and vegan caterers who run the cafe within Stirchley Baths.

P Café brings art, poetry and quality café fare to Stirchley high street. Serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes.

Loaf is a food-based social enterprise. They run an innovative community supported bakery and cookery school. Visit the bakery shop to buy fresh loaves, cakes and pastries, takeaway lunches and useful baking equipment and books.

Wildcat Tap. Micro pub serving cask ale and craft beer.  Check their Twitter feed for updates on what beers and ales are on tap.

Lorna Bakes will also have a selection of delicious cakes for sale in the Yarningham marketplace.

Don’t forget we also have our pre Yarningham Hootenanny on Friday 15th July

Travel information

See our website here for details of how to get to Yarningham

Yarningham Extras

Cookies and Cream, 2 alpacas visiting Yarningham on Saturday 16th.  Make sure you go and say hello.

An outdoor seating area and gazebo (for those who prefer shade) to meet with friends, have a drink and compare purchases

Yarningham selfie board.  Take a selfie using our Yarningham character board.  More info on that later.