Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 3

Our final installment in the vendor round up for the Mini Yarn Market is packed full of amazing stuff. In this last grouping we we have four amazing indy yarn dyers: Third Vault Yarns, Whimzy, Qing Fibre and Owl About Yarn.

Third Vault Yarns is the work of geek-inspired dyer Lola Johnson, and features a range of stunning colourways built around different fandoms. 

In addition to gorgeous yarns ranging from fingering to worsted weight, Third Vault Yarns has an active collaboration with designer Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits, and offers kits and yarn clubs - everything you could want in one place!

Also joining us will be Whimzy, with their gorgeous range of lace, sock and DK weight yarns. 

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Whimzy has been a long-time supporter of the yarn crawl, first with mini-skeins in the goody bags and then as a vendor at the Pop Up Marketplace and Yarnporium - we're thrilled to have them back!

Newcomer Qing Fibre is also going to be at the MIni Yarn Market - you may have seen these gorgeous speckled yarns in some of the shops around London, and we can't wait to see them in person in all their glory!

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Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to welcome recent addition Owl About Yarn to the Mini Yarn Market vendor list!

Jenny will be bringing her fabulous yarns and project bags to the show, and hopefully her amazing themed stitch markers as well!

We hope that you are as excited about this line up as we are - only two weeks to go to the show, so get your shopping lists ready!

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 1

This year's GLYC has a special event in the evening: our Mini Yarn Market, to be held with the GLYC after party at Central Hall Westminster. We're super excited about the group of vendors that will be bringing their goodies to our party, and wanted to give you a sneak preview of who's coming and what they'll be bringing.

First up is An Caitin Beag, who's gorgeous silver jewellery is always a temptation! In addition to her stunning shawl pins and stitchmarker jewellery, Marna is brining a new item to the Mini Yarn Market - stitch marker kits!

Silver penannular pins

Silver penannular pins

Each kit will contain beads, wire and crimps, a notions tins, and full instructions! (There are optional tools available as well if you need them.) We can't wait to see these in person!

Next up are former partners on the YitC Event Market: Inspiration Knits and Countess Ablaze, who are teaming up once again to provide glorious yarns and fabulous patterns all in the same place.

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Their combo booth was a huge hit at last year's Yarnporium, so we're really looking forward to seeing this partnership again in September!

Last up for this first round of vendors is the amazing Knitting Goddess from Yorkshire!

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The Knitting Goddess dyes British yarns sourced from UK flocks and processed and spun in the UK. Her colours are beyond glorious, and we're hoping we can get to the booth to snatch up some of her mini skeins before the hoards descend!

Thanks to all of our vendors for coming with their pretties to the Mini Yarn Market - we're looking forward to seeing you all!

And stay tuned for round 2 of previews...

Yarnporium vendor highlights: Pom Pom Quarterly designer visits with Stephen West and Justyna Lorkowska

We put a call out to our vendors a while ago to find out what special goodies they were bringing to the Yarnporium so that we could share them all with you in a series of blog posts leading up to the event.

Do you have the latest issue of PPQ yet? You can get it on their stand at the Yarnporium!

Do you have the latest issue of PPQ yet? You can get it on their stand at the Yarnporium!

Our friends at Pom Pom Quarterly got back to us with news that in addition to having the samples from their latest issue, they will also be hosting a couple of designer visits on their stand. We're very excited to help them share their news that both Stephen West of WestKnits and Justyna Lorkowska of Lete's Knits will be doing meet and greets and signing books and patterns!

We're in love with the pretty lace neckline detail on Justyna's new sweater Tallat

We're in love with the pretty lace neckline detail on Justyna's new sweater Tallat

Justyna will be on the stand from 11am to 1pm on the Saturday and signing copies of the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, featuring her stunning new sweater design Tallat. Tallat is a glamorous winter knit whipped up quickly in a chunky yarn.

Playful details at the cuffs and hem are sure to make Tallat a cosy favourite

Playful details at the cuffs and hem are sure to make Tallat a cosy favourite

If you're planning your shopping list already, you'll need between 900 and 1,500 metres of chunky yarn, depending on your size. We think this would be a great woolly knit for Wovember!

