Episode 58: Colourful Collaboration

Rachel is back in the co-pilot seat after the holidays, and we talk about project monogamy (is that a thing?), upcoming yarn celebrations and get two of our knit night regulars to tell us about their creative collaborations in colour and yarn.

News and Events

6 May: Yarn Shop Day! A few shops have helpfully let us know that they have some big things planned for this special day

10 June: World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10th! Check out their website to find an event near you.

Make Happy

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

While on holiday, Rachel finished the shawl design that was kicking her butt (and freaking out her yarn support!), which will released shortly. The only other project she took with her was her Kippen Cardigan, and she's now working on the second sleeve with a lot of collar to go. This past week she also started spinning up some fibre for a collaboration with two colleagues of the woolly variety, which is slated for release this autumn.

Allison is anxiously awaiting the delivery of her SweetGeorgia Yarns Joji Mystery KAL kit from Vancouver (she got Kitsilano) and is in the meantime working on a baby blanket for friend. Progress on her Foolproof cowl also continues.

Colourful Collaboration

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

Our knit night includes a whole bunch of wonderfully creative and inventive people, and we are thrilled to have been able to get two of them to come talk to us for the podcast! Lola Johnson, otherwise known as Third Vault Yarns, and Kate Bostwick, who designs under the Cowtown Knits label, tell us about their relationship with colour, their sources of inspiration, and their collaboration which has produced two gorgeous kits - Lambton Panes and Chainlink Mitts - with more to come!

Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode of the podcast and super huge thanks to Lola and Kate for joining us! You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher Radio 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 at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

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

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

Wool Gathering

We are thrilled to be the third stop on The Great Gwlana Blog Tour because without Gwlana's predecessor retreat, this website, the Great London Yarn Crawl and all the other trouble that Yarn in the City are getting up to probably would not exist. 

In October 2012, we and 28 other intrepid souls ventured out to the lovely Beggars Reach hotel to meet up with our fellow yarn maniacs for a weekend of classes, inspiration, yarn, yarn and more yarn. And while there was lots of the above, the most critical part of the weekend was the gathering: gathering with like-minded people, in an isolated spot, to spend a concentrated period of time thinking and talking and focused on knitting.

Some highlights of the weekend: the knitted shark-eating-a-baby story at the Saturday incarnation of "Today's Sweater"; seeing the Countess Ablaze stall at the mini-marketplace on Sunday; getting a rundown of the entire plot synopsis of "Downton Abbey" in ten minutes before descending on the hotel pub in our pajamas, knitting in hand, to watch that weekend's episode (and freak out the pub bartender, who had never seen anything like it). It was a gathering in the truest sense of the word - we were all invested in being together and sharing our love and enjoyment of wool - and it's a gathering that has continued to this day.

All this is a long way of saying we are so excited that Brenda has restarted the Gwlana retreat, and are gutted that we can't be at the May instalment. Having just had the experience of one of Felix's classes, and having had Brenda as a teacher previously, we are sure that the combination of Quotidian Colourwork workshop and Bespoke Yokes class is going to result in some truely stunning knitting.

If, like us, you're unable to join the May retreat, never fear! There's an autumn version scheduled for the end of October. You can find all the details about the workshops on the Gwlana website.

With that, we're going to hand it off to one last Gwlana alumna, Knit Like You Mean It. You can find all the other stops on the blog tour below - enjoy!

Monday, 27 April – Chopkins Knits

Tuesday, 28 April – Yarn in the City

Wednesday, 29 April – Knit Like You Mean It

Thursday, 30 April – Knit British

Friday, 1 May – Shinybees