Episode 62: How did that happen?

On this episode of the podcast we’re a little bit overwhemed that this year marks the 5th anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl. With tickets going on sale on July 1st we have tons of news to share with you about the big event!

Shout Outs + News + Events

Huge shout out to everyone who came and joined us at The Village Haberdashery for World Wide Knit in Public Day. We had a terrific turnout and it was great to meet so many new makers! Many thanks to Annie from The Village Haberdashery for hosting with us and to SweetGeorgia Yarns for providing our door prizes!

Details on the GLYC Anniversary KAL have been released.

23 - 24 June:  Woolfest gets underway next weekend in Cockermouth in Cumbria

1 July: Tickets go on sale for the GLYC on Saturday (check out the routes here)

8 - 9  July: The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire

14 - 15 July: Pomfest, celebrating 5 years of Pom Pom Quarterly magazine

15 - 16 July: Yarningham  in Birmingham

29 - 30 July: Fibre East in Bedfordshire

Other event resources: Ravelry UK Event Listings and listings on the Knitter’s Review 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is working on nada at the moment, but is trying to recover from a couple of weeks of crazy work.

Allison is working on her Joji Mystery KAL, and has been doing lots of sewing.

Celebrating 5 Years of the Great London Yarn Crawl

How did this even happen?! Time sure flies when you’re having fun.

This September 9th is the 5th Anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl, once again benefitting Refuge and we have planned to make it extra special for you this year so we really hope you’re going to join us us!

This year we’ve got 12 awesome routes for you, each route is named after one of the lines of the London underground.

NOTE OF CLARIFICATION: The team name has no bearing on your transport routs, and the shops you’re going to visit are not only on that tube line (would that were so easy for us in terms of the planning!)

Tickets will be £20, which includes your goody bag (full of gloriousness, including a skein of yarn from one of our yarn sponsers: Erika Knight and The Fibre Co.), entry to the Mini-Marketplace and After Party (with door prizes and other cool stuff). You'll need to pace yourselves on the day - look who's coming to the Mini Yarn Market!

We will again be collecting items to donate to Knit for Peace, and will be having a raffle for a grand prize basket of goodies!


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.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 60: In conversation with RIB magazine

In this episode we have a special interview with Eric Lutz, publisher of RIB magazine, which we recorded at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March. We've been holding on to this interview for a while, but since the second issue of RIB will be hitting shops in early June, this seems like a good time to share the audio with you.

Want to join us for World Wide Knit in Public Day? It's free! We'll be knitting in the charming West Hampstead Square on Saturday, June 10th.    Click for more details   !

Want to join us for World Wide Knit in Public Day? It's free! We'll be knitting in the charming West Hampstead Square on Saturday, June 10th. Click for more details!

We've also got a quick update on our WWKIP day event on 10th June at the Village Haberdashery and what's making us happy these days!

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

#MeMadeMay is still underway!

Rachel is still working on the handspun socks, and started spinning up some BFL for a sweater. The Kippen Cardigan has fallen by the wayside for the moment. Last episode’s sock yarn is finished and plied and washed and waiting for a moment when I can cast on!

Allison's latest progress on Clue 2 of the Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL, Starting Point.

Allison's latest progress on Clue 2 of the Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL, Starting Point.

Allison finished the crocheted tie for Harrison and not a moment too soon! Everything has been all about the Joji MKAL / mystery wrap which she's knitting in the Kitsilano colourway kit put together by SweetGeorgia Yarns. She's also been sewing and working on finishing a few things, including the Cleo dungaree dress by Tilly and the Buttons that is so close to being finished!

Don’t forget to show us what you’ve been working on that’s making you happy! Tag your photos on Instagram with #yitcmakehappy so we can see your projects!

In conversation with RIB magazine

At the Edinburgh Yarn Festival earlier this year we were lucky enough to meet the publisher of new Canadian bi-annual magazine RIB, Eric Lutz. Eric and his business partner, editor Devon Johnson have created a fantastic magazine that helps to fill an often lacking niche – men’s knitwear patterns. Their approach is to create an inspiring collection of patterns for men who knit, and for those who like to knit for them.

