Episode 76: Talking about Tuck Stitches

We are super excited to be chatting with you today as we have another interview that we recorded during our time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last month. Nancy Marchant joins us as our special guest today to talk to us about tuck stitches, texture, and of course brioche too!

  We welcome Nancy Marchant to the podcast to chat about her new book Tuck Stitches

We welcome Nancy Marchant to the podcast to chat about her new book Tuck Stitches

Announcements:

First up, a shout out to Charlotte Parfitt who was the winner of the pair of weekend passes to Woollinn in Dublin

What we’re working on:

Allison has been plugging away on and (mostly) monogamous to her Impressionists MKAL by Helen Stewart. The final clue has just been released so only 20% left to go! When the project has been too big to travel with Allison has also had a pair of Rose City Rollers ankle socks with her and she’s mostly finished sewing a pair of wool trousers – that it is now too hot too wear.

Rachel has been flying through Marginalia (or was until this week and 27 degree weather!) She’s finished the body and made a start on the first sleeve. She’s dug into some deep deep fibre stash and found some silk/wool batts that she’s been struggling with a bit. Beyond that the weather has gotten too nice to do anything but sit outside in the garden, so there’s been a lot of that.

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Talking about Tuck Stitches with special guest Nancy Marchant:

As we’ve been chatting about Yarn Adventures this year we didn’t want the conversation to be limited to travels or places you could go with your knitting. Which got us thinking – what if the adventure were learning a new technique and expanding your knitting repertoire? In that spirit, we got to chat with Nancy Marchant at EYF. The Queen of Brioche was kind enough to take some time out of her packed schedule to talk with us about her newest book, Tuck Stitches: Sophistication in Handknitting.

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A heads up for our listeners – we recorded this interview with Nancy in the café at the Corn Exchange so there is some background noise and the odd café latte being made in the background!

And for anyone interested in knowing more about the syncopated brioche stitch that Allison mentions, you can find more info on Nancy's website here.


Wrap up:

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

 

Episode 75: More Yarn Show Hijinks

Following on from our last episode where we recapped the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, we’re making plans to check out a new yarn show on the horizon: Woollinn Dublin coming up at the end of May. We chat with organiser Lisa Sisk, who is also one of the owners of Dublin’s beautiful LYS This Is Knit, about what it’s like to put on a yarn show. Plus, we have tickets to the show to giveaway!

What we’re working on:

  Allison is making good progress on Helen Stewart's Impressionists MKAL using deep stash.

Allison is making good progress on Helen Stewart's Impressionists MKAL using deep stash.

Allison is feeling pretty smug after finishing her Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn shawl so she also busted out a new toque (Pull the Wool Over) out of her souvenir yarn purchase from Vogue Knitting Live in New York. She’s now working on Helen Stewart’s Impressionists MKAL and using Martina Behm’s Strickplaner 2018 to try and wrangle the rest of her projects and WIPs for Q2.

  Rachel's new Marginalia pullover is definitely orange, NOT red!, in this photo!

Rachel's new Marginalia pullover is definitely orange, NOT red!, in this photo!

Rachel cast on her Marginalia pullover in Triskelion Arthur DK and finished a hat in Bloomsbury DK from The Yarn Collective. And has been spinning up a storm. And thinking about quilting…

MORE yarn show hijinks:

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We have a good idea of how challenging it is to plan a yarn show. So we have great admiration for our interview guest, Lisa Sisk, and her team who are bringing a much needed yarn show to Ireland. Woollinn Dublin will debut for the first time on the 25th of May. While they may be new to show organising, Lisa and her team are also the owners of Dublin LYS This is Knit, and have leveraged their relationships with designers and dyers to put together an amazing line of exhibitors and teachers. We spoke to Lisa about her experience with pulling the show together, and it sounds like it's going to be absolutely amazing!

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Many thanks to Lisa for taking the time to chat with us about Woollinn Dublin. She has kindly given us a pair of weekend access tickets to for a giveaway! Getting to Dublin is easy from many spots in the UK and Europe, so if you think you’d like to hop over for the weekend, or even for the day like Allison, please leave a comment on the show notes. We’ll choose a winner on Sunday, April 15th and announce the winner on Instagram. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name or some other way of contacting you in case you win!


Wrap up:

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

 

Episode 74: Scottish Adventures

  EYF 2018 shenanigans!

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

We’ve just come by from a phenomenal trip to the 2018 Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where we saw amazing yarns, caught up with friends old and new and generally soaked up as much colour and inspiration as possible! We recap EYF on today's episode, including an interview with someone who traveled a very long way to get to Edinburgh! We also review the new Jacob yarn from Blacker Yarns.

What we’re working on:

  Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison was desperately trying to finish her handspun Gradient Pullover (by Amy Miller) over the weekend, and has 5 inches of the second sleeve left. She’s also working on some sample knitting for her upcoming trade show.

Allison's EYF stash enhancement:
A previously ordered kit for the Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry in La Bien Aimee Comfort DK. Also  a sweater quantity of fingering weight yarn for Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (mostly House of A La Mode from A Yarn Story), project bag, random sock skein (House of a la Mode in Redmond, a custom colourway dyed in honour of Carmen's dad).

Rachel finished her Incunabula (by Karie Westermann) and got some amazing buttons for it from Textile Garden at EYF. She also came back from the show with two sweater lots of yarn, which are planning on growing up to be a Marginalia (Triskelion Yarns Arthur DK in Old Fox and My True Sweetheart) and a Woodman Cardigan from Bristol Ivy’s amazing new book (Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Light in Grape Hyacinth). She also got some stitch markers from The Little Grey Girl, and Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1.

