Episode 68: GLYC Wrap Up

September has been an incredibly busy month, and on this episode we recap the fifth annual Great London Yarn Crawl, including our live interview with special guest Erika Knight. 

Our sponsor:

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at www.garthenor.com

News and Events: 

Drawing for prizes from last podcast: 

Two skeins of Brushwork from Blacker Yarns: pinkpot on Ravelry 

A copy of the gorgeous Stranded Gradient Sweater pattern: LuisaM 

Congratulations to both, and thanks to everyone who posted a comment!

Upcoming events:

7 – 22th October – UK Wool Week 

11 – 15th October: The Knitting and Stitching Show, Ally Pally London 

14 –15th October: Bakewell Wool Gathering 

13 – 15th October: Loch Ness Knit Fest 

14 October: West Wales Wool Show, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire 

28 – 29th October: Kendal Wool Gathering 

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness 

11 November: Festiwool, at a new venue! 

11 – 12th November: Nottingham Yarn Expo 

23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral 

In the future...

20-21st October 2018: The Knit-Tea Retreat, sign ups open 8 October

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is finishing off her shawl pattern for the handspun KAL that will kick off on October 9 after Spinzilla is over – head over to her thread in the Ravelry group to sign up! She’s also working on a new sweater design in Erika Knight British Blue 100 that will hopefully be available at the end of the month. 

Allison's finished Bousta Beanie - just in time for Shetland Wool Week!

Allison's finished Bousta Beanie - just in time for Shetland Wool Week!

Allison finished her Bousta Beanie, and is almost done with her Martinique Beach Cowl. She's been spinning Turning on Shetland from Porpoise Fur, and is currently working on Lemon Difficult by Kate Atherley. 

GLYC Wrap up: 

Getting cosy with Erika following her chat at the GLYC after party.

Getting cosy with Erika following her chat at the GLYC after party.

The fifth edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl was a huge success! Many thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and all the participants who came out on the day and made it such a great time, and brought over 100 items to donate to Knit for Peace!

The event raised a total of £817, bringing the five year total to over £4200 donated to Refuge. 

We share our fantastic interview with knitting designer extraordinaire, Erika Knight, who was our special guest at the after-party.

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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

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

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City


Ready for a yarn-y day out with this year's Great London Yarn Crawl?

Hey yarn and fibre lovers! Are you joining us for the 5th anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl this Saturday? We're looking forward to seeing you at the After Party and Mini Yarn Market (don't forget to save some of your funds for our awesome vendors who will be there!)  where we'll be joined by special guest Erika Knight!

With so much to look forward to, it's time to revisit our top tips for making the most of your day out yarn crawling around the capital:

  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.

Have a superb GLYC and we can't wait to see your new stash acquisitions from the day!

See you Saturday!

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 3

Our final installment in the vendor round up for the Mini Yarn Market is packed full of amazing stuff. In this last grouping we we have four amazing indy yarn dyers: Third Vault Yarns, Whimzy, Qing Fibre and Owl About Yarn.

Third Vault Yarns is the work of geek-inspired dyer Lola Johnson, and features a range of stunning colourways built around different fandoms. 

In addition to gorgeous yarns ranging from fingering to worsted weight, Third Vault Yarns has an active collaboration with designer Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits, and offers kits and yarn clubs - everything you could want in one place!

Also joining us will be Whimzy, with their gorgeous range of lace, sock and DK weight yarns. 

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Whimzy has been a long-time supporter of the yarn crawl, first with mini-skeins in the goody bags and then as a vendor at the Pop Up Marketplace and Yarnporium - we're thrilled to have them back!

Newcomer Qing Fibre is also going to be at the MIni Yarn Market - you may have seen these gorgeous speckled yarns in some of the shops around London, and we can't wait to see them in person in all their glory!

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Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to welcome recent addition Owl About Yarn to the Mini Yarn Market vendor list!

Jenny will be bringing her fabulous yarns and project bags to the show, and hopefully her amazing themed stitch markers as well!

We hope that you are as excited about this line up as we are - only two weeks to go to the show, so get your shopping lists ready!

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 2

Ok, on with the next round of enabling for all you Yarn Crawlers...because that's what we're here for!

The Mini Yarn Market will be Yarn in the City's third show, and Textile Garden has been at all of them. Their fantastic array of buttons and brooches are always popular, and there's always a crowd around the booth looking for the perfect finishing touch for their most recent knit!

We've got another great pairing up next - the amazing dyers behind this year's custom colourways for the GLYC Anniversary KAL - Travelknitter and The Wool Kitchen

Photo credit Charlotte Powell

These two dyers have very different styles, but their colourways work together so well, that their combined stall is a thing of beauty. Travelknitter will be bringing a full range of her gorgeous Tanami, including Midnight Fireflies and a special batch of Fireflies Dark! Be sure to check out what other new beauties they may have brought to the show...

We're excited to have Walcot Yarns, the brain child of shop owners Carmen Schmidt and Sharon Spencer, joining us from Bath, with their gorgeous Opus yarn, which launched to great acclaim at this year's Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

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Available in an array of gorgeous, saturated shades, as well as undyed white and grey, Opus is a wonderful mix of merino and alpaca, that makes for a super luxurious yarn!

I don't know about the rest of you, but my stash enhancement restraint is stretched to the breaking point, and we still have one more round of vendors to share with you. So. Much. Yarn.

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 1

This year's GLYC has a special event in the evening: our Mini Yarn Market, to be held with the GLYC after party at Central Hall Westminster. We're super excited about the group of vendors that will be bringing their goodies to our party, and wanted to give you a sneak preview of who's coming and what they'll be bringing.

First up is An Caitin Beag, who's gorgeous silver jewellery is always a temptation! In addition to her stunning shawl pins and stitchmarker jewellery, Marna is brining a new item to the Mini Yarn Market - stitch marker kits!

Silver penannular pins

Silver penannular pins

Each kit will contain beads, wire and crimps, a notions tins, and full instructions! (There are optional tools available as well if you need them.) We can't wait to see these in person!

Next up are former partners on the YitC Event Market: Inspiration Knits and Countess Ablaze, who are teaming up once again to provide glorious yarns and fabulous patterns all in the same place.

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Their combo booth was a huge hit at last year's Yarnporium, so we're really looking forward to seeing this partnership again in September!

Last up for this first round of vendors is the amazing Knitting Goddess from Yorkshire!


The Knitting Goddess dyes British yarns sourced from UK flocks and processed and spun in the UK. Her colours are beyond glorious, and we're hoping we can get to the booth to snatch up some of her mini skeins before the hoards descend!

Thanks to all of our vendors for coming with their pretties to the Mini Yarn Market - we're looking forward to seeing you all!

And stay tuned for round 2 of previews...