Our wonderful Brighton Knit and Make Social sponsors!

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 Soakboxes
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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! 

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Lioness Arts OOAK skein
Arrival by Dani Sunshine

Lioness Arts
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).

Assorted large Soak

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.

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Ocean Blossom by Dani Sunshine

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!

Brighton Mini Crawl Shop Profile: Brighton Sewing Centre

Our last shop profile for the upcoming Brighton Knit and Make Social is the very cheerful Brighton Sewing Centre. This sunny shop is filled with wonderful fabrics for quilting and sewing, as well as a nice range of haberdashery and a tiny bit of yarn too!. Melinda and Nicole of the Brighton Sewing Centre took the time to answer our questions below to tell you all about their lovely shop.

Tell us about the Brighton Sewing Centre. What is your shop's main specialty?
We are a modern, independent sewing shop selling a range of sewing machines, beautiful fabrics and haberdashery.

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Vibrant,creative and inspiring.

What is the most popular product that you carry? 
Fabric! We love it. We constantly have new fabric arriving so there's always something new to see. 

What is the one thing that a crafter MUST know about your shop if they haven't visited before?
With so much to choose from, it's worth bringing money because if you love making, there will be something you want.

What sets the Brighton Sewing Centre apart from other craft shops?
As well as fabric we stock a range of sewing machines, embroidery machines and overlockers. Customers pop in to try machines as well as getting any feet or parts they need. 

Many thanks to Melinda and Nicole for answering our questions. They can't wait to meet you on the day and will also be offering our guests 10% off on purchases in the shop on the day. Make sure you have your ticket and we look forward to seeing you all in Brighton!

Brighton Mini Crawl Shop Profile: YAK

YAK - also known as Yarn and Knitting is a shop we've profiled on the blog before, back when it opened it's bricks and mortar location in January of this year. Owner Kate has been busy since then helping to build the Brighton knitting community and filling her shelves with a tempting assortment of beautiful yarns and thoughtfully chosen tools and patterns.

Kate shares more about her shop by answering our questions below. Enjoy!

Tell us about YAK. What is your shop's main speciality?
YAK is an independent yarn shop catering to the knitters and crochets of Brighton, the south coast and to the rest of the world online. We opened our bricks and mortar shop in January and we are now the hub of Brighton’s knitting community.

We specialise in yarns from independent companies, mostly British and European. We like to champion brands who use natural fibres and are ethically minded where quality comes first.

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Inviting, charming and inspiring.

What is the most popular product that you carry? 
That is a tricky one to judge but I think it would be The Uncommon Thread BFL Fingering. We get quite a lot of knitting tourists in Brighton from all over the world who are looking for something unique and local which they won’t be able to get at home. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that all of The Uncommon Thread’s yarns are drop dead gorgeous and hand dyed to perfection but the BFL is particularly popular I think because of its versatility.

What is the one thing that a crafter MUST know about your shop if they haven't visited before?
One of our main focuses as a shop is to be innovative in the products we stock. We want to make sure that we have a balance of what knitters know they want before walking through the door, tried and tested workhorse tools and yarns alongside plenty of fresh and exciting things they have may never have seen before or thought to try. I am 99% sure there will be something in the shop you will never have seen in the flesh before.

Also, there is always a killer playlist on and lots of chairs for the not so woolly minded you have with you to take a break while you make important yarn decisions!

What sets YAK apart from other craft shops? 
YAK is not just about yarn and knitting, it’s about knitters, crocheters and the fibre crafts that bring us together. We want to see our customers succeed in their knitting goals whether they’re a complete newbie or an experienced pro. We’re not here to flog you things you don’t need but to support you and your project. I think that is what sets us apart, our eagerness to see our customers flourish and pursue their craft more deeply. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Kate! Kate will also have 10% off in the shop on the day (classes excluded) for our Brighton Knit and Make Social guests and we'll do the draw for the door prizes at YAK as well.  

Brighton Mini Crawl Shop Profile: Ditto Fabrics

We're getting super excited about out upcoming trip to the coast for the Brighton Knit and Make Social in a couple of weeks. Today we're excited to tell you all about one of our stops on the mini crawl - Ditto Fabrics. We chatted with owner Gill about her shop that is full to bursting with all sorts of inspirational fabrics!

Roll on Brighton Knit and Make Social - we want at that fab fabric!

Roll on Brighton Knit and Make Social - we want at that fab fabric!

Tell us about Ditto Fabrics. What is your shop's main specialty?
Dïtto fabrics is a treasure trove of fabulous fabric nestled in the bustling and thriving district of the North Laine at the heart of Brighton. Dïtto is a paradise for anyone looking for interesting and unusual fabric.

Are you a professional, a home sewer, or a fashion student? You will find a vast array of material in a riot of colours, textures and patterns in our extensive range. Zany cotton prints, sophisticated linens, wools and silks, sumptuous end of line designer fabric from leading fashion houses in England and Italy and much more offer everyone the chance to make stunning garments, whatever your style, age or budget.

Our shop's main specialty is ex-designer, classic and fashion dressmaking fabrics.

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Inspiring, friendly & addictive.

What is the most popular product that you carry?
The Italian cloths and linens.

What is the one thing that a crafter MUST know about your shop if they haven't visited before?
We specialise in dressmaking fabrics but many of our fabrics are very popular with crafters.

What sets Ditto Fabrics apart from other craft shops?
Ditto has an ever changing range of one off fabrics at competitive prices that are not available elsewhere.

Thank you Gill! We can't wait to see your gorgeous fabrics on 20th June. And of course we're very excited to announce that Gill will be offering 10% off to all Brighton Knit and Make Social participants on the day (do you have your ticket yet?). Be sure to check out the Ditto Fabrics blog too, which has all kinds of great tutorials and sewing inspiration!

Introducing the Brighton Knit and Make Social

In Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet says, "A little seabathing would set me up for ever."

Not that there's anything wrong with seabathing, but we rather think that the fresh air and sunshine to be enjoyed in Brighton would be even better with a picnic and portable project at hand to knit or make. With the opening of YAK earlier this year and our additional discovery of the Brighton Sewing Centre and Ditto Fabrics, we thought it was the perfect excuse for a crafty day out now that the sunshine and warmer weather is finally here - let's celebrate it!

So won't you join us on Saturday, 20 June for the first ever Brighton Knit and Make Social and Mini Crawl?

We've chatted with the shops and have organised special discounts with them for our guests joining us on the day. And we've also had some lovely door prizes donated from creative Brighton locals: Erika Knight, The Uncommon Thread, Lioness Arts, and Yellow Bear Wares.

The day out is planned to be very relaxed with opportunities to visit the shops, explore the famous Lanes, and of course, provide plenty of time for crafting and chatter. 

Tickets are only £10 and you can get them and more details on our events page here.

And keep an eye on the blog over the next couple of weeks as we'll have profiles of the shops and our lovely door prize donors too. Hope to see you there!