Hi PomCast Peeps!

We’re springing into action with our latest episode! The blossom is starting to bloom in London town, but don’t worry if your part of the world is still chilly – we have sunny podcast to bring you cheer, including an interview with yarn whisperer Clara Parkes, plus our latest musings and news on all things woolly. Clara has kindly offered a signed copy of her book The Yarn Whisperer to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance just comment on this post by the end of Sunday 5th April telling us which of Clara’s desert island yarns you would choose to to take to your desert island – Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk or Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instragram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.

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Thanks again to our sponsor for this episode: A Yarn Story!

Tell + Tell

Lydia has been working on a beautiful mustard version of Bristol Ivy’s Fairchild using Viola, and Sophie has been enjoying the ribbed cables of Norah Gaughan’s Sous Sous using Eden Cottage Yarn’s Bowland DK. We love it when you guys tell (and show!) us your knits too, so join in with the Pom Pom Spring 2015 KAL on Ravelry – you could even win a little something!

Fairchild by Bristol Ivy in John Arbon Viola.

Lydia’s Fairchild in English Mustard complete with her Woollen Flower bag – perfect train companion

Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan in Eden Cottage Bowland DK, Hyssop. small

Mmm.. Blue Faced Leicester!


PomPom had an amazing time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival! It was so lovely to meet so many readers and listeners, so thanks to everyone who came to say hello. We are sure that like us, you were inspired by the huge range of fibre delights and (also like us) some of them found their way home with you! Here’s some of Lydia’s new acquisitions, a collection that has been renamed Rachel Coopey’s hair!

Unicorn Yarn! Ginger Twist Studio, Old Maiden Aunt, Chopped Gunger Handspun

Unicorn Yarn! Ginger Twist Studio, Old Maiden Aunt, Chopped Ginger Handspun

And for those of you who couldn’t make it, there was of course Bedinburgh Yarn Festival! Sophie was across the Channel browsing French yarns, ooh lala!

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Thanks to our lovely sponsor A Yarn Story, we had a little swatch and play with Shibui Knits Pebble.

Shibui Knits Pebble in the colourway Poppy

Shibui Pebble in the colourway Poppy – sent to us by our lovely sponsors A Yarn Story

A interesting blend of recycled silk, merino and cashmere we think this yarn would be great for lighter summer knits like Blommande. Or why not try holding it double with itself or other yarns to create new gauges and textures?





While at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival Lydia managed to catch a moment with Clara Parkes to chat about tea, spirit animals and of course YARN! Clara took this  action shot of Lydia all kitted out and ready to record, and wearing her newly finished Tambourine cardi in that gorgeous Uncommon Thread Merino DK!

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Clara was of course an excellent interviewee, and an excellent sport all round! Apologies for the background noise during the interview, it was tough to find a quiet spot at such a busy yarn festival! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and win a signed copy of Clara’s book The Yarn Whisperer (see the beginning of this post). And you can always find an interesting (and informative) read at Clara’s home on the web, The Knitter’s Review.
Pom Pom Quarterly - Pomcast Giveaway! The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes

Ravelry Realness

It’s the turn of Springtime Knits! You know you guys already know how much we love Waterlilly…


But we do have a few other recommendations!

Mr Pinkerson || April Shower Mitts || Bunty Mitts || Emmaline || Mysa

Travelling Stitches

We bid a fond farewell to Colour of the Cast (who knew we could run out of colours?) to find out about your adventures while you’re out and about with your knitting. You can still send us your stories to [email protected] or join in the fun on the Pomcast ravelry thread.

Top Three

This episode we are discussing our top three things about Spring! And yes, Easter Eggs (the chocolate kind) do feature! We’re getting lots of suggestions for Top Threes for future episodes, so if you think we are missing an essential topic of debate let us know!

Thanks for reading and listening. Don’t forget you can email us on [email protected] And as always a big thank you to Eli who makes lovely music.

x Pom Pom

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29 Responses to POMCAST 11 – with CLARA PARKES + GIVEAWAY!

  1. Pat Collingwood March 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Both lovely yarns, I would chose Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk

  2. Steph Thornton March 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    For me it would have to be the Hand Maiden yarn as I love the sheen & feel ofsilk blend yarns against my skin.

  3. Shanna March 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    Ooo, I love that Spindrift. Thanks as always for a great podcast and the chance to win!

