Hey PomCats! Time for another edition of our musings about the woolly world.

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Thanks to Blacker Yarns for being our sponsor for this episode!

Blacker Yarns Podcast Banner April 2015

Blacker Yarns produce a diverse range of breed specific knitting and crochet yarn. With everything from Shetland and Blue-Faced Leicester through to Wensleydale, Gotland and Teeswater you’ll be sure to find an unexpected treat. If you are thinking of exploring breed specific yarns for the first time or buying a few balls of a breed local to your area, then head over to www.blackeryarns.co.uk. All Blacker’s wares are spun and dyed on their mill in Cornwall using 100% British Fibre and sustainable production methods.

This month Blacker are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and as a little celebration Pom Pom readers can receive 10% off a purchase from their online shop –  find your discount code in their ad in Issue 14 . We also have it on reliable authority that the last few skeins of Cornish Tin will go on sale from Blacker’s website on Friday 9th October. Get it while you can!


Sophie is thrilled to have finished her Kaye’s cardigan just in time for Autumn and Lydia is now sporting an equally fetching Garland.

Sophie wearing her Kaye's Cardigan knit in Quince & co. Owl

Sophie wearing her Kaye’s Cardigan knit in Quince & co. Owl

Sophie wearing her Kaye's Cardigan knit in Quince & co. Owl

So with these FO’s fresh off the needles, the next projects of choice are all from the latest Autumn Issue  – Lydia has plans for an Oak Crest hat and a Maude jumper, while Sophie is planning to make everyone’s favourite pony -based hat Karusellen.

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 14: Autumn 2015

Sophie is planning on making her very own pony hat, like this one! but ‘frosty’.


The other weekend we were at the Great London Yarn Crawl and as always it’s so lovely to meet so many of you listeners and readers in person. Thanks to the Yarn in the City gals for organising such a great day, also thanks to you Yarn Crawlers who helped raise £1302 for their charity partner Refuge and donated 141 handknits of various shapes and sizes for Knit for Peace. Whoo!

Sophie hanging out with Pom Pom pals Fiona Alice and leeleetea at the Great London Yarn Crawl

Sophie hanging out with Pom Pom pals Fiona Alice and leeleetea at the Great London Yarn Crawl

Rhinebeck is also fast approaching, where Pom Pom will hosting signings of upcoming Issue 15 with some your favourite designers as well as a trunk show of Autumn and Winter 2015 patterns.

And speaking of the new issue… we have also been busy shooting the Winter 2015 issue! We’re still keeping everything top secret, but we can divulge that there will be sparkles…


We were lucky enough to be some of the first people to have a swatch with Blackers new yarn Cornish Tin. Ten quality fibres have been blended together to create this special yarn created in celebration of their 10th Anniversary in selected pallette of rich colours. It’s a classic example of what we call a ‘woolly wool’.

Blacker Yarns Tin - limited edition yarn from Blacker, our podcast sponsor for this episode!


We had a chat with the lovely Emily Foden, the colour whiz behind Viola Yarns. Find out how she got into dyeing, her time at John Arbon and her plans for the future.

Emily's custom colour for Loop London's 10th anniversary.

Emily’s custom colour for Loop London’s 10th anniversary.

As if hearing Emily tell us all about her inspiration (and spirit animal) wasn’t enough, she has kindly offered to give away two skeins of her beautiful mcn worsted in wild rose to one of you lucky people!

Viola MCN Worsted - our giveaway for this episode of pomcast! Thanks Emily!

Viola MCN Worsted – our giveaway for this episode of pomcast! Thanks Emily!

Just tell us which Pom Pom pattern you would love to knit in Viola yarn by commenting on this post by Sunday 11th October to be in with a chance of winning. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instragram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.


Did you know there was a mature content section of Ravelry? For those of you of a sensitive disposition, avert your eyes now, but for those of you who find beauty in any form of stitch click the links…

How Cold is it? || Selbutruse || Tit Bits || Pearl Clutcher


Could anything annoy such charming lighthearted folk as our Pomcasters? Well now all is revealed as we rank Pet Peeves as suggested by ArohaKnits. If you have any other suggestions for top three, let us know in all the usual ways. Join in the chatter in our ravelry group, or why not send us an email? We are [email protected]

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  1. Mary C. October 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    I loved the podcast and felt like I should curl up with my knitting when the rain was falling on the skylight!
    I will knit the Oak Crest hat with the Viola worsted if I am lucky enough to win it!

