Merry Knitmas Pomcats! Grab yourself a mulled wine and your latest WIP and get ready for a bumper Christmas Cracker Pomcast! We’ve got plenty of festive cheer to go around, and we even have two interviews! We’re not only joined by the fabulous Helga Isager, but also by the very talented Julia Farwell-Clay.

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!

Many thanks to Unravel for sponsoring this episode. Now in it’s ninth year, Unravel is a weekend of woolly delights! We’ll be there with a Pom Pom stall and hosting some fun Pomcast events too – see you there!



Lydia and Sophie drop some hints for 2017 Pom plans! Summer 2017 will be Pom Pom Quarterly’s 5th anniversary, so keep your ear to the ground for news of what we have in store. Plus there are more publications on the horizon for Pom Pom Press – watch this space!

We’ll also be at some of your favourite festivals in the new year, first Unravel 17th -19th February and then Edinburgh Yarn Festival 10th – 11th March.



The gals have a good flick through the patterns on offer from Helga Isager’s Room 606. If you fancy some cool 60’s inspired Skandi design knits then this is the collection for you! Favourites include Vivi, Helle, Ingrid and Malene.

For this episode’s giveaway we have a copy of Room 606 and a gorgeous bundle of Isager yarns to make the Ghita Cowl from the book. To be in with a chance of winning let us know your New Years Knit-olution is in the comments below (and we might even feature some on the January episode!)


Lydia is excited about these socks and Sophie is ready for winter weather with her own Take Heart hat! Remember you can enter your finished Take Heart projects into our knit along – find all the information on our Ravelry forum.




The first of our two interviews is with designer Helga Isager. Sophie chats to Helga about the yarn company her mother Marianne Isager founded and her own unique knitwear designs which take full advantage of the beautiful range of natural fibres and colours that the brand offers. Find out more on the Isager website.


Our resident craft guru Juju Vail is back solving your fibre based heartaches. SallyRavels got in touch via Ravelry to hear Juju’s thoughts on how to plan and organise for that all important next project.

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



Our second chat finds Lydia at Rhinebeck earlier this year with Julia Farwell-Clay. Julia designed the cover star of our latest winter issue – the Palindrome wrap, and Tambourine, the gorgeous mustard cardie on the cover of our Spring 2015 issue.


Thanks to bestemorskills on Ravelry for suggesting this episode’s Top Three, which is ‘Favourite item’s you’ve knitted’.

Also thanks to all you lovely Pomcats for listening and being part of the podcast this year! We always love hearing from you so you can stay in touch via email podcast(at)pompommag.com or join in the chatter on our Ravelry group.

Merry Knitmas to all, and to all a good knit!

Pom Pom xx

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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  1. Máirín December 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Hmmm, I think my New Year’s knitolution will be the same as last year’s: to knit some more things I’ll get to wear myself!

  2. Naomi December 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    At the beginning of each year I look back on my last year’s projects and think about the next. My New Years Knitalution for 2017 is to continue to add some more sweaters that are easy to wear and to up my shawl knitting.

  3. Libbi December 24, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Knitting more PomPom patterns! :)

    Truthfully, the new year should be filled with knitting through my ridiculous amount of KettleYarnCo set aside for various projects (Vellamo included). I also subscribed to my first yarn/pattern club with Ysolda for 2017, so very excited for that! I want to work on my finishing skills, short rows, and colourwork.

  4. Kate G December 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    It’s mainly a stash down year for me and that will include 12 hats to start just for the instant gratification hit and the fact that it’s colder than usual here and there are heads to be warmed up.

    Count me in on a drawing for Isager’s lovely goods. I’m such an Isager fan. Fantastic to see that Helga is continuing the tradition.

    I raise my hot toddy to you, PomPom. Here’s to the year ahead.

  5. Sarah December 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    This year my Knitalution is to be more mindful of the wool or yarn I’m purchasing. This means careful selection of patterns so that I’m making the most of my knitting budget at the same time. Last year most purchases came from my LYS; this year I will be even more selective while I’m shopping there!

  6. Francesca December 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    My 2017 Knit-olution is to finish something before I cast on something new. Enough is enough already! First on my list is a cardigan that needs one sleeve and a button band. And buttons. Totally do-able!

  7. Margaret December 24, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    I don’t know if I have a knit-olution! I’ll have to think on that. Hmm. Probably to knit as many sweaters as possible!

  8. Tina December 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    My knitolution is to learn how to design a pattern!

