Episode 82: Working on Holiday Time

We are both in North America on our summer holidays, so on this episode we chat about our holiday knits, exciting new (and old!) shops we’ve visited, and new creative inspirations. We also have some Great London Yarn Crawl and Yarnporium updates!

Thanks to our sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting http://www.theyarncollective.com

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update
GLYC 2018 is now sold out! If you missed getting your ticket, please check our Ravelry boards for ticket swaps. We look forward to kicking off the autumn knitting season with you all on 1 September! 

Yarnporium Update
It’s almost time to grab your tickets for Yarnporium! Entry tickets will go on sale very soon, along with tickets to our Saturday talk series, which will include three 1-hour talks.  

We are thrilled to be offering the Saturday talk series, which will include two panel discussions: The New Yarn Barons (all about what it takes to create a yarn, from the indy dyer with a few bespoke bases through up and coming new yarn companies), and Your Pattern in Print (learn about about different avenues for seeing your designs in the public eye, from self-publishing, mainline magazines and online exposure). The third talk is The Story of Laine – Sini and Ellen will give an overview of their yarn adventure creating Laine magazine, which has gone from an idea to a successful worldwide publication in less than two years. 

Ticket details
Yarnporium day tickets: £10 in advance/£12 on the day (no weekend tickets) 
Talk series: £8 in advance/£10 on the day

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 What we’re working on

Allison visited Villekulla in Calgary and is working on the Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tillbrook (Praline is in time out). She's also taught herself herringbone stitch for a secret project! 

Allison's nearly finished Fuss Free Festival shawl

Allison's nearly finished Fuss Free Festival shawl

Rachel is three quarters of the way through Study Hall by Sarah Schira from Knitty First Fall, and is finding that using two multi-coloured/speckled yarns for a pattern the depends on strong colour contrasts may not have been the best idea. But it’s still working!  

Working on Holiday Time

Tits Out Collective update: Countess Ablaze and her crew of Tits Out Collective crafters raised over £55,000 for charities worldwide!!!! We may have teared up a little at that number. Well done to all! 

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

We chat about our holiday knits, new inspiration from Reykjavik (Rachel), many many shops (Allison).

Rachel's mentions: Halcyon Yarns (Bath, Maine), Joann (nationwide chain), sky like snow (southern Vermont). 

Allison's mentions: Villekulla, Yarn TwistersPinnovate, Loop Kensington, STASH, Pudding Yarn (Calgary); A Twist of Yarn (Vernon); Art of Yarn (Kelowna); plus plans to visit two shops in Vancouver.


Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise




Episode 80: Milli's Yarn Adventure with Tribe Yarns

On today’s episode we’ve got a lengthy chat with Milli, owner of Tribe Yarns, a new shop opening in Richmond-Upon-Thames just outside of London later this summer. In fact, Tribe will be opening just in time for the Great London Yarn Crawl on September 1st!

Our conversation was all over the place and got a little colourful in areas, so be warned! This is not our usual squeaky clean podcast.

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Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update

Geez you guys! We are just over 80% sold out after less than a week of selling tickets!

If you’ve been thinking about joining us this year, don’t wait too much longer! At the time of this recording there are literally less than 20 tickets left, so get them before they’re gone! We’ve got great stuff in the goody bags like yarn from Willow & Lark, and amazing doorprizes from Loop, Knit With Attitude, Tribe, Blue Sky Fibers, Kelbourne Woolens, Debonnaire, and more!

The GLYC takes place on Saturday, September 1st and tickets are only £20. Plus we’ll be collecting handknits for Knit for Peace and holding our popular raffle for Refuge too. More details on our website!

It was a great knit night at The Breakfast Club celebrating former member Kate's return from Canada, if only for one evening!

It was a great knit night at The Breakfast Club celebrating former member Kate's return from Canada, if only for one evening!

What we’re working on

Allison has mostly finished her Lily baby sweater, and is working on Praline. She's also finishing up a new hat design, turning to some sewing, trying her hand at needlepoint and basically freaking out about what projects she’s taking on her summer holidays.

Rachel was seaming her Lily baby sweater at knit night, and is working on the knitted on edging for her new shawl design. She’s also been spinning like a maniac to try and make a dent in the truly ridiculous fibre stash!

We talk about the Electric Eel Wheel Mini as a good option for an affordably priced electric wheel. It looks like they'll have more available at the end of July, and you can sign up to get notified when they are back in stock, so go check them out!

Milli of Tribe Yarns shows off the view of Richmond and the Thames not far from the new shop. Opens August 15th!

Milli of Tribe Yarns shows off the view of Richmond and the Thames not far from the new shop. Opens August 15th!

Milli’s Yarn Adventure and Tribe Yarns

This past weekend we headed out to Richmond to meet Milli Abrams and check out the home of new Tribe Yarns, opening next month! We had a lovely, somewhat off colour chat with Milli (cider was involved) all about her plans for the shop, some of the yarns that will be available and the type of community she's hoping to create. 

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Tribe Yarns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Ravelry, soon-to-be on their website,


Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

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!