Hello Pomcats!

We are excited that Autumn is pretty much upon us here in London. Which not only means colourful leaves, but also provides longer evenings to knit and listen to podcasts. A combination made in yarn heaven. So get those needles (or hooks!) ready for our latest episode!

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Nature's Luxury Sept 17

Thanks to our sponsors for this episode Nature’s Luxury! We had a little swatch with the silky ‘On Stage’ – check out the reviews section to find out more and also how you can win some too!


KOB pre-order cover image

The Pom team are totally jazzed after a trip to see Bristol Ivy’s book being bound! Knitting Outside the Box is our next Pom Pom Press venture and our first hard-back book. As well as featuring 15 beautiful patterns and a comprehensive stitch dictionary, the book guides you through the creative approaches Bristol uses as a designer to explore and push the endless possibilities of knitting. You can pre-order your copy now, or if you are heading to Rhinebeck you can order via Merrit Bookstore and pick your copy up at the festival (you’ll be one of the first people to get a copy, you lucky thing!)


We’ve also been busy with our photoshoot for Issue 23 (more news on the winter issue soon!) and enjoyed seeing the beautiful sheeps and lovely peeps at Yarndale. Above is our stand with some of the glorious Issue 22 samples.


Lydia’s love for looms hasn’t abated yet as she’s finished another beautiful scarf – she’s not neglected her knitting though as she’s also working on an Elibelinde using a natural colour of the De Rerum Natura Ulyse. Sophie is nearly at the finishing line with her Tinea!

If you’re working on a Pom Pom project, you can join in the pattern chat via the Ravelry Pom Pom group and don’t forget to enter out KAL’s too.


Nature's Luxury On Stage as featured on Pomcast

Our lovely sponsors Nature’s Luxury sent us some silky skeins of ‘On Stage’. A blend of 50% wool, 30% silk and 20% camel we loved this bouncy blend with great stitch definition. Super soft too and with a lovely drape, we’re thinking for shawls or lacey tops this yarn would be a winner.

We used the stitch dictionary from Knitting Outside the Box (pattern no. Lace 3) for this swatch in the colour Windswept – we love that all the colour names of this yarn are named after songs! 

Clara Parkes at Pomfest

We also have been reading Clara Parkes new book ‘A Stash Of One’s Own – Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn’. An anthology of knitters stories, curated by Clara which celebrate yarn and what it means to them have a stash. Here Clara is at Pomfest, and instead of our usual interview, we have a recording from Pomfest of Clara reading Debbie Stoller’s chapter. What a treat.

And as a giveaway we have a copy of Clara’s book, along with a mini stash! Three skeins of the gorgeous On Stage reviewed above in the colours Bette Davies Eyes, Skandal um Rosy, and Kalimba de Luna. To be in with a chance of winning comment here telling us what song you would like a colour names after. And perhaps even tell us what that colour would look like! Comment by Sunday 8th October. Good luck! 

Pomcast 44 prize!


Inspired by Clara Parkes, we list the top skeins in our stash! Listen to find out what we chose.

Thanks as always for listening! The next two podcasts will be a slightly different format as our producer Eli is on paternity leave, so we’ll have the Knitters in the Round discussions hosted by the ever effervescent Anna Maltz from Pomfest for your listening pleasure!

Pom Pom x


77 Responses to POMCAST 44 + A STASH OF ONE’S OWN

  1. Latisha September 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye) , maroon/tweed

  2. Inês G. September 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    I’d love a colourway named after José Gonzalez’s Remains – I imagine maybe a dusty pink/grey colour! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Angela September 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi, thank you for another great podcast. Song name would be Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. our little seven months month old niece was named Lucy, after the song, by her 6 year old brother. Her parents are Beatles enthusiast, so not a bad name choice for a six year old.

  4. Meredith MC October 1, 2017 at 12:05 am #

    I would name a skein after Prince’s Purple Rain, and it would of corse be purple, with gray and blue in there too.

  5. Joan Hollins October 1, 2017 at 3:39 am #

    Thanks for such a delightful podcast! You both make me smile and giggle. Listening to Clara read Debbie’s chapter was really moving and makes me so proud to be a woman who crafts. In sisterhood with Debbie’s sentiments, I would call a colorway “She Works Hard For Her Money”, a song by Donna Summer. It would have to be in a range of greens.

