Episode 70: Hat Genius

We are full on into the autumn knitting season, and with the impending holidays bearing down on us faster than you think, we find our focus turning to accessory patterns and potential gifts. In this episode, we'll discuss upcoming events and what we're currently working on. We also have an interview with the one and only Woolly Wormhead to share with you!

Sponsor note: 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at www.garthenor.com. 

We're hosting a daily Instagram photo challenge for the good folks at Wovember! Follow us on Instagram  @yarninthecity  to make sure you don't miss any of the photo prompts.

We're hosting a daily Instagram photo challenge for the good folks at Wovember! Follow us on Instagram @yarninthecity to make sure you don't miss any of the photo prompts.

Events

28 – 29th October: Kendal Wool Gathering  

1 – 30th November: WOVEMBER!!!! This year's theme is Woolness: where wool meets wellness, and we're hosting an Instagram Photo Challenge!  

11 November: Festiwool, at a new venue  

11 – 12th November: Nottingham Yarn Expo  

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23 – 30th November: London Guild exhibition – The Thames and Southwark: Threads of London Life, Southwark Cathedral, 10:30am - 5:30pm daily, free entry. Also includes a free Introduction to Natural Dyeing drop in seesion on Sunday, 26 November from 3-5pm.

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is enthusiastically finishing some long-standing WIPs, after realising that virtually all of her numerous sets of 4 mm needles are stuck in other projects, and need to be reclaimed for new ones! She's polished off her Green Memories hat by La Maison Rillilie, and has picked up her Starting Point shawl again. One sleeve is done on her British Blue 100 sweater, and the second is started. 

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Allison is working on Clue 1 of the SweetGeorgia Yarns MKAL, but Clue 2 was out last week so she's feeling a bit behind! She's got her yarn wound and ready to cast on for the handspun Belles Filles Shawl KAL.  

Hat Genius: 

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If you like to knit hats, then you've probably heard of Woolly Wormhead, self-described Hat Architect. As knitters of more than one Woolly Wormhead pattern, we were very excited to catch up with her during a recent visit to the UK, and talk about her hats, her design process, her new book, Elemental,  and her upcoming double-barrelled Mystery KAL, starting November 1st. 


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. However, the Goat will be closed for refurbishment from the 16th of October for approximately a month, so we've relocated up the hill a little bit at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

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 50: Are We There Yet?

This is our penultimate episode of the year! With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, Rachel has lost her mind with her holiday knitting so we’ve found some gifts for knitters ideas to keep things sane in your own households and you can get back to your own projects instead of stuff for other people!

First a word from our 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 July, August and September with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

As YITC has international listeners, we currently ship to countries in the EU, Australia and New Zealand.  And they will be adding more countries as they grow. Welcome to The Loveliest Yarn Company!

News and Events

It's the last few days of Wovember!

3 December – Selvedge Makers’s Fair, St Augustine Church Hall London, 11-5:00.

6 Dec – Make handpainted gift wrap at VV Rouleaux

14 December - Late Night Knitty Lock-in at Wild & Woolly

16 December - Pom Pom Christmas party, 49 Tanner St London SE1 3PL

Will feature The Fibre Co., Fig Tree Yarns and John Arbon Textiles, as well as Francesca Hughes, Elisabeth Beverley, Coop Knits, Daughter of a Shepherd, Pink Hazel, La Bien Aimee, Beyond Measure and The Uncommon Thread.

Brioche classes for beginners at I Knit London on 3 Dec, 7 January and 21 January

What we’re working on

Allison is on the 13th stripe of 19 in Harrison’s Hogwarts scarf. In addition, she’s working on the Sonder Shawl by Helen Stewart. She’s also been making lists of what needs to happen in the next few weeks –maybe a couple of pairs of slippers, a quilt for her FIL and a throw for her brother. Plus a waistcoat for Jordan for Christmas.

Rachel is frantically trying to finish her Vestvember project, Aileen by Laura Aylor, in some lovely alpaca her husband bought her in Peru. Despite all great intentions not to get out of control with Christmas knitting, she is also looking to do two versions of Because Sock Yarn by Kate Atherley and two top down yoked sweaters for her kids for Christmas. Goodbye sleep, hello RSI!

