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.

Yarningham ticket giveaway

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Ticket giveaway time.

We will be giving away 2 tickets to this year’s Yarningham festival.  To be in with a chance of winning you will need to be a member of our Ravelry group.  You can join the group here.  If you don’t have a Ravelry account you can sign up for free here.

We will pick a winner at random on THURSDAY 1 JUNE at 10am.  Good luck!

New social space at Yarningham

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(pictured top to bottom – Lorna Bakes; member of Birmingham and District WSD Guild)

We are very happy to announce that there will be a dedicated social space at this year’s Yarningham.

We will be using the ‘Cinema Room’ as a dedicated social space where you can meet up with friends, have a drink and some cake or just sit admiring your purchases!

The ‘Cinema Room’ is located next to the Yarningham Marketplace in the main hall.  It is fully air conditioned and will have plenty of seating and tables.

The ‘Cinema Room’ is also conveniently situated adjacent to the onsite cafe run by Change Kitchen who will be serving hot and cold drinks and a range of vegetarian and vegan meals and snacks.

The social space will also feature Lorna Bakes who will be back with a delicious selection of cakes and baked goods.

Also in the social space the local branch of WSD (Weavers, Spinners and Dyers) Guild will be demonstrating their skills and on hand for a chat.

And to top it all off in the new social space, creator of Knitmastery and Stitchmastery Cathy Scott will be demonstrating the new app and running a giveaway.  More details of Stitchmastery and Knitmastery in a few weeks.

M.O.E post 7 – Owl About Yarn

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Owl About Yarn is a small business based in Cardiff, Wales catering to the needs, dreams and desires of knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters. The owner/operator Jennie hand dyes a range of yarns and fibres in a vibrant palette of colours guaranteed to inspire and delight!

 Owl About Yarn also offers hand sewn project bags and handcrafted stitch markers in a wide variety of designs. Jennie is happy to discuss custom orders.

M.O.E post 6 – Jo Knit Sew

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Jo.Knit.Sew is a small indie yarn business based in the South Staffordshire countryside.

Out of her kitchen and around her busy family life, Jo likes to create bright and bold colourways using a variety of techniques to create many different styles of yarn, from one of a kind skeins to repeatable colourways suitable for bigger projects. Expect to see lots of wonderful sock yarns, mini skein sets and gradient yarns alongside bright summery cottons and some fabulous project bags made with beautiful designer fabrics.

M.O.E post 5 – In The Wool Shed

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Passionate about handmade cloth, from knitted to woven, crocheted and spun.  In The Wool Shed create naturally hand dyed yarns in Warwickshire.

In The Wool Shed also run workshops, retreats and mindfully creative textile journeys to India.  Proud to be a supporter of the slow fashion revolution.

M.O.E post 4 – Hand Dyed By Kate

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Hand Dyed By Kate is a small indie yarn dyeing company, based in Swansea, South Wales.  Kate enjoys exploring with colour to create fun, exciting and diverse colour ways, designed to make your yarn projects the star of the show.

From self-striping, to gorgeous multicoloured kettle dyed skeins, and delicate semisolids, Kate’s unique range of dyeing styles will ensure that you will find something for your perfect project.