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

 

Episode 79: GLYC 2018 and Yarn Crawl Season

We can hardly believe that it's almost time for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl tickets to go on sale! On this episode:

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 Update
We have fewer routes, only 10 this year, to make things a little easier organizing the GLYC alongside Yarnporium. Sadly, I Knit and Fringe won't be taking part this year but a new shop is opening that will be! Willow & Lark is also on board as our yarn sponsor and we've already had some pretty lush door prizes pour in from Blue Sky Fibers.

Routes will be announced on or around June 15th and tickets will go on sale on July 1st as in past years. The Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 1st!

One of Allison's completed Linden sweatshirts

One of Allison's completed Linden sweatshirts

What We're Working On 
Allison has been a sewing and making fiend and has whipped up two Linden sweatshirts while also crocheting a French Market bag in linen. She's also started knitting Praline by Dani Sunshine and also whipped up a Lilly baby sweater on her knitting machine for a friend's new arrival.

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A glorious finish for Rachel: the Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper

A glorious finish for Rachel: the Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper

Rachel hasn't finished her Lilly baby sweater yet as focus has been on wrapping up her Marginalia sweater by Karie Westermann which is now off the needles, blocked and too hot to wear in this weather (of course!). Rach is also working on a new shawl design and searching for a travel project for a work trip to Amsterdam. 

Yarn Crawl Season
It's summer! Which means less enthusiasm about wool and knitting as it becomes too hot, but our local yarn shops still need our support! Thankfully there are things like Yarn Shop Day, World Wide Knit in Public Day, as well as Yarn Crawls all over the world to help keep us heading to our Local Yarn Stores to be part of the action. We chat about different things we can do to keep showing our support for our LYSs.

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

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!

GLYC 2017 Yarn Sponsors: Erika Knight and The Fibre Co.

We love August! It's that time of year when door prizes and goody bag treats start arriving at YITC HQ meaning that the Great London Yarn Crawl is that much closer!

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We are SUPER excited this year to have TWO awesome yarn sponsors for the GLYC goody bags! Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. are great stalwarts of the UK yarn industry and we're thrilled to have them aboard.

Erika is a prolific knitting and crochet designer who has evolved her brand to include her own range of yarns. Erika's ethos is all about simplicity in making she focuses on creating simple, classic designs that are enticing to knit.

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

One of Erika's passions is supporting the British talent and manufacturing. In 2012 she launched her own range of yarns with wool sourced, processed and spun right here in the UK. British Blue Wool is made with 100% Bluefaced Leicester - one of the UK's most luxurious wools. Due to popular demand, Erika Knight have created British Blue 100, launching this autumn. British Blue 100 features a richer, deeper colour palette than the original British Blue Wool and a sophisticated pattern collection to match.

Yarn crawlers will also have a chance to meet Erika at this year's Great London Yarn Crawl as she'll be joining us at the after party and chatting about her life in yarn!

Yarns from The Fibre Co. start from the fibres themselves. Founder Daphne Marinopoulos has always wanted to create yarns that she couldn't find on retail shelves. Using high quality natural fibres The Fibre Co. has created decadent yarn blends using baby alpaca and llama, camel, silk, merino, masham and more.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

The Fibre Co. have also launched a new yarn this autumn, Arranmore Light. A lush blend of 80% Merino, 10% cashmere and 10% silk with colourful wool nepps, Arranmore Light is a DK version of their lush Aran tweed blend Arranmore

Binsey by Fiona Alice

Binsey by Fiona Alice

To coincide with the launch of Arranmore Light, The Fibre Co. also released Fell Garth II, a collection of 19 patterns from 10 knitwear designers. The designs are inspired by Cumbria where The Fibre Co. is now based, and are a stunning showcase of what happens when inspiration from local, natural beauty and decadent yarns collide.

A huge thank you to Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. for being our yarn sponsors this year. Thanks to their generosity, each participant in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl will receive a full hank of yarn in their goody bag, randomly split between each company! Thank you so much!