GLYC Designers: Inspiration Knits

The last of our GLYC designers is Louise Zass-Bangham, of Inspiration Knits.

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

We've talked about/with Louise before, both on the blog and on the podcast. Her accessory designs are characterised by interesting textures coupled to wearable shapes and lots of options for customisation.  Her recent book, Knit Play Colour, highlights all of these points, providing patterns for ten accessories with multiple options for yarn weights, colour choices and sizing. 

Louise has very kindly provided a selection of her patterns for the GLYC 2016 goodie bags, including her recent design for Unravel 2016, Maltings. Or you might find the Slipstream Cowl, FoolproofSiren Song or Song of the Sea tucked in your bag.







Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Louise is also the intrepid leader of Team Bobbles on this year's yarn crawl! Thank you so much to Louise for all her support on multiple fronts over the past few years - she's one of the reasons the Great London Yarn Crawl continues and is the success that it is.

GLYC Designers: Cowtown Knits

Kate Bostwick, aka Cowtown Knits, is a newcomer to GLYC sponsorship this year, and we're so thrilled that she's joining us!

To be fair, as soon as she showed up at the YITC Knit Night her fate was sealed, as we've gotten to see a number of her designs develop over a pint or two on Wednesday nights...

Jodi's Sweater

Jodi's Sweater

Chainlink Mitts

Chainlink Mitts

Kate's designs range from sweaters to accessories to homewares and blankets, and she loves to combine colours and texture in interesting and unexpected ways.

Kicking Horse Mittens

Kicking Horse Mittens



Kate's pattern contribution for the GLYC 2016 goodie bags is part of her recent collaboration with Third Vault Yarns: the Lambton Panes shawl.

This gorgeous shawl pairs a gradient yarn with a solid in an intriguing combination of slipped stitches and garter stitch stripes. This is a perfect project for some of those tempting skeins of 4 ply that you may pick up on Saturday! 

Kate is also running a knit along for Lambton Panes that launches on the day of the Yarn Crawl! Check out the thread in her group for more information, and keep an eye out for that perfect Lambton Pane yarns on the day. The knit along runs until the beginning of November making it the perfect knit along to get you ready for the Yarnporium!

Tips for making the most of the Great London Yarn Crawl 2016

Almost ready Yarn Crawlers?

We've been seeing some great chatter in the Ravelry group in advance of the GLYC this Saturday. We always get excited right along with you guys as folks getting organised to meet up on the day and share their lists of things they're hoping to find in each shop. We're still always tickled to read someone post, "now what project should I pack to take with me on the day?!"

And with that in mind, we've got a few tips to share with you that we hope will make your yarn-y day out the best it can possibly be. Think of the list below as a loose checklist to get you ready for this Saturday:

  1. Comfy shoes are a MUST! We've tried to minimise the walking distances as much as we can but there's still a lot involved. It might not be a lot in the moment, but it will add up over the day as you trek from bus stop to shop to tube station. You get the idea. 
  2. Carry a bottle of water with you. It can be hot and muggy in the tube. Stay hydrated to keep your energy from flagging.
  3. Pack snacks. After your initial meet up in the morning you may have a while to go before lunch, depending on your team's schedule. Have something with you to keep your energy up if there isn't time to stop for breaks between shops. Also ideal if you've got any allergies or food intolerances and aren't sure what your options will be for lunch.
  4. Oyster card. Or travel card or contactless payment card or whatever, make sure you've got it with you. Cash payments are no long accepted on London buses.
  5. Weather check. Right now it's looking like rain on Saturday, plan your wardrobe accordingly.
  6. Health concerns or issues? Please let your Yarn Guide know (privately) so that they can be aware and help you should the need arise.
  7. Shopping list. Done any advance reccy? Bring your list as time is limited in each shop. If you're shopping for a specific project bring the pattern or list of materials needed with you.
  8. (Extra) carrier bag. Your goody bag will have goodies in it, so depending your planned purchases, bring another bag.
  9. Wallet, super-secret-savings-for-stash, etc. Our shops will have some great promos for you so be ready to take advantage! You'll also want to save some cash to get some raffle tickets at the after party!
  10. Clean hands are happy hands. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes if you're leery of public transport. Also a great idea for keeping your hands clean for touching yarn, fabric, your project you brought with you...
  11. Wear something hand made! We feel this needs no explanation.
  12. Portable project. Something small, and ideal for social knitting is best. This is not the time to be carrying 10 different colours and accompanying charts. Or adding beads to lace.
  13. Charity knits for Knit for Peace. We'll be collecting these at the after party so bring any new knits that you've made to donate and we'll trade them for raffle tickets. More knits = more changes to win our grand prize!
  14. Share the yarn love. Tag your snaps on the day on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #GLYC2016. You can also use our fave #3thingsforyarnlove, #lovelocalyarn, and #placesyoucanknit.
  15. Stay connected. Trade contact info with your Yarn Guide in case anyone in the group is separated.
  16. There's an app for that. Keep your event details close to hand by downloading Eventbase from your app store. Search for Great London Yarn Crawl 2016. From there you can favourite your route, our tips and packing list and after-party details so that you have them in a pinch.

