Episode 71: A Woolly Good Time

Events 

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness  

23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral, 10:30am - 5:30pm daily, free entry. Also includes a free Introduction to Natural Dyeing drop in session on Sunday, 26 November from 3-5pm. 

2 December: Pints, Purls and Prosecco with Nathan Taylor, from 7-10pm! 

21 January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show, 10am–4pm  

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Starting Point Shawl!!!!  she's working on the yoke of her British Blue sweater and on the two Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL hats. During the podcast, she finishes off a pair of socks in handspun Romney. 

Weaving in ends video from Tabetha Hedrick at SweetGeorgia Yarns

Allison is working on Clue 2 of her Cederberg Shawl MKAL – in SGY Tough Love Sock. She's also started a Gaston jumper for Harrison for Christmas, but is running low on yarn. Does anyone have any Sirdar Eco Wool DK in "Clay"  (soft fawn colour) they can spare? She needs 3-4 more 50 g balls...please get in touch!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

But Alli did manage to dye her hair pink, so here's the photo!

A Woolly Good Time: 

Alli has visited a couple of shows since the last podcast and gives us a brief rundown: Knit for Peace's The Great Knit Fest at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and the Nottingham Yarn Expo. Then we both get a bit philosophical about wool, yarn and it's importance in our day-to-day lives. How does wool play into your everyday world?


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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm. We are now back at the Goat now that their refurb is done.

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

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

 

Episode 70: Hat Genius

We are full on into the autumn knitting season, and with the impending holidays bearing down on us faster than you think, we find our focus turning to accessory patterns and potential gifts. In this episode, we'll discuss upcoming events and what we're currently working on. We also have an interview with the one and only Woolly Wormhead to share with you!

Sponsor note: 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at www.garthenor.com. 

We're hosting a daily Instagram photo challenge for the good folks at Wovember! Follow us on Instagram @yarninthecity to make sure you don't miss any of the photo prompts.

We're hosting a daily Instagram photo challenge for the good folks at Wovember! Follow us on Instagram @yarninthecity to make sure you don't miss any of the photo prompts.

Events

28 – 29th October: Kendal Wool Gathering  

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness, and we're hosting an Instagram Photo Challenge!  

11 November: Festiwool, at a new venue  

11 – 12th November: Nottingham Yarn Expo  

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23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral, 10:30am - 5:30pm daily, free entry. Also includes a free Introduction to Natural Dyeing drop in seesion on Sunday, 26 November from 3-5pm.

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is enthusiastically finishing some long-standing WIPs, after realising that virtually all of her numerous sets of 4 mm needles are stuck in other projects, and need to be reclaimed for new ones! She's polished off her Green Memories hat by La Maison Rillilie, and has picked up her Starting Point shawl again. One sleeve is done on her British Blue 100 sweater, and the second is started. 

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Allison is working on Clue 1 of the SweetGeorgia Yarns MKAL, but Clue 2 was out last week so she's feeling a bit behind! She's got her yarn wound and ready to cast on for the handspun Belles Filles Shawl KAL.  

Hat Genius: 

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If you like to knit hats, then you've probably heard of Woolly Wormhead, self-described Hat Architect. As knitters of more than one Woolly Wormhead pattern, we were very excited to catch up with her during a recent visit to the UK, and talk about her hats, her design process, her new book, Elemental,  and her upcoming double-barrelled Mystery KAL, starting November 1st. 


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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm. However, the Goat will be closed for refurbishment from the 16th of October for approximately a month, so we've relocated up the hill a little bit at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

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

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 69: Shetland

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We're back on schedule with this week's episode, in which we talk about Allison's trip to Shetland for part of Shetland Wool Week and dig into the patterns in two gorgeous books: Wool Journey: Shetland by Amber Corcoran, Jaime Jennings, Malia Mae Joseph and Stephen West, and Shetland by Marie Wallin.  

Sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at http://www.garthenor.com.

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is still plugging away on her yellow Erika Knight jumper in British Blue 100. The change in weather means her wool mojo has returned with a vengeance, so she's also been spinning and had a bit of a slip last weekend, and is now the proud owner of a 10" Cricket loom which is destined for generating lots of handspun handwoven scarves. 

Allison has finished spinning her Turning on Shetland from Porpoise Fur, and mostly finished her Martinique Beach Cowl! Still working on Lemon Difficult by Kate Atherley, but mostly has been spinning like a demon for Spinzilla. 

Shetland

Alli talks about her trip and all the fabulous places she visited, including Uradale Farm. Then we discuss the five patterns in Wool Journey: Shetland, by Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, owners of Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver (Rachel visited the shop several summers ago) and Malia Mae Joseph and Stephen West, co-owners of Stephen & Penelope in Amsterdam. See all the patterns on Ravelry here.

Marie Wallin's new book Shetland is a Fair Isle lover's delight.

Marie Wallin's new book Shetland is a Fair Isle lover's delight.

Last but not least we talk about the glorious stranded colourwork designs in Marie Wallin's new book Shetland (see all the patterns on Ravelry here). Lushly photographed and full of glorious colourwork designs, this book is definitely worth a look for anyone with a hankering for a challenge!

Other books about Shetland you might want to explore: 


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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm. However, the Goat will be closed for refurbishment from the 16th of October for approximately a month, so check out the thread in our Ravelry group for our alternative meet up place. 

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

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 68: GLYC Wrap Up

September has been an incredibly busy month, and on this episode we recap the fifth annual Great London Yarn Crawl, including our live interview with special guest Erika Knight. 

Our sponsor:

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at www.garthenor.com

News and Events: 

Drawing for prizes from last podcast: 

Two skeins of Brushwork from Blacker Yarns: pinkpot on Ravelry 

A copy of the gorgeous Stranded Gradient Sweater pattern: LuisaM 

Congratulations to both, and thanks to everyone who posted a comment!

Upcoming events:

7 – 22th October – UK Wool Week 

11 – 15th October: The Knitting and Stitching Show, Ally Pally London 

14 –15th October: Bakewell Wool Gathering 

13 – 15th October: Loch Ness Knit Fest 

14 October: West Wales Wool Show, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire 

28 – 29th October: Kendal Wool Gathering 

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness 

11 November: Festiwool, at a new venue! 

11 – 12th November: Nottingham Yarn Expo 

23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral 

In the future...

20-21st October 2018: The Knit-Tea Retreat, sign ups open 8 October

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is finishing off her shawl pattern for the handspun KAL that will kick off on October 9 after Spinzilla is over – head over to her thread in the Ravelry group to sign up! She’s also working on a new sweater design in Erika Knight British Blue 100 that will hopefully be available at the end of the month. 

Allison's finished Bousta Beanie - just in time for Shetland Wool Week!

Allison's finished Bousta Beanie - just in time for Shetland Wool Week!

Allison finished her Bousta Beanie, and is almost done with her Martinique Beach Cowl. She's been spinning Turning on Shetland from Porpoise Fur, and is currently working on Lemon Difficult by Kate Atherley. 

GLYC Wrap up: 

Getting cosy with Erika following her chat at the GLYC after party.

Getting cosy with Erika following her chat at the GLYC after party.

The fifth edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl was a huge success! Many thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and all the participants who came out on the day and made it such a great time, and brought over 100 items to donate to Knit for Peace!

The event raised a total of £817, bringing the five year total to over £4200 donated to Refuge. 

We share our fantastic interview with knitting designer extraordinaire, Erika Knight, who was our special guest at the after-party.


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 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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