Episode 72: White Christmas

We’ve been incommunicado for a while after Wovember with a shear overload of everything, so our apologies for the long break between episodes! But now we’re back, and we chat about upcoming events, our current crazy holiday knitting plans, review a new yarn and share some news about the podcast going into the beginning of 2018.


21st January – Waltham Abbey Wool Show, Essex, EN9 3LX

16-18th February – Unravel, Farnham Maltings, Farnham

15-17th March – Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Edinburgh

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is trying to knit stealth Christmas stockings for family, in addition to finishing off the Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL hats.

Allison's newly finished Martinique Beach Cowl has her feeling festive!

Allison's newly finished Martinique Beach Cowl has her feeling festive!

Allison has finished the Martinique Beach Cowl - woohoo! Both sleeves are done on Harrison's sweater, Gaston, and she is working on a pair of mittens and hat for him for Christmas. 

White Christmas

A yarn we’re thinking about knitting with this Christmas is Hudson Worsted, the new release from The Yarn Collective, curated by Michele Wang. This lovely yarn is  85% merino/15% yak,  197 yd/180 m per 100 g, with a recommended gauge of 20 sts/26 rows to 10 cm/4”. It comes in 11 colours and there are several patterns designed by Michele Wang available through the Yarn Collective.

After the review there's some noodling about our Christmas plans, and a fun giveaway – Nudie Knits!


See more at their hysterical website, http://nudinits.com/, and leave a comment in the show notes about your most ambitious holiday knitting plans, successful or not (disaster stories welcome!) Entries will close on December 30th and we will post out to you soon after.

Podcast Hiatus

It’s been a busy end of the year for us and looks to be an even busier start to 2018 as work on next November's Yarnporium kicks off in earnest. With that in mind, we’ve decided to go on a brief hiatus for a few months – this will allow us to get in some good “real” holiday time with our families and begin January refreshed and ready for the very busy year ahead.

Our current plans are to return sometime towards the end of February, so stay tuned to the blog, or our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds so you know when to expect us back!

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. Check the Ravelry thread to confirm location for Knit Night, as we seem to be going back and forth between The Goat on the Rise  and The Breakfast Club.

Have a great holiday and New Year, and we’ll chat with you soon! 

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
This Christmas - Sinclair
Wonderful Christmastime - Joel Rakes
Christmas is All Around - Sleeping at Last
Carol of the Bells - Future of Forestry
White Christmas - Sleeping at Last

Episode 33: Free Your Skeins!

Shout outs:

iTunes reviewers and some lovely Ravelry messages about the podcast and the book - thank you!

Also huge shout out to podcast interviewee Clara Parkes, whose new book Knitlandia landed on the New York Times bestseller list!

And we have a winner for the skein of Tamar Lustre blend from Blacker Yarns! Congratulations to Mary aka mcknits on Ravelry - we will be PM-ing you to get your address details!

News and Events: 

16th April - Knit With Attitude are hosting us for a book event about the London Craft Guide! We'll be giving a short talk about how Yarn in the City got started with the Great London Yarn Crawl and has grown to include a number of events, and now our book! We'll be there from 2-4pm and the event will include a trunk show of the samples from the book. Please RSVP at Knit With Attitude to help give them an idea of numbers as space is limited.

23 - 24th April – Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells Fairgrounds. We're going for the day with the London Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, and the coach is now full!

Rachel and Alli's latest FOs - the Honey Cowl and Heggelia mitts

Rachel and Alli's latest FOs - the Honey Cowl and Heggelia mitts

What we're working on:

Rachel has finished her Honey Cowl and that's all.

Allison finished her Heggelia mitts and has started a sweater for a new baby and is faffing about trying to find something else in SweetGeorgia Yarns to knit.

Free Your Skeins!

We have a lovely chat with Jo Milmine of the award-winning Shinybees podcast and the Golden Skein yarn club, about how she started her podcast, building community, bringing people together and why you should use your precious, special skeins.

