Episode 54: Stashing Season

Now that the wool festival calendar has really kicked into high gear, and with Edinburgh Yarn Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time today to talk about Yarn Show Strategy. We’ll also have an update on the #Blackerpodkal, where you can find us in Edinburgh, what’s making us happy at the moment, and more! 

What's making us happy:

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues and we are winding down to the last week!  How’s your project going? 

Some instagram highlights from #TeamYITC: 

#TeamYITC prize: we will post in the Ravelry thead what the prize is and who wins! Winner will be drawn on 6th March, so make sure you get your projects up and tagged with #BlackerPODKAL and #TeamYITC.

Allison is working on her #BlackerPODKAL project in St. Kilda lace. 

Rachel finished the Christmas sweaters for her kids, but is now working on her #BlackerPODKAL project, the Inglis Mitts by Ysolda Teague in Tamar. 

Stash Season: 

Tips for making sure you don’t get overwhelmed by the wool fumes and end up having to mortgage a kidney to buy yarn. 

  • Make a list 
  • Stick to your list
  • If sticking to your list is going to be tough, set aside a set amount of money that you can splurge with and when it’s gone, it’s gone. 
  • Only take cash and leave the credit cards at home. 

More generally – really think about what you’re buying. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but think about whether you already have five skeins of blue and purple 4-ply yarn in a box at home? 

And we've put together a handy downloadable tip sheet for you too.

Wrap up

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

Last minute tips for #GLYC2015

Hello Happy Yarn Crawlers!

Tomorrow is the big day and so we thought we'd revisit our past posts on tips for the day.

Obviously the tips below are only recommendations but we hope that you'll follow them as you'll have a much more enjoyable day if you do!

Tips & Recos For A Happy Yarn Crawl

  • Wear comfy shoes! This is a no brainer as there's some walking between tube and bus stops and the shops.
  • Stay hydrated. Pack a small bottle of water that you can sip on throughout the day.
  • Munchies. It's a good idea to have a small snack or two on you in case you get a bit peckish throughout the day. Some shops will have refreshments on offer but not all. There may also not be many cafe options or opportunities to stop beyond the lunch stop. It's also a good idea if you have any dietary restrictions that may make it difficult to find something on your route. Likewise, if you're bringing a packed lunch, don't forget that either!
  • Travel card - check. Don't forget to pack your train ticket/travelcard/Oyster card that you will need on the day. We are traveling through zones 1-4 if you need to buy a travelcard. Buses no longer accept cash but you can use a contactless payment card (like your debit or credit card).
  • Asthmatic, allergic, diabetic, or other health concerns? Please make sure you have your inhaler, epi pen, a sugary snack, or whatever specialty item you may need on the day. No need to share your details with your group, but we'd encourage you to let your Yarn Guides know about any special conditions, just so they're aware if anything happens. 
  • Stay connected. Make sure to pack your mobile or smartphone - we highly recommend downloading the free Citymapper app, available for iPhone and Android to help keep you on route. Please let your Yarn Guides have your contact details, if you haven't already, and please mind your Yarn Guides so that they can keep you on schedule on the day!
  • Shopping list(s). Of course everyone has different budgets and there's no obligation to buy anything on the day, but if you're looking for something for a particular project - be it yarn, buttons, trims or fabrics - it's helpful to have a list of the items or the pattern with you. And if you need to plan your route around the Marketplace for your exclusive access, here's a map so you know who is where. Alternatively, you can download a pdf copy here to print out and bring along.
  • Bag it. Bring a foldable shopping bag (or two!) if you're planning on making a few new stash acquisitions.
  • Wallet, piggy bank, secret roll of bills... Again, there's no pressure to buy anything on the day but however you've been saving for the Yarn Crawl, don't forget to bring your pennies! 
  • Keep your hands clean. If you've got a bottle of hand sanitizer you might want to pop it in your bag. You know, after being on public transport all day.
  • Wear something handmade! Another no brainer - we're all crafters after all and "what pattern is that" is a lovely opening when meeting new knitters. And once you have your goody bags, make sure you wear your Great London Yarn Crawl 2014 badge prominently to get any offers in the shops.
  • Keep your hands busy. Don't forget your in-transit project for the day! Something small, portable, and uncomplicated is probably best (socks, scarves, hats, etc) although we've see people spindle spinning on the tube, so really, it's up to you!
  • Charity knitting for Refuge. Did you knit something for us to pass on to Refuge? Please remember to bring it with you and pass it off to us at the Kick Off Party to exchange those knits for your raffle tickets for the grand prize!
  • Share the #GLYC2015 love. Let knitters at home yarn crawl vicariously through you! Please add us in your Tweets or Instagram snaps as @yarninthecity and use the hashtag #GLYC2015. Please be sure to get permission from any people who are in your photos, and thank you!

Phew! We hope everyone has a wonderful day this Saturday, and we will see you bright and early at Chelsea Old Town Hall for the Kick Off Party, sponsored by Loop. Happy Yarn Crawling!

Road trip!

Now that the cold weather is settling in, its time to start thinking about the holidays. Now some people are super organised with their holiday shopping - lists done in August, all presents wrapped and ready to go by the beginning of December - but if you're one of the many who aren't quite so prepared, we've got a perfect solution for all of your holiday gift and crafting needs: the Yarn in the City Bath Road Trip!

We're taking Yarn in the City on the road, and heading to Bath for a day-long extravaganza of yarn, fabric and Christmas Markets! Taking place on Saturday, 29 November, we'll leave from Hammersmith first thing in the morning and head west. Our first stop is at The Shed, where we'll visit brand new yarn boutique A Yarn Story (helmed by the lovely Carmen, who was on Team Wensleydale for this year's GLYC), and a visit to The Shed Christmas Market.

Next we'll head into central Bath, to spend the afternoon at the famous Bath Christmas Market, as well as checking in with fabulous quilting store Country Threads. Late afternoon will see us at a private party at local yarn shop Wool, complete with festive food and drink. Then we'll climb back on the coach and head back to London, with much holiday shopping completed, and maybe a bit of stash enhancement as well.

Tickets are now available for £28, which includes transport to and from Hammersmith. Approximate departure time is 9:00 am (more schedule details on our Events page), and we'll aim to be back at Hammersmith at 9:00 pm, barring any M4 traffic disasters. Spaces are limited, so get your tickets now!

We look forward to seeing you on the road!