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.
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!
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!
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!
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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’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!
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