Hey Pomcats! We haven’t had our fill of working with the talented Juju Vail just yet, so we’ve invited her along to host this month’s podcast with us. We’re talking colours, cloth, skeins, and sewing – let’s go!

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This podcast is sponsored by Woollenflower, a small craft-based company in Glasgow, Scotland. Woollenflower evolved out of various craft interests in Australia and brings together wool, plants, and pattern. As well as reclaimed tweed pouches and colourwork knits, their focus is on naturally-dyed yarns in small-batch, one-off colourways inspired by and sourced from the natural landscape of Scotland. Woollenflower incorporates a variety of different bases, from woolly, bouncy native Shetland (perfect for colourwork and cosy garments) and luxury, fine-gauge blends that, held together, work beautifully to form complex textures and subtle colours. Woollenflower can be found at www.woollenflower.com and at yarn festivals around the UK and Europe.



We’re fantastically excited that our Autumn edition is now in the world! This issue saw us inviting Juju to be our first guest editor and bringing her love of pattern and colour to the pages of Pom Pom. We chat about the inspiration behind this issue, a lot about the colours brown and black (check out yarns from The Uncommon Thread and John Arbon that we reference) and Juju’s adventures at the Design Museum.

You can buy your copy of Issue 22 here (or subscribe here!), plus the digital option of this issue is also readily available to you too. Make sure you join in all the fun with our Autumn KAL on our Ravelry group and if you are knitting any of the delights from Wool Journey: Shetland, make sure you enter our dedicated Wool Journey KAL too!


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Everyone in the Pom team is currently planning or knitting the Palmetto cardigan, designed by Emilia Jensen, from Issue 22! Above is Meghan’s delicious grapefruit version in Dandelion Yarns Rosy Sport. Juju is also thinking about a cozy Overcheck cowl while Lydia is searching for the perfect yarn to make Elibelinde.

Also, don’t even think about starting a Diesis before you check out Alice Caetano’s interactive colouring jumper widget! We can safely say there have been many combinations created in the Pom office already.diesis colour pickerREVIEW


We’re swooning over some naturally dyed Woollenflower mohair. A delicate lace weight mohair and silk blend, perfect for airy accessories or giving a halo of texture when held double with another yarn. The photos can’t do justice to the depth of rich colour created by the indigo and cochineal dye that has been used!

Courtesy of our lovely sponsors we have two skeins of this Plant Dyed Laceweight Kidsilk to giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning we want you to comment below letting us know what is your favourite pattern from Issue 22!
Make sure you post your comment before 10th September 2017 as entries after this point will not be counted. Good luck!


If you’re a dedicated Pomcast listener, you’ll know that Juju was our first interviewee. We settle down to talk more about Issue 22 and the merits of constructing a handmade wardrobe. Did you know that all the knits in this issue have been paired with commercially available sewing patterns? We chat about companies who lent support for these garments, Ray Stitch and Merchant and Mills – thank folks! Juju has tips for your first steps into sewing, plus where to get your fabric printed if you want the ultimate customised outfit. Speaking of printed fabric, we also mention Emilia Jensen and her digitally designed textiles (check out the article in Issue 22).


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Of course with Juju joining us, we had to take this opportunity to ask What Would Juju Do? Lydia needs some sewing advice (did she mention, she loves sewing now!). Pictured is a detail of her Brumby Skirt with successful topstitching, fabric is khadi cotton from Raystitch and linen from Merchant and Mills. Sophie asks about her ‘knit it too long’ Tinea cardigan woes. You can send your queries to our craft agony aunt via podcast(at)pompommag.com


We talk top three craft tools!

Thanks for listening! We’ll see you next month for more podcast fun, in the meantime you can always join in the chat on our Ravelry group and get in touch with thoughts and suggestions via podcast(at)pompommag.com

Pom Pom xxx

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  1. virginia Sattler-Reimer August 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    That is a very hard question, with all that fun colorwork to choose from, but I have to say my biggest CRUSH is on Palmetto! So fun. Bravo on a gorgeous issue!

  2. Kendra August 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    I love how bold all the patterns are in PPQ22! I love a long cardi so my favorite pattern is Barbicel.

    I was also very glad to hear more about Woollenflower and Julia Billings in this episode. My love for knitting took root while I was studying abroad in Glasgow years ago, and hearing that the knitting and dyeing community in Glasgow is thriving makes my heart happy!

  3. Rachel August 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    Palmetto is my favorite pattern in this issue. It’s a perfect simple cardigan with fun details and so many color possibilities!!

