Hey Pomcats! We’re back again with another collection of knitterly tales and woolly fun to entertain you: it’s time for Pomcast 24!

Make sure to download the Soundcloud app if you want to listen on a mobile device, or if you subscribe to Pomcast on iTunes it should appear on your device now! And while you’re having a listen, why not rate us or even leave a little review – thanks!

Thank you to our lovely sponsors Inspiration Knits, patterns that are created to showcase the gorgeous colours in special yarns.  Louise Zass-Bangham, the designer behind Inspiration Knits, has been extra generous and given you lucky folks a chance to win a copy of her latest book Knit Play Colour (hear more about this gem in the podcast!)


Leave a comment below letting us know which pattern is your favourite by Sunday 15th May. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instagram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.

Tell + Tell

Taking the advice from last months podcast, Sophie has been motivated and fairly monogamous with her knits and as a result her Garland jumper and Terra Shawl have been progressing nicely, could she have some finished knits next podcast?

Lydia’s Right Angle is off the needles and looking gorgeous!

Lydia's Right Angle jumper!

Lydia’s Right Angle jumper!

How are your projects progressing? We always love to see your Pom Pom knits in our Ravelry group- you can join in the chats on our Pomcast forum or take part in our latest KAL.

Top Tip

And while we mention the Ravelry forum, it’s also the place we’ve been discussing our top tips. Dianna Walla had a clever phrase (she thinks she learnt from Stephen West) to add to our M1L/M1R discussions of last podcast – ‘I left the front door open, I’ll be right back’. Think you have a better way to remember this? Let us know!

Oh and we discuss what to do when your needles are sticky…

News + Reviews

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the issue 17 – woohoo! Watch this space!

Photo copyright of Rachel Atkinson

Photo copyright of Rachel Atkinson

For reviews we have a little chat about the wonderful 100% British sourced and produced Hebridean yarn from Daughter of a Shepherd. A little warm up before we learn more from the lady behind the project, Rachel Atkinson in our interview!


Rachel Atkinson AKA Daughter of a Shepherd - our Pomcast 24 interviewee! Image courtesy of Jeni Reid.

Rachel Atkinson AKA Daughter of a Shepherd – our Pomcast 24 interviewee! Image courtesy of Jeni Reid

Of course we chat about her amazing new yarn, plus Rachel’s involvement with Pom Pom as part of our team as a technical editor extraordinaire.

But wait, what IS a technical editor? Technical editors are the magicians who make sure that patterns are going to work when they are knitted by your lovely selves. They check numbers, clarify instructions, and make sure all the patterns in one publication are in the same style. Rachel works with the always fabulous Jemima Bicknell to check Pom Pom patterns, and they are of course an integral part of team PPQ! It’s an added bonus that Rachel has an infectious giggle (as you will hear in the interview!).


  1. Margaret May 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    I always enjoy your podcasts. Very much enjoyed learning more about Rachel Atkinson. But I just love the knitters you should know. And this time — I was looking at the Apollo sweater Gwenn knitted for Neil Armstrong, and guess what? Did you know that the company Coach (they are known for purses/bags) produced this sweater? I doubt they gave any credit either!

  2. Diane Pyle May 2, 2016 at 1:51 am #

    I am always so happy to see that a new Pompom podcast is available. This one was another great one. A knitter you should know us Beryl Hiatt of Tricoter yarn styore in Seattle. Not only a great designer she is also a very compassionate human being.

  3. Emma May 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Amazing episode as always! I’m sad there’s not new episodes more often, but it’s always worth the wait!

    Louise’s book looks gorgeous, my favorite pattern is the cabled stole, Shadowlines. Although, the pun “Heart Deco” made me snort with laughter quite loudly ;)

  4. Jules May 3, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Great podcast. Loved hearing the interview with Rachel Atkinson as I was lucky enough to buy a couple of skeins of her lovely, lovely yarn.

    Louise’s book looks fabulous my favourite pattern is the Colour Trail shawl.

  5. Mateja May 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    I was so excited when I saw that a new episode of the pomcast was online! And it turns out: for a good reason :-)
    I really enjoyed listening to your top three – it’s so easy to relate to. I also had troubles knitting my first sweater and it really took forever ;-)
    I also loved your interview with Rachel, it must be so exciting to make your own yarn!

    Of course, I also checked out the patterns in Louise’s book – and I really fell in love with the Affinity-shawl: it gets such a different look depending on whether you use one color or different ones :-o

  6. Leigh May 5, 2016 at 1:25 am #

    Totally adore your podcast! One of my favorite ‘top three’, aside from toast toppers, was childhood books. The two lovely girls I babysit are now enjoying ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and ‘The Jolly Postman’ because of it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Inspiration Knits looks wonderful! Loving the Flight of Colour shawl.


    Pittsburgh, PA

  7. Sam May 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    Wonderful podcast as always! I enjoyed hearing about Gwen Matthewman, I had to rewind and listen again when you were detailing how many items (especially jumpers and cardis) she made in one year!

    My favourite pattern from the book is the trailblazer shawl. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful 1 skein projects

  8. Kath Webber May 6, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    I love this episode! It’s great to hear from Rachel Atkinson (who has actually tech edited some of my crochet patterns-eek!). Wish I could get my sweaty hands on some of that sheepy-smelling yarn! Loving Louise’s work too- the Trailblazer shawl has got my name written all over it. Of course I have some suitable stash already in mind!

  9. Geraldine W May 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Very nice book! I like the yarn tamer the best, nice for those skeins that tempted me but are hard to combine

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