Episode 21: That's a Wrap!

Contest Winner!

Our winner of the skein of Cornish Tin that we talked about in Episode 20: Celebration was won by Janet Barraclough. Janet, congratulations! BUT... we don't have any contact info as you didn't leave your Ravelry name for us so please get in touch ASAP. If we don't hear from you by the time we record the next podcast episode (likely towards the end of the week of the 21st September) then we'll draw another name for the prize.

What's going on:

8th September - 3rd October: Waste Nothing - Finding a Home for the Discarded, an exhibition by the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers happening at the crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.

One of the beautiful woven pieces on display at the Waste Nothing exhibition

One of the beautiful woven pieces on display at the Waste Nothing exhibition

18-20th September - The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace

26 September - Rachel is teaching Learn to Spin: Drop Spindle, and How to Knit a Sexy Sweater Part 1: Swatching at A Yarn Story in Bath - spaces still available!

26-27th September - Yarndale, Skipton Auction Mart, Yorkshire. Allison is going up for the Saturday. If you see her, say hi!

26th September - 4th October - Shetland Wool Week

5th - 11th October - UK Wool Week. Also happening in Canada (17th-29th September), France (25 - 27 September), and The Netherlands (12 - 18th October).

5 - 11th October - Spinzilla! A week-long spinning event where individuals and teams challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn!  

6th October - TwinSpin, a partnership between the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and the Campaign For Wool. The London TwinSpin will be held at Royal Festival Hall foyer from 6:00 pm. Just look for the folks with the spinning wheels and/or spindles in one of the corners on the main level.

18th October - Come hear Heather Ordover of Craftlit and "What Would Madame DeFarge Knit?" fame talk about "What Knitting Does to Your Brain: the many benefits of knitting (and crocheting) - this time backed by 95% more science!" - tickets will go on sale 1st August.

23rd-26th October - Autumn Gwlana, Beggar's Reach

What we're working on:

Allison has finished and blocked her Skulls Sweater for her brother. All that's left is steeking and zipper insertion - hooray! In celebration she's cast on the Sproutlette Dress by Tanis Lavallee, in some gorgeous Dragon Wings yarn purchased in Ontario.

Boucle madness...

Boucle madness...

Rachel is working on the last couple of designs for  The Fibre Co, in chunky Tundra (60% llama/30% merino/10% silk). She's also cast on the Jewels pullover by Amy King to try and get ride of some Rowan boucle yarn that appeared mysteriously in her stash. Still going on the Aranami Shawl by OlgaJazzy (Rav link). And getting psyched up for the first Porpoise Fur fibre club that is starting in October - check out the details here

Sadly, this is the only photo of Rachel and Allison together on the day. Thanks to Linda at Kettle Yarn Co. for capturing this one of us drawing the name of the winner of the Grand Prize Raffle!

Sadly, this is the only photo of Rachel and Allison together on the day. Thanks to Linda at Kettle Yarn Co. for capturing this one of us drawing the name of the winner of the Grand Prize Raffle!

That's a Wrap:

Well. The 3rd Annual Great London Yarn Crawl and the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace have been and gone, and were a huge success on the day. Thank you all so much for coming along an participating! In particular, we thank:

  1. Our fantastic volunteers at both events!!!!
  2. The shops, for participating and wholeheartedly getting in to the spirit of the day.
  3. Our Sponsors
  4. The Indie Designers, Kate Atherley and Brenda Dayne
  5. The Vendors at the Marketplace
  6. All the Yarn Crawlers, who helped us raise £1302 for our charity partner, Refuge and donated 141 handknits of various shapes and sizes for Knit for Peace.
  7. Our husbands and kids for putting up with us through all this madness.

We've managed to catch our breath and start looking ahead to next year's plans, and will update you soon with more details.


Thanks for joining us, and for all your support this year! You can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest, or go leave a review for us on iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and please come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance! Everyone is also more then welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) upstairs at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. 

