What would you like to buy at I Knit Fandango this May?

Hi there, as you probably all know I’m preparing for the I Knit Fandango craft show that is being held in London 15-16th of May. It is tough to decide what to pack and how much of each especially when like this time, I have to travel by air and then take a taxi to the hotel ALL ALONE! So I have to pack wisely as there is just so much I can carry by myself. But then I also do not want to spend my money and time on doing a show if my booth is half empty from the beginning as missing out on sales is NOT an objective. Going home with tons of stuff is not an objective either so the balance between too much, not enough and just right is a tough one to find.

This is why I thought maybe you could help me out. If you are planning on attending the show what would you like to see/try/buy? And even if you are not coming, when you do attend shows, what do you tend to look for? Are you more on the look out for yarn? A particular yarn type? Knitting accessories? All inclusive kits?

And as I mentioned yarn, what are your favorite colours at the moment or colours you’d like to knit this summer?

I’m done, I think, almost, with the dyeing. This weekend I did dye for a crochet shawl kit that is going to be very nice. This kit uses 778 m of yarn and rather than doing 2 skeins of 400m each I decided to do  1 huge skein of 800m. This ensures that the colour is consistent throughout the project and that you only have to ball 1 skein instead of 2 – even though it is huge).

And as I found this was a rather brilliant idea (if I say so myself) I decided to do a few more and sell individually as this is a good size for many shawl designs. What do you think? Do you knit shawls yourself? If so you knit mostly with fingering weight or do you use lace weight?

I also did some sock blank dyeing, both kettle dyed and hand painted and here are some pictures. At the bottom of the drying rack you can see some balls of yarns, this is yarn that came in a wound ball and I dyed as was for a sort of varigated effect. The only problem is once it’s been dyed I need to undo the ball and wind into a skein for it to dry properly and that is not much fun):

hand dyed sock blanks and balls of yarn www.knittinginfrance.com hand painted sock blanks www.knittinginfrance.com

Well thats it for now. If you feel like sharing and helping me decide what to bring or not to bring, what to dye or not to dye, all constructive advice is appreciated 🙂

Take care and enjoy your crafting

Branching out on social media

Hi there, it’s been a very busy week and not a lot of blogging or preparation for the show has been done. This weekend will have to be well used as the I Knit Fandango show is practically around the corner so I have to finish my sock knitting kits and my kits for the Marin shawl by Ysolda Teague. I’m also going to prepare kits for a crochet shawl –  a design by a young French designer. The pattern is called Muscari by Mam’zell Flo. I’m excited about this new crochet kit which will be my first crochet kit and also the first kit including a pattern by a French designer. So lots of work for me and I hope that next time I come back to post I will be able to share some success stories and pictures with you here of my finished/prepared kits and yarns.

Now the title of todays post is “branching out on social media”, we all enjoy and use social media up to a certain extent, some use it more than others. I began using Facebook and it was really the only social media I used for my business. Then I went on to Twitter but that is something I have not really used to its full potential so that is something I need to look into. I also created an account on instagram and Flickr but have more or less abandoned those unfortunately.

Today I mostly concentrate on Pinterest which I find to be super inspiring and I spend a lot of time there just looking at great ideas and beautiful things. My following on Pinterest is growing and I hope to continue in that direction. I didn’t quite understand the interest in using Pinterest at the beginning but boy has my opinion changed since then! I just love finding inspiration for colours, knits, crochet items, jewelry, and so forth. Endless daydreaming and inspiration for any crafter.

And then there is Google+, now I’m told it is important to be present on Google + so I just recently did something about that and I now actually share my blog posts on Google +. I’m curious, what is your favorite social media? Where do you connect with friends/family and other crafters? Do you think that it is important for a company to be present on ALL social media outlets or would you think it is better to just concentrate on 1-2 and do them to the fullest ?

And what about Youtube? I’m on Youtube a lot as a consumer of tv shows, films and of course how to videos of all sorts. I was wondering if you too used Youtube for crafting related purposes? Do you go there for tutorials? For podcasts? To learn something new? Do you have a favorite crafting channel or a favorite crafting youtuber? Something you would like to share with us in case we are not familiar with those? I would love to hear from you on the subject. So I thought, why not create my own Youtube channel, not necessarily to post videos of myself or my crafts but to sort of create a library of interesting crafting channels and how to videos and then share this with my followers. A channel that could be like a reference for you when you are looking for something knitting/crochet or fibre related. Well I did start but it is going to take quite some time to do this well so I’m not going to talk about this everywhere for the time being as I need to work a lot on this but I did want to tell you about it and you can check it out and any suggestions for this new Knitting in France Youtube channel are welcome. So check what I have got so far here

That is all for today folks, I have not done a lot of knitting this week so no pictures of in progress items. I do have a confession, I did RIP my socks out again!!! This must be like a limited curse on me these days and hopefully I’ll escape from it soooon! I ripped out the socks and cast on immediately so now I’m doing them 2 in 1 style and of course so far so good:) Cross my fingers and hopefully I’ll be able to share a picture of these future socks soon.

Until next time, take care, enjoy your weekend and I hope you will have the time to do lots of knitting/crochet/spinning or any other craft you enjoy 🙂

An upcoming fibre crafts show in London this May

IKL Fandango poster A2 copy

 

I love fibre craft shows. I love doing them, I love meeting new people, I love the direct contact with my customers, I love getting compliments on my work, I like showing off my yarns and other hand made things. And I also love meeting other shop owners, dyers, designers and so forth that are also vendors at these events.

Last year I did my first show abroad, in Brighton in the UK. That was the very first time I ever did a show outside of France and it was great. English knitters are more connaisseurs than the French ones I feel. English knitters are more used to indie craft artists and more willing to pay for and use unique supplies and that is what makes a show there even more fun than in France. Here are some pictures from the show in Brighton last summer

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I sold hand dyed yarns, handspun yarns, rolags for spinning as well as handmade stitch markers, needle stoppers and of course some commercial supplies as well. I had lots of people coming to my booth and I think the greatest success for me was my “stitch marker bar”. I thought that up as a candy bar/counter where you choose your own sweats and pay by weight? Only this time there was no candy only handmade stitch markers:) And the knitters and crocheters LOVED IT! So that is one thing I’m definitely going to do again. That was so much fun. I even had small plastic bags (like for candy) so people could put their markers there and so on. Lots of fun.

A show takes a long time to prepare for and lots of organisation. This show is for May 15th – 16th so it is time to get started seriously! I’ve been doing some dyeing as you know and haven’t gotten around to put them up on Etsy so now I’m wondering if I should or if I should just put them aside for the show. Not quite sure at the moment. Of course I still have time to do lots of dyeing before the show so…

This was also my very first time to the UK. I very much liked Brighton which is a much bigger town/city than I expected but I had lots of fun and my family as well. We turned this into a family vacation and so spent 2 weeks in the UK after the show and that was lots of fun.

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This time the show is in London and it is being curated by Iknit  hence the name : I Knit Fandango. The theme is indie suppliers so I think this is going to be a fabulous show. Lots of gorgeous handmade supplies that you don’t find everywhere. This is going to be a great opportunity to meet other indie dyers and yarn producers and of course clients and future clients.

Here’s a copy of the info taken from the organisers web page:

IKF

a fantastic festival of fabulous fibre

15-16 May 2015 Royal Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, Westmister, London

I Knit Fandango is a huge market bursting with tons of gorgeous yarns and fabulous exhibitions

IKF

 

entry is £8 per day in advance

£10 on the door

a limited number of weekend tickets, costing £14 will be available from 23 February

buy tickets here>>

10am – 5pm

vendors include

Belinda Harris Reid Blacker Yarns Coopknits Debonnaire
Easy Knits I Knit or Dye Ingrid Wagner Rug & Art Creation
Java Purl Design Kettle Yarn Co Knit Run Dig Knitting 4 Fun
Knitting In France Knitwitches Max’s World
Midwinter Yarns Namolio Polo & Co PomPom Magazine
Porpoise Fur Purl Alpaca Designs Sparkleduck Spin City
Tall Yarns Textile Garden Tilly Flop Designs Toft Alpaca
Triskelion Yarn Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop Whimzy Willow Knits
Whistlebare Wollmeise Yarn garden

Now does that not make you want to come????

They are also organising a fun event:

knitting/crochet group map

I Knit London want to make a massive knitted blanket and we need your help!

Are you a member of a knitting/crochet group?

Yes?

Well, we would love you to make a six inch square and send it to us so we can sew it into our MAP of the knitting and crochet groups of the Great Briton and beyond.

The blanket will go on display at I Knit Fandango to showcase the amazing tradition that we love so much; knitting and crochet. The blanket will then go on to various festivals around the UK to inspire and encourage non knitters to join us.

The squares may be any design, colour or fibre. Please keep to six inch square, though, just so they fit together easily.

So if you would like to participate in the Knitting/Crochet group map of the UK you just have to get in contact with the I Knit Fandango organisers.

If you are going to be in London on these dates I hope you will have the chance to come and visit the show as I always enjoy meeting the knitters/crocheters that I interact with online- in real life 🙂 So if you do come, don’t be shy and say hi:)

Now, that’s all for now. I’m actually working this evening (yes it is late evening here in France at this time) and I must return to the job. So until next time, take care and enjoy your knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing and any other craft you enjoy doing.