We're so excited about this weekend's upcoming outing to Brighton. We've got travel projects at the ready (Allison might even have three), we've plotted out what our purchases might be at each of the stops on the mini crawl (check out our profiles of Ditto Fabrics, YAK, and Brighton Sewing Centre if you missed them), and we've finalised a few little treats for the mini-goody bags that we have for all of our guests!
All that we have left to do is tell you about the fabulous sponsors who have put together some amazing door prizes and goody bag treats for this Saturday. Oh, and we need to buy our train tickets - don't forget to get yours! We'll be meeting in Brighton at the train station between 10:30 and 11am.
So without further ado...our sponsors!
Erika Knight Yarn Collection
Brighton native Erika Knight is a fixture of the UK's yarn-y scene, with over 20 knitting books and hundreds of patterns designed with an ethos of keeping knits 'simple'. She launched her yarn collection in 2012 to support British manufacturing and we think her dedication to the industry is second-to-none. Erika recently teamed up with Soak to create Soakboxes using her British Blue Wool, which is 100% delicious British Bluefaced Leicester. Each kit contains patterns for a baby hat and leggings, two balls of British Blue Wool, and a travel-size bottle of Soak. Erika has very kindly donated a Soakbox for us to give away as a door prize.
Fripperies & Bibbelots
Sarah, the owner behind Fripperies & Bibbelots, is a jeweller and silversmith with a passion for knitting! You may have come across her darling little stitch markers before as she sells a wide range of them to various knitting shops, as well as online in her Etsy shop. Our favourites are the ringOs and Simple Solid Rings. Not only are they usually the perfect size for our needles, they're also snag-free on our projects too. Sarah has provided samples of her Simply Solid Rings for the goody bags - thank you Sarah!
Dani Sunshine of Lioness Arts is another Brighton native and artists who creates colour magic using yarn as her canvas. She's also a wonderful designer with a range of patterns for kids and adults. Sweaters, cardigans and sweet accessories and shawls for babies, kids and adults.
Dani is launching a brand new baby sweater pattern (called Arrival) the day before the Brighton Knit and Make Social and she's kitted it up for us to give away with a one-of-a-kind colourway on a skein of her merino/nylon fingering weight yarn. (It's shown at left knitted up in yarn by Life in the Long Grass, which you can find at YAK).
We love Soak - and you should too! It's not just for your knits: this powerful, no-rinse wash is for whatever you deem to be 'Soakworthy' in your world. Vintage fabrics, cashmere sweaters, lacey knickers, handstitching and embroidery, handspun, sewing, quilting or knitting and crochet projects - if you love it, Soak it. There will be samples of Soak in the goody bags.
The Uncommon Thread
Another well-known indie yarn dyer from Brighton is Ce, whose yummy yarns The Uncommon Thread are often dyed on unusual, British breed bases that are limited editions. Ce is well-known for the subtlety and depth of shading of her greys, but her colours pack a lot of punch too! Just check out Hi-Vis Yellow if you don't believe us... The Uncommon Thread yarns can be found in specialty yarn shops across the UK, including YAK in Brighton!
Ce is generously providing a skein of her yarn which we've paired with another of Dani's new patterns, Ocean Blossom, to make a ready-to-knit kit that we'll be giving away as a door prize. Just add needles!
Yellow Bear Wares
Rounding out our lovely sponsors is Claire from Yellow Bear Wares. Another Brighton gal (did you notice the theme with our sponsors?), Claire comes from a family committed to recycling so it's no wonder that she's been able to find a way to turn colourful, vintage knitting needles and craft accessories into fun and funky upcycled jewellery that mean they can continue to be enjoyed and appreciated.
One of Claire's newest creations are darling, dangling stitch markers made from tiny gauge knitting needles too fine to be made into jewellery. She's donated a set for a lucky door prize winner on Saturday, and we're pleased to reveal that she'll have a pop-up shop inside YAK during our visit too!
Many, MANY thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors!
We're looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday! Keep your eyes peeled for an email from us with meet up and logistic details. We'll also post some of our favourite 'yarn crawl tips' on Thursday on the blog. And in the meantime, if you haven't had a chance to pick a portable project to take with you on the day, why not check out the GLYC2015 KAL that kicked off on Monday in the Yarn in the City Ravelry group and join us!