A few of our faves from the upcoming issue 2 of RIB magazine (L-R): Rigging Pullover by Fiona Ellis, Fickle Steps Socks by Louise Tilbrook, and Cayley Pullover by Irina Anikeeva.

A few of our faves from the upcoming issue 2 of RIB magazine (L-R): Rigging Pullover by Fiona Ellis, Fickle Steps Socks by Louise Tilbrook, and Cayley Pullover by Irina Anikeeva.

Issue 2 of RIB will be available in early June, and we share our thoughts on the pattern previews and what we're looking forward to knitting from this issue.


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.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 59: A Decade

This year is the tenth anniversary for lots of different institutions in our knitting world, but the one we talk about in this episode is Ravelry - the website that has changed the landscape of fibre arts and community. In addition, we’ll have quick run through upcoming events for May and June and share what’s on our needles, hooks and bobbins.

News and Events

13-14th May: Wool@J13, Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire ST19 5RE

27 May: Highland Wool and Textiles Fair, Dingwall Auction Mart, Scotland

From 1st June – end September: Exhibition of Dutch Ganseys, Sheringham Museum, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham NR26 8BG

3rd June: Leeds Wool Festival

10th June – World Wide Knit In Public Day - come join us at the Village Haberdashery!

10-11th June: John Arbon Textiles Mill Open Weekend

23-24th June: Woolfest, Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Center, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel's special collaboration yarn spun from her own hand-dyed Porpoise Fur Fibre. The colourway is Turning on Shetland.

Rachel's special collaboration yarn spun from her own hand-dyed Porpoise Fur Fibre. The colourway is Turning on Shetland.

Rachel is onto the collar of the Kippen Cardigan (by Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project), and a pair of two at a time toe up socks in handspun Romney from the Lab Goddess Fibre Club (January 2017, Diving into the Deep inspired by geologist and cartographer Marie Tharp). She's also finished spinning up some special collaboration yarn, and is now obsessively spinning sock yarn from some Sock Blend top (50% Corriedale/25% Southdown/25% nylon in the Network colourway) to knit Kate Atherley’s new sock pattern.

Allison is working on a crocheted tie for Harrison for his upcoming "spectacle" at school in the Liquid Sunshine colourway from Ginger Twist Studios.

Allison is working on a crocheted tie for Harrison for his upcoming "spectacle" at school in the Liquid Sunshine colourway from Ginger Twist Studios.

Allison is still working on her crocheted baby blanket, but has also started a crochet tie for Harrison for his school show. Also on needles: the Martinique Beach Cowl by Fiona Alice from Take Heart in SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted. the Maple Leaf Shawl by Natalia @ Elfmoda and the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham.

A Decade

In which we discuss the demise of Knitter's Magazine, the rise of Ravelry and what the next ten years might hold for the knitting 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.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 54: Stashing Season

Now that the wool festival calendar has really kicked into high gear, and with Edinburgh Yarn Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time today to talk about Yarn Show Strategy. We’ll also have an update on the #Blackerpodkal, where you can find us in Edinburgh, what’s making us happy at the moment, and more! 

What's making us happy:

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues and we are winding down to the last week!  How’s your project going? 

Some instagram highlights from #TeamYITC: 

#TeamYITC prize: we will post in the Ravelry thead what the prize is and who wins! Winner will be drawn on 6th March, so make sure you get your projects up and tagged with #BlackerPODKAL and #TeamYITC.

Allison is working on her #BlackerPODKAL project in St. Kilda lace. 

Rachel finished the Christmas sweaters for her kids, but is now working on her #BlackerPODKAL project, the Inglis Mitts by Ysolda Teague in Tamar. 

Stash Season: 

Tips for making sure you don’t get overwhelmed by the wool fumes and end up having to mortgage a kidney to buy yarn. 

  • Make a list 
  • Stick to your list
  • If sticking to your list is going to be tough, set aside a set amount of money that you can splurge with and when it’s gone, it’s gone. 
  • Only take cash and leave the credit cards at home. 

More generally – really think about what you’re buying. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but think about whether you already have five skeins of blue and purple 4-ply yarn in a box at home? 

And we've put together a handy downloadable tip sheet for you too.


Wrap up

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! 

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City