Hello Pom fans!

Join Sophie and Lydia for another audio trip through the avenues and byways of yarn and knitting. Learn which PPQ events you can be involved with this autumn, and hear our interview with the fabulous Caitlin ffrench.

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! All episodes of Pomcast are also now available on Stitcher too. And while you’re having a listen, why not rate us or even leave a little review – thanks!

Thanks to our sponsors Blacker Yarns.


We also have a lovely giveaway courtesy of Blacker – check it out in reviews below!


Our calendars are filling up with so many fun events, so make sure you get these dates in the diary!

On 15th -16th October we’ll be at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool with an exclusive preview of the new Winter Issue, plus signings with some amazing designers, and samples galore.

Closer to home (or at least our PPHQ London home!) you can come see the UK premier of Yarn at Hackney Picturehouse, with an after party and pop-up market. Lydia and Sophie will be hosting a live Q&A with Writer and Executive Producer Krishan Arora and Producer Heather Millard – get your tickets here.

Then we’re back on the road for Oslo Knitting Festival at the start of November! Phew, it’s exciting couple of months coming up – we’re looking forward to meeting lots of you Pomcats at any or all of these events soon. We also have some new pomcat badges for y’all – so don’t forget to grab one if you see us!


Lydia’s current WIP is a marvelous mustard version of Rocquaine using Viola’s Mooresburg DK… mmm, mmmustard.

Lydia's Rocquaine jumper in Viola Mooresburg DK - pattern from Issue 18 Pom Pom Quarterly

Sophie is seeing if she can speed knit two take heart hats in four days for gifts – will she do it? Otherwise her more relaxed project is the start of a granny square blanket… ah nice and easy.

Sophie's granny square blanket


Ready to unleash your crochet creativity? Part one of the reviews is the fun new book by Kerry Lord of Toft – Edwards Crochet Imaginarium


Part two of the reviews is exclusive new St. Kilda laceweight from Blacker Yarns in collaboration with The Knitting Goddess and you lucky Pomcats can be in with a chance of winning a skein! Just comment below telling us what you would love to knit with the St. Kilda Laceweight by Sunday 9th October – good luck!



This episode we chatted to the magical Caitlin Ffrench, a textile artist, natural dyer and super cool knitting designer. Check out her patterns Firewood and Birding Cape in Pom Pom 5 and her mordant recipe in Issue 18.

Caitlin ffrench from The Darkness Fell - our pomcast 29 interviewee

Here’s Cailtin in Iceland wearing her Hlín cowl, just one of the otherworldly patterns from her new book The Darkness Fell, shot in Iceland. We talked to Caitlin about shooting the book, and the process and inspiration behind it,and so much more. Photo shot by Arlin ffrench.


What would Juju do? Well wonder no longer! This episode our friend and craft guru Juju answers two questions from Pomcat Cissi about colour theory and tips on how to undo cast ons after you’ve gone too far…

What Would Juju Do!?!

We still want your questions for this feature so keep ’em coming. Also, we’re planning a little Halloween edition of pomcast for our next episode… do you have any knitting horror stories that you’d like to share? The WIP nightmare? The lost skein or dye batch drama? We want to hear from you! Send all these and anything else to [email protected]


…smells. Bear with us on this one – it’ll be your next icebreaker, honest!

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]

x Pom Pom

Thanks again to Blacker for sponsoring this episode!


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 Manx you’ll be sure to find an unexpected treat. If you are thinking of embarking upon a breed specific adventure, 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.

There are exciting things afoot at Blacker HQ this month: their St. Kilda laceweight yarn, made from the fibre of two of the oldest and rarest British sheep breeds, Soay and Boreray, has been dipped in a rainbow of colour.  Blacker have teamed up with The Knitting Goddess to produce 10 hand dyed shades.  Hand dyed yarn possess a great depth and intensity, which is particularly striking over their subtlety textured St. Kilda yarn.  This collaboration came about from a desire to recognise the importance of this country’s rich textile heritage and elevate the fibre from such rare and beautiful sheep.

