Stitch and Shop Feature: All the Fun of the Fair
Posted by laurapurlprincess on April 19, 2009
We have decided that with so many lovely yarn shops in London we should pay homage to one each month and make sure that you fine people know what woolly goodies can be found in the big city.
We’re kicking off with one of the most central independent haberdasheries in London and one of our faves here at S&B London: All the Fun of the Fair.
The best way to describe this little yarn shop is cute, cute, cute. All the Fun of the Fair is located on the top floor of Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, which is one of London’s best kept secrets. This little shopping arcade houses a plethora of beautiful independent clothes shops, café’s, a bead emporium and even a vintage hair dresser. It’s one of those places that you take your coolest visiting friends/ relatives when you want to impress them with your superior kooky London knowledge. With All the Fun of the Fair up on the 3rd floor it’s well worth a visit even if you’re not looking for yarn flavoured goodies (although we’re not sure when that might be the case, we’re always on the look out for yarny goodness).
The first thing you see when you pay All the Fun of the Fair a visit is the lovingly created window display, which is updated constantly with the changing seasons and celebrations. Once you are inside the cosy interior is bursting with jars of buttons and buckles, trays of measuring tapes and hat pins, shelves stocking organic hand knit gifts and reels of shiny ribbons as well as a whole wall of knitting yarns for your pleasure.
Best known for their knitted cakes and tea cosies these fill the big table in the middle of the shop as well as a range of beautiful books and magazines on crochet, sewing and of course knitting.
One of the best things about this charming haberdashery is the service. If you are looking for some specific yarn and they don’t have it in stock, but carry the brand, the friendly staff are more than happy to order it in for you. And if you are knitting something big and don’t want to buy all the yarn at once, then they will hold back the yarn until an agreed date when you are ready to pay the balance. It’s the little things like this that count for us yarn fiends.
If you are looking for a knitted centre piece for your home, as a gift or for an occasion, All the Fun of the Fair’s crack team of knitters are available for your knitting commissions. Knitted flower bouquets, three tiered wedding cakes and just about anything you could think of will be made specifically for you at your request. So if you really desire a knitted English breakfast, a pair of fluffy diving flippers or a woollen super hero mask then they will sort you out.
We also have to let you know that at the moment there is a 20% off all yarn sale (until Saturday 25th April), so get down there quick to pick up a bargain. There are reductions on lots of other items too, so it’s well worth a look. Also, you can now buy gift vouchers to use in the shop or online. These come with a suitable knitting/sewing/craft themed card and free mini knitted gift; which would be the perfect present for a crafty buddy.
Weekly knitting classes are held on Monday nights. Booking a three week course sees you learn the basics, pick a project, learn how to read a pattern and get well on the way to finishing your first project. With each small class tailored to the specific person’s knitting needs the classes have a distinct Stitch and Bitch London feel about them; perhaps because S&B London co-founder Purl Princess runs them and demands an obligatory tea and biscuit break during each class.
Crochet and sewing classes are coming soon, so email them to sign up for their monthly newsletter or check out the website for details.
In these turbulent financial times it is important to keep your local independent shops in business, so we hope that these monthly features will encourage you to go and check out your LYS before going straight to the department stores.
Coming up in the next few months: Fabrications and I Knit London.