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

 

 

Thank you for making #GLYC2014 awesome!

We've been digging ourselves out from under the inevitable wrap up and follow up tasks that come with another year of the Great London Yarn Crawl done. In doing so, we've had a good amount of time to reflect on this year's event and how it really could not have happened without each and every one of you, our wonderful participants, volunteers and supporters of the Yarn Crawl.

John Arbon Paint by Numbers yarn on display at Stitch Up

John Arbon Paint by Numbers yarn on display at Stitch Up

It started with the feedback you gave us last year on how to make the Yarn Crawl a better experience - more fun, more shops, and of course, doing more for Refuge

Two of the new shops that joined us this year: Fringe and Stitch Up

Two of the new shops that joined us this year: Fringe and Stitch Up

It expanded (quite literally!) with the addition of four more wonderful London shops and more zones to travel through. Naturally this also translated into more knitting time!

Caught on Instagram: Team Shetland and fearless volunteer Jill about the catch the bus to shop #4

Caught on Instagram: Team Shetland and fearless volunteer Jill about the catch the bus to shop #4

With more shops it meant that we could have more routes, and that more of you could join us this year. Which also meant the addition of more volunteers - new friends we are happy to welcome to the GLYC team.

The Pom Pom Quarterly girls Lydia and Meghan announce the results of the pub quiz

The Pom Pom Quarterly girls Lydia and Meghan announce the results of the pub quiz

More sponsors came on board to help us show our appreciation to you - filling up the goody bags and contributing wonderful door prizes, and to the grand prize as well - and helping us to to promote the event and hosting our fantastic after-party!

Look at all those tickets! Grand Prize raffle winner Kathryn knit an awful lot for Refuge - well done!

Look at all those tickets! Grand Prize raffle winner Kathryn knit an awful lot for Refuge - well done!

Lots of happy knitters and fibre enthusiasts knitting and chatting at the after-party

Lots of happy knitters and fibre enthusiasts knitting and chatting at the after-party

So we're incredibly chuffed to tell you that in our goal to do more with the GLYC this year, it's been a smashing success. We've got some numbers to share with you:

  • 9 different sheep-named routes
  • 12 shops across 4 travel zones
  • 17 volunteers
  • 90 participants (thank you for our first sell-out year!)
  • 149 items knitted for Refuge
The incredible number of hand knits you helped us collect for Refuge - and this isn't even all of them!

The incredible number of hand knits you helped us collect for Refuge - and this isn't even all of them!

and the best number? 

  • £812 raised for Refuge!

We are incredibly thankful to all of you for your support with the event, and for embracing our little idea for kicking off cold weather knitting, while also celebrating the London yarn shops and knitting community, and raising funds for a worthy cause to give back to the larger community too. Thank you!

Finally, we've got some more exciting things planned for Yarn in the City - including next year's Yarn Crawl - so please watch this space! Keep sharing your FOs from your GLYC stash (we love seeing them!), send us links to your blogposts or podcasts if you've captured your thoughts about the event (email us at greatlondonyarncrawl AT gmail DOT com - you can also send us feedback there too!), and save the date for next year Saturday, 5 September, 2015.

Cheers, and thanks again,

Allison and Rachel xx

With thanks to Helen Stewart of  Curious Handmade  for capturing this great photo of us on Instagram!

With thanks to Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade for capturing this great photo of us on Instagram!