It’s now autumn here in London and we are very much enjoying the beginning of the woolly seasons. For this episode we bring you our requisite weather report (sunny, leaves haven’t started to turn yet, definite chill in the air), as well as knit-chat, giggles and all the Pom Pom news you can handle. Time to get yourself a bev (Pom-chat for beverage, normally of the warm variety) and get those craft projects out. Pomcast is go!
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Thanks to Traveling Yarn for sponsoring this episode!
Fall has arrived! Sweater weather is finally here, and Traveling Yarn has sweater quantities of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarn in stock! Traveling Yarn is a hand-dyed yarn company, consisting of two distinct lines of artisan yarn by Sarah Wharton in Phoenix, Arizona. Their flagship line, Less Traveled Yarn, features colorways that cross the spectrum – from subtle tonals to brightly speckled and variegated, with fun and creative names to match! Their brand new line, Proclamation Fibers, combines natural fiber and organic dyes to create colorways that will make you swoon. See more @TravelingYarn on Instagram and visit TravelingYarn.com to shop. Use promo code “POMPOM” at checkout for 20% off your order!
We are really getting out and about over the coming months! You can find us at Yarndale, along with samples and magazines galore. We have to say, the tea at Yarndale is exceptional, so come for the knit stuff and knit folk, stay for the bevs!
If you are attending Knit City in Vancouver you will find Meghan at Julie Asselin’s stand, along with Joji and Veera, and Andrea Mowry (star eye emoji). Meghan will also be hosting a knitting-themed quiz. Hand-knit thinking caps at the ready!
Of course it’s time to start getting excited for Rhinebeck (aka The New York Sheep and Wool Festival). We’ll be at the Merritt Book Store stand again, with not one, but two, new publications for you to get your knit-mitts on.
Firstly our Winter 2018 Issue, guest edited by the one and only Norah Gaughan, will be released at Rhinebeck. We are biased we know, but you won’t have seen an issue like this one before. It includes a design by Norah, alongside some of her favourite designers, all inspired by a modern warrior woman. Think cables as armour combined with dark floral backgrounds. These are patterns that will show you the knitting heroine or hero you know you can be.
And of course you may have heard that we will be launching Knits About Winter by Emily Foden, published by Pom Pom Press. Emily is the dyer behind Viola yarn, and her sense of colour is nothing short of otherworldly. The book explores her first winter in rural Ontario, Canada, and the inspiration that came from those icy days. Featuring cosy patterns alongside Emily’s musings on new colours developed for the book, you’ll never look at an icy branch in the same way again.
You’ll be able to buy both of these at Rhinebeck (and say hello of course!), but if you can’t make it and want to make sure you’ll snag a copy of one or both then pre-order now! The plus side of buying online is your publication will come straight to you, all wrapped up like a little gift to yourself.
Phew! That was a lot of knitty-news.
TELL + TELL
She also picked up her Sawyer jumper, which she started working on for her dad last year. Sometimes projects have to sit in hibernation for a while before it’s time to finish them… and this is one of those projects!
Lydia has been doing some Knits About Winter knitting, making socks and hats galore. And a wrap (shown here). Yeah it’s a pretty great book. We’ll be releasing more images from the book soon! Here’s a sneak peek in the meantime.
Meghan was lucky enough to get to review Traveling Yarns for this episode. Look at those colours!
And the mysterious purple is the Dreamliner base in colour Witchy Woman
Thanks to Traveling Yarn for letting us play with this beautiful yarn… and you can too! We have two skeins to give away, you just need to comment on this blog post by October 8th telling us your favourite place your knitting has travelled to. Either with or without you.
Our interviewee this episode is the wonderful Katie Green, illustrator, author, and maker extraordinaire. You might recognise her name from the work she has done with Pom Pom in the past, featured in Issues 11, 14, 15 and 18. The doodle above is one of hers, and we are so honoured to be immortalised in her style! We talk to Katie about the story behind her graphic memoir Lighter Than my Shadow, and the therapeutic effects of making your own clothes. Below is an excerpt from the first piece of hers that we published in Issue 11, Knitting Saved My Life. And if you want more Katie Green in your life we have some lovely Katie Green prints and postcards on our online shop.
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Until next month!
x Pom Pom
PS. Thanks again to Traveling Yarn for sponsoring this episode!