Episode 5: New Year, New Goals Extravaganza

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015!



Sadly, the lovely Mrs. Moon in St. Margarets has closed their brick and mortar doors, but are still around online, and with many exciting plans for the future. While we are disappointed that they will not be able to be a stop on next September's Great London Yarn Crawl, you'll still have a chance to see them. How is that possible you ask? Well, because the next GLYC will happen alongside the


Mark your calendars now for 5 September 2015, and come join us at Chelsea Old Town Hall for a carefully curated selection of independent makers from around the UK. We can not begin to express how excited we are for this new addition to the Yarn Crawl, and we hope you will be able to join us. More details can be found at...


18 January - Waltham Abbey Wool Show, in Waltham Abbey (ETA: Our apologies for getting this episode up late which means you're finding out about this show at very short notice).

20-22 February - Unravel, at Farnham Maltings in Farnham

22 Feb-8 March - Sock Master Class at Loop, Islington

14-15 March - Edinburgh Yarn Festival

15 March - Julie Arkell workshop at Loop, Islington (ETA: March workshop is now full, but there's another one on 28 June 2015).

28 March - Sew a Feather Quilt workshop at The Village Haberdashery, West Hampsted

25-26 April - Wonderwool Wales, in Builth Wells


Allison finished off the Careen Capelet by Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits, but sadly not in time for Christmas Dinner! She is still working on the Skulls sweater for her brother, and has started the Munchkin Blanket by Amy Swenson for a friend's impending sproglet. Best of all, said blanket is being knit in stash yarn!

Rachel has finished a new shawl design in cozy garter stitch handspun, and is working up a second version in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna (75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk, 150% scrumptious!). If anyone is interested in test knitting, there's a thread in her Ravelry group here. She has also started a vest for her MIL from Ecuadoran wool of unknown provenance, and has almost finished spinning the Orange Merino-Silk that will not end (otherwise known as Allison's 2013 Christmas present).

Goals and plans for the new year


We both have what might be considered an ample amount of yarn on hand, so we're going to do our best to knit from stash. 

Allison is going to knit from stash as much as possible. To help in this venture, she's participating in the Pre-Process Knitters Stashdown 2015, and the LSG Cold Sheep 2015.

Rachel is also Pre-Process Stashing Down/Cold Sheeping, but she has a number of goals (not resolutions!) for 2015, most of which seem to involve sweaters in one form or another:

  1. Organize the stash.
  2. Knit from said stash.
  3. Use up some of the three already-spun handspun sweaterlots in said stash.
  4. Spindle spin another sweaterlot (because she is certifiable). 
  5. Publish some of the sweater designs that have been marinating in her skull for too long.

Music Credits (all available on NoiseTrade)

Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
I Will Rise - Bearhart