Episode 56: Coffee & Colour

On today’s podcast we’re chatting about two new books that we were asked to review at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We’ve got a review of Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) – more coffee-inspired patterns from C.C. Almon and this time with her daughter Dami as well. And we also take a peek at Knit the Rainbow, a collection of accessories designed for gradient sets by Joy McMillan. Joy of course, is also known as The Knitting Goddess and she really knows colour!

News and Events

The Countess Ablaze Dye Studio is now newly reopened in their brand new space in Manchester’s northern quarter. They are now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and wow – the space is amazing! Congrats to the Countess and run, don’t walk to see her new space – and a new yarn too!

23 April - the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers coach to Wonderwool on Sunday, April 23rd. Tickets are £39 and include round-trip coach and entry to the show. Get your tickets here.

Saturday May 6th - Yarn Shop Day

Saturday, June 10th - World Wide Knit in Public Day. We’re excited to tell you that we will be co-hosting an event with The Village Haberdashery at their new location in West Hampstead. 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on (#yitcmakehappy)

Rachel is finally past some serious designers block on a new shawl design in Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul DK (in murky chartreuse of course...). She's also made progress on her Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in JOMA Yarns Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in JOMA Yarns Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison's Sooper Sekrit Project is SO close to being done! Koolhaas is done, her jacket needs sleeves to be hemmed and buttons sewn on, and she's swatching for Raindrops. She's also totally distracted by yarn in my stash tthat would be PERFECT for Shusui by Susanne Sommer, who we were lucky enough to meet at EYF.

Book Reviews: Coffee and Colour

Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) - find all the patterns on Ravelry here. You can also find C.C. and Dami on their videocast and blog - Geeky Girls Knit.

Knit the Rainbow by Joy McMillan - find all the patterns on Ravelry here, and find Joy's yarns at The Knitting Goddess


Wrap up

Many thanks to C.C. and Joy for providing us with copies of their books to review. We hope you’ll check them out and find as much inspiration as we have.

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 55: EYF Chatter with La Bien Aimée

Ah, Edinburgh! We miss you already!

Ah, Edinburgh! We miss you already!

If you’ve been under a rock lately or haven’t listened to our latest episodes of the podcast, EYF of course is the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the 2017 edition of which wrapped up this past Sunday. We were there and back in a whirlwind of 4 days and have so much to tell you about, including an interview that we were lucky to have with Aimée Gille, owner of L’Oisive The and La Bien Aimée in Paris.

We’ve also got the wrap up of the Blacker PodKAL, some upcoming events to keep an eye out for, and an update on what we’ve been working on and what’s making us happy. 

Mariette shows off her glorious cape that she designed for the Blacker PodKAL

Mariette shows off her glorious cape that she designed for the Blacker PodKAL

Blacker PodKAL wrap up

It was amazing seeing so many gorgeous handknits in person in the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge at EYF. The Blacker stand was pretty spectacular too! We’ve come away with samples of Blacker’s latest yarn Samite that we talked about on the last episode and we’ll be working with that and reporting back on what it’s like to work with.

The Blacker Yarns stand at EYF - conveniently located right next to the Podcast Lounge!

The Blacker Yarns stand at EYF - conveniently located right next to the Podcast Lounge!

Huge thanks to Sue and Sonja from Blacker for supporting the Podcast Lounge, and for putting up a prize skein of Samite for our winner of Team YITC for the Blacker PodKAL! We’re delighted to announce that HDayananda – Helen – was our winner on Ravelry and that she picked a gorgeous colour of Samite (and an accompanying skein!) to work up into a shawl. We can’t wait to see what you make Helen – maybe at this year’s Yarn Crawl?

News and Events

Don’t despair if you missed EYF, there’s plenty of woolly things coming up to tempt you…

Week of 20 March: Countess Ablaze is re-opening her studio in central Manchester. We’re getting an advance sneak peek and will report back to you with all of the Countess’ colourful news.

8 April: the new Spring into Wool show is happening in Leeds

22 - 23 April: Wonderwool Wales on April 22 and 23. Come join the London Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers who have organised a coach again this year on Sunday, 23 April 2017. Tickets will be £39 for round-trip transport and entry to the show. Tickets can be booked via Paypal, and all are welcome! 

We're now into full gear up mode for GLYC2017 - our fifth! Tickets go on sale July 1st...

We're now into full gear up mode for GLYC2017 - our fifth! Tickets go on sale July 1st...

9 September: the 5th anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl will happen on Saturday, 9th September. Tickets will go on sale on July 1st and as in previous years all monies raised after expenses will be donated to Refuge, a UK charity that supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence. 

Make Happy - #yitcmakehappy

Allison's Sooper Secret Project is SO close to being done! Her alternate project is the Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood.

