Episode 92: GLYC 2019 done and dusted!

News & Announcements  

Allison is now a British citizen! And she has a new job! She is now the Events Coordinator – Craft for Farnham Maltings, the home of Unravel.  

She’s also putting on Make Joy, a one day celebration of yarn and friendship, happening at Baden Powell House in central London near the Natural History Museum on Sunday, 3 November. Tickets are now on sale!

Rachel also has a new job! But thankfully she’s working from home so she can knit on client calls without anyone looking at her strangely. Win, win.

What we’re working on  

Allison has been doing a little bit of Porpoise Fur spinning on her new wheel. She’s also working on a super secret uber chunky project to be revealed later in the year, and is knitting some Mercury socks by Kim Drotar (a free pattern on Rav) from the Urth yarn she got from Rachel for her birthday. 

Rachel – finished one Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae Martinson for eldest daughter in Dusty Dimples sock yarn in Pretty Poisons, and started another for youngest daughter in Qing Fibre BFL fingering. As a new crochet project, she started the Fern shawl by Jan Power (another free pattern on Ravelry - thank you!) But most importantly, she finally got into her Electric Eel Wheel Nano and has spun up the singles of three bumps of fibre she bought from John Arbon that is destined to be an Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli. 

Great London Yarn Crawl 2019 – recap and door prizes! 

The year’s new format for the GLYC seems to have been a fantastic success! Thank you for all you feedback, and as always we’d love to hear your thoughts - use the contact us link at the bottom of the page to give us your feedback, good and bad.

And now for the door prizes:

Loop’s door prize of 4 skeins of BC Garn in blues and a tote bag were won by Dorothea Tilroe.

Tribe sent a tote bag stuff with a giant needle and swatch gauge, a skein of Urth yarn Monochrome, a skein of Bear in Sheeps Clothing fingering, and a Tribe enamel pin. These are finding a good home with Anne Cunningham. 

Mahliqa: the first prize Swarovski crystal earrings with pompoms and bag goes to Sophie McKane, with a second prize of a necklace and set of stitch markers in the EYF special colourways (collaboration with Countess Ablaze) and Mahliqa bag are headed to Nicole Stanley. 

A copy of the wonderful This Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter will be enlightening Rhona Johnstone.  

Grand prize for those who visited all 13 shops! 

Goodies form Loop, Mahliqa and SweetGeorgia Yarns – a skein of Shalimar (70% sw merino/20% kid mohair/10% silk) and Loop tote bag, SGY Tough Love Sock in Smitten, and set of Swarovski stitch markers and bag from Maliqa go to Sue Smith. 

We’ve also crunched our numbers and are proud to say that this year’s GLYC raised almost £900 for Refuge - thank you all so much!!!!

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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

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A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise 

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Ray Stitch

Our last shop profile for this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl will no doubt please those knitters and crocheters who are also sewists. Located in Islington (a short five minute walk from Camden Passage and Loop) is Ray Stitch, filled with fabric and haberdashery to fulfill all your sewing needs.


Pop into the pattern nook and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for amongst the drawers and shelves of patterns. Traditional, brands such as Butterick, Burda, Vogue and Simplicity sit alongside indie pattern companies like Made by Rae, Papercut, Made London, Colette, Merchant and Mills, and more!


The haberdashery department is also full to the brim with just about everything you could possibly need or want for your project. From thread and zippers to buttons, pins, seam guides, stitch rippers and thimbles there are cunning tools you didn’t even know you needed!


But it’s the fabric selection at Ray Stitch that really shines and makes a trip to this shop so worthwhile. From Merchant and Mills linens to Japanese double gauze from Kokka and Nani Iro, to oilcloth and sequined party fabrics, to seersucker and pinstripe shirting - you’re sure to find something to suit your project - or perhaps a new one?


If you’re new to sewing or wanting a refresher to improve your skills, the Ray Stitch sewing school can sort you out with their fantastic classes and workshops. Start right at the beginning with the basics, make a project bag, or learn to recreate a favourite, much-loved garment from your own wardrobe. There are excellent workshops with guest tutors too such as Celia Pym, Forest + Found, and Stewart Easton.


We can’t wait to see what you all find on this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl! Don’t forget to tag us to your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #greatlondonyarncrawl so that we can follow along in the fun!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Stag & Bow

Founded in 2010, Stag & Bow in Denmark Hill is a gorgeous little shop packed full of inspiration. Founded in 2010, the shop celebrates a wide range of crafts and textile arts and beyond.


If you’re looking for yarn, you’ll find skeins from Erika Knight, Mrs Moon and Rico. But look beyond the yarn options for quilting and dressmaking fabrics (including vintage fabrics!), felt, fabric paint, vintage table linens and housewares, and many more wonderful finds. Stag & Bow-made products include natural plant wax candles, Crafters Hand Cream, and Use Your Imagination embroidery, cross stitch and knitting kits, which provide supplies to let your creative inspiration run wild.

A tree of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton!

A tree of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton!

Kits and gifts galore

Kits and gifts galore

Stag & Bow also stocks knitting, crochet and sewing patterns, a full range of haberdashery and kits and a wide range of books on a variety of crafts to fill any gaps in your library.


Need to book a workshop? You’ve come to the right place, with Kid’s Craft session, Dressmaking, a wide range of sewing classes and knitting and crochet classes. But the workshops go beyond the standard yarn and fabric based options to include an Artisan Leather Workshop, Spoon Carving and Doll Making classes too!

During the GLYC, Stag & Bow are offering 20% off all yarns, fabrics and haberdashery as well as a dyeing workshop in the Stag & Bow studio. Check back on our Events and Offers page for more details as they are available, and enjoy your visit to Stag & Bow!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Tribe

Take a left out of the Richmond train station and wander up Richmond Hill to find Tribe Yarns, which opened its doors in time for last year’s GLYC and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

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This cozy shop is packed to the roof with gorgeous yarns, haberdashery and tools for wool crafters of every kind. Owner Milli is on a mission to provide a making community that celebrates creativity and inspiration in every way. On the walls of her shop, you’ll find yarns from companies such as Habu, Melbourne Woolens, SweetGeorgia Yarns and Manos, British stalwarts West Yorkshire Spinners, Mrs Moon, Kate Davies Designs and baa ram ewe, and gorgeous indie dyers like Bear in Sheep’s Clothing, Qing Fibre, easyknits, Trava & Wool and Spectrum Fibre.

A wall of colourful gorgeousness!

A wall of colourful gorgeousness!

Once you’ve picked up your new yarn babies, you can supplement your needle or hook collection or find the perfect project bag or buttons. Tribe also stocks pins and needles, scissors, stitch markers and beads for the perfect finishing touch for your project. Need an enamel pin, a wrist ruler, a yarn bowl or some amazing jewelry? Then Tribe is your place, with gifts for every crafter!

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If you’re looking to learn a new craft, brush up on your skills or just want to find a group to hang with, Tribe’s got a class or workshop for you. Their popular knit night is held every 2 weeks, and the calendar is full of upcoming classing in dyeing, weaving, top down sweaters, shibori, colourwork and many more. Check out their Events page for all the details.

No matter what your project or current make, Tribe has something you’ll need! During the GLYC, the first 50 Yarn Crawlers in the shop will get an exclusive gift to go with the 10% discount being offered throughout the week. And don’t forget that Tribe is part of the Inter Knitty Express Tours with the East London Yarn Triangle on Saturday, September 7 - book your free tour on the ELYT website here. You can find all of the shop events and discounts on our website.