Hello Pomcats!

Today is a leap day – 29th February! There is something very fun about a date that only happens once every four years. And we are here to make it even more fun with our latest episode of Pomcast! This month we recorded live from unravel 2016, and interviewed Veera Välimäki, designer extraordinaire, and one of the authors of the Interpretations series, now available in print thanks to Pom Pom Press! So listen away now to get the lowdown on our time at unravel, and all the usual knit chat nonsense.

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!

We also have a pomcast give away for you. You could be the proud owner of these skeins of Shalimar. To be in with a chance of winning just comment on this post by Sunday 6th March telling us which of the Interpretations patterns you are most excited to knit. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instragram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.

Shalimar yarn for giveaway
And of course a big thank you to our sponsors for this episode – Shalimar Yarns! Shalimar create beautiful hand-dyed yarn in their unique and identifiable colour palette, always using custom-milled, exceptional bases (as you can see from the picture above!).


Tip Top Top Tips

For this episode we took a more philosophical look at motivation as the late winter blues are starting to hit, and Sophie has been struggling with staying motivated. Do you have any tips you can share? Come hang out and tell us!

Tell + Tell

Lydia has finished her Turnberry, and was very pleased to be able to show it off at unravel. What better place to wear a new knit than a room full of crafty folks? Also fresh off the needles is a lovely Queensland Beach headband in the sadly discontinued MadelineTosh Dream Alpaca.

Queensland Beach headband made by Lydia from Take Heart
Sophie is still working on her ethereal Garland, and is also making a pair of Bergson socks to keep the yarn contrast high.


Well of course our main news is the publication of the Interpretations series (yippee!), but we also wanted to add that we will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival next month, and we are hoping to make it to the Podcaster Lounge! More on that closer to the time.


We had a closer look at Interpretations Volume 3… Lydia’s faves were Breathing Space and Timeless Henley. Sophie chose the Peeping Cowl and Heartfelt Cardigan.


Sophie, Lydia + Veera at unravel together after the Pomcast Q&A

Sophie, Lydia + Veera at unravel together after the Pomcast Q&A

Recorded live at unravel in front of an audience! We asked Veera Välimäki about how she started knitting, language, travel, and of course which animal she would be and why.

Pom Pom Press: Interpretations Volume 3

Veera wearing her Looking Ahead hat from Interpretations Volume 3

Knitters You Should Know About

This episode we have chosen Barbara Walker, who it turns out is quite the renaissance woman. Not only did she compile the Treasuries of stitch patterns, but she even has her own tarot deck complete with paintings she created herself. Knitter, feminist, writer, scholar, Barbara Walker is worth finding out about.

We found a great interview with her here, and the Barbara Walker Treasury project can be found (and added to) here.

Top 3… 

… board games / games not on a board. As suggested by MrsGoggins in our Ravelry group. Listen to find out which games we like to play! And don’t forget to send us your suggestions for more Top 3 topics.

That one time Lydia managed to play the word gauge in a scrabble game!

That one time Lydia managed to play the word gauge in a scrabble game!

x Pom Pom

P.S. Thanks again to Pomcast listener Alison who brought us chocolate mini eggs at unravel. You are truly a Pomcast hero!


24 Responses to POMCAST 22 + VEERA VÄLIMÄKI

  1. Inês G. February 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Very excited to listen to the podcast later tonight!! I love the Heartfelt Cardigan, but I’d like to knit every single pattern from the collection :)

  2. Jules February 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Love all the Interpretations patterns but the one I am desperate to start is the Timeless Henley. Gorgeous yarn lovely colours and it looks very squishy!

  3. Shayla March 1, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    I really like the Golden Hour sweater. It would be be a good intro to color work for me :)

  4. Blithe Spirit March 1, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Great podcast and interview with Veera. My first knitted shawl was a Colour Affection and my first knitted cardigan was her Modern Garden cardigan. I’ve always loved her patterns and they are a joy to read and follow. I love Breathing Space in Interpretations 3. I can see myself knitting it with some indigo dyed wool from the Border Tart – just need to find a good contrast colour in my stash. All three books look fab!

  5. Vanessa March 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m super excited about this new book of Interpretations as I’m just finishing up my True Friend top (literally on my last sleeve) so my next big sweater love of the year is the ‘Breathing Space’ which I know is slight reminiscent in some way to the true friend. Almost like a little sister :p but It’s the ones that’s calling out to me the most I’ve got a skein of Hedgehog fibres in a pink and I’ve been spying up the brown or olive green colour in the John Arbon Exmoor sock or something along those colour lines :D I’m still on the hunt and yarn prowl! lol

  6. Shanna March 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    I love love love the look of Golden Hour and can’t wait to find some time to knit it. It’s gorgeous.

  7. Natasha March 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    It’s a beautiful collection and I think my favourite, although it’s hard to choose, would be ‘Breathing Space’

  8. Pip March 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    Ooh, thanks for the giveaway! It’s such a gorgeous collection, but I think I love Be Kind and Heartfelt the most!

  9. Claudia March 1, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    I’d love to knit Heartfelt but am much more likely to actually knit Be Kind.

  10. Sam March 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s a difficult decision, all the designs are beautiful, but my favourite is Breathing Space. The shape looks really flattering and I love the stripes.

  11. Melanie March 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    I’d have to say Breathing Space is just gorgeous. Ticks all my boxes, stripes, flattering and speckled yarn!

  12. Claudia March 4, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    I just ‘liked’ Pom Pom Quarterly on Facebook. I even set it so I see you all first!

  13. Sophie March 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    I love Breathing Space , but I also find Golden Hour very attractive!

  14. Mateja March 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    After listening to the pomcast, I’d reallly love to make the Breathing Space jumper. I really liked listening to Vera explain how she came up with the color combination :-)
    I would also love to make Joji’s Timeless Henley or Expressive. But to keep my motivation high: always one thing at a time, so I’d start with the Breathing Space jumper :-)

  15. Birgitte March 5, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    My favourite is the Timeless Henley. I find it interesting and a bit of a different take on the knitted pullover.

  16. Lesley Bambridge March 6, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I love them all, but Breathing Space is just awesome

  17. sylvester March 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    as a male the only pattern i’d make is
    looking ahead

  18. Veronica March 6, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    The podcast was amazing :) Im in love with the breathing space sweater! itd be a dream to knit that pattern.

  19. Anna March 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    Breathing Space is gorgeous, and I’m loving all the colorful versions of it on Ravelry. Excited to pick out some yarn and make my own!

  20. ikkinlala March 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    I’d love to knit Be Kind.

  21. Alison Hellyer March 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    So glad you enjoyed the mini eggs. I love Pom Pom xx

    • Lydia Gluck March 11, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Hello again! And thank you again! Those mini eggs were well timed indeed :)

  22. ang March 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Listening now. ♡♡

  23. Jenna May 18, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    I realize this episode came out over a year ago, but I had to post about the game talk (although I loved the knitting talk, too ?). The game you called “The Hat Game” is known to me as “Celebrity.” To take it to the next level, I recommend adding the 4th round I’ve done with friends: the blanket round. Basically, charades acted out from under a blanket. It is truly uproarious. Cheers!

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