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On today’s podcast I’m continuing my run-up excitement for EYF. The Podcaster Lounge is always a highlight. As a podcaster, it’s really special to be able to chat with some of my listeners face-to-face, and as a podcast fan I’m thrilled to get to meet podcasters I enjoy and admire. I take a look at some new-to-me podcasts and some favourites, chat a bit about the mini market we’ll be having at the CHCH retreat, and share some stories from a special and much-needed day out in London with friends.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at

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The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat Mini Market
Melmerby, Cumbria, Tuesday 13 March
4:30pm to 6pm
Voolenvine Update for The Upcoming Curious Handmade MKAL
There will be a special update at 7pm EST tonight, Friday March 9th
on the Voolenvine Yarns website of kits for the next Curious Handmade MKAL. The MKAL will begin at the end of March, and Voolenvine should have at least one more update between now and then, so if you don’t manage to snag a kit, there will be another chance. This will also be a lovely pattern for stash busting!

Selma’s Knits Podcast

Hawthorne Cottage Crafts Podcast

TJ Frog Podcast

Knitography Podcast

Knitography and Selbu Sock Blockers collaboration

The Corner of Craft Podcast

Fluffy Fibres Podcast

Fiber Trek Podcast

Cammebornia Podcast

Ninja Chickens Podcast 

Kristy Glass Knits

The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering Yarn

Laine Magazine

Suffolk Socks

Emma – Seren Yarns – Instagram

Gather Yarns


The Avid Seamstress – The Gather Dress

Voolenvine Yarns


Today’s episode is short but packed! I’m getting ready for more travel…to Iceland and to the last ever spring Squam! I chat about the many projects I have on the go, and which ones I might bring along with me. I also have a litte roundup of some wonderful Scandinavian podcasts I’ve been enjoying lately.

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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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Varigradients from Seven Sisters Arts

Julie Asselin Merletto.

Lollipop Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Yarngasm Curious Handmade KAL (for double dipping opportunities and lots of fun!)

Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli

Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Pullover

Ice Cream Sundae Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Skeindeer Video Podcast

Lina Knits Video Podcast

Stitched in Sweden Video Podcast

Yarnesty Video Podcast

Interview with Anna from Yarnesty about Swedish holiday traditions

Kammebornia Video Podcast




On this episode I talk about the importance of keeping your stash safe from Evil Moth Invaders, with some helpful tips and advice for dealing with this dreaded pest. I also round up some KALs going on right now and some that are just around the corner!

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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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Michelle Wang’s Video Podcast

Holmes Wrap

mYak Yarn

UC IPM Clothes Moth Management Guide

Zen of Making Clothes Moths: How To Save Your Yarn Stash, Fabric, Wardrobe and Sanity During and Infestation

KAL News:

I’m excited to start the Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

We have two active Curious Handmade KALs going at the moment. The deadline for both is the 31st of January!

Vintage Fairy Light KAL

WIPs, FOs and even chat will qualify you for this draw! Modifications to the pattern are welcome! The prize is very special: a skein of the limited edition Hedgerow Yarns colourway created for the Christmas Eve Cast-On Kits!

Knitvent KAL

A photo of an FO from any pattern from any year’s Knitvent collection will qualify you for the draw, as long as you began knitting it in November or later. There are two prizes, TBD!

Mystery KAL coming soon!

There is a Mystery Knitalong on the way from Curious Handmade…for more details make sure that you’re signed up to our mailing list.(You’ll even get a free shawl pattern as a bonus when you sign up!) In the meantime, have a peek at the Summertide Shawl MKAL we did together in 2015. It will give you a good idea of what to expect

The Not Seen Before MKAL is starting soon.

This MKAL is to benefit the Sight is Life project, which raises money for sight-saving operations in Congo. I spoke to Kristina Vilimaite about the project on the podcast not long ago. The MKAL will feature clues from 7 designers, including me! The pattern hasn’t been released yet, but you can get it by purchasing the Sight is Life eBook. The pattern will also be released individually. Learn more in the Sight is Life Ravelry Group

That’s all for this week! Thanks so much for listening, and happy knitting!

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 73

Today I introduce the theme for May: shawls. I talk about how I got started knitting the not-so-granny garment that I now love so much, and how exciting and magical shawl design can be.

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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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

Contest winner

Last week on the show with Clara, she offered a skein of her lovely Clara Yarn Cormo 1.0 as a giveaway. The winner is Barbara with this comment:

“One of my favorite yarns to work with is Anzula Cloud. It is soft and squooshy and the perfect weight for shawls and lightweight sweaters. I’ve made Eiregal and Red Rock Canyon shawls by Romi, Annis by Susanna Ic, as well as Featherweight by Hannah Fettig. Lately, I’ve been buying more “rustic” yarns, including the new Shetland from Clara and some lambswool from an upstate NY farm. I am so excited to be learning about different breeds of sheep and the differing properties their fleeces/wool possess. Thank you Helen for your marvelous podcasts. I really enjoy listening to you and learning from you as you explore new things.”

Knit Along News

Pebble Beach KAL To celebrate the relaunch of Pebble Beach with two new sizes, Paula is running a knit along of all my designs on the Knitting Pipeline group, which is running until July 5th. You can enter a finished object from any of my designs, even if it was cast on or finished before the KAL began! Join the group, and remember to use #pebblebeachKAL for our WIP pictures on Instagram and Twitter!

There will be prizes including this gorgeous skein of Uncommon Thread Merino Lace in Mermaid (it’s what we used for the medium Pebble Beach Sample!)

