Hello Pomcats!

We hope you are having an excellent summer so far. It’s been a little rainy here in the UK, but we are using the indoor opportunities to make things from yarn. Always a shiny silver (woolly) lining! And to add even more shine , we have our latest episode of pomcast ready for you all, featuring special guest host Juju Vail alongside the lovely Sophie. You will no doubt recognise Juju’s name as she is a long time Pom Pom collaborator, and author of many patterns and books, including Juju’s Loops! Ready? You can listen away here:

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 very exciting skein of Feel Good Yarn Co SilverSpun to give away, which you can hear all about in our review. To be in with a chance of winning, comment on this post telling us which of this yarn’s very special properties you are most interested in by Sunday 10th July. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instagram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.

And also thanks to our sponsors Oxford Yarn Store, a knitter’s haven located in the heart of the famous English university town.

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Tip Top, Top Tip

Juju was off to a flying start as host with her tip about intarsia bobbins. You can see what she means in our tell and tell section below…

Tell + Tell

Mmm...mohair. Nontroppo by Asa Tricosa. Photo Courtesy of Juju Vail

Mmm…mohair. Pattern is Nontroppo by Asa Tricosa, spot the exciting bobbin!  Photo Courtesy of Juju Vail

Juju is also planning to make Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier. Meanwhile Sophie has finished some multicoloured socks and is musing on a Pianissimo scarf in an awesome Uncommon Thread Les Fleurs – it would seem our hosts are loving bright colours for this summer!

Koigu Socks

On a ‘Knit’ to Know Basis

So what do you knit to know about? Well Juju recommends you check out the Wardrobe Architect Series on the Colette blog, which is a series of exercises and worksheets to help you define your personal style – useful for makers and shoppers alike! Sophie offers the comedy series ‘The Dectectorists‘ as her latest favourite.

News + Reviews

This month we were at TNNA in Washington DC, here are Meghan and Lydia with our newest Pom Pom team member, Gayle!

Pom Pom team at TNNA!

Meghan, Gayle and Lydia at the Pom Pom booth at TNNA, in Washington DC

In other news you can catch our Issue 17 samples (including lovely Catchfly worn above by Lydia) at a trunk show in Oxford, UK, at the Oxford Yarn Store, who are also our sponsors for this episode! Thanks guys! You can see, touch, and even wear the samples there from the 1st until the 21st July.

And don’t forget about our summer KAL on the Rav forum, we have prizes and chatter galore!


Sophie and Juju sing the praises of SilverSpun from Feel Good Yarn Co which is not only a surprisingly knittable cotton, but is also antibacterial and conductive due to the silver! Listen to find out more. Don’t forget about our giveaway! (see beginning of this post)

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Lydia and Meghan were lucky enough to meet Thea Colman, also known as Baby Cocktails, at TNNA, and were able to pin her down and ask her a few classic Pom Pom questions. Thea is a wonderful designer and we were lucky enough to have her as a contributor for our Summer issue this year, she was of course the designer of the versatile Olivette.

Olivette by Thea Colman - Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 17: Summer 2016

Thanks so much to Thea, who is not only a talented and fun designer but also has possibly the best radio voice we ever did hear!

What Would Juju Do?

A new little feature we want you to be involved with! We want you to put your craft-based dilemmas and queries to an expert (email us at podcast [at] pompommag.com) and we’ll put them to Juju! Juju, The Making Guru!

Top Three…

Juju and Sophie review a few guilty pleasures (last month’s topic) and chat about their top 3 ways of wasting time before bed!

We always love to hear you suggestions for top three and for anything else you want to hear about, so remember you can always get in touch on the Ravelry forum or [email protected]

xxx Pom Pom

Thanks again to Oxford Yarn Store!

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35 Responses to POMCAST 26 with JUJU VAIL and THEA COLMAN!

  1. Carys June 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    I’d love to try this yarn! I’ve heard silver is good if you have very cold hands and feet so I’d want to try a pair of fancy silver socks?

  2. Lisa July 1, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    I loved this episode!

    The antimicrobial and conductivity properties of the silver in the feelgood yarn are fighting it out… I’m super-interested in the antimicrobial part as I have an autoimmune condition so keeping myself healthy is essential. So knitty and garment healthfullness is a bonus! On the other hand, iPhone gloves…



    Nope, the antimicrobial-ness WINS for me!

    Oh, would you mind telling me the name of the sock yarn you mentioned that you’d made your socks with, Sophie? The one with the nylon core? Thanks so much! :)

    • Amy July 5, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Lisa! Glad you enjoyed this episode! Sophie’s socks were knit in Koigu KPM 4ply yarn which is perfect for socks – we also used it for the lovely Elske socks way back in Issue 12! X

  3. Katherine July 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m not normally one to enter giveaways for yarn… I have enough stash to go through!

    But when I heard about how the silver in this allows you to still use a touch screen I thought I’d break a trend. Gloves are still on my to-do list for knitting. Surprisingly after about a year I have made socks, shawls, hats, jumpers and yet nothing for the hands! With a tech savvy/obsessed other half this yarn would provide the perfect start to a useful and thoughtful gift. Before I make more for myself obviously. And I heard the colour grey mentioned. (sure i did? And WHO doesn’t like grey?)

    Feel a little bit eager on here… But oh well!

  4. Anne Thompson July 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    I always make my early morning runs more fun when I listen to y’all talk yarn! So when I heard that there is a yarn that has a bit of spandex and silver in it – I wanted to see what y’all were talking about!
    I would knit my sister-in-law mittens and then follow it up with some socks for moi! Love the podcast – y’all are very good company!

