Monday, 29 July 2013

Super Summer - and a Sponsor!

How's everyone's summer going so far? Are you making excellent progress on your projects, or is it too hot to knit?

With the launch of ticket sales a few short weeks ago, we've continued beavering along behind the scenes at the GLYC HQ to make sure this inaugural event is as fun and jam-packed as it can be!

Over the next few weeks we'll be letting you in on some of the fabulous prizes we've been able to get our hands on for the after-party, and a contest for you early-bird ticket holders!

In the meantime, please welcome one of our first sponsors:

A Canadian company from the knitting-mecca of Toronto, Soak makes liquid laundry soap for all your delicates and especially your handmade wonders like knitting, handspun, weaving, stitching and quilting! Soak is biodegradable, eco-friendly, phosphate-free and comes in a variety of scents, including Scentless, for your sensitive side.

Participants in the Great London Yarn Crawl will be getting a mini-Soak in their goodie bags to try it out for themselves (and yes, you CAN get Soak in the UK!). And those of you who make it to the after-party will be in the door prize draw for one of their beautiful Soakboxes!

The Soakbox is called Double Pointe Pink and comes with a skein of beautiful Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport Solid yarn, a pattern for fingerless mittens by designer Fiona Ellis, an Essie nail polish, and a small bottle each of Soak wash and Handmaid, their new hand cream.

Check out all the other Soakboxes here and stay tuned for news about our contest for early-bird ticket holders!


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Registration update

Tickets have been selling at a steady pace over the last week, and a couple of the routes are clearly popular! So far the Green Route has the most participants, with the Purple Route second and Orange coming in third. So if you are keen on one of those three, don't wait too long to pick up your tickets!

We are in the process of finalising door prizes and goodie bag treats, so over the next few weeks, we'll let you know what kind of stuff we're lining up for you. There is some really good stuff on the list, and we think you will all be pleased with the offerings on hand. Hope everyone is managing to survive the summer heat, and keep those needles clicking!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Registration now open!

OK, first things first - here is the link to go purchase your tickets:

Clicking on the link will take you to a new website where you can pay for your tickets using Paypal. The routes are listed separately, so you'll be buying a ticket for a specific route - make sure you get the right one!

Here's an overview of what you will get for your £15 ticket price:

  • a one day Travelcard for zones 1-2, good for riding all necessary transport mechanisms (bus, Tube, train, Overground). You are more then welcome to use your own Oyster/Travelcard - in that case, the excess funds from your ticket price will be donated to Refuge after all the other expenses have been covered.
  • a route, complete with relevant transport links, maps, and team captains to help shepherd your group from place to place
  • special offers and discounts from some of participating shops, including both day of discounts and coupons for future purchases. And cake!
  • a small project bag to hold all your event pack materials
  • entry to The Great London Yarn Crawl after party, which will have door prizes from some of the shops as well as UK-based independent dyers, and a special knitting-world guest!

If anyone has any questions, please check our FAQs or leave a message in the comments. 

Again the link for registration is:

We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Call for yarn-y volunteers!

Hey there Yarn Crawlers! 

While we're hoping you're all stoked for the opening of registration on Wednesday, 10 July, 2013 at 7pm GMT, we're also hoping that some of you may be interested in volunteering for, or know good trustworthy fibre-folk that would make excellent volunteers, for our inaugural Great London Yarn Crawl.

Check our the latest tab on our website: Volunteer for the GLYC to see our "job description" with all the details. It's also worth repeating our final note at the bottom of the volunteer page:

One final note: Because we're not sure how many people will come forward as volunteers, or how quickly ticket sales will go, we'd like to suggest that if there's a particular route that you're interested in being on that you go ahead and purchase a ticket for that route. If you do end up as one of our volunteers, we will refund you the registration fee!

Our call for volunteers is still open, and we hope to have all our volunteers in place by the beginning of September. Join us!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Shop profile: Sharp Works

Last on our list of participating shops, but certainly not least, is Sharp Works in Herne Hill. Just steps away from the Herne Hill train station, this gem is well worth a visit! Here's what they have to say...

