Episode 56: Coffee & Colour

On today’s podcast we’re chatting about two new books that we were asked to review at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We’ve got a review of Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) – more coffee-inspired patterns from C.C. Almon and this time with her daughter Dami as well. And we also take a peek at Knit the Rainbow, a collection of accessories designed for gradient sets by Joy McMillan. Joy of course, is also known as The Knitting Goddess and she really knows colour!

News and Events

The Countess Ablaze Dye Studio is now newly reopened in their brand new space in Manchester’s northern quarter. They are now open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and wow – the space is amazing! Congrats to the Countess and run, don’t walk to see her new space – and a new yarn too!

23 April - the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers coach to Wonderwool on Sunday, April 23rd. Tickets are £39 and include round-trip coach and entry to the show. Get your tickets here.

Saturday May 6th - Yarn Shop Day

Saturday, June 10th - World Wide Knit in Public Day. We’re excited to tell you that we will be co-hosting an event with The Village Haberdashery at their new location in West Hampstead. 

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on (#yitcmakehappy)

Rachel is finally past some serious designers block on a new shawl design in Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul DK (in murky chartreuse of course...). She's also made progress on her Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in  JOMA Yarns  Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison has finally finished her Koolhaus hat. Knit in JOMA Yarns Mashmello Rino worsted weight in the Raygun colourway.

Allison's Sooper Sekrit Project is SO close to being done! Koolhaas is done, her jacket needs sleeves to be hemmed and buttons sewn on, and she's swatching for Raindrops. She's also totally distracted by yarn in my stash tthat would be PERFECT for Shusui by Susanne Sommer, who we were lucky enough to meet at EYF.

Book Reviews: Coffee and Colour

Coffee with C.C. (and Dami too!) - find all the patterns on Ravelry here. You can also find C.C. and Dami on their videocast and blog - Geeky Girls Knit.

Knit the Rainbow by Joy McMillan - find all the patterns on Ravelry here, and find Joy's yarns at The Knitting Goddess


Wrap up

Many thanks to C.C. and Joy for providing us with copies of their books to review. We hope you’ll check them out and find as much inspiration as we have.

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

Episode 34: Send More Coffee

With the Easter holidays and our kids still off school we've got another international Skype session of the podcast for Episode 34. We hope you'll bear with and that the sound isn't quite up to our usual standard.

News, Events & Shout Outs

16th April - Our next book event for the London Craft Guide is being hosted by Knit With Attitude! Join us from 2-4 at the shop for some light snacks and a chat about our journey from the Great London Yarn Crawl to the London Craft Guide! Maya and her team are also generously offering 10% off in the shop and they've paired up the projects from the book with yarns from their shop - check out their blog post to see them all! Please RSVP to Knit With Attitude just so they have a sense of numbers - this is a FREE event!

21st April - Carmen from A Yarn Story is bringing her Shibui Knits Mix Party to London! The event is being held in Clapham and gets underway at 6:30pm. Find all the details and book your ticket on the AYS website.

23-24 April - Wonderwool Wales gets underway for it's 11th year at Builth Wells in Wales. We'll be popping in for a whirlwind visit on the Sunday on a coach visit with our guild from London and are already starting to make our lists of what we'd like to see!

30th April - The third annual Yarn Shop Day is coming up soon! Check out their website to find a participating shop near you and show your love for the awesome yarn shops we have across the UK.

Big shout out to our US iTunes review from bjoy -thank you so much!

Another shout out to Wild Thistle Farm in Pittston, ME, who accosted Rachel on the train from Boston to Brunswick to ask her (knitting with commercial yarn) if she was a spinner. They have Shetlands people - off you go!

We also have a winner of the copy of Wool Tribe generously provided by Edinburgh Yarn Festival in Episode 33 - Rachelke! Please get in touch with us and let us know how to get that to you, and congratulations!

What We're Working On:

A Rasta cowl fast finish by Allison

A Rasta cowl fast finish by Allison

Allison is going great guns on her baby sweater, and has finished the sleeves. She's also been cranking out a new crocheted shawl from Joanne Scrace's book The Shawl Project Book 1 and finished a one-skein cowl out of Malabrigo Rasta as a hostess gift.

Rachel's beautiful shawl finish in Triskelion Yarns.

Rachel's beautiful shawl finish in Triskelion Yarns.

Rachel has finished her Freshwater Shawl by Andrea Mowbry and Annie Rowden, in fantastic Triskelion Yarns Elen, and is spinning up some of her March Lab Goddess Fibre Club Wensleydale. She's also just discovered that her recent Yarn Chicken winning streak will come to a stunning halt if she continues with her current shawl design project, so there's some frogging in her immediate future.

Book Review: Coffee with C. C.

In this episode we review C. C. Almon's new book, Coffee with C. C.: A 7 pattern caffeine inspired knitting collection.

Disclaimer: Rachel was the tech editor for this project, so take her comments with however many grains of salt you need.

We were both big fans of these self striping Espresso Macchiato socks!

We were both big fans of these self striping Espresso Macchiato socks!

The collection includes six sock patterns, ranging from plain vanilla (French Vanilla Cappuccino socks) to more elaborate (I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice socks), and also includes a shawl pattern. The patterns include lots of textured stitches and interest, but straightforward constructions so they are perfect for new or less experienced sock knitters looking to expand their skills!

The hard copy of the book can be purchased from the JavaPurl Designs website for $18 plus shipping, and the eBook is available through Ravelry for $16 plus shipping.


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):
1000 Ships - Rachel Platten
It's Not - Aimee Mann