Episode 86: Germantown

Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Kelbourne Woolens’ new yarn: Germantown

Continuing our year’s theme of Yarn Adventures we’re delighted to have a chat with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens. They share a bit of their 10 year yarn adventure with us – which has culminated in the release of their brand new yarn Germantown, and a special appearance at our upcoming Yarnporium!

Thanks to our sponsor: The Yarn Collective

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by The Yarn Collective, a fibre and design company focused on working with independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways. These international designers represent the best of modern knitwear design and include Bristol Ivy, Melanie Berg, Carol Feller and Michele Wang. Each designer has created and curated a distinctive and wonderful line for The Yarn Collective. You can find out more about the yarns by visiting www.theyarncollective.com

Yarnporium Update

Hopefully you’re not completely sick of hearing about the show yet and have got your tickets and are gearing up for the show! We can’t wait to see you!

Tickets

A limited number of advanced tickets are on sale on our website. We encourage you to have a look at those! Day tickets are available for £10 in advance or £12 on the day.

If you are attending a workshop you automatically have access to the marketplace!

Workshops

Workshops are starting to sell out so if there’s one you’ve been thinking about taking – please register soon before spaces are all gone! Workshops will only be on sale until 11.:59pm on Sunday, October 28th. Workshop registration will not be possible in person at the Yarnporium.

Friday – Yarn Lovers Lounge sponsored by The Yarn Collective

Saturday – Makers Walking the Talk Series

What we’re working on

Rachel has finished her Béton Brut shawl for the Yarnporium Countdown KAL, along with the 21-Color Slouch hat that she busted out in a single sitting! She’s also made progress on her Raindrops tee by Tin Can Knits.

Allison’s knitting attention has been scattered between the Tullameen Shawl MKAL and the Béton Brut KAL while also working on a new hat design. She’s also plotting a sweater to make on her new-to-her chunky knitting machine. Maybe you’ll see her wearing it at the Yarnporium?

Germantown

Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens

This week we had a lovely catch up with Kate and Courtney from Kelbourne Woolens who are joining us for the Yarnporium. They have had a very busy yarn adventure over the last 10 years as they’ve built their business. Their 10 year anniversary has brought with it both change and new opportunities and they chat with us about their new directions, and their latest yarn, Germantown.

The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein

The new Germantown, in an awesomely vintage centre-pull skein


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.

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Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 57: A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Rachel is away at the moment so Carmen from A Yarn Story fills in as co-pilot to Allison on this episode. 

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

Allison drags Carmen into the co-hosting spot on this episode

We realised after we recorded the podcast that we didn't explain very well about being at H+H, the craft trade fair that happened this past March 28-30 in Cologne, Germany. Allison was there on the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand and Carmen was helping out as German translator and answering questions about having the yarns in her shop in the UK.

Now that you have that as context, this episode includes chatter about things we saw at the show, along with our usual bits of news and events and what we're working on.

News and Events

April 23 - Spaces are still available for the upcoming coach trip to Wonderwool from London with the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Click here for more details and to book your space if you'd like to join us.

May 6th - Yarn Shop Day is back! This is great opportunity to show your love for your local yarn shop (LYS). It's also the three year anniversary for A Yarn Story and Wild & Woolly!

June 10th - Join us at The Village Haberdashery for our World Wide Knit in Public Day event. We'll have more details for you soon!

Make Happy - aka What We're Working On

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen's neckerchief wip in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in new colourway Anthem

Carmen, who regularly wishes she was an octopus so that she could have more things on the needles is working on a second neckerchief to match the one she made for Allison for their matching dresses that they wore on the SweetGeorgia stand in Cologne. She's also been finding her fade this week and working on the hot shawl of the season. Carmen also has a few things needing sleeves before they can be completed.

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

Allison's finished Lucca shawl out of Zealana's limited edition Pearl yarn

In addition to sewing a matching Moneta dress for Carmen, Allison has finally finished the sooper secret project and talks about the special Lucca lace pi shawl that she knit in honour of a friend's wedding. She also cast on a new project out of SweetGeorgia yarn so that she could knit on the stand at H+H and is knitting the Foolproof cowl out of deliciously yummy Cashluxe Spark.

A Yarn Shop Buyer's Road Trip

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

Carmen and Allison welcome colour lovers to the SweetGeorgia Yarns stand at H+H

In this segment we get into a bit of a geeky craft business behind the scenes discussion about various ways that shop owners find yarns and other interesting bits for their shops, as well as some of the trends and things that we think are coming down the pipe for the later seasons this year. Lots of shout outs to SweetGeorgia Yarns, Blacker Yarns, Rosy Green Wools, Erika Knight Yarns, La Bien Aimée and more!

