Meet the Vendors: Knit With Attitude

Not long to go now! Squeezing in our last vendor profile now ahead of tomorrow's post with last minute details and tips for the day!

Yarn Crawlers are twice lucky to be able to not only visit Knit With Attitude on some of the GLYC routes, but also because this wonderful shop from Hackney will have a stand at the Pop-Up Marketplace as well. 

The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for? 

Knit with attitude is a small independent yarn shop that specialise in ethical and eco-friendly yarn. In everything we do we try to represent a positive attitude toward the world and its resources. Knit with attitude aims to close the gap between generations and hope to offer a contemporary, inspiring, and welcoming experience when visiting our shop whether it is in the actual High Street shop or when visiting online. We believe in building long term customer relationships and truly enjoy being part of our customers’ creative journey offering guidance and encouragement along the way.

Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors? 

I guess colour is the key word when choosing the yarn we’ll bring to the Marketplace - and trying to narrow down a selection that will work as a mini representation of what you will usually find when visiting the Knit with attitude shop itself. We’ll bring the yummy chunky yarns of Stitch & Story and Wool & the Gang, the vibrant and super soft Mohair Silk blends of Sweet Georgia, not to mention the lush fibres from Fyberspates. I’ve been so lucky to have collaborated with bespoke ceramicist Annette Bugansky and will be bringing our Knit with attitude Yarn Ball Yarn Bowl, along with a few of her other textile/knit inspired pieces. 

This year Knit with attitude is celebrating 5 years of having a bricks and mortar shop! We have plenty of exciting and celebratory things planned, which we can’t wait to share with you. Amongst others we have teamed up with some independent knitting designers to create some exclusive knitting patterns with some of our favourite yarns. First up is a little gem by Natalie Selles of Leeleetea Designs. We have kits made up for this design with a limited edition 5 year anniversary tote bag - which we will launch at the Great London Yarn Crawl!

Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?

I share my premises with another shop Of Cabbages & Kings, an art and design shop focusing on independent UK artists, most of them based here in London. We used to have each our tiny shop off route, and tried to figure out how to move forward from this. In London it is really difficult for any small independent shop to establish themselves on the High Streets as they’re usually drowned and priced out of market by large chain stores. By combining our forces and share the responsibilities and expenses we were able to open on a High Street location, and together we offer a creative platform for yarn and art. It's more than just a shop – it's a creative space bringing people together. There is a knit night every month, and an art exhibition every other month. We host talks and classes covering a range of art and fibre subjects such as knitting, crochet and jewellery making. 

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?

Without a doubt people! Running this shop has given me the opportunity to meet all imaginable characters from all walks of life - I would never have guessed the amount of ‘sharing’ you get to experience in a yarn shop, from personal relations to professional collaborations. 

Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival!

Well, I started out as a market trader so should have plenty of stories to choose from, but isn’t it weird how under pressure it is impossible to be funny? I told this great story to the others in the shop the other day, and all mentioned how that was my perfect vendor profile story - but I can’t for the life of me remember which one it was….