Quick note that it seems we may have had the mic input set to pick up the wrong mic but we didn't learn about this until a re-record was no longer possible. We apologise for the rustling!

New Giveaway - Wool Tribe!

We have a cheeky last-minute giveaway as well - a copy of the hotly sought after Wool Tribe, the official program to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016. To enter, leave a comment on these show notes by end of day Easter Monday (March 28th, 2016) and tell us your favourite memory of EYF either this year or last year, or one that you say while watching the festival from afar on social media. We'll announce the winner on episode 34 of the podcast.

As always, please let us know what you think through comments on the show notes, send us an email at hello@yarninthecity.com or via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can find us on iTunes or Stitcher Radio(and please consider leaving a review for us!), or download us directly from the Yarn in the City website.  

And on Wednesday nights you can find us at knit night at The Goat on the Rise pub on Battersea Rise, close to Clapham Junction station in SW London. We meet from 7pm to around 10pm. The food is great and the knitters are friendly. Join us! 

Music (all available on NoiseTrade):
Find My Way - Brooke Annibale
1000 Ships - Rachel Platten



Episode 23: Feeling Bookish

In which Rachel gets perhaps a bit overexcited about sock math, and we pat ourselves on the backs for Spinzilla.

News and Events:

18th October - What Knitting Does to Your Brain with Heather Ordover, and The Whirled Cinema in Brixton. Tickets are still available.

23-25th October: Gwlana retreat in West Wales.

29th October - 1st November: Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza, in Edinburgh.

10th/17th November - Anna Maltz, aka Sweaterspotter, is teaching a lace and colourwork class for her popular Solja sweater at Wild & Woolly.

15th November - Clare Devine, of Yarn and Pointy Sticks, is teaching "2 at a time anything" at Knit with Attitude.

15th/22nd November - Brioche Stitch Basics with Renée Callahan at Loop.

28th November - the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl!

What we're working on:

Rachel's Marie Curie Mittens WIP

Rachel's Marie Curie Mittens WIP

Rachel weaves in the ends on her Aranami Shawl as we record, and admits that she has picked up a year-old UFO. She also has been trying to quickly finish a baby Lush by Tin Can Knits for her brand spanking new baby niece, who arrived on 8th October.

Allison's Marian cowl FO

Allison's Marian cowl FO

Allison is working on the Modish Cowl by Stephen West, and has finished a Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond in some glorious Malabrigo Rasta. Sadly, the Quaking Aspen shawl is currently in a corner contemplating it's sins while it waits in Time Out.

We are both feeling flush with our first ever Spinzilla now behind us - go Team SweetGeorgia!

Feeling Bookish:

We review two books - first up is the Drift Collection, curated by Eden Cottage Yarns, and featuring their Whitefell DK 100% alpaca yarnSwoon. Full of cozy accessories and gorgeous, wearable sweaters, this collection is a keeper. Head over to the Eden Cottage Yarns Ravelry group to join the KAL/CAL that starts on the 20th of October.

We also review Kate Atherley's new book from Interweave, "Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet", and Rachel reveals perhaps a bit too much of her geeky, spreadsheet-obsessed side. Chock full of incredibly helpful tips for getting your socks to fit perfectly, we like this one so much that we are going to share the love with you: leave a comment on this post about either your worst sock fitting disaster, or which pattern you'd like to knit from the 14 included in the book, and we will send you your very own copy! Entries close at 11:59 pm on Friday, 30th October, and please be sure you leave contact info so we can get your book to you! And many thanks to Interweave/F+W Communications for providing us with a copy of the book to review and giveaway.

Off the air, you can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. Please leave a review for us on iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio, and don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us. We are always out and about, so come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance! Everyone is also more then welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) upstairs at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. 

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Morning Light - The Dirty Guv'nahs
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Hands & Hearts - Katrina Stone