  6. miss agnes October 1, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    What a fantastic giveaway! I would choose ” My Funny Valentine” (Chet Baker) and it would be a red with some orange undertones. This yarn looks scrumptious.

  7. Marnie OBrien October 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    So excited by A Stash of One’s Own- I read A Room of One’s Own when I was a sad, brokenhearted 14 year old girl and it electrified me. Sometimes people say that a break-up can play a role in shapin you but I really think that book, and when I read it, has contributed so much to who I am now.
    The first song that popped into my head, so going to go with my gut feeling, is Rhiannon Gidden’s Julie, because Rhiannon Giddens is so powerful and amazing, and because the song, to me, feels very feminist in it’s rebellion. It’s an important story but also hopeful. I think the colour would be a rich smoky aubergine purple with grey undertones.

  8. Lael DasGupta October 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Love love love the podcast- thank you!!
    Lovely give away- thank you as well!!

    I would name a yarn “Shake Your Grove Thing” – and it would be lovely purples!
    – Lael

  9. Roberta Blomster October 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    My favorite song right now is “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles. I would go for a multi-colored yarn for this one, probably doing the colors of the rainbow.

  10. Deb October 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    Waterloo Sunset. I’m thinking muddy orange with smudgy grey flecks…

  11. kaby0216 October 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Enjoyed the podcast! The song I would choose is “One of These Nights” (Eagles) and midnight blue with speckles of white, purple, and green.

  12. Louisa Mitchell October 2, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ – it’d be the darkest midnight blue you can imagine, with a bit of change in colour saturation through the skein like a night sky just before dawn …

  13. Frauke October 2, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    I would name a color “tonight, tonight”(the smashing pumpkins) and it would be a dark-golden coloring with midnight blue in it as well and maybe black speckles… it’s an awesome idea to name colorways after songs! So much Inspiration!

  14. Tamara Snell October 2, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for an inspiring podcast–I was at Pomfest, listening to Clara’s talk, but sat in the far back of the room, where I couldn’t hear her very well. So this was a treat. Thanks to for another great giveaway. I think that “Tangled up in Blue”, by, the also inspiring, Bob Dylan. I’m imagining a varied range of blues–dark, dark, blue, with a medium and pale blue, with maybe a speckling of preachiness, scattered throughout–Lush!!

  15. Emma October 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    Such a great episode! I would like a yarn named “Pajammin'” after the Good Luck song. I think it would be a pale greyish lavender (to evoke the feeling of washed out, comfy and faded pajamas) but with speckles in magenta and hot pink, because it’s a very fun and happy song!

  16. Rebecca October 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Elton John’s Crocodile Rock – in a vibrant, lush, bright green!

  17. Erin October 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi! I loved this podcast, the song I would name a yarn would be Jolene by Dolly Parton and the yarn would be a really rich jeweled tone red.

  18. Marissa Tinsley-Rohrer October 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay. Black or super dark purple yarn with creams and light greys speckled all over. Sort of an inverse to your typical speckle!

  19. Katharina October 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    I would love a yarn named after David Bowies “Modern Love” – it would be a silvery grey with blue and yellow speckles.

  20. Claire October 3, 2017 at 4:51 am #

    Everyday is like Sunday by Morrissey. Trudging slowly over wet sand would be a marl brown/cream with flecks of silver.

  21. Josh October 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    Dance me to the End of Love would be my song title, and it would be a gradient from indigo to purple.

  22. Kath Webber October 3, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    A lovely podcast- I found Clara’s reading profoundly moving, actually. It certainly made me proud to be a woman with a stash of one’s own! I’d have to name a yarn after The National’s ‘Slow Show’, it’d be a midnight blue, with grey undertones.

  23. Heather October 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    I think Justin Hayward’s Forever Autumn would be in my song title and the colouway rust and oranges..

  24. Tina October 4, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    Welp, a friend and I have a plan-slash-fantasy to have an alpaca farm where the two stud alpacas would be named Brian Eno and David Byrne. So I think perhaps that Silver Morning (which is on Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks) would be a good color. It would be a gradient color that goes from silver to pale green and blue. To be fair to DB, another colorway would be Crosseyed and Painless, which would be another gradient of beigy-bronze to a hazel green that might make one a bit crosseyed to see where the colors meet, but painless because it would be so pretty.

