Hi Pomcats! Another month, another podcast! Hurrah! This month we can barely control our excitement for Pomfest, our 5th birthday party, now only weeks away! We can’t wait! And we hope to see some of you pomcats there.

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This episode is sponsored by Skein Queen. Thank you Skein Queen! After ten years of dyeing unique one-off colourways, Skein Queen has added a new range of standard colourways inspired by Berkshire and the surrounds, where her dyeworks is located. Dyed by hand on the sumptuous Selkino merino and silk singles base, the Berkshire Collection comes in a range of 20 semi-solid colourways. In addition, Skein Queen also offers a Good Old Sock Yarn collection in an array of semi-solid, variegated and speckle-dyed yarns to satisfy all your sock knitting needs.


Sneak peek of samples from upcoming book with Bristol Ivy
It’s a very busy time here at Pom Pom, not to mention the travelling we’ve been doing! Sophie went to TNNA, and ate as many donuts as she could… and we also had a preview of the samples from our upcoming book project with Bristol Ivy … it’s going to be good folks!

Pomfest KAL

Of course we are now less than a month away from Pomfest and we’re getting so excited! We cover a lot of news in the podcast about the festival including the marketplace line up, the talk schedule and the Thursday evening knit nights – more information about these on their dedicated blog posts. We are also enjoying all the Pomfest project chatter on our Pomfest KAL group, even if you can’t make it to the party, you can enter! And if you can make it, we are looking forward to seeing your FOs in person!

Wool Journey authors at TNNA
Our other big news is that Wool Journey is now available in both digital and print. Here are authors Amber, Jamie, Steven West and Malia with the book at TNNA, what an awesome team! All four visited Shetland and were inspired to create this part travel guide, part pattern book, along with Ysolda, whose photography is also featured. If you haven’t already, we think you should check it out! 


Sophie Bon Bon mitts
Both Sophie and Lydia are making Bon Bon mittens – Sophie’s are in Brookyln tweed Arbor in the colour Nightfall (shown above). Lydia has gone for speckles and is using Uncommon Thread BFL Light DK  in the colour Confetti. 

Lydia is also pleased that she has made all the pieces for her Vellamo jumper, the cover star from Pom Pom Autum 2016, knitted in Viola Polwarth and Alpaca… and is hopeful that it will all be seamed and a proper FO very soon. Maybe in time for the big birthday bash! 


We got our hands on some Selkino from Skein Queen, and what a treat it is! Part of a new range from Skein Queen Selkino is a 70% Merino, and 30% silk, 100% gorgeous single ply.  We thought it would be perfect for a single ply version of Wick Lane. The new range is inspired by Berkshire, where she is based, and we love the way Skein Queen has turned the heritage of her surrounds into a collection of muted colours, all with names that root them in the place that inspired them.

Skein Queen Selkino

Skein Queen’s yarns are so special, and we are really excited that we have two skeins of Wriggle in a gorgeous speckley colourway to giveaway. Keep an eye out for peeks on our social media! Just think of all the beautiful things you could make… To enter simple comment below and tell us which part of the world would inspire your dream yarn collection. Make sure you get your entries in by 9th July as entries made after this won’t count – good luck!


Pamela Wynne-Butler

You might remember Pamela Wynne Butler (photographed here by Caro Sheridan) as one of our panel members for the Knitters in the Round Pussy Chat. We are huge fans of the work that Pamela does, and so while they were at TNNA Sophie and Meghan were lucky enough to catch up with her and talk about her new book Handsome: Man Sweaters for Every Body. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did.


Our top 3 for this episode is our favourite things about London. We know that many of you are travelling here to celebrate with us, so we wanted to get in the mood by listing what we love about where we live! Listen to find out what we chose.

And that’s all folks! We can’t wait to see you at Pomfest.

x Pom Pom

Thanks again to Skein Queen!
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  1. Liz June 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    I definitely feel inspired by the landscapes from where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. The grey skies above a super green treescape is just to die for. The colors and rusticness of the landscape would be a forever inspiration for a dream yarn collection. Just lovely!

  2. carlotta June 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    After listening to your latest podcasts, I think England would be would inspire my dream yarn. England has so many different kinds of sheep that I think it would be wonderful to get yarn from there.

  3. Ingrid June 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    Where better to be inspired than the Wirral peninsula. The yellow brown sand, red sandstone outcrops covered with yellow bracken and purple heather. Not to mention all the sea birds on the shore. And the views of the Welsh hills shrouded in mist or glistening in the sunshine. The perfect palette for yarn colours and combinations.

  4. Michele Cooper July 1, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Just looking at the rail of knitted goodies is inspirational, great colours with fantastic stitches !! I love it all !!

    Michele. XXX

  5. Victoria Smith July 1, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    I would gain inspiration from the island of Iona off the coast if Mull… Beautiful heathers, gorgeous grays and turquoise seas (if you’re lucky with a sunny day)

  6. Tracey July 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    I’m a Canadian living abroad, and today is Canada 150, so I think I would have to choose my homeland to inspire my dream yarn collection.

