Hi Pomcats, this month we’re coming to you live from Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We’ve got festival fever this episode as we catch up with the interviews we recorded at Unravel, recount our fun at Edinburgh and also have a fab festival sponsor in the form of Woollinn.
Woollinn is a boutique yarn festival in Dublin, Ireland. Come to this unique event in Dublin and celebrate yarn in all its glory, from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May in the ALSAA, sports and social complex, conveniently located next to Dublin Airport. This inaugural year will see designers such as Nancy Marchant, Isabell Kraemer, Carol Feller, Woolly Wormhead, Justyna Lorkowska, Kate Davies, Louisa Harding, Nathan Taylor and Karie Westermann teaching specialist workshops on a range of fascinating techniques. With fringe events and a specialist Indie Marketplace, all set within the backdrop of Ireland’s East Coast, this is your chance to meet a community of like-minded crafters in one brilliant weekend of YARN. Why not pop over to www.woollinn.com and book your ticket now?
Pom Pom will also be there in spirit with our summer Issue 25 trunk show hosted by This is Knit!
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As we mentioned, Pom Pom has been on the road at Unravel and Edinburgh, thanks so much to everyone who came by to say hello! We were very happy to see so many Pomcats excited about new projects they have started from Issue 24 and Interpretations Volume 5.
Meanwhile, plans for our next big publication are well underway! We’re working with Emily Foden of Viola Yarns on a collection of knitting patterns, we can’t wait to show you everything this Autumn. In the meantime, here’s some behind the scenes photos of the shoot in Canada, a stone’s throw away from Emily’s dyeing studio.
If you need thawing out after those snowy scenes, let us warm you with the thought of our summer party! We’ve teamed up with The London Loom for an Issue 25 launch and summer knit night on 8th May. Party goers will be the first to have the chance to buy a copy of the new Issue 25 and have an exclusive preview of the summer samples in all their stripey glory. There will also be a chance to dabble in some weaving courtesy of The London Loom, and The Wool Kitchen will indulge our summer skein needs with a pop-up stall on the night.
Get your tickets via The London Loom site here!
As well as choosing our favourite knits from Issue 24, we have a closer look at Fine Fish Yarns Shimmer Sock. The delightful mix of merino, nylon, and magic sparkly stellina makes for beautiful socks, pictured here is Kipper from Issue 1 that Sophie is knitting. We think it’s pretty fine indeed!
If you fancy netting yourself some of this Fine Fish, Terri will be at Woollinn in May! And lucky you, thanks to our sponsors we have two Woollinn General Admission tickets (for the day of the winner’s choosing) and a trio of gorgeous Irish yarns from Townhouse Yarns, Studio Donegal, and S Twist Wools (pictured above). To enter, comment below letting us know your favourite Pomcast moment, be that an inspiring interview or your tip top Top Three and we’ll choose a winner at random. Next episode is our 50th one, so your pick could be included in our best of!
Make sure you enter before midnight GMT 8th April 2018 – Good Luck!
While at Unravel in February, Sophie had the pleasure of chatting to two stars of the woolly world! You’ll know Hanna Maciejewska from her Issue 18 pattern Thessaly and we found out more about her designs and teaching.
Our second interview is with Zoe Fletcher, who we describe as a wool explorer! Zoe explains all about her PhD research on British Wool – here she is with some of the ‘tools’ she created. Find out more about her project here.
Did you get caught up in ‘The Beast from the East’? If you’ve been giving the current weather the cold shoulder, let your mind drift to the magic that can be a flurry of snow as we recount our top three favourite things about snow.
See you next month Pomcats for episode 50!
Pom Pom xxx