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.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

Episode 74: Scottish Adventures

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

EYF 2018 shenanigans!

We’ve just come by from a phenomenal trip to the 2018 Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where we saw amazing yarns, caught up with friends old and new and generally soaked up as much colour and inspiration as possible! We recap EYF on today's episode, including an interview with someone who traveled a very long way to get to Edinburgh! We also review the new Jacob yarn from Blacker Yarns.

What we’re working on:

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison managed to finish the Gradient Pullover and Winter Dawn (the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project in the last days of March).

Allison was desperately trying to finish her handspun Gradient Pullover (by Amy Miller) over the weekend, and has 5 inches of the second sleeve left. She’s also working on some sample knitting for her upcoming trade show.

Allison's EYF stash enhancement:
A previously ordered kit for the Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry in La Bien Aimee Comfort DK. Also  a sweater quantity of fingering weight yarn for Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter (mostly House of A La Mode from A Yarn Story), project bag, random sock skein (House of a la Mode in Redmond, a custom colourway dyed in honour of Carmen's dad).

Rachel finished her Incunabula (by Karie Westermann) and got some amazing buttons for it from Textile Garden at EYF. She also came back from the show with two sweater lots of yarn, which are planning on growing up to be a Marginalia (Triskelion Yarns Arthur DK in Old Fox and My True Sweetheart) and a Woodman Cardigan from Bristol Ivy’s amazing new book (Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Light in Grape Hyacinth). She also got some stitch markers from The Little Grey Girl, and Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1.

Gina's Yarn Adventure

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

With the lovely Gina from Natural Yarns

On the ride up to Edinburgh, Allison met the lovely Gina Ross from Natural Yarns. They got to talking (as knitters do) and discovered that Gina has a fantastic yarn adventure to share, which includes yarn, yoga, mindfulness and building community. We had a chance to catch up with her at the show, and we think you’ll be interested to hear her story.

Yarn Review: Jacob

Blacker’s new yarn uses the unique Jacob sheep as it’s inspiration, with four bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours. Jacob sheep naturally have multicoloured coats, which means that their wool is less marketable. Sue and her team have blended the colours together during the spinning process to create a range of four coloured bases. These are then overdyed in three colours, giving a range of subtle shades. We got to play with some of it, and boy is it lovely!

Yarn stats:
DK: 110 m/50 gr
4-ply: 175 m/50 g
Colour card here.

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

The lovely Ceci in her Sunset Highway sweater at EYF 2018

EYF on-the-spot interviews:
Liz and Ceci, aka howmanystitches and creativececi on Ravelry!

Congrats to our YINGO winner!
The random number generator spoke to us and we hope @svm_treks is delighted to find that her hard work to clear her Yingo card paid off! We will be in touch via DM on Instagram to get your details to send out your prize!


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 at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise.

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Revolution - Kate Tucker
A Good Reason To Smile - Chasing Noise

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.

Events

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!

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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