  7. Sarah Dawn July 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    I adore the podcast! This weeks interview was especially interesting!

    Color wise my dream yarn collection would be inspired by the us southwest, I love the dusty desert color. But weight and fiber wise, I’d have lots of wool and alpaca blends to keep me cozy for a Midwest winter!

  8. Sindy Pierre July 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm #


    I have been very fortunate to travel lots for work (several years even for 10 months) and have searched for many LYS and yarn related places.

    I was stunned at the amount of yarn I found in Chile, especially in Puerto Montt.

    It is an amazing area, lush and green, with the blue of the sea in the back ground. We also sailed near glaciers, who were the most gorgeous blue hues, I think of yarn in those colours, always inspired by nature.

    See you in less than 2 weeks in London!

  9. Ali Hellyer July 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    My dream yarn collection would be inspired by Japan, cherry blossoms, Autumn, Volcanoes, Kwawai Geshia. It would be an amazing collection.

  10. Henrike July 2, 2017 at 1:07 am #

    My yarn collection would be mainly inspired by the beautiful colours of Ireland. I used to live and work there as an Au Pair for some time and I just fell in love with the landscape over and over again. There are so many really different landscapes to explore. It would make a beautiful earthy and “natural” rainbow I would think. Allthough it is the “Emerald Isle” it’s not all green there. As green is one of my favourite colour I would squeeze in a special edition with all the different shades of green! :)

  11. Juliet July 2, 2017 at 6:18 am #

    Loved this interview! Thanks for another lovely episode, ladies. A part of the world to inspire my imaginary yarn collection: Tuscany. Florence is one of my favorite cities, and I lived there for a while. I haven’t been back in a dozen years but I still very literally dream about walking its streets. My collection would have a little countryside, a little city, all gorgeous.

  12. Lily July 2, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    My dream yarn collection would be inspired by the landscape around Lake Constance/ the Bodensee, which is a lake on the Rhine which forms part of the Switzerland/ Germany border.

  13. Jessica July 2, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Mine would be southern Spain. Sun-drenched landscapes and Moorish art and architecture–one of my favorite places.

  14. Susie Burdett July 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    It sounds cliché, it I have to admit, I love the idea of the Berkshire collection. As Berkshire born and raised, I’ve been trying to think of the best way to incorporate the landscape I grew up on – the undulating greens, with streaks of white where the chalk shows through, and flashes of yellow from the rape crops, so I must go check out the collection that seems so apt for my sentimental side!

  15. Jade July 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Recently I was hiking up a mountain in Wales, and as I was going up I kept noticing different coloured stones and foliage that made me think “if I ever try my hand at dying yarn, this will be my inspiration.” In the rocks were a lot of muted purples (which makes up the vast majority of my stash as it is…) as well as lots of greys and taupes, and of course an array of deep forest greens and yellowy-greens from the foliage…this is most definitely my dream collection! I even have a small collection of purple and taupe coloured stones at home collected from the beaches of coves near St David’s on trips there with friends.

    So the wild and wonderful corners of Wales is what would inspire me…unfortunately it’s not very exotic or far flung, but it’s what I really love.

  16. Hannah July 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    My dream yarn collection would, without a doubt, be inspired by India – the complete overload of colour, smells, sights and sounds is amazing, so there is plenty to take inspiration from! I also adored the amazing textiles and handmade goods that were to be found in the markets there – particularly in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer was my favourite – the ancient fort in the middle of the desert is like something from Aladdin, and wandering round the markets there was just lovely. I bought the most gorgeous hand embroidered purple bedspread there – it’s huge (and very heavy!) and I had to carry it in my backpack for the rest of my three week trip around India. I don’t regret buying it one bit though – it’s one of my favourite possessions now.

  17. Kristina July 3, 2017 at 12:29 am #

    My dream yarn collection would be inspired by wildflowers (and dyed naturally if possible)!

  18. Ceri July 3, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    NORTHERN Norway, beyond the Arctic circle would inspire a dream yarn collection for me: chilly blue grey Arctic waters, long summer nights with wide skies, purples, blues and greens from the berries and mosses.

  19. Jessica Lane July 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    My dream landscape would be Northern Canada, a la a Tom Thompson painting. Crisp cool blues, burnt oranges, rich earthy browns, and gorgeous gemstone greens. I can practically hear the loons calling just dreaming of it.

  20. Meredith MC July 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    My dream collection would be from the Pacific Northwest of the USA- where I’ve lived my life so far. The colors here are diverse and harmonious- I could see mini collections in Pacific Ocean, temperate rain forest, meadow, urban gardens, farmers market, and animals of the PNW. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
    PS I Love Pom Pom

  21. Jules July 3, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    I love the colours of home, the Lincolnshire Wolds, the green fields, hedgerows and wide open skies.

  22. Emelie G July 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    I just came back from three weeks in the Faroe Islands, and it was so increadibly inspiring! They have a long history of wool works, and the nature is breathtaking! The green hills and the sea and the ever shifting skies, I could stare at it for hours! And the puffins where offcourse adorable with their bright beaks and white markings. And the climate is perfect for a wardrobe full of rustic wooly-wool jumpers haha! So that’s the place I’d pick to inspire my dream yarn collection.

  23. Julie July 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    My dream collection would be based on Haiwaii: hot corals, tropical greens and cool ocean blues!

  24. Tamara Snell July 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for another great podcast! Okay, so I’m super keen to visit Italy someday, and I can imagine a beautiful collection of colours based on their Italian countryside and coast. To be honest, there are a lot of dream destinations that I think would bring about an equally dreamy collection of fibre colours–it’s quite hard to choose just one. Thanks for the giveaway

  25. Natasha West July 5, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    My dream collection would be inspired by New Mexico, particularly around Santa Fe. The lovely clay pinks, the greenery, the bright blue sky along with the colourful Mexican food carts and turquoise Navajo jewellery.

  26. Alison L July 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and have been deprived but I’m dreaming of the colors of Sonoma Valley, wine country in California. There would be various greens, blues, and purples. Love the podcast.

  27. Linda Whythe July 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    Great podcast! My inspiration would have to come from Alaska., it is so fabulous!!!

  28. Em July 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Dream yarn collection would come from the Pacific Northwest (in the US), the greens and dark reds of ferns and redwoods, and the browns of other evergreen trees. Can’t listen to this episode yet because I’m saving it to listen to on summer vacation around that very area. :)

  29. Jen Amaral July 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    My dream yarn collection would be inspired by the colours of Scotland. Scotland in the sun, Scotland in the rain; so many beautiful colour possibilities.

  30. Naomi G July 6, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    The Caribbean! The blue-green-teals of the ocean alongside the creamy white sandy beaches is the most amazing color combo.

  31. Helen July 6, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    I’m a Brit, living down under. Both Aus and the UK have fantastic but very different colours in their landscapes. I love the lush green fields, bright coloured flowers and my parents in law back garden in the UK, but I’m also equally attached to the landscape in my new home, very different flowers and trees and landscapes here. I think it depends, when feeling nostalgic for the UK and my extended family, its the bight colours, but really I’m just as happy here.
    Would love a little surprise in the post from the UK, reminds me of family which is the most important. That’s it, wherever my family happen to be is the best landscape.

  32. Angela St Quintin July 6, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    My dream yarn collection would be the colours of Iceland. The landscape at different times of the year, all beautiful and so varied, from the lava to the sea and the snow peaked mountains. Also the bright colours of the houses and the wealth of Christmas lights in December (perfect to inspire speckled yarns.

  33. Rachel July 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    If I were creating a yarn collection, I might try to do one based on the vibrant spice markets of India – I love the autumnal colors with golds, oranges, and browns.

  34. Karen July 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    I love the colors of the Colorado Rockies–vivid blue skies, coral-red and yellow paintbrush, and the greenest of green mountain meadows!

  35. Jenny Rafferty July 7, 2017 at 5:09 am #

    My dream yarn collection would be inspired by the amazing blues, greens , turquoises and greys of the sea waters around my beloved New Zealand.

  36. Amanda July 7, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Far North Queensland (Aus ;-)) in early summer. I visited my parents when they first moved there a few years ago, and the depth and variation in colour where they were living was phenomenal. The speckled browns, the tinges of green, the brightest blue sky, the rolling black storms, blossoming wild flowers…. Oh! Perfect!

  37. Kaat Neesen July 7, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    The Namibian Desert, withe all those colour grades of beige, orange, brown, …
    Or the very opppsite, Iceland with tones of white, gray, blue, …

  38. michelle July 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    I’m from Aotearoa New Zealand as well (see Jenny above), so blues from sky and sea, greens from the bush, head inland to the volcanic plateau round Waiouru for browns and yellows of tussock, red from the flowers of the pohutukawa (or go for the classic red-painted and weathered corrugated iron farm roof), purples from hebe or the sun-orchid

  39. Patrizia July 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    I would be inspired by Vietnam for sure! I have a friend who comes from that part of the world and her sense of color is amazing!

  40. Geya July 8, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    My family is from Sicily, Italy. A very generous land with volcanoes and sand and ocean. The colors there are so incredible!

  41. Helen July 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    My yarn collection would definitely be inspired by the lake district think of all those dreamy greys and greens and blues!!

  42. Rebecca July 8, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    I grew up in the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest and I think the colors of this region would inspire a beautiful palette. There could be lots of green, cool blues from the river, soft lavenders, and a ton of greys for the cloudy grey skies.

  43. Georgina July 9, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    My collection would be inspired by Morocco. Desert and oasis, blue tiles and beads, spices, date and the fabulous Le Majorelle garden….

  44. Stephanie July 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    My yarn collection would be inspired by the country I come from and love in, Canada. There is such a wide variety of colours and landscapes here from the oceans, mountains, forests, wheat fields and the beautiful north of the country.

  45. Wei-Lin July 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    My yarn collection would be inspired by Malaysia. There’s Jungle, beautiful blue seas and vibrant fruits. My parents emigrated there for a few years so I got to visit a lot.

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