Yarnporium Workshops: Haps, brioche, crochet, colourwork and more!

After last year's Pop-Up Marketplace and when we were getting into the planning for the Yarnporium one of the first things we knew we wanted to add with a two-day show were workshops. As fun as all the yarn-fumes and shopping are, sometimes it's nice to be inspired in another way. Learning a new skill is a great way to stretch that creative muscle!

Our venue space at King's College on the Strand was hugely attractive from this perspective as not only does it have the large marketplace space we were looking for, but being a university it also has smaller classrooms that are perfect learning in an intimate, group setting.

The workshops we've selected to be part of this first ever Yarnporium are a similarly intimate group. Each workshop is limited in size to facilitate the best learning experience possible, which is ideal as we've got some super classes that we've selected just for you. Here are a selection of the classes on offer at the Yarnporium:

Karie Westermann's stunning Mahy shawl uses the hap construction techniques taught in her class.

Karie Westermann's stunning Mahy shawl uses the hap construction techniques taught in her class.

Knitting Hap Shawls - The Yarnporium is happening during Wovember after all, and what could be more woolly than a warm Shetland shawl to wrap yourself in? Designer Karie Westermann is joining us from Glasgow and will expertly guide you through the various techniques used in a hap shawl.

Brioche is even more fun when it's two-colour brioche!

Brioche is even more fun when it's two-colour brioche!

Brioche Next Steps  - Want to take your brioche skills to the next level? Join Renée Callahan of East London Knit to learn two colour cast-on and cast-off and other advanced techniques for this hugely popular stitch that shows no signs of slowing down!

Hook onto a great class with Joanne Scrace from The Crochet Project!

Hook onto a great class with Joanne Scrace from The Crochet Project!

Crochet for Knitters - Come learn from The Crochet Project's Joanne Scrace how to be mutli-craftual! Joanne will teach you how to wield a crochet hook like a pro and show you how versatile adding crochet to your knitting skills can be.

Wool fibres and yarns are de-mystified by Julia Billings of Woollenflower.

Wool fibres and yarns are de-mystified by Julia Billings of Woollenflower.

Fibre and Yarn 101 - Another woolly-focused class in honour of Wovember! Julia Billings of Woollenflower is hugely passionate about all things wool. She'll help you to navigate through this overwhelming subject to learn how to choose the best wool and yarn for your own projects.

Colourwork can be as colourful as you like!

Colourwork can be as colourful as you like!

Yarn and Colour Choice for Stranded Knitting - Designer Juju Vail loves swatching for colourwork projects with the result that she'll have lots to share with you on all she's learned! Then stranded knitting goes high-tech as you'll learn about apps you can use to explore your own colour combinations and design ideas!

Phew! So many great classes to learn from and be inspired by. And that's not all! Karie Westermann will also be teaching a brand new class for us on Knitting the Landscape and knitting and crochet designer (and professional photographer) Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project will show you how to take your project photographs from good to great! (Both of those classes are almost full, so be quick!).

Full workshops descriptions can be found here, or click here to register! All workshops include automatic entry to the marketplace on the same day. 

 

Episode 38: This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann gets bookish with us as she tells us all about her new project, This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann gets bookish with us as she tells us all about her new project, This Thing of Paper

On this special episode of the podcast we’ve got an interview with designer Karie Westermann and her new project, This Thing of Paper, which launched this past week on Kickstarter.

Also on the podcast we’ve got an update on what we’re working on, our upcoming craft-a-long and more details about our get together for WWKIPDay.

Shout outs, news and events

Shout out to our lovely knit night who just keep going even when we’re not there. Shout out too to MJ who was thinning out her craft resources and gave us a great crochet stitch bible after hearing us chat about our newfound love for crochet.

1 June – routes announced for this year’s GLYC - woot!!!!

1 June – join us for the London Craft Guide KAL! Knit or sew whatever project you’d like from the London Craft Guide. Or can be more than one project! 

4 June - Leeds Wool Festival

7 June - Allison will be doing a London Craft Guide trunk show at The Purple Purl in Toronto on her way to TNNA!

18 June - WWKIP Day! We also hope you’ll join us at the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park from 1:30-4:30pm. Please give us a shout and let us know if you're going to be joining us on the day so we can keep an eye out for you!

25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria

What we’re working on

Rachel is binding off her Coffee Date with Mark Ruffalo Shawl and contemplating what she'll do for the LCG CAL.

Allison has sleeves to go on her twist pullover. Will she make it in time for TNNA? 

Karie and Allison get cosy on the podcast

Karie and Allison get cosy on the podcast

This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann was in the London area last weekend teaching in Hackney and Kent. We caught up with her before she caught her bus back to Glasgow to chat with her about her book project This Thing of Paper which was launched earlier this week on Kickstarter.


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Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Charmer - Aimee Mann
Come to Light - Arkells