What are you doing for Yarn Shop Day?

You may have heard us talking on the podcast about Yarn Shop Day, happening this Saturday, May 6th.

Started by one of the UK's knitting magazines, Let's Knit, Yarn Shop Day has become an annual celebration of Local Yarn Stores. We really love the boost that it gives shops and shop owners, and that fibre lovers have an opportunity to discover shops near and new to them!

And hey, it's a great excuse to post pics of yummy yarn porn!

Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

With all that in mind and knowing how much we love to promote our London shops, we reached out to shops taking part in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl 2017 (did you know it's our 5th anniversary?!) and asked them what their plans were for this Saturday. If you're looking for your own ways to show your love this Yarn Shop Day, check out the shops below:

Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Sharp Works
220 Railton Road
Herne Hill
London SE24 0JT

If you're in the south end of London, it's quite possible that Sharp Works is your local! This tiny shop packs in a lot of yarn and notions. On Saturday they'll be giving away free patterns from Debbie Bliss (while stocks last) and celebrating all day with 10% off all purchases over £2.

The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Fancy checking out where we'll be having our World Wide Knit in Public Day event? The Village Haberdashery have brand new digs on West Hampstead Square - just opposite West Hampstead tube. Finally a space to spread out their wonderful fabrics - and expand their yarn selection too! TVH will be offering 10% off all yarn purchases all day on Saturday.


With south and north ends of the city covered, how about east? These next two shops are only 20 minutes apart by bus and part of the East London Yarn Triangle if you fancy making your own mini yarn crawl on your day out:

The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

Knit With Attitude
127 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0PH

The lovely folks at Knit With Attitude have a lot planned for Yarn Shop Day with the launch of their Homeward Bound Shawl KAL. Designer Natalie Selles (and Knit With Attitude shop assistant!) will be doing tutorials on garter stitch intarsia between 12 and 3 for those who want to start their own Homeward Bound Shawl. Homeward Bound Shawl kits have also been restocked and will be available in three different colourways.

Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Knit With Attitude will also be debuting the brand new BFL High Twist sock yarn from Qing Fibre - hand dyed by Laila Qing right here in London! The shop will also have goodie bags for the first 10 customers to spend over £10 in the shop, and they'll also have cake and refreshments in their knitting lounge in people feel like hanging out for a bit on the day!

The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly
116 Lower Clapton Road
London E5 0QR

Finally, from noon until 6pm Wild and Woolly will be celebrating Yarn Shop Day along with their three year anniversary by hosting the East London All Stars: designers, dyers and moth-knitters! The line up includes:

  • Anna Maltz who will have samples and patterns including her newly released Penpal
  • East London Knit's Renée Callahan
  • Jane Lithgow with new accessory samples and patterns
  • Indie yarn dyer The Wool Kitchen with a DK base used in Penpal, as well as sock blanks!
  • Indie yarn dyer The Travel Knitter with her full range of hand-dyed bases and a special exclusive colourway for the day
  • Max Alexander and her hand-knitted moths

PLUS, there's a promise of cake and prosecco on hand too!

Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

So what are your plans for Yarn Shop Day? Check the map here to find a local yarn shop near you participating or check out the profiles of some of the other awesome yarn shops in London!

Episode 35: Can you teach an old knitter new tricks?

In this episode of the podcast, we review Tracey Todhunter’s new book, Women’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, which is inspiring us to pick up our hooks. Along with the usual - shout-outs, chat about what we’ve been working on, upcoming events and a very special announcement!

Shout outs, news, events: 

Shout to all the regulars and new faces at our knit night who took over three tables in the pub this week, and thanks for everyone’s yarn show tips!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last episode of the podcast, and congratulations to our giveaway winner of CC Almon’s book Coffee With CC – Clare! 

News and events:

18-24 April: Makers for Fashion Revolution photo challenge hosted by Karie Westermann, aka Kariebookish, on Instagram. The idea behind the challenge is to get conversation happening within the making community about where our clothes come from. 

21 April: A Yarn Story is bringing their Shibui Mix Party to Omnibus, in Clapham. This one-off special event will give you a chance to learn more about the Shibui Mix Concept and try out their various yarns to create your own personalized textures for your knits. Space is limited but tickets are still available for £15, a portion of which will be credited to any yarn purchases made on the evening. 

23-24 April: Wonderwool Wales in Builth Wells. 

30 April- 1 May: The annual Knitter’s Folic in Toronto! 

30 April: Wooltastic Mini Pop-Up Wool Show, Walton Village Hall, Cumbria.

30 April: Yarn Shop Day - show your love for your local Yarn Shop by popping in to see what they have. In Manchester, Brit Yarn will be having a special pop-up at the Countess Ablaze studio. In Bath, A Yarn Story will have a yarn tasting of all their Fibre Co. yarns and will have a world-exclusive of The Fibre Co.’s newest yarn, Arranmore! 

7 May: Wharfe Wool Fair, Ilkley

21 May: Highland Wool and Textile Fair, Dingwall Mart

21-22 May: Baa Baa Bazaar at the Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley.

UK Fibre and Yarn Events group on Ravelry.

What we’re working on:

Rachel's Coffee Date Shawl by C. C. Almon

Rachel's Coffee Date Shawl by C. C. Almon

Rachel is working on the Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket by Sara Rivka, and the Coffee Date shawl by C. C. Almon. In finished objects, she's blocked the world's largest shawl (Freshwater Shawl from the last podcast), and finished her latest shawl design. 

Allison's crochet and handspun finishes

Allison's crochet and handspun finishes

Allison finished Your Mileage May Vary by Joanne Scrace and finished spinning her Porpoise Fur fibre club from January resulting in 138 yards of worsted weight yarn. She’s now back to working her way through her WIPs and on a couple of baby and toddler sweaters. 

Book review: Women’s Weekly Guide to Crochet by Tracey Todhunter 

Tracy Todhunter, a long time crochet designer and teacher, has a new book out that is perfect for those, like us, who are not the most accomplished crocheters. Great photos, tutorials and tips for all! You can find it on Amazon UK and in your local yarn store. It's also available in the US, as Crochet: Learn It. Love It.

Wonderful Wonderwool (and other Yarn Show) Tips 

At our most recent Knit Night, we asked for tips from our compatriots on how they get ready for wool shows, and we share their thoughts with you.

And speaking of yarn shows… 

We have a big announcement: the Yarnporium is coming!!!! All the details that are currently available are here, and stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. If you are interested in vending at the Yarnporium, more information is here, and if you'd like to volunteer, there's information here.

Please let us know what you think through comments on the show notes, send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com or via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can 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):
Sunstroke - Wylder
Offer Up My Love - Midnight Pilot
The Good Life - Midnight Pilot