Episode 90: The Christmas Episode

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It’s our final episode of the year and thanks to the joys of modern technology (Allison is in London and Rachel is in sunny Australia) we’ve been able to connect and catch up.

News & Announcements

We’ve joined Rosy Green Wool and designer Melanie Berg, and their campaign Knitters Against Malaria. The campaign runs from December 24th, 2018 through to January 31st, 2019. If you’ve not made any holiday charitable donations yet or if you still have room to give, it only takes a few dollars to purchase bed nets for distribution in Africa to help prevent this devastating disease.

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We are also tickled to have made the shortlist of nominees for Knit Now magazine’s Knitter of the Year 2018 Awards! We’re nominated in the Local Superstars category for our work creating yarn-y events and celebrating local and UK makers. Voting is now up to the public through the 31st of December so if you’re able to cast your vote for us, we’d really appreciate it! Check out all of the amazing nominees and cast your vote here.

What we’ve been working on

Thanks to the influence of Sockmatician’s Instagram and a sneaky trip to Morris & Sons in Sydney, Rachel has been working on the Knot Dead Yet cowl by Dan Lee. She’s also been spinning on her Turtlemade Turkish spindle from Alli, and enjoying the portability!

Allison’s progress on the Land of Sweets cowl and debate about which colour to do next

Allison’s progress on the Land of Sweets cowl and debate about which colour to do next

Allison is almost finished her Land of Sweets cowl by Helen Stewart while also working on the 1898 hat for Harrison for Christmas. She’s also knitting fingerless mitts and has her Make Nine lined up for 2019.

The Christmas Episode

We chatter on about what we’re doing for Christmas and how we’ve treated ourselves by supporting the Dreaming Robots Kickstarter for the new Electric Eel Wheel Nano.


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. Programming note: our stitch night is on hiatus over the holidays and will resume the week of January 7th, 2019.

The podcast is now on hiatus for a wee break while Rach continues her travels. Don’t worry - we’ll be back in 2019 with new plans and new surprises!

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Sleeping at Last
Carol of the Bells - Future of Forestry
I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Sleeping at Last

Episode 51: Happy Yule

We’ve just wrapped up our last knit night of the year at the pub so we’re in pretty good spirits! We’ve got a very low-key Christmas episode of the podcast for you for our last episode of the year. So grab some eggnog, or a nightcap or a hot chocolate (with some Baileys) and kick back with us! 

First a word from our sponsor: 

 The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters.    

The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk. 

Podcast listeners can get 10% off  with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site.  As YITC has international listeners, we currently ship to countries in the EU, Australia and New Zealand.  And they will be adding more countries as they grow. Welcome to The Loveliest Yarn Company! 

 

News and Events: 

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is happening this coming Friday, December 16th if you’re in London.  

15th January: Waltham Abbey Wool Show

 

What we’re working on: 

Allison is on track with Harry's Gryffindor scarf, but is also working on the lovely Atwater Hat in New Lanark Mills yarn. Her Sonder Shawl is almost done too, and she's making good progress on some slippers for her mom and MIL. The sewing projects are taking a bit of a hit though...

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Rachel is working on Beyond Sock Yarn x 2, Christmas Jumpers x 2 (yarn is dyed!), and maybe some other things for Christmas presents (i.e. a woven stole for her mom and a brioche scarf for her Dad).

 

Getting ready for Christmas:

We chat about our Christmas plans, cat-proofing the Christmas tree, curry sauce and chips and selfish knitting for post-holiday relaxation.


Wrap up: 

We are thinking about themes and content for next year - if you have anything you're interested in having us talk about, please reach out and let us know.

You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and 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. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll be back in the New Year!

 

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
This Christmas - Sinclair
Every Bell On Earth Will Ring - The Oh Hellos

I'll Be Home For (A White) Christmas - Joel Rakes

Episode 50: Are We There Yet?

This is our penultimate episode of the year! With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, Rachel has lost her mind with her holiday knitting so we’ve found some gifts for knitters ideas to keep things sane in your own households and you can get back to your own projects instead of stuff for other people!

First a word from our sponsor:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters. 

The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk.

Podcast listeners can get 10% off in July, August and September with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

As YITC has international listeners, we currently ship to countries in the EU, Australia and New Zealand.  And they will be adding more countries as they grow. Welcome to The Loveliest Yarn Company!

News and Events

It's the last few days of Wovember!

3 December – Selvedge Makers’s Fair, St Augustine Church Hall London, 11-5:00.

6 Dec – Make handpainted gift wrap at VV Rouleaux

14 December - Late Night Knitty Lock-in at Wild & Woolly

16 December - Pom Pom Christmas party, 49 Tanner St London SE1 3PL

Will feature The Fibre Co., Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles, as well as Francesca Hughes, Elisabeth Beverley, Coop Knits, Daughter of a Shepherd, Pink Hazel, La Bien Aimee, Beyond Measure and The Uncommon Thread.

