The awesome duo at Yarn in the City has come out with the London Craft Guide, a book (available both in print and digitally) that aims to help crafters get the most out of the massively diverse shops available to crafters in London, England. The aim of the book is to help visitors to the city of London plan their own little ‘craft crawl’, by providing information on relevant shops that are in a certain part of London (after all, this city is crazy huge- you need a game plan!) with suggestions by area on three main subjects: Yarn, Fabric and Haberdashery (ribbons, buttons, etc).
The photos of the various shops are enough to make you want to visit them all, even a non-sewer like me (one day, i will make peace with my sewing machine, but today is not that day). The guide is definitely more for knitters, especially knitters who are ‘multi-craftual’ and enjoy fabrics as well. There are also great tips for each area, like ideal places to stop for lunch or a coffee, the hours of the shops, and what sort of yarn they carry.
You will love this if you don’t live in London but are either planning to visit (or visit regularly) and want to make the most of your time when you are there. I mean, sure, you could go see Big Ben, but wouldn’t you rather see all the amazing yarn?! And you love the idea of doing a mini craft crawl.
I love the addition of mini day trips to Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Faversham and Bath- since my beloved Bristol is only 20 mins from Bath, I’m going to test out that advice later this year! I’ll be visiting England in August, and this is definitely the sort of guide that is ideal.
There are also 9 patterns included in the book, very suitable for crafting while on vacation. There is one crochet pattern, two sewing patterns, and 6 knitting patterns. All are smaller projects that would only take a skein or two of yarn, or fabrics that take a couple of fat quarters. You can see all the knitting and crochet patterns included here, and I’ve included images from the sewing projects below:
There are also great suggestions on how to organize your own craft crawl, tips for getting the most enjoyment out of it, and recommendations on apps and ideas for planning what you need to make the most of your day of shopping and crafting.
I think this book is amazing, and would love to see more city craft guides. Are you planning on visiting London sometime in the coming year and would love to have a guide like this to check out some shops? Then leave me a comment and let me know when you are going, and you could win a digital copy of the guide, complete with all the patterns! Comments close Sunday night at 11 p.m. (EST), and the winner will be announce don Monday, Feb. 29th. And if you know someone that will be travelling to London or the surrounding area sometime this year, send them the link to enter, as well!