  4. Nicole Acuna August 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    My favorite pattern from issue 22 is the dreamy Elibelinde sweater! I love the design and fit! It would be amazing to knit up :)

  5. Dawn August 31, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    I am really taken with the Aubusson scarf by Nancy Marchant.

    I love the texture and change of colours that work them selves along the length of the scarf . I intend to knit it in lots of greens . The summer has been so wet here in Ireland that the greens are so many and varied !! We have to be positive about wet summers lol.

  6. Lorna Parsons August 31, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    I love all the patterns in issue 22 but I’d love to knit a Barbicel – who doesn’t love a long cardigan for winter layering!

  7. Inês Gonçalves Ribeiro August 31, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    My favorite pattern is definitely palmetto!

  8. Natalie Williams August 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Juju has done a fab job guest-editing Issue 22, the colour palette is gorgeous for autumn. Without hesitation my favourite pattern is the Diesis sweater! I love how the graphic stripes narrow as they gather in at the yoke, so striking & sophisticated.

  9. Patrice August 31, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    I was fascinated with Juju’s top three, however i have no idea what the scooby is. Can you provide a link or a picture? Thanks

    • Pom Pom Mag August 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

      Here is the wiki article on them here – we’ve just learnt they are spelled Scoubidou!

      • Patrice August 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

        Thanks so much!

      • Lianne September 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

        thank you for posting the link, as I had no idea what you were talking about either… in Canada we call it “gimp”!

  10. Rebecca August 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    I love the Elibelinde – first pattern that caught my eye (and my husband’s – he pointed it out just saying, “You should make this one”) when I first flipped through the issue :)

  11. Mandy September 1, 2017 at 12:17 am #

    Palmetto is the one for me! 😍

  12. Pip September 1, 2017 at 12:34 am #

    Looking forward to listening! I’m loving Palmetto, such a gorgeous pattern and I can see it fitting into my wardrobe perfectly!

  13. Calypso September 1, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    I really like the Elibelinde sweater. The textured stitch sequence and the construction look very interesting.

  14. Tunet Jordaan September 1, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    I can’t stop playing with all the colour options!
    It’s like a choose-your-adventure book but better.

  15. asteride September 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    Palmetto is such a nice pattern, I love the details. Certainly it offers lot of entertainment!
    asteride on Ravelry

  16. Leanna September 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Diesis … I saw the teaser photos in advance of receiving the issue. I knew I had to make it :)

  17. Grace H September 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    I love love love palmetto, but I have to admit I am intimidated by it! Waiting for the right color inspiration to strike before bravely casting on.

  18. Shira September 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    I’ve been following Emilia Jensen for awhile on Instagram and love all the amazing colorwork sweaters she makes for herself, so I have to choose Palmetto!

  19. Tamara Snell September 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway! Think my fave pattern in Issue 22 is Palmetto, as I can see it fitting in my wardrobe, super-easy.

  20. Emma September 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    This might be my favorite pompom issue ever so it was hard choosing just one pattern – but I think it’s palmetto for me :)

  21. Shari (irishpogue on IG) September 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    I have to give a lot love to the small but mighty Herati ❣️

  22. Jenny Chan September 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    I love Overcheck! It has inspired me try double knitting.

  23. Pennybro September 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Another Palmetto fan here. Also a major Woollenflower’s yarn fan.

  24. Alex September 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Well, I’m totally obsessed with Palmetto and Elibelinde, playing with yarn options for both. But my right this moment favorite might be Soumak. I love the graphic motif and I’m having a deep yearning for more fingerless gloves in my life. Plus, after listening to the pod, it occurred to me I should totally double knit them instead of intarsia! Extra squishy coziness and I can make them reversible so it’s like two pairs in one! ;D

  25. Anett Kiefer September 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    My favourite pattern is Overcheck.

  26. Pirjo September 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    I love Diesis the most! Very pretty!

  27. Alicia September 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    I love the Overcheck design!

  28. Anna September 1, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    Loving on Palmetto, such a great colorful take on the perfect cardigan

  29. Melanie Hodgson September 1, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    My favourite pattern from this issue is Elibelinde. I’m planning on getting some Shilasdair to knit it when I’ve decided on colours.

  30. Tuva Hoen September 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    I think my favorit pattern from this issue is Nancy Marchants Aubusson

  31. Marion September 2, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    Definitely Diesis! I also like Elibelinde and Aubusson. So, there’s enough to keep me busy this autumn ;-)

  32. Stephanie D September 2, 2017 at 3:55 am #

    Elibelinde! It’s so classy!

