LCG UPDATE: The Village Haberdashery

It's been over a year since the release of our first book, the London Craft Guide. One of the things we were always wary of with doing a print version is how things can change with shops over the course of time. Sadly, sometimes a shop can choose to close or go online only - as was the case with tiny Kensington shop Patricia Roberts. And other times the changes are happy ones, such as expanding into a bigger space!

The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

This was the case with West Hampstead shop The Village Haberdashery earlier this year and we couldn't be more thrilled to make the the focus of our first official London Craft Guide update!

Details:
The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Phone: 0207 624 5494
Email: info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk

What's changed:
Expanded hours Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and now open late night for knit nights on Thursdays until 9pm. Tons more space including an expanded yarn selection and haberdashery range plus even more fabrics! Click here for more details, photos, and a virtual tour!

Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Workshops, events and other fun stuff:
With their expanded space, Annie and the team at The Village Haberdashery have been busy planning even more workshops and events (including classes with Great British Sewing Bee 2016 winner Charlotte Newland!), in addition to their new Knit Night & Sew In on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm. 

Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

We're really excited about the inviting community square right in front of TVH's new premises - so much so that we're teaming up with Annie to co-host a World Wide Knit In Public Day event on Saturday, June 10th from 11am-2pm. This is a FREE event so why not make a plan to come and see the new space and hang out with other yarn lovers? And of course, TVH will be back as part of this year's Great London Yarn Crawl too.

Episode 59: A Decade

This year is the tenth anniversary for lots of different institutions in our knitting world, but the one we talk about in this episode is Ravelry - the website that has changed the landscape of fibre arts and community. In addition, we’ll have quick run through upcoming events for May and June and share what’s on our needles, hooks and bobbins.

News and Events

13-14th May: Wool@J13, Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire ST19 5RE

27 May: Highland Wool and Textiles Fair, Dingwall Auction Mart, Scotland

From 1st June – end September: Exhibition of Dutch Ganseys, Sheringham Museum, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham NR26 8BG

3rd June: Leeds Wool Festival

10th June – World Wide Knit In Public Day - come join us at the Village Haberdashery!

10-11th June: John Arbon Textiles Mill Open Weekend

23-24th June: Woolfest, Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Center, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel's special collaboration yarn spun from her own hand-dyed Porpoise Fur Fibre. The colourway is Turning on Shetland.

Rachel's special collaboration yarn spun from her own hand-dyed Porpoise Fur Fibre. The colourway is Turning on Shetland.

Rachel is onto the collar of the Kippen Cardigan (by Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project), and a pair of two at a time toe up socks in handspun Romney from the Lab Goddess Fibre Club (January 2017, Diving into the Deep inspired by geologist and cartographer Marie Tharp). She's also finished spinning up some special collaboration yarn, and is now obsessively spinning sock yarn from some Sock Blend top (50% Corriedale/25% Southdown/25% nylon in the Network colourway) to knit Kate Atherley’s new sock pattern.

Allison is working on a crocheted tie for Harrison for his upcoming "spectacle" at school in the Liquid Sunshine colourway from Ginger Twist Studios.

Allison is working on a crocheted tie for Harrison for his upcoming "spectacle" at school in the Liquid Sunshine colourway from Ginger Twist Studios.

Allison is still working on her crocheted baby blanket, but has also started a crochet tie for Harrison for his school show. Also on needles: the Martinique Beach Cowl by Fiona Alice from Take Heart in SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted. the Maple Leaf Shawl by Natalia @ Elfmoda and the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham.

A Decade

In which we discuss the demise of Knitter's Magazine, the rise of Ravelry and what the next ten years might hold for the knitting world.


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

What are you doing for Yarn Shop Day?

You may have heard us talking on the podcast about Yarn Shop Day, happening this Saturday, May 6th.

Started by one of the UK's knitting magazines, Let's Knit, Yarn Shop Day has become an annual celebration of Local Yarn Stores. We really love the boost that it gives shops and shop owners, and that fibre lovers have an opportunity to discover shops near and new to them!

And hey, it's a great excuse to post pics of yummy yarn porn!

Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

With all that in mind and knowing how much we love to promote our London shops, we reached out to shops taking part in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl 2017 (did you know it's our 5th anniversary?!) and asked them what their plans were for this Saturday. If you're looking for your own ways to show your love this Yarn Shop Day, check out the shops below:

Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Sharp Works
220 Railton Road
Herne Hill
London SE24 0JT

If you're in the south end of London, it's quite possible that Sharp Works is your local! This tiny shop packs in a lot of yarn and notions. On Saturday they'll be giving away free patterns from Debbie Bliss (while stocks last) and celebrating all day with 10% off all purchases over £2.

The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Fancy checking out where we'll be having our World Wide Knit in Public Day event? The Village Haberdashery have brand new digs on West Hampstead Square - just opposite West Hampstead tube. Finally a space to spread out their wonderful fabrics - and expand their yarn selection too! TVH will be offering 10% off all yarn purchases all day on Saturday.

