GLYC Designers: Inspiration Knits

The last of our GLYC designers is Louise Zass-Bangham, of Inspiration Knits.

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

We've talked about/with Louise before, both on the blog and on the podcast. Her accessory designs are characterised by interesting textures coupled to wearable shapes and lots of options for customisation.  Her recent book, Knit Play Colour, highlights all of these points, providing patterns for ten accessories with multiple options for yarn weights, colour choices and sizing. 

Louise has very kindly provided a selection of her patterns for the GLYC 2016 goodie bags, including her recent design for Unravel 2016, Maltings. Or you might find the Slipstream Cowl, FoolproofSiren Song or Song of the Sea tucked in your bag.

Maltings

Maltings

Slipstream

Slipstream

Foolproof

Foolproof

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Louise is also the intrepid leader of Team Bobbles on this year's yarn crawl! Thank you so much to Louise for all her support on multiple fronts over the past few years - she's one of the reasons the Great London Yarn Crawl continues and is the success that it is.

GLYC Designers: Cowtown Knits

Kate Bostwick, aka Cowtown Knits, is a newcomer to GLYC sponsorship this year, and we're so thrilled that she's joining us!

To be fair, as soon as she showed up at the YITC Knit Night her fate was sealed, as we've gotten to see a number of her designs develop over a pint or two on Wednesday nights...

Jodi's Sweater

Jodi's Sweater

Chainlink Mitts

Chainlink Mitts

Kate's designs range from sweaters to accessories to homewares and blankets, and she loves to combine colours and texture in interesting and unexpected ways.

Kicking Horse Mittens

Kicking Horse Mittens

Siffleur

Siffleur

Kate's pattern contribution for the GLYC 2016 goodie bags is part of her recent collaboration with Third Vault Yarns: the Lambton Panes shawl.

This gorgeous shawl pairs a gradient yarn with a solid in an intriguing combination of slipped stitches and garter stitch stripes. This is a perfect project for some of those tempting skeins of 4 ply that you may pick up on Saturday! 

Kate is also running a knit along for Lambton Panes that launches on the day of the Yarn Crawl! Check out the thread in her group for more information, and keep an eye out for that perfect Lambton Pane yarns on the day. The knit along runs until the beginning of November making it the perfect knit along to get you ready for the Yarnporium!

GLYC Designers: East London Knit

As we get closer to this Great London Yarn Crawl, we'd like to give you a sneak preview of some of the designers and patterns that are going to be in the goody bags for this year's event. First up is our good friend, Renée Callahan.

Renée is the fabulous designer behind East London Knit, and her designs celebrate textures and colours, coupled with interesting constructions, resulting in beautiful, wearable garments and accessories. 

Angelus Novelus , from the Klee Collection

Angelus Novelus, from the Klee Collection

Takumi  from The Zen Variations for The Fibre Co.

Takumi from The Zen Variations for The Fibre Co.

We are so lucky that Renée been a part of the Great London Yarn Crawl since our humble beginnings in 2013! She was one of our Yarn Guides that first year, and her support has gone on to include running the show at last year's Pop Up Marketplace. This year, she's contributing patterns for the goody bags. In particular, she's contributing this pattern: 

The Zigging Hat & Cowl, which is one of the fab projects in the London Craft Guide. Worked in a plump, aran weight yarn, this matching graphic hat and cowl can be made with less then 350 m of yarn. There are less than 30 tickets left for this year's Yarn Crawl, so don't miss out!!!

Many, many thanks to Renée for her support and friendship over the years. She sadly won't be at the GLYC this year, but you can find more of her gorgeous patterns at www.eastlondonknit.co.uk, as well as finding her on Ravelry and Instagram