  25. Vicki October 4, 2017 at 2:34 am #

    How about Nakita by Elton John. The color-way would be an icy blue or soft gray.

  26. Geraldine October 4, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Sugarman by Rodriguez. The colourway would be light pink, with grey and black speckles

  27. Joanne Rattrie October 4, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I’d name a skein of rich oranges, rusts and browns after Sia’s song Sweet Potato

  28. Kristina October 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Another great episode! Like many, I have Tom Petty on the brain this week. I would love a “Free Fallin'” skein in icy whites and blues!

  29. Alicia October 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. This could really be any lovely color, but yellow comes to mind.

  30. Stephanie D October 5, 2017 at 12:17 am #

    “She lit a fire” by Lord Huron. Probably a variegated toasty orange like the Volcan or Flama color ways from Malabrigo

  31. Cheryl October 5, 2017 at 7:34 am #

    Really enjoyed this episode! Hmm, I’m thinking ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone in royal purple overlaid with teal.

  32. Judy N October 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    And So It Goes by Billy Joel, a simple yet emotion filled song of vulnerability. I think it could be a dark tonal blue with a tiny bit of green, like the impossible blue of the sky after the sun goes down.

  33. Josephine October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    hmmm…took me a while to decide on song+colour: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac and it would be a blue- green with golden speckles:-)

  34. Alexandra Alderfer October 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    “Bungle in the Jungle” Jethro Tull is the song my husband used to propose. I envision the yarn being a variegated green yarn.

  35. Kate October 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Brown-eyed Girl by Van the Man.

  36. Natasha West October 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Because it’s autumn, and I’m in that kind of mood, I would choose Passing Afternoon by Iron & Wine. It would be a rich golden yellow colour I think.

  37. Sarah October 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry would be amusing. It would be black as midnight on a moonless night.

  38. Lyn Pugh October 7, 2017 at 1:22 am #

    The Sunny Side of the Street: a soft sunshiney golden of course!

  39. Alex October 7, 2017 at 3:11 am #

    Be Still My Heart by the Postal Service in a dark burgundy shade. :D

  40. Kat October 7, 2017 at 3:17 am #

    Definitely Hallelujah, the Rufus Wainwright version. It would be that deep, glowy sapphire blue color of the sky when sunrise is coming but it hasn’t started to get light yet. Great topic for this episode, I love pairing colors with song names!

  41. Rachel A Brockman October 7, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    Hmmm….I’m always awful at this sort of thing! I’ll go with Pancho and Lefty by Townes van Zandt.it would be a warm desert hues. A burnt orange with hints of sage would be perfect.

  42. Sarah October 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    The show by lenka. It would be either cream or light gray with all the colors speckled in. Wine, ceruleon, orange, mustard yellow, coral, raspberry, kelly green…. and many more.

  43. Alex October 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Since it’s my current ear worm – ‘Up all night’ by Beck – deep Prussian blue with semi solid hints of silvery grey and black.

  44. Sabine October 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    “I am what I am” by Gloria Gaynor would be the best song/colour combination for me.
    The bright and strong colors of the rainbow, blend into each other, with highlight effects.

  45. Nidhi October 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Such a lovely giveaway, thank you.
    My suggestion would be my favourite song The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.
    And the colour could be grey or any of the neutrals, these shades don’t necessarily shout out their presence but form a muted yet strong base that allows the louder shades to pop out beautifully.

  46. Alison October 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Katy Perry Firework ? a dark blue with ALL THE SPECKLES!!!!!!!!!

  47. Cheryl October 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Color my World by Chicago – I love all colors!

  48. Cheryl October 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Color my World by Chicago – I love all colors

  49. Lynn October 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    General Tayler – Great Big Sea
    Color – dark blue stormy sea with flecks of silver

  50. Connie Poling October 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    All the time- the Bahamas, a nice silvery grey

  51. Tuva Hoen October 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    A rich deep golden colour, with perfect subtle shades of yellows, oranges and brown called Whisky in the Jar for an irish folk song my father used to play in the car.

