Hello Pomcats! Things are warming up here in London, and we are gearing up for Pomfest! But in the meantime we have our 40th episode of Pomcast all ready for your listening pleasure, featuring one of our Pomfest vendors, and favourite dyers, Julie Asselin. We also have all our usual knit-chat and giggles, news, reviews, and classic top 3. Let’s go!

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A huge thank you to The Wool Kitchen for sponsoring this podcast. The Wool Kitchen create fun and colourful yarns, all hand dyed in East London. They say ‘embrace the colour’ – check out their variegated yarns, from punchy poolparties to sophisticated zips of colour, including British breeds and luxury merino silks. There is yarn for all!

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There is so much going on at PPHQ we can hardly keep up with it all! But let’s give it a go!

Wool Journey – we are excited to announce the next book coming this summer from Pom Pom. We’ve been working on Wool Journey: Shetland, our collaboration with Jaime and Amber of Fancy Tiger CraftsMalia Mather, and Stephen West of Stephen and Penelope. Along with Ysolda Teague these yarn fans took a trip to Shetland, and brought back a wealth of inspiration and knowledge. The book came out of this woolly adventure, and explores the knitting community and culture from the Shetland Islands. It’s part travel guide, part travel book, and of course features 5 patterns inspired by and knit in Shetland yarns. Keep an eye out for more information and sneak peeks coming very soon!

Wool Journey: Shetland coming soon!

Our other main news is that we can reveal most of our vendor line up for Pomfest! And what a line up it is! We can’t wait to have all these brilliant yarns and haberdashery all under one roof.


Soph is working on her Tinea, and sticking to her new year knitolution of maintaining monogamous relationships with her projects. Whereas Lydia is experiencing some project insecurities, but as always, planning to knit all the socks. Her most recent sock yarn crush is Mondim from Rosa Pomar (pic is from their instagram feed).

Mondim from Rosa Pomar


We have some mega jazzy Wool Kitchen Sock to review, in the colour Heterochromia. The yarn is a 4ply, and is 80% BFL, and 20% bamboo, which gives it a subtle sheen, as well as making it stronger, and bringing its antibacterial qualities to the mix! This yarn is everything you could want from a sock yarn, and the way it knits up makes it fun to work with. The background of semi solid dove grey is interrupted by little zips of speckled colour.


We have a skein of this yarn to giveaway, hooray! To win comment below letting us know who you are looking forward to seeing at Pomfest (don’t forget the full line up is here). Make sure you enter before midnight GMT on Sunday 11th June as any comments made after this date won’t count – good luck!

We also had fun with a Gleener, which is keeping our knits looking fresh and pill free! The lovely folks at Gleener have given you Pomcats the code POMPOM10 to use on Amazon UK or here at Gleener.com to give you 10% off any of their fuzz removing products – hurrah!

We also had a chat about Within by Jane Richmond & Shannon Cook  – a must for cosy autumnal knits! Plus Flotsam and Jetsam by Ash Alberg which features gorgeous cables accessories and garments inspired by ocean-bed debris.


We were so excited to speak to dyer, Pomfest vendor and Pomfestkal sponsor, Julie Asselin. We love Julie’s yarns, and we talked to her about her journey to yarn dyeing, her inspiration, and her knitting and exercise routine. Trust us, it’s impressive! Julie’s Leizu DK was used for the Boum tank and Shindig shawl in our Anniversary Issue:

Boum tank and Shindig shawl from Pom Pom Issue 21
And her Hektos was used in our Issue 1 reboot for the Skipworth Mitts.

Julie also discussed the process behind Nurtured, which is created in a different way to her other hand dyed yarns! And lastly her desert island yarn was Shibui Twig (not twill!).

We can’t wait to see more of her yarns in person at Pomfest!

TOP 3…

… cities! This one was suggested by inesversusthewool on our ravelry forum. Listen to find out which cities we chose! Here is a clue for one of Lydia’s picks, and one of her favourite new app pastimes; creating colour palettes on Adobe Capture.

tiles in Lisbon with colour scheme

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back next month with more, and very soon after that we’ll be bringing you Pomcast Live! We can’t wait!

xxx Pom Pom

Thanks again to Wool Kitchen for sponsoring!

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  1. Leslie June 2, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    Hello pretty pom-pom people! I want to throw my hat in the ring to win some Wool Kitchen yarn by saying I’m looking forward to seeing them in particular because I love their colourways, and Julie Asselin who’s bases and hues are to die for. See you there!

  2. Charlotte June 4, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Hi lovely pomcast hosts! I have tried to refresh the podcast on iTunes on a number of occasions in the last few days and it doesn’t appear to load the new episode. It also isn’t listed in the iTunes store. I’ll listen on soundcloud but I thought you might like to know!

  3. Tamara Snell June 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    Hi! Looking at everyone exhibiting at Pomfest, I think La bien aimee is who I’m most looking forward to seeing. Although, saying that, I would be happy to peruse all the exhibitors wares (merchant and mills ?). Thanks for this giveaway! The skein from athe Wool Kitchener looks absolutely divine ❤️

  4. Helen June 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    Unfortunately i can’t make it to pomfest (my PhD thesis is not going to write itself!) but I am so pleased to have learned about all the fantastic vendors, including some new to me one too investigate too

  5. Jules June 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Whilst I am looking forward to everything about Pomfest, I am particularly looking forward to Midwinter yarns and hopefully squishing some Tuku wool.

