Episode 63: Summer Along

Summer is here (more or less)! And on this episode of the podcast we’ve got an update on the Great London Yarn Crawl ticket sales, chat about what we’re working on and discuss our super summer plans!

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GLYC2017 Update

Ticket sales got off to a splendid start on July 1st. Thank you so much to everyone for your continued enthusiasm for this event! At the time of recording this podcast there were 4 routes sold out and only 44 tickets left!  There are now 15 tickets left on 5 routes, so don't wait!

We are in the midst of assigning routes to our awesome volunteers so keep your eyes out for the Route threads on Ravelry where you can meet and chat with your teammates!

One more update to tell you all about – please welcome Garthenor as our new After Party Sponsor! Garthenor promotes and provides a variety of sustainable, organic, glorious British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Their aim is to help secure the future of British organic agrictulture and the British textile industry.

We’re looking forward to seeing the Garthenor yarns in person and if you’d like a sneak peek at their yarns, they will also be exhibiting at Pomfest in a few short weeks!

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is busy spinning her fingers off for Team Porpoise Fur and Tour de Fleece! She's also made a bit more progress on her handspun socks, but is very happy that her lost knitting mojo has returned from Tahiti.

Allison's Starting Point by Joji Locatelli is finally off the needles!

Allison's Starting Point by Joji Locatelli is finally off the needles!

Allison finished her Starting Point Mystery KAL by Joji Locatelli, and it is beautiful! She's now working on a pair of Helen Stewart shawls: the GLYC Anniversary KAL, Fireflies Rising, and Sprite’s Fen.

Summer Along

Summer seems to be a good time for alongs of various types. We talk about Viola’s sweater along and the SweetGeorgia Summer Stories along, as well as talk about our summer plans and travels. What will you be working on this summer? Come on over to Ravelry and join the thread in our group for summer project discussion and support.


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

Episode 61: It's Knitalong Time!

Today we chat about what we’re working on, and share details on the upcoming GLYC knitalong, including an interview with designer Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

WWKIP Day update!

Next Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and we’d love to have everyone come join us at The Village Haberdashery on Saturday, June 10th in West Hampstead Square! We’ll be there from 11am – 2pm and all are welcome!

The event is free, but please RSVP via the WWKIP website so we have an accurate headcount and can get in touch if we have to change things due to weather. 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Allison's clue 3 progress as part of the Starting Point MKAL

Allison's clue 3 progress as part of the Starting Point MKAL

Allison is keeping up with the Joji Locatelli Starting Point Mystery KAL in SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock and it is glorious!

Rachel's latest pattern has launched as part of Kettle Yarn Co.'s Teheda Collection. The Dorado shawl is knit in Beyul DK and you can  download the pattern on Ravelry !

Rachel's latest pattern has launched as part of Kettle Yarn Co.'s Teheda Collection. The Dorado shawl is knit in Beyul DK and you can download the pattern on Ravelry!

Rachel has been doing very little knitting or spinning of any kind as work has been completely insane. But the handspun socks are almost to the heels, and she's cast on for Raindrops by Tin Can Knits in Travelknitter's luscious Tanami in the Midnight Kelpies colourway from Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Don’t forget to show us what you’ve been working on that’s making you happy! Tag your photos on Instagram with #yitcmakehappy so we can see your projects! 

It’s Knitalong Time

We're excited that Larissa from Travelknitter and Helen from The Wool Kitchen have teamed up with Helen from Curious Handmade with a terrific pattern and yarns for this year's GLYC 5th anniversary KAL!

We're excited that Larissa from Travelknitter and Helen from The Wool Kitchen have teamed up with Helen from Curious Handmade with a terrific pattern and yarns for this year's GLYC 5th anniversary KAL!

We share some early details about the upcoming GLYC 2017 Knitalong, which features the combined creative power of Curious Handmade, The Wool Kitchen and Travelknitter, and talk with Helen Stewart about the pattern for the KAL. Further details will be released on 10 June!


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 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

Episode 24: Woolly Wovember!

It's November folks, and that means it's time to celebrate ALL THINGS WOOL! In this episode we update you on events for the rest of the year, reveal details about the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl, make a brief foray into the realm of holiday knitting, and have a chat with Rachel Atkinson of My Life in Knitwear about shepherds, the UK wool industry and being informed consumers.

News and Events:

1st - 30th November - Wovember, a celebration of wool spearheaded by Felicity Ford, Tom of Holland and Kate Davies.

5th November - the kickoff of Curious Handmade's Knitvent 2015! YITC listeners can get a 15% discount on the collection by using the code "YITCknitvent15", which is good until 30th November - signups will open on 3rd November. Thank you Helen!

10th/17th November - Anna Maltz, aka Sweaterspotter, is teaching a lace and colourwork class for her popular Solja sweater at Wild & Woolly.

14th November - A Yarn Story's Anniversary Party

14th November - We will be at the Porpoise Fur booth at Festiwool, at North Hertforshire College in Hitchin. Also exhibiting are a number of vendors from the Pop Up Marketplace (Travelknitter, we're looking for you!), and our Knit Night compatriot Third Vault Yarns.

15th November - Clare Devine, of Yarn and Pointy Sticks, is teaching "2 at a time anything" at Knit with Attitude.

15th/22nd November - Brioche Stitch Basics with Renée Callahan at Loop.

28th November - the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl! Now with all the details on the Event Page.

We're going to be participating in A Yarn Story's Winter Cables KAL featuring patterns from Rachel's collection for The Fibre Co.

We're going to be participating in A Yarn Story's Winter Cables KAL featuring patterns from Rachel's collection for The Fibre Co.

