Episode 74: Scottish Adventures

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

We’ve just come by from a phenomenal trip to the 2018 Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where we saw amazing yarns, caught up with friends old and new and generally soaked up as much colour and inspiration as possible! We recap EYF on today's episode, including an interview with someone who traveled a very long way to get to Edinburgh! We also review the new Jacob yarn from Blacker Yarns.

What we’re working on:

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison was desperately trying to finish her handspun Gradient Pullover (by Amy Miller) over the weekend, and has 5 inches of the second sleeve left. She’s also working on some sample knitting for her upcoming trade show.

Allison's EYF stash enhancement:
A previously ordered kit for the Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry in La Bien Aimee Comfort DK. Also  a sweater quantity of fingering weight yarn for Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (mostly House of A La Mode from A Yarn Story), project bag, random sock skein (House of a la Mode in Redmond, a custom colourway dyed in honour of Carmen's dad).

Rachel finished her Incunabula (by Karie Westermann) and got some amazing buttons for it from Textile Garden at EYF. She also came back from the show with two sweater lots of yarn, which are planning on growing up to be a Marginalia (Triskelion Yarns Arthur DK in Old Fox and My True Sweetheart) and a Woodman Cardigan from Bristol Ivy’s amazing new book (Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Light in Grape Hyacinth). She also got some stitch markers from The Little Grey Girl, and Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1.

Gina's Yarn Adventure

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

On the ride up to Edinburgh, Allison met the lovely Gina Ross from Natural Yarns. They got to talking (as knitters do) and discovered that Gina has a fantastic yarn adventure to share, which includes yarn, yoga, mindfulness and building community. We had a chance to catch up with her at the show, and we think you’ll be interested to hear her story.

Yarn Review: Jacob

Blacker’s new yarn uses the unique Jacob sheep as it’s inspiration, with four bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours. Jacob sheep naturally have multicoloured coats, which means that their wool is less marketable. Sue and her team have blended the colours together during the spinning process to create a range of four coloured bases. These are then overdyed in three colours, giving a range of subtle shades. We got to play with some of it, and boy is it lovely!

Yarn stats:
DK: 110 m/50 gr
4-ply: 175 m/50 g
Colour card here.

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

EYF on-the-spot interviews:
Liz and Ceci, aka howmanystitches and creativececi on Ravelry!

Congrats to our YINGO winner!
The random number generator spoke to us and we hope @svm_treks is delighted to find that her hard work to clear her Yingo card paid off! We will be in touch via DM on Instagram to get your details to send out your prize!


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 InstagramFacebook, 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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 73: Let's have a yarn adventure!

Hello and welcome back to the Yarn in the City podcast! We are thrilled to be back and chatting with you guys again after our brief hiatus.

Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

Our first special guest interview of the year is Maylin Scott - a wool-obsessed Canadian living in Liverpool.

On today’s episode we’re chatting about our theme for the podcast in 2018, Allison interviews our first special guest of the year and of course we get to catch up on our knitting projects in anticipation of the upcoming EYF too.

What we're working on:

Rachel is knitting Incunabula by Karie Westermann from This Thing of Paper in Valley Yarns Northampton in Sage Heather, and is on the sleeves after having to start over again due to choosing the wrong size at the beginning. True to form, she's made the body longer and decided to change the sleeve shaping. As you do.

Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison's Union Jack cardigan is her first finished machine knit!

Allison has been machine knitting up a storm, with her fabulous Union Jack Cardigan by Brandon Mably, and a bunch of awesome swatches from numerous classes (see short row eyeballs below). She also took a class in Bohus knitting when she went to Vogue Knitting Live last month, and we discuss Poems of Color by Wendy Keele, a good resource for Bohus knitting history.

Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Allison also learned how to make short rows in a knitting machine class at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

Upcoming events

EYF. That is all (squee!)

We will be at the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge throughout the show, so please come by and say hi!

Yarn Adventures

Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Maylin braves the cold to show off her gorgeous Ella Gordon sweater knit in charcoal grey Shetland wool and a little bit of Canada for the yoke.

