LCG UPDATE: The Village Haberdashery

It's been over a year since the release of our first book, the London Craft Guide. One of the things we were always wary of with doing a print version is how things can change with shops over the course of time. Sadly, sometimes a shop can choose to close or go online only - as was the case with tiny Kensington shop Patricia Roberts. And other times the changes are happy ones, such as expanding into a bigger space!

The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

This was the case with West Hampstead shop The Village Haberdashery earlier this year and we couldn't be more thrilled to make the the focus of our first official London Craft Guide update!

The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Phone: 0207 624 5494

What's changed:
Expanded hours Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and now open late night for knit nights on Thursdays until 9pm. Tons more space including an expanded yarn selection and haberdashery range plus even more fabrics! Click here for more details, photos, and a virtual tour!

Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Workshops, events and other fun stuff:
With their expanded space, Annie and the team at The Village Haberdashery have been busy planning even more workshops and events (including classes with Great British Sewing Bee 2016 winner Charlotte Newland!), in addition to their new Knit Night & Sew In on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm. 

Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

We're really excited about the inviting community square right in front of TVH's new premises - so much so that we're teaming up with Annie to co-host a World Wide Knit In Public Day event on Saturday, June 10th from 11am-2pm. This is a FREE event so why not make a plan to come and see the new space and hang out with other yarn lovers? And of course, TVH will be back as part of this year's Great London Yarn Crawl too.

Episode 39: Catching Up's been a while since we've gabbed at you, hasn't it? Our apologies for the delay in getting this episode out; Allison was away at TNNA and our kids are in the final push for the end of the year, so it’s been a bit manic. So for this episode we thought it might be best to have a catch up.

Shout outs, news and events:

1) HUGE shout out to everyone who joined us for our first ever WWKIPDay event. It was great to see so many new faces and we hope to see a lot of you back at knit night. Sorry we forgot to take pictures! Ack!

2) Shout out too to Karie Westermann, who has funded her Kickstarter for her book, This Thing of Paper. Karie has more than doubled her fundraising goal and we couldn’t be more pleased for her. Kudos Karie!

3) Another shout out to our friend Carmen from A Yarn Story in Bath. This week in the UK people are voting on whether or not the UK should stay in the EU. Carmen wrote a blog post about how a Brexit could potentially affect her business. Take a look.

4) Our awesome podcasting pal Jo Milmine of the Shinybees podcast won this year's Best UK Podcast award. We're well chuffed for her. Congrats Jo!

25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria

1st July - tickets for GLYC 2016 go on sale!!!

16-17th July - Yarningham, a new show in Birmingham

16-17th July - Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland

30-31st July - Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire 

GLYC 2016 update:

Less than two weeks to go before tickets are on sale! We’re still looking for volunteers to help make this event great so if you think you might be able to help us out, please get in touch! Tickets will be £18 and you can get them directly through our website at All net proceeds from the event will again be donated to Refuge, and we will also be collecting knitted items for Knit for Peace. Every knitted item gets you an entry into the raffle for a huge basket of goodies!

London Craft Guide update:

The London Craft Guide is now available in France! The book is still in English though… You can now find it at Boutique Le Comptoir and l’Oisive Thé et Tricot and La Bien Aimée in Paris.

Our London Craft Guide CAL (Craft-along) is in full swing! Be sure to tag your social media shares with #LCGCraftalong on Instagram and Twitter, or LCGCraftalong on Ravelry.

What we’re working on

Rachel has had a bout of startitis. She's still working on a test knit for Kettle Yarn Co., but has also cast on for the Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin, a Neat Ripple baby blanket from Lucy at Attic24, and the Talisman Shawl from Helen Stewart's The Shawl Society.

Allison is still working on the Toddler Hoodie, and is recovering from TNNA. Oh the yarn fumes!

Catching up:

Boy is there catching up! TNNA, new jobs, summer plans, and more.

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On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Come to Light - Arkells
Bittersweet Summer - Stephan Lucka

Announcing a book 'do'!


We completely forgot to include our upcoming mini book 'do' in our events listing on the latest episode of the podcast. Yikes!

This Saturday, 12th March we'll be hanging out at Nest in Crouch End in London in the afternoon and we do hope you'll join us! We'll have copies of the London Craft Guide and all the samples on hand to try out. We'll be there from 1:30 to 3:30pm and even do a little matchmaking for the projects in the book to the yarns carried in the shop if you decide you want to cast on right away!

Hope to see you there!