Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 3

Our final installment in the vendor round up for the Mini Yarn Market is packed full of amazing stuff. In this last grouping we we have four amazing indy yarn dyers: Third Vault Yarns, Whimzy, Qing Fibre and Owl About Yarn.

Third Vault Yarns is the work of geek-inspired dyer Lola Johnson, and features a range of stunning colourways built around different fandoms. 

In addition to gorgeous yarns ranging from fingering to worsted weight, Third Vault Yarns has an active collaboration with designer Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits, and offers kits and yarn clubs - everything you could want in one place!

Also joining us will be Whimzy, with their gorgeous range of lace, sock and DK weight yarns. 

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Whimzy has been a long-time supporter of the yarn crawl, first with mini-skeins in the goody bags and then as a vendor at the Pop Up Marketplace and Yarnporium - we're thrilled to have them back!

Newcomer Qing Fibre is also going to be at the MIni Yarn Market - you may have seen these gorgeous speckled yarns in some of the shops around London, and we can't wait to see them in person in all their glory!

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Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to welcome recent addition Owl About Yarn to the Mini Yarn Market vendor list!

Jenny will be bringing her fabulous yarns and project bags to the show, and hopefully her amazing themed stitch markers as well!

We hope that you are as excited about this line up as we are - only two weeks to go to the show, so get your shopping lists ready!

Mini Yarn Market Vendors Round 2

Ok, on with the next round of enabling for all you Yarn Crawlers...because that's what we're here for!

The Mini Yarn Market will be Yarn in the City's third show, and Textile Garden has been at all of them. Their fantastic array of buttons and brooches are always popular, and there's always a crowd around the booth looking for the perfect finishing touch for their most recent knit!

We've got another great pairing up next - the amazing dyers behind this year's custom colourways for the GLYC Anniversary KAL - Travelknitter and The Wool Kitchen

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These two dyers have very different styles, but their colourways work together so well, that their combined stall is a thing of beauty. Travelknitter will be bringing a full range of her gorgeous Tanami, including Midnight Fireflies and a special batch of Fireflies Dark! Be sure to check out what other new beauties they may have brought to the show...

We're excited to have Walcot Yarns, the brain child of shop owners Carmen Schmidt and Sharon Spencer, joining us from Bath, with their gorgeous Opus yarn, which launched to great acclaim at this year's Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

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Available in an array of gorgeous, saturated shades, as well as undyed white and grey, Opus is a wonderful mix of merino and alpaca, that makes for a super luxurious yarn!

I don't know about the rest of you, but my stash enhancement restraint is stretched to the breaking point, and we still have one more round of vendors to share with you. So. Much. Yarn.

GLYC 2017 After Party Sponsor: Garthenor

We absolutely love working on the Great London Yarn Crawl every year! One of our biggest challenges though, has been finding the right venue for our famous after party. It may be hard to believe but it isn't always easy to find a space for 150 yarn lovers in central London!

Happily, this year we have the added support of our after-party sponsor Garthenor to make things a bit easier and we're thrilled to bits to have them on board!

Garthenor's mission is all about sourcing and providing bespoke, organic, British wools. They're passionate about British organic farming and the British textile industry. They buy all their fleeces from around the UK - directly from the farmers - which means they can trace the wool from fleece to jumper. And that's something that we can all care about as makers.

With yarn weights from lace to chunky and from a variety of breeds such as Shetland, Ryeland, Manx Loaghtan, Hebridean, Jacob and more, Garthenor have something for everyone.

Amory by Isabell Kraemer

Amory by Isabell Kraemer

At this year's Great London Yarn Crawl After Party and Mini Yarn Market, Garthenor will be featuring their Shetland Laceweight, used in the new Amory pattern by Isabell Kraemer. This yarn yields 621m in 100g and most sizes of the sweater can be knit in just two skeins! We love the simple, boat-neck neckline and delicate lace edging on the hem of the garment. Best of all, this sweater will be lightweight but deliciously warm at the same time!

A huge thank you to Jonny and Sally and the whole Garthenor team for sponsoring this year's GLYC After Party!

GLYC 2017 Yarn Sponsors: Erika Knight and The Fibre Co.

We love August! It's that time of year when door prizes and goody bag treats start arriving at YITC HQ meaning that the Great London Yarn Crawl is that much closer!

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We are SUPER excited this year to have TWO awesome yarn sponsors for the GLYC goody bags! Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. are great stalwarts of the UK yarn industry and we're thrilled to have them aboard.

Erika is a prolific knitting and crochet designer who has evolved her brand to include her own range of yarns. Erika's ethos is all about simplicity in making she focuses on creating simple, classic designs that are enticing to knit.

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

British Blue 100 from Erika Knight

One of Erika's passions is supporting the British talent and manufacturing. In 2012 she launched her own range of yarns with wool sourced, processed and spun right here in the UK. British Blue Wool is made with 100% Bluefaced Leicester - one of the UK's most luxurious wools. Due to popular demand, Erika Knight have created British Blue 100, launching this autumn. British Blue 100 features a richer, deeper colour palette than the original British Blue Wool and a sophisticated pattern collection to match.

Yarn crawlers will also have a chance to meet Erika at this year's Great London Yarn Crawl as she'll be joining us at the after party and chatting about her life in yarn!

Yarns from The Fibre Co. start from the fibres themselves. Founder Daphne Marinopoulos has always wanted to create yarns that she couldn't find on retail shelves. Using high quality natural fibres The Fibre Co. has created decadent yarn blends using baby alpaca and llama, camel, silk, merino, masham and more.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

The Fibre Co. have also launched a new yarn this autumn, Arranmore Light. A lush blend of 80% Merino, 10% cashmere and 10% silk with colourful wool nepps, Arranmore Light is a DK version of their lush Aran tweed blend Arranmore

Binsey by Fiona Alice

Binsey by Fiona Alice

To coincide with the launch of Arranmore Light, The Fibre Co. also released Fell Garth II, a collection of 19 patterns from 10 knitwear designers. The designs are inspired by Cumbria where The Fibre Co. is now based, and are a stunning showcase of what happens when inspiration from local, natural beauty and decadent yarns collide.

A huge thank you to Erika Knight and The Fibre Co. for being our yarn sponsors this year. Thanks to their generosity, each participant in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl will receive a full hank of yarn in their goody bag, randomly split between each company! Thank you so much!

GLYC Designers: Inspiration Knits

The last of our GLYC designers is Louise Zass-Bangham, of Inspiration Knits.

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

Louise wearing her lovely Siren Song shawl

We've talked about/with Louise before, both on the blog and on the podcast. Her accessory designs are characterised by interesting textures coupled to wearable shapes and lots of options for customisation.  Her recent book, Knit Play Colour, highlights all of these points, providing patterns for ten accessories with multiple options for yarn weights, colour choices and sizing. 

Louise has very kindly provided a selection of her patterns for the GLYC 2016 goodie bags, including her recent design for Unravel 2016, Maltings. Or you might find the Slipstream Cowl, FoolproofSiren Song or Song of the Sea tucked in your bag.







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Song of the Sea

Louise is also the intrepid leader of Team Bobbles on this year's yarn crawl! Thank you so much to Louise for all her support on multiple fronts over the past few years - she's one of the reasons the Great London Yarn Crawl continues and is the success that it is.