  9. Frauke December 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    My knitolution for 2017? … I just moved to Copenhagen and next to learning the language I’m learning about danish design and culture. Knitting is part of it(awesome listening to your talk about room 606, the egg chair and the Isagers on pomcast :) ), so to finish six danish designed projects in 2017 it is:)

  10. Tracey December 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    My knit-olution is to put a hold on adding to my stash, unless it’s for something I’m going to cast on immediately, or something special like vacation yarn, which doesn’t count. I also want to knit more socks and fewer shawls. It’s possible I’ve gone on a sock-yarn buying binge in the last few weeks to prepare myself for both knit-olutions.

  11. Alison Hellyer December 26, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    My husband thinks my Knit-olution should be not buy more yarn until I have space in my two little yarn baskets.
    To which I replied what about Unravel I can’t not buy yarn when I go.
    To which Mr H said get Knitting :0)

  12. Inês December 26, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    My New Year’s knit-olution is to knit exclusively from stash — I recently started my first ever grown-up job and don’t have as much time to knit as I did when i was still in school. But I still keep buying yarn as if I did! So, I want this year to be a stash appreciation year, when I finally get to play with all my pretties and end up with tons of lovely FO’s to wear during the coming years. Along those lines, I also want to knit more things for myself as opposed to enforcing a ton of pressure on myself to knit socks and other accessories for friends and family — they don’t even know I’m knitting them! They won’t be disappointed if they never get a handknit!

    Hope you Pomcats have had a lovely Christmas xxx

  13. Ingrid December 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Maybe be writing it down here I will actually stick to my knitolution. It is to keep a diary of my knitting progress as I always forget what I have knitted over a year. I have started doing this in the past both traditionally and electronically but failed quite early in the year. This time i have a lovely leather bound journal waiting to become my knitting diary for 2017. So no excuses and now I will feel really guilty if I do not keep it up.
    Happy new year and thanks for the podcasts, I have only just discovered them and am thrilled that i have, great to listen to when knitting on winter’s afternoon.

  14. Kate December 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    2017 will be the year I finish, finish, finish! Must finish my Boardwalk by Heidi Kirrmaier and Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston – they’re both so lovely and SO close to being finished – I’ll wear one (or both?!) to Unravel to show you!

  15. Stephanie D December 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    My knit-olution is to learn both colorwork and brioche (possibly with the Alloy hat from PPQ issue 19), and a bonus one would be to learn seamed sweater construction. I’ve also never made a pompom before, so hopefully I can add one to that hat!

  16. Libby December 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    My Knit-olution is to learn some new skills like steeking.

  17. Carys Jones December 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    My new year’s knitolution is to try steeking for the first time. I’ve always shied away from it in the past – not because I’m scared about cutting my knitting but rather because I’m just not convinced my rubbish crochet skills are up to the task!

  18. Valentina December 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    I’d love to knit a pair of socks a month, but I already know I will hardly do this, so my knit-olution is to knit more sweaters, included some of my favourites from PomPom, like Waterlily, Tambourine, Roquaine and Vellamo, and a brioche sweater as well, just few days ago, while seeking for brioche sweater designs, I found the beautiful Ingrid by Helga Isager, I’d really love to win the book!!

  19. Shanna December 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    My new year’s knitolution is to actually finish some of the KALs that I started last year (and the year before that)!

  20. Kate December 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    My knitolution is to knit from books more – including my little library of Pom Pom magazines!

  21. Natasha December 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    My knitolution is to continue getting the stash down!

  22. Linda Litchfield December 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Knowing my passion for knitting, both my daughter and my sister gave me yarn for Christmas.I was also given a badge which reads “Born to knit…Forced to work”, which sums up how I feel. There is so much that I want to knit and too little time. My New Year Knitolution is to take my knitting everywhere and stop wasting that time. PS I am currently knitting (amongst other things) the Marianne Isager “Winter” sweater in Isager Spinni -great yarn.

  23. Wei-Lin December 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    My knitolution is to knit from my stash as in 2016 I’ve massively increased it. I’m running out of space.

    I also want to knit at least 2 sweaters for myself- my first adult sized ones

  24. Emma December 30, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    My knitolution for this year is to continue to use knitting to help me get over my body issues, i.e. knit more clothes for myself and buy less ready-made. Whenever I am in a clothing store, I find I look at my body as an issue that needs to be solved or changed in some way. When knitting, I can be more relaxed about the way my body is shaped/looks, because I know I can adapt my knitting to suit my body the way I want it to. It has been a very liberating experience for me. But I would like to get even better at this, so I guess I want to learn more techniques to help me tailor my knitting this year!

