Episode 37: Roadtrip!

This episode is a little later than usual as we wanted to bring you a report from Allison’s roadtrip into Devon to visit the John Arbon Textiles Mill as part of their Open Weekend. We’ve also got some other exciting roadtrip news to share with you too!

Shout outs, News and Events

A HUGE shout out to Rachel G. and Lucy O. who invited Allison to tag along with them to the John Arbon Open Weekend. Also to @anelalei in Hawaii, who Tweeted at us about enjoying the podcast - we're glad to hear it!

The amazing Rachel G. and her mad spinning skills - in a CAR!

The amazing Rachel G. and her mad spinning skills - in a CAR!

Congratulations to I Knit London who celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend!

1 June – join us for the London Craft Guide KAL! Knit or sew whatever project you’d like from the London Craft Guide. Or can be more than one project! 

4 June - Leeds Wool Festival

4-5th June: Wool Fair, Ickworth

7 June - Allison will be hanging out at knit night at The Purple Purl in Toronto on her way to TNNA!

18 June - WWKIP Day! We also hope you’ll join us at the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park from 1:30-4:30pm. Please give us a shout and let us know if you're going to be joining us on the day so we can keep an eye out for you!

25-26 June - Woolfest, Cumbria,

GLYC 2016 update

Route info will be published on June 1st and tickets will go on sale on July 1st. We’re adding a few new shops this year, including Stag & Bow, the iconic Liberty and Ray Stitch. Stay tuned for the routes for more details!

What we’re working on

What Rachel has been working on...(Tour de Fleece colourways for Porpoise Fur)

What Rachel has been working on...(Tour de Fleece colourways for Porpoise Fur)

Rachel has been dyeing. A lot. And slowly working on the Incredible Hullk shawl from Episode 35 which is ginormous and...hulk-like.

Allison's new Camber dress, which she's inadvertently matched up to her Lush cardi

Allison's new Camber dress, which she's inadvertently matched up to her Lush cardi

Instead of a knitting FO, this episode Allison has a sewing FO - woot! It's gorgeous, and matches her Lush cardigan perfectly. She's also working on the Twist Pullover by Cecily Glowik MacDonald from knit.wear Spring 2012, in SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Cherry. Hoping to finish for TNNA...

Roadtrip!

John Arbon explaining some of the vintage (yet fully functional!) equipment in the spinning mill as part of the John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend

John Arbon explaining some of the vintage (yet fully functional!) equipment in the spinning mill as part of the John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend

In which Allison takes a drive down to Devon, gets audio of Frankie and John, and ends up with a Mill Membership and some yarny presents.

We also announce our upcoming autumn retreat, also in Devon! In collaboration with Made on Holiday, we are hosting Knitting in the Country with Yarn in the City, a weekend-long event on 30 September - 2 October. The venue is fabulous (really!) and we will be teaching some dyeing classes and colourwork classes and how to fix your mistakes classes. Check out the website for more details and we hope you can join us in October!


Thanks so much for listening! Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think viaTwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
You're My Friend - Midnight Pilot
Charmer - Aimee Mann

Episode 36: Wales in a Day

Shout outs:

Shout out to Sue Blacker and Helen, who corrected our completely butchered pronounciation of Tamar in a previous episode.

PlanetFrouFrou, who came to the Knit with Attitude book do, and told us about the Wool Fair at Ickworth in June!

News and Events:

7 May: Wharfe Wool Fair, Ilkley.

14-15th May: John Arbon Mill Open Weekend, South Moulton, Devon.

21 May: Highland Wool and Textile Fair, Dingwall Mart.

21-22 May: Baa Baa Bazaar at the Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley.

4 June: Leeds Wool Festival

4-5th June: Wool Fair, Ickworth

18th June: World Wide Knit in Public Day! We will be at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, London, from 1:30-4:30. Come join us!

25-26th June: Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria.

