Samite (2) (5)

Hi Pomcats! We’re back with a mid-month treat of one of our bonus podcasts – or as we like to call them our ‘Short Row’ episodes. We’ve got all the latest Pom Pom news and a chat with the lovely Sonja Bargielowska of Blacker Yarns – and speaking of Blacker, they’re our sponsors, hurrah!


Blacker Yarns specialise in producing pure, natural, ethical yarns that embrace and enhance all the unique characteristics of different British breeds. Their ranges include both breed specific and blended yarns, including a newly launched mohair blend which is ideal for knitting no-nylon socks.

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We’re counting down to our birthday bash Pomfest in July! We’ll have the full reveal of who you can expect to see at the marketplace coming very soon, but we can tell you that our Knit Along sponsors John Arbon, Coop Knits, La Bien Aimée, Kettle Yarn Co. and Julie Asselin will be joining us. Woohoo!

Of course there is our Friday night ‘party within a party’ Pomcast live as well! Don’t forget we want your craft disaster stories for Eli to read out (just like in our Halloween episode!) and questions for What Would Juju Do so send them along [email protected] Oh and make sure you have your ticket!

Thanks to our Pomfest sponsors Loop and our Pomcast live sponsors Fig Tree Yarns.


It’s also a treat to reveal Issue 21 to you folks! If you haven’t checked out the previews on Ravelry yet, where have you been?! Pre-orders and subscriber copies are currently making their way to you now. Lydia as her sights on making a pair of Festoon socks while Sophie can’t wait to cast on Soirée.

And don’t forget our Issue 1 Reboot– We’ve given our very first issue a fresh lick of paint!




Is life at the Devon mill as idyllic as it sounds? Well, yes it would seem it is. We chat to Sonja about wonderful wool, her role and yarns at Blacker, and how your knowledge on 90’s sitcoms creates great analogies for fibre…
We also learn more about the process behind developing new blend Samite. For a behind the scenes illustrated peek you can see Katie Green’s sumptuous illustrated story in Issue 21!



Blacker Samite Swatch

After all that talk about the new Samite blend we had to get some on our needles too! We loved the crunchy structure of this yarn and it holds its shape after blocking beautifully. We think it would be amazing for a rustic Wick Lane!

Sounds good? Well we have three skeins of Samite up for grabs and the lovely folks at Blacker have given you a choice of whichever shade you fancy! To enter simply comment below letting us know which colour you’d like most (you can see the whole range here). Make sure you enter before 26th May as entries made after this date won’t count.

Samite Group Shot
Thanks for listening! As always we love to hear from you folks. You can either email us podcast(at)pompommag.com or join in the chats on our Ravelry group. We’ll be back at the end of May again with another regular sized episode!

xxx Pom Pom



  1. Inês G. May 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Yay so excited to listen to the podcast! I’d love to try this yarn out — I’m particularly smitten with the Bursting Figs colourway!

  2. Barbara May 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    My favourite color is frozen bud.

  3. Susan Sharpe May 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    I do love Blacker Yarn, and the Samite. Swallows Soar is a stunning blue.

  4. Libby May 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m curious to try the new Soiree pattern in Samite Autumn Bowers.

  5. Amy McGeorge May 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    I would love to get some Wild Bee’s Hum on my knitting needles <3

    Yet another amazing Pomcast LOVE IT!! :)

    Amy x

  6. Kaat Neesen May 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    Would love to win those skeins in colour ‘bursting figs’!

  7. Sarah May 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    I love the Wild Bee’s Hum colour!

  8. Jenny Rafferty May 19, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    Having just knit a sweater with Blacker Swan and adored the way the yarn worked, I’d love to win some Sami te! The names are so wonderful too. Wild Bees Hum is my favourite though.

  9. Nicole Acuna May 20, 2017 at 4:14 am #

    I absolutely adore these colors! Fiery Dew has my heart :)

  10. Debbie May 20, 2017 at 6:49 am #

    I would love the ‘Drowsy Flowers ‘ colour way if my name came out of your hat. Just thinking of the name and association of it brings a smile to my face!

  11. calypso May 20, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    I’m so fond of yellow these days… so Drowsy Flowers is definitely the color I would love to knit with!

  12. Lene May 20, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    I’d love to knit with Samite! The colour peacock neck is so striking!

  13. Jules May 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Bursting Figs, such an apt description for such a gorgeous colour. That is the colour I would love to knit with.

  14. Ingrid May 20, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I think I like wild bee’ hum. It reminds me of a jumper my grandmother knitted for me about 50 years ago! I would love to make something with this yarn

  15. kate May 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    Fiery Dew would be just fine on my needles should a little luck come my way.

