Friday, 16 August 2013

A very special guest

Allison and I are very pleased to be able to share some very exciting news with you today; we have a special guest joining us at the GLYC in September. I first met our special guest (if you can call it "meeting" someone if you obsessively listen to their podcast, and have knitting dreams in which you hear their lovely, soothing voice doing the play-by-play narration of your worst knitting disasters) when I fell back in love with knitting sometime in 2006, and got myself an MP3 player and discovered that there were people out there who recorded themselves talking about knitting and then put those recordings on the internet for people to download and listen to for free!

Approximately seven years later, and Brenda Dayne and Cast On are still going strong. We were very lucky to meet Brenda last autumn at the Plug-and-Play Pembrokeshire retreat, and the signature line in her emails is pretty much right on target: she is warm, polite, intelligent and funny. We are thrilled to announce that Brenda is joining us this year for the inaugural Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl. She will be crawling along with you on one of the routes, and has graciously agreed to grace us all with her soothing voice as the emcee of our after party.

Brenda is also supporting the event with a whole pile of fabulous door prizes for the after party. First up, one lucky knitter will go home with an electronic copy of Brenda's upcoming book Welsh for Rainbow.
This book contains stories and gorgeous patterns inspired by "the small country to the left of England". You can see all the currently available patterns on the Ravelry page for the book.

In addition to a copy of her book, Brenda is also donating yarn for Now in a Minute, her fabulous shawl designed for gradient-dyed yarns, first published in the Spring+Summer 2013 issue of Knitty.

This is a set of Unique Sheep Pashmi Gradiance yarn (80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon) in the colorway "Serengeti". It will be a fabulous shawl, and I'm sorely tempted to lose it (into my stash) on the way to the pub in September.

Finally, Brenda will be coming to London with a massive pile of books that she is donating for door prizes:

We are so pleased that Brenda is able to join us, and we are very grateful for her generosity and support. It's going to be a great day in September!

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