73 Responses to POMCAST 29 + CAITLIN FFRENCH

  1. Tamara September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Ohhh, what beautiful yarn! It would definitely have to be a shawl – something that could be shown off a lot. Perhaps the Vefr Shawl or Across the Beach English… it would be a tough call!

    And yessss, Caitlin! She’s great! <3

  2. Inês September 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh I’d love to knit a super lightweight sweater for fall/spring in that yarn!

  3. Barbara Altman September 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    I would love to make a striped feather and fan shawl using the two natural colors of St. Kilda. The edging would be lace in the lighter color with a darker bind-off. Mmmm.

  4. CraigF September 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    I’d love to knit a shawl and some lace covering for the eyeholes of my Halloween costume!

  5. Neza September 29, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    I bet St. Kilda would make a gorgeous shawl, I would combine it with other wool and silk yarns in similar hues for a lovely texture!

  6. Margaret September 29, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    I’d love to knit a hap with this stuff. It looks luscious!! Always enjoy your podcasts.

  7. Tina September 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm #

    I would buy more of this gorgeous yarn (making sure to check the dye lot) and do Mario’s Spanish Armada

  8. felinity September 30, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Hello lovely ladies, thank you for a hilaire pomcast as always. I can’t make your movie night (alas) – but are you planning a Christmas party this year? Please say yes!

    That yarn is utterly beautiful, and that skein is literally my favourite colour. Given the chance I think I’d make the very stylish Rock Island by Jared Flood, which has been hanging out in my Rav queue for a while.

    • Amy September 30, 2016 at 10:04 am #

      We are indeed planning a Christmas Party this year, we’ll have more details for you very soon! Stay tuned!

  9. Tracey September 30, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I think I would be forced to knit a light and lovely hap using a few of those gorgeous colours.

  10. Jules September 30, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    I love the new scarf pattern on the Blacker website for this yarn, it is a fabulous, free pattern Six of One and…scarf, I would use a skein in that.

  11. Kat September 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    I would love to knit a light & airy lace scarf, like Gudrun Johnston’s Haroldswick using St Kilda’s

  12. Pat September 30, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    I would purchase a second skein, possibly in the same colour which is glorious, and knit the Hartland Cliff shawl.

  13. Katherine September 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Ohh I would (with the help of a few other skeins) love to turn that yarn into Kate Davies’ beautiful Fantoosh shawl, which I’ve wanted to make forever. Or maybe a delicate cowl to wear to work!

  14. Lorna September 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    I would love to knit a shawl in that colour.

  15. Patricia September 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    A beautiful Garland or a nice flowing lace weight top for my Christmas holiday in the Caribbean.

  16. knitting marmotte September 30, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    Such beauiful colours ! Obviously for me it’s mittens with the arrival of autumn !

  17. Kristina September 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    That skein is amazing! I would make a shawl for a pop of color during the dark, grey winter!

  18. Juliet October 1, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks for the lovely episode as always, ladies!
    With one skein, I would knit a drapey lace cowl. With more than one…I would knit ALL THE THINGS.

  19. michelle October 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    I have the Book of Haps, so I’m thinking the Houlland scarf, but I’ve also subscribed to Making and the Orchard Grass Stole looks like it would also be a good match with the St Kilda . . .

  20. Rachel October 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m swooning over that beautiful turquoise! I would definitely use St. Kilda to knit a lovely lace shawlette.

  21. Martha Hayes October 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    This would make a gorgeous Banana Leaf shawl, beautiful colors

  22. Naomi October 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    I would knit a beautiful shawl

  23. Wei-Lin October 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    If knit a gorgeous shawl like Skywalker by Laura Nelkin. Such beautiful yarn!!! Great episode!