  5. Michele July 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    If I win this yarn I shall faint of excitement! What appeals to me about this yarn is its conductive abilities-I’d love to be able to use my IPhone in the dead of winter while outside -without having to remove my gloves and freezing my fingers!

  6. Kristina July 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    What a kind offer! My grandma has arthritis so I would love to make her socks with this yarn.

  7. Vicki Lynch July 2, 2016 at 3:06 am #

    This yarn sounds wonderful. I’ve heard an interview with the designer of this yarn and the process she went through to get it into production.

  8. Hannah Cooper July 2, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    I’d love to try the silver spun for my 1 year old son – he has the most sensitive skin and I think it would be amazing to make him a teeny tiny hat to keep him warm without the scratch factor. Adore the grey!

  9. Lori July 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Although the heat conductivity of silver is appealing, I must say that the ability of silver to paralyze a vampire is the attribute that I find most interesting. I could make a pair of mitts, and if I suspect that I am near a vampire, I could offer the mitts to the vampire. Who can resist trying on a lovely pair of hand knit mitts? Once on the vampire, paralysis will set in and I will have time to figure out the best plan of action.

    Hopefully I won’t actually have a run in with a vampire, and I can just use the mitts to conduct heat between a cup of tea and my hands. That would be really nice.

  10. Jules July 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Love the idea of being able to use my phone whilst keeping my hands warm. What a lovely pair of mitts or gloves the yarn would make.

  11. Kaat Neesen July 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    I would be so happy to win this skein of silvespun.
    The benefits of this yarn that interest me most are the excellent thermal properties. Since I suffer from permanent cold feet, I would knit me some socks from it!

  12. Kaat Neesen July 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I shared this post on facebook!

  13. Lisa B July 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    The silver sounds fantastic for gloves with my iPhone!

  14. Erin July 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    It’s so cool how this has some stretch to it. Normally I use cotton for toys and non-knitting projects, but this looks like it would be great for a garment!

  15. Shanna July 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I love that silver is conductive so I can make gloves and still use my smartphone!

  16. Shanna July 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    I love that silver is conductive so I can make gloves that I can wear and still use my smartphone!

  17. Patrice Mocombe July 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    If love to try this yarn because I suffer from eczema and I have so many issues finding a yarn I can use to make gloves.

  18. Inês G. July 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Oh the conductive properties are amazing to me! I often wear gloves whilst jogging in the winter, and it’s very annoying not being able to change the songs on my iPod easily! I’d love to make a pair out of this yarn!

  19. Mateja July 4, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    As Shanna mentioned before, I also love that the silver is conductive and am very tempted to make a pair of pretty mittens for myself. In the winter, it’s always a hassle to take off your mittens, type something on the smartphone, and put them back on… I have always wanted to make smartphone-compatible mittens, so winning this awesome yarn would give me the best opportunity :-)

  20. FelinityKat July 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    I am VERY excited at the prospect of being able to use my phone through a pair of silver-threaded gloves. But I’m also very intrigued at the texture of the yarn after Juju’s review – cotton alone can be a bit harsh so I’m super interested to feel how the addition of a tiny amount of spandex can transform it into something wth flex and squish.

  21. Ella July 5, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    I love that the yarn is good for people with sensitive skin! My husband has quite bad skin problems making it hard for him to wear the woolly things I like to make!

  22. Analisa July 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    I was always interested in the silver properties of this yarn, but once hearing how the cotton feels and seems to interact with spandex, I’m very excited to knit it up.

  23. Sophie July 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    My sister has been asking me to make her a pair of full finger gloves for ages, but I just couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm because I was worried that she’d lose them on her commute while playing on her phone. With this yarn that problem would be solved due to the conductive properties… Even if I don’t win the skein I think I’ll be buying some to make her a pair. Thanks for a great review!

  24. Sue Gilbert July 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    You had me at silver- no seriously, I just want to knit with soft stuff! And yay for The detectorists!

  25. Nicola July 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    This was such a good top three! It’s got me thinking about the weird things I do pre-bed now. I usually wash the pots, which is super boring, or nap, which is super weird. My only two options are weird or boring.

    I loved the interview with Thea Colman. I hadn’t twigged that Olivette is named after a cocktail. Good to know, as I do plan to make it soon.

    I’m going to go all millennial and say that the most interesting thing about SilverSpun is the conductivity, because I can’t bear to be separated from my phone.

  26. Annie Wenstrup July 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Oh cool! I live in Alaska so being able to keep my gloves on while texting this winter is a plus! Anti microbial is a great bonus!

  27. mary moury July 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    I have wanted to try this for so long. I have an autoimmune disease, and joint pain is a frequent problem. I would really like to try fingerless mitts in the feel good yarn to see if it would let me knit for longer.

  28. Emma July 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    My mum has problems with aching joints when it’s colder outside. Since we live in the northen parts of Sweden, that’s most of the time. It would be fun to see if some wrist warmers out of this lovely yarn could be of any help to her!

  29. Squigglesknits July 10, 2016 at 4:25 am #

    Silver! In a yarn!! Need I say more?!!

  30. Squigglesknits July 10, 2016 at 4:38 am #

    …apart from I shared your wonderful podcastiness on Facebook!

  31. Kerry July 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    I am interested in the anti microbial properties of the yarn. Amazing

  32. Rose July 31, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Loved this pomcast. I adore thea colemans work. Thanks so much.

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