Episode 56: Coffee & Colour

On today’s podcast we’re chatting about two new books that we were asked to review at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We’ve got a review of Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) – more coffee-inspired patterns from C.C. Almon and this time with her daughter Dami as well. And we also take a peek at Knit the Rainbow, a collection of accessories designed for gradient sets by Joy McMillan. Joy of course, is also known as The Knitting Goddess and she really knows colour!

News and Events

The Countess Ablaze Dye Studio is now newly reopened in their brand new space in Manchester’s northern quarter. They are now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and wow – the space is amazing! Congrats to the Countess and run, don’t walk to see her new space – and a new yarn too!

23 April - the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers coach to Wonderwool on Sunday, April 23rd. Tickets are £39 and include round-trip coach and entry to the show. Get your tickets here.

Saturday May 6th - Yarn Shop Day

Saturday, June 10th - World Wide Knit in Public Day. We’re excited to tell you that we will be co-hosting an event with The Village Haberdashery at their new location in West Hampstead. 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on (#yitcmakehappy)

Rachel is finally past some serious designers block on a new shawl design in Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul DK (in murky chartreuse of course...). She's also made progress on her Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in  JOMA Yarns  Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in JOMA Yarns Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison's Sooper Sekrit Project is SO close to being done! Koolhaas is done, her jacket needs sleeves to be hemmed and buttons sewn on, and she's swatching for Raindrops. She's also totally distracted by yarn in my stash tthat would be PERFECT for Shusui by Susanne Sommer, who we were lucky enough to meet at EYF.

Book Reviews: Coffee and Colour

Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) - find all the patterns on Ravelry here. You can also find C.C. and Dami on their videocast and blog - Geeky Girls Knit.

Knit the Rainbow by Joy McMillan - find all the patterns on Ravelry here, and find Joy's yarns at The Knitting Goddess


Wrap up

Many thanks to C.C. and Joy for providing us with copies of their books to review. We hope you’ll check them out and find as much inspiration as we have.

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

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 46: Mad About Colour

We're back from Yarndale with lots of colourful news to share, including interviews with Alexa from Tin Can Knits (and a giveaway of their new book!) and Joy from The Knitting Goddess!

We had a great time at Yarndale on the Porpoise Fur stand. Many thanks to @Mariette694 for taking this super photo!

We had a great time at Yarndale on the Porpoise Fur stand. Many thanks to @Mariette694 for taking this super photo!

Sponsor:

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

Shout outs, news and events:

3rd-9th October: Spinzilla

5-9th October: Knitting & Stitching Show, Ally Pally - If you're going, please say hello to our awesome sponsor Michelle from The Loveliest Yarn Company who will be on stand C28 with her beautiful yarns!

8th October: Little Grey Girl birthday party, Countess Ablaze Studio in Manchester

9th October: YARN the movie, various locations - we'll be at Hackney Picturehouse in London

10th-16th October: UK Wool Week

15th October: Stitch Solihull stitch up

22nd-23rd October: Bakewell Wool Gathering

29th-30th October: Kendal Wool Gathering 

L-R: Brioche with Renée Callahan, Crochet for Knitters with Joanne Scrace, Yarn & Fibre 101 with Julia Billings and Knitting the Landscape with Karie Westermann - just a few of the workshops on offer at this year's Yarnporium.

L-R: Brioche with Renée Callahan, Crochet for Knitters with Joanne Scrace, Yarn & Fibre 101 with Julia Billings and Knitting the Landscape with Karie Westermann - just a few of the workshops on offer at this year's Yarnporium.

But of course our big and exciting news is that advance tickets and workshop registration for Yarnporium the 5th and 6th of November are now available! 

We're thrilled with the stellar line-up of tutors and classes that we've arranged for the Yarnporium. Classes run 3 hours each and are on both Saturday and Sunday with offerings from Julia Billings, Renée Callahan, Kat Goldin, Joanne Scrace, Juju Vail and Karie Westermann. Click here to see the list of all workshops or click here to register or buy your tickets!

What we're working on:

Allison is working on the sleeves of her Porpoise Fur handspun sweater (see? they're hidden in the photo above!) as well as getting ready for Spinzilla this week. What to spin? What to spin?

Rachel was too busy getting ready for Yarndale (and recovering from Yarndale) to get much knitting done but did manage to finish her sweater design in The Fibre Co.'s new Arranmore yarn which will be an exclusive pattern for A Yarn Story. 

Mad About Colour

The Knitting Goddess herself, Joy, and partner Bobbie

The Knitting Goddess herself, Joy, and partner Bobbie

Our theme for this episode is a colourful one thanks to the release of Tin Can Knits latest book Mad Colour and a new collaboration between The Knitting Goddess and Blacker Yarns for Blacker's St. Kilda limited edition lace weight. We interview both Alexa from Tin Can Knits and Joy from The Knitting Goddess with lots of chatter about colour and why we love it.

Some of our favourites from Tin Can Knits' latest book, Mad Colour. L-R: Bounce, Marley, Prism

Some of our favourites from Tin Can Knits' latest book, Mad Colour. L-R: Bounce, Marley, Prism

Mad Colour Giveaway!

Tin Can Knits have kindly given as a copy of the Mad Colour e-book to give away to a lucky listener! If you'd like to enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on these show notes by Thursday, 13th October.

Tell us which pattern you'd knit first, your favourite colour, and your Ravelry name so that we can notify you if you're the winner. We'll announce the winner on the next episode of the podcast. Good luck!


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

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Michigan Left - Arkells
Hey Doreen - Lucius