Episode 78: The Making of a Magazine

Wow! Do we have a special episode for you today!

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Announcements:
It’s the big Yarnporium announcement you’ve been waiting for! Workshops! We are SO excited about the roster of teachers that we’ve got lined up for you at this year’s Yarnporium. And quite an international roster too! We’ve got teachers from the UK (of course!), Scotland, Ireland, France, Finland, Canada and the USA too. Here’s a run down of who’s coming:

England: Renée Callahan, Jane Lithgow, Nathan Taylor

Scotland: Karie Westermann 

Ireland: Carol Feller 

France: Julie Dubreux (aka Julie Knits in Paris)

Finland: Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen from Laine Magazine

Canada: Kate Atherley

USA: Courtney Kelley and Kate Osborne from Kelbourne Woolens

Tickets for the workshops will go on sale on June 1st. You can find all the class details as well as bios about all of our teachers on our website.

What we’re working on:

Allison is now on sleeve island for her Mon Manet by Jonna Hietala (and actually finished it since we recorded the episode), in La Bien Aimee Merino Aran in Grellow and as always happens at about this point in any one of her projects is now thinking about what she wants to knit next.

Rachel has finished all the pieces for the Lilly baby sweater by Justine Turner (machine knit) and now just has to put the thing together and knit the edging! She finished a long standing UFO – the Teign Wrap by Linda Lencovic in 4 indigo dyed colours of Baskerville. And she’s still going on the sleeves for Marginalia (slowly but surely).

The Making of a Magazine:

If you’re a knitter and you don’t know Laine Magazine (or Laine as we used to call it) then we think you’re really missing out. Since launching just over a year ago they’ve experienced an explosion of growth, going from naught to 50,000 copies in that short period of time.

We sat down at EYF to chat with editors Jonna and Sini about how the magazine came to be. 


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 Instagram, Facebook, 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 77: Rise of the Machine

Announcements:

We will be releasing the teachers and workshops for Yarnporium starting 15 May, so keep you eyes on the blog and Yarnporium page for more details and ticket info.

The Great London Yarn Crawl is happening again this year! Save the date for 1 July when tickets go on sale – routes will go up a couple of weeks earlier.

What we’re working on:

  Allison's Impressionists MKAL finish in Madelinetosh from deep stash.

Allison's Impressionists MKAL finish in Madelinetosh from deep stash.

Allison finished her Impressionist MKAL from Helen Stewart, knit from Madeleinetosh from the deep layers of stash. When the picot bind off became too much, she cast on for the Mon Manet by Jonna Hietala, in La Bien Aimee Merino Aran in Grellow.

  Progress on Mon Manet! Just the waistband and sleeves to go!

Progress on Mon Manet! Just the waistband and sleeves to go!

Rachel finished the first sleeve of Marginalia in the post-heat wave rainy miserable weather that cropped up in the last couple of weeks. To celebrate the gorgeous May bank holiday weather, she’s woven up two handspun scarves over the weekend, but all that is now chopped liver as her new knitting machine has arrived and is operational, thanks to a detailed info dump from Alli!

Rise of the Machine:

We’ve always been handknitters, but the ever expanding sizes of our stashes and reduced knitting time has led us to consider other options for trying to manage the yarn load! Alli was first down the machine knitting rabbit hole, and has dragged Rachel along with her. We talk about getting into machine knitting, how different it is, and the instant gratification factor!

  Rachel's ten-minute swatch - life will never be the same!

Rachel's ten-minute swatch - life will never be the same!


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 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 76: Talking about Tuck Stitches

We are super excited to be chatting with you today as we have another interview that we recorded during our time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last month. Nancy Marchant joins us as our special guest today to talk to us about tuck stitches, texture, and of course brioche too!

  We welcome Nancy Marchant to the podcast to chat about her new book Tuck Stitches

We welcome Nancy Marchant to the podcast to chat about her new book Tuck Stitches

Announcements:

First up, a shout out to Charlotte Parfitt who was the winner of the pair of weekend passes to Woollinn in Dublin

What we’re working on:

Allison has been plugging away on and (mostly) monogamous to her Impressionists MKAL by Helen Stewart. The final clue has just been released so only 20% left to go! When the project has been too big to travel with Allison has also had a pair of Rose City Rollers ankle socks with her and she’s mostly finished sewing a pair of wool trousers – that it is now too hot too wear.

Rachel has been flying through Marginalia (or was until this week and 27 degree weather!) She’s finished the body and made a start on the first sleeve. She’s dug into some deep deep fibre stash and found some silk/wool batts that she’s been struggling with a bit. Beyond that the weather has gotten too nice to do anything but sit outside in the garden, so there’s been a lot of that.

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Talking about Tuck Stitches with special guest Nancy Marchant:

As we’ve been chatting about Yarn Adventures this year we didn’t want the conversation to be limited to travels or places you could go with your knitting. Which got us thinking – what if the adventure were learning a new technique and expanding your knitting repertoire? In that spirit, we got to chat with Nancy Marchant at EYF. The Queen of Brioche was kind enough to take some time out of her packed schedule to talk with us about her newest book, Tuck Stitches: Sophistication in Handknitting.

