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Monday, February 29, 2016

The London Craft Guide

I wrote about my design for this book recently and you can read about Knightsbridge here but I wanted to do a more in-depth review of  the London Craft Guide. I was given my copy of the book at Unravel and have been picking it up regularly ever since.

There's two reasons to buy this book: 

  1. It's a guide to London's yarn, fabric and haberdashery shops. 
  2. It has a great selection of patterns for souvenir amounts of yarn.

If you're planning a trip to London and want to include a bit of crafty shopping then this is your guide book! The book is divided in to sections for yarn shops, fabric shops and haberdashery shops, followed by a section of cities that can be done as a day trip from London: Bath, Oxford, Brighton, Cambridge and Faversham. So if you're visiting those cities the book will come in useful too.

I love the Waterloo mitts. Photo by Juju Vail.

If you're unlikely to visit London in the near future there's still stuff for you in the book because the book includes a project section with 7 knitting patterns for shawls, a hat, socks, hand warmers and two sewing patterns. All the patterns are perfect for small amounts of yarn. In other words, if you visit a yarn shop anywhere in the world and you buy a souvenir yarn, then these patterns are perfect for you. They're also great for using up your yarn stash.
My Knightsbridge shawl. Photo by Juju Vail.

The thing I like the best about the London Craft Guide is the size, it's an A5 size (for Americans that's approx half a letter size) which is a great size if you want it to be portable. Unfortunately I've just been to London a few weeks ago and I wish I had this guide then. But I will definitely be bringing it on my next London trip.

You can buy the London Craft Guide here and read more about Yarn In The City (they organise regular yarn crawls in London and other nearby cities. I've just recently discovered their podcast and have downloaded a couple of episodes to listen to on my next trip next week.

Photo by Juju Vail.

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