Episode 91: Welcome Back!

We’re back!

We’re back!

It’s been a loooong time since we’ve recorded, and there’s lots and lots to talk about. In this episode, we’ll update you on plans for this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl, the changes in our circumstances, and what’s ahead for Yarn in the City. 

News & Announcements 

Over the almost six months since we last spoke to you there have been a lot of changes behind the scenes here at YITC HQ, which mean our focus as an organization is going to be changing pretty dramatically.  We talk about Rachel’s move back to the States and Allison’s work changes, and what that means for YITC as an organisation.

Great London Yarn Crawl 2019

There will still be a Great London Yarn Crawl this year, but the structure and format are going to be dramatically different from previous editions. 

Who: All of you!

What: The 2019 edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl

Where: All over Greater London

When: 1-8th September 2019

How: Buy your GLYC Passport on 1 July, make plans with your friends or former teammates, and hit the streets the first week of September for some amazing yarn-y goodness! Then send us your passport to be entered to win door prizes. Passports will cost £10, and will be mailed to the person making the purchase, so if you’re buying for friends you’ll need to pass them out once received!

As usual, all net proceeds will go to our charity partner Refuge, which provides support for victims of domestic abuse. With the change in structure, we’re not able to collect donations for Knit for Peace this year, but we encourage you to send in your contributions – details on how to do so are on their website, and there are details about the particular items they’re looking for at any given time so do check out the listing. 

What we’re working on  

Allison finished the Pipit dress for a special baby’s first birthday

Allison finished the Pipit dress for a special baby’s first birthday

Allison has just finished the Pipit Dress by Aisnworth & Prin (from The Knitting Shed), and her Weekender by Andrea Mowry.  She’s working on a second Impressionists Shawl from Curious Handmade, since the first one she made ended up in Rachel’s wardrobe instead…

Rachel has been designing up a storm: new project in the works on the left, and newly published Snow Days shawl on the right

Rachel has been designing up a storm: new project in the works on the left, and newly published Snow Days shawl on the right

Rachel has been updating and redoing samples for older patterns, and designing new things based on her travels. She’ll have some test knits running for a couple of half-pi shawls in the next few weeks, so check out her testing pool on Yarnpond if you’d like to join - handspun testers are especially welcome! (Please note: you’ll need to be a member of Yarnpond to join the testing pool.)

What comes next for Yarn in the City? 

We talk about some of the challenges behind YITC events and why we’re making some big changes since we are no longer in the same locale. There are exciting things ahead!

Previous YITC designs:

Waterloo Mitts  

Watching the Tide (on Ravelry soon)


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 73: Let's have a yarn adventure!

Hello and welcome back to the Yarn in the City podcast! We are thrilled to be back and chatting with you guys again after our brief hiatus.

Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

On today’s episode we’re chatting about our theme for the podcast in 2018, Allison interviews our first special guest of the year and of course we get to catch up on our knitting projects in anticipation of the upcoming EYF too.

What we're working on:

Rachel is knitting Incunabula by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper in Valley Yarns Northampton in Sage Heather, and is on the sleeves after having to start over again due to choosing the wrong size at the beginning. True to form, she's made the body longer and decided to change the sleeve shaping. As you do.

Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison has been machine knitting up a storm, with her fabulous Union Jack Cardigan by Brandon Mably, and a bunch of awesome swatches from numerous classes (see short row eyeballs below). She also took a class in Bohus knitting when she went to Vogue Knitting Live last month, and we discuss Poems of Color by Wendy Keele, a good resource for Bohus knitting history.

Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Upcoming events

EYF. That is all (squee!)

We will be at the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge throughout the show, so please come by and say hi!

Yarn Adventures

Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Last year. the theme that we tried to work through the podcast episodes was Make Happy. This year, we've decided to focus on Yarn Adventures, both ours and those of other people. To start things off, we have an interview with Maylin Scott (aka Blithespirit), a Canadian expat living in Liverpool. We hope you enjoy!

YINGO!

We've got a new photo challenge for those of you attending EYF - Yarn Bingo (or Yingo)! We've put together a bingo card of photo prompts for you to use as inspiration and we're looking forward to seeing your interpretations! More details to follow, but every 5 in a row series or collage of photos is 1 entry into the prize drawing - fill up the card for 5 entries!


