Episode 81: The Power of Community

*** Audio Alert: we're both away on holidays so this podcast was recorded remotely. Sadly, due to technology it's not our usual high-quality audio and there is some background noise occasionally. We'll try to find a better solution for the next episode! ***

On today’s episode we talk about knitters using their powers for good, both individually and with their communities to back them up. There have been some amazing happenings in the wider woolly world recently and we couldn’t be more impressed with a couple of examples, the East London Knitters #sayballstotrump banner and The Tits Out Collective, headed by Countess Ablaze.

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update

Can you call an event sold out when there are only 5 tickets left?? We’d like to think so. With only a handful of tickets left on the Bloomsbury and City of London routes, the GLYC takes place on Saturday, September 1st and tickets are only £20. Plus we’ll be collecting handknits for Knit for Peace and holding our popular raffle for Refuge too. More details on our website!

What we’re working on

Allison finished the Lily baby sweater and it has been sent to the lucky recipient! She’s also finished crocheting the French Market Bag, which her mom promptly claimed. Knitting continues on Praline while she tries not to get too distracted with all the different yarns she’s seeing on holiday in Canada. She may have also inadvertently joined the Tour de Fleece (hooray!) with the happy purchase of an Electric Eel Wheel Mini at her LYS in Calgary.

Rachel has been spinning for Tour de Fleece, and so far has managed to spin every day except for Stage 13, when she was busy finishing her Lily baby sweater. She was so thrilled about the baby sweater instant gratification, that she cast on Arrival by Dani Sunshine. She’s also finished her prototype shawl design for an upcoming project, and has wound up yarn to cast on Study Hall by Sarah Schira from Knitty First Fall when she goes on holiday later this week.

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Electric Eel Wheel - https://www.dreamingrobots.com/

Subersive Cross Stitch - https://subversivecrossstitch.com/blog/ 

The Power of Community

We talk about some recent events in our community - the East London Knitters Say Balls to Trump and an amazing blog post from Knit with Attitude, and the Tits Out Collective.

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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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

 

Episode 80: Milli's Yarn Adventure with Tribe Yarns

On today’s episode we’ve got a lengthy chat with Milli, owner of Tribe Yarns, a new shop opening in Richmond-Upon-Thames just outside of London later this summer. In fact, Tribe will be opening just in time for the Great London Yarn Crawl on September 1st!

Our conversation was all over the place and got a little colourful in areas, so be warned! This is not our usual squeaky clean podcast.

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Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update

Geez you guys! We are just over 80% sold out after less than a week of selling tickets!

If you’ve been thinking about joining us this year, don’t wait too much longer! At the time of this recording there are literally less than 20 tickets left, so get them before they’re gone! We’ve got great stuff in the goody bags like yarn from Willow & Lark, and amazing doorprizes from Loop, Knit With Attitude, Tribe, Blue Sky Fibers, Kelbourne Woolens, Debonnaire, and more!

The GLYC takes place on Saturday, September 1st and tickets are only £20. Plus we’ll be collecting handknits for Knit for Peace and holding our popular raffle for Refuge too. More details on our website!

  It was a great knit night at The Breakfast Club celebrating former member Kate's return from Canada, if only for one evening!

It was a great knit night at The Breakfast Club celebrating former member Kate's return from Canada, if only for one evening!

What we’re working on

Allison has mostly finished her Lily baby sweater, and is working on Praline. She's also finishing up a new hat design, turning to some sewing, trying her hand at needlepoint and basically freaking out about what projects she’s taking on her summer holidays.

Rachel was seaming her Lily baby sweater at knit night, and is working on the knitted on edging for her new shawl design. She’s also been spinning like a maniac to try and make a dent in the truly ridiculous fibre stash!

We talk about the Electric Eel Wheel Mini as a good option for an affordably priced electric wheel. It looks like they'll have more available at the end of July, and you can sign up to get notified when they are back in stock, so go check them out!

  Milli of Tribe Yarns shows off the view of Richmond and the Thames not far from the new shop. Opens August 15th!

Milli of Tribe Yarns shows off the view of Richmond and the Thames not far from the new shop. Opens August 15th!

Milli’s Yarn Adventure and Tribe Yarns

This past weekend we headed out to Richmond to meet Milli Abrams and check out the home of new Tribe Yarns, opening next month! We had a lovely, somewhat off colour chat with Milli (cider was involved) all about her plans for the shop, some of the yarns that will be available and the type of community she's hoping to create. 

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For all the details about Tribe’s opening, follow them on social media and sign up to receive their newsletter (coming soon).

Tribe Yarns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Ravelry, soon-to-be on their website,


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 Instagram, Facebook, 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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 79: GLYC 2018 and Yarn Crawl Season

We can hardly believe that it's almost time for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl tickets to go on sale! On this episode:

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 Update
We have fewer routes, only 10 this year, to make things a little easier organizing the GLYC alongside Yarnporium. Sadly, I Knit and Fringe won't be taking part this year but a new shop is opening that will be! Willow & Lark is also on board as our yarn sponsor and we've already had some pretty lush door prizes pour in from Blue Sky Fibers.

