Archives For May 2017

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Today on the podcast I’m talking to the brillant women behind Pom Pom Quarterly in celebration of their 5 year anniversary. Five years of this wonderful magazine, which has done so much for the knitting community! From the begining they have championed indie yarn dyers and designers and brought a fresh, fun aesthetic to the knitting magazine landscape. We talk about the Pom Pom origin story, how they’ve grown, and their very special anniversary issues. I also chat a little about my current projects and give you an update on the doings of The Shawl Society!

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Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Lollipop Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli

Juno Fibre Arts Alice

The Wool Barn

La Bien Aimée Yarn

Pura Hilados Yarn

Woollenflower

Pom Pom Quarterly Magazine

Bon Bon Mitts by Joji Locatelli

Anniversaire Cardigan by Veera Välimäki

Soirée Pullover by Emily Foden

Festoon Socks by Rachel Coopey

Jamboree Pullover by Francesca Hughes

Bash Hat by Linda Dubec

Listen to the episode to find out how you can win a copy of Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 21 or a pair of day tickets to the Pomfest birthday celebration in London on the 14th or 15th of July!

 

Don’t forget to post your finished Fairyhill Shawl to the FO thread in the Ravelry group and your project page as soon as you finish! There are some amazing prizes on offer for the mini KAL, which ends on June 1st. The Wool Barn and Eden Cottage Yarns are each offering a prize that would delight any knitter. If you’re not going to make the deadline, though, don’t stress! As long as you finish and post one of the season’s shawls (including Fairyhill) by the end of October, you’ll be in with a chance to win a different prize in the Shawl Society Grand KAL.

I’ve also released yarn notes for the second shawl of the season, which is coming up in a couple of weeks! This time the pattern has been written to work with a fingering or laceweight yarn. The sample yarn for the fingering weight version is the amazing new Varigradients from Seven Sisters Arts, and for the laceweight version, I used the blissfully soft and delicate Julie Asselin Merletto.

I’ve also begun an interview series with our yarn sponsors over on the official Shawl Society website, which I know you’ll enjoy, This week features Julie Asselin, with some fun stories about how she got started as an indie dyer and what it’s like to run a booming small yarn business!

It’s still early days for Season II and we are still welcoming new members every day. It’s certainly not too late to jump on board! You dn’t have to worry about being behind or catching up: we’re all going at our own pace.

Join The Shawl Society Season II today!

 

That’s it for this week’s notes! Thanks again for listening and I’ll chat to you again soon!

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Today on the podcast I’m looking back at the incredible time I spent in Portugal at the Laine Retreat. I chat about visiting a very special yarn shop, how wonderful it was to spend hours of uninterrupted knitting time with the interesting and inspiring women at the retreat, a furry little friend I made there, what I worked on and what I have planned.

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Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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La Bien Aimée Website

La Bien Aimée Instagram

Retrosaria Yarn Shop

RosaPomar Instagram

sookbyminapark Instagram

twohandstextilestudio Instagram

tiinatitityy Instagram

Tukuwool Instagram

Tukuwool website

Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston

I See Spring pullover by Joji Locatelli

WalkCollection Yarn

Pure Joy Shawl

Nature’s Luxury Yarn

Pura Hilados Yarn

Starting Point MKAL – first clue come out Friday May 12th!

Wollemeise Jewitta über Berlin Yarn

Berlin Knits Yarn Festival: September 9th to October 1st 2017

There are some absolutely gorgeous finished Fairyhill Shawls already! If you’re one of the speedy ones, make sure you post your FO on your Ravelry project page and in the FO thread in the group. It is so inspiring to other knitters and so special for me to see them. But if you haven’t become a part of The Shawl Society yet, don’t worry…we have plenty of new members just starting their shawls now and everyone is happily knitting along at their own pace. There is really no such thing as “falling behind” in The Shawl Society.

Join The Shawl Society Season II today!

I’ve just sent out the yarn hints for the next pattern, which will be making an appearance in about 3 weeks…the mysteries continue! Keep an eye on Instagram for sneak peeks and information on the gorgeous yarn I’ve used for this one..

That’s everything for this episode. Thank you so much for listening…I hope you got some vicarious joy out of this little trip to Portugal. I’ll talk to you next week! Until then, happy knitting!

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In today’s short and sweet episode, I’m introducing the first shawl in The Shawl Society Season II, and chatting a little bit about the magical theme behind the whole collection. I’m also rounding up the WIPs I have on the needles right now…so many fun projects. It’s a joy and a bit of an escape to indulge in knitting other designer’s patterns in the middle of my own secret design work!

Show Sponsors:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Our first season II pattern, the Fairyhill Shawl, was released today!

Throughout the British Isles, a rich and mysterious folklore surrounds the rumoured homes of the fairy folk: the fairy hill. This is where the fairy folk gather far beneath the stones and moss. It is a place where a curious traveller passing at dawn or dusk might hear the pipes and harps of an otherworldly band, where a visitor may step through a luminous door. Drink a sparkling goblet of fairy wine, taste the fruit of a fairy feast, and you may find yourself dancing months or years of your life away in the space of a single night.

A fairy hill is a threshold to another secret world, which makes it the perfect inspiration for the first design of The Shawl Society Season II. The Fairyhill Shawl calls on these tales of a private realm where mystery and magical company beckon. Its graceful crescent shape and beautiful lace recall the flowers and leaves that flutter across the fae kingdom. This shawl will add a touch of enchantment to your everyday outfits, and with a little sparkle in your yarn or a scatter of twinkling beads it is fit for any revelry. The pattern includes two sizes: the small is perfect for a single spellbinding skein, and the medium colour-blocked version offers opportunities to experiment with bewitching colour combinations.

The true magic of a fairy hill goes far beyond folk tales, and you don’t need a literal belief in the little people to see the results. These are protected places in the human landscape. Farmers will not allow their sheep to graze there and roads are rerouted to avoid angering the mythical residents. As a result, they become sheltering islands for wildlife and ecology, beacons of biodiversity, peaceful havens where nature can carry on her wild creativity, undisturbed by the demands of modern life. Our special knitting projects often occupy the same space in our lives. We carve out a sacred time and place to make beautiful things, and the results of that creation are nothing less than magic.

Eden Cottage Yarns

The Wool Barn

The Woolly Thistle

Ice Cream Sunday Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Gramps Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Apple Blossom Socks

Turtlepurl Yarn

Laine Magazine

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL is starting on May 12


Giveaway Winner:

Josephine Franz has won the physical copy of East London Knit’s Zen Variations book with her comment:

Hi Helen,
I’d love to win a copy of Renee’s Zen Variations book!My favorite sweater is “Enzo”, I saw the one Helen from the woolkitchen made and I fell in love with this polished looking sweater! Thanks for the giveaway!
Xoxo,
Josephine

That’s all for now! Happy knitting and I’ll chat to you next week.