What is The Great London Yarn Crawl?
The Great London Yarn Crawl is a knitting event in London that's a little bit different than your usual "stitch and bitch" get together! It's a chance to meet some other knitters/hookers/fibre-loving folk, take in some of the sights of London, and generally hang out with yarn. The Great London Yarn Crawl (GLYC) is also an opportunity to visit different yarn and haberdashery shops around the city, including some that you maybe haven't had a chance to get to yet.
The event is all about supporting the London knitting community, the experience of meeting new people and doing something a little bit different than the usual knit and natter! And because we think supporting the greater community is important too, all of the net proceeds from GLYC will be donated to Refuge.
How does The Great London Yarn Crawl work?
Participants will choose a team with a pre-designated route. As a group and with the navigational prowess of their Yarn Guides, participants will visit three or four yarn and/or haberdashery shops on their route, including a stop for lunch, before meeting up with participants at the end of the day for an after-party. We'll compare purchases, swap stories, settle in for a little knitting and meet other participants from the day. And of course, all this will be done while travelling via bus or tube or DLR - basically via public transport.
Who came up with this crazy idea anyway?
The idea for the GLYC was born after two expats and knitting friends spent weeks and weeks touring various yarn shops. Rachel joked that their exploits were like a yarn crawl on the tube and Allison told her all about the TTC Knit-a-long (a similar event that happens in the yarn store mecca that is Toronto, also using public transport provided by the Toronto Transit Commission). The gals decided then and there that it was the perfect kind of event to bring to yarn lovers in London.
Allison and Rachel have since turned their expertise with the GLYC into planning other yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft through their company, Yarn in the City. You can find out more about Allison and Rachel on the About page.
Is the Great London Yarn Crawl affiliated with Transport for London?
Quite simply, it's not affiliated. We think public transport is a great idea, not only for the environment but also as a quick and cost-effective way to get across the city, and the TfL network is among the best in the world. This is a yarn crawl that takes place across London, and it happens on public transport. That's it.
When is the Great London Yarn Crawl taking place?
Save the date! The Great London Yarn Crawl 2017 edition is taking place on Saturday, 9th September, 2017.
What are the important dates to know around GLYC 2017?
Tickets on sale: July 1, 2017
Anniversary KAL kicks off: July 1, 2017
What is the exact start and end time of GLYC 2017?
In terms of the actual day itself, most routes will start around 10 or 11am, depending on the opening hours of the shop that they are starting at. Your yarn guide(s) may also have folks meet up either at the shop, a cafe or tube station nearby before you travel to the first shop together. In this case you'll be meeting 15-30 minutes ahead of your official start time.
For the after party, most teams will arrive at the after-party some time between around 6:00pm. We'll plan to do all the doorprizes and announcements between 7:00-8:00pm and everything should be wrapped up by 8:30pm. The Mini Yarn Market will stay open until approximately 9:00pm.
For planning your return journey home, this year's after party is Central Hall Westminster on Parliament Square. Nearest Tube station: Westminster.
How much does a ticket to the event cost? What do I get for that?
Tickets are priced at £20 per person and include your GLYC badge (to show you're part of the event, get discounts at some of the shops, and access to our after party with great door prizes), and a goody bag with your event pack details, special offers from sponsors, and various other yarny goodies! Please note that transport is not included in the price of your ticket and you must use your own Oyster card, contactless, travelcard, etc.
What do you mean by net proceeds?
Net proceeds simply means that all of the monies raised from the event after our expenses have been paid. Expenses of the event include everything from the printing cost of promotional materials, to the fees associated with the event ticketing service (which we've rolled into the cost of the event so that you don't have to pay additional fees when buying your ticket). We'd also like to note that co-organisers Allison and Rachel have donated their time, as have our volunteers. No one makes any money from the GLYC.
Why did you choose to support Refuge?
While Refuge began as a local London charity, it is now the UK's single largest provider of specialist domestic violence services. We liked the fact that it was local to London, yet far-reaching across the UK, and choosing a charity that supports women and children was important to us. We hope you'll agree!
To learn more about Refuge, check out the blog post we wrote announcing them as our charity partner. You can also learn more about them from their website at www.refuge.org.uk.
I heard you guys also support Knit for Peace. Where do they fit in?
While funds generated from the Great London Yarn Crawl are donated to Refuge, we also accept donations of handknitted and crocheted items for Knit for Peace, an amazing London-based charity that collects and distributes knits wherever they are needed: refugee centres, hospitals, prisons, developing and war-torn countries, and so on.
Why are you guys doing this?
Since the awesomeness of Knit Nation was here in 2011, there hasn't really been a knitting event that's more outside the box than the usual shows or even one's own SnB evenings. We daren't dream to have this event the size of Knit Nation, but we thought it would be a fun way to get some knitters together for a day out of knitting. And we're going to give back to the greater community by donating all net proceeds from the event to Refuge too!
Am I obligated to buy anything?
Nope. Just come along for the tour and chat and knitting (or crochet!) if that's all that interests you!
How much money should I budget for the day?
Everyone's budget is a personal matter, so we'd rather not make a suggestion about what people should plan on spending. You will be responsible for your lunch and/or any snacks and beverages you'd like to have over the day. And of course, how much you spend on yarn or fabric in the shops is entirely up to you!
Sounds like fun! Where do I sign up?
Click the link for Tickets at the top of this page!
What if I have mobility issues?
We want Yarn in the City to be as inclusive to as many people as possible, however we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that public transport in London is not completely 100% accessible for those with mobility issues. For that matter, neither are all of the shops on the various routes.
If you use a mobility device such as a walker or cane and require additional assistance, we recommend you sign up with a friend who will be able to help you throughout the day as our Yarn Guides will be busy looking after the whole group. Just make sure you both sign up for the same group!
Can I "hop on/hop off" with the GLYC like those Big Bus tours?
In for a penny, in for a pound! Once your route has been assigned, that's the route you're on. Since there are likely to be a few people in each group, your Yarn Guides will want to make sure that they have track of everyone and that no knitter gets left behind! If however, you finish your browsing/shopping early at a particular shop and want to grab a cup of tea with your knitting in a cafe nearby while waiting for the others, that's okay - just make sure your Guides know where you are so you can meet up with the others when the group moves to the next stop on the route.
I don't need/want a goody bag and don't care about the door prizes - can I just meet up with a group in one of the shops and follow along?
We think it's pretty cheeky to try to join in without purchasing your ticket when proceeds are donated to charity and a lot of time has gone into organising the event with the shops - many of whom also provide discounts to participants who have paid to be part of the event. No gatecrashers, please.
Where are we stopping for lunch?
There will be a predetermined lunch stop along each route with plenty of time and options for participants to pick something up to eat. We are also planning lunch stops in places that aren't tied to a particular restaurant, so that if people want to bring their lunch or snacks with them, they can.
Is lunch included?
No, lunch is not included.
Oh no! I've signed up and now I can't make it! What do I do?
Oh no! We're going to miss you! Unfortunately all sales are final and we can't offer any refunds but we're happy to change the name on your registration if you're able to find someone to sell your ticket to. Check our Ravelry group to see if there's anyone looking for an extra ticket.