Wrap Up

Many thanks again to Carmen for co-hosting this episode!

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 54: Stashing Season

Now that the wool festival calendar has really kicked into high gear, and with Edinburgh Yarn Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time today to talk about Yarn Show Strategy. We’ll also have an update on the #Blackerpodkal, where you can find us in Edinburgh, what’s making us happy at the moment, and more! 

What's making us happy:

The Blacker Yarns PodKAL continues and we are winding down to the last week!  How’s your project going? 

Some instagram highlights from #TeamYITC: 

#TeamYITC prize: we will post in the Ravelry thead what the prize is and who wins! Winner will be drawn on 6th March, so make sure you get your projects up and tagged with #BlackerPODKAL and #TeamYITC.

Allison is working on her #BlackerPODKAL project in St. Kilda lace. 

Rachel finished the Christmas sweaters for her kids, but is now working on her #BlackerPODKAL project, the Inglis Mitts by Ysolda Teague in Tamar. 

Stash Season: 

Tips for making sure you don’t get overwhelmed by the wool fumes and end up having to mortgage a kidney to buy yarn. 

  • Make a list 
  • Stick to your list
  • If sticking to your list is going to be tough, set aside a set amount of money that you can splurge with and when it’s gone, it’s gone. 
  • Only take cash and leave the credit cards at home. 

More generally – really think about what you’re buying. You don’t have to have a specific project in mind, but think about whether you already have five skeins of blue and purple 4-ply yarn in a box at home? 

And we've put together a handy downloadable tip sheet for you too.


Wrap up

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! 

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Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Yarnporium vendor highlights: Indie Maker Spotlight and non-yarn-y gift ideas

With the Yarnporium only a couple of days away we thought it would be good to turn our highlights to some of our vendors who are bringing non-yarn-y things. If you've got BKFFs in your life that you're hoping to scoop up some Christmas presents for, we've got more than a few suggestions for you below:

Mahliqa

Owner and designer Suraya makes gorgeous jewellery, all knitted and crocheted in jewellery wire and accented with gemstones and Swarovski crystals. In addition to her one of a kind pieces, Suraya also sells kits that allow you to make your jewellery for a special loved one, or yourself.

Wendy Fowler Pottery

We've long been fans of Wendy's yarn bowls (you know Allison has never met a yarn bowl she didn't swoon over!) so we're delighted that Wendy is joining us at the Yarnporium. She'll be bringing her handmade yarn bowls, along with some new ones that have us starry-eyed! Wendy also makes beautiful ceramic shawl pins too! (Note: Wendy Fowler Pottery can be found in the Great Hall, not the Indie Maker Spotlight).

The Little Grey Girl

Local London girl Gemma has the perfect accessories for your favourite yarn-lover. Whether you're looking for a stylish project bag (these are sophisticated fabrics, NOT twee!), notions kits, mini pouches, or stitch markers, Gemma can get help you tame your projects! Some of our faves: pyramid project bags and gin bottle stitch markers. And if you need to cast on something right away at the Yarnporium, Gemma carries HiyaHiya notions too.

Joe's Toes

Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to make someone for Christmas. We love falling back on traditional gift ideas and there's nothing more traditional, or cosier!, than a pair of handmade slippers. Joe's Toes has a range of slippers made with sturdy felt in a range of colours. You can by their slippers pre-made but we think the kits are more fun - letting you have the enjoyment of making them yourself!

The Knitting Shed

Staying on the kits theme, we fell in love with the adorable stylings of the Ainsworth & Prin kits from The Knitting Shed. You'll be looking for little girls in your life to make these for as the stylish dresses with knit bodices and Liberty Tana Lawn skirts are absolutely darling! They also carry a small selection of accessories including knitting needles from ChiaoGoo.

Cowtown Knits

If you've already got your yarn covered and are looking for pattern inspiration we've got lots of great designers on hand at the Yarnporium. Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits is another local-to-London gal, by way of Calgary, Canada. She's got a wide variety of patterns and mini-books that all feature a clean, modern aesthetic and clear, well-written instructions and accompanying tutorials.

An Caitin Beag

If you don't fancy knitting or crocheting your own jewellery then you might want to check out what An Caitin Beag has on offer at the Yarnporium. These beautiful pieces are all handcrafted and hallmarked in sterling silver. In addition to stitch marker jewellery and tiny silver stitch-saving crochet hooks they also make wonderful ceramic shawl pins and buttons too.


Of course there's loads more exhibitors in both the Indie Maker Spotlight and the Great Hall than we can tell you about - you'll just have to discover them all for yourself at the Yarnporium. Only two more sleeps to go! See you there?

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