Episode 30: Knitlandia

We're excited to finally be able to share this episode with you as we've had it in the can for a while. We've got an interview with Clara Parkes of the Knitter's Review about her latest book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. It makes for a slightly longer than usual episode this time around but we hope you'll stick with us to the end.

Image from  @abramsbooks  on Instagram

Image from @abramsbooks on Instagram

News, Shout-outs, Announcements and Contest Winner!

Big congrats to Kate Price who is the winner of a pair of tickets to Unravel. Kate - please send us an email and we'll connect you with the good folks at Unravel for your tickets to the show.

Shout-outs to Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade for sharing her #3thingsforyarnlove, Jenny from Owl About Yarn and CaroTrike from Ravelry.

Coming up next in the London and UK knitting scene:
10th February – It’s the next Late Night Knitty Lock-in of 2016 over at Wild & Woolly. Check out the details on their website. 

13th - 14th February – Cécile Balladino is teaching her Eclectic Gipsyland crochet class at Loop. These are the same class but offered on two different days. The class will teach Cécile’s techniques for lace motifs, joining as you go, surface crochet and more. This is not a beginner’s class and you will be expected to already know how to crochet. 

NEW Listing - 14th February - There's a Mass Knit-In for Knit Aid called All You Knit Is Love happening at The Book Club in London.

19th - 21st February – Unravel is happening at Farnham Maltings. Our Yarn in the City stand will not only have the London Craft Guide but yarn from some of our favourite folks as well including Kettle Yarn Co., Eden Cottage Yarns, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Orkney Angoras and Third Vault Yarns (including a custom colourway exclusive to Yarn in the City!).

A reminder if you didn't see the update on our blog that you can pre-order the London Craft Guide for £15 only until the 18th of February (let us know in the special notes on your order if you'd like to pick it up at Unravel). Once the book launches at Unravel on the 19th of February the price for the print book will be £16.50.

20th February – For those of you up north, Karie Westermann is teaching her Two-Handed Colourwork for Fair Isle and Nordic Style Colourwork class at Be Inspired Fibres in Edinburgh.  

NEW Listing - 20th - 21st February - Our good friend Kate Atherley will be back on this side of the pond and teaching at A Yarn Story. Kate is teaching her Pattern Writing Skills, Designing Your Own Custom-fit Socks, and Math for Knitters 2: Altering Patterns classes. Find all the details on the AYS website.

26th - 28th February – Joeli’s Kitchen Retreat in Manchester. Featuring classes with Kate Atherley, Karie Westermann, Joeli and other great teachers, as well as a mini marketplace on the Sunday that will include Countess Ablaze.

On and Off the Needles

We will have a VERY limited number of skeins in this Yarn in the City custom colourway from Third Vault Yarns.

We will have a VERY limited number of skeins in this Yarn in the City custom colourway from Third Vault Yarns.

Rachel finished a sample sweater in advance of her Knit a Sexy Sweater class at A Yarn Story in Bath. She's also been working on knitting up a sample of the Because Sock Yarn project from the London Craft Guide in our new custom colourway from Third Vault Yarns.

Allison finished both her Grown Up Booties and She's a Waterfall projects since the last episode and is back on her Gradient Pullover and now on the third and final band of colour. She's also been crocheting squares for a new sample of the crochet project from the London Craft Guide.


Clara Parkes' new book Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World comes out on February 16th and we were incredibly lucky to have a chat with Clara when she was visiting London back in December. Our topics veer from Knitter's Review to her books (Knitters Book of Yarn, Knitters book of Wool and Knitters Book of Socks) to her Great White Bale project and first foray into Clara Yarn. Following our interview we talk about some of our favourite essays from the book.

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Our Knit Night is every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at The Goat on the Rise in Clapham Junction. We'd love to have you join us!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
A Rainy Week in Paradise - Elessar Thiessen
Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs

Special Podcast Episode: Christmas with Clara Parkes

Merry Christmas yarn-lovers!

Clara Parkes during our interview at her hotel in London, 14th December 2015

Clara Parkes during our interview at her hotel in London, 14th December 2015

This short and sweet special podcast episode has us chatting with Clara Parkes during her recent visit to London. London is truly magical this time of year, and we hope you're enjoying the festive season with your loved ones wherever you are.

Music Credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Ain't No Snow Like Christmas Snow - Jeff Michaels
Carol of the Bells - Future of Forestry
Joy to the World / Sing Hallelujah - Sky Terminal