Routes will be announced on or around June 15th and tickets will go on sale on July 1st as in past years. The Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 1st!

  One of Allison's completed Linden sweatshirts

One of Allison's completed Linden sweatshirts

What We're Working On 
Allison has been a sewing and making fiend and has whipped up two Linden sweatshirts while also crocheting a French Market bag in linen. She's also started knitting Praline by Dani Sunshine and also whipped up a Lilly baby sweater on her knitting machine for a friend's new arrival.

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  A glorious finish for Rachel: the Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper

A glorious finish for Rachel: the Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper

Rachel hasn't finished her Lilly baby sweater yet as focus has been on wrapping up her Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann which is now off the needles, blocked and too hot to wear in this weather (of course!). Rach is also working on a new shawl design and searching for a travel project for a work trip to Amsterdam. 

Yarn Crawl Season
It's summer! Which means less enthusiasm about wool and knitting as it becomes too hot, but our local yarn shops still need our support! Thankfully there are things like Yarn Shop Day, World Wide Knit in Public Day, as well as Yarn Crawls all over the world to help keep us heading to our Local Yarn Stores to be part of the action. We chat about different things we can do to keep showing our support for our LYSs.

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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 78: The Making of a Magazine

Wow! Do we have a special episode for you today!

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Announcements:
It’s the big Yarnporium announcement you’ve been waiting for! Workshops! We are SO excited about the roster of teachers that we’ve got lined up for you at this year’s Yarnporium. And quite an international roster too! We’ve got teachers from the UK (of course!), Scotland, Ireland, France, Finland, Canada and the USA too. Here’s a run down of who’s coming:

England: Renée Callahan, Jane Lithgow, Nathan Taylor

Scotland: Karie Westermann 

Ireland: Carol Feller 

France: Julie Dubreux (aka Julie Knits in Paris)

Finland: Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen from Laine Magazine

Canada: Kate Atherley

USA: Courtney Kelley and Kate Osborne from Kelbourne Woolens

Tickets for the workshops will go on sale on June 1st. You can find all the class details as well as bios about all of our teachers on our website.

What we’re working on:

Allison is now on sleeve island for her Mon Manet by Jonna Hietala (and actually finished it since we recorded the episode), in La Bien Aimee Merino Aran in Grellow and as always happens at about this point in any one of her projects is now thinking about what she wants to knit next.

Rachel has finished all the pieces for the Lilly baby sweater by Justine Turner (machine knit) and now just has to put the thing together and knit the edging! She finished a long standing UFO – the Teign Wrap by Linda Lencovic in 4 indigo dyed colours of Baskerville. And she’s still going on the sleeves for Marginalia (slowly but surely).

The Making of a Magazine:

If you’re a knitter and you don’t know Laine Magazine (or Laine as we used to call it) then we think you’re really missing out. Since launching just over a year ago they’ve experienced an explosion of growth, going from naught to 50,000 copies in that short period of time.

We sat down at EYF to chat with editors Jonna and Sini about how the magazine came to be. 


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 Instagram, Facebook, 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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 77: Rise of the Machine

Announcements:

We will be releasing the teachers and workshops for Yarnporium starting 15 May, so keep you eyes on the blog and Yarnporium page for more details and ticket info.

The Great London Yarn Crawl is happening again this year! Save the date for 1 July when tickets go on sale – routes will go up a couple of weeks earlier.

What we’re working on:

  Allison's Impressionists MKAL finish in Madelinetosh from deep stash.

Allison's Impressionists MKAL finish in Madelinetosh from deep stash.

Allison finished her Impressionist MKAL from Helen Stewart, knit from Madeleinetosh from the deep layers of stash. When the picot bind off became too much, she cast on for the Mon Manet by Jonna Hietala, in La Bien Aimee Merino Aran in Grellow.

  Progress on Mon Manet! Just the waistband and sleeves to go!

Progress on Mon Manet! Just the waistband and sleeves to go!

Rachel finished the first sleeve of Marginalia in the post-heat wave rainy miserable weather that cropped up in the last couple of weeks. To celebrate the gorgeous May bank holiday weather, she’s woven up two handspun scarves over the weekend, but all that is now chopped liver as her new knitting machine has arrived and is operational, thanks to a detailed info dump from Alli!

Rise of the Machine:

We’ve always been handknitters, but the ever expanding sizes of our stashes and reduced knitting time has led us to consider other options for trying to manage the yarn load! Alli was first down the machine knitting rabbit hole, and has dragged Rachel along with her. We talk about getting into machine knitting, how different it is, and the instant gratification factor!

  Rachel's ten-minute swatch - life will never be the same!

Rachel's ten-minute swatch - life will never be the same!


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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise