5 weeks until NYE arrives!

Just over a month to go and we are getting really excited about the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo.

We have a super Yarn filled extravaganza of a week-end in store for you. 


Alongside all the delectable stalls and exhibitors we have lined up there are other amazing treats in the offing!

We are absolutely delighted to have US knitting superstar Marie Greene of Olive Knits appear at NYE and this is her UK debut. If you would like to join her on ‘The Pick Up Artist’ there are a couple of spaces left, but be quick to avoid disappointment (‘Sweater Whisperer’ is now full). Don’t miss her free talk on ‘The Makers Way’.


Another first which we are equally thrilled with is the UK launch of ‘WOODS’ by Making Stories. This fabulous knitting design book is truly gorgeous. We received our advance copy earlier this week and cannot put it down! It is a must buy, and you will get opportunity to meet the inspirational team behind this delightful project as both Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haffercamp are coming over from Berlin for NYE. What’s more many of the yarn companies and designers involved in this project will be exhibiting at NYE so you can squish the yarn that makes up the projects in the book! Verena and Hanna Lisa are also giving a free talk on their inspiration behind the project, do not miss this!    


All of the workshops on sale offer a wonderful range of opportunities for you to hone and develop your techniques as well as make new friends.


Along with the Marketplace, Workshops and free talks we also have fabulous live music over the week-end from ‘Highly Strung’ a string quartet and Harpist Lisa Wright in the central court.

Sheep inspired poetry will also be read from the team at Candlestick Press in the lecture theatre.  

There is a café on site for you to enjoy with plenty of seating, as well as a cash point on site in case the temptation is too much!


All these events take place in one simply stunning venue so you can move easily from one to another, what could be better? Purchase an advance ticket and get discounted tram travel. Treat yourself and head over to our website and put some Hygge into your November.


Rachael and the team at NYE



Ravelry group

I am sure that you will be delighted to know that there is now a Ravelry group where you can discuss all things Nottingham Yarn Expo!


Whether you want to share your e-shopping lists, plan those 'must have' additions to your stash or arrange meet-ups with your Ravelry friends this is the place to be!


Why not plan your weekend and find out the best places to stay and the coolest places to eat? Make sure that you introduce yourself on the introductions page :)


We look forward to meeting you!


Rachael and the team at NYE




Exhibitors and tickets update

It has been just over a week since we revealed who will be exhibiting at the first Nottingham Yarn Expo in November, I am sure that you will agree that it is an impressive line-up! We have something for everyone: beautiful hand-dyed yarn, breed specific yarn, spinning, felting, knitwear design, crochet, haberdashery, ceramics, jewelry and much more........ you name it we've got it!

Want to find out more about our wonderful exhibitors? Then click on the exhibitor links to visit their websites and peruse their wonderful wares and designs. I for one will certainly be making a shopping list for the event ;)


Tickets are now on sale, yes that's right, you can now start planning your visit to Nottingham and Nottingham Yarn Expo! Tickets are competitively priced at £8 for a pre-booked day ticket or £14 for a pre-booked weekend pass. Online tickets are limited so make sure that you don't miss out on this preferential rate.


Already booked? Why don't you share this with your friends by posting our "I'm going to" logo on your social media, you can find this by following this link or below (remember to tag us and use #nottinghamyarnexpo).


So what next? We will be revealing our wonderful and inspiring workshops soon (I can't wait for this) and we will be introducing you to some of our fantastic exhibitors too. For regular updates please sign up to our informative newsletter and follow us on social media, we use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (follow the links from our website). 




NYE 2017 update

Here at NYE we have been working hard preparing for our inaugural show in November!


So what is the news behind the scenes?

We are delighted to announce that we have shortlisted over 90 exhibitors, boy was this difficult as there were so many talented applicants! All of the applicants have now been notified of our decision. 



Who will be exhibiting?

We will be announcing our final list of exhibitors shortly, but rest assured you will be in for a treat! We have fabulous knitwear and crochet designers, gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, breed specific yarns, natural dyers, spinning, felting and so much more............. We can't wait to share this with you :)


How can I find out who is exhibiting?

Our list of exhibitors will be revealed on our exhibitors section of our website, so do keep checking back. For regular updates you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, by clicking on the links on our website. Alternatively, you can sign up for our newsletter.


What are we doing now?

Our vision is that NYE is a destination and we will be ensuring that visitors have a fantastic experience here in Nottingham. To complement this fabulous venue there will be inspirational lectures, wonderful workshops, live music, great food and more...


Ensure that you keep up to date with our latest developments and look out for our advertisements in the knitting press.


