Episode 50: Are We There Yet?

This is our penultimate episode of the year! With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, Rachel has lost her mind with her holiday knitting so we’ve found some gifts for knitters ideas to keep things sane in your own households and you can get back to your own projects instead of stuff for other people!

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News and Events

It's the last few days of Wovember!

3 December – Selvedge Makers’s Fair, St Augustine Church Hall London, 11-5:00.

6 Dec – Make handpainted gift wrap at VV Rouleaux

14 December - Late Night Knitty Lock-in at Wild & Woolly

16 December - Pom Pom Christmas party, 49 Tanner St London SE1 3PL

Will feature The Fibre Co., Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles, as well as Francesca Hughes, Elisabeth Beverley, Coop Knits, Daughter of a Shepherd, Pink Hazel, La Bien Aimee, Beyond Measure and The Uncommon Thread.

Brioche classes for beginners at I Knit London on 3 Dec, 7 January and 21 January

What we’re working on

Allison is on the 13th stripe of 19 in Harrison’s Hogwarts scarf. In addition, she’s working on the Sonder Shawl by Helen Stewart. She’s also been making lists of what needs to happen in the next few weeks –maybe a couple of pairs of slippers, a quilt for her FIL and a throw for her brother. Plus a waistcoat for Jordan for Christmas.

Rachel is frantically trying to finish her Vestvember project, Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely alpaca her husband bought her in Peru. Despite all great intentions not to get out of control with Christmas knitting, she is also looking to do two versions of Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley and two top down yoked sweaters for her kids for Christmas. Goodbye sleep, hello RSI!

Christmas gift ideas

Cashmere bundles – Loop Lux Adorna

Check your Gauge cloth – Cocoknits - available at A Yarn Story

Christmas book bundles from The Loveliest Yarn Co – Christmas bundles

Jewellery from Tangled Yarn

Christmas Tree ornaments from Katrinkle and Yarnistry (also Christmas stitch markers)

Gift tags from Beyond Measure

Patterns for Ornaments

Christmas Eve Bauble Renee Callahan

Cheers! Cheryl Niamath

Mini Christmas Stocking by Julie Williams

Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Carmen Heffernan

Minikins – Woolly Wormhead

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at the Goat 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 (all available on NoiseTrade)
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
Two Birds - Katey Laurel
Raise the Tree - Trent Dabbs

Yarnporium vendor highlights: Indie Maker Spotlight and non-yarn-y gift ideas

With the Yarnporium only a couple of days away we thought it would be good to turn our highlights to some of our vendors who are bringing non-yarn-y things. If you've got BKFFs in your life that you're hoping to scoop up some Christmas presents for, we've got more than a few suggestions for you below:


Owner and designer Suraya makes gorgeous jewellery, all knitted and crocheted in jewellery wire and accented with gemstones and Swarovski crystals. In addition to her one of a kind pieces, Suraya also sells kits that allow you to make your jewellery for a special loved one, or yourself.

Wendy Fowler Pottery

We've long been fans of Wendy's yarn bowls (you know Allison has never met a yarn bowl she didn't swoon over!) so we're delighted that Wendy is joining us at the Yarnporium. She'll be bringing her handmade yarn bowls, along with some new ones that have us starry-eyed! Wendy also makes beautiful ceramic shawl pins too! (Note: Wendy Fowler Pottery can be found in the Great Hall, not the Indie Maker Spotlight).

The Little Grey Girl

Local London girl Gemma has the perfect accessories for your favourite yarn-lover. Whether you're looking for a stylish project bag (these are sophisticated fabrics, NOT twee!), notions kits, mini pouches, or stitch markers, Gemma can get help you tame your projects! Some of our faves: pyramid project bags and gin bottle stitch markers. And if you need to cast on something right away at the Yarnporium, Gemma carries HiyaHiya notions too.

Joe's Toes

Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to make someone for Christmas. We love falling back on traditional gift ideas and there's nothing more traditional, or cosier!, than a pair of handmade slippers. Joe's Toes has a range of slippers made with sturdy felt in a range of colours. You can by their slippers pre-made but we think the kits are more fun - letting you have the enjoyment of making them yourself!

The Knitting Shed

Staying on the kits theme, we fell in love with the adorable stylings of the Ainsworth & Prin kits from The Knitting Shed. You'll be looking for little girls in your life to make these for as the stylish dresses with knit bodices and Liberty Tana Lawn skirts are absolutely darling! They also carry a small selection of accessories including knitting needles from ChiaoGoo.

Cowtown Knits

If you've already got your yarn covered and are looking for pattern inspiration we've got lots of great designers on hand at the Yarnporium. Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits is another local-to-London gal, by way of Calgary, Canada. She's got a wide variety of patterns and mini-books that all feature a clean, modern aesthetic and clear, well-written instructions and accompanying tutorials.

An Caitin Beag

If you don't fancy knitting or crocheting your own jewellery then you might want to check out what An Caitin Beag has on offer at the Yarnporium. These beautiful pieces are all handcrafted and hallmarked in sterling silver. In addition to stitch marker jewellery and tiny silver stitch-saving crochet hooks they also make wonderful ceramic shawl pins and buttons too.

Of course there's loads more exhibitors in both the Indie Maker Spotlight and the Great Hall than we can tell you about - you'll just have to discover them all for yourself at the Yarnporium. Only two more sleeps to go! See you there?