Brioche classes for beginners at I Knit London on 3 Dec, 7 January and 21 January

What we’re working on

Allison is on the 13th stripe of 19 in Harrison’s Hogwarts scarf. In addition, she’s working on the Sonder Shawl by Helen Stewart. She’s also been making lists of what needs to happen in the next few weeks –maybe a couple of pairs of slippers, a quilt for her FIL and a throw for her brother. Plus a waistcoat for Jordan for Christmas.

Rachel is frantically trying to finish her Vestvember project, Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely alpaca her husband bought her in Peru. Despite all great intentions not to get out of control with Christmas knitting, she is also looking to do two versions of Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley and two top down yoked sweaters for her kids for Christmas. Goodbye sleep, hello RSI!

Christmas gift ideas

Cashmere bundles – Loop Lux Adorna

Check your Gauge cloth – Cocoknits - available at A Yarn Story

Christmas book bundles from The Loveliest Yarn Co – Christmas bundles

Jewellery from Tangled Yarn

Christmas Tree ornaments from Katrinkle and Yarnistry (also Christmas stitch markers)

Gift tags from Beyond Measure

Patterns for Ornaments

Christmas Eve Bauble Renee Callahan

Cheers! Cheryl Niamath

Mini Christmas Stocking by Julie Williams

Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Carmen Heffernan

Minikins – Woolly Wormhead


You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at the Goat between 7 and 10pm. Everyone’s really friendly and we hope to see you there!

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

Music Credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
Two Birds - Katey Laurel
Raise the Tree - Trent Dabbs

Episode 27: Christmas Chatter

It's our second-to-last episode before the end of the year! We're chatting about Christmas prep, parties and what we've been working on.

News and Events:

20th December - Prick Your Finger's Unravelling Ceremony, 4:30 - 8:30 pm.

20th December is also the last day of the A Yarn Story #AYSWinterCablesKAL! Don't forget to tag your projects on Ravelry and Instagram for a chance to win some great prizes!

What we're working on:

Close up of the smooshy cables on Rachel's Ifjord hat

Close up of the smooshy cables on Rachel's Ifjord hat

Rachel has finished the fingerless mittens she was making for her girls as well as an Ifjord hat for her husband to find under the tree.

Allison's husband appreciated an early gift and that Grettir is a "tasteful" Christmas jumper

Allison's husband appreciated an early gift and that Grettir is a "tasteful" Christmas jumper

Allison had a squeaker of a finish getting her Grettir sweater done in time for her husband to wear in family photos with Father Christmas. She's now moved on to attempting to finish a pair of socks in time for Christmas for her Dad.


A short and sweet episode for you this time around! Be sure to join us on Christmas Day an escape the frenzy with us as we'll have a special episode with special guest Clara Parkes.

Happy Christmas!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Winter Anthem - The Bergamot
Carol of the Bells - Future of Forestry
Raise the Tree - Trent Dabbs

Episode 4: We wish you a Merry Christmas

Crafty Christmas Puddings!

Crafty Christmas Puddings!

A short(-ish) and sweet podcast today, with some as-yet-unfinished gift knitting, a bit about our Christmas traditions, a quick look back on the past year, and what's to come, and Happy New Year wishes for you all.

What we're working on
Allison is working on Rachel's Bonfire Night Cowl in SweetGeorgia Superwash Six in the gorgeous Mulberry colorway. She is also still working on a Chunky Cabled Hat from Purl Soho for her husband, after a minor knitting malfunction required some ripping. Rachel is working on the amazing Cattywumpus Hat by Elizabeth Green Musselman, as well as finishing up a long-neglected Hedgehog Hat by Elise Cohen. Over the course of the episode, she also realises that she owes her husband a Copenhagen Hat, so that's next on the needles.

Family Traditions
Rachel waxes rhapsodical about the British Institution that is the Christmas Pantomime, but reveals that this year, they are hitting the bright lights of Leicester Square. Allison and her boys are hitting the pub for Christmas dinner this year, and are just happy to be in the same city for Christmas. We also talk about the slipperly slope of opening "just one" present on the night before Christmas, and various scarring experiences from our pasts. 

Bath Road Trip Round Up
In which a great time was had by all as we visited A Yarn Story (recently featured in Knit Now Issue 42 and Inside Crochet Issue 61), Country Threads, the overwhelming Bath Christmas Market (including visits to Bijoux Beads and The Makery) and Wool.

Year in Review
Most of the year was spent in the run up to GLYC 2014, which raised over £800 for Refuge - thanks to all of you for your support! We put out a call for submissions for our upcoming book, and took a fabulous day trip to Bath. Stay tuned for another road trip (to a slightly closer location) in Spring 2015, the release of the book, and perhaps a few other London-based events scattered here and there. And the Great London Yarn Crawl is on again for 5th September 2015, with a big surprise upcoming - watch this space for details coming in early January!

Wrap Up
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas (or other Winter Solstice holiday of your choosing), and hope to bring you much more yarny news and goodness in 2015. We'll be back in mid-January, so we will talk to you then!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade):
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
All I Want - John Brazell
Wonderful Christmastime - Joel Rakes