GLYC 2017 After Party Sponsor: Garthenor

We absolutely love working on the Great London Yarn Crawl every year! One of our biggest challenges though, has been finding the right venue for our famous after party. It may be hard to believe but it isn't always easy to find a space for 150 yarn lovers in central London!

Happily, this year we have the added support of our after-party sponsor Garthenor to make things a bit easier and we're thrilled to bits to have them on board!

Garthenor's mission is all about sourcing and providing bespoke, organic, British wools. They're passionate about British organic farming and the British textile industry. They buy all their fleeces from around the UK - directly from the farmers - which means they can trace the wool from fleece to jumper. And that's something that we can all care about as makers.

With yarn weights from lace to chunky and from a variety of breeds such as Shetland, Ryeland, Manx Loaghtan, Hebridean, Jacob and more, Garthenor have something for everyone.

Amory by Isabell Kraemer

Amory by Isabell Kraemer

At this year's Great London Yarn Crawl After Party and Mini Yarn Market, Garthenor will be featuring their Shetland Laceweight, used in the new Amory pattern by Isabell Kraemer. This yarn yields 621m in 100g and most sizes of the sweater can be knit in just two skeins! We love the simple, boat-neck neckline and delicate lace edging on the hem of the garment. Best of all, this sweater will be lightweight but deliciously warm at the same time!

A huge thank you to Jonny and Sally and the whole Garthenor team for sponsoring this year's GLYC After Party!

Episode 65: How do you lace?

On this episode of the podcast we've got another GLYC update - and then we get into chatting about the ultimate summer knitting project: lace.

Our Sponsor
This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns at the GLYC Mini-Yarn Market after party, or on their website at www.garthenor.com.

Great London Yarn Crawl UPDATE
NEW for this year: we've added a DIY version of the yarn crawl for those of you who weren't able to get a ticket or aren't able to attend in London on September 9th. Click here for more details.

Make Happy (aka What We're Working On)
Rachel is finished her Fireflies Rising in Hedgehog Sock for the GLYC Anniversary KAL. She has moved on to making her own Starting Point using yarns from stash: Auracania, Artist's Palette, The Knitting Goddess, Dream in Color and Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Allison is SO close to being finished her Sprite's Fen shawl and is finally making progress on her own Fireflies Rising shawl. She's also been sporadically working on her Martinique Beach cowl.

How do you lace?
Summer seems like the perfect time to be working on light and airy things! We chat about lace, some basics, our first projects and experiences, tips, yarns, successes and disasters! If you haven't tried lace before we also chat about some great lace patterns to get you started.


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

GLYC 2017 Yarn Sponsors: Erika Knight and The Fibre Co.

We love August! It's that time of year when door prizes and goody bag treats start arriving at YITC HQ meaning that the Great London Yarn Crawl is that much closer!

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We are SUPER excited this year to have TWO awesome yarn sponsors for the GLYC goody bags! Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. are great stalwarts of the UK yarn industry and we're thrilled to have them aboard.

Erika is a prolific knitting and crochet designer who has evolved her brand to include her own range of yarns. Erika's ethos is all about simplicity in making she focuses on creating simple, classic designs that are enticing to knit.

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

One of Erika's passions is supporting the British talent and manufacturing. In 2012 she launched her own range of yarns with wool sourced, processed and spun right here in the UK. British Blue Wool is made with 100% Bluefaced Leicester - one of the UK's most luxurious wools. Due to popular demand, Erika Knight have created British Blue 100, launching this autumn. British Blue 100 features a richer, deeper colour palette than the original British Blue Wool and a sophisticated pattern collection to match.

Yarn crawlers will also have a chance to meet Erika at this year's Great London Yarn Crawl as she'll be joining us at the after party and chatting about her life in yarn!

Yarns from The Fibre Co. start from the fibres themselves. Founder Daphne Marinopoulos has always wanted to create yarns that she couldn't find on retail shelves. Using high quality natural fibres The Fibre Co. has created decadent yarn blends using baby alpaca and llama, camel, silk, merino, masham and more.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

The Fibre Co. have also launched a new yarn this autumn, Arranmore Light. A lush blend of 80% Merino, 10% cashmere and 10% silk with colourful wool nepps, Arranmore Light is a DK version of their lush Aran tweed blend Arranmore

Binsey by Fiona Alice

Binsey by Fiona Alice

To coincide with the launch of Arranmore Light, The Fibre Co. also released Fell Garth II, a collection of 19 patterns from 10 knitwear designers. The designs are inspired by Cumbria where The Fibre Co. is now based, and are a stunning showcase of what happens when inspiration from local, natural beauty and decadent yarns collide.

A huge thank you to Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. for being our yarn sponsors this year. Thanks to their generosity, each participant in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl will receive a full hank of yarn in their goody bag, randomly split between each company! Thank you so much!

