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!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

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!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 51: Happy Yule

We’ve just wrapped up our last knit night of the year at the pub so we’re in pretty good spirits! We’ve got a very low-key Christmas episode of the podcast for you for our last episode of the year. So grab some eggnog, or a nightcap or a hot chocolate (with some Baileys) and kick back with us! 

First a word from our sponsor: 

 The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters.    

The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk. 

Podcast listeners can get 10% off  with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site.  As YITC has international listeners, we currently ship to countries in the EU, Australia and New Zealand.  And they will be adding more countries as they grow. Welcome to The Loveliest Yarn Company! 

 

News and Events: 

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is happening this coming Friday, December 16th if you’re in London.  

15th January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show

 

What we’re working on: 

Allison is on track with Harry's Gryffindor scarf, but is also working on the lovely Atwater Hat in New Lanark Mills yarn. Her Sonder Shawl is almost done too, and she's making good progress on some slippers for her mom and MIL. The sewing projects are taking a bit of a hit though...

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Rachel is working on Beyond Sock Yarn x 2, Christmas Jumpers x 2 (yarn is dyed!), and maybe some other things for Christmas presents (i.e. a woven stole for her mom and a brioche scarf for her Dad).

 

Getting ready for Christmas:

We chat about our Christmas plans, cat-proofing the Christmas tree, curry sauce and chips and selfish knitting for post-holiday relaxation.


Wrap up: 

We are thinking about themes and content for next year - if you have anything you're interested in having us talk about, please reach out and let us know.

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 wonderful holiday season and we'll be back in the New Year!

 

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
This Christmas - Sinclair
Every Bell On Earth Will Ring - The Oh Hellos

I'll Be Home For (A White) Christmas - Joel Rakes

Episode 50: Are We There Yet?

This is our penultimate episode of the year! With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, Rachel has lost her mind with her holiday knitting so we’ve found some gifts for knitters ideas to keep things sane in your own households and you can get back to your own projects instead of stuff for other people!

First a word from our sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters. 

The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in July, August and September with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

As YITC has international listeners, we currently ship to countries in the EU, Australia and New Zealand.  And they will be adding more countries as they grow. Welcome to The Loveliest Yarn Company!

News and Events

It's the last few days of Wovember!

3 December – Selvedge Makers’s Fair, St Augustine Church Hall London, 11-5:00.

6 Dec – Make handpainted gift wrap at VV Rouleaux

14 December - Late Night Knitty Lock-in at Wild & Woolly

16 December - Pom Pom Christmas party, 49 Tanner St London SE1 3PL

Will feature The Fibre Co., Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles, as well as Francesca Hughes, Elisabeth Beverley, Coop Knits, Daughter of a Shepherd, Pink Hazel, La Bien Aimee, Beyond Measure and The Uncommon Thread.

Brioche classes for beginners at I Knit London on 3 Dec, 7 January and 21 January

What we’re working on

Allison is on the 13th stripe of 19 in Harrison’s Hogwarts scarf. In addition, she’s working on the Sonder Shawl by Helen Stewart. She’s also been making lists of what needs to happen in the next few weeks –maybe a couple of pairs of slippers, a quilt for her FIL and a throw for her brother. Plus a waistcoat for Jordan for Christmas.

Rachel is frantically trying to finish her Vestvember project, Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely alpaca her husband bought her in Peru. Despite all great intentions not to get out of control with Christmas knitting, she is also looking to do two versions of Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley and two top down yoked sweaters for her kids for Christmas. Goodbye sleep, hello RSI!

Christmas gift ideas

Cashmere bundles – Loop Lux Adorna

Check your Gauge cloth – Cocoknits - available at A Yarn Story

Christmas book bundles from The Loveliest Yarn Co – Christmas bundles

Jewellery from Tangled Yarn

Christmas Tree ornaments from Katrinkle and Yarnistry (also Christmas stitch markers)

Gift tags from Beyond Measure

Patterns for Ornaments

Christmas Eve Bauble Renee Callahan

Cheers! Cheryl Niamath

Mini Christmas Stocking by Julie Williams

Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Carmen Heffernan

Minikins – Woolly Wormhead


You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at the Goat 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!

Music Credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
Two Birds - Katey Laurel
Raise the Tree - Trent Dabbs

Episode 49: Overwhelmed

In this episode of the podcast, we recap the glorious madness that was Yarnporium, chat with the amazing Tara Swiger, and look ahead to our crafting plans for the holiday season.

Tara Swiger of the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast and C.C. Almon of the Geeky Girls Knits podcast at the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza retreat in Farnham.

Tara Swiger of the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast and C.C. Almon of the Geeky Girls Knits podcast at the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza retreat in Farnham.

Sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in November and December with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

News and Events:

Entire month: WOVEMBER continues!

3 December - Edinburgh Yarn Festival is hosting their Wool Tribe Christmas Party

16 December - Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party! Sponsored by The Fibre Company, Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles

What we're working on:

Rachel has finally cast on her #Vestvember project: Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely natural brown alpaca that her Other Half brought back from Peru long ago. She finished Helen Stewart's gorgeous Sonder Shawl in a mad, political panic-fueled couple of days in front of the TV last week, and has been spinning some Coomassie Blue BFL for a handspun Fauske from the Nordlándda Collection.

Allison gets started on a new pair of handspun socks.

Allison gets started on a new pair of handspun socks.

Allison has been working on the Gryffindor Scarf for Mr. H for Christmas and has also been working on the Sonder Shawl but not as quickly as Rachel. Allison is also longingly hoping to get back to her Creature Comforts Cardi that she started back in the spring but in the meantime applying her new two-at-a-time-toe-up socks skills to a pair of bedsocks out of birthday handspun from Rachel. She also managed to spin cotton in Rachel's spinning class at the retreat and is looking forward to holiday time in Canada.

Overwhelmed:

We are feeling a bit overwhelmed in this episode. On the one hand, we are overwhelmed by the incredibly wonderful response to The Yarnporium - many, many thanks to our sponsors, vendors, teachers and volunteers, without whom this event would never have happened.

Huge, HUGE thanks to our amazing volunteers from the Yarnporium who helped everything run smoothly!

Huge, HUGE thanks to our amazing volunteers from the Yarnporium who helped everything run smoothly!

We are also looking ahead to feeling overwhelmed by the upcoming holidays, and the desire to Make All The Things for our loved ones. We had the opportunity to speak with the lovely, enthusiastic, and all around wonderful human being, Tara Swiger, of www.taraswiger.com and the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast at the recent Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza. Tara talked with us about how to deal with overwhelm during this oh-so-fraught time, and how to decide what to focus on to ensure that the holiday season is a happy and healthy one.


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!

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Remember the Monarchs - A Land Outside of This
New Beginning - Lauren Mann