The Wool Monty – Sheffield June 2019

The lovely ladies: Rosie, Mand and Debbie invited me to attend The Wool Monty Show, Sheffield’s first yarn and fibre crafts event. As you can imagine, I was delighted and said, YES, YES YES!!

There were ‘firsts’ for everything here: my First event stand; launching my First book and taking part in Sheffield’s First yarn show. I was super-excited, but at the same time bricking it, because I had never seen a show where the vendor was only selling patterns and not with yarn! The debate here was will I have enough patterns to sell? If I didn’t, I wasn’t sure that my tap dancing and singing was going to cut it, somehow! 😝

About the Event

The organisers were absolutely lovely – they were incredibly helpful and kind. The whole event was organised really well – the layout was carefully thought out, the vendors were well selected, offering amazing variety, as well as something different from other fibre fests.

The show was held at the FlyDSA Sheffield Arena – it’s huge! It’s a perfect venue for this type of event because it offered ample free parking for ticket holders and it was close to other amenities (shops, supermarkets and an IKEA!). It was also perfect for people with mobility issues, offering easy access in and out of the building, as well as lots of space to manoeuvre around the stands.

I particularly loved the little sofas they had dotted around the floor space, great for when you want to take a break, sit down and knit! Just what is needed in an event like this.

Being it’s first ever show, the turn-out was probably as expected. But saying that, people came to spend money, and they did! This bodes well for next year’s event if the organisers decide to do one. I hope they do!

See the gallery below:

I was too busy with my stand to take many photos, but I did take some during the set up hours.

Conclusion

I would highly recommend this event to anyone who is interested in yarn and fibre crafts. It offers a diverse spectrum of people, craft skills and geography – not the same old names of the more established events. There are some hidden gems here and you’d be pleasantly surprised. The Wool Monty is offering something new and something fresh. Plus, the people of Sheffield are warm and chatty – what’s not to love? 😊

I’m looking forward to the Wool Monty Show next time! ❤️

 

Woah! What Just Happened there?!

Stuff happened….! 😮

Sorry for the hiatus, but lately there’s been a wildfire of activity in the JimiKnits camp. There is SO much to share with you, sadly some of it is secret, but I’m itching to tell you all about it. Let me see what I can divulge…

Carol Feller collaboration

OK, keep it under your hat, but I’m doing a collaboration with Carol Feller for the launch of her new book that’s coming out later this year (maybe Autumn perhaps?). I’ve been a great admirer of her work for a long time and she asked me to design something using her new yarn collection called Nua Worsted. I must say, this yarn is a dream to knit with, it looks and feels gorgeous and can take a pretty good beating when you block it! I can’t yet show you what I’ve designed with it, but hopefully I can get away with this little teaser…

sneak peek at my new design

The Wool Monty – 15 & 16 June, Sheffield UK

The organizers at The Wool Monty yarn event have kindly invited me to hold a small stand in the ‘Meet The Designer’ area. It’s a place where a few of us can showcase our designs. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’ve been busy sorting out knitted samples to bring with me and working on revamping some of my patterns to be printed. I’m not sure what the general footfall will be like, so I have no idea how many patterns I ought to print. Any thoughts? What should I do if I sell out of copies? I’m not sure that my singing and tap dancing is going to cut it somehow! 😳

The Wool Monty promotional banner

If you’re coming to this event, you’ll get the opportunity to see my first printed pattern booklet. Did you know that I’ve got 54 patterns on Ravelry.com? Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d have that many. It was a hard task trying to choose just 12 for this book. I called it Volume One… purely because I couldn’t think of a clever or witty name for my first book! Anyway, this is the artwork for the front cover:

Front cover of JimiKnits booklet

Yarningham – 13 & 14 July, Birmingham UK

The lovely ladies at Yarningham have asked me to design a pattern that will be featured in the event brochure. I can’t wait for you to see it, but hopefully you’ll get teasers and reveals nearer the time. I’ll be attending the event on the Saturday – a good opportunity to blow my birthday money on yarn and crafts! 😜

I'm going to Yarningham badge

Check out their Instagram feed:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx2l6eLBhBD/?igshid=j90qcyoe0xad

MDK March Mayhem Event

Thank you all so much for taking the time to vote for my pattern (see the web page here: https://www.masondixonknitting.com/mdk-march-mayhem-2019-the-bracket/ ! What a blast, eh? I’m enormously grateful to have one of my patterns selected. Pixham made it to Round 2, which to me is awesome! And congratulations to Carol Feller for winning it with her Tabouli cardigan, it is a lovely design.

MDK pixham vote today. voting is over.

JimiKnits out in the wild..

So… there I was, minding my own business when…

1) ..up pops a little notice on Instagram. Basically, it was a little excerpt in a recent edition of Simply Knitting magazine (Issue 184) featuring my Chrysler Fingerless Mitts pattern. Big thanks to Ellinesscrafts for flagging this up for me because I would never have known! See below:

Chrysler Fingerless Mitts in Simply Knitting Magazine

By the way, check out Ellinesscrafts’ YouTube channel and follow her knitting & crocheting journey. It’s nice seeing how other people develop their craft skills.

2) ..a sudden hive of activity surrounding this pattern: Widden. It was all due to the hilarious Grocery Girls! Check out their YouTube episode, Widden is the subject of their discussion at 40:00 minutes in:

3) ..a small article about me in their #diversknitty page of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival program, back in March:
Wool Press clip

And all of this is thanks to Jeannette Sloan, for highlighting the discussion about race, equality and inclusion in the crafting community. If it wasn’t for her, I would still be here, minding my own business and very little else would have changed. If you haven’t read her article, read it here: http://www.jeanettesloandesign.com/black-people-do-knit.html

Just off the needles…

I’ve almost finished writing the pattern to my Capel Cross cardi. I knitted another sample and changed a few (minor) things about the design. I didn’t think that the first sample met with my complete satisfaction, although the yarn was perfect for it, it was just certain elements on it that was concerning me. I’m much happier with this version (see below), but I would definitely recommend the yarn I used for the original sample. The pattern will be available for testing soon.

Phew! Off to have a cup of tea…! 😅
See you soon!

Jx