  25. Ute December 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m probably not alone in aiming to knit more from stash next year, instead of buying yet more yarn … I am also going to sort & re-house said stash, which is currently hidden away in removal boxes in our cellar after a recent move – quite looking forward to that one :o)

  26. Jennifer O'Brien December 31, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Thank you, Lydia and Sophie, for your best Pomcast yet. It was fun, informative and full of surprises. My knitolutiion for 2017 is to start on a challenging, interesting and (of course) beautiful jumper from Pompom Quarterly. I’ve decided this because all the knitting I’ve done for myself for the past two or three years has been at my comfort level; that is , pretty easy. I haven’t decided yet which jumper, but I’ve always loved Coronis in Autumn 2014, so …. wish me luck. Jennifer O’Brien

  27. Tabea December 31, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    I listened to the episode on a plane back from my parent’s place and came up with “tons” of knitolutions:
    – knit from a japanese pattern
    – improvise a cardi or sweater
    – learn how to knit colorwork with two hands
    + knit a dress, the Martinique Beach cowl from Take Heart, an oversized sweater and start to swatch for a fair isle vest I want to knit for my dead some day.
    Happy new year to all of you!

  28. Trish December 31, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    My knitolution is to support small yarn producers and local yarn shops . I also plan to swatch and block as I tend to ignore both phases of a project ?

  29. Jenny K January 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    My New Years Knit-olution is to go with my gut feeling when I see a pattern so I only knit projects that I will really love, instead of knitting what would be ‘useful’ or what reduces my stash but then sits unworn.

  30. Rachel January 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    My knitolution is to design more patterns and work on knitting the many items in my queue. Are both possible? I sure hope so!

  31. Kate January 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    2017: a year of planning what I actually need (Fringe Association wardrobe-planning style) and knit accordingly! Helle and Ingrid would definitely fit in.

  32. CraigF January 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    My knitolution is to get our etsy shop up, and to finally tackle a sweater!

  33. virginia Sattler-Reimer January 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    I have plenty of knitolutions, most ambitious is to make a sweater a month! (I almost can’t believe I wrote that, sounds crazy!) Of course I’ll be knitting everything from stash, weaving in every end, swatching every project and pinning everything when I block… ;) uh huh. yup. what?

  34. Deborah January 3, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    My knitolution is to knit more socks. I’d like to do at least 6 pairs (thats a sock a month, which seems very doable). And I want to try to knit more from books and magazine that I already own

  35. Anniken January 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    My knitolution is to knit more projects from my yarn stash !

  36. Jocelyn January 4, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    Knitlolution for 2017: make my first sweater! #newyearnewknits

  37. Sue H. January 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    My knitolution is to simply knit more. Knit on the subway commute, knit in the bar, knit wherever I have a spare moment because I really want to finally knit some of my Ravelry favourites and items lingering in my Ravelry queue!

  38. Ella January 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    I have two knitolutions! The first is to try learning some new skills, I got a brioche kit for Christmas that I want to do and the second is planning my wardrobe a bit more carefully. That way I know the things I knit will be worn more! I would love to do what Karen Templer from Fringe Association did and sketch everything out. Oh and one more, buy more yarn when I travel so when I knit something with that yarn I’m reminded of my travels!

  39. Lene January 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    New year knit-olution singular? It’d be to become more organized, as in planning my purchases better, knitting projects that I’ve bought yarn for and not started, and figure smart things out for stash yarn.

    Happy new year pompom <3

  40. ChezLouie January 8, 2017 at 3:35 am #

    My New Year Knitolution is to volunteer to test knit for an indie designer for the first time. Time to give back to this beautiful social knitwork!

  41. Claire January 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    Another great and very festive episode. My knit-olutions include lots of socks, getting a 2017 opal advent calendar (how cool is that?), making a jumper from my excelana stash and I’m loving the Find Your Fade shawls popping up everywhere – looks like a fun and cozy knit. Oh, and of course never missing a PPQ podcast episode (as if I need a resolution about that!)

  42. Imogene January 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    I hope the giveaway is still open – those designs are inspiring! My New Year’s Knit-olution is to really work through my stash, especially those skeins which have been sitting unused for a few years now. The older the yarn, the better! And, if I can’t find a use for it, then I have to find a new home for it.

  43. Vanessa January 14, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    My knitalution is instead of making all my projects really organised to get them complete and push for them to be off the needles, I’ve promised myself to chill out a little even if it was made for a kal it doesn’t mean I have to stop enjoying it and push for that deadline. So basically I need to take my knitting easier and take time to enjoy it more often. :)

  44. Kajsa January 18, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    My goal for 2017 is colour. I want to become better in combining colours in knitting, trying out different combinations and experiment with shades. I’m also going to use up more of my stash.

  45. Corrina January 23, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    My 2017 Knitolution is to make more adult sized sweaters for me. I tend to get distracted by accessory knitting. And to add some spice I want to learn to steek.

    And ok sure there was a fleeting moment where I promised myself to finish all my WIPs. We all know that didn’t stick lol.

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