  52. Ginger October 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    I Still Miss Someone by Rosanne Cash

    As the song begins “Outside the leaves are falling”, beautiful fall leaf colours would be perfect.

  53. Emelie October 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    I’ve been revisiting Fleet Foxes a lot this month, and I think Blue Ridge Mountains would make a great name for a colorway. I’m imagining something variegated in soft blue tones, maybe with some hints of green and light gray too.

    Thanks for a lovely podcast!

  54. Nell October 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen. Midnight blue. To make me cry…

  55. Sian October 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    Atomic by Blondie- charcoal grey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Elena October 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Lovely giveaway! Don’t panic by Coldplay. It would be a serene sky blue..

  57. Carole October 7, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    Fire & Rain, autumnal colors ????

  58. Kelly Haug October 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Absolutely just love Clara Parkes! When I first started to knit I purchased the knitters book of wool and deleted deep into it!
    Cannot wait to read this latest novel!

  59. Fen October 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    I loved the podcast and thank you for hosting this generous giveaway! I think I would name a colour after the song “Lemonthree” and it would be a yellow with a little bit of green in it.

  60. mimi e October 8, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    I would love a grey/blue for Belle and Sebastian’s ” The Blues Are Still Blue”

  61. Tracy S October 8, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Clara Parkes speak and read from her book at Pom Fest. I have been dying to get my hands on the book and dive in ever since.

    I would choose the song, The Girl from Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto. It always puts me in such a relaxed mood to knit. I would imagine the colour would be black and white, based off the seaside paving in Ipanema. There might even be a splash of a nice feminine pink ( or some fun colour) sparingly to represent the girl walking down the paving.


  62. Nu Shearman October 8, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    It would have to be – Romeo & Juliet by The Dire Straits… One of my all time fav’s! Maybe in a dirty dusky off pink.

  63. Charlotte October 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    It has to be a The Smiths song, I think Oscilliate Wildly – which would be a gloriously multi-coloured, shimmery yarn!

  64. Diane Elliott October 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    “que sera sera” in that shade of jade green that reminds you of open topped sports cars and the Riviera!

  65. Cassandra October 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    “Life on Mars” by Bowie could be a rusty red. Or maybe “Wipe Out” by The Ventures could be an ocean blue.

  66. Yesenia October 8, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Lake By The Ocean by Maxwell; it would have tones of blue with a hint of white and yellow

  67. Tracey October 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    I was listening to Rock DJ by Robbie Williams today, and, inspired by the video, I think mostly red with some white bits would be lovely.

  68. Sarah October 9, 2017 at 12:20 am #

    Land of Canaan by the Indigo Girls in a cream and honey golden brown colour

  69. Karen October 10, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Killing me softly with his song – a dusky pinky grey …. Loved hearing the book reading thanks!

  70. Andrea Schauenburg October 11, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Les laques du Connemara – all the shades of blue!

  71. Rikke October 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    Friday I’m in love (The Cure) – teal with speckles of mustard, Grey and burgundy

  72. Elisabeth Linnea Wiig October 13, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) – black and purple with yellow bits. Speckles maybe?

  73. Elizabeth October 17, 2017 at 12:29 am #

    I just discovered your Pomcast and love it (and Clara Parkes)! A black yarn with a bit of dark blue and purple for the Beatles’ Blackbird.

  74. Danielle Boots October 17, 2017 at 3:36 am #

    I enjoyed my first listen of the audio blog. Katie from Inside23 spoke about Clara’s book and your blog. What a great prize!

  75. Em October 26, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    hello! I’m late chiming in but I wanted to say that I really appreciated what you said in this podcast about the comments on flattering clothing in the last episode. I was so surprised to hear it being mentioned, and it was very touching to know you’d taken the feedback thoughtfully. I didn’t want to write a comment this time around until I really knew what to say, but I think I’d rather pass along my appreciation and thanks for the discussion sooner than never.

    And of course, thank you as well for the lovely work you do in the magazine and podcast.

  76. Kaat November 13, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    Hi What is the name of the stitch in the picture here above in the beautiful turkois wool?

    • Pom Pom Mag November 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      We used the stitch dictionary from Knitting Outside the Box (pattern no. Lace 3). Hope that helps! Pom Pom x

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