Last year. the theme that we tried to work through the podcast episodes was Make Happy. This year, we've decided to focus on Yarn Adventures, both ours and those of other people. To start things off, we have an interview with Maylin Scott (aka Blithespirit), a Canadian expat living in Liverpool. We hope you enjoy!

YINGO!

We've got a new photo challenge for those of you attending EYF - Yarn Bingo (or Yingo)! We've put together a bingo card of photo prompts for you to use as inspiration and we're looking forward to seeing your interpretations! More details to follow, but every 5 in a row series or collage of photos is 1 entry into the prize drawing - fill up the card for 5 entries!


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 InstagramFacebook, 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.

We hope to see you at EYF!

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 55: EYF Chatter with La Bien Aimée

Ah, Edinburgh! We miss you already!

Ah, Edinburgh! We miss you already!

If you’ve been under a rock lately or haven’t listened to our latest episodes of the podcast, EYF of course is the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the 2017 edition of which wrapped up this past Sunday. We were there and back in a whirlwind of 4 days and have so much to tell you about, including an interview that we were lucky to have with Aimée Gille, owner of L’Oisive The and La Bien Aimée in Paris.

We’ve also got the wrap up of the Blacker PodKAL, some upcoming events to keep an eye out for, and an update on what we’ve been working on and what’s making us happy. 

Mariette shows off her  glorious cape  that she designed for the Blacker PodKAL

Mariette shows off her glorious cape that she designed for the Blacker PodKAL

Blacker PodKAL wrap up

It was amazing seeing so many gorgeous handknits in person in the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge at EYF. The Blacker stand was pretty spectacular too! We’ve come away with samples of Blacker’s latest yarn Samite that we talked about on the last episode and we’ll be working with that and reporting back on what it’s like to work with.

The Blacker Yarns stand at EYF - conveniently located right next to the Podcast Lounge!

The Blacker Yarns stand at EYF - conveniently located right next to the Podcast Lounge!

Huge thanks to Sue and Sonja from Blacker for supporting the Podcast Lounge, and for putting up a prize skein of Samite for our winner of Team YITC for the Blacker PodKAL! We’re delighted to announce that HDayananda – Helen – was our winner on Ravelry and that she picked a gorgeous colour of Samite (and an accompanying skein!) to work up into a shawl. We can’t wait to see what you make Helen – maybe at this year’s Yarn Crawl?

News and Events

Don’t despair if you missed EYF, there’s plenty of woolly things coming up to tempt you…

Week of 20 March: Countess Ablaze is re-opening her studio in central Manchester. We’re getting an advance sneak peek and will report back to you with all of the Countess’ colourful news.

8 April: the new Spring into Wool show is happening in Leeds

22 - 23 April: Wonderwool Wales on April 22 and 23. Come join the London Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers who have organised a coach again this year on Sunday, 23 April 2017. Tickets will be £39 for round-trip transport and entry to the show. Tickets can be booked via Paypal, and all are welcome! 

We're now into full gear up mode for GLYC2017 - our fifth! Tickets go on sale July 1st...

We're now into full gear up mode for GLYC2017 - our fifth! Tickets go on sale July 1st...

9 September: the 5th anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl will happen on Saturday, 9th September. Tickets will go on sale on July 1st and as in previous years all monies raised after expenses will be donated to Refuge, a UK charity that supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence. 

Make Happy - #yitcmakehappy

Allison's Sooper Secret Project is SO close to being done! Her alternate project is the Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood.

Rachel started the Because Sock Yarn scarf for Dev’s birthday

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the glowing yarn fumes and delirium that we seem to have come away from the weekend with. If social media is any indication, there are a lot of yarn lovers and vendors still on a high from the weekend and slowly coming down to reality this week.

Things we loved about EYF:

Rocking out at the Friday night ceilidh

Rocking out at the Friday night ceilidh

Everyone was overcome by the yarn fumes at EYF! We love this shot of pure joy on Julie (of Tillyflop)'s face at having secured a sweater quantity of Triskelion Arthur DK. FAB colour Julie!

Everyone was overcome by the yarn fumes at EYF! We love this shot of pure joy on Julie (of Tillyflop)'s face at having secured a sweater quantity of Triskelion Arthur DK. FAB colour Julie!

