Episode 21: That's a Wrap!

Contest Winner!

Our winner of the skein of Cornish Tin that we talked about in Episode 20: Celebration was won by Janet Barraclough. Janet, congratulations! BUT... we don't have any contact info as you didn't leave your Ravelry name for us so please get in touch ASAP. If we don't hear from you by the time we record the next podcast episode (likely towards the end of the week of the 21st September) then we'll draw another name for the prize.

What's going on:

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.

One of the beautiful woven pieces on display at the Waste Nothing exhibition

One of the beautiful woven pieces on display at the Waste Nothing exhibition

18-20th September - The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace

26 September - Rachel is teaching Learn to Spin: Drop Spindle, and How to Knit a Sexy Sweater Part 1: Swatching at A Yarn Story in Bath - spaces still available!

26-27th September - Yarndale, Skipton Auction Mart, Yorkshire. Allison is going up for the Saturday. If you see her, say hi!

26th September - 4th October - Shetland Wool Week

5th - 11th October - UK Wool Week. Also happening in Canada (17th-29th September), France (25 - 27 September), and The Netherlands (12 - 18th October).

5 - 11th October - Spinzilla! A week-long spinning event where individuals and teams challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn!  

6th October - TwinSpin, a partnership between the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and the Campaign For Wool. The London TwinSpin will be held at Royal Festival Hall foyer from 6:00 pm. Just look for the folks with the spinning wheels and/or spindles in one of the corners on the main level.

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 finished and blocked her Skulls Sweater for her brother. All that's left is steeking and zipper insertion - hooray! In celebration she's cast on the Sproutlette Dress by Tanis Lavallee, in some gorgeous Dragon Wings yarn purchased in Ontario.

Boucle madness...

Boucle madness...

Rachel is working on the last couple of designs for  The Fibre Co, in chunky Tundra (60% llama/30% merino/10% silk). She's also cast on the Jewels pullover by Amy King to try and get ride of some Rowan boucle yarn that appeared mysteriously in her stash. Still going on the Aranami Shawl by OlgaJazzy (Rav link). And getting psyched up for the first Porpoise Fur fibre club that is starting in October - check out the details here

Sadly, this is the only photo of Rachel and Allison together on the day. Thanks to Linda at Kettle Yarn Co. for capturing this one of us drawing the name of the winner of the Grand Prize Raffle!

Sadly, this is the only photo of Rachel and Allison together on the day. Thanks to Linda at Kettle Yarn Co. for capturing this one of us drawing the name of the winner of the Grand Prize Raffle!

That's a Wrap:

Well. The 3rd Annual Great London Yarn Crawl and the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace have been and gone, and were a huge success on the day. Thank you all so much for coming along an participating! In particular, we thank:

  1. Our fantastic volunteers at both events!!!!
  2. The shops, for participating and wholeheartedly getting in to the spirit of the day.
  3. Our Sponsors
  4. The Indie Designers, Kate Atherley and Brenda Dayne
  5. The Vendors at the Marketplace
  6. All the Yarn Crawlers, who helped us raise £1302 for our charity partner, Refuge and donated 141 handknits of various shapes and sizes for Knit for Peace.
  7. Our husbands and kids for putting up with us through all this madness.

We've managed to catch our breath and start looking ahead to next year's plans, and will update you soon with more details.


Thanks for joining us, and for all your support this year! You can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest, or go leave a review for us on iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio. 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) upstairs at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. 

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Hands & Hearts - Katrina Stone

 

 

Catching our breath

Wow. What a weekend! We're still catching our breath, catching up with our families and getting back into the swing of things with a new school year and the many other hats we wear too.

We promise to have an update on GLYC2015 for you very soon but in the meantime know that we have collected two ENORMOUS bags of handknits for Knit for Peace and raised over £1,000 for Refuge, for which we are so grateful for your generosity.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

More soon,
Allison and Rachel

Meet the Vendors: Knit With Attitude

Not long to go now! Squeezing in our last vendor profile now ahead of tomorrow's post with last minute details and tips for the day!

Yarn Crawlers are twice lucky to be able to not only visit Knit With Attitude on some of the GLYC routes, but also because this wonderful shop from Hackney will have a stand at the Pop-Up Marketplace as well. 

The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for? 

Knit with attitude is a small independent yarn shop that specialise in ethical and eco-friendly yarn. In everything we do we try to represent a positive attitude toward the world and its resources. Knit with attitude aims to close the gap between generations and hope to offer a contemporary, inspiring, and welcoming experience when visiting our shop whether it is in the actual High Street shop or when visiting online. We believe in building long term customer relationships and truly enjoy being part of our customers’ creative journey offering guidance and encouragement along the way.

Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors? 