  16. Charlotte Powell May 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    Samite looks beautiful. I especially love the look of Frozen Bud

  17. Rachel May 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try Blacker Yarns. All of the colors are beautiful, but I think I’d go with Tide of Dreams. <3

  18. Margaret May 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    I love Tide of Dreams! So soft! Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Beth May 20, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    Drowsy flowers!!!! Love blacker yarns :)

  20. Francesca May 21, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Wild bee’s hum is a beautiful name and a beautiful colour.

  21. Jenna May 21, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks for the fun bonus episode! I’ve become fascinated with spinning mills since visiting the Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont last year, so I love hearing about the process of yarnmaking from those who work in them. The Samite colors are beyond gorgeous, but I think my pick is Drowsy Flowers.

  22. Tess May 21, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    such beautiful colours, I think Swallow’s soar is my favourite one x

  23. Clare May 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Love the undies aspen’s shiver

  24. Katharina May 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Hello you guys, I really enjoyed the interview in the last episode of pomcast!
    I’d love to try Samite, but it’s really hard to choose a color! They are all so special! I have a couple of favorites, but right now I’d choose Eternal Day.
    Greetings, Katha

  25. Sarah Cooper May 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Love Peacock’s Neck but they are all pretty gorgeous!First time I have listened to your podcast-really interesting,thank you.

  26. Tracey May 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    I would have to go with Firey Dew, but they are all so beautiful!

  27. Sara May 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Great podcast, loved the interview. I think I’d go for the Eternal Day colour way, would love a Fantoosh done from this.

  28. asteride May 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    Love the Aspen’s Shiver (Undyed) uncolorway!

  29. Meagan Radford May 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    Wonderful, Samite is so beautiful and such a beautiful array of colours. I love Drowsy Flowers.

  30. Gillian May 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    I would love to knit something with this yarn, I love bursting figs

  31. Anniken May 22, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    I’d love to knit with Samite! The colour Burnished Night is so beautiful !

  32. ClaH May 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    I LOVE the deep red “burnished night” but all colors are gorgeous!
    beautiful yarn :)

  33. Eline May 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Usually I love dark and dusky colours, but the natural undyed “Aspen’s Shiver” yarn is definitely my favourite in this case!

  34. Josephine May 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Oh I’ve been eyeing this yarn for a while now! I’d love to knit a garment in ” firey dew”… such a Deep saturated pink! Thank you guys for the giveaway, love listening to your podcast. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of pompom mag 21+1! Love

  35. Marybeth Kress May 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    I love love love Drowsy Flowers color! Pick me!

  36. Pigreco May 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Drowsy Flowers! It’s definitely my favorite!

  37. Rebecca Raabe May 22, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Iron Hills is my absolute favorite; however, they are all stunning!

  38. Deborah May 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    Its a close call between Peacocks Neck and Drowsy Flowers, but I think the beautiful blue of Peacocks Neck wins out.

  39. Dawn May 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    Yaaaay Samite! Not easy to select a favorite but given the time of year and memories of a lovely sweatshirt I borrowed from my mom in 2nd grade: Tide of Dreams it is! Thanks for the giveaway : )

  40. Kimberly May 23, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    I’d love to try Samite! The “Tide of Dreams” color way is BEAUTIFUL!

  41. Emma May 23, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    Yay! New pomcast! I’m very keen on the Bursting Figs colour way:)

  42. Michael Harrigan May 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    I’d love to win 3 skeins of Swallows Soar!

  43. Eve May 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Bursting figs! What a lovely colorway and name! I am so looking forward to trying this beautiful yarn!

  44. Lynda May 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    I love Autumn Bowers.

  45. Louise Lavender Loops May 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    I love all the names but I think the colour I live is Fiery Dew but what a stunning range.

  46. Marte May 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Bursting figs.

  47. Dale May 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Tide of Dreams and Wild Bees’ Hum are my favs, but the whole range is stunning!

  48. Tamara May 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Ooooh will wait for a calm moment to be able to fully enjoy the podcast. And a yarn with the name autumn ? bower, my oh my that is everything rolled into a cake of yarn!!

  49. Sally May 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Gorgeous yarn so very hard to choose a favourite but I would love to make something with fiery dew.

  50. Ella May 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    Fantastic interview! I love the Samite colours! I ghink that my favourite is Wild Bees Hum!

  51. Peggy May 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Lovely podcast! Thank you! The colors, oh the colors! Love Tide of Dreams, but for my coloring, I must choose Swallows Soar, a dreamy light blue!

  52. Elizabeth May 23, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    I love so many of the colours but especially burnished night

  53. Sarah May 23, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Mmmm. I love the Drowsy Flowers! So pretty!

  54. Jenny May 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    I think Tide of Dreams would knit into a lovely flowing cardigan for summer.

  55. Barbara Altman May 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    Semite looks gorgeous. Three skeins would be enough for me to make a light cardigan, maybe another Hitofude. The color? Hard to choose. Maybe Peacock’s Neck, maybe Sunless Hours. Very different moods.

