Yarnporium vendor highlights: A Yarn Story and Inspiration Knits

Our next vendor highlights focus on two exhibitors who have really taken on board our challenge to bring something extra special for our Yarnporium guests.

Luscious La Bien Aimée Merino Singles just waiting for you on the A Yarn Story stand at the Yarnporium.

Luscious La Bien Aimée Merino Singles just waiting for you on the A Yarn Story stand at the Yarnporium.

Bath yarn boutique A Yarn Story knows what knitters like and in her shop, knitters LOVE speckles. Owner Carmen has gone straight to the Queen of Speckles herself to source a very special yarn for her stand at the Yarnporium - La Bien Aimée yarns from Paris.

More rich colour from La Bien Aimée.

More rich colour from La Bien Aimée.

Merino Singles are the most popular base that La Bien Aimée dyes on, a plump, smooshy single dyed in fresh and fun colours with names like 'Wee Rainbow on a Vespa', 'Autumn Graffiti' and 'Pop Grunge'. 

Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will be on hand to show off her latest designs in The Fibre Co. yarns. You can meet her on the A Yarn Story stand on Saturday from 1-3pm.

Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will be on hand to show off her latest designs in The Fibre Co. yarns. You can meet her on the A Yarn Story stand on Saturday from 1-3pm.

The speckle fun doesn't stop there and A Yarn Story will also be bringing a selection of their Hedgehog Fibres yarns, along with shop favourites like The Fibre Co.'s new Arranmore yarn. And on Saturday from 1-3pm, designer Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will join the A Yarn Story stand and show off her latest patterns in Arranmore and other The Fibre Co. yarns.

Inspiration Knits designer Louise Zass-Bangham loves to encourage knitters to play with colour. Her popular Yarn Tamer cowl gets a soft, muted approach in Eden Cottage Yarns (left) and delivers over the top impact in Countess Ablaze yarns (right).

Inspiration Knits designer Louise Zass-Bangham loves to encourage knitters to play with colour. Her popular Yarn Tamer cowl gets a soft, muted approach in Eden Cottage Yarns (left) and delivers over the top impact in Countess Ablaze yarns (right).

Designer Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits has also pulled off a yarn-y coup and bringing not one but two favourite British hand-dyed brands to sell alongside copies of her popular accessories book Knit Play Colour.

Louise's Colour Trail scarf worked up in the delicate hues of Eden Cottage Yarn's Oakwood DK.

Louise's Colour Trail scarf worked up in the delicate hues of Eden Cottage Yarn's Oakwood DK.

As a designer Louise is a real knitter's knitter. She loves to play with colour and texture, explore stitch patterns and figure out how to use those must-have skeins that follow her home from yarn shows. She also has a love for hand-dyed yarns and like many of us, is often at war with herself over whether she's in the mood to knit with a softer palette or bold, screaming colour.

 Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky makes Louise's Shadowlines Wrap pure indulgence!

 Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky makes Louise's Shadowlines Wrap pure indulgence!

Happily for guests to the Yarnporium, Inspiration Knits has covered both sides of this endless debate by bringing yarns from both the Countess Ablaze and Eden Cottage Yarns with her. Fans of Eden Cottage Yarns soft and romantic palette will be able to select from hand-dyed Titus 4-ply, Titus DK or Oakworth DK, as well as the baby alpaca deliciousness of ECY's mill-dyed Whitfell DK and Whitfell Chunky.

Bright, bold and beautiful: yarns hand-dyed by the Countess Ablaze.

Bright, bold and beautiful: yarns hand-dyed by the Countess Ablaze.

Yarnlovers who prefer a brighter, bolder palette can indulge in Countess Ablaze's Tia Merino, English Gentleman fingering and DK, Exotic Traveller and Sovereign Bases.

Trailblazer, also from Knit Play Colour, knit in Countess Ablaze Tia Merino.

Trailblazer, also from Knit Play Colour, knit in Countess Ablaze Tia Merino.

Louise's love of texture and colour come to life knit up out of the Countess Ablaze's yarns.

In addition to Knit Play Colour, Louise will also have a selection of her other accessories on the stand and be more than happy to help you with your colour choices! Soft and light? Bold and bright? Both? What will you choose?