 

With south and north ends of the city covered, how about east? These next two shops are only 20 minutes apart by bus and part of the East London Yarn Triangle if you fancy making your own mini yarn crawl on your day out:

The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

Knit With Attitude
127 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0PH

The lovely folks at Knit With Attitude have a lot planned for Yarn Shop Day with the launch of their Homeward Bound Shawl KAL. Designer Natalie Selles (and Knit With Attitude shop assistant!) will be doing tutorials on garter stitch intarsia between 12 and 3 for those who want to start their own Homeward Bound Shawl. Homeward Bound Shawl kits have also been restocked and will be available in three different colourways.

Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Knit With Attitude will also be debuting the brand new BFL High Twist sock yarn from Qing Fibre - hand dyed by Laila Qing right here in London! The shop will also have goodie bags for the first 10 customers to spend over £10 in the shop, and they'll also have cake and refreshments in their knitting lounge in people feel like hanging out for a bit on the day!

The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly
116 Lower Clapton Road
London E5 0QR

Finally, from noon until 6pm Wild and Woolly will be celebrating Yarn Shop Day along with their three year anniversary by hosting the East London All Stars: designers, dyers and moth-knitters! The line up includes:

  • Anna Maltz who will have samples and patterns including her newly released Penpal
  • East London Knit's Renée Callahan
  • Jane Lithgow with new accessory samples and patterns
  • Indie yarn dyer The Wool Kitchen with a DK base used in Penpal, as well as sock blanks!
  • Indie yarn dyer The Travel Knitter with her full range of hand-dyed bases and a special exclusive colourway for the day
  • Max Alexander and her hand-knitted moths

PLUS, there's a promise of cake and prosecco on hand too!

Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

So what are your plans for Yarn Shop Day? Check the map here to find a local yarn shop near you participating or check out the profiles of some of the other awesome yarn shops in London!

Episode 58: Colourful Collaboration

Rachel is back in the co-pilot seat after the holidays, and we talk about project monogamy (is that a thing?), upcoming yarn celebrations and get two of our knit night regulars to tell us about their creative collaborations in colour and yarn.

News and Events

6 May: Yarn Shop Day! A few shops have helpfully let us know that they have some big things planned for this special day

10 June: World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10th! Check out their website to find an event near you.

Make Happy

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

While on holiday, Rachel finished the shawl design that was kicking her butt (and freaking out her yarn support!), which will released shortly. The only other project she took with her was her Kippen Cardigan, and she's now working on the second sleeve with a lot of collar to go. This past week she also started spinning up some fibre for a collaboration with two colleagues of the woolly variety, which is slated for release this autumn.

Allison is anxiously awaiting the delivery of her SweetGeorgia Yarns Joji Mystery KAL kit from Vancouver (she got Kitsilano) and is in the meantime working on a baby blanket for friend. Progress on her Foolproof cowl also continues.

Colourful Collaboration

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

Our knit night includes a whole bunch of wonderfully creative and inventive people, and we are thrilled to have been able to get two of them to come talk to us for the podcast! Lola Johnson, otherwise known as Third Vault Yarns, and Kate Bostwick, who designs under the Cowtown Knits label, tell us about their relationship with colour, their sources of inspiration, and their collaboration which has produced two gorgeous kits - Lambton Panes and Chainlink Mitts - with more to come!


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode of the podcast and super huge thanks to Lola and Kate for joining us! You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 57: A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Rachel is away at the moment so Carmen from A Yarn Story fills in as co-pilot to Allison on this episode. 

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

We realised after we recorded the podcast that we didn't explain very well about being at H+H, the craft trade fair that happened this past March 28-30 in Cologne, Germany. Allison was there on the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand and Carmen was helping out as German translator and answering questions about having the yarns in her shop in the UK.

Now that you have that as context, this episode includes chatter about things we saw at the show, along with our usual bits of news and events and what we're working on.

News and Events

April 23 - Spaces are still available for the upcoming coach trip to Wonderwool from London with the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Click here for more details and to book your space if you'd like to join us.

May 6th - Yarn Shop Day is back! This is great opportunity to show your love for your local yarn shop (LYS). It's also the three year anniversary for A Yarn Story and Wild & Woolly!

June 10th - Join us at The Village Haberdashery for our World Wide Knit in Public Day event. We'll have more details for you soon!

Make Happy - aka What We're Working On

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen, who regularly wishes she was an octopus so that she could have more things on the needles is working on a second neckerchief to match the one she made for Allison for their matching dresses that they wore on the SweetGeorgia stand in Cologne. She's also been finding her fade this week and working on the hot shawl of the season. Carmen also has a few things needing sleeves before they can be completed.

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

In addition to sewing a matching Moneta dress for Carmen, Allison has finally finished the sooper secret project and talks about the special Lucca lace pi shawl that she knit in honour of a friend's wedding. She also cast on a new project out of SweetGeorgia yarn so that she could knit on the stand at H+H and is knitting the Foolproof cowl out of deliciously yummy Cashluxe Spark.

A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

In this segment we get into a bit of a geeky craft business behind the scenes discussion about various ways that shop owners find yarns and other interesting bits for their shops, as well as some of the trends and things that we think are coming down the pipe for the later seasons this year. Lots of shout outs to SweetGeorgia Yarns, Blacker Yarns, Rosy Green Wools, Erika Knight Yarns, La Bien Aimée and more!

Wrap Up

Many thanks again to Carmen for co-hosting this episode!

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City