Hi Pomcats!
We hope you’re gearing up for the festive season and are wrapped up in your cosiest knits! Grab your headphones and settle in for some audio adventures with Sophie and Lydia. This episode we’re chatting to knitwear designer Dianna Walla, plus don’t miss our giveaway of some very special Green Mountain Spinnery yarn!

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Many thanks to Blacker Yarns for sponsoring this episode. Blacker create beautiful British yarns, and if you haven’t checked them out already, what are you waiting for?!?



In case you hadn’t heard, we were at Olso Knitting Festival. We had a great time meeting so many dyers and knitters, plus lots of Pomcats who came to say hello!  We also checked out the Folk Museum and enjoyed the novelty of SNOW! Of course, what would a visit to a yarn festival be without a purchase – Lydia picked up some yarn from Nina Petrina which when knitted looks like the Northern Lights (de-light-ful!).oslo-knitting-festival-2016

CW from Top Left – The main hall of the library – a great place to knit, Live Pomcast Interview with Lydia and Dianna (photo courtesy of Instagram Pomcat _kattepus_, Quiz Night and the Pom Pom Stall (photo courtesy of Linda Marveng)

Meanwhile the same weekend in London was Yarnporium! We played host to Stephen West and Justyna Lorkowska at our stall where Stephen signed copies of his new book, WestKnits BestKnits, and Justyna signed copies of Issue 19 (she designed Tallat don’t you know)!


Photo courtesy of Yarn In The City

If you missed out on these Pom Pom events, make sure you come and hang out at the Pom Pom Christmas Party! It’s going to be the festive fibre event of the season with a pop up marketplace (check out our blog post here for the vendors!) tasty food, BYOB, live music, a raffle, door prizes and goodie bags – we can’t wait! Make sure you get your tickets here.


We’re also celebrating the one year anniversary of our first book as Pom Pom Press, Take Heart! Join in with our new KAL on Ravelry, where there’ll be prizes up for grabs! Not only are these patterns the perfect size for gift knitting but you can also enter any Take Heart project that’s already been submitted to a KAL.


After some gauge issues (we’ve all been there, right?) Lydia has been making some marvellous mohair cables for her Cesium jumper, knit in Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mountain Mohair.


And rather nicely timed for the Take Heart KAL she’s finished a Caswell Bay Hat and some mitts too! Stay tuned for pics!

Sophie has been reviewing the back catalogues of the Pom Pom pattern archive and cast on a Wick Lane Shawl by Pom Pom founder and editor Meghan, from Pom Pom Issue One. While we take a trip down memory lane, here’s something fun we found recently – the original drawing for the schematic for said shawl!



This episode we’re taking a closer look at some Green Mountain Spinnery Moorit Singles. We love the sheepy shade of this rare naturally coloured merino, and you can find out more about the flock via the website Genopalette. If you’d like to try some of these special skeins yourself, make sure you enter our competition to win three skeins! Simply comment below letting us know what your favourite brown thing is before midnight 8th December and we’ll pick a winner at random on Friday – good luck!



If you’ve been listening to past podcasts, you’ll know that we were set to interview Dianna Walla live at Oslo Knitting Festival – which did happen, though sadly the audio was not up to scratch for our listeners! So we caught up with Dianna via the magic of skype after the festival for a knitty chat.



Our resident craft agony aunt is back to offer her advice! A Pomcat called Heather got in touch about the perfect stretchy cuff for socks – wonder no longer dear knitter at what Juju would do!

Here are links to two of Juju’s suggestions – Tilly Buddy’s Very Stretchy Cast On and Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor.

If you have a craft conundrum and you are thinking ‘what would Juju Do?’ you can send your queries to podcast[at]pompommag.com


… Norwegian style! Oslo Knitting Festival Director Katie Zissou, and Dianna Walla give us their top knitty phrases for when travelling to Norway.

Phew! What a busy month!  Don’t forget to come and say hi on the ravelry group, and email us any stories or suggestions to podcast[at]pompommag.com

x Pom Pom

Thanks also to Green Mountain Spinnery for sponsoring this podcast. Not only do they make fantastic yarns, but they are also a worker-owned cooperative!



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43 Responses to POMCAST 32 + DIANNA WALLA

  1. Deborah November 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    My favorite brown thing is chocolate milkshakes! My first thought was the best brown thing was chocolate, then I realized chocolate ice cream is even better than chocolate. And whats better than chocolate ice cream? Chocolate milkshakes!

  2. Stephanie D November 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    My favorite brown thing is a hazelnut latte! Hazelnut lattes are a pleasing neutral shade of brown and soo delicious!

  3. Libby November 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    My festively appropriate favorite brown thing is gingerbread!

  4. Bern November 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Fav brown thing…espresso chocolate brownies with dark chocolate ganache.

  5. Carol Forbes November 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    This is a no-brainer. Chocolate of course!

  6. Jane Bell November 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    My favourite brown is the deep, glossy brown of chestnuts.

  7. Rachel December 1, 2016 at 12:10 am #

    I just adore the color of Lydia’s sweater! It’s so pretty!

    Anyway…brown things. I love lots of brown things, and it’s really challenging to pick a favorite! For example, I love chocolate and coffee, and I really love the two of those things together. I love molasses and brown sugar, and I really love Shoo Fly Pie!

    I also love the multitude of browns found in nature. I love the shift from soil and earth to the bark on trees, to the nuts and pinecones that fall from them.