Rachel started the Because Sock Yarn scarf for Dev’s birthday

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the glowing yarn fumes and delirium that we seem to have come away from the weekend with. If social media is any indication, there are a lot of yarn lovers and vendors still on a high from the weekend and slowly coming down to reality this week.

Things we loved about EYF:

Rocking out at the Friday night ceilidh

Rocking out at the Friday night ceilidh

Everyone was overcome by the yarn fumes at EYF! We love this shot of pure joy on Julie (of Tillyflop)'s face at having secured a sweater quantity of Triskelion Arthur DK. FAB colour Julie!

Everyone was overcome by the yarn fumes at EYF! We love this shot of pure joy on Julie (of Tillyflop)'s face at having secured a sweater quantity of Triskelion Arthur DK. FAB colour Julie!

  • Meeting folks and catching up with everyone (although there are still so many we missed!)
  • The ceilidh
  • YARN!
  • The Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge (and huge thanks to Louise Scollay for organising it so we could be there)
  • The volunteers and their smiling faces

An interview with La Bien Aimée

Possibly the best orange ever? Tang, on La Bien Aimée Merino Singles. Photo courtesy of La Bien Aimée.

Possibly the best orange ever? Tang, on La Bien Aimée Merino Singles. Photo courtesy of La Bien Aimée.

EYF was also a great place to see yarns and chat with vendors that we don’t get to see very often, like Aimée Gille, an American transplant to Paris who has been running Paris’ most popular yarn shop, l’Oisive Thé for the last 9 years. Two years ago Aimée and her business partner Hiroko Payne started dyeing their own line of yarns, called La Bien Aimée, which have exploded in popularity thanks to social media. We had a chance to sit down with Aimée while we were at EYF. Here’s that interview.

You can find La Bien Aimée/L'Oisive Thé on their website, on Instagram, on Twitter and on Facebook.


Wrap up

Many thanks to Aimée for joining us on the podcast and congratulations once again to Jo and Mica on a successful show.

ou can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 54: Stashing Season

Now that the wool festival calendar has really kicked into high gear, and with Edinburgh Yarn Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time today to talk about Yarn Show Strategy. We’ll also have an update on the #Blackerpodkal, where you can find us in Edinburgh, what’s making us happy at the moment, and more! 

What's making us happy:

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues and we are winding down to the last week!  How’s your project going? 

Some instagram highlights from #TeamYITC: 

#TeamYITC prize: we will post in the Ravelry thead what the prize is and who wins! Winner will be drawn on 6th March, so make sure you get your projects up and tagged with #BlackerPODKAL and #TeamYITC.

Allison is working on her #BlackerPODKAL project in St. Kilda lace. 

Rachel finished the Christmas sweaters for her kids, but is now working on her #BlackerPODKAL project, the Inglis Mitts by Ysolda Teague in Tamar. 

Stash Season: 

Tips for making sure you don’t get overwhelmed by the wool fumes and end up having to mortgage a kidney to buy yarn. 

  • Make a list 
  • Stick to your list
  • If sticking to your list is going to be tough, set aside a set amount of money that you can splurge with and when it’s gone, it’s gone. 
  • Only take cash and leave the credit cards at home. 

More generally – really think about what you’re buying. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but think about whether you already have five skeins of blue and purple 4-ply yarn in a box at home? 

And we've put together a handy downloadable tip sheet for you too.


Wrap up

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

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Episode 53: Yarn Love

On this episode of the podcast we  chat about what's making us happy at the mo, including an update on our progress with the Blacker PodKAL for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the new #yarnlovechallenge on Instagram. We also find out what happens when you love yarn so much that it leads you to making your own. For that conversation we’ll be chatting with our friend Carmen from A Yarn Story in Bath, who’s been working with Sharon from Great British Yarns on a new joint venture, Walcot Yarns.

Grab your favourite beverage and your WIP and let's go!

What we’re working on (aka Make Happy):

Exciting progress on our projects for the #BlackerPodKAL. There's still time to join in!

Exciting progress on our projects for the #BlackerPodKAL. There's still time to join in!

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues apace! Allison has her SSS well underway, and Rachel is casting on for her Inglis Mitts as we record (better late than never!)

The projects shown on Ravelry and Instagram all look amazing and there are some truly speedy knitters out there! We have some special kudos too, for those of you who have come on board #teamYITC:

  • Hdayananda is knitting with a gorgeous green Cornish Tin for her In the Pines Pullover
  • Mariette694 is making a capelet/wrap of her own design in both Tamar and Cornish Tin that is look stunning already
  • And then there’s Josh (breiwerken on Instagram) who is also making his own colourwork design out of Cornish Tin that is nothing short of amazing!

