Episode 24: Woolly Wovember!

It's November folks, and that means it's time to celebrate ALL THINGS WOOL! In this episode we update you on events for the rest of the year, reveal details about the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl, make a brief foray into the realm of holiday knitting, and have a chat with Rachel Atkinson of My Life in Knitwear about shepherds, the UK wool industry and being informed consumers.

News and Events:

1st - 30th November - Wovember, a celebration of wool spearheaded by Felicity Ford, Tom of Holland and Kate Davies.

5th November - the kickoff of Curious Handmade's Knitvent 2015! YITC listeners can get a 15% discount on the collection by using the code "YITCknitvent15", which is good until 30th November - signups will open on 3rd November. Thank you Helen!

10th/17th November - Anna Maltz, aka Sweaterspotter, is teaching a lace and colourwork class for her popular Solja sweater at Wild & Woolly.

14th November - A Yarn Story's Anniversary Party

14th November - We will be at the Porpoise Fur booth at Festiwool, at North Hertforshire College in Hitchin. Also exhibiting are a number of vendors from the Pop Up Marketplace (Travelknitter, we're looking for you!), and our Knit Night compatriot Third Vault Yarns.

15th November - Clare Devine, of Yarn and Pointy Sticks, is teaching "2 at a time anything" at Knit with Attitude.

15th/22nd November - Brioche Stitch Basics with Renée Callahan at Loop.

28th November - the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl! Now with all the details on the Event Page.

We're going to be participating in A Yarn Story's Winter Cables KAL featuring patterns from Rachel's collection for The Fibre Co.

We're going to be participating in A Yarn Story's Winter Cables KAL featuring patterns from Rachel's collection for The Fibre Co.

Winter Cables KAL:

While we were casting about for an idea for our next KAL we found out that A Yarn Story was going to be doing one with The Fibre Co.'s Tundra yarn and the patterns from Rachel's new collection. We've decided to join this one instead and encourage you to knit along with us! More details can be found on the A Yarn Story website.

What we're working on:

Allison has a bunch of projects on the go: she's finished the first sleeve of Grettir by Jared Flood, and should have the second done this week. She's also been working on her Quaking Aspen Shawl in The Fibre Co Acadia, and has started Hamlet the Cheetah from Edward's Menagerie. Also on the list of WIPs is the hoodie for a small boy in Canada that needs to be finished ASAP. On the spinning front, she's spun up her Alpha, Beta, Gamma Finn from the Lab Goddess Fibre club into singles and is going to ply them soon.

Mmmm... more cables! Rachel's Angostura vest in progress.

Mmmm... more cables! Rachel's Angostura vest in progress.

Rachel has finished a Lush cardigan for her new niece, and some fingerless mitts from some handspun Suffolk in the "Flamingo" colourway. She is now onto the front of her Angostura vest by Ysolda Teague, in Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin. On the spinning front, she has been spinning like a possessed thing trying to get enough yarn to weave a bunch of scarves for Festiwool, and has spun up 8 oz of Corriedale, 4 oz of BFL and 4 oz of Fibre Club in the past couple of weeks. 

Photo copyright Rachel Atkinson

Photo copyright Rachel Atkinson

Woolly Wovember:

Rachel Atkinson published a post on her blog recently titled "Fleeced" in which she talked about a side of the UK wool industry of which many wool-using crafters may be unaware. We got a chance to talk to Rachel about her story, and discuss where the project is going and what we, as consumers, can do to help.

Many thanks to Rachel for taking the time to speak with us, and we will be following along with her project with great interest!


Leave a comment on the show notes before November 7th telling us your favourite holiday tradition and we'll draw a lucky winner to receive a copy of Helen Stewart's new collection - Knitvent 2015!

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Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs
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