Archives For Pom Pom Quarterly


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:

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.

Show Links:

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


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!


Curious Handmade Podcast 81

After an absolutely wonderful whirlwind time during June’s Design and Creativity theme, for July I’m casting my mind forward into the summer holidays. In fact, that’s the theme for this month. I’ll be travelling, so I’m pre-recording some episodes around the theme of holidays for the weeks when I’m in Australia.

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their magnificently soft and beautiful 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.

My two-colour Whispering Island Shawl sample was knit in Acadia, and it’s gotten so many compliments. 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.

Show Links

The Muse Connection Volume Two was last weekend and it was a really wonderful event. Lots of laughter and learning. A huge thank you to my co-host, Kate from A Playful Day, and to the special guests and sponsors who made it such a success.

Rachel Coopey, from Coop Knits who had us giggling about yarn shenanigans

Lydia Gluck, co-editor of Pom Pom Quarterly who regaled us with tales from the world of magazines

Anzula who provided their covetable yarn for our gift bags


Signature Needle Arts who gave us a “tasting session” with their remarkable knitting needles.

It was really special to watch everyone casting on Afternoon Tea at the end!

My visit to Brighton at YAK was so much fun, too. Thanks a million to Kate for hosting my Pebble Beach trunk show, and to everyone who dropped in!

Later in the show, I talk a bit about what I pack when I go away, including my “mobile workplace.” Stitch dictionaries are coming along for sure! Here are a few favourites:

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Super Stitches Knitting: Knitting Essentials Plus a Dictionary of more than 300 Stitch Patterns

My old-school love for notebooks means I always pop a few into my bag to help me with my design work. Favourites include grid or graph notebooks, like this one from Moleskine and a larger one from Paperchase, something like this.

KAL News

I can’t believe it, but the Pebble Beach KAL is ending in two days, on July 5th. This has been so incredible to be a part of. Maybe the best KAL of all time. Thank you so much to everyone who has been a part of this, most especially to my friend Paula, for hosting it on the Knitting Pipeline Group, and to Jo, who has moderated it so beautifully.

If you’ve ever knit one of my patterns, it’s not too late to upload a photo: it doesn’t matter when you started or finished the piece, as long as the photo is in the FO thread by July 5th! You could win a skein of Lace Merino from The Uncommon Thread!

What’s in the WIP

With all the new and re-released pattern chatter lately, I haven’t talked much about what’s on the way. Summer holidays are a perfect time to catch up with WIPs, and I have quite a few I’d like to bring with me. I mentioned in the podcast that this year I’m going to take a break from the Curious Collective shawl design. It’s part of my word for the year: “Simplify.” I’ll miss it, but it’s the right decision for this year. Previous years are still available, if you’d like to revisit those yourself, and later in the summer I’m going to bring out a new design with a fun KAL or perhaps do a mystery KAL!

The first Curious Collective

Curious Collective 2014

I’m also working on two totally new design projects, so they’ll be going in the suitcase. They are still at very early stages, but I’m excited to see where they go. Then I move onto the “just for fun” WIPs which are clamouring to come along.

A Candlelit Shawl in Skein Australia yarn (in the fig colourway.) I’m about halfway done, so I love the idea of actually getting a chance to finish something while I’m on holidays. It’s a beaded shawl, though, and traveling with beads is a little fiddly, so I’m not sure this is one for the airplane.

The Rachel Coopey Oleum Socks that I’m knitting in John Arbon yarn, on the other hand, will make perfect travel knitting, compact, interesting, and simple enough

The Magic Cake Shawl by Paula Emons-Fussle, host of the Knitting Pipeline which I began on the Georgia retreat, is also ideal knitting to travel with: it’s mindless and meditative.

Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose in Lopi yarn. I’d actually prefer to be packing the finished object to wear in the Australian winter, but I’d love to finish it while I’m out there.

I am certainly bringing Paula’s marvelous Cave Point shawl which she has just released with Quince and Co’s Shawls 2015 collection of patterns. It’s knit in their Chickadee yarn. I have four lovely skeins in the Audouin colourway, which I got in my giftbag at the Georgia retreat, and I think this would be a wonderful holiday project. really relaxing knitting, at least up to the lace selection!

I’ve also got some sewing WIPs. I might take the chance to use my Mum’s lovely new machine while I can! Here are the patterns I mention:

The Dress Shirt by Merchant and Mills

Geranium by Rae

Washi dress by Rae

Contest winner!

We have a winner for last week’s contest! The lucky Lex has won her choice of pattern from the Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co. Collection! Here’s her comment:

“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.”

So, Lex, which one will you go with? They’re both gorgeous!

Busy show this week! I hope you enjoy it, and that you’re looking forward to the Summer Series as much as I am. Thank you for listening, and happy knitting!

CH 68: Spring Colour

Helen —  March 27, 2015 — 3 Comments

Curious Handmade Podcast 68

Today I have some announcements and am sharing my thoughts on an inspiring workshop I attended this week by Fiona Humberstone called Colour for Creatives. It fits in so perfectly with our focus on colour on the podcast this month.

 Show Sponsor

Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

I’m thrilled to announce that one of our speakers at Volume 2 in June is Lydia Gluck, editor of Pom Pom Quarterly.

Lydia Gluck Pomcast

Photography: Clara Parkes

Here is Lydia interviewing Clara Parkes for the Pomcast podcast.

Pom Pom Quarterly will also be a sponsor of the Muse Connection Volume 2 together with Anzula Luxury Fibers and Signature Needle Arts.

Coincidentally, in the latest issue of Pom Pom there is a gorgeous shawl knit in Anzula Haiku called Blommande by Hanna Maciejewska

Blommande Shawl

Photography: Ana Mercedes

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Colour for Creatives Workshop with Fiona Humberstone

This week I attended the Colour for Creatives workshop by Fiona Humberstone aka the Brand Stylist

The workshop was all about colour psycology and how to use colour to help your brand really sing.

I actually found about it quite by chance through Instagram from from Emily Quinton to Gudy Herder to the Brand Stylist.

After having “sort out website” on my to do list for about 2 years – when I found out there was a inspiring workshop happening on this very topic in the next suburb I had to sign up.

I arrived to find a bouquet of spring flowers tied to the door of a character filled warehouse building in Brixton and immediately knew the day would be something special.

We had a chance to have a coffee, chat to fellow attendees and take in the surroundings before it started.

Colour for Creatives

The workshop took us through colour psychology which Fiona explained as being represented by seasons. We started to think about our brands and businesses in terms of what season best represents the brand. I wasn’t sure at first as being a bit of a colour junkie I am attracted to aspects from all the seasons. I found it quite hard to narrow down to one or two. Eventually I settled on Autumn for Curious Handmade.

Fiona described it as game changing for her and there is no doubt that I feel like I have been given some very powerful tools to use in analysing and putting together colour schemes. I can see how it will be useful in so many facets including my branding, design work and the stuff that I do at home and for fun like decorating a room or a theme for a party or event!

We were also very lucky to have another talented visual story teller Gudy Herder of Eclectic Trends to take us through a session on creating moodboards. If you follow me on IG and have seen my #itsamoodywednesday posts – that is Gudy’s meme.

I am still processing everything I learned and also reading more about it like crazy. Apparently this is quite a typical Autumn thing to do!

The best thing is that Fiona has an amazing amount of her knowledge and resources on her website.

A past attendee commented they wanted to share it but also wanted to keep it to herself as it is so powerful – I can relate to that feeling.

Fiona has a book on it coming out in May and having seen an advance copy – I can’t wait to read the whole thing – How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity

The whole day was such a wonderful experience – I’m still buzzing from meeting such lovely people. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the attendees at Blogtacular in June.