Following on from Justyna's signing, Stephen West will be on the PPQ stand from 1-3pm on Saturday, and again from 12-2pm on Sunday signing copies of his latest book, WestKnits BestKnits Number 1 - Shawls.

Filled with 13 of Stephen's favourite shawl designs from the last three years, WestKnits BestKnits Number 1 - Shawls includes last year's mystery knitalong shawl The Doodler.

The Doodler: a great way to use up your many precious skeins of fingering-weight yarn

The Doodler: a great way to use up your many precious skeins of fingering-weight yarn

The book also includes more fan favourites like Exploration Station (shown on the cover), and Dotted Rays.

Simplicity in eyelets and garter stitch: Dotted Rays

Simplicity in eyelets and garter stitch: Dotted Rays

Of course the book wouldn't be complete with including patterns featuring Stephen's long-running obsession with brioche and includes the patterns for both the Askews Me Shawl and the stash-busting Briochevron Wrap.

What could make a shawl more snuggly? Brioche, of course!

What could make a shawl more snuggly? Brioche, of course!

We're incredibly excited to welcome both Justyna and Stephen to the Yarnporium and hope you'll make plans to stop by the Pom Pom Quarterly stand to say hello!

(And if you fancy expanding your own brioche skills there are a handful of spaces still available in Renée Callahan's Brioche Next Steps workshop on Sunday!)

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….

Meet the Vendors: The Fibre Co.

Squeezing in another vendor profile in advance of event weekend! We really can't wait to squeeze this next vendor's new yarn, Cumbria. Please read on to learn more about The Fibre Co. from owner Daphne Marinopoulos.

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?

The Fibre Co. focuses on creating yarns from interesting blends of natural fibres. The unique lines in our range of yarns are all carefully developed to achieve the perfect combination of softness and structure. Our yarns are dyed to create subtle variation in tone and saturated, sophisticated colours. The result is an elegant yarn worthy of the most special projects—yours. Terra shown below is one of the favourites in our collection and showcases the type of work that we are known for.

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? 

We’re bringing our new line—Cumbria! I developed the idea for this new yarn while I was in the throes of planning my move to England. My husband’s family lives in the North Lakes (so do we now) and visits to the region over the years were always so inspiring. The light can be absolutely fantastic up here with sunsets on nearby Skiddaw and other peaks serving as nature’s light shows. Who wouldn’t want to create a new yarn based on this beautiful region? Here’s one of our views.


That view inspired this:

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

Here at The Fibre Co., it’s all about blending fibres together to achieve an interesting texture and base onto which artisan dye techniques can be applied for really beautiful colour results. I begin by ‘finger spinning’ natural fibres together and playing with percentages and weights. As an example, to develop our new line Cumbria, I began by wanting a natural brown wool to mix with a finer white wool to obtain a grey base. The goal was to create a long wearing everyday yarn in an amazing array of deeply saturated colours. I wanted lustre, so I added 10% mohair to the blend…just enough for a natural patina to each shade. Then, I go into the laboratory to see how various dye formulas look. I did over 80 lab dips to come up with the 14 that are in the initial launch palette.  Here I am in the laboratory!

The final 14 shades:

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business? 

I’m an eternal ‘starter’ and just love creating new products. When we had a mill and spun our own yarn, the entire process was so fulfilling (if a bit tiring!). There was always something new to create or play with in the mill. And even though I don’t do this on a daily basis anymore, the product development process is still a thrilling adventure for me.

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! 

Hmmm, funny…Well, I suppose I laugh at myself quite a bit when I think about how naïve I was in the early days. With no industry experience or know-how, I bought a spinning mill and had the audacity to think that I could create a product that the enthusiast knitter would enjoy. Here’s a photo from our first trade show back in 2005. Quaint, isn’t it?


This is what we looked like 10 years later in March 2015 at the international trade show in Cologne, Germany called h+h (hobby + handarbeit).

The Fibre Co. is one of our door prize sponsors. We're sure it will make a lucky Yarn Crawler very happy! Thanks again Daphne!