CH 230: The Honey Bee Dance Socks and Some Healthy Reading!


Photo Credit: Deb Hickman

Today on the podcast I have a brand new sock pattern to introduce: our 4th design in this year’s Handmade Sock Society. I’m also reviewing a few books that I’ve found really helpful in my journey to stay healthy. Knitting can take a toll on our muscular-skeletal system, so if we want to keep knitting prolifically, it’s important to take care of ourselves. Knitting can also be a source of healing and an act of self-care, so I take a look at some books which cover that side of things as well.

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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

Show Links:

The Handmade Sock Society

Honey Bee Dance Socks

The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock in Pecan

The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn 

The Creative Penn Podcast

Self Care For The Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips

Knit for Health and Wellness by Betsan Corkhill

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