FAQs and Other Questions about

Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl

What is Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl?
Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl is a new 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. Yarn in the City is also an opportunity to visit different yarn and haberdashery shops around the city, including some that maybe you haven’t had a chance to get to yet.

How does Yarn in the City work?
Participants will be assigned to one of five teams, each with a pre-designated route. As a group and with the navigational prowess of their Yarn in the City Guides, participants will visit the three (or four!) yarn and/or haberdashery shops on their route, including  a stop for lunch, before meeting up with all participants at the end of the day for an after-party. We’ll compare purchases, swap stories, settle in for a little knitting and meet other participants from the day. And of course, all this will be done while travelling via bus or tube or DLR on – basically via public transport.

Who came up with this crazy idea anyway?
The idea for Yarn in the City 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.

Is Yarn in the City 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 happens on public transport. That’s it.

When is Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl taking place?
Yarn in the City will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

What are the important dates to know around Yarn in the City?
Date the event will be announced: Early May
Date routes will be announced: Late May
Date open for registration: Mid June
Date when confirmations sent: Early July and over the summer

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 that 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 for the tour and chat and knitting (or crochet!) if that’s all that interests you!

How much money should I budget for the day?
Everyone’s budget is a personal matter, so we’d rather not make a suggestion about what people should plan on spending. Rather, we can point out that while your travel card will be provided for the day (for Zones 1 and 2) – you will be responsible for your travel to get you to the event if you are coming from outside Zone 2, as well as your lunch and/or any snacks and beverages you’d like to have along the way and/or at the after party. And of course, how much you spend on yarn in the shops is entirely up to you!

Sounds like fun! Where do I sign up?
Watch for updates on the Yarn in the City website at www.greatlondonyarncrawl.com. We’ll announce the routes on [date] so you can start planning. Registration will officially open on [date] for sign ups.

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 is not completely 100% accessible for those with mobility issues.

Our goal is to have one route that is more accessible than the others, although some stairs may still be involved. If you feel that mobility is an issue for you, you may want to put this route as your first choice during registration. That particular route will be identified when you sign up.

As well, if you use a mobility device such as a walker or cane and require additional assistance, we recommend you sign up with a friend who will be able to help you throughout the day as our Yarn in the City Guides will be busy looking after the whole group. Just put a note when you email your registration and we’ll make sure you guys are put on the same route.

Can I “hop on/hop off” with Yarn in the City like those Big Bus tours?
In for a penny, in for a pound! Once your route has been assigned, that’s the route you’re on. Since there are likely to be a few people in each group, your Yarn in the City Guides will want to make sure they have track of everyone and that no knitter gets left behind! If however, you finish your browsing/shopping early at a particular shop and want to grab a cup of tea with your knitting in a café nearby while waiting for the others, that’s okay – just make sure your Guides know where you are so you can meet up with the others when the group moves to the next stop on the route.

Where are we stopping for lunch?
There will be a predetermined lunch stop along each route with plenty of time and options for participants to pick something up to eat. We are also planning lunch stops in places that aren’t tied to a particular restaurant, so that if people want to bring their lunch or snacks with them, they can.

Is lunch included?
No, lunch is not included.

I already have an Oyster card – can I use it?
You can certainly use your Oyster card to get to your starting point in the morning, or to get home again after the event is finished. However to keep pricing the same and our organizational travails to a minimum, the price of participating in this event includes a TfL daypass for zones 1 and 2, regardless of whether you already have an Oyster card or not.

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 too. Check our Ravelry group to see if there’s anyone looking for an extra ticket.

Other questions?
Email us at greatlondonyarncrawl@gmail.com and we'll do our best to answer them!