Pebble Beach Shawl Medium Detail

Alongside the KAL I’m also offering a 30% discount off any Curious Handmade pattern or collection until May 31st. Just use Ravelry coupon code KPKAL30 when you check out.

Meet My Yarn KAL has been extended another week until May 14th! This KAL is sponsored by Cumbria yarn by The Fibre Company, and they’re offering a skein as a prize.

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Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

Muse2 KAL We wanted to let people all over the world be part of our Muse 2 Event in June, so we’ve put together a knit along honouring our sponsors. You can enter any finished object that meets one or more of the following criteria:

The KAL is running from May 1st until June 30th, so you have plenty of time to get knitting!

KnitBritish Hap-along that I mention later in the episode is going strong, running until July 12th!

Shawls I mention

I talk about some of the earliest shawl patterns I tackled, first knitting others’ patterns, then learning to design my own, and some examples of shawl shapes.

Shetland Triangle Lace by Evelyn A. Clark

Citron by Hilary Smith Calis

Lucky Clover Shawl by Helen Stewart (my first shawl design!)

Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Girasole by Jared Flood

Pendulum by Amy Miller

I also discuss some influential designers who push the boundaries in shawl shaping

Stephen West

Veera Välimäki

Joji Locatelli

Susanna IC

Are you on Instagram yet? Join in the fun and the amazing yarny knitting community there! Play the instagram game and tag me with a pic of where you’re listening to the podcast. Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Happy knitting and bye for now!


The Knitvent Podcast Tour (Part 2)

Helen —  December 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

Have you heard about Knitvent from one of these fab podcasters? If you’ve found me from one of these episodes, it always great to meet new faces so please say hi in the Ravelry group. If you’re reading this and see a podcast you’ve not tried before, do check these ladies out- they’re great!

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This is a US based audio podcast with 2 friends as the hosts. Sharlene and Gayle do a great job of focusing on their knitting from what they’re wearing to what they’re coveting as well as actively working on and just finished. They regularly review new releases too so it’s a great podcast for knitting fans who want plenty of knitting chatter to keep them company and plenty of pattern ideas to keep them knitting!

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2 Knit Lit Chicks

This is a mother and daughter combination hosting an audio podcast, also based in the US. Tracie and Barb are prolific knitters who are charming and chatty in equal measure. While there’s plenty of knitting content such as on and off the needles, they also talk about what they’re reading and enjoying in a way that adds plenty to keep you engaged and feels like a catch up with friends over coffee.

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Stash and Burn

Two friends who have been audio podcast for an impressive amount of time! Nicole and Jenny are West Coast knitters who love to chat about what they’ve been working on and stashing. I love how there’s always plenty of inspiration about new publications as they’re both big fans of US magazines such as Interweave Knits and often go back to previous issues and knit their favourites too. Its always really interesting the way they bounce ideas and problems between them and it often gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration. They never fail to make me laugh and put me in a good mood.



This videocast is hosted by a favourite dyer of mine- Kristen from Skein. Based in Australia, Kristen knits and dyes such beautiful things that there’s so much inspiration to be found in every single episode. What I like about Kristen is that while she’s talking about a lot of her own gorgeous yarns, she’s not shy about enabling you to find other dyer’s great work. The lighting and sound quality is really good in this videocast too as she films in her studio in Australia. Gorgeous!

I’m Curious…..Leave a comment and let me know if these are favourites of yours too and what other podcasts both audio and video you love to listen to!

The Knitvent Podcast Tour

Helen —  November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Some of you might have noticed Knitvent has been cropping up in various places in the podcast community. I’ve been very lucky to be featured by some of my favourite podcasters so here is a little summary of each for those of you looking for something new to watch or listen to. I highly recommend them all – have a listen to their latest episodes for their exclusive coupon codes to get 25% off Knitvent 2014 and 2013 and for giveaways of the collection.

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The KnitGirllls

This is a US based videocast hosted by Leslie and Laura. These two best friends are really committed to independent dyers, designers and producers and have been really supportive of my designing from very early on. I love their cheerful banter and the way they include so much detail about their knitting or spinning process. There’s very often a review or competition and other hobbies creep in such as books they’re enjoying, sewing and what events they’ve been to lately. They also hosted the Super Summer knitalong that I’d love to attend- it looks so fun!

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The Knitting Pipeline

This is a US based audio podcast, hosted by Paula. Paula has a soothing voice and includes so much interesting content that I always enjoy her show. Regular features include nature notes, needle notes, products notes and the blethering room. It’s a great mix of wildlife spotting, knitting chatter, poetry and more. I always find out about something new in the knitty world that  inspires my creativity. Paula is also a wonderful designer and hosts the Pipeline Retreat each year- another event I’d love to attend.

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A Playful Day

This is a UK based audio podcast, hosted by Kate and is one of the first knitting podcasts I started listening to many years ago. Kate talks about all sorts of topics including cooking, gardening, outings with her cute tot in London and of course lots of interesting details about the yarn and projects she is knitting. I love that she is based in London so I often pick up tips about what is happening in the local knitting scene and as it turns out she lives very close to me! So to get into the Christmas spirit I popped around to hers for a cup of tea and a natter about holiday knitting recently. You can our chat on A Playful Day episode 70.

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated so far!! You have been keeping me company while I work away on my holiday knitting!

Watch out for an upcoming post when I announce more stops on the Knitvent podcast tour!