It's still pretty early here this morning on this grey and damp morning in London as I sit down at the computer with my coffee. But I'm awake and excited because today is the second annual Great London Yarn Crawl that Rach and I have worked so hard to put together for a second year.
Rach talked about the community that the event celebrates over on her blog, and Kate, who is joining us as a media guest this year, wrote about the charity that receives the funds from the event on her blog. And of course lots of bloggers and podcasters are excited about the shopping and knitting they'll get to do on the day.
I don't know if I'm going to articulate this the right way, but for me, the Yarn Crawl embodies a spirit of adventure, curiosity, openness and willingness to embrace the new, along with loyalty, pride and teamwork - characteristics that to me are inextricably woven into the fabric of the expat experience.
When I was young, my family moved from Canada to Colombia, South America and these values were all things that my parents instilled in my brother and I. How lucky we were to be able to have this opportunity. Encouraging us to try to new things and experience new cultures, but also retaining our own Canadian identity and sharing a part of our homeland with our new friends. And in return, embracing the new community that we were now a part of and finding ways to give back too.
How does that relate to the Yarn Crawl? Well, Rach and I are expats ourselves, and yarn crawls have typically been a North American experience, which we're sharing with knitters here. It's a way for us to be more involved with the knitting community in London, and in fact the rest of the UK since there are participants who have traveled in to take part in the event. The Yarn Crawl is also our way to give back to the shops, offering them greater exposure and awareness to a wider circle of knitters than might normally come through their doors, and a way for new connections to be made with the sponsors who have been so generous. And finally, in raising funds and awareness for Refuge, we support the larger community as a whole.
The UK is our home now and this is the spirit that I feel embodies the Yarn Crawl that Rachel and I have created. We're so thrilled to be part of it, and to be embraced back by the knitting community. I hope everyone has a fantastic Yarn Crawl today and I'll see you at the after party! xx