Episode 54: Stashing Season

Now that the wool festival calendar has really kicked into high gear, and with Edinburgh Yarn Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time today to talk about Yarn Show Strategy. We’ll also have an update on the #Blackerpodkal, where you can find us in Edinburgh, what’s making us happy at the moment, and more! 

What's making us happy:

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues and we are winding down to the last week!  How’s your project going? 

Some instagram highlights from #TeamYITC: 

#TeamYITC prize: we will post in the Ravelry thead what the prize is and who wins! Winner will be drawn on 6th March, so make sure you get your projects up and tagged with #BlackerPODKAL and #TeamYITC.

Allison is working on her #BlackerPODKAL project in St. Kilda lace. 

Rachel finished the Christmas sweaters for her kids, but is now working on her #BlackerPODKAL project, the Inglis Mitts by Ysolda Teague in Tamar. 

Stash Season: 

Tips for making sure you don’t get overwhelmed by the wool fumes and end up having to mortgage a kidney to buy yarn. 

  • Make a list 
  • Stick to your list
  • If sticking to your list is going to be tough, set aside a set amount of money that you can splurge with and when it’s gone, it’s gone. 
  • Only take cash and leave the credit cards at home. 

More generally – really think about what you’re buying. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but think about whether you already have five skeins of blue and purple 4-ply yarn in a box at home? 

And we've put together a handy downloadable tip sheet for you too.


Wrap up

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 53: Yarn Love

On this episode of the podcast we  chat about what's making us happy at the mo, including an update on our progress with the Blacker PodKAL for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the new #yarnlovechallenge on Instagram. We also find out what happens when you love yarn so much that it leads you to making your own. For that conversation we’ll be chatting with our friend Carmen from A Yarn Story in Bath, who’s been working with Sharon from Great British Yarns on a new joint venture, Walcot Yarns.

Grab your favourite beverage and your WIP and let's go!

What we’re working on (aka Make Happy):

Exciting progress on our projects for the #BlackerPodKAL. There's still time to join in!

Exciting progress on our projects for the #BlackerPodKAL. There's still time to join in!

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues apace! Allison has her SSS well underway, and Rachel is casting on for her Inglis Mitts as we record (better late than never!)

The projects shown on Ravelry and Instagram all look amazing and there are some truly speedy knitters out there! We have some special kudos too, for those of you who have come on board #teamYITC:

  • Hdayananda is knitting with a gorgeous green Cornish Tin for her In the Pines Pullover
  • Mariette694 is making a capelet/wrap of her own design in both Tamar and Cornish Tin that is look stunning already
  • And then there’s Josh (breiwerken on Instagram) who is also making his own colourwork design out of Cornish Tin that is nothing short of amazing!

If you want to join in with the Blacker PodKAL, it’s not too late! Here are the details:

  • Any design or pattern you want (some great freebies on the Blacker Yarns website)
  • Must be knit with Blacker Yarns to be eligible for prizes and discounts at EYF
  • Can be used in combination with other yarns too
  • Chat thread in Blacker Yarns Ravelry group
  • Tag with#BlackerPodKAL on social media & Ravelry
  • Cast off date is 4th March (just in time for EYF!)
  • If you wear your FO at EYF you can get a discount on more Blacker Yarns!
  • There are multiple teams and you can be on more than one – we hope you’ll tag your projects with #teamyitc so that we can see what you’re working on for the KAL (we’ll have a special #teamYITC prize too!)

In other make happy news, Allison has been working on a (gorgeous!) super secret deadline project, and doing lots and lots (and LOTS) of sewing.

Rachel has been working on a design for Walcot Yarns, but has managed to finish her Vestvember project (again, better late than never). She's also been doing lots of #spinningSundays.

Yarn Love Challenge

Okay, the #yarnlovechallenge is something that you’ve probably seen popping up on Instagram in the last couple of day and it’s pretty fun so we wanted to let you know about it. It’s a daily Instagram photo challenge put together by @oharethey and @maryheatherb from Ravelry to celebrate the idea that “Yarn is Love”. We agree!

Yarn Love

Brand new Walcot Yarns - we've got the inside scoop for you from Carmen at A Yarn Story

Brand new Walcot Yarns - we've got the inside scoop for you from Carmen at A Yarn Story

There are fewer things we love more than a new yarn. And we were particularly excited when we found out that our friend Carmen was working on a brand new bespoke yarn – Walcot Yarns.

If you haven’t heard us mention Carmen before, she is a North American transplant like us and the owner of A Yarn Story – a specialty yarn boutique in Bath that is stuffed with gorgeous yarns from around the world. Aside from the yarn itself, what got us really excited to chat with Carmen is that she developed this new yarn with in collaboration with Sharon from Great British Yarns – also in Bath.

We got Carmen to chat with us and tell us more about Walcot Yarns and what exactly is involved with bringing your own yarn to market.


Wrap up

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!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 52: Make Happy

Welcome back Yarn and Fibre Lovers!

Happy New Year from us!

Happy New Year from us!

We're excited to be back post-holidays, refreshed and recharged and ready for another year of yarn-y shenanigans with you, and along with some changes to the podcast too!

A new KAL/CAL to kick things off

We're delighted to announce that we will be participating in this year's Podcast Lounge at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. To get everyone excited about this year's EYF, Blacker Yarns and Louise Scollay of KnitBritish are teaming up to host the #BlackerPodKAL.

 We're casting on for the #BlackerPodKAL as Team Yarn in the City!

 We're casting on for the #BlackerPodKAL as Team Yarn in the City!

Lots of other podcasts are participating too and we hope you'll join us for Team Yarn in the City! Here's some more details:

  • Cast on date is Thursday, January 19th
  • Any design or pattern you want (some great freebies on the Blacker Yarns website)
  • Must be knit with Blacker Yarns to be eligible for prizes and discounts at EYF
  • Can be used in combination with other yarns too
  • Chat thread in Blacker Yarns ravelry group
  • Tags with#BlackerPodKAL on social media & Ravelry
  • Cast off date is 4th March (just in time for EYF!)
  • If you wear your FO at EYF you can get a discount on more Blacker Yarns!

In addition to being eligible for #BlackerPodKAL prizes we're also going to come up with some exclusive to Team YITC members too. Watch this space!

What we've been working on

Rachel clearly had delusions of grandeur with her Christmas knitting plans so she's still working through those and gives us and update. It sounds like the beginning of 2017 is also already chock-a-block full of knitting deadlines too!

Allison's Falling Snow Mitts from PPQ Issue 11. Using yarn from Third Vault Yarns in the Waters of Mars colourway.

Allison's Falling Snow Mitts from PPQ Issue 11. Using yarn from Third Vault Yarns in the Waters of Mars colourway.

Allison is happy to be finished the Hogwarts scarf and still working away on her toe-up socks, as well as a few other things including delving into the crochet with some star stitch mittens thanks to help from her crochet pal Lara across the pond.

#spinningsundays

What we've also been working on is getting back to our spinning. We made a pact on New Year's Eve that we were going to try and do some spinning every Sunday this year in the hopes that we'll accomplish a lot more. Care to join us? Tag photos of your spinning on Instagram with #spinningsundays and #YITCspinningsundays so that we can find you!

Make Happy

After the bonkers year that was 2016 we really want 2017 to focus on the positive so we've come up with a simple theme for this year: Make Happy. We'll be threading this theme through all of our interviews and podcast chatter this year and hope you'll let us know how you find the conversations, as well as join in with your own thoughts, stories and images. Please tag us on social media using #YITCmakehappy.


Wrap up

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!

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City