Gina's Yarn Adventure

  With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

On the ride up to Edinburgh, Allison met the lovely Gina Ross from Natural Yarns. They got to talking (as knitters do) and discovered that Gina has a fantastic yarn adventure to share, which includes yarn, yoga, mindfulness and building community. We had a chance to catch up with her at the show, and we think you’ll be interested to hear her story.

Yarn Review: Jacob

Blacker’s new yarn uses the unique Jacob sheep as it’s inspiration, with four bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours. Jacob sheep naturally have multicoloured coats, which means that their wool is less marketable. Sue and her team have blended the colours together during the spinning process to create a range of four coloured bases. These are then overdyed in three colours, giving a range of subtle shades. We got to play with some of it, and boy is it lovely!

Yarn stats:
DK: 110 m/50 gr
4-ply: 175 m/50 g
Colour card here.

  The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

EYF on-the-spot interviews:
Liz and Ceci, aka howmanystitches and creativececi on Ravelry!

Congrats to our YINGO winner!
The random number generator spoke to us and we hope @svm_treks is delighted to find that her hard work to clear her Yingo card paid off! We will be in touch via DM on Instagram to get your details to send out your prize!


Wrap up:

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

YINGO = Yarn in the City Yarn Bingo

Hello yarn lovers!

As we promised on our most recent episode of the podcast, we've been planning a new photo challenge in honour of our visit to the upcoming Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge. It's a little something we like to call YINGO. Or, Yarn in the City Yarn Bingo.

  Want a  PDF version ? Download your Yarn in the City YINGO card  here !

Want a PDF version? Download your Yarn in the City YINGO card here!

If you haven't had a chance to listen to the podcast yet or you've found this post from Instagram, we just want to outline how it's going to work, plus provide a few rules to keep in mind:

  1. Follow Yarn in the City on Instagram (if you haven't already).
  2. Use the collage or multi-photo feature on Instagram when you have a YINGO. These can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal.
  3. Use the caption to tell us which photo prompts your YINGO images correspond to.
  4. Tag your post with the hashtags #yarninthecityyingo #yarnbingo #yitcyarnadventures.
  5. Each YINGO post is worth one entry for our yarn-y prize pack.
  6. If you complete your entire YINGO card you'll get FIVE entries!
  7. Our yarn-y prize pack winner will be drawn randomly the week of March 19th from entries that we see on Instagram using the hashtags between Monday, March 12th and Sunday, March 18th, 2018.

See? Simple! BUT, as we said on the podcast, there are a few things for you to consider:

  1. It goes without saying but we will say it anyway: if you're taking a photo of someone, or someone's stand, or someone's stash or someone's whatever, please ask permission first!
  2. BE CREATIVE! Don't assume that these prompts are related to ticketed events - we've purposefully left some of the EYF-related prompts more general so that they're not specific to an event that not everyone may have a ticket for. Knit night could be with your mates in your Airbnb, the lobby of your hotel, on the train up to Edinburgh, wherever!
  3. Yarn is lovely but so is Edinburgh - get out and try to see some of the city too!
  4. We all know that the Edinburgh Yarn Festival is a big deal to a lot of people (visitors, vendors, teachers, volunteers, etc) and Jo and Mica and their team work incredibly hard to make this amazing thing happen. It is also incredibly busy, not to mention easy to succumb to the yarn fumes! With that mind, please be kind and conscious of people's time and space.

That's it! We can't wait to play along with you and see what wonderful images you guys choose to share with us. We'll both be working during the show so you can find us either in the Podcast Lounge or working on the A Yarn Story stand. We'll be enjoying EYF vicariously through your images!

Not long to go now! See you in Edinburgh!

Episode 73: Let's have a yarn adventure!

Hello and welcome back to the Yarn in the City podcast! We are thrilled to be back and chatting with you guys again after our brief hiatus.

  Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

On today’s episode we’re chatting about our theme for the podcast in 2018, Allison interviews our first special guest of the year and of course we get to catch up on our knitting projects in anticipation of the upcoming EYF too.

What we're working on:

Rachel is knitting Incunabula by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper in Valley Yarns Northampton in Sage Heather, and is on the sleeves after having to start over again due to choosing the wrong size at the beginning. True to form, she's made the body longer and decided to change the sleeve shaping. As you do.

  Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison has been machine knitting up a storm, with her fabulous Union Jack Cardigan by Brandon Mably, and a bunch of awesome swatches from numerous classes (see short row eyeballs below). She also took a class in Bohus knitting when she went to Vogue Knitting Live last month, and we discuss Poems of Color by Wendy Keele, a good resource for Bohus knitting history.

  Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Upcoming events

EYF. That is all (squee!)

We will be at the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge throughout the show, so please come by and say hi!

Yarn Adventures

  Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Last year. the theme that we tried to work through the podcast episodes was Make Happy. This year, we've decided to focus on Yarn Adventures, both ours and those of other people. To start things off, we have an interview with Maylin Scott (aka Blithespirit), a Canadian expat living in Liverpool. We hope you enjoy!

YINGO!

We've got a new photo challenge for those of you attending EYF - Yarn Bingo (or Yingo)! We've put together a bingo card of photo prompts for you to use as inspiration and we're looking forward to seeing your interpretations! More details to follow, but every 5 in a row series or collage of photos is 1 entry into the prize drawing - fill up the card for 5 entries!


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

We hope to see you at EYF!

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise