Rachel and Allison at The Great London Yarn Crawl 2014  Photo credit: Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Rachel and Allison at The Great London Yarn Crawl 2014
Photo credit: Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Yarn in the City

Rachel and Allison are North American expats who found each other in London as part of the larger UK knitting community.

Founded in early 2013, Yarn in the City celebrates the yarn-loving community of knitters and fibre enthusiasts in London and the broader UK by planning fun, knitting-centred events that bring people together in their shared love of yarn-y crafts.

Yarn in the City is also the organisation behind The Great London Yarn Crawl, an annual one-day tour of London's finest yarn and haberdashery shops for charity. In only it's second year, GLYC2014 was a sellout with 90 participants, 17 volunteers, 150 items knit and over £800 raised for UK charity Refuge.

 

Rachel Brown

Rachel is the knitwear designer and tech-editor-for-hire extraordinaire behind Porpoise Knits. She has been published in Knit Now and Knitty as well as self-publishing her designs on Ravelry. Rachel is also the colour-mad scientist behind Porpoise Fur - gorgeous, hand-dyed fibres for your spinning pleasure. Porpoise Fur fibres have been featured in KnittySpin and in Phat Fiber! sampler boxes.

Allison Thistlewood

Allison is the UK sales rep for SweetGeorgia Yarns and Kelbourne Woolens. She also does freelance marketing and communications work, specialising in digital and social media for a number of Canadian and UK-based companies within the yarn and fibre communities. You can find Allison blogging about her knitting adventures at Champagne & Qiviut.