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A heads up for our listeners – we recorded this interview with Nancy in the café at the Corn Exchange so there is some background noise and the odd café latte being made in the background!

And for anyone interested in knowing more about the syncopated brioche stitch that Allison mentions, you can find more info on Nancy's website here.


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 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 75: More Yarn Show Hijinks

Following on from our last episode where we recapped the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, we’re making plans to check out a new yarn show on the horizon: Woollinn Dublin coming up at the end of May. We chat with organiser Lisa Sisk, who is also one of the owners of Dublin’s beautiful LYS This Is Knit, about what it’s like to put on a yarn show. Plus, we have tickets to the show to giveaway!

What we’re working on:

  Allison is making good progress on Helen Stewart's Impressionists MKAL using deep stash.

Allison is making good progress on Helen Stewart's Impressionists MKAL using deep stash.

Allison is feeling pretty smug after finishing her Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn shawl so she also busted out a new toque (Pull the Wool Over) out of her souvenir yarn purchase from Vogue Knitting Live in New York. She’s now working on Helen Stewart’s Impressionists MKAL and using Martina Behm’s Strickplaner 2018 to try and wrangle the rest of her projects and WIPs for Q2.

  Rachel's new Marginalia pullover is definitely orange, NOT red!, in this photo!

Rachel's new Marginalia pullover is definitely orange, NOT red!, in this photo!

Rachel cast on her Marginalia pullover in Triskelion Arthur DK and finished a hat in Bloomsbury DK from The Yarn Collective. And has been spinning up a storm. And thinking about quilting…

MORE yarn show hijinks:

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We have a good idea of how challenging it is to plan a yarn show. So we have great admiration for our interview guest, Lisa Sisk, and her team who are bringing a much needed yarn show to Ireland. Woollinn Dublin will debut for the first time on the 25th of May. While they may be new to show organising, Lisa and her team are also the owners of Dublin LYS This is Knit, and have leveraged their relationships with designers and dyers to put together an amazing line of exhibitors and teachers. We spoke to Lisa about her experience with pulling the show together, and it sounds like it's going to be absolutely amazing!

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Many thanks to Lisa for taking the time to chat with us about Woollinn Dublin. She has kindly given us a pair of weekend access tickets to for a giveaway! Getting to Dublin is easy from many spots in the UK and Europe, so if you think you’d like to hop over for the weekend, or even for the day like Allison, please leave a comment on the show notes. We’ll choose a winner on Sunday, April 15th and announce the winner on Instagram. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name or some other way of contacting you in case you win!


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 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 74: Scottish Adventures

  EYF 2018 shenanigans!

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

We’ve just come by from a phenomenal trip to the 2018 Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where we saw amazing yarns, caught up with friends old and new and generally soaked up as much colour and inspiration as possible! We recap EYF on today's episode, including an interview with someone who traveled a very long way to get to Edinburgh! We also review the new Jacob yarn from Blacker Yarns.

What we’re working on:

  Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison was desperately trying to finish her handspun Gradient Pullover (by Amy Miller) over the weekend, and has 5 inches of the second sleeve left. She’s also working on some sample knitting for her upcoming trade show.

Allison's EYF stash enhancement:
A previously ordered kit for the Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry in La Bien Aimee Comfort DK. Also  a sweater quantity of fingering weight yarn for Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (mostly House of A La Mode from A Yarn Story), project bag, random sock skein (House of a la Mode in Redmond, a custom colourway dyed in honour of Carmen's dad).

Rachel finished her Incunabula (by Karie Westermann) and got some amazing buttons for it from Textile Garden at EYF. She also came back from the show with two sweater lots of yarn, which are planning on growing up to be a Marginalia (Triskelion Yarns Arthur DK in Old Fox and My True Sweetheart) and a Woodman Cardigan from Bristol Ivy’s amazing new book (Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Light in Grape Hyacinth). She also got some stitch markers from The Little Grey Girl, and Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1.

Gina's Yarn Adventure

  With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

On the ride up to Edinburgh, Allison met the lovely Gina Ross from Natural Yarns. They got to talking (as knitters do) and discovered that Gina has a fantastic yarn adventure to share, which includes yarn, yoga, mindfulness and building community. We had a chance to catch up with her at the show, and we think you’ll be interested to hear her story.

Yarn Review: Jacob

Blacker’s new yarn uses the unique Jacob sheep as it’s inspiration, with four bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours. Jacob sheep naturally have multicoloured coats, which means that their wool is less marketable. Sue and her team have blended the colours together during the spinning process to create a range of four coloured bases. These are then overdyed in three colours, giving a range of subtle shades. We got to play with some of it, and boy is it lovely!

Yarn stats:
DK: 110 m/50 gr
4-ply: 175 m/50 g
Colour card here.

  The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

EYF on-the-spot interviews:
Liz and Ceci, aka howmanystitches and creativececi on Ravelry!

Congrats to our YINGO winner!
The random number generator spoke to us and we hope @svm_treks is delighted to find that her hard work to clear her Yingo card paid off! We will be in touch via DM on Instagram to get your details to send out your prize!


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 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