CH 80: with Norah Gaughan

Helen —  June 24, 2015 — 32 Comments

Episode 8o with Norah Gaughan

Photo © Norah Gaughan

This conversation with Norah Gaughan is a really special one. Norah is an incredibly accomplished knitwear designer who has been sharing her patterns with the world since the age of 17. After a long time on staff at Berroco she has recently gone independent, but her workload has not slowed down even a little bit! She is constantly partnering with some of the biggest names in the yarn world to bring out a steady supply of amazing designs which play with shape, colour, and construction. Having her on the show was such an honour. She talks about developing her new collection with The Fibre Company and shares so many insights into how she conceives, designs, and creates her ground-breaking patterns. If you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find this conversation incredibly inspiring.

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very wonderful Acadia yarn.


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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

One of my Whispering Island Shawl samples was knit in Acadia, and it’s just a wonderful yarn to work with, on every level. You can buy Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

KAL News

Pebble Beach KAL

Just a little while left in this one, but people are still adding beautiful FOs every day! If you’ve somehow missed this one, but have ever knit one of my patterns, you can still enter until the 5th of July. Just post a photo in the FO thread, and you’re in!

Muse 2 KAL

The KAL is about to wrap up – be sure to get your entries in by 30 June.  I’m still working on my Rachel Coopey Oleum socks. I don’t know if I’ll make that deadline, but I should have them finished for the Summer of Socks KAL in the Coop Knits group! Double dipping in KALs is the best.

Show links

The patterns we discussed in detail from the Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Company collections were:

Times Square






You can find the entire gorgeous collection on Ravelry here.

Norah is also designing some really special pieces for Brooklyn Tweed these days, and we specifically mention her pattern


She’s always busy with yarn shop appearances and teaching engagements, which you can find on her events page. If you’re lucky enough to be nearby any of these opportunities, I highly recommend you check them out!

We’re also giving you a chance to win pattern of your choice from Norah’s new collection with The Fibre Company. Be sure to listen to the end of the episode to find out how!

As I mentioned, tomorrow I’ll be doing a little trunk show for Pebble Beach  in Brighton  at YAK with The Uncommon Thread. June 27th from 2 to 5.

That’s all our notes for this episode! Thank you so much for joining us, and happy knitting!

32 responses to CH 80: with Norah Gaughan

  1. First I’d like to say I love your podcasts!
    My pick for the top of my queue of Norah Gaughan’s The Fibre Company design is “Atomium”.

    Hope you have a fabulous holiday here in Australia.

  2. My fav is Metropolis, it has such interesting lines. Norah is so creative with her construction =) enjoy your summer break!

  3. I love skyscraper. The detail on the back is very interesting to me.

  4. Times Square is soooo cool.

  5. What a wonderful, wonderful show. I would love to knit Intrepid.

  6. I’d like to let you know how much I enjoy your podcasts. When I first listened, I was pretty excited because you sound so local – and I read you are a Queenslander. It made so much sense!

    I can’t decide, but it’s a tie between Parkview and Metropolis for me. I like Parkview because it looks so wearable. The think I love about Metropolis is it’s structure. It looks like it could easily replace a blazer in the office.

  7. I like all of the pattern collection, but would knit Crosstown first I think because I like the two different options of wearing it.

  8. Ann Trautmann June 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I love your podcast and blog; thank you for doing this and inspiring us with peaceful creativity.

  9. hmm, district, time square or oporto . . . oporto would be top of my list

  10. Fabulous as always Helen. Great interview with Your guest( cannot spell her name right from memory) I would not ‘atomiun’ in an ink shade. Thank you for bringing us great content and some company while knitting.

  11. Thank you for this wonderful episode, Helen. I enjoy all your podcasts so much, but this month of June has been especially inspiring, with your various guests and the releases of your new patterns! All of Norah Gaughan’s designs in this collection are beautiful. I think Tallinn would be my choice.

  12. I agree with the Parkview contingent. It looks very wearable to me too. I also like the shawl, Intrepid, but then I’m a shawl kind of person.
    Thanks for the podcast, Helen. Fun!
    and Happy Birthday

  13. I really like the Parkview. Fun interview!

  14. It’s a close call between Times Square and Metropolis, but I think I will go for Metropolis.
    I like sport weight better than worsted.
    I really enjoyed listening to your podcast.

  15. gotham is a very beautiful pattern , I would love to knit this. I am a new listener this month and the interviews were inspiring. Alene in california

  16. AKGoil (Cathy G) June 29, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Hi Helen,

    I just listened to your interview with Norah while driving in the upper 100 miles of Alaska on the trans-Alaska pipeline (that’s where I work). I love your podcast and it’s kept my attention for hundreds of miles while driving in arctic Alaska.

    My favorite Norah pattern is Metropolis. I love how tailored or relaxed it can be. You get a lot of bang for your buck with that design — very versatile.

    Please keep podcasting — I love your show!!! Thank you for doing it. And I can’t wait to knit your Candlelit Shawl. Thanks for the discount through the Knitting Pipeline KAL.

  17. Loved the interview and what a wonderful collection. I really like the Metropolis.

  18. Times Square and Metropolis are my favorites in that order. So interesting to hear the design process behind these beautiful pieces!

  19. Norah Gaughan is always so creative and interesting! I’d knit Skyscraper. Thanks!

  20. Betty Fockler June 30, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Excellent interview with Nora Gaghan! Love your podcasts! I Love District and would love the virtual no seaming.

  21. I truly understand the fascination from the Metropolis faction, but Oporto has to have the top spot. Not only am I in a cable phase at the moment (well, the last 12 months), but I actually gasped when I saw Oporto. And I don’t often do that.

    I was thrilled to hear the designer’s thoughts on that piece, and to know that she takes her fans into so much consideration with her construction.
    A lovely interview! Well done!

  22. Hard to decide… but I’ll choose Oporto. Beautiful and with an interesting construction, like the homonymous city in my country.

  23. The construction of Atonium looks fun.

  24. Really enjoyed your chat with Norah, such an interesting person. I would put Times Square at the top of my queue, but like most of the designs

  25. Really enjoyed this interview. Times Square is my favourite from this collection although I like most of them. I was fortunate to be able to choose yarn for Times Square at Woolfest at the weekend. With wonderful help and inspiration from the Fibre Company’s Daphne herself, I picked Knightsbridge in the colour Blackpool which is a lovely deep dark green. I need to finish some things before casting on but I just take the yarn out and stroke it every so often. I also saw Cumbria and you are absolutely right about that yarn. It is beautiful.

  26. Lovely episode! I missed seeing Norah at Windy Knitty in Chicago recently by just a few hours; she sounds fantastic. Parkview is top on my list, but they are all great!

  27. What a great interview with Norah. I’ve always been excited by her designs. She always thinks outside the box. I’m loving Times Square and Parkview from this collection.

  28. I enjoyed the episode and am looking forward to July’s theme. My favorite in the collection is Parkview.

  29. Beautiful podcast, beautiful collection. It was hard to decide which was my favorite between Gotham and park avenue, but I think the latter is it! Perfect for Fall. Thank you

  30. It’s Parkview for me, though all of these would be wonderful to make and wear,

  31. Love this episode. It’s actually the first time I have listened to your show and have already downloaded the 5 previous podcasts. Love it! Times Square looks amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  32. Enjoyed your chat with Norah. My favorite pattern from her collection is Skyscraper sweater. Have a great time in Australia!

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