  33. Anika September 2, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Diesis is my favourite. It jumped at me when I saw it on Ravelry and then I had to get my first PPQ issue plus two more… so gorgeous!

  34. Olivia Puntanen September 2, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    I like Herati. Would be a nice addition for winter.oliv

  35. Jules September 2, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    I was lucky enough to be in Skye a couple of weeks ago, so I bought enough yarn to knit Elibelinde. I just need to finish a couple of WIP’s.

  36. Beverley September 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    I love Palmetto by Emilia Jensen
    Smart and casual styling to suit many garments in my wardrobe. Excellent scope to change colours to create different looks from one pattern.

  37. Imogene September 2, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Issue 22 is truly a stunning collection of patterns, but my favorite is Barbicel!

  38. Helen September 3, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    Elibelinde for me. I’m excited to see the patterns on the page, but I guess I’ll have to wait as the current issue hasn’t made it to Australia yet.

    • Helen September 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

      I’ve found one! Oh I love seeing the patterns in the page, so much better in my opinion than online, IMO.
      It’s still Elibeinde. Yet to decide on the colour and yarn. However the to do list just got bigger as daughter loves the fingerless mitts and festoon from the previous issue.

  39. Emma September 4, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    This is one of my favourite every Pom Pom’s I want to knit everything but the Diesis jumper is really something incredibly exciting! I can’t wait to knit it. I’ve been playing with some colours, what do you think?

    Ideas for diesis https://imgur.com/gallery/6bW81

  40. Rachel September 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    I’ve set yarn aside for my favorite, Elibelinde, and I hope to get to it sooner rather than later! A close second is Palmetto. As always, the Autumn issue has blown me away. These designs are all so lovely!

  41. Gea September 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    Ohhh Palmetto! Would be great in my wardrobe for Fall!

  42. Margaret September 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    I love Diesis! But I also love Overcheck. This is such a good issue.

  43. Lianne September 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    My favourite is definitely a tie between Palmetto and Diesis. They are both so original and interesting. I love the variety of results you could get by mixing different colour palettes for each fo the two patterns.

  44. Christine September 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    If I had to pick just one, it would be Palmetto. It’s super cute and looks like a fun knit! I’ve just recently discovered your podcast and have been happily listening my way through all the past episodes. Love all the interviews and information. Keep up the great work!

  45. Michelle September 6, 2017 at 2:33 am #

    I love the Pomcast — I’ve been listening regularly since ep 10 and subscribe to the magazine because of the Pomcast — but there were parts of this episode that were hard to hear. A couple of times, Juju mentioned that something was “flattering,” that browns are “more flattering neutrals for many people,” or specific wardrobe stables are “flattering” for certain people. Flattering is not a neutral word, and it’s hard to hear it get thrown around like that by people who create clothing items (or edit magazines) I may want to use in a different way. What does she mean by a certain cut being “flattering”? That it makes your body look more like x, or less like y? What if that’s not the look you’re going for? It’s difficult when it feels like even people involved in slow fashion interested in making physical one look the default, even if that’s not what was meant.

    I did miss the traditional format! I hope it comes back next time.

    • Pom Pom Mag September 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment, we always value feedback from our listeners. We are sorry you found the word ‘flattering’ an unhelpful one, and you are right that it can be a difficult word, when used as shorthand for ‘traditionally attractive / slimming’. Juju, like Pom Pom, doesn’t seek to promote the idea that there is only one way to look, or that clothes only serve the purpose of looking a certain acceptable way. Juju is full of nothing but excitement that people can take control over their look, and wear clothes that they themselves consider ‘flattering’ (that make them happy). We know that the craft world is full of colourful people who break the ‘rules’ and create clothes that make them feel good, we are those people too!

      Happy crafting,
      the Pom Pom team

  46. Hannah Smith September 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Barbicel by Fiona Alice is gorgeous and my favorite in this issue! When I buy the digital issue I’m definitely going to get started on it!

  47. Meryem September 8, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Palmetto for sure. Probably going to knit it in a burnt orange and grey

  48. Stephanie D September 9, 2017 at 4:11 am #

    I love the Herati mitts! That will be an indulgent knit for me :)

  49. ketan nakrani November 8, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    amazing colorful art, love to follow these kind of fashion sense

  50. Rise Digital Printing November 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    its look amazing with different color combination

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