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!

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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...

Last minute tips for #GLYC2015

Hello Happy Yarn Crawlers!

Tomorrow is the big day and so we thought we'd revisit our past posts on tips for the day.

Obviously the tips below are only recommendations but we hope that you'll follow them as you'll have a much more enjoyable day if you do!

Tips & Recos For A Happy Yarn Crawl

  • Wear comfy shoes! This is a no brainer as there's some walking between tube and bus stops and the shops.
  • Stay hydrated. Pack a small bottle of water that you can sip on throughout the day.
  • Munchies. It's a good idea to have a small snack or two on you in case you get a bit peckish throughout the day. Some shops will have refreshments on offer but not all. There may also not be many cafe options or opportunities to stop beyond the lunch stop. It's also a good idea if you have any dietary restrictions that may make it difficult to find something on your route. Likewise, if you're bringing a packed lunch, don't forget that either!
  • Travel card - check. Don't forget to pack your train ticket/travelcard/Oyster card that you will need on the day. We are traveling through zones 1-4 if you need to buy a travelcard. Buses no longer accept cash but you can use a contactless payment card (like your debit or credit card).
  • Asthmatic, allergic, diabetic, or other health concerns? Please make sure you have your inhaler, epi pen, a sugary snack, or whatever specialty item you may need on the day. No need to share your details with your group, but we'd encourage you to let your Yarn Guides know about any special conditions, just so they're aware if anything happens. 
  • Stay connected. Make sure to pack your mobile or smartphone - we highly recommend downloading the free Citymapper app, available for iPhone and Android to help keep you on route. Please let your Yarn Guides have your contact details, if you haven't already, and please mind your Yarn Guides so that they can keep you on schedule on the day!
  • Shopping list(s). Of course everyone has different budgets and there's no obligation to buy anything on the day, but if you're looking for something for a particular project - be it yarn, buttons, trims or fabrics - it's helpful to have a list of the items or the pattern with you. And if you need to plan your route around the Marketplace for your exclusive access, here's a map so you know who is where. Alternatively, you can download a pdf copy here to print out and bring along.
  • Bag it. Bring a foldable shopping bag (or two!) if you're planning on making a few new stash acquisitions.
  • Wallet, piggy bank, secret roll of bills... Again, there's no pressure to buy anything on the day but however you've been saving for the Yarn Crawl, don't forget to bring your pennies! 
  • Keep your hands clean. If you've got a bottle of hand sanitizer you might want to pop it in your bag. You know, after being on public transport all day.
  • Wear something handmade! Another no brainer - we're all crafters after all and "what pattern is that" is a lovely opening when meeting new knitters. And once you have your goody bags, make sure you wear your Great London Yarn Crawl 2014 badge prominently to get any offers in the shops.
  • Keep your hands busy. Don't forget your in-transit project for the day! Something small, portable, and uncomplicated is probably best (socks, scarves, hats, etc) although we've see people spindle spinning on the tube, so really, it's up to you!
  • Charity knitting for Refuge. Did you knit something for us to pass on to Refuge? Please remember to bring it with you and pass it off to us at the Kick Off Party to exchange those knits for your raffle tickets for the grand prize!
  • Share the #GLYC2015 love. Let knitters at home yarn crawl vicariously through you! Please add us in your Tweets or Instagram snaps as @yarninthecity and use the hashtag #GLYC2015. Please be sure to get permission from any people who are in your photos, and thank you!

Phew! We hope everyone has a wonderful day this Saturday, and we will see you bright and early at Chelsea Old Town Hall for the Kick Off Party, sponsored by Loop. Happy Yarn Crawling!