Meet the Vendors: The Wool Kitchen

Our next vendor profile is of a new addition to the Pop-Up Marketplace, The Wool Kitchen. Based in London, The Wool Kitchen is a new hand-dyed yarn label that can already be found in shops in London AND in Scotland!

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? 

Hello, I'm Helen, an indie dyer in east London. The Wool Kitchen is run out of my, where I cook up a colourful storm of yarn! Wool craft for me is about beautiful fibres, British breeds and colour, which make knitting a real joy. I say, enjoy every stitch. The kettle is always on and the knitting is always out so drop in and have a squeeze...of the yarn, that is!

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'm excited to be bringing Lido, the new colour from my TWK Urban Hints collection. Hints is integrated variegated yarn that creates a beautiful colour change as your work grows. You can knit an amazing shawl from just one cake, or use them to create colourwork on a luxury cardie.

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

It's been an exciting first year for TWK: I have had amazing support from my stockist, Wild and Woolly in Hackney, and now Fluph in Dundee. TWK yarn has grown from strength to strength, with great technical support from @woollenwords and now the opportunity to be the yarn support for a knitwear designer! You'll have to watch this space! Maybe I can tell you more in September...

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?

The best thing by far is all the amazing woolheads I have met while running The Wool Kitchen. From all over the world, the yarn industry just keeps reaching out.

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!

I'm always tickled when it's a "dye day" and I have to answer the door in my 1970s pinny and latex gloves!!!! They must wonder what I'm up to...