Episode 57: A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Rachel is away at the moment so Carmen from A Yarn Story fills in as co-pilot to Allison on this episode. 

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

We realised after we recorded the podcast that we didn't explain very well about being at H+H, the craft trade fair that happened this past March 28-30 in Cologne, Germany. Allison was there on the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand and Carmen was helping out as German translator and answering questions about having the yarns in her shop in the UK.

Now that you have that as context, this episode includes chatter about things we saw at the show, along with our usual bits of news and events and what we're working on.

News and Events

April 23 - Spaces are still available for the upcoming coach trip to Wonderwool from London with the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Click here for more details and to book your space if you'd like to join us.

May 6th - Yarn Shop Day is back! This is great opportunity to show your love for your local yarn shop (LYS). It's also the three year anniversary for A Yarn Story and Wild & Woolly!

June 10th - Join us at The Village Haberdashery for our World Wide Knit in Public Day event. We'll have more details for you soon!

Make Happy - aka What We're Working On

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen, who regularly wishes she was an octopus so that she could have more things on the needles is working on a second neckerchief to match the one she made for Allison for their matching dresses that they wore on the SweetGeorgia stand in Cologne. She's also been finding her fade this week and working on the hot shawl of the season. Carmen also has a few things needing sleeves before they can be completed.

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

In addition to sewing a matching Moneta dress for Carmen, Allison has finally finished the sooper secret project and talks about the special Lucca lace pi shawl that she knit in honour of a friend's wedding. She also cast on a new project out of SweetGeorgia yarn so that she could knit on the stand at H+H and is knitting the Foolproof cowl out of deliciously yummy Cashluxe Spark.

A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

In this segment we get into a bit of a geeky craft business behind the scenes discussion about various ways that shop owners find yarns and other interesting bits for their shops, as well as some of the trends and things that we think are coming down the pipe for the later seasons this year. Lots of shout outs to SweetGeorgia Yarns, Blacker Yarns, Rosy Green Wools, Erika Knight Yarns, La Bien Aimée and more!

Wrap Up

Many thanks again to Carmen for co-hosting this episode!

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and 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. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

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 42: Summer Road Trip

Apologies in advance for any sound issues in this episode of the podcast - we're on either side of the pond at the moment, and do not have access to the best recording setup while that is the case.

Places you can knit: the Dordogne, France

Places you can knit: the Dordogne, France

In this episode we chat about taking our yarn on the road - Allison to Scotland and Rachel to the United States - and we've got some great shops to tell you about, along with our tips on what makes the perfect road trip project.

Sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories. Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in July, August and September by using the code YITCEnabled2016. If you aren't shopping for yarn at the moment, be sure to sign up for their newsletter on the site.

We are delighted to welcome Erika Knight as the title sponsor of the fourth annual Great London Yarn Crawl!

We are delighted to welcome Erika Knight as the title sponsor of the fourth annual Great London Yarn Crawl!

News and Events:

GLYC 2016 tickets are on sale! The event is now over 50% sold, with five routes sold out, out so don’t wait too long to get your tickets! We've also started posting our sponsors for GLYC2016, including title sponsor Erika Knight! Other sponsors include Cocoknits, Daughter of a Shepherrd, The Little Grey Girl, Owl About Yarn, Pom Pom Quarterly, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Third Vault Yarns and Tin Can Knits,

Now until 4th September – the Missoni Art Colour exhibition is on at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London.

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

5-6th August - the British Wool Show, York Auction Mart, Murton, York.

12-19th August - Knitting & Crochet in the Faroe Islands with Carol Meldrum

12-18th August - Hiking and Knitting between Fire and Ice, with Helene Magnusson, Iceland.

20-28th August - Yarn Along the Rockies, Colorado Front Range

What we're working on:

Allison is obsessed with her Wavedeck Shawl by Kate Atherley, and will be done shortly. She's also started the Garter Goodness Shawl by Stephen West.

And in fact, Allison finished her Wavedeck Shawl not long after we recorded the episode - which may have partially contributed to the editing being slightly delayed... sorry!

And in fact, Allison finished her Wavedeck Shawl not long after we recorded the episode - which may have partially contributed to the editing being slightly delayed... sorry!

Rachel is working on Lambton Panes from Cowtown Knits, and her Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin from the Crochet Project, as well as a men's sweater design for A Yarn Story in the luscious Arranmore from The Fibre Company. The Tour de Fleece is now done - you can see photos of her spinning (and the rest of Team Porpoise Fur) on her Ravelry board.

Summer Road Trip:

Some of the machinery in action at the mill at New Lanark

Some of the machinery in action at the mill at New Lanark

Allison hit five shops in three days in Scotland, and she tells us all about her visits, including a trip to the New Lanark Mill. Rachel has grand plans for Fiber Space in Alexandria, VA; Looped Yarn Works in Dupont Circle, DC, and WEBS in Northampton, MA in the immediate future. She might also hit Dyakcraft, Golding Fiber Tools and Spunky Eclectic!


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us oniTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  Or come join our Ravelry group to keep up to date on all the latest news, and join in the London Craft Guide craft-along!

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):
No Matter Where We Go - Whitney
Airport Bar - Martin Courtney

 

On the Road in Denver!

In this, the first of our new series of traveling yarn shop reviews, we'd like to introduce you to the epic Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, CO.

Located on Broadway, Fancy Tiger is accessible by car (they have a parking lot!) or by public transport, and their website includes good directions and details for both types of transport.

When you walk in, the first thing you notice is the space...so much space. To be fair, Denver is in the western high plains of the United States and there is a lot of real estate available. But this shop just keeps on going, and going and going, with more goodies around every corner.

First let's talk about the sewing side of things (saving the best-yarny bits for last). There's some pretty spectacular fabrics:

There are patterns from Sewholic, Grainline Studio, Thread Theory, Olive + S, Merchant & Mills and the Slow Sewing Studio. To go with the gorgeous fabrics, there are ribbons and buttons and haberdashery galore. In all, a sewist's dream.

But really, the reason I went to Fancy Tiger was to check out the yarns. And I spent a wonderfully happy hour wandering around squishing and (mostly internally) squeeing and smiling a bit goofy smile. Feast your eyes on my favorites:

There were even some familiar, UK-based woolly faces represented.

There was also a wealth of fibres and handspun yarns represented. I did not escape unscathed, coming away with a skein of the Sincere Sheep Cormo fingering, and a braid of BFL from MJ Yarns in Lafayette, CO. And when I was done taking in all the colour and inspiration and beauty? I went across the street and had amazing peach ice cream for lunch. Result.

Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
USA
www.fancytigercrafts.com