  2. Tamara October 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    I would knit myself an Oak Crest hat, and matching mittens (Perhaps a chunkier version of the Woodland Tales mittens)! They would look beautiful in that colorway! ☺️

  3. Marina October 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Greetings from Oz. I know that I’m very late discovering your podcasts, but they are such a vibrant and great to listen! But once a month…. maybe fortnightly?Love your tea section a lot!

    from the beautiful yarn I would love to make the Melody’s mittens Woodland tales :) I’ve made the karusellen hat, but when its going to be +30 till April, really hard to wear it. Looking forward for overseas holidays next year to wear all my lovely knits. :)

  4. Hannah G October 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway! This yarn is absolutely beautiful. I would love to use it to knit the Winterberry shawl…it would be so cozy and cheery to wrap myself up in during the depths of winter!

  5. Katie Emma October 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    The Jean sweater would look so beautiful in this hand dyed yarn!

  6. Gabriella Markesjö October 3, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I would love to knit “Endellion” from pompom nr 10! I think the pattern would look like a dream in this rose colour!

  7. Sherlock_knits October 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Such a gorgeous colourway! I’d love to knit a Waltz Jump cowl

  8. Sherlock_knits October 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    I’ve just posted on Instagram

  9. Dana October 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Lovely yarn! I’d love to knit Morganite with one of her lovely colours. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  10. Charlotte Cunningham October 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    This would look fabulous knitted up to make cross your heart capelet, thats been sitting in my favourite list on raverly.

  11. Dana October 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    I’ve just shared on Instagram. :)

  12. Inês G. October 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Those two skeins would be PERFECT for a Pianissimo from the latest issue. I’m knitting one for a friend at the moment, and I’m thinking I’ll be needing one for myself soon :)

  13. Becky October 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    This would make a GORGEOUS Magdalen!

  14. Becky October 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Just shared on Twitter!

  15. Ilaria October 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    I love this yarn, beautiful shades. I would make a Pianissimo scarf. I really like that pattern.

  16. Jennifer October 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    From past issues, Ammolite but really liking Pianissimo in this issue!

  17. Shelli October 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I love this yarn! Think I’d make Pianissimo as well.

  18. Evie October 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Wood land tales would be lovely in this.

  19. Kelly October 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    With the above Viola yarn I would knit up the Moss and Deer Horns hat or the Oak Crest hat. Leaning more towards the Oak Crest because of the little knot on top- so cute!

  20. Sally B October 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    Hands down… Woodland Tales! Thanks! :D

  21. Julibeth October 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    I would love to make the Woodland mittens with this stunning yarn. Off to also post on Instagram!

  22. Irene Jackson October 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    I think that the Tambourine cardigan would look fab in this delicious yarn

  23. Irene Jackson October 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi there, I have Instagrammed, Tweeted and Facebooked about Pom Pom I hope this all helps. ?

  24. Martha Hayes October 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    I would make Take Heart from Winter 2013 with a big fat pompom.

  25. Martha Hayes October 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Just posted on Instagram.

  26. Claire October 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    I think the Pianissimo scarf from the latest issue would look amazing in this yarn and colour !

  27. Anna October 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Hi!! I hunk it’s looks beautiful on palila cardigan!

  28. Isabel October 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Definitely, I would knit Campside Shawl with those skins, it’s one of my fave shawl patterns ever ?

  29. Allie Landman October 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Loved your latest podcast! You guys always sound like such fun! I would love to make the Jean pullover. The texture of the sweater would look great with this sumptuous yarn.

  30. Nene Ormes October 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Tambourine would look lov lay in this colorway, the small bumps would turn into flowerbuds instead.

  31. Nene Ormes October 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    I’ve linked and shared on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. (@lindorm)

  32. KimW October 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

    That is the most beautiful color! I’m thinking it might be pretty as the contrast color in Karusellen – with a soft gray or cream as the background color.

  33. Charlotte October 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    I would knit an Oak Crest with this yarn

  34. Allison October 4, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    The Woodland Tales mitts are beautiful! I’d love to make them with this yarn.

  35. Hannah October 4, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    I would definitely knit a Pianissimo out of Viola’s yarn! I’ve turned a corner on pink recently and suddenly I want to knit everything in a nice dusty rose. (Tweeted some feelings about this as well!)