If you want to join in with the Blacker PodKAL, it’s not too late! Here are the details:

  • Any design or pattern you want (some great freebies on the Blacker Yarns website)
  • Must be knit with Blacker Yarns to be eligible for prizes and discounts at EYF
  • Can be used in combination with other yarns too
  • Chat thread in Blacker Yarns Ravelry group
  • Tag with#BlackerPodKAL on social media & Ravelry
  • Cast off date is 4th March (just in time for EYF!)
  • If you wear your FO at EYF you can get a discount on more Blacker Yarns!
  • There are multiple teams and you can be on more than one – we hope you’ll tag your projects with #teamyitc so that we can see what you’re working on for the KAL (we’ll have a special #teamYITC prize too!)

In other make happy news, Allison has been working on a (gorgeous!) super secret deadline project, and doing lots and lots (and LOTS) of sewing.

Rachel has been working on a design for Walcot Yarns, but has managed to finish her Vestvember project (again, better late than never). She's also been doing lots of #spinningSundays.

Yarn Love Challenge

Okay, the #yarnlovechallenge is something that you’ve probably seen popping up on Instagram in the last couple of day and it’s pretty fun so we wanted to let you know about it. It’s a daily Instagram photo challenge put together by @oharethey and @maryheatherb from Ravelry to celebrate the idea that “Yarn is Love”. We agree!

Yarn Love

Brand new Walcot Yarns - we've got the inside scoop for you from Carmen at A Yarn Story

Brand new Walcot Yarns - we've got the inside scoop for you from Carmen at A Yarn Story

There are fewer things we love more than a new yarn. And we were particularly excited when we found out that our friend Carmen was working on a brand new bespoke yarn – Walcot Yarns.

If you haven’t heard us mention Carmen before, she is a North American transplant like us and the owner of A Yarn Story – a specialty yarn boutique in Bath that is stuffed with gorgeous yarns from around the world. Aside from the yarn itself, what got us really excited to chat with Carmen is that she developed this new yarn with in collaboration with Sharon from Great British Yarns – also in Bath.

We got Carmen to chat with us and tell us more about Walcot Yarns and what exactly is involved with bringing your own yarn to market.


Wrap up

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

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Episode 52: Make Happy

Welcome back Yarn and Fibre Lovers!

Happy New Year from us!

Happy New Year from us!

We're excited to be back post-holidays, refreshed and recharged and ready for another year of yarn-y shenanigans with you, and along with some changes to the podcast too!

A new KAL/CAL to kick things off

We're delighted to announce that we will be participating in this year's Podcast Lounge at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. To get everyone excited about this year's EYF, Blacker Yarns and Louise Scollay of KnitBritish are teaming up to host the #BlackerPodKAL.

 We're casting on for the #BlackerPodKAL as Team Yarn in the City!

 We're casting on for the #BlackerPodKAL as Team Yarn in the City!

Lots of other podcasts are participating too and we hope you'll join us for Team Yarn in the City! Here's some more details:

  • Cast on date is Thursday, January 19th
  • Any design or pattern you want (some great freebies on the Blacker Yarns website)
  • Must be knit with Blacker Yarns to be eligible for prizes and discounts at EYF
  • Can be used in combination with other yarns too
  • Chat thread in Blacker Yarns ravelry group
  • Tags with#BlackerPodKAL on social media & Ravelry
  • Cast off date is 4th March (just in time for EYF!)
  • If you wear your FO at EYF you can get a discount on more Blacker Yarns!

In addition to being eligible for #BlackerPodKAL prizes we're also going to come up with some exclusive to Team YITC members too. Watch this space!

What we've been working on

Rachel clearly had delusions of grandeur with her Christmas knitting plans so she's still working through those and gives us and update. It sounds like the beginning of 2017 is also already chock-a-block full of knitting deadlines too!

Allison's Falling Snow Mitts from PPQ Issue 11. Using yarn from Third Vault Yarns in the Waters of Mars colourway.

Allison's Falling Snow Mitts from PPQ Issue 11. Using yarn from Third Vault Yarns in the Waters of Mars colourway.

Allison is happy to be finished the Hogwarts scarf and still working away on her toe-up socks, as well as a few other things including delving into the crochet with some star stitch mittens thanks to help from her crochet pal Lara across the pond.

#spinningsundays

What we've also been working on is getting back to our spinning. We made a pact on New Year's Eve that we were going to try and do some spinning every Sunday this year in the hopes that we'll accomplish a lot more. Care to join us? Tag photos of your spinning on Instagram with #spinningsundays and #YITCspinningsundays so that we can find you!

Make Happy

After the bonkers year that was 2016 we really want 2017 to focus on the positive so we've come up with a simple theme for this year: Make Happy. We'll be threading this theme through all of our interviews and podcast chatter this year and hope you'll let us know how you find the conversations, as well as join in with your own thoughts, stories and images. Please tag us on social media using #YITCmakehappy.


Wrap up

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

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