Rachael and the team at NYE



An interview with Marie Greene of Olive Knits


Marie Greene is a super-talented knitwear designer from the Pacific North West, her philosophy and ethos fits beautifully with the vision for Nottingham Yarn Expo. Marie has been involved with many knitting shows in the US and we are delighted that she has chosen NYE to be her first European yarn festival. This will be a fabulous opportunity for knitters in the UK to meet Olive Knits and attend one of her inspirational workshops. Here's our interview :


  • What is your earliest memory of knitting and designing?

My grandmother Margery taught me to knit when I was a child, and one of the gifts she gave me (besides the joy of the craft itself) was freedom from a pattern. She didn't teach me with patterns. She scribbled informal notes on scraps of paper that provided a place to start and roughly where to finish, but most of the process was intuitive. I don't know if it was just a matter of convenience or if there was a method to the madness, but it gave me the ability to understand the broader concept of knitting without getting stuck on minutiae. From very early on I was able to create my own "designs" for Barbie Dolls and baby booties without a pattern book, because I'd been taught to be fearless with my needles. I can't think of a more wonderful way to teach a child to knit than to empower her to take charge of her tools and learn along the way. In fact, even my knitting style - the way I hold my yarn and needles - is different from the way my grandmother knits. She showed me to hold the yarn in my right hand and throw it around to the left to wrap the stitch, and I remember stubbornly saying, "It doesn't make sense to have the yarn over there if you need over here. Why can't I just hold it in my left hand?" My grandmother, a trail blazer in her own right, said I could hold the yarn however I wanted to. It made such an impact to be taught by someone who was not attached to "one right way" of doing things - it's had an enormous influence over my knitting style and the way I teach.


  • You talk about slow fashion, can you explain what this means to you and why it is important?

I think we live with an interesting dichotomy: we want to slow down, embrace the process and pay attention to quality, while at the same time we live in a mad rush, and often default to what's convenient, even when it means choosing things which go directly against that desire for mindfulness and quality. It's this tendency toward convenience that leads us to fashion and style choices (among other things) that often highlight the worst parts of our culture: fast fashion that is made in questionable, if not worse, conditions, and materials that are not designed to last and/or have a negative impact on the environment where they are produced. Slow fashion empowers us to make thoughtful choices about the source of the materials we choose to work with, and gives us an intimate connection to the pieces we create. To me, slow fashion means a process that allows us to take our time and be intentional about the clothing we wear, whether it's clothing we create ourselves, or clothing created by others using that same process. Artisans and makers have established a completely new paradigm about handmade clothing; it's no longer kitschy to wear a handmade dress or a hand knit cardigan - it's a celebration of the art form, an acknowledgement of every stitch. Slow fashion is a movement that has reconnected to the process and the quality, not just the end result. 


  • Your designs are classic, stylish and very wearable, who or what have been your main influences on your designs?

What first comes to mind when you ask this question are characters played by Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell. I grew up admiring strong women in Hollywood who had minds of their own, played clever female roles and looked great while doing it. I was really drawn to those older black & white movies, which was a little strange because that wasn't my era, but there was something about what I saw in movies from the 1940's that really resonated with me. Maybe that's why I love black, white and grey so much! As I grew older, I was drawn to the clean lines of Japanese design and clothing makers like Eileen Fisher, whose timeless, practical style reflects a very clear intention in every seam. Over the last few years I've designed pieces that I look back on and think, wow - this is not really me. Where did that come from? It's an evolving process, and every day I am discovering new ways to express my creative vision and hit the mark for the kind of intentional style I'm looking for. I also really love architecture, so when I travel I like to take photos of bridges and buildings and use the lines and features as inspiration for my work. 


  • You live in a beautiful part of the world, how has the Pacific North West influenced your style?

You are right - this is a lovely place to live. I'm just an hour and a half from the coast, and this convenience is not lost on me. I love to take my knitting and a sketchbook and sit on the shore, drawing in ideas for new pieces. The landscape is an inspiration in and of itself, but there's a real sense that creativity is magnified here. I look around me at the wealth of amazing designers, dyers and fiber artists in this area and it leads me to think we're all very lucky to live somewhere that seems to so beautifully support the work we want to do. 


  • This is the first opportunity for knitters in the UK to meet you and see your designs in person, what should they expect?

In all honesty, I'm a people-person. If you ask those who know me or who have taken my classes, I want knitters to feel comfortable and have a wonderful time, so connecting is really important to me. I'm chatty and outgoing and I think it's easy for people to feel at ease with me pretty quickly. Knitters at NYE can expect that I'll be talking "shop" with anyone and everyone I meet, answering questions when knitters come to me to say, "Would you mind looking at this button band and giving me suggestions?" or handing over my sweater samples for knitters to try on. 


  • Who would you most like to knit with in the 'break out' area of NYE?

Oooh, this is a good question. Sarah Hazel, Hanna Lisa Vanderkamp, Verena Cohrs, Erika Close, Rachael Cook ...