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Colourful, inspiring, friendly
What makes you different from other yarn stores?
We write and sell our own patterns. We have an extensive range of yarns, prioritising natural fibres whilst offering something all for all budgets and project type.  We are experienced, enthusiastic knitters and offer advice to customers on a daily basis.
What is the most popular type of yarn or product that you carry?
It's really difficult to say which is the most popular yarn.  It changes with the seasons although there are some which are always popular, such as sock yarn, chunky yarn and double knitting of all types.  We also sell darning wool everyday!
What expertise or classes do you offer to your customers?
We run a range of knitting and crochet classes, from beginners to more advanced techniques and making up and finishing.  We are always ready to help customers with questions about their projects, and people drop in most days for support.  We offer advice with pattern and yarn choices suitable for all abilities and age groups.
What is notable about your part of town/your location?
We are right in the middle of Herne Hill, in a small area of independent shops.  We're very close to Brockwell Park and within walking distance of Brixton and Dulwich.

We must add that there is also a fabulous pub not far away with burgers that are to die for...

That wraps up our profiles of the shops for this year. Stay tuned for registration going live next week - we'll announce the exact timing on Monday!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Shop profile: I Knit London

Located just steps away from Waterloo Station, I Knit's cozy shop on Lower Marsh is a must-see in central London.
I Knit stocks a wide range of yarns, including a large selection of UK-based yarns and dyers. Brands include Artesano, Colinette, Malabrigo, Fyberspates, Handmaiden and Habu, to name a few. They also stock loads of books and magazines, as well as needles, crochet hooks, and notions of all sorts.

The key feature of their selection, however, has to be owner Gerard Allt's own line of I Knit or Dye lace and sock yarns that he dyes in the basement of the shop. He also runs sock and lace clubs featuring the I Knit or Dye yarns and exclusive patterns.
Weekly knit nights (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!) include lots of yarn, fun and adult beverages from I Knit's licensed bar.

I Knit offers a range of classes, with beginner's knitting and crochet currently available. They also have guest speakers coming through the shop, and have hosted the I Knit Weekender, a fantastic weekend celebration of all things yarn, in previous years.

We are thrilled that I Knit is a part of the inaugural Great London Yarn Crawl, and if you haven't visited yet, you're going to love it!

Monday, 1 July 2013

The Routes!

Here are the routes for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl! We have tried to make these as reasonable as possible in terms of travel time, aiming for less then an hour transfer between shops (times given in graphics are approximate transit times). However, that does not take in to account any changes in TFL service on the day, or their plans vis a vis maintenance/upgrades/etc. If there are any major disruptions that arise, the routes may need to be altered to accommodate those changes. Just keep an eye on the blog and the Ravelry group as we get closer to the time and we'll keep you updated.

Every route contains four shops and every shop is scheduled on three different routes. All routes will end up back at Waterloo Station so we can meet up at The Mulberry Bush pub for the after party. Take a look and see what routes tickle your fancy – registration will open within the next two weeks (we'll post an update as to the exact timing), so be prepared with a first and second choice of route to ensure you get one that you want. The pictures give estimated travel times between shops – actual timings (the actual time window within which you'll be at each shop) will be finalized closer to the time. Enjoy!

Red Route
The Red Route begins on the North side of London in Crouch End, at Nest. Then team members hop on the bus toward Finsbury Park, and the Handweaver's Studio. A quick jaunt over to Bethnal Green (and lunch) takes Red Routers to Prick Your Finger. The Red team ends their day at loop in Islington, before a quick Tube trip back to Waterloo.

Blue Route
The Blue team starts off at Handweaver's Studio before reversing the Red team's route to Nest. Lunch (either in Crouch End or West Hampstead) precedes a visit to the Village Habedashery. Then the Blue Route takes participants to Waterloo, and iKnit, before meeting up at The Mulberry Bush.

Yellow Route
The Yellow Route starts in the southeast, at Sharp Works in Herne Hill. Hope on the train to hit iKnit before lunch, then venture north to Knit with Attitude in Stoke Newington. Back on the Tube to Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green, and then to a well deserved pint in Waterloo!

Purple Route
Intrepid Purple Team members will start in Islington, at loop, then hop on the bus up to the Handweaver's Studio. Then it's down to Herne Hill for lunch (there's an awesome pub!) and a visit to Sharp Works. Back up north to the Village Haberdashery, and then home to Waterloo.

Green Route
This route starts at the end, with a visit to iKnit first thing. Then hop on the train for a quick trip to Sharpworks in Herne Hill. Stay here for lunch, or grab a bite in West Hampstead before hitting the Village Haberdashery. Finally head over to Stoke Newington and Knit With Attitude before heading back to the Mulberry Bush and the after-party!

Orange Route
This route starts in Knit with Attitude in Stoke Newington, then hits Bethnal Green and Prick Your Finger. Hop on the tube to Angel for lunch and a visit to loop, and then a quick bus trip to Nest, before heading back to central London and the pub!