  24. Becky October 2, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Oh man! I was just looking at Hartland Cliffs today, and trying to think if I had any yarn that would be suitable in my stash. Such a simple, yet interesting design!

  25. Jenny October 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Oooh such beautiful yarn. I would want to knit Late Summer Meadow by Annie Rowden. Not Pom Pom but really good none the less. Winter is coming but living in Los Angeles lace weight is perfect!

  26. Carole October 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    I would love to use it for a lacey shawl to brighten up my winter wardrobe.

  27. Lynne October 3, 2016 at 12:03 am #

    I haven’t knitted much with lace weight yarn and the St. Kilda would be an amazing one to try. A scarf or shawl perhaps.

  28. Lesley Bambridge October 3, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    Ooh, ooh ooh! I have a queue of knitting to-dos as long as your arm, but I would put everything on hold to knit a soft, scrumptious lacy shawl for me. I couldn’t possible give it away.

  29. Sarah De Smet October 3, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Ohhh, this has to become the St. Kilda scarf so it can replace my first ever lace scarf (a Strik in Einband Lopi) that decided to stay at Billund airport…

  30. Beth October 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    I would love to knit a shawl with the St. Kilda yarn- it’s so beautiful! And I look forward to seeing you at Rhinebeck!!

  31. Hannah October 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    I’d love to combine the blacker yarn with some holiday yarn I bought in Oslo. Plan is to make a shawl remind me of our amazing holiday in Norway! Fab pomcasts kept me entertained on the 7hr train from Oslo to Bergen! X

  32. Mary Beth October 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    My daughter wants to attend university in Scotland, so I think I’d have to knit a lovely shawl for her to keep her warm when those cold coastal winds blow.

  33. Rebecca October 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    I would make a laceweight cowl with a provisional cast on so I could use every inch of these beautiful yarn.

  34. Geraldine W October 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    I would make a lace scarf. Or buy an extra skein and make the Lus cardigan from Pom Pom issue 12

  35. Deborah October 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Definitely a shawl, with only the 1 skein, I think I would try to stretch it into a Flowers for Mothers Lace Shawl by Alina Appasov. Or with 2 skeins, I’m really loving Cormier Grille Shawl
    by Natalie Servant

  36. Robbie October 6, 2016 at 3:10 am #

    Omg – I need to learn how to crochet. Edward’s Imaginarium. Blacker’ new yarn is stunning. I would be honored to win it and get a chance to knit with it.

  37. Patty October 6, 2016 at 5:07 am #

    I would love to knit the Rock Island shawl. It has been on my bucket list for a long time. The St. Kilda yarn looks like a great choice. Maybe add some beads!

  38. Anniken October 6, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    What a beautiful yarn and color, would make an airy garter stitch shawl and try to use as much as possible of the skein : I think The Twisted Edge Shawlette by Cayenne DaBell would be just the right :-)
    Looking forward to se you at Oslo Strikkefestival in November

  39. Imogene October 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    I would love to use the St. Kilda for Lus (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lus) – wouldn’t teal polka dots be sweet?

  40. Wendelika Cline October 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh, St Kilda, I would love to knit you into a huge, drapey cowl!

  41. Claire October 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    I think it would be a Hartland Cliffs shawl, or a Houlland.

  42. Amanda October 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    What would I knit – would have to be a pompon pattern so maybe Lobelia would fit the bill!

    Loved the top 3 smells – mine would be babies’ heads, camphor and tarmac – I think I may be a bit strange!!

  43. Sigríður October 6, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Í would love to knit á cozy shawl with this yarn.

  44. Lisa M. October 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Amazing! I have been hankering to make another Deco shawl, and the St. Kilda would be such a nice match.

  45. Libbi October 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    I keep coming back to Kate Davies ‘hap for harriet’ and i think st kilda laceweight and that pattern would make a lovely match! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-hap-for-harriet

  46. Helen October 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Hello ladies, it’s such beautiful yarn – I would crochet with it and make the Abberley Shawl from The Crochet Project’s latest book ‘Raw’.
    Love the podcast, always makes me smile!

