Knitters Against Malaria

Hello friends and yarn lovers -

2018 has been a terrific year for Yarn in the City. As we’ve been looking back on the last year we have been overwhelmed with thanks for your support, your friendship, and your yarn love.

With Christmas right upon us, it’s easy to hunker down for the next week or two and insulate ourselves with our family and friends. But it’s also the time for giving, which is why we’ve joined up with Rosy Green Wool and designer Melanie Berg in their campaign Knitters Against Malaria, running from today until January 31, 2019.


Malaria is a disease that most of us will never come in contact with or experience thanks to where we live and the healthcare we have access to. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case in less developed parts of the world. In spite of malaria being preventable and treatable, nearly half a million people die from the disease every year and 400 million become ill from it.


Mosquitos carry the disease and are most active at night so sleeping under a bednet treated with insecticides can drastically reduce infections. This has proven to be so effective that in 2000 there were an estimated 800,000 deaths from malaria, compared to half of that last year. A net typically costs between $2-3 but lasts 3-4 years.


There are so many causes to give to that it can be difficult to choose. This year the knitting community, through Knitters Against Malaria has chosen to support the Against Malaria Foundation. If you haven’t yet made your own charity donation this holiday season, or if you’ve still got a few dollars or sterling to spare, we encourage you to consider making a donation to the Against Malaria Foundation through Knitters Against Malaria.

Thank you so much for your support. We wish you and yours the very best this holiday season, and a healthy and happy new year.


Allison & Rachel
Yarn in the City

Catching our breath

Wow. What a weekend! We're still catching our breath, catching up with our families and getting back into the swing of things with a new school year and the many other hats we wear too.

We promise to have an update on GLYC2015 for you very soon but in the meantime know that we have collected two ENORMOUS bags of handknits for Knit for Peace and raised over £1,000 for Refuge, for which we are so grateful for your generosity.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

More soon,
Allison and Rachel

Episode 12: Knitting for Charity

What's going on, aka The Madness that is the Month of May:

3 May: Love your Yarn Shop Day! Local events include Erika Knight at Nest (Friday night, give them a heads up if you're joining them), Debbie Bliss at Wild & Woolly and 10% off purchases at Knit with Attitude.

9-10th May: Stephen West is teaching two classes at Loop in Islington - Knit a top-down shawl and Colour play the Westknits way!

14th May: Knit a Tulip for ME Kick Off at Double Tree by Hilton London in Chelsea.

The Nymphalidea shawl WIP - knit in Porpoise Fur fibre in the YFP and Clotted Cream colourways.

The Nymphalidea shawl WIP - knit in Porpoise Fur fibre in the YFP and Clotted Cream colourways.

15-16th May: I Knit Fandango, Royal Horticultural Halls, London. We will be there at the Porpoise Fur booth - come say hi!

15-18th May: Gwlana, a knitting retreat in Pembrokeshire, Wales with Brenda Dayne of Cast On and Felicity Ford of Knitsonik. The Mini-Marketplace on Sunday afternoon is open to the public, and will feature Triskelion Yarns, Purlescence, Beads by Laura and Hand Dyed by Kate

16-17th May: John Arbon Open Weekend, South Molton, Devon.

23rd May: A Yarn Story Grand Reopening! In their new digs at 128 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG from 18th May.

23rd May: Highland Wool Festival, Dingwall Mart.

25th May: The Shipston on Stour Wool Fair, Shipston on Stour, South Warwickshire

30-31st May: Proper Woolley, Holsworthy, Devon. Vendors include A Yarn Story (with some Porpoise Fur fibre), Midwinter Yarns, John Arbon and Wildcraft.

What we're working on:

Rachel's gorgeous Windmill Bay Stole is finally off the needles!

Rachel's gorgeous Windmill Bay Stole is finally off the needles!

Rachel has completed not one, but two things - hooray! First up is her Windmill Bay Stole, 8 stinking feet of fingering weight alpaca lovelieness. There is much relief that it is finished. She's also finished a handspun shawl for the Porpoise Fur booth at I Knit Fandango - Nymphalidea from designed by Melinda VerMeer, in Clotted Cream and YFP (aka fluorescent yellow) Shetland. She is still working on Painted, and has started another handspun shawl - Penrose Tile by Carol Feller.

Allison finished her Green Memories colourwork hat for the Yarn in the City Not-a-KAL-KAL, and has done some spinning, as she is about to start adding to her fibre stash in a monthly fashion with the Hello Yarn Fiber Club.

Charity Knitting

We start off with the amazing charity knitting done by 2014 Great London Yarn Crawlers, who donated over 150 items to our charity partner Refuge. We will be collecting again for Refuge this year, so please bring any and all charity items to the kick off party at the Yarn in the City Pop Up Marketplace on 5th September.

We also recently learned about AYME (the Association of Young People with ME), an organization that supports the estimated 25,000 children and young people in the UK who suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. AYME is launching an awareness campaign called "Knit a Tulip for ME", with a goal of collecting one knitted tulip for every ME-affected young person in the UK in 2015. So far, they've collected 5,000 woolen tulips, and they are holding an official launch on 14th May at the Double Tree by Hilton London - Chelsea with a display of some of the tulips already contributed. The campaign also has a Justgiving page, if you'd like to make a donation. You can also email Jackie (scroll down for the email address) for the pattern and a sponsorship form. 

There are a number of other charity knitting opportunities out there, including Knit for Peace, which supports people in India, Pakistan and Rwanda. There's also a wealth of charity knitting groups on Ravelry, including Knit Aid UK, Charity Crafting UK, and the innocent and Age UK's Big Knit (love the smoothie hats!).

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 welcom 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
Fierce Flawless - Ani Difranco
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Straight for Your Heart - Sarah Peacock