  • Meeting folks and catching up with everyone (although there are still so many we missed!)
  • The ceilidh
  • YARN!
  • The Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge (and huge thanks to Louise Scollay for organising it so we could be there)
  • The volunteers and their smiling faces

An interview with La Bien Aimée

Possibly the best orange ever? Tang, on La Bien Aimée Merino Singles. Photo courtesy of La Bien Aimée.

Possibly the best orange ever? Tang, on La Bien Aimée Merino Singles. Photo courtesy of La Bien Aimée.

EYF was also a great place to see yarns and chat with vendors that we don’t get to see very often, like Aimée Gille, an American transplant to Paris who has been running Paris’ most popular yarn shop, l’Oisive Thé for the last 9 years. Two years ago Aimée and her business partner Hiroko Payne started dyeing their own line of yarns, called La Bien Aimée, which have exploded in popularity thanks to social media. We had a chance to sit down with Aimée while we were at EYF. Here’s that interview.

You can find La Bien Aimée/L'Oisive Thé on their website, on Instagram, on Twitter and on Facebook.


Wrap up

Many thanks to Aimée for joining us on the podcast and congratulations once again to Jo and Mica on a successful show.

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

Episode 10: Recaps and Reveals!

Shout outs:

Many thanks to our sponsor, Tangled Yarn, who stock a wide range of gorgeous yarns, patterns and tools including Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight and Supreme Jumper Weight. Both yarns are spun from 100% Real Shetland Wool and are perfect for Fair Isle and colourwork. Tangled Yarn also stock Felicity Ford's  KNITSONIK book.

Tangled Yarn is offering Yarn in the City fans an exclusive 15% off Jamieson & Smith yarns until April 26th. Just use the discount code KNITSONIK at the checkout.

What's going on:

Ongoing: YitC Not-A-KAL KAL, in our Ravelry group. First round runs through 1 June.

27-28th March: British Alpaca Futurity and P-Lush show in Coventry. Mmmm...alpaca!

25-26th April: Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells.

9th May: Wharfe Wool Fair, Otley, near Leeds.

15-16th May: I Knit Fandango, Royal Horticultural Halls, London. We will be there at the Porpoise Fur booth - come say hi!

16-17th May: John Arbon Open Weekend, South Molton, Devon.

23rd May: Highland Wool Festival, Dingwall Mart.

25th May: The Shipston on Stour Wool Fair, Shipston on Stour, South Warwickshire

30-31st May: Proper Woolley, Holsworthy, Devon.

21 June: Muse Connection Vol. 2 (sadly sold out already!), and the YitC Team runs the Nike Women's 10K in Victoria Park - details on how to join us are here.

In the works:

Allison has started and finished a gorgeous Saguaro Hat (designed by fab GLYC Volunteer Renée Callahan, aka East London Knit), and is still plugging away on her Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar. She has gotten back to work on a fingerless glove project for the YitC Book too.

Just look at those cacti! The  Saguaro  hat - pattern by Renée Callahan of  East London Knit

Just look at those cacti! The Saguaro hat - pattern by Renée Callahan of East London Knit

Rachel has not finished anything, but has lots of things newly started/in progress, including a Wool Eater Blanket by Sarah London that is completely addictive. She's also working on a new design project inspired by The Boat Race, and is blogging her design process - Installment 1 and Installment 2 of her Design Diaries are up for your perusal.

Recaps and Reveals!

Allison had a fabulous time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and managed to grab audio with some lovely people:

Hamming it up with the lovely Karie Westermann - a really good sport about Alli's selfie-stick!

Hamming it up with the lovely Karie Westermann - a really good sport about Alli's selfie-stick!

  • John Arbon, from John Arbon Textiles in Devon
  • Karie Westermann, knitwear designer extraordinaire
  • Jo, one of the co-organizers of EYF, who confirms that it's back on again for 2016. Hooray!!!!!

On the Reveal side, we are thrilled to give you a preview of some of the vendors we will be welcoming to the Yarn in the City Pop Up Marketplace on 5th September 2015. They include:

We are thrilled to have them on board, and we look forward to being able to add even more awesome names to the list in the coming weeks!

As always you can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and please come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance!


Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Fierce Flawless - Ani DiFranco

Leave a Message - Rude King