  47. Charlotte Schiff October 6, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    I am a huge fan of knitting scarfs, but never have done any lacy pattern before. So, if i won, I would use the St. Kilda Laceweight yarn to knit a lacy like scarf. :-) I fell that the teal would be fun color to with and have in a scarf.
    keeping fingers crossed

  48. Asli October 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    I would love to use it to knit a Lace Eater or Boo Knits design shawl :)

  49. Allie October 6, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    I would love to crochet a virus shawl with the gorgeous blacker st kilda yarn.

  50. Kristen October 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    I think I would do a lacy cowl with it. The color is so fab!

  51. Carys October 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    I’d love to do one of BooKnits’ amazing shawls out of St Kilda!

  52. Hannah October 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I would love to knit a hat out of this lovely yarn!

  53. Tamara October 6, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    I love the teal colour of that yarn! One of my fave colours. I would probably try to knit my first shawl or a lightweight jumper (sweater)–i would have to be greedy and use the yarn to make MYSELF a gift!

  54. Jo Bowler October 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh the things I could knit with that stunning yarn!!! Perhaps a hap? Or if I was feeling extra decadent a scrumptious cardigan. Thanks so much for the chance to win! And thanks for an always entertaining podcast! x

  55. Shirley Rae October 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Beautiful yarn. I think I would use it for the St Kilda shawl by Elizabeth Lovick. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/st-kilda-shawl

  56. Jacqueline October 6, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I would use this gorgeous yarn to knit a delicate shawl for my dear mother. What a special yarn!

  57. Helene October 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    I would knit a shawl, maybe the rock island shawl, but who knows…

  58. Charlotte October 6, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    Such a special yarn in those delicious colours would be perfect for my planned northern lights mittens; dark grey background with vibrating, dancing colours of the aurora.

  59. Isabel October 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    I would knit an airy shawl :)

  60. Meghan Fredrickson October 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

    Love the podcast! I listen to your archives while doing laundry…keeps me motivated to finish the chores so that I can get back to the knitting. That Blacker lace looks gorgeous, I think a September Circle cowl would suit it quite nicely :)

  61. Alex October 6, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    Gorgeous yarn! Those saturated colors are just beautiful. ❤️ I’m seeing a lovely, cozy pair of textured fingerless gloves. The wool would be perfect, super warm and durable.

  62. Angie October 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    I’m thinking a beautiful jewelled colour cowl; it would be fab during the dreary winter. Something like the Stockholm Cowl perhaps…..

  63. Will October 7, 2016 at 1:47 am #

    There’s a beautiful cabled wrap I’d like to make that looks like waves on the shore. St. Kilda would be perfect for it!

  64. Maryjo October 7, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    My eyes are popping at this color shown – how fabulous it would be in a hap or cowl in the middle of winter to chase those dark days away!!

  65. Diane October 7, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    A lovely little shawl. Perhaps http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunlit-autumn-shawl.

  66. Frau Leo October 7, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    I would knit a lightweight cowl out of it for autumn and spring or even the cooler summer evenings.

  67. Dara October 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    I would knit a scarf or shawl in that awesome green Mullach Mor. What a lovely yarn. I wonder does it feel as smooshy as it looks?

  68. Nikki October 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    That St. Kilda Laceweight looks gorgeous, wish I could touch it! I would make a light cowl or pick up another skein and make a shawl from Sylvia’s new “Shawl Joy” pattern book. I picked up a copy at knitcity in Vancouver, and also saw Caitlyn ffrench’s booth – her shawls are also beautiful (I want to make one with a heavier yarn).

  69. Helen October 7, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    A lacy scarf I think, using June Dickinson’s Strawberry Vines pattern

  70. Heather OConnell October 8, 2016 at 3:09 am #

    Ooh, I think I would make some mittens!!!!!!!!!


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