Shows To Go To For Knitters
There are some great events going on around the UK if you’re a knitter, and they’re fabulous days out, too. Taking a quick tour around the country, here’s our top pick for absolute must-see shows to see you through summer into the new year.
Here’s a tip: all of the best colour yarns always sell out early in the day and many stallholders won’t restock until the show closes, if at all — so be sure to get there early!
The British Wool Show, York, 10th–11th August 2018 (britishwool.net)
This show exhibits the finest wool from York and beyond in support of the Campaign for Wool, encouraging knitters and yarners to use wool from British producers. You’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of superb wool from different breeds of British sheep, and be reminded that the quality of your wool is just as important as your skill if you want to knit the best garments. The festival, organised singlehandedly by the lovely June, will also feature garments and equipment such as looms, spinning wheels, and weaving frames – plus a performance from the Sheep Show Man and his flock of dancing sheep!
The Creative Craft Show, Manchester, 6-8th September 2018 (stitchandhobby.co.uk)
This show is enormous and although Manchester sounds like a faraway prospect for anyone not living there, it’s an easy commute by flight or a train to stations near the EventCity venue where this is held. There’s an abundance of diverse exhibitors, talks, live demonstrations, and workshops covering everything from knitting and beyond. Get there as early as you can since there’s a lot to see. Keep your eyes peeled for the dazzling craft and design installations and the variety of stalls – they’re always a highlight and you’ll come away with some beautiful handmade gifts, guaranteed.
Knitting and Stitching Show, London, 11th–14th October 2018 (theknittingandstitchingshow.com)
Run by yarn-loving events company TwistedThread, this gargantuan show boasts a blend of crafts, from knitting and crochet to paper craft and beading. There’s something for everyone when they open in Alexandra Palace this October. The thing we especially love about the TwistedThread shows is the extensive workshop offering from the world’s most reputable textile experts: they book up really quickly so book as soon as you can!
Nottingham Yarn Expo, 10th–11th November 2018 (nottinghamyarnexpo.com)
Pack your knitting for this one, as there are breakout areas for craft and cake when you’re in need of a sit down. We highly recommend the workshop that was held in 2017 by Sarah Hazell, who was super knowledgeable but kept things fun. This year will see even more exhibits and demonstrations hosted by talented knitters, such as Marie Greene of Olive Knits who is coming all the way from America to visit the snug crafts community of Nottingham!
Waltham Abbey Wool Show, 20th January 2019 (walthamabbeywoolshow.co.uk)
Very much an indie show, WAWS is run for crafters, by crafters. As huge sock knitting fanatics, we were particularly excited by their special guest last year: Sockmatician Nathan Taylor. You can dress up for this one: 2018 saw the ‘best funky footwear’ competition, which encouraged participants to make their maddest sole, and 2019 teases a ‘best funky hat’ contest — so get a head start and begin knitting now! Set to be fabulous fun, bring plenty of cash, as the unique stallholders will have a variety of knitterly goods on offer that you certainly won’t find anywhere else.