POMCAST 55 + KATIE GREEN

Hello Pomcats! 

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!

 

NEWS

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!

Find us at Julie Asselin's stand at Knit City 2018

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.    

Don’t forget we are also launching Knits About Winter in London at the beautiful shop Loop. There are still places available for Emily’s classes

Phew! That was a lot of knitty-news. 

TELL + TELL

Sophie has been working on her Crysocolla, the gorgeous cable-adorned jumper from Issue 23.  

 
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.

Lydia is knitting patterns from Knits About Winter, soon to be released by Pom Pom Press 
REVIEWS

Travelling Yarn

Meghan was lucky enough to get to review Traveling Yarns for this episode. Look at those colours!

First up is he Proclamation base in colour Silverfish, a beautiful grey. Meghan swatched for the Arrosa shawl, the cover star of PPQ 20, and reckons this yarn would make a gorgeous Vaara
 Proclamation in Silverfish by Travelling Yarns

And the mysterious purple is the Dreamliner base in colour Witchy Woman

Dreamliner in Witchy Woman
Dreamliner in Witchy Woman by Travelling Yarn

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. 

INTERVIEWPomcast with Katie Green

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

Katie Green Knitting Saved My Life from Pom Pom Issue 11
(TE)X(T)  FILES 

Why do we count sheep to help us sleep? Sophie investigates the origins of this phrase. 
Remember, the truth is out there. We want to baaaalieve.

TOP THREE

This episode we list our top 3 podcast recommendations. That’s right, podcasts within a podcast. 

Until next month! 

x Pom Pom  

PS. Thanks again to Traveling Yarn for sponsoring this episode!

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43 Responses to POMCAST 55 + KATIE GREEN

  1. Jenny September 28, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    I can’t wait for the winter issue! Although I bring my knitting with me wherever I travel, my favorite place I bring my knitting is while travelling on the metro here in Washington, DC, where I live. I pretty much double my knitting time when I knit on the commute!

  2. Susanna Craib-Cox September 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Maine. I brought a scarf to knit while visiting family

  3. Ruth Hollander September 28, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    I loved knitting in the Scottish Highlands this summer! I worked on my Olga Jazzy Aranami shawl on my way to Knockando Wool Mill.

  4. Trinity September 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    My knitting traveled to Canada with me two years ago and it was a super fun trip! I think of it every time I use the item ? thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Alison Hellyer September 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    My Husband jokes I will and can knit anywhere. I have enjoyed getting my knitting in a car, on a bus, on a train. But in March this year my friend and I travelled to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh yarn festival and I got my knitting on a plane badge. Knitting is a special craft because it’s so portable I don’t go anywhere without it.

  6. Kathy Gerhart September 30, 2018 at 1:09 am #

    Favorite place to date that my knitting has traveled is a tie between Vancouver & Anchorage, Alaska

  7. Nell James September 30, 2018 at 6:36 am #

    My knitting travelled with me on the train from Mumbai all the way to the southern tip of India last year. It’s a great talking point!

  8. Molly September 30, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Favorite place my yarn has travelled: the Appalchian Trail. I didn’t think I could make it with no knitting. So I brought some light bamboo needles and one skein to make socks for my mom. I started them down in Georgia and had not even finished one by Maine — the yarn and needles even mildewed from being in my wet pack at one point. I killed the mildew with blobs of hand sanitizer and just washed them really good at the end.

  9. Julie September 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    The favourite place my knitting has travelled to is Skye and whilst it was August and a little warm and perhaps more importantly a view that you couldn’t help but look at, knitting was done. Sometimes.

  10. Ted October 1, 2018 at 12:52 am #

    Totally agree about Reply All! And I also can’t get folks to listen

  11. Geya October 2, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    I love your blog posts and definitely I need some Witchy Woman! My knitting traveled with me to one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of Italy, the Amalfi Coast and Capri island!

  12. Jody-Lea October 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    I moved from London to Gibraltar, then to Spain, and then some years later back to the UK (Shropshire this time) and lost my yarn stash in the movie each and every time!
    I recently found it all again, I don’t think I actually lost any of it, and am enjoying knitting it all up to send gifts to the friends I’ve left behind.

  13. Jenna October 3, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    Always look forward to new episodes. My knitting has traveled with me all around the world. Recent favorites are the Shetland Islands and Cape Town. The Pomcast went with me there, too!

  14. asteride October 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    My knitting and I traveled to the end of the world: Ushuaia, Argentina, near Tierra del Fuego.

  15. Imogene October 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    I really love knitting when on trains, so projects have traveled with me to a lot of little places, but my favorite trip was probably to Skye. I happened to bring a shawl with colors inspired by the sea, and it felt so fitting.

  16. Calypso October 4, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Today I will finally listen to your podcast with my new bluetooth earphones. That means high volume and hands free! So far my knitting has followed me in all my imaginary trips around the world. One day I would love to visit Oregon, the land of the Witched Woman yarn, because I’ve been told is marvellous.