Winter Cables KAL:

While we were casting about for an idea for our next KAL we found out that A Yarn Story was going to be doing one with The Fibre Co.'s Tundra yarn and the patterns from Rachel's new collection. We've decided to join this one instead and encourage you to knit along with us! More details can be found on the A Yarn Story website.

What we're working on:

Allison has a bunch of projects on the go: she's finished the first sleeve of Grettir by Jared Flood, and should have the second done this week. She's also been working on her Quaking Aspen Shawl in The Fibre Co Acadia, and has started Hamlet the Cheetah from Edward's Menagerie. Also on the list of WIPs is the hoodie for a small boy in Canada that needs to be finished ASAP. On the spinning front, she's spun up her Alpha, Beta, Gamma Finn from the Lab Goddess Fibre club into singles and is going to ply them soon.

Mmmm... more cables! Rachel's Angostura vest in progress.

Mmmm... more cables! Rachel's Angostura vest in progress.

Rachel has finished a Lush cardigan for her new niece, and some fingerless mitts from some handspun Suffolk in the "Flamingo" colourway. She is now onto the front of her Angostura vest by Ysolda Teague, in Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin. On the spinning front, she has been spinning like a possessed thing trying to get enough yarn to weave a bunch of scarves for Festiwool, and has spun up 8 oz of Corriedale, 4 oz of BFL and 4 oz of Fibre Club in the past couple of weeks. 

Photo copyright Rachel Atkinson

Photo copyright Rachel Atkinson

Woolly Wovember:

Rachel Atkinson published a post on her blog recently titled "Fleeced" in which she talked about a side of the UK wool industry of which many wool-using crafters may be unaware. We got a chance to talk to Rachel about her story, and discuss where the project is going and what we, as consumers, can do to help.

Many thanks to Rachel for taking the time to speak with us, and we will be following along with her project with great interest!

Giveaway:

Leave a comment on the show notes before November 7th telling us your favourite holiday tradition and we'll draw a lucky winner to receive a copy of Helen Stewart's new collection - Knitvent 2015!


Off the air, you can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. Please leave a review for us on iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio, and don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us. We are always out and about, so 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

Episode 15: Merrily We Knitalong

A somewhat meandering and caffeinated podcast for you this time around.

What's going on:

13th June - the tenth anniversary of World Wide Knit in Public Day! Check their website for events near you.

20th June - Brighton Knit and Make Social! Tickets are still available, so come join us!

26-27th June - Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria

1st July - Tickets go on sale for the 2015 Great London Yarn Crawl and the Pop Up Marketplace.

25-26th July - Fibre-East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire Marketplace.

Allison's Classic Toe Up socks by Kate Atherley in the Trailing Clouds colourway "Mind the Gap"

Allison's Classic Toe Up socks by Kate Atherley in the Trailing Clouds colourway "Mind the Gap"

What we're working on:

Allison has finished her test knit of Rachel's new cowl in Kettle Yarn Co Islington DK (color: Parapadschada, otherwise known as eye-searingly bright pink). She found the project bag containing her long-lost Mind the Gap socks, for which she's using Kate Atherley's Classic Toe-up Pattern. She also has grand intentions of getting back to the Skulls sweater (otherwise known as Robin) by Lina Olofsson, and has baby sweaters in mind for casting on soon. She's also finished the singles of her Rocky Mountain Dyeworks fibre in True Turquoise.

Rachel finished her handspun sweater that she was so frantic to finish last episode, and managed to get it blocked and photographed (by Allison) in time to submit to Knittyspin for the next issue. She's also pick up her Belted Herdwick Mittens (so named because they look a bit like Belted Galloways), which she cast on for the YITC Not-a-KAL KAL (which closed on Monday). So no prizes for here! She's also been working on spinning a wool/flax blend from Spunky Eclectic, and is really enjoying how different it is to spin from a straight wool fibre.

Merrily we knitalong:

We announce the winners of our Not-a-KAL KAL, and talk about why we like knitalongs. Congratulations to the winners!

We're daydreaming about knitting Karie Westermann's Byatt Shawl for our next KAL - but you can knit whatever you'd like! Won't you join us?

We're daydreaming about knitting Karie Westermann's Byatt Shawl for our next KAL - but you can knit whatever you'd like! Won't you join us?

We also reveal our new KAL - the GLYC 2015 KAL - inspired by the concept of the Rhinebeck Sweater. For this KAL, we will be working on projects to wear and show off at the Great London Yarn Crawl/Pop-up Marketplace on 5th September. Here are the details:

Cast on: Monday, 15th June

Cast off: Tuesday, 1st September

Restrictions: Your KAL projects have to be newly cast on - no WIPs please! You do not have to restrict yourselves to yarn acquired at previous editions of the GLYC. It should probably be something you'd like to wear on the day, but we make no predictions about what that might mean to y'all.

There will be prizes (TBD) - 1 prize for an FO, and 1 prize for general participation in the KAL thread. And for those of you who are cold sheeping, and are working on a one in/one out type of framework, here's the complete Pop-up Marketplace Vendor list in case you need a bit of a carrot to get yourselves inspired.

We also get pysched up (Ok, maybe that's just Rachel) for the start of Tour de Fleece. We encourage all you spinners out there listening and reading to sort through your stash, decide on some goals, and get those wheels and spindles ready! The peloton starts off on 4th July from Utrecht, and finished in Paris on 26th July. If you're looking for a team, please come join us on the Porpoise Fur team - everyone is welcome! 


As always you can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. 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 welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ.

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Fierce Flawless - Ani Difranco
Counting Down the Days - Northcote