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...


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!

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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 4: We wish you a Merry Christmas

Crafty Christmas Puddings!

Crafty Christmas Puddings!

A short(-ish) and sweet podcast today, with some as-yet-unfinished gift knitting, a bit about our Christmas traditions, a quick look back on the past year, and what's to come, and Happy New Year wishes for you all.

What we're working on
Allison is working on Rachel's Bonfire Night Cowl in SweetGeorgia Superwash Six in the gorgeous Mulberry colorway. She is also still working on a Chunky Cabled Hat from Purl Soho for her husband, after a minor knitting malfunction required some ripping. Rachel is working on the amazing Cattywumpus Hat by Elizabeth Green Musselman, as well as finishing up a long-neglected Hedgehog Hat by Elise Cohen. Over the course of the episode, she also realises that she owes her husband a Copenhagen Hat, so that's next on the needles.

Family Traditions
Rachel waxes rhapsodical about the British Institution that is the Christmas Pantomime, but reveals that this year, they are hitting the bright lights of Leicester Square. Allison and her boys are hitting the pub for Christmas dinner this year, and are just happy to be in the same city for Christmas. We also talk about the slipperly slope of opening "just one" present on the night before Christmas, and various scarring experiences from our pasts. 

Bath Road Trip Round Up
In which a great time was had by all as we visited A Yarn Story (recently featured in Knit Now Issue 42 and Inside Crochet Issue 61), Country Threads, the overwhelming Bath Christmas Market (including visits to Bijoux Beads and The Makery) and Wool.

Year in Review
Most of the year was spent in the run up to GLYC 2014, which raised over £800 for Refuge - thanks to all of you for your support! We put out a call for submissions for our upcoming book, and took a fabulous day trip to Bath. Stay tuned for another road trip (to a slightly closer location) in Spring 2015, the release of the book, and perhaps a few other London-based events scattered here and there. And the Great London Yarn Crawl is on again for 5th September 2015, with a big surprise upcoming - watch this space for details coming in early January!

Wrap Up
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas (or other Winter Solstice holiday of your choosing), and hope to bring you much more yarny news and goodness in 2015. We'll be back in mid-January, so we will talk to you then!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade):
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
All I Want - John Brazell
Wonderful Christmastime - Joel Rakes