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

We hope to see you at EYF!

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 71: A Woolly Good Time

Events 

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness  

23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral, 10:30am - 5:30pm daily, free entry. Also includes a free Introduction to Natural Dyeing drop in session on Sunday, 26 November from 3-5pm. 

2 December: Pints, Purls and Prosecco with Nathan Taylor, from 7-10pm! 

21 January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show, 10am–4pm  

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Starting Point Shawl!!!!  she's working on the yoke of her British Blue sweater and on the two Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL hats. During the podcast, she finishes off a pair of socks in handspun Romney. 

Weaving in ends video from Tabetha Hedrick at SweetGeorgia Yarns

Allison is working on Clue 2 of her Cederberg Shawl MKAL – in SGY Tough Love Sock. She's also started a Gaston jumper for Harrison for Christmas, but is running low on yarn. Does anyone have any Sirdar Eco Wool DK in "Clay"  (soft fawn colour) they can spare? She needs 3-4 more 50 g balls...please get in touch!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

A Woolly Good Time: 

Alli has visited a couple of shows since the last podcast and gives us a brief rundown: Knit for Peace's The Great Knit Fest at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and the Nottingham Yarn Expo. Then we both get a bit philosophical about wool, yarn and it's importance in our day-to-day lives. How does wool play into your everyday 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. We are now back at the Goat now that their refurb is done.

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

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

 

Episode 19: Retreat and Recharge

Sponsor:

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.

What's going on:

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

3rd September: Kate Atherley will be teaching her "Math for Knitters" class at A Yarn Story in Bath.

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: YITC workshops on Knit Design and Pattern Writing with Kate Atherley, Soho, London

8th September - 3rd October: Waste Nothing - Finding a Home for the Discarded, an exhibition by the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers happening at the crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.

3-4th October - Swiss Wulle Festival, Zug, Switzerland

18th October - 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!" - tickets will go on sale 1st August.

23rd-26th October - Autumn Gwlana, Beggar's Reach

What we're working on:

Allison has cast on the Reverb Shawl by Felicia Lo, while still working on her brother's Skulls Sweater. The Toddler Hoodie and She's A Waterfall shawl have been pushed to the bottom of the queue as they aren't quite so time sensitive.

Rachel is working on a series of accessory designs for The Fibre Co, in their lusciously chunky Tundra yarn (60% llama/30% merino/10% silk). In fact, she manages to cast off the current project during the podcast. Otherwise she's working on recovering from Fibre-East.

Retreat and Recharge:

In typical fashion, we wander around and about the topic of retreats for a while, including discussing our first retreat experiences, reasons to go on a retreat, and falling down the rabbit hole of all the yarny/crafty retreats that are out there. Whatever you do, don't go check out Clara Parkes' list of retreats and events on Knitter's Review. Our favourite possibilities include Les Soeurs Anglaises (including Asa Tricosa and BYOP) and a two week cruise to South America.


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
Retreat - Howie Sutherland

Introducing the Brighton Knit and Make Social

In Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet says, "A little seabathing would set me up for ever."

Not that there's anything wrong with seabathing, but we rather think that the fresh air and sunshine to be enjoyed in Brighton would be even better with a picnic and portable project at hand to knit or make. With the opening of YAK earlier this year and our additional discovery of the Brighton Sewing Centre and Ditto Fabrics, we thought it was the perfect excuse for a crafty day out now that the sunshine and warmer weather is finally here - let's celebrate it!

So won't you join us on Saturday, 20 June for the first ever Brighton Knit and Make Social and Mini Crawl?

We've chatted with the shops and have organised special discounts with them for our guests joining us on the day. And we've also had some lovely door prizes donated from creative Brighton locals: Erika Knight, The Uncommon Thread, Lioness Arts, and Yellow Bear Wares.

The day out is planned to be very relaxed with opportunities to visit the shops, explore the famous Lanes, and of course, provide plenty of time for crafting and chatter. 

Tickets are only £10 and you can get them and more details on our events page here.

And keep an eye on the blog over the next couple of weeks as we'll have profiles of the shops and our lovely door prize donors too. Hope to see you there!