  56. Patricia May 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    It was an interesting podcast,thank you!
    My favorite colour is Frozen Bud,it will be great to create a steam punk pattern with it.


  57. Kristin weaver May 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Amazing yarns! Sunless hours would be a welcome addition go my stash.

  58. Charlotte May 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    Peacock’s neck is lovely! But they’re all beautiful

  59. Chelsea B May 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    I love that Sonja got inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites. I wrote a paper back in high school about the Pre-Raphaelite artists who drew their inspiration from the poets! And oh those colors are to dye for! My favs (hard to choose) are bursting figs and tide of dreams. So beautiful!

  60. Stephanie D May 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    Wild Bee’s Hum is my favorite color! It looks lovely!

  61. Loret May 24, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Would knit up the Burnished Night Hap with it and hope to be able to make it to Pomfest with it.

  62. Jane Dale May 24, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    Interesting podcast, very thought provoking. The Samite shade I love is Swallow’s Soar but they are all gorgeous.

  63. Amy Hubbard May 24, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    Eternal Day!!

  64. Tamara Snell May 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! I’ve been keen to get my hands on some of this Samite yarn–gorgeous and lush. It’s hard (!!) to choose, but I’ll keep everything crossed and choose Burnished Night as my fave colourway ? Cheers

  65. Maria Wade May 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Fiery Dew…I’m trying to expand the colors I wear.

  66. Susie Burdett May 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    What a thoughtfully put constructed yarn! I love old yew, somehow, it’s both vibrant and earthy!

  67. Diane Pyle May 25, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    I have always wanted to try Blacker yarns. I would pick Bursting Figs. Thanks for another great podcast. You always make my day brighter.

  68. Vera May 25, 2017 at 7:14 am #

    Ha, just discovered videopodcasts recently, some of which led me to your magazine, and I had to order one yesterday ;) I love Blacker Yarns and with Drowsy Flowers I’d dare to go out of my comfort zone, but it’s such an amazing colour!

  69. Valeria F May 25, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    Gorgeous giveaway! I’d go for Old Yew. Cheers!

  70. Melanie May 25, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    What lush yarns! My choice would be Old Yew. It reminds me of the green Pantone Colour of the Year. Could make a great keepsake.

  71. Cassandra May 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    That blend sounds amazing! So many lovely colours but I think Old Yew is my favourite.

  72. Teresa May 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh, it’s hard to choose! Fiery Dew or Drowsy Flowers are calling to me right now! Gorgeous colors!

  73. Ursula Vocca May 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    If only one color is allowed I pick frozen bud. I could imagine a three color shawl like in Helen Stewart’s next Shawl Society pattern.

  74. Penny Jenkins May 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Love all the Samite colours! For me it’s hard to choose between Tide of Dreams and Eternal Day, but I think Tide of Dreams just pips the others to the finishing line. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Julie Evans May 25, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I love Samite – my favourite colour is Wild Bees hum.

  76. Susan Rooney May 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    Lovely fiery dew or burnished night

  77. Cynthia Sanford May 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    Hello! I enjoyed the podcast with Sonja of Blacker Yarns. After listening to a Pomcast last year I went straight to the Blacker website and ordered the special yarn for their 11th anniversary (can’t think of the name). Loved it when it arrived at my home in Washington, DC and loved that I could read more about the very sheep from which it was spun. Hearing about the process of developing the Samite line, the inspiration and how it knits up was fascinating to me. As a natural redhead, the Pre-Raphaelites were of special interest. All the colors are beautiful and if I won I would love a skein in three different colors, but if I had to choose only one it would be Drowsy Flowers because it looks to be the exact shade of chamomile and I rarely knit with a yellow/gold. The Wick Lane is a fine suggestion for using Samite, too. Thank you PomPom and Blacker. PS: I adore the podcasts.

  78. Janet May 26, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    So happy for an extra episode of podcast! Thank you! All the colors of Samite are beautiful!, but bursting fig has caught my eye.

  79. Lynn May 26, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    My favourite colour is Frozen Bud, but they are all wonderful.

  80. Marion May 26, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    I love Blacker Yarns! All the colours are really amazing, at this moment I’d go with Burnished Night.

  81. Carol May 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Hard to choose just one color. I love the idea of the Samite yarns, especially because I love William Morris and other British Arts and Crafts designs. Peacock’s Neck is the color that jumped out to me first but I’d use any of them.

  82. cvd.aviatrix May 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    Very difficult to choose, but I think I’d go for Bursting Figs.

  83. Kate May 27, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    Frozen Bud!

    • Kate May 27, 2017 at 2:59 am #

      (and it is still May 26 where I am listening in Chicago)

  84. Rachel May 27, 2017 at 4:53 am #

    I love sunless hours

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