Episode 81: The Power of Community

*** Audio Alert: we're both away on holidays so this podcast was recorded remotely. Sadly, due to technology it's not our usual high-quality audio and there is some background noise occasionally. We'll try to find a better solution for the next episode! ***

On today’s episode we talk about knitters using their powers for good, both individually and with their communities to back them up. There have been some amazing happenings in the wider woolly world recently and we couldn’t be more impressed with a couple of examples, the East London Knitters #sayballstotrump banner and The Tits Out Collective, headed by Countess Ablaze.

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update

Can you call an event sold out when there are only 5 tickets left?? We’d like to think so. With only a handful of tickets left on the Bloomsbury and City of London routes, the GLYC takes place on Saturday, September 1st and tickets are only £20. Plus we’ll be collecting handknits for Knit for Peace and holding our popular raffle for Refuge too. More details on our website!

What we’re working on

Allison finished the Lily baby sweater and it has been sent to the lucky recipient! She’s also finished crocheting the French Market Bag, which her mom promptly claimed. Knitting continues on Praline while she tries not to get too distracted with all the different yarns she’s seeing on holiday in Canada. She may have also inadvertently joined the Tour de Fleece (hooray!) with the happy purchase of an Electric Eel Wheel Mini at her LYS in Calgary.

Rachel has been spinning for Tour de Fleece, and so far has managed to spin every day except for Stage 13, when she was busy finishing her Lily baby sweater. She was so thrilled about the baby sweater instant gratification, that she cast on Arrival by Dani Sunshine. She’s also finished her prototype shawl design for an upcoming project, and has wound up yarn to cast on Study Hall by Sarah Schira from Knitty First Fall when she goes on holiday later this week.

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Electric Eel Wheel - https://www.dreamingrobots.com/

Subersive Cross Stitch - https://subversivecrossstitch.com/blog/ 

The Power of Community

We talk about some recent events in our community - the East London Knitters Say Balls to Trump and an amazing blog post from Knit with Attitude, and the Tits Out Collective.

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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 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

 

Yarnporium vendor highlights: A Yarn Story and Inspiration Knits

Our next vendor highlights focus on two exhibitors who have really taken on board our challenge to bring something extra special for our Yarnporium guests.

Luscious La Bien Aimée Merino Singles just waiting for you on the A Yarn Story stand at the Yarnporium.

Luscious La Bien Aimée Merino Singles just waiting for you on the A Yarn Story stand at the Yarnporium.

Bath yarn boutique A Yarn Story knows what knitters like and in her shop, knitters LOVE speckles. Owner Carmen has gone straight to the Queen of Speckles herself to source a very special yarn for her stand at the Yarnporium - La Bien Aimée yarns from Paris.

More rich colour from La Bien Aimée.

More rich colour from La Bien Aimée.

Merino Singles are the most popular base that La Bien Aimée dyes on, a plump, smooshy single dyed in fresh and fun colours with names like 'Wee Rainbow on a Vespa', 'Autumn Graffiti' and 'Pop Grunge'. 

Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will be on hand to show off her latest designs in The Fibre Co. yarns. You can meet her on the A Yarn Story stand on Saturday from 1-3pm.

Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will be on hand to show off her latest designs in The Fibre Co. yarns. You can meet her on the A Yarn Story stand on Saturday from 1-3pm.

The speckle fun doesn't stop there and A Yarn Story will also be bringing a selection of their Hedgehog Fibres yarns, along with shop favourites like The Fibre Co.'s new Arranmore yarn. And on Saturday from 1-3pm, designer Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade will join the A Yarn Story stand and show off her latest patterns in Arranmore and other The Fibre Co. yarns.

Inspiration Knits designer Louise Zass-Bangham loves to encourage knitters to play with colour. Her popular Yarn Tamer cowl gets a soft, muted approach in Eden Cottage Yarns (left) and delivers over the top impact in Countess Ablaze yarns (right).

Inspiration Knits designer Louise Zass-Bangham loves to encourage knitters to play with colour. Her popular Yarn Tamer cowl gets a soft, muted approach in Eden Cottage Yarns (left) and delivers over the top impact in Countess Ablaze yarns (right).

Designer Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits has also pulled off a yarn-y coup and bringing not one but two favourite British hand-dyed brands to sell alongside copies of her popular accessories book Knit Play Colour.

Louise's Colour Trail scarf worked up in the delicate hues of Eden Cottage Yarn's Oakwood DK.

Louise's Colour Trail scarf worked up in the delicate hues of Eden Cottage Yarn's Oakwood DK.

As a designer Louise is a real knitter's knitter. She loves to play with colour and texture, explore stitch patterns and figure out how to use those must-have skeins that follow her home from yarn shows. She also has a love for hand-dyed yarns and like many of us, is often at war with herself over whether she's in the mood to knit with a softer palette or bold, screaming colour.

 Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky makes Louise's Shadowlines Wrap pure indulgence!

 Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky makes Louise's Shadowlines Wrap pure indulgence!

Happily for guests to the Yarnporium, Inspiration Knits has covered both sides of this endless debate by bringing yarns from both the Countess Ablaze and Eden Cottage Yarns with her. Fans of Eden Cottage Yarns soft and romantic palette will be able to select from hand-dyed Titus 4-ply, Titus DK or Oakworth DK, as well as the baby alpaca deliciousness of ECY's mill-dyed Whitfell DK and Whitfell Chunky.

Bright, bold and beautiful: yarns hand-dyed by the Countess Ablaze.

Bright, bold and beautiful: yarns hand-dyed by the Countess Ablaze.

Yarnlovers who prefer a brighter, bolder palette can indulge in Countess Ablaze's Tia Merino, English Gentleman fingering and DK, Exotic Traveller and Sovereign Bases.

Trailblazer, also from Knit Play Colour, knit in Countess Ablaze Tia Merino.

Trailblazer, also from Knit Play Colour, knit in Countess Ablaze Tia Merino.

Louise's love of texture and colour come to life knit up out of the Countess Ablaze's yarns.

In addition to Knit Play Colour, Louise will also have a selection of her other accessories on the stand and be more than happy to help you with your colour choices! Soft and light? Bold and bright? Both? What will you choose?