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Hands & Hearts - Katrina Stone

 

 

Catching our breath

Wow. What a weekend! We're still catching our breath, catching up with our families and getting back into the swing of things with a new school year and the many other hats we wear too.

We promise to have an update on GLYC2015 for you very soon but in the meantime know that we have collected two ENORMOUS bags of handknits for Knit for Peace and raised over £1,000 for Refuge, for which we are so grateful for your generosity.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

More soon,
Allison and Rachel

Last minute tips for #GLYC2015

Hello Happy Yarn Crawlers!

Tomorrow is the big day and so we thought we'd revisit our past posts on tips for the day.

Obviously the tips below are only recommendations but we hope that you'll follow them as you'll have a much more enjoyable day if you do!

Tips & Recos For A Happy Yarn Crawl

  • Wear comfy shoes! This is a no brainer as there's some walking between tube and bus stops and the shops.
  • Stay hydrated. Pack a small bottle of water that you can sip on throughout the day.
  • Munchies. It's a good idea to have a small snack or two on you in case you get a bit peckish throughout the day. Some shops will have refreshments on offer but not all. There may also not be many cafe options or opportunities to stop beyond the lunch stop. It's also a good idea if you have any dietary restrictions that may make it difficult to find something on your route. Likewise, if you're bringing a packed lunch, don't forget that either!
  • Travel card - check. Don't forget to pack your train ticket/travelcard/Oyster card that you will need on the day. We are traveling through zones 1-4 if you need to buy a travelcard. Buses no longer accept cash but you can use a contactless payment card (like your debit or credit card).
  • Asthmatic, allergic, diabetic, or other health concerns? Please make sure you have your inhaler, epi pen, a sugary snack, or whatever specialty item you may need on the day. No need to share your details with your group, but we'd encourage you to let your Yarn Guides know about any special conditions, just so they're aware if anything happens. 
  • Stay connected. Make sure to pack your mobile or smartphone - we highly recommend downloading the free Citymapper app, available for iPhone and Android to help keep you on route. Please let your Yarn Guides have your contact details, if you haven't already, and please mind your Yarn Guides so that they can keep you on schedule on the day!
  • Shopping list(s). Of course everyone has different budgets and there's no obligation to buy anything on the day, but if you're looking for something for a particular project - be it yarn, buttons, trims or fabrics - it's helpful to have a list of the items or the pattern with you. And if you need to plan your route around the Marketplace for your exclusive access, here's a map so you know who is where. Alternatively, you can download a pdf copy here to print out and bring along.
  • Bag it. Bring a foldable shopping bag (or two!) if you're planning on making a few new stash acquisitions.
  • Wallet, piggy bank, secret roll of bills... Again, there's no pressure to buy anything on the day but however you've been saving for the Yarn Crawl, don't forget to bring your pennies! 
  • Keep your hands clean. If you've got a bottle of hand sanitizer you might want to pop it in your bag. You know, after being on public transport all day.
  • Wear something handmade! Another no brainer - we're all crafters after all and "what pattern is that" is a lovely opening when meeting new knitters. And once you have your goody bags, make sure you wear your Great London Yarn Crawl 2014 badge prominently to get any offers in the shops.
  • Keep your hands busy. Don't forget your in-transit project for the day! Something small, portable, and uncomplicated is probably best (socks, scarves, hats, etc) although we've see people spindle spinning on the tube, so really, it's up to you!
  • Charity knitting for Refuge. Did you knit something for us to pass on to Refuge? Please remember to bring it with you and pass it off to us at the Kick Off Party to exchange those knits for your raffle tickets for the grand prize!
  • Share the #GLYC2015 love. Let knitters at home yarn crawl vicariously through you! Please add us in your Tweets or Instagram snaps as @yarninthecity and use the hashtag #GLYC2015. Please be sure to get permission from any people who are in your photos, and thank you!

