Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 3

Our final installment in the vendor round up for the Mini Yarn Market is packed full of amazing stuff. In this last grouping we we have four amazing indy yarn dyers: Third Vault Yarns, Whimzy, Qing Fibre and Owl About Yarn.

Third Vault Yarns is the work of geek-inspired dyer Lola Johnson, and features a range of stunning colourways built around different fandoms. 

In addition to gorgeous yarns ranging from fingering to worsted weight, Third Vault Yarns has an active collaboration with designer Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits, and offers kits and yarn clubs - everything you could want in one place!

Also joining us will be Whimzy, with their gorgeous range of lace, sock and DK weight yarns. 

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Whimzy has been a long-time supporter of the yarn crawl, first with mini-skeins in the goody bags and then as a vendor at the Pop Up Marketplace and Yarnporium - we're thrilled to have them back!

Newcomer Qing Fibre is also going to be at the MIni Yarn Market - you may have seen these gorgeous speckled yarns in some of the shops around London, and we can't wait to see them in person in all their glory!

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Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to welcome recent addition Owl About Yarn to the Mini Yarn Market vendor list!

Jenny will be bringing her fabulous yarns and project bags to the show, and hopefully her amazing themed stitch markers as well!

We hope that you are as excited about this line up as we are - only two weeks to go to the show, so get your shopping lists ready!

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 2

Ok, on with the next round of enabling for all you Yarn Crawlers...because that's what we're here for!

The Mini Yarn Market will be Yarn in the City's third show, and Textile Garden has been at all of them. Their fantastic array of buttons and brooches are always popular, and there's always a crowd around the booth looking for the perfect finishing touch for their most recent knit!

We've got another great pairing up next - the amazing dyers behind this year's custom colourways for the GLYC Anniversary KAL - Travelknitter and The Wool Kitchen

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These two dyers have very different styles, but their colourways work together so well, that their combined stall is a thing of beauty. Travelknitter will be bringing a full range of her gorgeous Tanami, including Midnight Fireflies and a special batch of Fireflies Dark! Be sure to check out what other new beauties they may have brought to the show...

We're excited to have Walcot Yarns, the brain child of shop owners Carmen Schmidt and Sharon Spencer, joining us from Bath, with their gorgeous Opus yarn, which launched to great acclaim at this year's Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

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Available in an array of gorgeous, saturated shades, as well as undyed white and grey, Opus is a wonderful mix of merino and alpaca, that makes for a super luxurious yarn!

I don't know about the rest of you, but my stash enhancement restraint is stretched to the breaking point, and we still have one more round of vendors to share with you. So. Much. Yarn.

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 1

This year's GLYC has a special event in the evening: our Mini Yarn Market, to be held with the GLYC after party at Central Hall Westminster. We're super excited about the group of vendors that will be bringing their goodies to our party, and wanted to give you a sneak preview of who's coming and what they'll be bringing.

First up is An Caitin Beag, who's gorgeous silver jewellery is always a temptation! In addition to her stunning shawl pins and stitchmarker jewellery, Marna is brining a new item to the Mini Yarn Market - stitch marker kits!

Silver penannular pins

Silver penannular pins

Each kit will contain beads, wire and crimps, a notions tins, and full instructions! (There are optional tools available as well if you need them.) We can't wait to see these in person!

Next up are former partners on the YitC Event Market: Inspiration Knits and Countess Ablaze, who are teaming up once again to provide glorious yarns and fabulous patterns all in the same place.

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Their combo booth was a huge hit at last year's Yarnporium, so we're really looking forward to seeing this partnership again in September!

Last up for this first round of vendors is the amazing Knitting Goddess from Yorkshire!

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The Knitting Goddess dyes British yarns sourced from UK flocks and processed and spun in the UK. Her colours are beyond glorious, and we're hoping we can get to the booth to snatch up some of her mini skeins before the hoards descend!

Thanks to all of our vendors for coming with their pretties to the Mini Yarn Market - we're looking forward to seeing you all!

And stay tuned for round 2 of previews...

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! 

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