Episode 61: It's Knitalong Time!

Today we chat about what we’re working on, and share details on the upcoming GLYC knitalong, including an interview with designer Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

WWKIP Day update!

Next Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and we’d love to have everyone come join us at The Village Haberdashery on Saturday, June 10th in West Hampstead Square! We’ll be there from 11am – 2pm and all are welcome!

The event is free, but please RSVP via the WWKIP website so we have an accurate headcount and can get in touch if we have to change things due to weather. 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Allison's clue 3 progress as part of the Starting Point MKAL

Allison's clue 3 progress as part of the Starting Point MKAL

Allison is keeping up with the Joji Locatelli Starting Point Mystery KAL in SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock and it is glorious!

Rachel's latest pattern has launched as part of Kettle Yarn Co.'s Teheda Collection. The Dorado shawl is knit in Beyul DK and you can  download the pattern on Ravelry !

Rachel's latest pattern has launched as part of Kettle Yarn Co.'s Teheda Collection. The Dorado shawl is knit in Beyul DK and you can download the pattern on Ravelry!

Rachel has been doing very little knitting or spinning of any kind as work has been completely insane. But the handspun socks are almost to the heels, and she's cast on for Raindrops by Tin Can Knits in Travelknitter's luscious Tanami in the Midnight Kelpies colourway from Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Don’t forget to show us what you’ve been working on that’s making you happy! Tag your photos on Instagram with #yitcmakehappy so we can see your projects! 

It’s Knitalong Time

We're excited that Larissa from Travelknitter and Helen from The Wool Kitchen have teamed up with Helen from Curious Handmade with a terrific pattern and yarns for this year's GLYC 5th anniversary KAL!

We're excited that Larissa from Travelknitter and Helen from The Wool Kitchen have teamed up with Helen from Curious Handmade with a terrific pattern and yarns for this year's GLYC 5th anniversary KAL!

We share some early details about the upcoming GLYC 2017 Knitalong, which features the combined creative power of Curious Handmade, The Wool Kitchen and Travelknitter, and talk with Helen Stewart about the pattern for the KAL. Further details will be released on 10 June!


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 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

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 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:

The Loveliest Yarn Company is a new online yarn shop bringing you the loveliest yarn and knitting accessories.  Buying yarn online can be a bit fraught so they have gathered the best into one place.  They have knit, washed and worn everything so people know it’s all been tried and tested by knitters. The Loveliest Yarn Company stock artisan hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, organic merino from Rosy Green Wool, some great stalwarts of the yarn world from West Yorkshire Spinners, irresistible accessories from Merchant and Mills and lots more.  All from theloveliestyarncompany.co.uk.

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