Christmas gift ideas

Cashmere bundles – Loop Lux Adorna

Check your Gauge cloth – Cocoknits - available at A Yarn Story

Christmas book bundles from The Loveliest Yarn Co – Christmas bundles

Jewellery from Tangled Yarn

Christmas Tree ornaments from Katrinkle and Yarnistry (also Christmas stitch markers)

Gift tags from Beyond Measure

Patterns for Ornaments

Christmas Eve Bauble Renee Callahan

Cheers! Cheryl Niamath

Mini Christmas Stocking by Julie Williams

Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Carmen Heffernan

Minikins – Woolly Wormhead


You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at the Goat 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 (all available on NoiseTrade)
Falling Like Snow - Canaries in the Coal Mine
Two Birds - Katey Laurel
Raise the Tree - Trent Dabbs

Episode 48: Yarnporium Hearts Wovember

Happy Halloween everyone! We've got a bonus podcast episode for your listening pleasure today, and hopefully it will whet your appetites just a bit more for Yarnporium!

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, November and December with the code YITCEnabled2016.  If you aren’t shopping for yarn at the moment, sign up for their newsletter on the site. 

News and Events: 

The are no new events. Just the Yarnporium. Happening November 5th and 6th. November 1st is the last day to get your early bird pricing on advance tickets.  After that you'll have to pay £10 for a day ticket and £15 for a weekend ticket.

 OK, it's not entirely true that nothing else is going on...

10-13th November: Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza, Farnham - classes, marketplace and a London Yarn Crawl led by Alli!

12th November: Festiwool, North Herts College, Hitchin

Entire month: we hope you’ll join along with Felicity Ford of Knitsonik and Louise Scollay of Knit British in the celebration of all things wool that is WOVEMBER.

What we’re working on: 

Rachel is knitting Green Memories by La Maison Rililie

Allison is comfort knitting. Destressing with a Hogwarts scarf for Harry and the slowly growing Garter Goodness shawl by Stephen West. 

More Yarnporium awesome-ness:

There are a few more Yarnporium special events to highlight:

Pom Pom Quarterly will be hosting designer signings with Stephen West and Justyna Lorkowska! Justyna there on Saturday from 11am to 1pm and Stephen from 1-3pm. Stephen will also be around on Sunday from noon to 2pm. 

A Yarn Story will be bringing in an uber special exclusive: La Bien Aimée hand-dyed yarn from Paris. AYS is bringing a selection of colours on the Merino Singles base. They will also be bringing yarns from Hedgehog Fibres, The Fibre Co., Julie Asselin and SweetGeorgia Yarns. 

Inspiration Knits designer Louise Zass-Bangham will be bringing her book Knit Play Colour along with yarns for many of the patterns. She will have a wide selection of yarn from the Countess Ablaze (who NEVER does yarn shows but sells online only or out of her Manchester studio) and also a wide variety from Eden Cottage Yarns. It's a lovely way for both of these yarn companies to be at the Yarnporium when they couldn't otherwise! 

Midwinter Yarns have a new Aran weight yarn in 6 natural shades called Suomivilla that they are bringing to the Yarnporium. They also have official Baa-ble Hat kits that include the original pattern by Donna Smith, or people may be interested in getting the yarn to make Donna's new hat and cowl pattern! 

Kettle Yarn Co. are debuting their brand new Baskerville DARK yarn which contains more Gotland than the original for added depth and halo to Linda's already gorgeous colours. She's offering 10% off purchases of Baskerville DARK skeins to the first 10 customers who use the codeword "GOTLANDFOREVER".  

Image by Karie Westermann

Image by Karie Westermann

We're also delighted that designer Karie Westermann is joining us all the way from Glasgow. Karie doesn't get down south too often to teach so we feel it's a real coup to have her! Even better, Karie has designed a brand new workshop that is being taught for the first time at the Yarnporium: Knitting the Landscape. In this workshop Karie will help knitters explore how to express their memories and thoughts of a specific place through their knitting using texture, stitch patterns and colour. 

