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CH 139: What’s Fresh?

Helen —  September 9, 2016 — 2 Comments


I fell in love with the idea of “Fresh Starts” after last week’s episode: the change of seasons is always exciting to me, with endless possibilities opening up. Today I’m chatting about what’s fresh in my knitting world, discussing new routines and new-to-me yarnies, designers, podcasts and patterns.

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.

What’s in the WIP:

I finished the vanilla socks I was knitting from the delicious Regia Pairfect in the Cheesecake colourway.

I’ve wound my yarn for the Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway for the #CHRetreatMadeWellAlong

Show Links:

Yan Tan Tethera Yarns

The speckley socks that let me discover this lovely yarn

Camp Wilkerson Shawl by Caitlin Hunter

Boyland Knitworks

Dingo Dyeworks Video Podcast

Dingo Dyeworks Instagram

Dingo Dyeworks Episode 8

The Gentle Knitter Video Podcast

Stranded Magazine

Stranded “Mild Weather” Issue

Double Knit Podcast

Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel

Tupshin KAL, running September 1st to 30th

The Shawl Society Update

I’ve released the 4th pattern in The Shawl Society, Quill


Quill is available now as part of The Shawl Society: buy the ebook here: The Shawl Society

The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Dream dictionaries say that to dream of writing with a quill pen “symbolizes the way you view your creative process — slow, methodical, beautiful, and not very technological.” For me, that lines up beautifully with the way I approach my knitting, and the way I imagine the Quill shawl in the world.

Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture. It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. Tamar DK yarn from Blacker Yarns is a soft, squishy DK weight with rustic charm and a sophisticated colour palette. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. A generous helping of local Cornish mule lambs’ fleece gives this yarn extra bounce and give.

Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.

Tamar DK by Blacker Yarn

Acadia by The Fibre Co

Asana KAL winners

Winner of the Eden Cottage Yarn: Post #101 by tucker-doory on Ravelry

Winner of The Uncommon Thread Yarn: Post #89 by fatpieceofwool on Ravelry


Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

The Autumn Country House retreat is coming up quickly. The last few places are available to book, and we’d love to see you there.Cast on your own Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join the fun. It’s going to be a very special weekend, and it’s the perfect place to relax into creativity with likeminded knitters and some spectacular scenery. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me –

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting.

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!

yarniacs podcast


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!