Episode 51: Happy Yule

We’ve just wrapped up our last knit night of the year at the pub so we’re in pretty good spirits! We’ve got a very low-key Christmas episode of the podcast for you for our last episode of the year. So grab some eggnog, or a nightcap or a hot chocolate (with some Baileys) and kick back with us! 

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News and Events: 

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is happening this coming Friday, December 16th if you’re in London.  

15th January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show


What we’re working on: 

Allison is on track with Harry's Gryffindor scarf, but is also working on the lovely Atwater Hat in New Lanark Mills yarn. Her Sonder Shawl is almost done too, and she's making good progress on some slippers for her mom and MIL. The sewing projects are taking a bit of a hit though...


Rachel is working on Beyond Sock Yarn x 2, Christmas Jumpers x 2 (yarn is dyed!), and maybe some other things for Christmas presents (i.e. a woven stole for her mom and a brioche scarf for her Dad).


Getting ready for Christmas:

We chat about our Christmas plans, cat-proofing the Christmas tree, curry sauce and chips and selfish knitting for post-holiday relaxation.

Wrap up: 

We are thinking about themes and content for next year - if you have anything you're interested in having us talk about, please reach out and let us know.

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 wonderful holiday season and we'll be back in the New Year!


Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
This Christmas - Sinclair
Every Bell On Earth Will Ring - The Oh Hellos

I'll Be Home For (A White) Christmas - Joel Rakes

Episode 17: Summertime, and the knitting is easy


Yarn in the City is proud to be sponsored by A Yarn Story. A Yarn Story specialises in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres. They carry yarns from indie dyers near and far, such as The Uncommon Thread, SweetGeorgia Yarns and Life in the Long Grass. Find them at www.ayarnstory.co.uk, or in Bath on Walcot Street in the heart of the Artisan Quarter.

Shout outs:

Shout out #1: Everyone who has bought tickets to the 2015 Great London Yarn Crawl, the Pop-Up Marketplace, and the Kate Atherley workshops! We are truly touched by your support and enthusiasm, and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

Shout out #2: Our fantastic models for the Yarn in the City book, who braved seriously high temperatures to model woollen accessories, and looked absolutely fabulous doing it. Thank you Claire and Justine!

What's going on:

13th  July - The release of the Boardwalk Collection from Kettle Yarn Co, featuring her new Islington DK base, which contains the Bagatelle Cowl, designed by Rachel. Other designers include Linda Lencovic, Renée Callahan, Rachel Coopey, Isabell Kraemer and Maria Magnusson.

19th July: Introduction to Lace Knitting with Jemima Bicknell at Loop.

25-26th July: Fibre-East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Rachel will be flying solo at the Porpoise Fur booth that weekend, so come by and say hello!

22nd August - The 10th Anniversary edition of the TTC Knitalong, the inspiration for the GLYC, in Toronto..

5th September - The 3rd edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl, and the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace, which will include the Indie Designer Spotlight.

6th September - Workshops on Knit Design and Pattern Writing with Kate Atherley

18th October - Just announced: come hear Heather Ordover of Craftlit and "What Would Madame DeFarge Knit?" fame talk about "What Knitting Does to Your Brain: the many benefits of knitting (and crocheting) - this time backed by 95% more science!"

What we're working on:

Rachel has finished (but not blocked) her Byatt Shawl by Karie Westermann, in Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian, and has cast on a Bagatelle Cowl in handspun Porpoise Fur BFL/alpaca/silk in the "Blue Jay" colourway. As the Tour de France is now underway, she's also been spinning, mostly on spindles, so while output has not been huge, she is making progress on her Texel spindle sweaterlot.

Allison finished her Pebble Beach Shawlette, but Indie Designer Spotlight participant Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, in Kettle Yarn Co Islington in the "Gold Dust" colourway. With that out of the way, she's made a bit more progress on the Skulls Sweater for her brother, and the Tobias Hoody. As she heads off to Canada soon, she's been thinking alot about what sort of vacation knitting she should take...

Summertime Knitting

Our topic for today is Summer Knitting, and how to make it a success. With the advent of warmer weather, longer days, and perhaps a bit of holiday thrown in, it's an opportunity to get in some good knitting time. We talk about a few things to consider for your summer or holiday knitting projects: fibre choice, pattern choice, portability, and why sometimes garter stitch really is the only option that makes sense.

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 also more then welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. We'll be there the rest of July, but on hiatus for August, with plans to start back up again after the big GLYC weekend in September.

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Fierce Flawless - Ani Difranco
Summertime - Josh Rouse