What is The Great London Yarn Crawl?
The Great London Yarn Crawl is a knitting event in London that's a little bit different than your usual "stitch and bitch" get together! It's a chance to meet some other knitters/hookers/fibre-loving folk, take in some of the sights of London, and generally hang out with yarn. The Great London Yarn Crawl (GLYC) is also an opportunity to visit different yarn and haberdashery shops around the city, including some that you maybe haven't had a chance to get to yet.
The event is all about supporting the London knitting community, the experience of meeting new people and doing something a little bit different than the usual knit and natter! And because we think supporting the greater community is important too, all net proceeds from GLYC are donated to Refuge.
How does The Great London Yarn Crawl work?
This year’s GLYC Is going to be a bit different from past years. Instead of choosing a team for a one-day yarn shop extravaganza, this year your ticket will come in the form of a GLYC Passport, listing all the participating shops. Visit any (dare we hope all?) of the shops between 1st - 8th September 2019 to get your passport stamped and take advantage of some amazing offers from the yarn shops.
Who came up with this crazy idea anyway?
The idea for the GLYC was born after two expats and knitting friends spent weeks and weeks touring various yarn shops. Rachel joked that their exploits were like a yarn crawl on the tube and Allison told her all about the TTC Knit-a-long (a similar event that happens in the yarn store mecca that is Toronto, also using public transport provided by the Toronto Transit Commission). The gals decided then and there that it was the perfect kind of event to bring to yarn lovers in London.
Allison and Rachel have since turned their expertise with the GLYC into planning other yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft through their company, Yarn in the City. You can find out more about Allison and Rachel on the About page.
Is the Great London Yarn Crawl affiliated with Transport for London?
Quite simply, it's not affiliated. We think public transport is a great idea, not only for the environment but also as a quick and cost-effective way to get across the city, and the TfL network is among the best in the world. This is a yarn crawl that takes place across London, and it utilises public transport. That's it.
When is the Great London Yarn Crawl taking place?
Save the date! The Great London Yarn Crawl 2019 edition is taking place from Sunday 1st September through Sunday 8th September, 2019.
What are the important dates to know around GLYC 2019?
Tickets on sale: July 1, 2019
How much does a ticket to the event cost? What do I get for that?
Tickets are priced at £10 per person and include a GLYC Passport. Be sure to show your Passport at each shop you visit to show you're part of the event, and get discounts and goody bags at some of the shops. Please note that transport is not included in the price of your ticket and you must use your own Oyster card, contactless, travelcard, etc.
Why did you choose to support Refuge with a portion of the proceeds from the event?
While Refuge began as a local London charity, it is now the UK's single largest provider of specialist domestic violence services. We liked the fact that it was local to London, yet far-reaching across the UK, and choosing a charity that supports women and children was important to us. We hope you'll agree!
I heard you guys also support Knit for Peace. Where do they fit in?
While a portion of the proceeds from the Great London Yarn Crawl are donated to Refuge, in the past we have also accepted donations of handknitted and crocheted items for Knit for Peace, an amazing London-based charity that collects and distributes knits wherever they are needed: refugee centres, hospitals, prisons, developing and war-torn countries, and so on. As the format of the GLYC this year has changed, we are no longer able to accept donations for Knit for Peace, but donating is very straightforward - all the details can be found here.
Why are you guys doing this?
Since the awesomeness of Knit Nation was here in 2011, there hasn't really been a knitting event that's more outside the box than the usual shows or even one's own SnB evenings. We daren't dream to have this event the size of Knit Nation, but we thought it would be a fun way to get some knitters together for a day out of knitting.
Am I obligated to buy anything?
Nope. Just come along to visit, chat and knit (or crochet!) if that's all that interests you!
How much money should I budget for the GLYC?
Everyone's budget is a personal matter, so we'd rather not make a suggestion about what people should plan on spending. How much you spend (or don't spend) on yarn or fabric in the shops is entirely up to you!
Sounds like fun! Where do I sign up?
Click the link for Tickets at the top of this page! Please note: Tickets will be available from 1 July 2019
What if I have mobility issues?
We want Yarn in the City to be as inclusive to as many people as possible, however we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that public transport in London is not completely 100% accessible for those with mobility issues. For that matter, neither are all of the shops on the various routes.
If you use a mobility device such as a walker or cane and require additional assistance, we recommend you check with the shops and figure out a route that works for you before you head out on your yarn crawl.
Oh no! I've signed up and now I can't make it! What do I do?
Oh no! We're going to miss you! Unfortunately all sales are final and we can't offer any refunds but we're happy to change the name on your registration if you're able to find someone to sell your ticket to. Check our Ravelry group to see if there's anyone looking for an extra ticket.