While we're crazy for all the yarn fumes that will be at the Yarnporium, it's also a perfect weekend to start Christmas gift shopping and many of our vendors will have non-yarny items for all the BKFFs out there include Wendy Fowler's gorgeous yarn bowls, glass stitch markers brought in by C.C. Almon of JavaPurl Designs, and wonderful project bags by The Little Grey Girl. Joe's Toes and The Knitting Shed also have fantastic kits if you'd like to make something for little people on your list.  

We're also excited to welcome new vendors Mahliqa (knitted jewellery kits), Chunky Row and Once Upon a Time Skeins as well as local to London yarn dyers Travelknitter, Whimzy, The Wool Kitchen and Easyknits and local fibre dyer Porpoise Fur

The lovely Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch will be taking over

The lovely Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch will be taking over

Finally, Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch will be taking over our Instagram feed on the Saturday of the show - be sure to say hi!

Woolly Wovember: 

WOVEMBER is an amazing grass-roots movement to recognise and celebrate wool in all it's forms. Read their open letter to the Campaign for Wool and see how to get involved.

We're also going to take part in Vestvember - come join in!


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

Woolly Wovember Part Deux

We are still enjoying the month long celebration of all things sheepy that is Wovember, In this episode, we have some shout outs, some exciting news and events, a few FOs and gift knitting underway, and a fabulous interview with Louise Scollay from Knit British which continues the theme from last episodes chat with Rachel Atkinson of My Life in Knitwear about the UK wool industry.

Also - it's our one year pod-iversary! We started the podcast a year ago on November 11th, 2014. Thanks so much for being a part of our Yarn in the City community but mostly thank you for listening to us ramble on (and on!) about yarn-y things!

News and Events:

14th November - the release of Rachel's collection for The Fibre Co., and the kick off of A Yarn Story's Winter Cables KAL! You can find the collection on Ravelry, and join in the KAL with us on the A Yarn Story board.

25th November - will be a special Knit Night at The Goat. We'll have some snacks, some yarn to tempt you from Lola at Third Vault Yarns and maybe even a Secret Santa! We'll also collect any handknits and unwanted yarn or tools on behalf of Knit for Peace. Since this will be a little different than our regular knit nights, please RSVP on the thread in our Ravelry group if you'd like to join us.

28th November - the Bath Christmas Craft Crawl! Now with all the details on the Event Page.

5th December - speaking of Knit for Peace, they're holding a Knit-In at the Barbican in London from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Why not come and knit for a bit and contribute by knitting a square for a blanket? They'll also be accepting handknits and materials if you miss bringing them to us at knit night. 

Rachel's super chuffed about finishing her Angostura vest. Isn't it (and that Cornish Tin!) gorgeous?

Rachel's super chuffed about finishing her Angostura vest. Isn't it (and that Cornish Tin!) gorgeous?

What we're working on:

Rachel finished her Angostura vest by Ysolda Teague, in Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin, and is so pleased with it! She's now moved on to some fingerless mitts for her kids out of Trailing Clouds Stratus sport in "Mind the Gap" of course.

Allison has a bunch of projects on the go: she's finished the first sleeve of Grettir by Jared Flood, and should have the second done this week. She's also been working on her Quaking Aspen Shawl in The Fibre Co Acadia, and has started Hamlet the Cheetah from Edward's Menagerie. Also on the list of WIPs is the hoodie for a small boy in Canada that needs to be finished ASAP. On the spinning front, she's spun up her Alpha, Beta, Gamma Finn from the Lab Goddess Fibre club into singles and is going to ply them soon.

Woolly Wovember, Part Deux:

Louise Scollay is the British wool enthusiast behind Knit British. What started as a year-long challenge to knit only with British wool has grown into an ongoing exploration of local yarns, sheep and wool that has spread far beyond the UK. Louise talks with us about the ongoing Breed Swatch-along that kicked off at the beginning of October, about Wovember and the development of this year's theme of the Small Producer, and about her response to Rachel Atkinson's Fleeced blog post.


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