I guess colour is the key word when choosing the yarn we’ll bring to the Marketplace - and trying to narrow down a selection that will work as a mini representation of what you will usually find when visiting the Knit with attitude shop itself. We’ll bring the yummy chunky yarns of Stitch & Story and Wool & the Gang, the vibrant and super soft Mohair Silk blends of Sweet Georgia, not to mention the lush fibres from Fyberspates. I’ve been so lucky to have collaborated with bespoke ceramicist Annette Bugansky and will be bringing our Knit with attitude Yarn Ball Yarn Bowl, along with a few of her other textile/knit inspired pieces. 

This year Knit with attitude is celebrating 5 years of having a bricks and mortar shop! We have plenty of exciting and celebratory things planned, which we can’t wait to share with you. Amongst others we have teamed up with some independent knitting designers to create some exclusive knitting patterns with some of our favourite yarns. First up is a little gem by Natalie Selles of Leeleetea Designs. We have kits made up for this design with a limited edition 5 year anniversary tote bag - which we will launch at the Great London Yarn Crawl!

Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?

I share my premises with another shop Of Cabbages & Kings, an art and design shop focusing on independent UK artists, most of them based here in London. We used to have each our tiny shop off route, and tried to figure out how to move forward from this. In London it is really difficult for any small independent shop to establish themselves on the High Streets as they’re usually drowned and priced out of market by large chain stores. By combining our forces and share the responsibilities and expenses we were able to open on a High Street location, and together we offer a creative platform for yarn and art. It's more than just a shop – it's a creative space bringing people together. There is a knit night every month, and an art exhibition every other month. We host talks and classes covering a range of art and fibre subjects such as knitting, crochet and jewellery making. 

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?

Without a doubt people! Running this shop has given me the opportunity to meet all imaginable characters from all walks of life - I would never have guessed the amount of ‘sharing’ you get to experience in a yarn shop, from personal relations to professional collaborations. 

Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival!

Well, I started out as a market trader so should have plenty of stories to choose from, but isn’t it weird how under pressure it is impossible to be funny? I told this great story to the others in the shop the other day, and all mentioned how that was my perfect vendor profile story - but I can’t for the life of me remember which one it was….

Meet the Vendors: The Fibre Co.

Squeezing in another vendor profile in advance of event weekend! We really can't wait to squeeze this next vendor's new yarn, Cumbria. Please read on to learn more about The Fibre Co. from owner Daphne Marinopoulos.

The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for?

The Fibre Co. focuses on creating yarns from interesting blends of natural fibres. The unique lines in our range of yarns are all carefully developed to achieve the perfect combination of softness and structure. Our yarns are dyed to create subtle variation in tone and saturated, sophisticated colours. The result is an elegant yarn worthy of the most special projects—yours. Terra shown below is one of the favourites in our collection and showcases the type of work that we are known for.

Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors? 

We’re bringing our new line—Cumbria! I developed the idea for this new yarn while I was in the throes of planning my move to England. My husband’s family lives in the North Lakes (so do we now) and visits to the region over the years were always so inspiring. The light can be absolutely fantastic up here with sunsets on nearby Skiddaw and other peaks serving as nature’s light shows. Who wouldn’t want to create a new yarn based on this beautiful region? Here’s one of our views.


That view inspired this:

Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business? 

Here at The Fibre Co., it’s all about blending fibres together to achieve an interesting texture and base onto which artisan dye techniques can be applied for really beautiful colour results. I begin by ‘finger spinning’ natural fibres together and playing with percentages and weights. As an example, to develop our new line Cumbria, I began by wanting a natural brown wool to mix with a finer white wool to obtain a grey base. The goal was to create a long wearing everyday yarn in an amazing array of deeply saturated colours. I wanted lustre, so I added 10% mohair to the blend…just enough for a natural patina to each shade. Then, I go into the laboratory to see how various dye formulas look. I did over 80 lab dips to come up with the 14 that are in the initial launch palette.  Here I am in the laboratory!

The final 14 shades:

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business? 

I’m an eternal ‘starter’ and just love creating new products. When we had a mill and spun our own yarn, the entire process was so fulfilling (if a bit tiring!). There was always something new to create or play with in the mill. And even though I don’t do this on a daily basis anymore, the product development process is still a thrilling adventure for me.

Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival! 

Hmmm, funny…Well, I suppose I laugh at myself quite a bit when I think about how naïve I was in the early days. With no industry experience or know-how, I bought a spinning mill and had the audacity to think that I could create a product that the enthusiast knitter would enjoy. Here’s a photo from our first trade show back in 2005. Quaint, isn’t it?


This is what we looked like 10 years later in March 2015 at the international trade show in Cologne, Germany called h+h (hobby + handarbeit).

The Fibre Co. is one of our door prize sponsors. We're sure it will make a lucky Yarn Crawler very happy! Thanks again Daphne!