Episode 86: Germantown

  Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Continuing our year’s theme of Yarn Adventures we’re delighted to have a chat with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens. They share a bit of their 10 year yarn adventure with us – which has culminated in the release of their brand new yarn Germantown, and a special appearance at our upcoming Yarnporium!

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com

Yarnporium Update

Hopefully you’re not completely sick of hearing about the show yet and have got your tickets and are gearing up for the show! We can’t wait to see you!

Tickets

A limited number of advanced tickets are on sale on our website. We encourage you to have a look at those! Day tickets are available for £10 in advance or £12 on the day.

If you are attending a workshop you automatically have access to the marketplace!

Workshops

Workshops are starting to sell out so if there’s one you’ve been thinking about taking – please register soon before spaces are all gone! Workshops will only be on sale until 11.:59pm on Sunday, October 28th. Workshop registration will not be possible in person at the Yarnporium.

Friday – Yarn Lovers Lounge sponsored by The Yarn Collective

Saturday – Makers Walking the Talk Series

What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Béton Brut shawl for the Yarnporium Countdown KAL, along with the 21-Color Slouch hat that she busted out in a single sitting! She’s also made progress on her Raindrops tee by Tin Can Knits.

Allison’s knitting attention has been scattered between the Tullameen Shawl MKAL and the Béton Brut KAL while also working on a new hat design. She’s also plotting a sweater to make on her new-to-her chunky knitting machine. Maybe you’ll see her wearing it at the Yarnporium?

Germantown

  Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

This week we had a lovely catch up with Kate and Courtney from Kelbourne Woolens who are joining us for the Yarnporium. They have had a very busy yarn adventure over the last 10 years as they’ve built their business. Their 10 year anniversary has brought with it both change and new opportunities and they chat with us about their new directions, and their latest yarn, Germantown.

  The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein

The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 85: Countdown

On this episode of the podcast we’re counting down to the Yarnporium - only five weeks to go now. Eep! We’ve cast on for the Yarnporium Countdown KAL - are you joining us?

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com

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Yarnporium Countdown KAL

The Yarnporium Countdown KAL officially kicked off a week ago. Thanks to those of you who joined us on Instagram Live for the cast on and huge apologies for the loss of sound at the end. We’re still getting used to the whole IG Live thing!

If you want to join in, head over to our Ravelry group for more details and show us your yarn and your progress. Don’t forget to tag your projects on Ravelry and Instagram with the tag #YarnporiumKAL2018 to be eligible for some fab prizes too.

Want to use Walcot Yarns for your shawl? Head on over to their website before September 30th to get 10% off your yarn purchase! Use the code YarnporiumKAL2018 to get the discount added at checkout.

What we’re working on

Rachel is working on Béton Brut for the Yarnporium KAL and has finished a new crochet pattern that is AMAZING for handspun! She plans to release the new pattern in a few weeks time. Rach is also finding all kinds of lost WIPs and has plans to make the 21-color slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers.

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Allison has two KALs on the go with the Béton Brut shawl as well as the Tullameen Mystery KAL for SweetGeorgia Yarns - using some of their new colours for fall/winter. She’s finally cracked her super secret project too.

Countdown to Yarnporium

At the time of recording the podcast there were only 6 weeks to go until the Yarnporium - which means there’s now even less time!

Things you can look forward to at the show:

  • Indie Designer Day and the Yarn Lovers Lounge - sponsored by The Yarn Collective and featuring book signings, meet and greets with designers and trunk shows + mini cafe - all happening on Friday, November 2

  • Makers Walking the Talk Series with The New Yarn Barons, Your Pattern in Print and The Story of Laine - happening on Saturday, November 3

  • VIP ticket holders and Saturday workshop participants will also get early access to the marketplace from 9am before doors open to the general public at 10am on Saturday

  • A fantastic line up of workshops on both days with teachers that include Kelbourne Woolens, Nathan Taylor, Jane Lithgow, Karie Westermann, Kate Atherley, Carol Feller, Renée Callahan, Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen and Julie Knits in Paris!

Workshops are starting to sell out and we have a limited number of early-bird tickets so make sure to get your tickets soon!


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 84: Group Projects

On this episode we give  a recap of the 6th annual Great London Yarn Crawl, the Yarnporium KAL (whoop!) and a woolly yarn review. Plus the usual update on our projects and general goings on.

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com. 

GLYC Recap

10 teams, 18 volunteers, 12 door prizes, 12 shops, £341 for Refuge and two big bags of handknits plus another bag of supplies for Knit for Peace.

  Our welcome at Tribe Yarns in Richmond!

Our welcome at Tribe Yarns in Richmond!

Thanks to all the shops, our sponsors - Willow & Lark, Blue Sky Fibers, Debonnaire, Liberty, Loop, Kelbourne Woolens, Rowan at Liberty, Soak, SweetGeorgia, The Little Grey Girl, Tribe, Walcot Yarns and the Yarn Collective – plus the amazing group of volunteers who shepherded the Yarn Crawlers through some tough transport challenges and all the folks who joined us this year!

 What we’re working on

Allison's secret project is ongoing, and she’s started the Tullameen Mystery KAL for SweetGeorgia with new colours! She’s also working on “renovating” her office.       

