Episode 91: Welcome Back!

We’re back!

We’re back!

It’s been a loooong time since we’ve recorded, and there’s lots and lots to talk about. In this episode, we’ll update you on plans for this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl, the changes in our circumstances, and what’s ahead for Yarn in the City. 

News & Announcements 

Over the almost six months since we last spoke to you there have been a lot of changes behind the scenes here at YITC HQ, which mean our focus as an organization is going to be changing pretty dramatically.  We talk about Rachel’s move back to the States and Allison’s work changes, and what that means for YITC as an organisation.

Great London Yarn Crawl 2019

There will still be a Great London Yarn Crawl this year, but the structure and format are going to be dramatically different from previous editions. 

Who: All of you!

What: The 2019 edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl

Where: All over Greater London

When: 1-8th September 2019

How: Buy your GLYC Passport on 1 July, make plans with your friends or former teammates, and hit the streets the first week of September for some amazing yarn-y goodness! Then send us your passport to be entered to win door prizes. Passports will cost £10, and will be mailed to the person making the purchase, so if you’re buying for friends you’ll need to pass them out once received!

As usual, all net proceeds will go to our charity partner Refuge, which provides support for victims of domestic abuse. With the change in structure, we’re not able to collect donations for Knit for Peace this year, but we encourage you to send in your contributions – details on how to do so are on their website, and there are details about the particular items they’re looking for at any given time so do check out the listing. 

What we’re working on  

Allison finished the Pipit dress for a special baby’s first birthday

Allison finished the Pipit dress for a special baby’s first birthday

Allison has just finished the Pipit Dress by Aisnworth & Prin (from The Knitting Shed), and her Weekender by Andrea Mowry.  She’s working on a second Impressionists Shawl from Curious Handmade, since the first one she made ended up in Rachel’s wardrobe instead…

Rachel has been designing up a storm: new project in the works on the left, and newly published Snow Days shawl on the right

Rachel has been designing up a storm: new project in the works on the left, and newly published Snow Days shawl on the right

Rachel has been updating and redoing samples for older patterns, and designing new things based on her travels. She’ll have some test knits running for a couple of half-pi shawls in the next few weeks, so check out her testing pool on Yarnpond if you’d like to join - handspun testers are especially welcome! (Please note: you’ll need to be a member of Yarnpond to join the testing pool.)

What comes next for Yarn in the City? 

We talk about some of the challenges behind YITC events and why we’re making some big changes since we are no longer in the same locale. There are exciting things ahead!

Previous YITC designs:

Waterloo Mitts  

Watching the Tide (on Ravelry soon)


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)
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 90: The Christmas Episode

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It’s our final episode of the year and thanks to the joys of modern technology (Allison is in London and Rachel is in sunny Australia) we’ve been able to connect and catch up.

News & Announcements

We’ve joined Rosy Green Wool and designer Melanie Berg, and their campaign Knitters Against Malaria. The campaign runs from December 24th, 2018 through to January 31st, 2019. If you’ve not made any holiday charitable donations yet or if you still have room to give, it only takes a few dollars to purchase bed nets for distribution in Africa to help prevent this devastating disease.

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We are also tickled to have made the shortlist of nominees for Knit Now magazine’s Knitter of the Year 2018 Awards! We’re nominated in the Local Superstars category for our work creating yarn-y events and celebrating local and UK makers. Voting is now up to the public through the 31st of December so if you’re able to cast your vote for us, we’d really appreciate it! Check out all of the amazing nominees and cast your vote here.

What we’ve been working on

Thanks to the influence of Sockmatician’s Instagram and a sneaky trip to Morris & Sons in Sydney, Rachel has been working on the Knot Dead Yet cowl by Dan Lee. She’s also been spinning on her Turtlemade Turkish spindle from Alli, and enjoying the portability!

Allison’s progress on the Land of Sweets cowl and debate about which colour to do next

Allison’s progress on the Land of Sweets cowl and debate about which colour to do next

Allison is almost finished her Land of Sweets cowl by Helen Stewart while also working on the 1898 hat for Harrison for Christmas. She’s also knitting fingerless mitts and has her Make Nine lined up for 2019.

The Christmas Episode

We chatter on about what we’re doing for Christmas and how we’ve treated ourselves by supporting the Dreaming Robots Kickstarter for the new Electric Eel Wheel Nano.


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. Programming note: our stitch night is on hiatus over the holidays and will resume the week of January 7th, 2019.

The podcast is now on hiatus for a wee break while Rach continues her travels. Don’t worry - we’ll be back in 2019 with new plans and new surprises!

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Sleeping at Last
Carol of the Bells - Future of Forestry
I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Sleeping at Last

Episode 89: Gap Year

As 2018 and our year of Yarn Adventures is drawing to a close, we take the time to catch up and chat about what is coming next for Yarn in the City!

What we’re working on

Since recording the episode of the podcast Allison has finished knitting the Clara dress

Since recording the episode of the podcast Allison has finished knitting the Clara dress

Allison has abandoned pretty much everything she was working on pre-Yarnporium (including doing the sleeves for Weekender) and has been knitting the Clara dess from Isager (designer is Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen).

Rachel’s second attempt at Carbeth was more successful

Rachel’s second attempt at Carbeth was more successful

Rachel finished her Carbeth (again!) after realising she should have knit it the next size up. Happily the sleeves didn’t need to be reknit! The leftover yarn is going to become a hat for Lindsey. Rach is also occasionally spindling some fibre here and there.

Gap Year

Rachel and her family are embarking on the ultimate adventure!

Rachel and her family are embarking on the ultimate adventure!

As with last year the podcast will be taking a brief hiatus until about March. Not least because of all of the prep involved with Yarnporium but mostly because of the exciting adventure that Rachel and her family have embarked on for the year, travelling to far-flung places! We catch up on Rachel’s first leg of the journey and chat about what this means for Yarn in the City.

Rachel’s first leg of her journey was Japan…

Rachel’s first leg of her journey was Japan…

…before heading off to Nepal

…before heading off to Nepal

Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere, just taking a wee break! If you want, you can keep up with us personally by following us on Instagram as @porpoise_fur (Rachel), @champagneandqiviut (Allison) or Rachel’s family’s gap year @tworoadsdivergerged.me. IG links to all of our personal blogs too!

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 87: Launching Local Yarn Love

We’re counting down with just under two weeks to go to the Yarnporium and it’s finally time to tell you all about our super secret project that we’ve been working on!

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Yarnporium Update

Marketplace tickets are still available and are available for £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Get your tickets here.

Workshop tickets are still available here, but will only be on sale until 11.:59pm on Sunday, October 28th. Workshop registration will not be possible in person at the Yarnporium. 

If you are attending a workshop you automatically have access to the marketplace for the day of your workshop, but will need a marketplace ticket if you want to attend the marketplace on the day you aren’t taking a class.

Other events:

Friday – Yarn Lovers Lounge sponsored by The Yarn Collective 

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Book signing with Nathan Taylor - see his Guys Knit the Musical video here!  

Also meet and greets with designers, yarn tasting and a big yarn giveaway, a pop-up café and seating, and a lunchtime meet up for Beton Brut Yarnporium Countdown KAL 

Saturday – Makers Walking the Talk Series 

Details and tickets here.

What we’re working on 

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Allison – Beton Brut coming along – hooray Yarnporium Countdown KAL Ravelry thread!  

Rachel – Lettlopi hats and a bit of spinning. Obsessed with Carbeth by Kate Davies.

Mini-Yarn Guide: London 

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The London Craft Guide came out almost 3 years ago, and in that time there’s been a lot of changes in the London yarn scene. So we’ve put together an adorable pocket size book full of yarn shop profiles, indy dyer profiles and new patterns inspired by London! 

Clockwise from top left: Underground Mittens by Eli Leistad of Skeindeer Knits, Glasshouse Shawl by Rachel Brown, London Life Hat and Cowl by Allison Thistlewood, and London Lines Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Clockwise from top left: Underground Mittens by Eli Leistad of Skeindeer Knits, Glasshouse Shawl by Rachel Brown, London Life Hat and Cowl by Allison Thistlewood, and London Lines Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Patterns: 

  • Underground Mittens by Eli Leistad of Skeindeer Knits, using Easyknits Squidge 

  • London Life hat and Cowl by Allison Thistlewood, using Mrs Moon Plump 

  • London Lines Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Qing Fibre Merino Single 

  • Glasshouse Shawl by Rachel Brown, using Travelknitter BFL DK 


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