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Leading independent knitting magazine Pom Pom Quarterly is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with a birthday bash, Pomfest, in London this July. Pomfest will be held at Studio Spaces, Shadwell, a renovated factory that will be transformed into a marketplace of the finest knitting yarns, a lecture series by international guest speakers, and a place to gather, eat, and knit a few rows, all in the company of good friends. Festivities will kick off with a city-wide Knit Night, taking place simultaneously at London's best yarn shops, including headline sponsors and prestigious yarn store Loop. The Pomfest marketplace will host indie yarn producers and dyers from all over the world. Making the trip from Canada will be Viola Yarns, popular European brands La Bien Aimee and Dandelion Yarns, plus closer to home favourites such as John Arbon Textiles, Coop Knits, and many more! Pomfest's lecture series sees celebrated author and yarn connoisseur Clara Parkes making the trip from the US. Also on the timetable will be Pom Pom designers Bristol Ivy, Julia Farwell-Clay, Thea Colman, and Veera Valimaki, plus hand-dyer and wool adventurer Emily Foden. Bring your dancing shoes for Friday night as the talk space will transform with a live version of the magazine's podcast, followed by a DJ set by John Arbon (from the Devon spinning mill of the same name!). The knitty and witty monthly show, known as Pomcast has an international audience and over 5k downloads per episode. Hosted by editor Lydia Gluck and Pom pal Sophie Scott, each show brings together news, reviews, and interviews, with plenty of puns and entertaining chat to keep you in stitches! There will be delicious food courtesy of Kerb, specialists in street food, and the menu will certainly feature a cocktail or two as well! Pom Pom was started by friends Meghan Fernandes and Lydia Gluck, as they sought to create the magazine that they wanted to read. Something that would present knitting, and craft in the modern, beautiful, and meaningful way that they always knew it should be. Five years later, Pom Pom is stocked in over 350 locally-owned yarn and craft stores across four continents and 20 countries, with a loyal readership of over 30k knitters. This summer also sees the release of a bumper anniversary issue to coincide with their birthday festivities. The magazine is also revisiting their premiere issue and publishing a spruced-up edition of the original, destined to be a collector's item for any knitter.

at Studio Spaces E1
Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street
City of London, United Kingdom

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