  4. Steph Thornton March 31, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Shared on Twitter and my Loophole page on Facebook too :)

  5. Jessica Powers March 31, 2015 at 2:03 am #

    I’m going to go with Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain as my ideal ‘desert island’ would be in the San Juans and need a little softness along with warmth.

  6. Hannah March 31, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    I’d go with the Jamieson because it’s so versatile!

  7. Lesley Bambridge March 31, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    So, so hard to choose…but for me, the Spindrift wins by a whisper.

  8. Pernille March 31, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    No doubt! I would stash up with that silky and smooth Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain in colors smoke, crema, sweet tea and jade (how many skeins did you say I could bring?)

    Loved the podcast – made my day at work so much better!

  9. nobutterfly March 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I chose the Jamieson, just because of all the colours

  10. Kemper March 31, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    I was just listening to the new episode and I heard you request Adventure Time character yarn! You should check out Coloring Book Yarns on Etsy, who dyes self-striping yarns based on Adventure Time characters! I’m currently making socks from her LSP colorway (but I also own BMO and Marceline…)

    Love the podcast, ladies!

    (Junkyarn Podcast)

  11. Inês G. March 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    I would take Jamieson and Shetland’s Spindrift, simply because it’s so versatile and rustic and lovely!

  12. Eileen March 31, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    The hand maiden swiss mountain with cashmere. I would love to make a camsole with it.Thanks Eileen

  13. Sam March 31, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Definitely the Jamieson because there is such a wonderful array of colours. I could knit a rainbow or two!

  14. ClaH April 1, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    Definitely Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift! so many colors and a beautiful texture :)

  15. Noirem April 1, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    I would take the Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk as I’ve just finished a project with the Jamieson’s spindrift.

  16. Nicola April 1, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Super podcast today ladies! I just discovered you within the last week and have already listened to four episodes.

    I’d pick Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk. I’ve never used it before, but from Clara’s description I can imagine knitting with it in a Swiss chalet with Heidi braids before I go out to milk a goat or something. I know we don’t have to pick a colour because we get all the colours, but Sweet Tea is lovely.

  17. Elaine Tom April 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    It would have to be Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere since I moved to Switzerland three years ago from New York and I love Cashmere.

  18. Melanie April 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Wow, that’s awfully hard to choose between those two yarns. I think the Handmaiden cashmere and silk, just because it looks so soft and comforting, when one is stuck on the desert island. Plus maybe I could knit a sail for my little handmade boat…

  19. Greta Cornejo April 2, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    I would choose the Jamieson Shetland yarn with all the colours, loads of knitting fun ahead!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. Jenna O April 2, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    I would take some soft mohair yarn :)

  21. roberta April 2, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    I think I’d choose the jamieson, i love wool with a rustic feel..

  22. Sue H April 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Oh, the Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk most definitely. It’s decadent, for sure. I don’t know why it took me so long but I just acquired Clara’s first book which, as everyone already knows, is fantastic. Thanks!

  23. Gemma April 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Shetland Spindrift, because of the amazing colourwork possibilities

  24. Margaret April 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    There’s no doubt — I would go with the Jamieson’s. I love color work and fair isle and the Jamieson’s is wonderful for that! (And btw, there’s an etsy shop called Coloring Book Yarns that does Adventuretime themed yarn colors.)

  25. Heather April 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Of those two yarns the spindrift, most definitely, I love the possibilities of colorwork. Simple two color or crazy scrappy colorwork, there’s nothing better than dreaming up the possibilities then knitting up your favorite. It takes me a long time to do that, and on a desert isle I’ll have all that time to spare!

  26. Dovile April 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    My choice would be Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk, because I love the look of silk and the feel of cashmere.

  27. Jules April 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Definitely Spindrift, love the stuff!

  28. Esther April 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    I just stumbled onto your Pomcast and Love It!! I’ll be catching up on past issues and keeping up in the future. The interview with Clara Parkes is spectacular and your reviews of yarn amd patterns was so much fun to listen to. My lys carries Pom Pom and it’s so full of inspiration and juicy tidbits. Thank you for the generous give away.

  29. Nick Hawley June 15, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    I have just finished this AMAZING, beautifully written book by Clara. I am secret male knitter/crocheter, not many in England. And I learnt my craft using You tube video’s in a matter of days. It’s so addictive and malleable. This book should be on everyone’s reading/bucket list, no shame in knitting MEN after all before it became fashionable, (thank you Coco Channel, amongst others) we men were the best knitters in the world!

    Brilliantly, insightful glimpse into one knitters journey and how knitting has played it’s Part.

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