Start the party early with a Pomfest Knit Night!
On Thursday 13th June you can join in the pre-party fun at your choice of six crafty venues across London. Free to attend, each place will also play host to one of our Pomfest guest speakers making it the perfect way to kick off our birthday celebrations. The only problem you face is deciding which one of the six you’ll be knitting at – here is a little more about what each of these lovely shops have in store…
Founded in 2005, Loop is a quirky and magical place where hand-dyed yarns, inspiring patterns and vintage haberdashery are found alongside vintage and handmade treats. The shop stocks a huge range of haberdashery which is useful and beautiful as well as a great selection of vintage haberdashery which includes buttons, ribbons, brooches, beehive yarn holders and threads.
Most of Loop’s yarns are natural fibres and many are hand-dyed from the likes of Mehlsen (pictured above), Madelinetosh, Eden Cottage, Lichen + Lace, The Uncommon Thread, Shalimar, Viola, Freia, Dandelion Yarns, and many other independent dyers from the UK and around the world. Loop is also the European Flagship shop for both Quince & Co and Brooklyn Tweed as well as being one of the few shops in the world that stock Wollmeise and Woolfolk yarns. Susan loves sourcing beautiful things on her travels and curating them for Loop – “We always hope it’s like a treasure trove for you!”
Visiting will be the lovely Bristol Ivy, with an exciting sneak peek trunk show of garments from her upcoming Pom Pom Press release (coming this Autumn!)
Where? 15 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA
When? Thursday 13th July 6.30pm – 8.30pm
How? All are welcome but please try to rsvp for an idea of numbers coming, to [email protected]
What? As with all of our KnitNights there will be cake and fruit and other refreshments.
Wild and Woolly is a knitting shop in the heart of Clapton in East London. Anna’s original idea was to create a place that would support a community of knitters and their journeys with wool – by providing them with inspiration, supplies, help, and cups of tea to see them through their projects.
Her range is mid-priced, largely natural animal fibre yarns, and where possible sourced from independent mills in the UK and Europe. Wild and Woolly is also home to a range of yarns and patterns by local East London hand dyers and designers, many of whom can be found in the shop leading workshops and classes (or just hanging out with their knitting).
Wild and Woolly will be hosting writer, yarn whisperer and lover of baked goods Clara Parkes!
Where? 116 Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 0QX
When? Thursday 13th July (6.30 for) 7.00 – 9.00pm
How? 20 places will be available through the website’s RSVP ticketing system.
What? As usual for a Wild and Woolly Summer Late Night Knitty Lock-in, there will be Pimms, home made lemonade and cake – and any extra contributions from attending knitter bakers are always welcome.
The shop will be open for purchases during the knit night, and extra copies of Clara’s books are arriving in case anyone wants to get one signed.
Knit with Attitude is a small, independent yarn shop run by Norwegian expat Maya. The shop specialises in ethical and sustainably produced yarn, books and accessories for hand knitting and crochet. As well as classes and one to one sessions, KWA runs a range of workshops and talks. The aim to represent a positive attitude toward the world, sharing a concern about its resources and the way we take care of our planet.
Knit with Attitude aims to close the gap between generations and hopes to offer a contemporary, inspiring, and welcoming experience when visiting the shop whether it is in the actual High Street shop or online. They believe in building long term customer relationships and truly enjoy being part of our customers’ creative journey offering guidance and encouragement along the way.
Knit with Attitude stock PPQ studio neighbours Wool and The Gang and is the place to go for speckled favourites Hedgehog Fibres and Qing Fibre.
Where? 127 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0PH
When? Thursday 13th July 6.30pm-9pm
How? Space is limited so please rsvp to [email protected] and who will be able to confirm your place
What? Knit with Attitude are offering a 10% off on everything on the night. There will also be beverages and some nibbles available.
Stag & Bow is about reviving craft based skills from a grass roots level. Founded in December 2010 in Forest Hill, South East London, it is an emporium for haberdashery and quality materials, beautiful old pieces, and a platform for designer-makers to sell their original wares. They pride ourselves on being a celebration of a ‘can do’ attitude.
They also run a range of workshops from the dedicated textile studio. Specialist teachers host a vast gamut of primarily textile based skills, including Tambour folk embroidery, weaving, natural and indigo dyeing and many more.
The shop’s free evening socials and Wednesday Craft Mornings are about people getting together and making things. Providing an open, welcoming space while projecting an idiosyncratic vision that celebrates skill and quality. The ideal place to have a knit night then! Stag and Bow will be hosting designer Thea Colman, who will be present with her Issue 21 design Sevilla and some tasty cocktails too.
Where? 8 Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3XU
When? Thursday 13th July 7pm – 10pm
How? Please RSVP by Thursday July 6th on 020 8291 4992 or [email protected]
What? The night will see the shop collaborating with the local gin club and hosting and hosting their very own cocktail bar for the night! Stag and Bow will be open during the knit night with 15% off all yarns, haberdashery and patterns.
This friendly weaving studio is a joy! Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis started The London Loom to create a community of those who love making with their hands. A space that was somewhere colourful and bright, not twee, and not disposable, a place with good equipment and quality materials.
The gals run regular workshops where you can learn the art of weaving, but if you can’t wait they’ll have demonstrations and looms for you to have a play on the night.
Designer Olga Buraya Kefelian will be there too, we feel her geometric and textured knitting style will be the ultimate compliment to the weaving fun and making chats that will fuel this evening.
Where? Shop 8, 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney London E8 2BT
When? Thursday 13th July 7.30pm – 10pm
How? You are welcome to drop in any time during the evening
What? Demonstrations on the floor loom throughout the evening, plus a loom set up for for people to have a play with
I Knit started life as a social knitting group, meeting in bars and public spaces mainly in London. In September 2006 their shop, also called I Knit London opened in Vauxhall and after a few years the shop settled in it’s current location in Lower Marsh at Waterloo. The shop stocks a range of materials for knitters and crocheters, including varying types of yarn; knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories; patterns and books. The shop is regularly used as a venue for the knitting club and other events, including classes, film nights, a book group (The Kniterati), late night opening and is the first knitting shop in the UK with a licensed bar selling alcoholic drinks.
Where? 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London, SE1 7AB
When? Thursday 13th July 5pm – 8.30pm
How? You are welcome to drop in any time during the evening
What? I Knit have a licensed bar!
We are so excited to bring you these collaborations with these fabulous London fibre folk! Which knit night will you be at?
Pom Pom xx