  36. nobutterfly October 4, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    I would chose pianissimo in this yarn, it’s so soft you can have it close to the skin

  37. Jacqueline October 4, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I would knit the Take Heart hat from issue 7 in this scrumptious yarn. Love it and Pom Pom patterns.

  38. Margaret October 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    I’d like to knit the Curio mitts from your winter 2014 issue. Love the color of this yarn!

  39. Vanessa October 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m cheekily jumping in ;) I know the pattern isn’t Worsted weight but I would love myself a Quadrillion for the Winter it’s the one thing on my wish list I’m dying to make and Viola yarn would be stunning for it!

  40. Cia October 4, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    I think this yarn would be perfect for a cosy, squishy Magdalen from the most recent issue!

  41. Morgan October 5, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    Going to have to say: the Woodland Tales mittens. They love ok so cozy and would be gorge-ois in that color!

  42. Ayana C. October 5, 2015 at 3:03 am #

    I think this yarn is wanting to be a pair of hats…Moss & Deer Horns and Sorrel (with PomPom) top the list !!

  43. Leslie Hocking October 5, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    What beautiful yarn! I’d knit Pianissimo.

  44. Joanne October 5, 2015 at 4:21 am #

    The next thing to knit will be Moira. I love it!

  45. Michelle Edwards October 5, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I think an Ardvasar hat would be adorable in this yarn!

  46. Michelle Edwards October 5, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Posted on Instagram :)

    • Michelle Edwards October 5, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Should probably mention Instagram name is Meeshull13

  47. craftyone October 5, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    I think oak crest would be great with this yarn.

  48. craftyone October 5, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Shared on fb

  49. Cia October 5, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Shared on instagram!

  50. Aurelie October 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    With 2 skeins, I would have to limit myself to a hat and gloves. I would probably do the Take Heart hat by Fiona Alice (issue 7 – winter 2013) and the Hierro gloves by Kelly Ashfield (issue 6 – Autumn 2013). Currently knitting pants to match a top I made for my bébé with Viola fingering weight yarn. Amazing yarn to knit with.

  51. Andre October 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Woodland Tales mitts would be gorgeousness in that colourway.

  52. Andre October 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I just reposted on Instagram

  53. Becky October 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I think Magdalen would be so gorgeous in Viola yarn! Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Emma October 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I would live to knit the Woodland Tales mitts if the gauge is good. I love this pattern and I am just waiting to find the yarn

  55. Emma October 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Shared on tweeter

  56. MilkToast October 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I’d love to knit Take Heart with Emily’s yarn! I’d use the leftovers to make rose colored horses for a Karusellen.

  57. MilkToast October 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    Shared on Instagram!

  58. Genevieve October 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    I love mittens! Either Hierro or Woodland Tales or both ♥

  59. Jules October 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    The wild rose is a beautiful colour. I really want to knit Oak Crest from the current issue so that would be my pattern choice.

  60. Blithe Spirit October 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Definitely the Jean sweater!

  61. yuniper October 5, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    I would either knit Oak Crest with this, or Coronis <3

  62. Jill Palmer October 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Woodland tales! So ready for some fall magic…mittens, cider and caramel apples!

  63. Naomi October 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Abram’s Bridge would be gorgeous in this yarn

  64. Angie October 6, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Abram’s Bridge -can you imagine? Would also make a scrumptious Campside Shawl though. Decisions!

  65. Mari October 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    thanks for this episode and for the chance to win! This lovely yarn would be perfect for Abram’s bridge, my favorite from last issue. or maybe the Maud sweater? So hard to choose!

  66. Melanie - iws October 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Love the podcast as always. The beautiful Viola yarn in Wild Rose is perfect for an Oak Crest Hat. Wild Roses with open single blooms are my absolute favourite flowers and pink is my favourite colour. What’s not to like.

  67. Jen October 9, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    I am beyond thrilled that the Autumn issue of pompom features “unisex” patterns as well (although I know they all can be). I’m already close to halfway through a pianissimo scarf as a present for a northern hemisphere friend for his birthday next month

  68. vibeke October 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    i would picked the oak crest :)

  69. Geraldine October 12, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Lovely yarn! I would make Hiero mitts and if I woudl have enough yarn a matching Karussellen hat.

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