  17. Emma October 4, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    I love that my knitting gets to travel the world with the people i give it to! It really is more about the person than the place for me!

  18. Genevieve October 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    My knitting has travelled within Canada and the United States.

  19. Peyton October 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    My knitting travelled to an annual Cousin Weekend this year, where it soaked up some positive, loving vibes in rural Massachusetts/Connecticut ?I’ll get to think of it every time I wear my tecumseh sweater when it’s finished!

  20. Sofi October 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    The best place my knitting has travelled with me so far is Mallorca, to a top floor apartment with the most serene balcony overlooking the sea.

  21. Meredith Mattson October 4, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    My favorite place my knitting has been to with me is my family’s cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. I love knitting on the screened porch in the summer and by the fire in the fall and winter. Maybe someday I will bring my knitting to more exotic places, but for now knitting at the cabin is perfect!

  22. Torey October 4, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    My favorite place my knitting has travelled is to Florida to visit family. I always used to dread the 12 hour car ride, but now having that much uninterrupted time to knit is a real joy. Plus my aunt and uncle both crochet, so it was nice to spend some time together fiber crafting and catching up.

  23. Sara October 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    I love knitting on long train rides, I’ve done Barcelona-Alicante (Spain) a couple of times this year and will be doing Barcelona-Salamanca next weekend for a wedding, can’t wait!

  24. Mel October 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    What a fun giveaway! I love love love knitting in the desert, southern Utah is my favorite place to knit

  25. Kirsten Zilke October 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Although I recently took my knitting all over Europe, my favorite place to travel with my knitting is right out my back door t the Oregon coast.

  26. safia ilyas October 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

    I love knitting anywhere, especially if there is a beautiful beach involved, so the children can build sandcastles and splash in the sea and I can knit whilst watching them, one of my favorite places to do this had to be Combe Martin in Devon

  27. Stacie Mann October 5, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    The most interesting places my knitting has traveled is with the people I’ve given pieces to. Alaska, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Europe, Iran, Canada, and on and on. I wonder if their journeys ended with the person I know or if they’ve continued to travel and have new lives….

  28. Romy October 5, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    Awesome podcast and issue! My knitting always travels with me. It has gone with me to the beautiful shores of Tofino, BC.

  29. Romy October 5, 2018 at 6:03 am #

    Amazing interview and issue:) the best place my knitting has travelled is to Tofino, BC

  30. Romy October 5, 2018 at 6:05 am #

    My knitting has travelled with me to the beaches of beautiful Tofino, BC. Great interview and issue!

  31. Wilmie October 5, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    My knitting is travelling all around Spain and the south of France at the moment even though it has been way too hot to wear any of it! I live in hope of some cooler weather – looks like its finally arriving :D

  32. Tamara October 5, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Hi! My knitting travelled with me, to the States, over the summer. When we were tourists, at Niagara Falls, my wips were a good companion. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  33. Wilmie Schoots October 5, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    My favourite place where my knitting has traveled is happening right now all over Spain. It’s been way to hot to even consider wearing any of it but I live in hope for some cooler weather – which looks like it’s finally arriving!

  34. Jody-Lea October 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    Loved this episode, Reply All was a great recommendation!

    My favourite place my knitting has travelled to is (from Gibraltar) to Berlin; I sent a scarf to an old friend to reconnect. I’m in the process of knitting another scarf to send to a different old friend in London (from Shropshire… I move a lot) to *hopefully* reconnect with them too :)

  35. Brittney E'Lise Manley October 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    My knitting has traveled with me when I got to work and while this might not be very exciting it has been a great tool for me to use to get me into a relaxed state to be able to deal with my job(work at a 24 hour doggy hotel). I love the podcast!! I have found it in the in the last summer and I finally caught up and it is so informative and amusing

  36. Alexandra Alderfer-Gray October 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    I am from Philadelphia PA and it came with me to tour Ireland. I would knit and navigate while my husband drove. It was scary and exciting all at the same time.

  37. Romy October 6, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    Awesome podcast and moon issue! My knitting has travelled with me to the beautiful shores of Tofino, BC.

  38. Minna October 7, 2018 at 12:07 am #

    My knitting travelled with me to the ancient town of Matera, Italy last spring. It was definitely my favorite place to knit! I spent a month in an artist residence there and almost finished my Zweig sweater during that time. It travelled with me to Rome and back as well.

  39. Chantelle McLeod October 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    My knitting travelled to melbourne from perth :) Travel knitting is essential.

  40. Chantelle McLeod October 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Furthest my knitting has travelled is from perth to melbourne, travel knitting us essential!
    Thanks for the podcast recommendations

  41. Allie October 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    To Chicago for our anniversary trip in February.

  42. Arien October 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    My gifts from last years holiday knitting have made it to Germany, at least! I

  43. Judy N. October 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

    I live in a beautiful place and don’t travel very far, but my yarn has. I have yarn from Sweden, England, the Outer Hebrides, NE US, Tennessee, and many other local places. Thanks for the opportunity to try another yarn.

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