Episode 64: Quiet

Hello and apologies for this very belated episode of the podcast!

Programming notes: 
Our summer podcasting schedule is a little out the window at the moment due to international travel. We meant to have this episode up two weeks ago but were somewhat thwarted... 

This episode also has some audio challenges that we weren't able to fix or re-record so we hope you'll bear with us as it's a shorter-than-usual episode. We're going to figure out an alternative for the next couple of episodes.

Episode 64: Quiet
We've got a shorter than usual episode this time around with another mini update on the Great London Yarn Crawl (which is NOW SOLD OUT!), some upcoming events and a discussion about taking time to be quiet and reflect this summer.

Our Sponsor
This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns at the GLYC Mini-Yarn Market after party, or on their website at www.garthenor.com.

GLYC2017 Update
As of the time of recording, there were 6 tickets left for the GLYC! (YITC: And we are now SOLD OUT!). If you do miss out, keep an eye on the YITC Ravelry board for anyone who has to pass on their ticket later in the summer.

An awesome mini skein set door prize from La Bien Aimée!

An awesome mini skein set door prize from La Bien Aimée!

We've also go some awesome doorprizes for this year's GLYC thanks to some of the good vendors from Pomfest! Keep an eye on our Instagram for more hints!

Events
20-22nd July: Woolfeis, near Oban, Argyll

29-30th July: Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire

1 August: 1 September: “A Touch of Silk” exhibition, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire – exhibition of work from Guild members in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight

5th August: Yarnfolk Festival of Wool, Whitehead, Northern Ireland – a new event dedicated to all things fibre, and showcasing the best of local and international fibre arts. Exhibitors include Skein Queen, Townhouse Yarns, Fine Fish Yarns, and Dye Candy, as well as many others.

19 August: AGWSD Summer School 2017 Open Day and Trade Fair, Sparsholt College, Hampshire 

Other updates
The summer knitting thread is up an running in Ravelry – come over and share your summer knitting plans and goals with us!

Rachel makes a start on her Fireflies Rising for the GLYC Anniversary KAL

Rachel makes a start on her Fireflies Rising for the GLYC Anniversary KAL

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on
Rachel had a bit of a break with TdF spinning last weekend due to travel, but has now caught up and finished three of the four Tour de Fleece colourways (with the last one ready to go on Wednesday’s stage 18! She’s also finally started her Fireflies Rising for the GLYC anniversary KAL, in Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in the colourway Lupi (an exclusive colourway for A Yarn Story).

Allison is working on her Fireflies Rising for the GLYC Anniversary KAL too, as well as her Sprite’s Fen Shawl. She's also going to pack her Raindrops and her Martinique Beach Cowl for her holiday knitting.

Quiet
In which we discuss the value of taking a bit of quiet time for crafting and getting back to basics.


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! 

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

Episode 63: Summer Along

Summer is here (more or less)! And on this episode of the podcast we’ve got an update on the Great London Yarn Crawl ticket sales, chat about what we’re working on and discuss our super summer plans!

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GLYC2017 Update

Ticket sales got off to a splendid start on July 1st. Thank you so much to everyone for your continued enthusiasm for this event! At the time of recording this podcast there were 4 routes sold out and only 44 tickets left!  There are now 15 tickets left on 5 routes, so don't wait!

We are in the midst of assigning routes to our awesome volunteers so keep your eyes out for the Route threads on Ravelry where you can meet and chat with your teammates!

One more update to tell you all about – please welcome Garthenor as our new After Party Sponsor! Garthenor promotes and provides a variety of sustainable, organic, glorious British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Their aim is to help secure the future of British organic agrictulture and the British textile industry.

We’re looking forward to seeing the Garthenor yarns in person and if you’d like a sneak peek at their yarns, they will also be exhibiting at Pomfest in a few short weeks!

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is busy spinning her fingers off for Team Porpoise Fur and Tour de Fleece! She's also made a bit more progress on her handspun socks, but is very happy that her lost knitting mojo has returned from Tahiti.

Allison's Starting Point by Joji Locatelli is finally off the needles!

Allison's Starting Point by Joji Locatelli is finally off the needles!

Allison finished her Starting Point Mystery KAL by Joji Locatelli, and it is beautiful! She's now working on a pair of Helen Stewart shawls: the GLYC Anniversary KAL, Fireflies Rising, and Sprite’s Fen.

Summer Along

Summer seems to be a good time for alongs of various types. We talk about Viola’s sweater along and the SweetGeorgia Summer Stories along, as well as talk about our summer plans and travels. What will you be working on this summer? Come on over to Ravelry and join the thread in our group for summer project discussion and support.


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! 

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