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

Episode 86: Germantown

  Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Continuing our year’s theme of Yarn Adventures we’re delighted to have a chat with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens. They share a bit of their 10 year yarn adventure with us – which has culminated in the release of their brand new yarn Germantown, and a special appearance at our upcoming Yarnporium!

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com

Yarnporium Update

Hopefully you’re not completely sick of hearing about the show yet and have got your tickets and are gearing up for the show! We can’t wait to see you!

Tickets

A limited number of advanced tickets are on sale on our website. We encourage you to have a look at those! Day tickets are available for £10 in advance or £12 on the day.

If you are attending a workshop you automatically have access to the marketplace!

Workshops

Workshops are starting to sell out so if there’s one you’ve been thinking about taking – please register soon before spaces are all gone! Workshops will only be on sale until 11.:59pm on Sunday, October 28th. Workshop registration will not be possible in person at the Yarnporium.

Friday – Yarn Lovers Lounge sponsored by The Yarn Collective

Saturday – Makers Walking the Talk Series

What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Béton Brut shawl for the Yarnporium Countdown KAL, along with the 21-Color Slouch hat that she busted out in a single sitting! She’s also made progress on her Raindrops tee by Tin Can Knits.

Allison’s knitting attention has been scattered between the Tullameen Shawl MKAL and the Béton Brut KAL while also working on a new hat design. She’s also plotting a sweater to make on her new-to-her chunky knitting machine. Maybe you’ll see her wearing it at the Yarnporium?

Germantown

  Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

This week we had a lovely catch up with Kate and Courtney from Kelbourne Woolens who are joining us for the Yarnporium. They have had a very busy yarn adventure over the last 10 years as they’ve built their business. Their 10 year anniversary has brought with it both change and new opportunities and they chat with us about their new directions, and their latest yarn, Germantown.

  The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein

The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein


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 85: Countdown

On this episode of the podcast we’re counting down to the Yarnporium - only five weeks to go now. Eep! We’ve cast on for the Yarnporium Countdown KAL - are you joining us?

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com

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Yarnporium Countdown KAL

The Yarnporium Countdown KAL officially kicked off a week ago. Thanks to those of you who joined us on Instagram Live for the cast on and huge apologies for the loss of sound at the end. We’re still getting used to the whole IG Live thing!

If you want to join in, head over to our Ravelry group for more details and show us your yarn and your progress. Don’t forget to tag your projects on Ravelry and Instagram with the tag #YarnporiumKAL2018 to be eligible for some fab prizes too.

Want to use Walcot Yarns for your shawl? Head on over to their website before September 30th to get 10% off your yarn purchase! Use the code YarnporiumKAL2018 to get the discount added at checkout.

What we’re working on

Rachel is working on Béton Brut for the Yarnporium KAL and has finished a new crochet pattern that is AMAZING for handspun! She plans to release the new pattern in a few weeks time. Rach is also finding all kinds of lost WIPs and has plans to make the 21-color slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers.

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Allison has two KALs on the go with the Béton Brut shawl as well as the Tullameen Mystery KAL for SweetGeorgia Yarns - using some of their new colours for fall/winter. She’s finally cracked her super secret project too.

Countdown to Yarnporium

At the time of recording the podcast there were only 6 weeks to go until the Yarnporium - which means there’s now even less time!

Things you can look forward to at the show:

  • Indie Designer Day and the Yarn Lovers Lounge - sponsored by The Yarn Collective and featuring book signings, meet and greets with designers and trunk shows + mini cafe - all happening on Friday, November 2

  • Makers Walking the Talk Series with The New Yarn Barons, Your Pattern in Print and The Story of Laine - happening on Saturday, November 3

  • VIP ticket holders and Saturday workshop participants will also get early access to the marketplace from 9am before doors open to the general public at 10am on Saturday

  • A fantastic line up of workshops on both days with teachers that include Kelbourne Woolens, Nathan Taylor, Jane Lithgow, Karie Westermann, Kate Atherley, Carol Feller, Renée Callahan, Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen and Julie Knits in Paris!

Workshops are starting to sell out and we have a limited number of early-bird tickets so make sure to get your tickets soon!


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