Rachel has finally finished and blocked the Kippen Cardigan, but it looks to be a bit too small so will likely go to her mother. Fully bitten by the crochet bug, she's cast on a cowl in some unknown yarn, and is now obsessively crocheting so can cast on another cowl in handspun.

Yarnporium KAL

We are thrilled to have announced the projects for our Yarnporium KAL!

  Karie Westermann's Béton Brut shawl in Walcot Yarns Opus

Karie Westermann's Béton Brut shawl in Walcot Yarns Opus

The knit project is Karie Westerman’s brand new Béton Brut Shawl, designed in Walcot Yarns Opus. For the crocheters out there, we’re recommending the Filigree Tippet by Jo Smith also designed for Opus

Walcot Yarns special offer: 10% off your order with the code YarnporiumKAL2018 at walcotyarns.com. Offer runs through 30 September, and is a single use only.

The KAL kicks off on 15 September and wraps up on October 30, giving you just enough time to block your shawl for the Yarnporium! We’ll be doing a live cast on party on Instagram at 1 pm on September 15th – come join in, and come on over to the Yarnporium Countdown KAL thread in the Yarn in the City Ravelry group.

Woolly Yarns

In this episode, we review Marina Skua Mendip 4-ply, a hand-dyed yarn on two woollen-spun bases, Sunny and Stormy. Marina uses the same colours on both bases to make coordinated pairs, and this toothy yarn is perfect for colourwork and steeking!

  Marina Skua Mendip 4-ply

Marina Skua Mendip 4-ply


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 83: Anticipation

The warmth of summer is quickly fading and it’s almost the new year on the knitting calendar… when we start fresh with new projects and new hopes and plans for sweater weather, maybe a little Christmas project making – you know what we’re talking about!

Thanks to our sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting http://www.theyarncollective.com.

Yarnporium Update

Day tickets to the Yarnporium are now available through our website. If you are attending a workshop on the day your admission is already included.

We’re super excited about our Makers Walking the Talk series featuring The New Yarn Barons, Your Pattern in Print and The Story of Laine.

More details here!

 What we’re working on

Allison has taken Praline out of time out and she is getting back to her super secret project!

  Rachel's finished Study Hall shawl in all it's speckle-y gorgeousness!

Rachel's finished Study Hall shawl in all it's speckle-y gorgeousness!

Rachel finished Study Hall and is working on not losing her mind being back on the Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin.

Anticipation

Planning for fall and winter knitting, and can we say the C-word yet?


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

 

Episode 82: Working on Holiday Time

We are both in North America on our summer holidays, so on this episode we chat about our holiday knits, exciting new (and old!) shops we’ve visited, and new creative inspirations. We also have some Great London Yarn Crawl and Yarnporium updates!

Thanks to our sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting http://www.theyarncollective.com

Great London Yarn Crawl 2018 – Update
GLYC 2018 is now sold out! If you missed getting your ticket, please check our Ravelry boards for ticket swaps. We look forward to kicking off the autumn knitting season with you all on 1 September! 

Yarnporium Update
It’s almost time to grab your tickets for Yarnporium! Entry tickets will go on sale very soon, along with tickets to our Saturday talk series, which will include three 1-hour talks.  

We are thrilled to be offering the Saturday talk series, which will include two panel discussions: The New Yarn Barons (all about what it takes to create a yarn, from the indy dyer with a few bespoke bases through up and coming new yarn companies), and Your Pattern in Print (learn about about different avenues for seeing your designs in the public eye, from self-publishing, mainline magazines and online exposure). The third talk is The Story of Laine – Sini and Ellen will give an overview of their yarn adventure creating Laine magazine, which has gone from an idea to a successful worldwide publication in less than two years. 

Ticket details
Yarnporium day tickets: £10 in advance/£12 on the day (no weekend tickets) 
Talk series: £8 in advance/£10 on the day

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 What we’re working on

Allison visited Villekulla in Calgary and is working on the Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tillbrook (Praline is in time out). She's also taught herself herringbone stitch for a secret project! 

  Allison's nearly finished Fuss Free Festival shawl

Allison's nearly finished Fuss Free Festival shawl

Rachel is three quarters of the way through Study Hall by Sarah Schira from Knitty First Fall, and is finding that using two multi-coloured/speckled yarns for a pattern the depends on strong colour contrasts may not have been the best idea. But it’s still working!  

Working on Holiday Time

Tits Out Collective update: Countess Ablaze and her crew of Tits Out Collective crafters raised over £55,000 for charities worldwide!!!! We may have teared up a little at that number. Well done to all! 

  Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

We chat about our holiday knits, new inspiration from Reykjavik (Rachel), many many shops (Allison).

Rachel's mentions: Halcyon Yarns (Bath, Maine), Joann (nationwide chain), sky like snow (southern Vermont). 

Allison's mentions: Villekulla, Yarn TwistersPinnovate, Loop Kensington, STASH, Pudding Yarn (Calgary); A Twist of Yarn (Vernon); Art of Yarn (Kelowna); plus plans to visit two shops in Vancouver.


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 between 7 and 10pm at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise