The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

Final White on Grreen

We are pleased to announce that Yarningham is supporting The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham.

The Real Junk Food Project is a is a concept that started in Leeds in 2013 saving waste food that is edible and providing it back to the public on a pay as you feel basis.  The project believes in feeding bellies, not bins.

The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham has been operating since 2014 – intercepting over 6 tonnes of waste food and serving over 2,000 meals every month.  The project holds regular Pay as You Feel Cafes all over Birmingham,  a Pay as You Feel Sharehouse, a Freegan Box Scheme and pops up at events city wide.


We will be holding a raffle (more details on that later) to raise funds to support this common sense initiative.  Raffle tickets will be available from Yarningham marketplace.

If you’d like to find out more about The Real Junk Food Project visit their website.

Yarningham raffle star prize


Behold the Yarningham raffle star prize.

We really are good to you stitchers.  Our star prize in this year’s Yarningham raffle is 2 skeins of this luxurious base yarn dyed to your own specification by Yarn Angels.

The base is 4ply weight, 400m 50% silk, 50% merino.  Lizzie and Fiona from Yarn Angels will weave their dying magic to create 2 OOAK skeins just for you.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to buy a raffle ticket at this year’s Yarningham.  Raffle tickets will be £1 each or a strip of 5 tickets for £4.  All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Knit Aid.

Good luck and happy stitching!

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.



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.


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.

Raffle prizes

We’re holding a raffle at Yarningham to help raise money for Animal Encounters who will be bringing Cookies and Cream the alpacas to the show.

Our exhibitors have been really generous and donated all of these goodies for us to give away.  Yes, give away.

To stand a chance of winning you will need to enter the raffle at Yarningham.  Tickets will be available at the show and the winners will be drawn on Monday 18 July.

Prizes are:


Beyond Measure‘ needles and pins set, inc. Hiroshima Needles Patchwork Pins and Tapestry Needles, Merchant and Mills Black Bulb Pins and Maison Sajou needles


Phileas Yarns, Wanderer Aran in Bedouin, 100% British BFL, 100g 166m



Whimzy, Sokkusu O Max in Colours of the Underground, 100% superwash merino, 150g 490m and set of 4 gradient mini skiens


The Knitting Swede, 2 x Wensleydale DK in Sequoia, 100% wensleydale, 100g 200m


Owl About Yarn, Cuddly Owl Sock Blank in Starry, 75% merino 25% nylon, 100g 425m and an owl stitch marker



Fab Funky Fibres, (top) 70% BFL, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, 100g, 400m.  (bottom) The Big One Gradient, 75% merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina sparkle, 100g 400m plus contrasting blue mini skien.

(second picture) Fab Funky Fibres, Custom Blend Fibre Merino in Heathers of the Moorland 23mic 64s


Textile Garden, Cotton Seersucker, blue and white check, 190 x 145cm and 3 sets of 10 complimentary buttons




Animal Encounters at Yarningham

Meet Cookies and Cream, 2 gorgeous alpacas owned by Animal Encounters.


Animal Encounters are a community based project in Winson Green, Birmingham who work with local schools, churches and community projects to give inner city residents the chance to meet and learn about non domestic and exotic animals.

We are very excited that Cookies and Cream will be our special guests on Saturday 16th July at Yarningham, opening the festival.  They will then stay a while to be petted, brushed, feed and walked by you lovely lot.

Animal Encounters have also kindly agreed to donate 2 fleeces from Cookies and Cream for our Yarningham raffle.

The fleeces will be our star prize.  So to be in with a chance to win you will need to attend Yarningham and buy a raffle ticket. We’ll be announcing more raffle prizes from our exhibitors over the next couple of weeks.

Not sure what you would do with 2 alpaca fleeces? Sign up for our drop spindle workshop and learn how to spin your own yarn.

stitches and hos fundraiser

On Tuesday we held a fundraiser at our little knitting hootennany.  As you may (or may not) know we provide free wool and needles for anyone that comes along to one of our events and if they want to they can take them home.

So after 5 years of knitting hootenannys the stitches and hos cupboard was bare.  I put a call out for prizes to our raffle, rounded up some DJ’s and baked up a storm.

The day of the fundraiser started well, the lovely people at Stitch Perfect donated a Keep and Share belt kit and a voucher to the raffle fund.  I also bought a copy of the rather marvellous Vogue’s Stitchionary 2 as another raffle prize.

In the afternoon disaster struck our DJ’s pulled out due to illness.  On my way home from work I made some calls and called in a few favours.  Within the hour I’d managed to find new DJ’s – all was not lost.

The rest of the night went swimmingly – much cake was ate and joviality had.  If you don’t believe me take a look at some pictures.

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A big thank you to everyone that came along, donated prizes for the raffle, bought raffle tickets and ate cake – especially the last bit.  I was worried that it might be cake for breakfast lunch and dinner this week.  Another special thank you to my emergency DJ’s Simon Fox, Dorian Wood and Matt Common.  You helped us raise a total of £54 to replenish our wool stocks. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU