Episode 26: Counting Down to Christmas

We've had our last event of the year, the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl, which has inspired us to think about knitting gifts and gifts for knitters.

News and Events

Getting a knit on while waiting to visit the archive at the Bath Fashion Museum and discovering The Makery

Getting a knit on while waiting to visit the archive at the Bath Fashion Museum and discovering The Makery

The Bath Christmas Craft Crawl Recap!

5th December - Knit for Peace Knit-in at the Barbican

11th December - PPQ Christmas party

London Craft Guide Update

Now with the designers, and looking at an end-of-2015 or very-early-2016 release date. Thank you all for your patience and our apologies about the continued delay!

Important note: if you preordered the book at the Yarn in the City Pop Up Marketplace, please email us!!!

What we’re working on

Rachel has almost finished two sets of fingerless mittens in Mind the Gap sport weight, and has decided (for the moment) that the other presents aren't due until just after Christmas, and can therefore wait. She is madly and obsessively working on Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman in SweetGeorgia Superwash Merino in Wasabi.

Allison has whipped up a basic but quick cowl out of her latest handspun

Allison has whipped up a basic but quick cowl out of her latest handspun

Allison is making great progress on Grettir by Jared Flood, and is almost at yoke. She's finished a quick, made up cowl with Porpoise Fur handspun from the Lab Goddess Fibre Club, and has a pair of socks for her dad to work on; pattern is from Kate Atherley's new book, "Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet", which we reviewed in Episode 23.

2015 Gift Guide – Tiny Treats

Yarn bowls - Emily Cross Ceramics, Little Wren Pottery, Hadley Clay, Earth Wool & Fire, and Kingfishersblue.

Sheep Shawl sticks by JUL Designs.

Sirka counter - photo courtesy of YAK

Sirka counter - photo courtesy of YAK

Sirka counter, available at YAK or Meadow Yarn.

Moth cards by Max Alexander, available at Prick Your Finger or Max’s World.

Silver crochet hooks by Lyn Roberts at A Yarn Story

The Knitters Keep from CocoKnits - photo courtesy of CocoKnits

The Knitters Keep from CocoKnits - photo courtesy of CocoKnits

Christmas jumper earrings - photo courtesy of Hello Sunshine

Christmas jumper earrings - photo courtesy of Hello Sunshine

Knitters jewellery - Hello Sunshine, Max's World, Silverdashery

John Arbon's fabulous wool and alpaca socks

Grounded by Heather Ordover


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Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Santa Claus is Strumming to Town - The Winter Failure
This Christmas - Paste Holiday Sampler 2014
Christmas is All Around (Love Actually) - Sleeping at Last

An early Christmas present: a Wee Winter Whimsy

There's only a couple more days to go until Christmas and hopefully you're all well and truly organised with no reasons to leave the house now until the 27th.

Which would also likely mean that all your festive knitting is wrapped up prettily too, right? Wink, wink!

Just in case you have the stamina for a bit more Christmas knitting, we've got a little gift for you: Wee Winter Whimsy. This little sachet pattern can be knit up in about the same amount of time as a swatch from scraps that we all seem to keep tucked in our crafting spaces. A little bit of worsted-weight yarn, a small length of ribbon, and some sweet-smelling stuff are all you need to make up this sachet.

Click here to download Wee Winter Whimsy

It's completely customisable too: why not use gloves or mulling spices for a festive scent? Herbes de Provence for your favourite chef (in which case the sachet becomes the sweetest little gift bag!), or cedar chips for the sachet to be stored with treasured knit.

Whatever you're knitting this holiday, we hope you have a wonderful time off with friends and family - and yarn, of course! We'll be back online in the new year, with lots of exciting plans to share with you.

Merry Christmas, and we'll see you in 2015!

Christmas goodies for our road trippers

Did you happen to see this photo posted to our Instagram?

Things are decidedly Christmas-y around Yarn in the City HQ!

Things are decidedly Christmas-y around Yarn in the City HQ!

It's just a tease for wee Christmas pressie we have planned for all of you joining us on the Road Trip to the Bath Christmas Market thanks to the generosity of sponsors Kettle Yarn Co. and East London Knit.

The two brands often collaborate together so it seemed like the perfect pairing to have Kettle Yarn Co.'s superwash BFL TWIST Fingering paired with one of East London Knit's charming designs.

Some of East London Knit's designs:  Rhombulation  scarf,  Hyssop  sweater and  Veil of Leithen  shawl.

Some of East London Knit's designs: Rhombulation scarf, Hyssop sweater and Veil of Leithen shawl.

Renée Callahan is the face behind East London Knit. Her background in fashion design with knitwear comes through in her designs. Renée's designs are playful yet practical with details that keep the knitting fun. You've probably seen some of Renée's designs hanging in the Kettle Yarn Co. booth at a show, or more recently in Amirisu, Knit Now, and Twist Collective.

Some of the gorgeousness that is Kettle Yarn Co.'s Islington - shown in Pom and Old Smoke.

Some of the gorgeousness that is Kettle Yarn Co.'s Islington - shown in Pom and Old Smoke.

If you're already not familiar with Kettle Yarn Co. then you really need to get acquainted with this lovely British brand. Dyer Linda Lencovic has very exacting standards when it comes to choosing the base yarns for her soft palette of colours. Softness, wearability and durability are all taken into consideration, and Linda has a handy Wear Chart for her yarns. 

Linda will be showing off her yarns next at the upcoming Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party happening on 6 December in London but you can also find her delicious Islington yarn at A Yarn Story on the Bath road trip.

Many thanks to both Renée and Linda for being part of our first ever Christmas outing with Yarn in the City!

Have you got your tickets for the road trip yet or planned your knitting? We're chatting about our project choices over in our Ravelry group - why not join us?