Phew! We hope everyone has a wonderful day this Saturday, and we will see you bright and early at Chelsea Old Town Hall for the Kick Off Party, sponsored by Loop. Happy Yarn Crawling!

Episode 20: Celebration

Sponsor:

 

Yarn in the City is proud to be sponsored by A Yarn Story. A Yarn Story specialises in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres. They carry yarns from indie dyers near and far, such as The Uncommon Thread, SweetGeorgia Yarns and Life in the Long Grass. Find them at www.ayarnstory.co.uk, or in Bath on Walcot Street in the heart of the Artisan Quarter.

What's going on:

Allison was interviewed on Episode 7 of the SweetGeorgia Yarns podcast - go have a listen and enter to win a Soakbox!

Jo Milmine of the fabulous Shinybees podcast, who very kindly interviewed us in Episode 54, has been nominated for the UK Podcasters Awards in two categories. Hooray Jo!!!! Click here to go and vote for Shinybees (don't forget to scroll down to get the Best Games and Hobbies category).

3rd September: Kate Atherley will be teaching her "Math for Knitters" class at A Yarn Story in Bath.

5th September: The 3rd edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl, and the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace, which will include the Indie Designer Spotlight. You can follow along with all the pre-Crawl chatter in our Ravelry group. You can also go here to read about our collections of charity knitting for Knit for Peace.

6th September: YITC workshops on Knit Design and Pattern Writing with Kate Atherley, Soho, London

8th September - 3rd October: Waste Nothing - Finding a Home for the Discarded, an exhibition by the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers happening at the crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.

18-20th September - The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace

26-27th September - Yarndale, Skipton Auction Mart, Yorkshire

3-4th October - Swiss Wulle Festival, Zug, Switzerland

18th October - Come hear Heather Ordover of Craftlit and "What Would Madame DeFarge Knit?" fame talk about "What Knitting Does to Your Brain: the many benefits of knitting (and crocheting) - this time backed by 95% more science!" - tickets will go on sale 1st August.

23rd-26th October - Autumn Gwlana, Beggar's Reach

What we're working on:

Allison has finished her Reverb Shawl by Felicia Lo, which she did in a gradient bundle of Party of Five from SweetGeorgia Yarns. Allison also knit a pair of Tiny Shoes by Ysolda while trying out new yarn, Cornish Tin (see Celebration notes below).

Rachel is still working on a series of accessory designs for The Fibre Co, in their lusciously chunky Tundra yarn (60% llama/30% merino/10% silk). But while on travels around the US visiting loads of yarn shops in the guise of checking out potential places to live, she fell down and got a kit for the Aranami Shawl by OlgaJazzy (Rav link) from Knit Knack in Arvada, CO, including some gorgeous Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarns

Celebration:

We are celebrating our 20th Episode (yay!), the Indie Maker community in London and the UK (hooray!), and also got to talk to Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns about their very special 10th Birthday Celebration yarn, Cornish Tin. This yarn is made from a blend of ten different fibres, and comes in a 4-ply or DK weight. Sadly, it is only available in very limited quantities - for those of you going on the Yarn Crawl on Saturday, both Nest and Knit with Attitude will have Cornish Tin available, in advance of it's official release on 18th September!

Giveaway!!

Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin.jpg

Blacker Yarns very kindly provided us with a sample of the yarn to play with AND a full skein of the 4-ply in Wheal Rose Red to give away to one lucky listener! To enter, leave a comment on this post (with your Ravelry name so we know how to get a hold of you!) and tell us what pattern you'd knit with this yarn. We will pick a random post as a winner. Entries are open until 11:59 pm BST on 10th September, 2015.


Thanks for joining us again! You can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest, or go leave a review for us on iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and please come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance! Everyone is also more then welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. We'll be there the rest of July, but on hiatus for August, with plans to start back up again after the big GLYC weekend in September.

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay