Episode 41: Halfway and a hot mess

In which we pause for a moment, take stock of the year so far and admit how completely behind the eight ball we are.

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News and Events:

GLYC 2016 tickets are on sale! The event is already one-third sold out so don’t wait too long to get your tickets!

7-31st July – Stitch by Stitch, an exhibition of handmade textiles from India and Nepal, is happening at the One Two Five Gallery in Bath.

Now until 4th September – the Missoni Art Colour exhibition is on at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London.

30-31st July - Fibre-East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

What we’re working on:

Rachel has been spinning like a demon for the Tour de Fleece - when she's not been distracted watching Chris Froome race in le Tour!

Rachel has been spinning like a demon for the Tour de Fleece - when she's not been distracted watching Chris Froome race in le Tour!

Rachel is working on Lambton Panes by Cowtown Knits to the exclusion of all the other four bazillion things she's cast on recently. She's also been spinning up a storm for the Tour de Fleece and checking out everyone else's awesome spinning on the Team Porpoise Fur thread.

Allison is contemplating a Canadian mashup of Viola and Indigodragonfly from her stash for her own Lambton Panes shawl. If she ever finishes any of her current WIPs...

Allison is contemplating a Canadian mashup of Viola and Indigodragonfly from her stash for her own Lambton Panes shawl. If she ever finishes any of her current WIPs...

Allison is working on Wavedeck by Kate Atherley in SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in Riptide. And is almost done with the Toddler Hoodie.

Halfway:

As it's July, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a step back and look at how the year has gone so far - the successful and not-so-successful undertakings that we've been up to. We talk about some revised goals, emerging trends in our own crafting lives and #3thingsforyarnlove.


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
No Matter Where We Go - Whitney
Airport Bar - Martin Courtney

Episode 40: Retreat!

Sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories. Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in July, August and September by using the code YITCEnabled2016. If you aren't shopping for yarn at the moment, be sure to sign up for their newsletter on the site.

Shout outs, news and events:

A huge shout out to Kathy from Handcrafted Holidays who we met up with in London ahead of her meeting a group of knitters and stitchers for a two week jaunt around the UK.

1st July - tickets for GLYC 2016 go on sale!!! Since recording the podcast some routes are already sold out so make sure to get your tickets soon!

2 July - Tour de Fleece starts! If you need some spinning company, come join Team Porpoise Fur on Ravelry.

16-17th July - Yarningham, a new show in Birmingham

16-17th July - Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland

19th July - Make at the Movies charity film event at Odeon Cinema on Foregate Street in Worcester, to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer and Mind. Show is at 10:45am and cost is £4. More details on their Facebook page.

30-31st July - Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire 

What we’re working on

Rachel's startitis continues as she's cast on the Superbulky Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. She's still working on the test knit for Kettle Yarn Co., and the Talisman Shawl from Helen Stewart's The Shawl Society. The Kippen Cardigan is in time out until she gets on the plane later this month. 

Allison is still working on the Toddler Hoodie, and Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley for the London Craft Guide Craft-a-long.

Retreat!

L-R: Sam, C.C. and Dami from the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

L-R: Sam, C.C. and Dami from the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

We talk to C. C. and Dami from the Geeky Girls Knit videocast, and Sam from KnitRunDig about their upcoming retreat, The Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza, happening in Farnham, UK from 10 - 13th November 2016. Details on how to register for the retreat and all the amazing classes and vendors are on their website. The Layer it On KAL is in full swing on their Ravelry board.


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
No Matter Where We Go - Whitney
Airport Bar - Martin Courtney

Episode 39: Catching Up

So....it's been a while since we've gabbed at you, hasn't it? Our apologies for the delay in getting this episode out; Allison was away at TNNA and our kids are in the final push for the end of the year, so it’s been a bit manic. So for this episode we thought it might be best to have a catch up.

Shout outs, news and events:

1) HUGE shout out to everyone who joined us for our first ever WWKIPDay event. It was great to see so many new faces and we hope to see a lot of you back at knit night. Sorry we forgot to take pictures! Ack!