  6. michelle June 5, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    I’d love to see the UK yarns and products since I don’t live in the UK. Hadn’t seen Wool Kitchen’s yarns before so it was great to see it in the skein and knitted up here on the blog

  7. Kendra June 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Couldn’t make up my mind who I’m most looking forward to seeing, but as I was perusing, I just became v. obsessed with the fun pops of color in the Wool Kitchen skeins! (and their Becoming Kahlo colorway) so I’ll have to say Wool Kitchen!

  8. Linda Whythe June 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    So looking forward to seeing Stranded Dyeworks !!

  9. Ingrid June 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Gosh trying to choose who I am looking forward to seeing is hard. Everyone, but maybe Garthenor and wool kitchen. The free skein would be great to win. Getting close now and so looking forward to coming.

  10. Ellen June 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    Sadly, I won’t be able to hop across the pond to PomFest, but your list of vendors is so enticing that I would have a hard time choosing. Many are new to me, and I’m looking forward to checking them out. I would love to win a skein of the beautiful Wool Kitchen yarn. I love the ways the speckles mix gently with the dove grey!

  11. cvd.aviatrix June 6, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    I wish I could make it to Pomfest! I would love to see Wool Kitchen as I have not knitted with any of their yarn yet, so it would be great to win a skein! Thank you for another great giveaway.

  12. Ceri June 6, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    Such a great and international line-up! From Wales I will look forward to meeting Paula from Moel View Yarns in person and squishing some of her beautifully dyed fibres. From Sweden there is Karin Öberg and I’d like to check out her linen blends.And that wool kitchen yarn from closer to home looks intriguing, too.

  13. Elena June 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    I can’t wait for Pomfest! I’m looking forward to meeting the lovely WoolKitchen

  14. Glenda Finlay June 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi PomPom kids. I wish I could get to the PomPom Summer party but alas. I would have been really excited to see Emily’s Viola mohair. I really want to try some. Have fun

  15. Cassandra June 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    There are several vendors whose yarn I would love to see in person. Mostly those with blends I haven’t knit with before, like Wool Kitchen’s BFL bamboo or John Arbon’s Devonia, so I could give them a squish :)

  16. Rachel June 7, 2017 at 1:47 am #

    Looking forward to the live Pomcast! And would love some wool kitchen yarn!

  17. Linnea June 7, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    Hi Pomcats!
    I won’t be going to Pomfest (stupid North Sea is stupid), but I would love to see Daughter of a Shepherd and John Arbon! Enjoy, and congratulations, five years is huge!

  18. Megan June 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    I’ll only be able to vicariously attend Pomfest via lovely posts I’m sure I’ll see on IG. The lineup has me heartsick for all the lovely yarn, notions and Knitters I’ll miss, but Coop Knits, Biches & Buches and la Bien Aimee especially!

  19. Madeleine June 8, 2017 at 12:50 am #

    I just wish I could actually attend Pomfest. But if I could come I would love to meet Wool Kitchen. BTW…loved your top 3 segment. Venice is in my top 3 too.

  20. Kristina June 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    I won’t be at Pomfest but I can’t wait to admire from afar! La Bien Amiee is on vendor I would love to see in person.

  21. Becky June 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    I won’t be able to attend Pomfest, but I am a new listener who is enjoying the podcast! I’ld love to see Wool Kitchen and Dandelion yarns in person if I were going though.

  22. lisakoby June 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Based on the podcast I took a look at the Wool Kitchen website and their yarns are lovely!

  23. Jess June 10, 2017 at 5:57 am #

    Would love to fly up from down under for Pomfest- I will have to experience it vicariously! Would love to see those Wool Kitchen yarns up close!

  24. Judith Ward June 10, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    I am another who will sadly be unable to make it to Pomfest but wow! – what a line-up! I heard an interview with John Arbon so would love to see him – but have to say they are all so fab I just couldn’t choose between them!

  25. Karen June 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    If I coul attend Pomfest, I would be looking for Viola yarns and Julie Asselin first. The Wool Kitchen would pull me in as well. Very cool.

  26. Janet June 13, 2017 at 3:54 am #

    Thanks for the interview with Julie. Listening to her makes me smile.

    I am so sad that I will not make it to Pomfest. I will be in London only until the 5th.
    So many wonderful yarns…hoping to find wool kitchen and others during my short stay.

  27. Sarah June 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    Loved the interview with Julie ;) And that Wool Kitchen Skein! I can’t make it to Pomfest, boo to the giant ocean between me and the party, but if I could go I would not miss the live Pomcast, and I would love to meet Bristol Ivy and see knit samples from her new book with Pompom Press!

  28. Martha June 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

    I’d love to meet Bristol Ivy or Rachey Coopey. And shops for all that British wool!

  29. Carlotta June 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Just discovered POM POM Quarterly and pomcast. I am In love. I love yarn so would to be in the running for the hank in question.

  30. Helen June 27, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Perhaps PomPom magazine could come on tour and visit us all wherever we live, Interesting articles about different places, differing sheep and yarn types from around the globe.
    Would love a skein of wool kitchen beautiful yarn please, who wouldn’t like that lovely surprise in the mail

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