CH 173: Starting Point and Festivities with Pom Pom Quarterly

Helen —  May 19, 2017 — 47 Comments

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!

Show Sponsors:

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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

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The Wool Barn

La Bien Aimée Yarn

Pura Hilados Yarn


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!

47 responses to CH 173: Starting Point and Festivities with Pom Pom Quarterly

  1. Louise van den Munckhof May 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I love the knees-up socks in issue 21 of Pompom Magazine. The fitting foot with a lovely slouchy top for in shorty boot looks really warm. I also love the fact that the leg of the sock is a lovely warm DK yarn but the foot a 4ply/3ply to fit in shoes and boots.

    • Claire Vackar May 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

      I love the Bon Bon mitts. Unfortunately, I can’t come to London for the festival but would love an issue of this magazine. Thank you.

  2. I love the Soiree pullover, boxy & cables beautiful!

  3. I really love Veera’s cardigan, but there are so many great patterns!

  4. Carol Sue Desrochers May 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I’d love to make the Fete Sweater by Bristol Ivy!

  5. Issue 21 is amazing, i want to knit everything.

  6. I have my eye on the Jamboree sweater, already picked out the yarn for it.
    I would love to attend the PomPom Party in July!

  7. I love the Rave wrap by Tin Can Knits. The texture and length are just lovely.

  8. Beautiful work!! There is many I would like to knit from Pompom issue 21 but I think the first would be the Anniversaire cardigan!

  9. Love to knit the Bon Bon Mitts! Sorry to be missing London in July :-/

  10. The Bash Hat is so cute! Won’t be in London, but would love the magazine.

  11. Festoon sock could get first on my needles and then Anniversaire cardigan. I´d love to take part the party in London.
    And thank you for your podcast.

  12. There are so many lovely patterns but I would probably cast on Rave first. I would love to get a copy of his magazine!

  13. Soiree pullover looks so fun!

  14. I’m into knitting garments at the moment so I’d definitely start with the soirée jumper.

  15. I love the Soirée Pullover because it looks like a light airy knit for the summer. I always bring a sweater with me when I go out to eat or go to the store since you never know what the air conditioning will be set at. The Soirée Pullover will fit that need for me.

  16. There is so much to like in Pom Pom 21. I was most drawn to the Ceilidh sweater. It looks so comfy and easy to knit.

  17. Such a great selection of patterns, but I think my favourite are Joji’s bon bon mitts with the super cute pom poms! I am in London so would love to attend the party too 🙂

  18. Living in northern Wisconsin, I am always looking for a cute mitt pattern. The 1st thing I would cast on are the bonbon mitts! Thanks for sharing the story of Pom Pom.
    Rav id: pik2nit

  19. The entire issue looks fantastic but my top 3 are the Anniversaire Cardigan, Sevilla Wrap and Shindig. Already playing with yarn ideas for each.

    Great interview and congrats to the Pom Pom creators!

  20. So hard to pick! But I think I’d start with the Shindig shawl, and then the Bash hat.

  21. I think I’ll make the Soiree pullover. The style seems to be continuing and I haven’t knitted anything like it so far.

  22. The Bash Hat and Festoon Socks are my favorites. Thanks for the fun interview and the chance to win the magazine!

  23. Melinda Duncan May 22, 2017 at 2:20 am

    My two favs are Verra’s Anniversaire cardigan, and Joji’s adorable mitts. So much to love in this issue.

  24. I really like the Anniversaire cardigan!

  25. Wei-Lin Allen May 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I absolutely love the Soirée sweater by Emily Foden. I adore the boxy, oversized shape.

    I am a Londoner so I’d love to enter the Pomfest, London Giveaway too!

    Thanks x

  26. Karen Wadsworth May 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Bash and Bon Bon are my favourites, although maybe for autumn/winter!

    I’d love some tickets for the PomFest on Friday too, thank you!

  27. I really like Ceilidh. That’s my style exactly. Relaxed and comfortable.

  28. The Bash hat of course….for our Canadian winters…eh! Unfortunately I can’t cross the pond for the pomfest ….but how I would love a copy of the magazine…..21

  29. So many great patterns in this issue! I think my favorite is Fete by Bristol Ivy — just love the colorwork detail.

  30. rachel (woolintentions on ravelry) May 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Bon bon mitts for me too, I never seem to have any ready for winter so starting in the summer should help! I can’t attend the event as I live in Switzerland but would love to be in the draw for the magazine. Thank-you!

  31. I think aniversaire is my favorite, but I would also start a Bash hat while working on that cabled cardi

  32. I’d love to make Fete for me, but realistically I’m most likely to knit Bash or Sparklers or Bon Bon as I enjoy making hats and gloves for charity (and why shouldn’t they have something lovely too?)
    Sadly I’m busy on the 14th/15th – maybe I’ll be able to make the 10th Anniversary bash!

  33. I really like the mits by Joji Locatelli, they look so special and fun! I really would like to knit them ! Pompom magazine is great and happy birthday to them!

  34. What a great giveaway – it has to be Joji’s mitts (!) just darling.

  35. I’ve been drooling over fete by Bristol Ivy and I love the chevron hat. Decisions, decisions…..

  36. I really love all the patterns but my favorite is the Anniversarie Cardigan by Veera Valamaki. The yarn too makes this piece just stunning

  37. I have never seen Pom Pom mag. in real life so it would be fun to have it, thanks for the chance. I especially like the anniversaire cardigan but there are others that appeal to me
    as well. Too bad I would not be able to come to London for the party- I will be there in Sept on my way to Shetland Wool Week though!

  38. I have yarn all ready to cast on Boum. I would love to go to Pomfest…… train tickets are booked. Hope to see you there.

  39. They are all very pretty but I particularly like the Bash hat.
    BW, Andrea

  40. I really like that Ceilidh pullover, it reminds me a little of Granito by Joji. Love the bright colors in the magazine

  41. So many lovely patterns! I think my favourite and the first one I would knit is Festoon. I’ve had my eye on Rachel Coopey’s sock patterns for years but haven’t gotten around to knitting any yet.

  42. Hi! Thanks for this podcast episode–it was great and fun listening. So, I’ve thought through the question about my fave design in the newest Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 21. I am very keen to get my hands on this bday issue. I really want to knit nearly all the patterns, so it’s difficult to decide on my favourite. My way of solving this, is that, since we are hopefully into warmer weather, I would knit either Boum or Jambouree first, as they’re the best knits for warmer weather. I would love to attend the Pom Pom 5 year bday party, so please enter me into this competition, as well. Thanks so much for this giveaway!!

  43. ooh I love the Jamboree sweater and Soirée and Ceilidh as well, plus the Bash hat and Sparklers. Well, everything really, but Ceilidh is already queued and I’m thinking through yarn alternatives for the Jamboree . . .

  44. Wonderful podcast as always! I love so many of the Pom Pom patterns but the first things I would knit are the Festoon Socks and the Bon Bon Mitts… I think! I would love to go to Pom Fest but alas it is a bit too far to travel (from Sydney!) The magazine would be amazing though! (IG: lindarobbie Rav: boblin)

  45. I adore the Fete sweater by Bristol Ivy!

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