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Curious Handmade Podcast 150Welcome to my first full Curious Handmade podcast episode.

I’m  exited to tell you about my trip up to Glasgow for the Glasgow School of Yarn last weekend.

Not only that but I am so thrilled to be able to share with you an interview with Amy Singer from If you are a fan of Knitty which many of us are, or perhaps have even thought about submitting a pattern to be published in Knitty then you definitely want to listen to this interview. You can find out how Amy started out creating the online knitting magazine and what happens behind the scenes of putting an issue together.

Thank you to Libby from Truly Myrtle for your comments and lovely encouragement for my introductory episode last week.

Mackintosh Church Glasgow

Mackintosh Church Glasgow Nano Skeins Nano Skeins

Amy and Antje Design Competition Winners

Amy and Antje announce Design Competition Winners

Links for things mentioned in the episode:

The Yarn Cake – sponsor and organiser of the Glasgow School of Yarn

Blank Canvas sweater pattern by Ysolda Teague

Old Maiden Aunt

Skein Queen

Easy Knits and Easy Knits Nano Skeins

Liz Lovick of Northern Lace (she has a lovely write up of the event on her blog) and her new book:

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-Than-Air Shawls & More

Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

A Suitcase full of Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

Beautiful silk yarn

Stunning Silk

Skein Queen yarn

Skein Queen yarn

Glasgow School of Yarn at Mackintosh Church

Glasgow School of Yarn at Mackintosh Church

Interview with Amy Singer from

The Dead Fish Hat!

My two patterns mentioned in the interview are:

Afternoon Tea

Glitz at the Ritz

My all time favourite Knitty pattern is the famous Clapotis

Pop over to the episode discussion thread in Ravelry and let me know what your favourite pattern is or comment below. I would love to hear what you think of the show and if you have any questions.

To listen to the episode click on the play arrow button at the top or download and subscribe in iTunes.

Skein Queen Yarn

Skein Queen Yarn

Mackintosh Church Glasgow

Mackintosh Church Glasgow

Episode 0 – Introduction

Helen —  October 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

Curious Handmade Podcast 150

I give a little introduction to my knitting history and share a couple of embarrassing stories.

My podcasting inspirations include (but are not limited to):

Stash and Burn

Double Knit

Knitting Pipeline

Electric Sheep


2 Knit Lit Chicks

The Knitmore Girls

This week is Wool Week UK and there are lots of events happening. As I mentioned in a previous post, this weekend I am very excited to be heading up to Scotland for the Glasgow School of Yarn.

I am doing Amy Singers “Add Texture to your Sweater” class and I was doing some homework for the class. I need to find a plain vanilla pullover pattern.

I’m looking at:


The Daily Sweater by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

Blank Canvass by Ysolda Teague

Debbie Bliss British wool

Calling all Brits to get your knit on – Wool Week week kicks of today.

In London and Edinburgh, John Lewis is getting into the knitting spirit in a big way with Knit Nation events all week.

There are events and free classes happening all week with Erika Knight, Rowan, Milla Mia among others so go check it out if you’re in the area.

And next weekend, up north, is another knitterly event The Glasgow School of Yarn and I’m very excited as I’m heading up there to attend! There are classes with Amy Singer and Liz Lovick as well as talks with Deb Ronson. Not to mention lots of tempting vendors in the market place. If you see me please say hello. I’ll be the one muttering “yarn diet, yarn diet” over and over to myself.


If anyone has any more Wool Week events or pictures do let us know in the comments. We love all things sheepy around here.

sheep wool