Episode 58: Colourful Collaboration

Rachel is back in the co-pilot seat after the holidays, and we talk about project monogamy (is that a thing?), upcoming yarn celebrations and get two of our knit night regulars to tell us about their creative collaborations in colour and yarn.

News and Events

6 May: Yarn Shop Day! A few shops have helpfully let us know that they have some big things planned for this special day

10 June: World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10th! Check out their website to find an event near you.

Make Happy

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

While on holiday, Rachel finished the shawl design that was kicking her butt (and freaking out her yarn support!), which will released shortly. The only other project she took with her was her Kippen Cardigan, and she's now working on the second sleeve with a lot of collar to go. This past week she also started spinning up some fibre for a collaboration with two colleagues of the woolly variety, which is slated for release this autumn.

Allison is anxiously awaiting the delivery of her SweetGeorgia Yarns Joji Mystery KAL kit from Vancouver (she got Kitsilano) and is in the meantime working on a baby blanket for friend. Progress on her Foolproof cowl also continues.

Colourful Collaboration

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

Our knit night includes a whole bunch of wonderfully creative and inventive people, and we are thrilled to have been able to get two of them to come talk to us for the podcast! Lola Johnson, otherwise known as Third Vault Yarns, and Kate Bostwick, who designs under the Cowtown Knits label, tell us about their relationship with colour, their sources of inspiration, and their collaboration which has produced two gorgeous kits - Lambton Panes and Chainlink Mitts - with more to come!


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode of the podcast and super huge thanks to Lola and Kate for joining us! You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher Radio 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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

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

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Episode 57: A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Rachel is away at the moment so Carmen from A Yarn Story fills in as co-pilot to Allison on this episode. 

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

We realised after we recorded the podcast that we didn't explain very well about being at H+H, the craft trade fair that happened this past March 28-30 in Cologne, Germany. Allison was there on the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand and Carmen was helping out as German translator and answering questions about having the yarns in her shop in the UK.

Now that you have that as context, this episode includes chatter about things we saw at the show, along with our usual bits of news and events and what we're working on.

News and Events

April 23 - Spaces are still available for the upcoming coach trip to Wonderwool from London with the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Click here for more details and to book your space if you'd like to join us.

May 6th - Yarn Shop Day is back! This is great opportunity to show your love for your local yarn shop (LYS). It's also the three year anniversary for A Yarn Story and Wild & Woolly!

June 10th - Join us at The Village Haberdashery for our World Wide Knit in Public Day event. We'll have more details for you soon!

Make Happy - aka What We're Working On

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen, who regularly wishes she was an octopus so that she could have more things on the needles is working on a second neckerchief to match the one she made for Allison for their matching dresses that they wore on the SweetGeorgia stand in Cologne. She's also been finding her fade this week and working on the hot shawl of the season. Carmen also has a few things needing sleeves before they can be completed.

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

In addition to sewing a matching Moneta dress for Carmen, Allison has finally finished the sooper secret project and talks about the special Lucca lace pi shawl that she knit in honour of a friend's wedding. She also cast on a new project out of SweetGeorgia yarn so that she could knit on the stand at H+H and is knitting the Foolproof cowl out of deliciously yummy Cashluxe Spark.

A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

In this segment we get into a bit of a geeky craft business behind the scenes discussion about various ways that shop owners find yarns and other interesting bits for their shops, as well as some of the trends and things that we think are coming down the pipe for the later seasons this year. Lots of shout outs to SweetGeorgia Yarns, Blacker Yarns, Rosy Green Wools, Erika Knight Yarns, La Bien Aimée and more!

Wrap Up

Many thanks again to Carmen for co-hosting this episode!

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 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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