Phew! If you made it this far, we salute you! Let us or your Yarn Guides know if you have any questions and we can't wait to see you on Saturday at the after party!

Episode 44: Knitting Season

There's starting to be a crispness to the air which means that knitting season is here! We're a little giddy over this small fact and are ready to cast on ALL. THE. THINGS.

Happily, the interminable toddler hoodie is finally DONE!

Happily, the interminable toddler hoodie is finally DONE!


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News and Events:

The goody bags are all ready to go for GLYC 2016 this weekend!

The goody bags are all ready to go for GLYC 2016 this weekend!

Only a handful of tickets are left for this year's GLYC. Get your tickets here for this weekend!

September 5th - Knitflix, part of the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival. More details posted in our Ravelry group here.

September 16-18 – Kirstie Allsop presents The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

September 24-25 – Masham Sheep Fair, Masham 

September 24-25 – Yarndale, Skipton Auction Mart (where you can get your Porpoise Fur and YITC fix)

September 25th - London Wool Fair & Sheep Drive - happening around Monument and London Bridge and featuring 40 craft and fashion accessories market stalls, 12 street food stalls and 4 fashion pods with displays and a display showing the story of wool. The event will also feature the Band of the Irish Guard and their Irish wolfhound mascot.

September 29-October 2 – Loch Ness Knit Fest in Inverness, Scotland

September 30-October 2 – Made on Holiday Yarn in the Country retreat in Devon. We're excited to have been invited by Made on Holiday to teach at their retreat and are looking forward to a fantastic weekend playing with colour. There's 10% off registration for YITC listeners - just use code GLYC2016 when making your booking.

What we're working on:

Rachel has cast on for the Espresso Macchiato socks in her excitement with the start of knitting season. Her latest huge shawl is almost done but finishing was thwarted by missing yarn.

A colourful easy ripple baby blanket for a lucky baby

A colourful easy ripple baby blanket for a lucky baby

Allison has FINALLY finished the never-ending Toddler Hoodie (which had almost never ending ends to weave in thanks to the stripes). She's also finished crocheting an Easy Ripple baby blanket (minus the border) and has moved back to finishing her Because Sock Yarn shawl.

Knitting Season:

Both of us are making plenty of plans of what to knit next now that the weather is starting to turn! We chat about our goals, all the things we want to cast on and how we get ourselves organised for the best knitting season of the year. Apparently there's a whole back-to-school philosophy that we agree on and a heavy amount of pre-processing is involved.

Fancy an   informal KAL to get ready for the Yarnporium?

Fancy an informal KAL to get ready for the Yarnporium?

We also decide that Kate Bostwick's upcoming Lambton Panes KAL should be the "unofficial KAL" leading up to November's Yarnporium. Join us?

Wrap up:

Congrats to knusperfelix and katt94 who were the winners in our London Craft Guide Craftalong! and many thanks to Linda from Kettle Yarn Co. and Carmen from A Yarn Story for providing us with some fantastic prizes!

We hope you’ll make a plan to join us on Saturday, September 10th for the Great London Yarn Crawl. Tickets are selling quickly so get yours soon! Erika Knight will be our guest of honour at the after party with an informal talk and Q&A. Linda from Kettle Yarn Co. will also be there 

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon!

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
I want you to want me - Letters to Cleo
Pass it on - Candythief

GLYC Designers: East London Knit

As we get closer to this Great London Yarn Crawl, we'd like to give you a sneak preview of some of the designers and patterns that are going to be in the goody bags for this year's event. First up is our good friend, Renée Callahan.

Renée is the fabulous designer behind East London Knit, and her designs celebrate textures and colours, coupled with interesting constructions, resulting in beautiful, wearable garments and accessories. 

Angelus Novelus , from the Klee Collection

Angelus Novelus, from the Klee Collection

Takumi  from The Zen Variations for The Fibre Co.

Takumi from The Zen Variations for The Fibre Co.

We are so lucky that Renée been a part of the Great London Yarn Crawl since our humble beginnings in 2013! She was one of our Yarn Guides that first year, and her support has gone on to include running the show at last year's Pop Up Marketplace. This year, she's contributing patterns for the goody bags. In particular, she's contributing this pattern: 

The Zigging Hat & Cowl, which is one of the fab projects in the London Craft Guide. Worked in a plump, aran weight yarn, this matching graphic hat and cowl can be made with less then 350 m of yarn. There are less than 30 tickets left for this year's Yarn Crawl, so don't miss out!!!

Many, many thanks to Renée for her support and friendship over the years. She sadly won't be at the GLYC this year, but you can find more of her gorgeous patterns at, as well as finding her on Ravelry and Instagram