CH 139: What’s Fresh?


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.

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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.

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