 

What we're working on:

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Allison has finished Welcome to the Flock by Julia Farwell-Clay (except for the grafting!), in Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed. She had a traumatic experience with a mis-counted cast on for the Twist Pullover by Cecily Glowik Macdonald, which has since been rectified, and made some progress on the Toddler Hoodie she's been working on for a while.

Rachel is still working on the Coffee Date with Mark Ruffalo shawl, and the rows are getting really really long. And she's been doing a bit of spinning.

Wales in a Day

Rachel's haul from Wonderwool

Rachel's haul from Wonderwool

We recap our trip to Wales and the gloriousness that was this year's Wonderwool Wales. As well as the downside of large and busy festivals. 


Please leave us a comment or send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com with your thoughts, or let us know what you think via TwitterFacebook andInstagram. You can also find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Living Room - Wylder
You're My Friend - Midnight Pilot
 

Episode 35: Can you teach an old knitter new tricks?

In this episode of the podcast, we review Tracey Todhunter’s new book, Women’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, which is inspiring us to pick up our hooks. Along with the usual - shout-outs, chat about what we’ve been working on, upcoming events and a very special announcement!

Shout outs, news, events: 

Shout to all the regulars and new faces at our knit night who took over three tables in the pub this week, and thanks for everyone’s yarn show tips!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last episode of the podcast, and congratulations to our giveaway winner of CC Almon’s book Coffee With CC – Clare! 

News and events:

18-24 April: Makers for Fashion Revolution photo challenge hosted by Karie Westermann, aka Kariebookish, on Instagram. The idea behind the challenge is to get conversation happening within the making community about where our clothes come from. 

21 April: A Yarn Story is bringing their Shibui Mix Party to Omnibus, in Clapham. This one-off special event will give you a chance to learn more about the Shibui Mix Concept and try out their various yarns to create your own personalized textures for your knits. Space is limited but tickets are still available for £15, a portion of which will be credited to any yarn purchases made on the evening. 

23-24 April: Wonderwool Wales in Builth Wells. 

30 April- 1 May: The annual Knitter’s Folic in Toronto! 

30 April: Wooltastic Mini Pop-Up Wool Show, Walton Village Hall, Cumbria.

30 April: Yarn Shop Day - show your love for your local Yarn Shop by popping in to see what they have. In Manchester, Brit Yarn will be having a special pop-up at the Countess Ablaze studio. In Bath, A Yarn Story will have a yarn tasting of all their Fibre Co. yarns and will have a world-exclusive of The Fibre Co.’s newest yarn, Arranmore! 

7 May: Wharfe Wool Fair, Ilkley

21 May: Highland Wool and Textile Fair, Dingwall Mart

21-22 May: Baa Baa Bazaar at the Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley.

UK Fibre and Yarn Events group on Ravelry.

What we’re working on:

Rachel's Coffee Date Shawl by C. C. Almon

Rachel's Coffee Date Shawl by C. C. Almon

Rachel is working on the Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket by Sara Rivka, and the Coffee Date shawl by C. C. Almon. In finished objects, she's blocked the world's largest shawl (Freshwater Shawl from the last podcast), and finished her latest shawl design. 

Allison's crochet and handspun finishes

Allison's crochet and handspun finishes

Allison finished Your Mileage May Vary by Joanne Scrace and finished spinning her Porpoise Fur fibre club from January resulting in 138 yards of worsted weight yarn. She’s now back to working her way through her WIPs and on a couple of baby and toddler sweaters. 

Book review: Women’s Weekly Guide to Crochet by Tracey Todhunter 

Tracy Todhunter, a long time crochet designer and teacher, has a new book out that is perfect for those, like us, who are not the most accomplished crocheters. Great photos, tutorials and tips for all! You can find it on Amazon UK and in your local yarn store. It's also available in the US, as Crochet: Learn It. Love It.

Wonderful Wonderwool (and other Yarn Show) Tips 

At our most recent Knit Night, we asked for tips from our compatriots on how they get ready for wool shows, and we share their thoughts with you.

