Episode 49: Overwhelmed

In this episode of the podcast, we recap the glorious madness that was Yarnporium, chat with the amazing Tara Swiger, and look ahead to our crafting plans for the holiday season.

Tara Swiger of the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast and C.C. Almon of the Geeky Girls Knits podcast at the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza retreat in Farnham.

Tara Swiger of the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast and C.C. Almon of the Geeky Girls Knits podcast at the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza retreat in Farnham.

Sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in November and December with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

News and Events:

Entire month: WOVEMBER continues!

3 December - Edinburgh Yarn Festival is hosting their Wool Tribe Christmas Party

16 December - Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party! Sponsored by The Fibre Company, Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles

What we're working on:

Rachel has finally cast on her #Vestvember project: Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely natural brown alpaca that her Other Half brought back from Peru long ago. She finished Helen Stewart's gorgeous Sonder Shawl in a mad, political panic-fueled couple of days in front of the TV last week, and has been spinning some Coomassie Blue BFL for a handspun Fauske from the Nordlándda Collection.

Allison gets started on a new pair of handspun socks.

Allison gets started on a new pair of handspun socks.

Allison has been working on the Gryffindor Scarf for Mr. H for Christmas and has also been working on the Sonder Shawl but not as quickly as Rachel. Allison is also longingly hoping to get back to her Creature Comforts Cardi that she started back in the spring but in the meantime applying her new two-at-a-time-toe-up socks skills to a pair of bedsocks out of birthday handspun from Rachel. She also managed to spin cotton in Rachel's spinning class at the retreat and is looking forward to holiday time in Canada.

Overwhelmed:

We are feeling a bit overwhelmed in this episode. On the one hand, we are overwhelmed by the incredibly wonderful response to The Yarnporium - many, many thanks to our sponsors, vendors, teachers and volunteers, without whom this event would never have happened.

Huge, HUGE thanks to our amazing volunteers from the Yarnporium who helped everything run smoothly!

Huge, HUGE thanks to our amazing volunteers from the Yarnporium who helped everything run smoothly!

We are also looking ahead to feeling overwhelmed by the upcoming holidays, and the desire to Make All The Things for our loved ones. We had the opportunity to speak with the lovely, enthusiastic, and all around wonderful human being, Tara Swiger, of www.taraswiger.com and the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast at the recent Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza. Tara talked with us about how to deal with overwhelm during this oh-so-fraught time, and how to decide what to focus on to ensure that the holiday season is a happy and healthy one.


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!

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Remember the Monarchs - A Land Outside of This
New Beginning - Lauren Mann

Episode 40: Retreat!

Sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories. Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in July, August and September by using the code YITCEnabled2016. If you aren't shopping for yarn at the moment, be sure to sign up for their newsletter on the site.

Shout outs, news and events:

A huge shout out to Kathy from Handcrafted Holidays who we met up with in London ahead of her meeting a group of knitters and stitchers for a two week jaunt around the UK.

1st July - tickets for GLYC 2016 go on sale!!! Since recording the podcast some routes are already sold out so make sure to get your tickets soon!

2 July - Tour de Fleece starts! If you need some spinning company, come join Team Porpoise Fur on Ravelry.

16-17th July - Yarningham, a new show in Birmingham

16-17th July - Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland

19th July - Make at the Movies charity film event at Odeon Cinema on Foregate Street in Worcester, to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer and Mind. Show is at 10:45am and cost is £4. More details on their Facebook page.

30-31st July - Fibre East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire 

What we’re working on

Rachel's startitis continues as she's cast on the Superbulky Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. She's still working on the test knit for Kettle Yarn Co., and the Talisman Shawl from Helen Stewart's The Shawl Society. The Kippen Cardigan is in time out until she gets on the plane later this month. 

Allison is still working on the Toddler Hoodie, and Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley for the London Craft Guide Craft-a-long.

Retreat!

L-R: Sam, C.C. and Dami from the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

L-R: Sam, C.C. and Dami from the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

We talk to C. C. and Dami from the Geeky Girls Knit videocast, and Sam from KnitRunDig about their upcoming retreat, The Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza, happening in Farnham, UK from 10 - 13th November 2016. Details on how to register for the retreat and all the amazing classes and vendors are on their website. The Layer it On KAL is in full swing on their Ravelry board.


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
No Matter Where We Go - Whitney
Airport Bar - Martin Courtney

Episode 37: Roadtrip!

This episode is a little later than usual as we wanted to bring you a report from Allison’s roadtrip into Devon to visit the John Arbon Textiles Mill as part of their Open Weekend. We’ve also got some other exciting roadtrip news to share with you too!

Shout outs, News and Events

A HUGE shout out to Rachel G. and Lucy O. who invited Allison to tag along with them to the John Arbon Open Weekend. Also to @anelalei in Hawaii, who Tweeted at us about enjoying the podcast - we're glad to hear it!

The amazing Rachel G. and her mad spinning skills - in a CAR!

The amazing Rachel G. and her mad spinning skills - in a CAR!

Congratulations to I Knit London who celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend!

1 June – join us for the London Craft Guide KAL! Knit or sew whatever project you’d like from the London Craft Guide. Or can be more than one project! 

4 June - Leeds Wool Festival

4-5th June: Wool Fair, Ickworth

7 June - Allison will be hanging out at knit night at The Purple Purl in Toronto on her way to TNNA!

18 June - WWKIP Day! We also hope you’ll join us at the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park from 1:30-4:30pm. Please give us a shout and let us know if you're going to be joining us on the day so we can keep an eye out for you!

25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria,

GLYC 2016 update

Route info will be published on June 1st and tickets will go on sale on July 1st. We’re adding a few new shops this year, including Stag & Bow, the iconic Liberty and Ray Stitch. Stay tuned for the routes for more details!

What we’re working on

What Rachel has been working on...( Tour de Fleece colourways for Porpoise Fur )

What Rachel has been working on...(Tour de Fleece colourways for Porpoise Fur)

Rachel has been dyeing. A lot. And slowly working on the Incredible Hullk shawl from Episode 35 which is ginormous and...hulk-like.

Allison's new Camber dress, which she's inadvertently matched up to her Lush cardi

Allison's new Camber dress, which she's inadvertently matched up to her Lush cardi

Instead of a knitting FO, this episode Allison has a sewing FO - woot! It's gorgeous, and matches her Lush cardigan perfectly. She's also working on the Twist Pullover by Cecily Glowik MacDonald from knit.wear Spring 2012, in SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Cherry. Hoping to finish for TNNA...

Roadtrip!

John Arbon explaining some of the vintage (yet fully functional!) equipment in the spinning mill as part of the John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend

John Arbon explaining some of the vintage (yet fully functional!) equipment in the spinning mill as part of the John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend

In which Allison takes a drive down to Devon, gets audio of Frankie and John, and ends up with a Mill Membership and some yarny presents.

We also announce our upcoming autumn retreat, also in Devon! In collaboration with Made on Holiday, we are hosting Knitting in the Country with Yarn in the City, a weekend-long event on 30 September - 2 October. The venue is fabulous (really!) and we will be teaching some dyeing classes and colourwork classes and how to fix your mistakes classes. Check out the website for more details and we hope you can join us in October!


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think viaTwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
You're My Friend - Midnight Pilot
Charmer - Aimee Mann

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