2) Shout out too to Karie Westermann, who has funded her Kickstarter for her book, This Thing of Paper. Karie has more than doubled her fundraising goal and we couldn’t be more pleased for her. Kudos Karie!

3) Another shout out to our friend Carmen from A Yarn Story in Bath. This week in the UK people are voting on whether or not the UK should stay in the EU. Carmen wrote a blog post about how a Brexit could potentially affect her business. Take a look.

4) Our awesome podcasting pal Jo Milmine of the Shinybees podcast won this year's Best UK Podcast award. We're well chuffed for her. Congrats Jo!


25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria

1st July - tickets for GLYC 2016 go on sale!!!

16-17th July - Yarningham, a new show in Birmingham

16-17th July - Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland

30-31st July - Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire 


GLYC 2016 update:

Less than two weeks to go before tickets are on sale! We’re still looking for volunteers to help make this event great so if you think you might be able to help us out, please get in touch! Tickets will be £18 and you can get them directly through our website at yarninthecity.com. All net proceeds from the event will again be donated to Refuge, and we will also be collecting knitted items for Knit for Peace. Every knitted item gets you an entry into the raffle for a huge basket of goodies!

London Craft Guide update:

The London Craft Guide is now available in France! The book is still in English though… You can now find it at Boutique Le Comptoir and l’Oisive Thé et Tricot and La Bien Aimée in Paris.

Our London Craft Guide CAL (Craft-along) is in full swing! Be sure to tag your social media shares with #LCGCraftalong on Instagram and Twitter, or LCGCraftalong on Ravelry.

What we’re working on

Rachel has had a bout of startitis. She's still working on a test knit for Kettle Yarn Co., but has also cast on for the Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin, a Neat Ripple baby blanket from Lucy at Attic24, and the Talisman Shawl from Helen Stewart's The Shawl Society.

Allison is still working on the Toddler Hoodie, and is recovering from TNNA. Oh the yarn fumes!

Catching up:

Boy is there catching up! TNNA, new jobs, summer plans, and more.


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Come to Light - Arkells
Bittersweet Summer - Stephan Lucka

Episode 38: This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann gets bookish with us as she tells us all about her new project, This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann gets bookish with us as she tells us all about her new project, This Thing of Paper

On this special episode of the podcast we’ve got an interview with designer Karie Westermann and her new project, This Thing of Paper, which launched this past week on Kickstarter.

Also on the podcast we’ve got an update on what we’re working on, our upcoming craft-a-long and more details about our get together for WWKIPDay.

Shout outs, news and events

Shout out to our lovely knit night who just keep going even when we’re not there. Shout out too to MJ who was thinning out her craft resources and gave us a great crochet stitch bible after hearing us chat about our newfound love for crochet.

1 June – routes announced for this year’s GLYC - woot!!!!

1 June – join us for the London Craft Guide KAL! Knit or sew whatever project you’d like from the London Craft Guide. Or can be more than one project! 

4 June - Leeds Wool Festival

7 June - Allison will be doing a London Craft Guide trunk show at The Purple Purl in Toronto on her way to TNNA!

18 June - WWKIP Day! We also hope you’ll join us at the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park from 1:30-4:30pm. Please give us a shout and let us know if you're going to be joining us on the day so we can keep an eye out for you!

25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria

What we’re working on

Rachel is binding off her Coffee Date with Mark Ruffalo Shawl and contemplating what she'll do for the LCG CAL.

Allison has sleeves to go on her twist pullover. Will she make it in time for TNNA? 

Karie and Allison get cosy on the podcast

Karie and Allison get cosy on the podcast

This Thing of Paper

Karie Westermann was in the London area last weekend teaching in Hackney and Kent. We caught up with her before she caught her bus back to Glasgow to chat with her about her book project This Thing of Paper which was launched earlier this week on Kickstarter.


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Charmer - Aimee Mann
Come to Light - Arkells