    I’ve said far too many brown things, but hey, I like brown things! The yarn looks so lovely, I would love to get my hands on it!

  8. Kera December 1, 2016 at 1:00 am #

    My favorite thing has to be chocolate colored kitties – any chocolate color !

  9. Rebecca G December 1, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    My favorite brown thing is Charlie Brown ?

  10. mb December 1, 2016 at 1:47 am #

    My favorite brown thing is coffee! Especially with some knitting.

  11. Wehaf December 1, 2016 at 3:47 am #

    I don’t categorize favorite things by color, so it’s hard to come up with anything definitive, but in the fall I love fresh horse chestnuts – the marbled, glossy brown shells are infinitely beautiful to me.

  12. Inês December 1, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    My favourite brown thing are brownies!! I make a delicious batch once every year of Christmas, so they’re on my mind a lot right now!

  13. Michele December 1, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Chocolaye-the darker, the better!

    • Michele December 1, 2016 at 11:51 am #

      I meant chocolate-alright chocolate is a nice way to describe how i feel when I eat it!

  14. Mateja December 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    At first, I was gonna say that my favorite brown thing is chocolate. But now that I think about it… I love alpacas muuuuch more, they’re so cute and fluffy – and some of them are brown ;-)

  15. Jules December 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Love lots of brown things, chocolate, coffee, cake, but my favourite is my chocolate coloured cat, he’s a Norwegian Forest, so very furry and affectionate.

  16. Margaret December 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    My favorite brown thing at the moment is the Vika pullover (Brooklyn Tweed) that I finished last Saturday!

  17. Gea December 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    I love brown labradors! The are so cute!

  18. Kristina December 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    I ❤️ sweet chestnuts! And right now is the season. yummie

  19. Pip December 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    Chocolate! Always chocolate!!

  20. jenn December 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    My favorite brown things are coffee and chocolate (the dark kind) but when I think about it, I also like brown oak leaves and brown sheep. . . .

  21. Clara - ClaH December 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Favorite brown thing? the homemade bread with buckwheat and whole rye flour that my boyfriend bakes. With sunflower seeds on the top, toasted, with melted salted butter : it makes the most delicious snack.
    Perfect with tea while enjoying a freshly out of the oven pomcast :)

  22. Mary Beth December 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Our neighbor’s dog, Lily, is a chocolate lab and the most adorable brown thing I’ve ever set eyes on.

  23. Anne December 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    My favourite brown thing is a beautifully polished cherrywood floor, warm, smooth, cozy.

  24. Maree December 2, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    My favourite brown thing is hot chocolate with mint schnapps !! YUM… oh and chocolate anything.

  25. Mary December 2, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    Chocolate truffles I think. With a boozy filling. Mmmmmmmm….

  26. Andrea December 2, 2016 at 4:05 am #

    My favorite brown thing is coffee!

  27. Shanna December 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    My favorite brown thing is my puppy! A brown and white mutt who is always a little ball of excitement and joy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Melanie December 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    I loved the podcast! I follow Diana’s blog because I’ve also been bitten by the scandinavian love-bug! Her Norwegian yarn series is great! Looks like Oslo Strikkfestivalen is a place to be!

    Something brown that I love: Hot chocolate, of course… Especially the one that they bring you in the cafes with real chocolate to sprinkle into the hot milk! Yum! Hits the spot this time of year!

  29. Judy N December 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    My favorite brown is the beautiful smooth wood of the madrona tree. It just glows.

  30. Naomi December 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Chocolate chocolate chocolate!! My favorite brown thing is chocolate.

  31. Wei-Lin December 3, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    My favourite brown thing is COFFEE ☕️. I love it so much and drink it everyday.

  32. Kristina December 3, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Nutella is my favorite brown thing!

  33. Maria E B December 4, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Since I was a young girl I have been in love with the color brown! It’s odd, I know, and while close family members always try to talk me out of this color choice, I gravitate towards this color ever time… here’s why: brown paper packages, tea stained linens, lattes, chocolates, browned butter, hazelnuts, brown leaves (okay, I prefer green grass!) rose hips, Weimaraners (which in theory are grey…but they look brown to me), brown cabinets, brown leather (anything), brown sheep and mostly brown yarn! So you see, brown is a lovely color and comes in all shades from very off white to deep dark cocoa…what’s not to ❤️!

  34. Sarah December 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    My donkey, CocoPuff, is my favorite brown thing! I wish I could make some yarn from his beautiful hair.

  35. Connie Kline December 4, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    I love gingerbread at any time of year so I’ll have to choose chocolate covered cherries as my Christmas favorite.

  36. Abigail December 4, 2016 at 11:56 pm #


  37. Neza December 6, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    Tree bark and earth and fresh homemade bread, these are my favourite (brown) things.

  38. Libbi December 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Is there really any question that can’t be answered with chocolate? Of course my favourite brown thing is chocolate! (right now particularly hot chocolate) :)

  39. CraigF December 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    My favorite brown thing is my winter scarf that I made on planes while travelling around China. It’s awaiting a darn before I can break it out again this year!

  40. Anna-Sara December 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    My favorite brown thing is chocolate orange! Very much the same colour as moorit.

  41. Viktor December 9, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Of all things brown, my daughters eyes are the most beautiful.

  42. Fredrick December 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    My favourite brown things are my leather shoes!

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