Episode 71: A Woolly Good Time

Events 

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

23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral, 10:30am - 5:30pm daily, free entry. Also includes a free Introduction to Natural Dyeing drop in session on Sunday, 26 November from 3-5pm. 

2 December: Pints, Purls and Prosecco with Nathan Taylor, from 7-10pm! 

21 January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show, 10am–4pm  

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Starting Point Shawl!!!!  she's working on the yoke of her British Blue sweater and on the two Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL hats. During the podcast, she finishes off a pair of socks in handspun Romney. 

Weaving in ends video from Tabetha Hedrick at SweetGeorgia Yarns

Allison is working on Clue 2 of her Cederberg Shawl MKAL – in SGY Tough Love Sock. She's also started a Gaston jumper for Harrison for Christmas, but is running low on yarn. Does anyone have any Sirdar Eco Wool DK in "Clay"  (soft fawn colour) they can spare? She needs 3-4 more 50 g balls...please get in touch!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

A Woolly Good Time: 

Alli has visited a couple of shows since the last podcast and gives us a brief rundown: Knit for Peace's The Great Knit Fest at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and the Nottingham Yarn Expo. Then we both get a bit philosophical about wool, yarn and it's importance in our day-to-day lives. How does wool play into your everyday world?


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. We are now back at the Goat now that their refurb is done.

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

Road trip recap: the Bath Christmas Market and other crafty goodness

This post is a bit overdue but better late than never and we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you about all the fun we had with the success of our first non-Great London Yarn Crawl event with Yarn in the City.

Rachel and I check our list twice before setting off with the group. Photo credit: Catherine Hopkins

Rachel and I check our list twice before setting off with the group. Photo credit: Catherine Hopkins

We got an early-ish start thanks to everyone being wonderfully punctual in meeting up at our departure location in Hammersmith. There were a few familiar faces from GLYC 2014 to hug and say hello to, and new friends to welcome aboard our latest Yarn in the City adventure.

Shortly after 9am we were on the road, comfortable and cozy in our executive coach and settling into our travel projects. We also handed out Yarn in the City treats which included mini skeins and a Christmas bauble pattern from our sponsors Kettle Yarn Co. and East London Knit. There was also a map of the Bath Christmas Market and all the stalls to help our guests plan their must-see sights.

The smooshy, delicious yarns at A Yarn Story.

The smooshy, delicious yarns at A Yarn Story.

Our first stop was just outside Bath at The Shed and home to A Yarn Story. Carmen was there to welcome us with open arms - and a new delivery of The Uncommon Thread's Heavenly DK! While the throng was in the shop, I wandered around some of the other shops in the shed, happily finding some wonderful handmade buttons from the textile artist Carole Waller downstairs at One Two Five Gallery and a few other stocking stuffer type gifts. 

Helen and Kelly get some spinning and knitting done while enjoying a break in the sunshine at The Shed.

Helen and Kelly get some spinning and knitting done while enjoying a break in the sunshine at The Shed.

With a little help from my friends: winding up my new SweetGeorgia Superwash Six on the way into Bath.

With a little help from my friends: winding up my new SweetGeorgia Superwash Six on the way into Bath.

I may have also fallen down at A Yarn Story for some deliciously soft and amazing Superwash Six from SweetGeorgia Yarns. I hadn't been able to try it out yet and was excited to get the chance! Not that I got much of chance mind you, as soon we were on the bus headed into Bath for the Christmas Market around the abbey, along with planned stops at Country Threads and Wool.

A rare shot of the Christmas market at twilight in the shadow of the abbey. It was so pretty seeing all the stalls lit up.

A rare shot of the Christmas market at twilight in the shadow of the abbey. It was so pretty seeing all the stalls lit up.

Bath was lovely but positively heaving with people. I hope I can be forgiven for having forgotten to take many photos in favour of just enjoying the day. Many of our guests were familiar with Bath and paired up to take in the market, visit with friends or do other shopping when the market got to be a little too much. In our own off-market wanderings Rachel and I discovered the lovely Bijoux Beads and The Makery - both wonderful enough for their own post another time!

All too soon we were rendez-vous-ing at Wool for our own private event to ogle the wonderful yarns with festive treats and mulled wine from Laura and her staff, before heading back to the bus heavily laden with the day's purchases!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on the day - we had such a wonderful time with you all and we can't wait for our next events coming up in the spring. Watch this space!

And if you'd like to read another recap of our lovely day out, one of our guests and good friend Catherine Hopkins has an excellent post (and more photos) over on her blog. Cheers!