Episode 26: Counting Down to Christmas

We've had our last event of the year, the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl, which has inspired us to think about knitting gifts and gifts for knitters.

News and Events

Getting a knit on while waiting to visit the archive at the Bath Fashion Museum and discovering The Makery

Getting a knit on while waiting to visit the archive at the Bath Fashion Museum and discovering The Makery

The Bath Christmas Craft Crawl Recap!

5th December - Knit for Peace Knit-in at the Barbican

11th December - PPQ Christmas party

London Craft Guide Update

Now with the designers, and looking at an end-of-2015 or very-early-2016 release date. Thank you all for your patience and our apologies about the continued delay!

Important note: if you preordered the book at the Yarn in the City Pop Up Marketplace, please email us!!!

What we’re working on

Rachel has almost finished two sets of fingerless mittens in Mind the Gap sport weight, and has decided (for the moment) that the other presents aren't due until just after Christmas, and can therefore wait. She is madly and obsessively working on Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman in SweetGeorgia Superwash Merino in Wasabi.

Allison has whipped up a basic but quick cowl out of her latest handspun

Allison has whipped up a basic but quick cowl out of her latest handspun

Allison is making great progress on Grettir by Jared Flood, and is almost at yoke. She's finished a quick, made up cowl with Porpoise Fur handspun from the Lab Goddess Fibre Club, and has a pair of socks for her dad to work on; pattern is from Kate Atherley's new book, "Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet", which we reviewed in Episode 23.

2015 Gift Guide – Tiny Treats

Yarn bowls - Emily Cross Ceramics, Little Wren Pottery, Hadley Clay, Earth Wool & Fire, and Kingfishersblue.

Sheep Shawl sticks by JUL Designs.

Sirka counter - photo courtesy of YAK

Sirka counter - photo courtesy of YAK

Sirka counter, available at YAK or Meadow Yarn.

Moth cards by Max Alexander, available at Prick Your Finger or Max’s World.

Silver crochet hooks by Lyn Roberts at A Yarn Story

The Knitters Keep from CocoKnits - photo courtesy of CocoKnits

The Knitters Keep from CocoKnits - photo courtesy of CocoKnits

Christmas jumper earrings - photo courtesy of Hello Sunshine

Christmas jumper earrings - photo courtesy of Hello Sunshine

Knitters jewellery - Hello Sunshine, Max's World, Silverdashery

John Arbon's fabulous wool and alpaca socks

Grounded by Heather Ordover


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Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Santa Claus is Strumming to Town - The Winter Failure
This Christmas - Paste Holiday Sampler 2014
Christmas is All Around (Love Actually) - Sleeping at Last

Road trip recap: the Bath Christmas Market and other crafty goodness

This post is a bit overdue but better late than never and we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you about all the fun we had with the success of our first non-Great London Yarn Crawl event with Yarn in the City.

Rachel and I check our list twice before setting off with the group. Photo credit: Catherine Hopkins

Rachel and I check our list twice before setting off with the group. Photo credit: Catherine Hopkins

We got an early-ish start thanks to everyone being wonderfully punctual in meeting up at our departure location in Hammersmith. There were a few familiar faces from GLYC 2014 to hug and say hello to, and new friends to welcome aboard our latest Yarn in the City adventure.

Shortly after 9am we were on the road, comfortable and cozy in our executive coach and settling into our travel projects. We also handed out Yarn in the City treats which included mini skeins and a Christmas bauble pattern from our sponsors Kettle Yarn Co. and East London Knit. There was also a map of the Bath Christmas Market and all the stalls to help our guests plan their must-see sights.

The smooshy, delicious yarns at A Yarn Story.

The smooshy, delicious yarns at A Yarn Story.

Our first stop was just outside Bath at The Shed and home to A Yarn Story. Carmen was there to welcome us with open arms - and a new delivery of The Uncommon Thread's Heavenly DK! While the throng was in the shop, I wandered around some of the other shops in the shed, happily finding some wonderful handmade buttons from the textile artist Carole Waller downstairs at One Two Five Gallery and a few other stocking stuffer type gifts. 

Helen and Kelly get some spinning and knitting done while enjoying a break in the sunshine at The Shed.

Helen and Kelly get some spinning and knitting done while enjoying a break in the sunshine at The Shed.

With a little help from my friends: winding up my new SweetGeorgia Superwash Six on the way into Bath.

With a little help from my friends: winding up my new SweetGeorgia Superwash Six on the way into Bath.

I may have also fallen down at A Yarn Story for some deliciously soft and amazing Superwash Six from SweetGeorgia Yarns. I hadn't been able to try it out yet and was excited to get the chance! Not that I got much of chance mind you, as soon we were on the bus headed into Bath for the Christmas Market around the abbey, along with planned stops at Country Threads and Wool.

A rare shot of the Christmas market at twilight in the shadow of the abbey. It was so pretty seeing all the stalls lit up.

A rare shot of the Christmas market at twilight in the shadow of the abbey. It was so pretty seeing all the stalls lit up.

Bath was lovely but positively heaving with people. I hope I can be forgiven for having forgotten to take many photos in favour of just enjoying the day. Many of our guests were familiar with Bath and paired up to take in the market, visit with friends or do other shopping when the market got to be a little too much. In our own off-market wanderings Rachel and I discovered the lovely Bijoux Beads and The Makery - both wonderful enough for their own post another time!

All too soon we were rendez-vous-ing at Wool for our own private event to ogle the wonderful yarns with festive treats and mulled wine from Laura and her staff, before heading back to the bus heavily laden with the day's purchases!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on the day - we had such a wonderful time with you all and we can't wait for our next events coming up in the spring. Watch this space!

And if you'd like to read another recap of our lovely day out, one of our guests and good friend Catherine Hopkins has an excellent post (and more photos) over on her blog. Cheers!