And speaking of yarn shows… 

We have a big announcement: the Yarnporium is coming!!!! All the details that are currently available are here, and stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. If you are interested in vending at the Yarnporium, more information is here, and if you'd like to volunteer, there's information here.


Please let us know what you think through comments on the show notes, send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com or via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

On Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Sunstroke - Wylder
Offer Up My Love - Midnight Pilot
The Good Life - Midnight Pilot

Episode 34: Send More Coffee

With the Easter holidays and our kids still off school we've got another international Skype session of the podcast for Episode 34. We hope you'll bear with and that the sound isn't quite up to our usual standard.

News, Events & Shout Outs

16th April - Our next book event for the London Craft Guide is being hosted by Knit With Attitude! Join us from 2-4 at the shop for some light snacks and a chat about our journey from the Great London Yarn Crawl to the London Craft Guide! Maya and her team are also generously offering 10% off in the shop and they've paired up the projects from the book with yarns from their shop - check out their blog post to see them all! Please RSVP to Knit With Attitude just so they have a sense of numbers - this is a FREE event!

21st April - Carmen from A Yarn Story is bringing her Shibui Knits Mix Party to London! The event is being held in Clapham and gets underway at 6:30pm. Find all the details and book your ticket on the AYS website.

23-24 April - Wonderwool Wales gets underway for it's 11th year at Builth Wells in Wales. We'll be popping in for a whirlwind visit on the Sunday on a coach visit with our guild from London and are already starting to make our lists of what we'd like to see!

30th April - The third annual Yarn Shop Day is coming up soon! Check out their website to find a participating shop near you and show your love for the awesome yarn shops we have across the UK.

Big shout out to our US iTunes review from bjoy -thank you so much!

Another shout out to Wild Thistle Farm in Pittston, ME, who accosted Rachel on the train from Boston to Brunswick to ask her (knitting with commercial yarn) if she was a spinner. They have Shetlands people - off you go!

We also have a winner of the copy of Wool Tribe generously provided by Edinburgh Yarn Festival in Episode 33 - Rachelke! Please get in touch with us and let us know how to get that to you, and congratulations!

What We're Working On:

A Rasta cowl fast finish by Allison

A Rasta cowl fast finish by Allison

Allison is going great guns on her baby sweater, and has finished the sleeves. She's also been cranking out a new crocheted shawl from Joanne Scrace's book The Shawl Project Book 1 and finished a one-skein cowl out of Malabrigo Rasta as a hostess gift.

Rachel's beautiful shawl finish in Triskelion Yarns.

Rachel's beautiful shawl finish in Triskelion Yarns.

Rachel has finished her Freshwater Shawl by Andrea Mowbry and Annie Rowden, in fantastic Triskelion Yarns Elen, and is spinning up some of her March Lab Goddess Fibre Club Wensleydale. She's also just discovered that her recent Yarn Chicken winning streak will come to a stunning halt if she continues with her current shawl design project, so there's some frogging in her immediate future.

Book Review: Coffee with C. C.

In this episode we review C. C. Almon's new book, Coffee with C. C.: A 7 pattern caffeine inspired knitting collection.

Disclaimer: Rachel was the tech editor for this project, so take her comments with however many grains of salt you need.

We were both big fans of these self striping Espresso Macchiato socks!

We were both big fans of these self striping Espresso Macchiato socks!

The collection includes six sock patterns, ranging from plain vanilla (French Vanilla Cappuccino socks) to more elaborate (I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice socks), and also includes a shawl pattern. The patterns include lots of textured stitches and interest, but straightforward constructions so they are perfect for new or less experienced sock knitters looking to expand their skills!

The hard copy of the book can be purchased from the JavaPurl Designs website for $18 plus shipping, and the eBook is available through Ravelry for $16 plus shipping.


As always, please let us know what you think through comments on the show notes, send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com or via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio (and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

And on Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
1000 Ships - Rachel Platten
It's Not - Aimee Mann