The Knitter

Discover new yarns at the Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting & Stitching Shows are back for 2021 with a brand-new Yarn Village

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AFTER BEING forced to cancel its live shows in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team at The Knitting & Stitching Show is delighted to be able to get the show on the road again in 2021, with events scheduled to be held in London in October, and in Harrogate in November.

Brand-new for this year’s show is the Yarn Village, a special area dedicated to artisan yarn brands. Among the exhibitors will be Graeme Bethune of Caithness Yarns – many of you will have read Graeme’s monthly column in The Knitter, and now’s your chance to meet the man himself and discover his gorgeous, ethical Scottish yarns!

The sisters behind new hand-dyeing brand Weku Yarn will also be in the

Yarn Village, showcasing their fabulous colourways inspired by their Ghanaian heritage. Visitors to the show will be able to meet Georgie of The Fibre Fox, and discover her sophistica­ted hand-dyed hues and handmade project bags, along with the artistic variegated colours produced by Beth of Telling Yarns.

More glorious colour will be on display from Pigment & Ply, which offers stunning yarn shades inspired by the sketchbook­s of artist and knitwear design graduate Jessica.

Celebrate British wool with Wool Decanted, who create sumptuousl­y fine British yarns spun from a unique blend of Shetland and Bluefaced Leicester wool, and explore special hand-spun yarns and textiles with Spinderell­a.

The Yarn Village is just one of the many attraction­s on offer at The Knitting & Stitching Show – as always, there will be hundreds of exhibitors offering a huge choice of yarns, tools and equipment, fabrics, books and more. These will include UK Alpaca, The Loveliest Yarn Company, Orchidean Luxury Yarns, Debonnaire, and Mrs Moon.

Workshops this year include Fair Isle with Monica Russel, and two-at-a-time sock knitting with Molly Brown, while visitors will be able to enjoy the inspiratio­nal displays and exhibition­s for which the show is famous. Among the highlights is sure to be the special installati­on, ‘Downed’, constructe­d from red knitted garments and textiles, which resembles a crashed aircraft and will take pride of place in the Palm Court foyer at Alexandra Palace, and the Hall A entrance in Harrogate. Made by sculptor Al Johnson, ‘Downed’ references the role of women during warfare.

Best of all, visitors will be able to savour the joy of going to a live show again after such a long wait! We can’t wait to enjoy the show ourselves, and we hope to see you there.

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4 The London show is held at Alexandra Palace
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