Hello Pomcats! So many exciting things planned and on the horizon in Pomland, we love being able to share all the gossip and stories of what we have planned for you, so grab a cuppa and your knitting and join in!

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This episode we’re also joined by talented textiles star Gina Rockenwagner, plus we have a review of some yarn from our kind sponsors Northlight Fibers.

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We have parties on our mind as Lydia has just celebrated her 30th birthday – many happy returns to her! Of course all this celebrating puts us in good stead to prepare all the fun things for Pomfest! Make sure you get your tickets for the marketplace here (you can choose either the Friday or the Saturday) and also for our Friday night event Pomcast live! Lydia and Sophie will be joined by special guests to bring you a live and interactive version of the podcast.

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We want to hear from you for this special Pomcast Live; we need your queries for ‘What Would Juju Do?’ as Juju will be solving those dilemmas in person! Plus, if you remember our producer extraordinaire Eli reading your knitting horror stories on the podcast last Halloween,  you’ll be pleased hear to we have him back again to entertain us as compère and craft disasters storyteller. Please send us your stories and WWJJD via [email protected] – we hope to see you there!


While Lydia is enjoying some quality time with her Vellamo sleeves, she is also extolling the virtues and magic of weaving all the scarves! If you fancy trying weaving too, we highly recommend our tutorial from Issue 17! This is one of her projects (while it was still on the loom) made with Daughter of a Shepherd yarn, alongside various John Arbon yarns. All spun in the same mill!

Lydia's weaving project

Sophie has finished her Rockhopper Shawl and started the Tinea cardigan from Issue 20. This yarn is Rosy Sport from Anna Dandelion – yay!



Some gorgeous Waterstreet DK has come to visit from across the pond from the lovely folks at Northlight Fibres. We love this squishy soft merino and cashmere blend and are pretty impressed that the whole processing of this yarn is all done in the same place, Block Island in the United States. If you fancy getting your needles around these two skeins, simply comment below letting us know who you are most looking forward to seeing speak at Pomfest (you can see the line up here if you need reminding!) Make sure you get your entries in before midnight 7th May as entries made after this won’t count – good luck!



This episode we’re joined by Gina Rockenwagner! You’ll know her amazing geometric designs Rhombille and Equilibrium from Issue 16 and her springy quilt tutorial from Issue 20. We chat about colour, knits and what lead Gina to start her clothing line Poppy and Pima. To top off this excellent interview, you Pomcats can get 25% off at the Poppy and Pima shop using the code pompom25 – thanks Gina!

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And that’s it, thanks for listening! We can’t wait to meet you all at Pomcast Live.

Pom Pom xxx


  1. Inês G. April 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    I won’t be able to attend Pomfest, but I’d love watching Clara Parkes speak! So happy about all your festivities — it’s so great to see you all thriving and doing all these activities!

  2. Sindy Pierre May 1, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    It’s dificult to choose with such an amazing line-up, but I would say Bristol Ivy.

  3. Ingrid May 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Thanks for the podcast. Although I got so engrossed listening that I forgot to cast on extra sitiches for drop sleeves and knitted away and then had to rip it all back. I find with easy patterns I make more mistakes than with hard ones!
    Anyway I am looking forward to hearing and seeing Bristol Ivy at pomfest and you too of course

  4. Margaret May 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I’d have to say I’d love to hear Clara Parkes speak. I love her books and she is such a fount of knitty knowledge!

  5. Lene May 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    I’d say I’m looking most forward to Bristol Ivy :D

  6. Anne May 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    Hard to choose from so many interesting guests, but I think I would make Bristol Ivy my first choice.

  7. Madeleine May 2, 2017 at 1:13 am #

    I would love to hear Veera..just love her designs.

  8. Emma May 2, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    I would love to hear Bristol Ivys talk! Her knitting brain is something really special. And of course, seeing and hearing the legendary Eli would be totally awesome ;)

  9. Jules May 2, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    Looking forward to pop fest tremendously, and all the speakers, yarns, everything but if I must choose then Bristol Ivy, I just love the way she constructs garments, really clever.

  10. Kristina May 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Sadly, I don’t think I’ll make it to the party, though a girl can dream, can’t she? Maybe one day! The entire lineup is incredible. One person I’d love to hear is Veera. I actually learned to knit while I was a high school exchange student in Finland so meeting her would be like coming full circle!

  11. Anne May 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    For a brief moment my partner and I thought – we should go – but then we realised it wouldn’t work this summer (we have to cross the atlantic to get there). We were just loving the thought of going away and checking out all the yarns etc. Oh well !

  12. Judy N. May 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    I wish I could attend and, if I could, I would love to hear all of the panel. However, if I had to choose only one, it would be Clara Parkes

  13. Claire May 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    Ack! A fave? Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend but I hope there is an opportunity to see highlights of the event and speakers at some point. All the speakers are so talented and inspirational

  14. Naomi May 3, 2017 at 2:41 am #

    I love hearing Clara Parkes talk about yarn!!!!!!

  15. Janette May 3, 2017 at 5:59 am #

    It’s difficult to choose from the great list of speakers but I’m going to say Bristol Ivy..

  16. mandelpotet-pimpernel May 3, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Unfortunately I won´t be able to make it. Got to work… but the line-up is awesome. I would really like to see Veera Välimäki and Anna Maltz! Hope everyone joining will have a great time! Well, I´m sure everyone will!

  17. Chris hindle May 3, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Clara parkes will be amazing to listen to!

  18. Shirin May 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Veera is always the favourite!

  19. Sarah May 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    I’d love to hear Emily Foden speak, if I could come. She’s a fellow Canadian, and I admire her sense of adventure.

  20. Stephanie D May 3, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    I wish I could go! I’d love to see Bristol Ivy and Clara Parkes!

  21. Jane May 4, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    So looking forward to Thea Colman’s talk! She cracks me up on Instagram and I love her designs.

  22. Cissi May 4, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    This is a cruel task, but I would have to be honest and say Bristol Ivy.

  23. Kat May 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Anna Maltz is the host, but I’d be delighted to hear what she has to say. She seems so joyful, I love the enthusiasm!

  24. Toni May 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Thea Colman would be the speaker I’d like to hear.

  25. Rachel May 5, 2017 at 12:37 am #

    I would just love to listen to Clara Parkes talk about wool! Also, Bristol Ivy on design. I really wish I could join in on the Pomfest fun!

  26. Alex Alderfer May 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    I can’t make it to the festival, but I would love to hear Bristol Ivy!

  27. Geraldine May 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

    I wish I could come to the party. Your list of speakers is great. I am most curious about Clara Parkes. I love her books

  28. Tamara Snell May 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Well, that’s a hard question…I think it’s a toss-up between Thea Colman, Bristol Ivy and Veera V. Just to add, those two skeins of North Light Fibres yarn are to die for ?? Everything crossed ???

  29. Diane May 7, 2017 at 1:47 am #

    It would be so wonderful to attend Pomfest but I am stuck here in the US. If I could be there I would love to hear Bristol Ivy speak. Her designs are always so interesting.

  30. Wei-Lin May 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    I can’t wait to hear Clara Parkes speak. I loved bed her interview on the Pomcast and I’m looking forward to her IRL

  31. Ali Hellyer May 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Anna Maltz and Clara Parkes. can’t wait for PomFest my Husband might need to tranquilize me I am so excited.

  32. Cath May 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    This interview is just so inspiring

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