Happy October everyone! We hope the colder weather is getting you all geared up to knit lovely warm things. We have an excellent podcast for you this month, all ready to be enjoyed! Be sure to download the Soundcloud app if you want to listen on a mobile device, or if you subscribe to the Pomcast on iTunes it should appear on your device now! Hooray!

We also have an exciting competition for you, the wonderful Gudrun Johnston is giving away a copy of her new (very beautiful) book The Shetland Trader 2 to a lucky winner! All you need to do is comment on this post by the end of Sunday 2nd November telling us your favourite item from the book to be in with a chance to win. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instragram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Faith Manning who won Gudrun’s beautiful book!

And of course don’t forget to check out our brilliant sponsors Blacker, who produce breed specific yarns, all spun in Cornwall. Thanks Blacker!

Blacker yarns

Tell + Tell

In this episode Sophie told us about her Manatee, and while we are on the subject of manatees, it’s always worth having a look at the calming manatees. Doesn’t that feel good?! Another exciting development is that Lydia’s Coronis is now finished:

Lydia's Coronis from Pom Pom 10

On a different (but still purple) theme, Halloween on your mind? Better make some Halloween themed stuff! Here were sophie’s Halloween faves:

Bat Knitting Pattern || Pumpkins || Skull Shawl

News + Reviews

Pom Pom went to Alexandra Palace for the Knitting and Stitching show a few weeks ago. Lydia bought some pretty darned cool Moose themed fabric from Merchant and Mills and a book to ease the sewing process.

Merchant and Mills fabric as mentioned on Pomcast 6

We also said hi to Baa Ram Ewe, and came away with the cutest Dashing Dashund Kit

Dashing Dachshund from Baa Ram Ewe

…and a few extra mini skeins of Titus for colourwork fun!

Titus mini skeins from Baa Ram Ewe

We also saw the lovely folks from Navia, The Fibre Company, and Eden Cottage.

Now to our first yarn review! We had the pleasure of trying out Blacker Elegance, which is a lovely mix of Falkland Islands Corriedale and British Alpaca which comes in both DK and 4ply. Have a listen to the podcast to find out more!

Blacker elegance

For our book review we took a look at The Shetland Trader Book 2 (which you can win a copy of – see the beginning of this post), which is Gudrun Johnston’s newest book. It is a wonderful book, mixing traditional Shetland lace with modern shapes.

Sophie’s faves from the book were Northdale:

Northdale from the Shetland Trader Book 2

Nikka Vord + Hermaness Hats

Nikka Vord from the Shetland Trader book 2

Lydia is a big fan of Balta

Balta from the Shetland Trader book 2

And Belmont

Belmont from the Shetland Trader Book 2


We spoke to Gudrun Johnston who was in Shetland for Shetland Wool Week. Listen to hear more about how Gudrun got into designing, and what her desert island yarn would be!

Colour of the Cast

Is purple! Sophie loves Alizarin by Madelinetosh – Lydia made some mitts with Alizarin, which you can see here. And of course there is the Knit By Numbers that formed the main part of Lydia’s Coronis!

Top 3… Pizza toppings

Listen to find out what we chose! And let us know if there is a top 3 you would like us to do!

Thanks so much for listening (and reading)! Don’t forget to get in touch with any suggestions or feedback, you can email us at [email protected], and say hi in the Pom Pom ravelry group!

And of course we say a BIG thank you to Blacker Yarns, our brilliant sponsors for Pomcast 6, and all round awesome producers of lovely British yarns. Pom on x

Blacker yarns


  1. melody October 27, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I enjoyed this interview with Gudrun so much! Thank you ladies!
    Her Shetland trader has so many gorgeous patterns that it’s very hard to pick only one. But I would say that -since I’m new to fair isle knitting, and I’ve recently completed my first project which is the Shwook hat, I think I would choose the Balta sweater. It could be so much to see how it knits with different colors.

  2. melody October 27, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Shared on tweeter ;)

  3. Tanya October 27, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    They are all lovely but I think I like Belmont best!

  4. nobutterfly October 27, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Oh how I like those designs and how difficult to chose: let’s say snarravoe or belmont

  5. Libbi October 27, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    They are all gorgeous, but I think if I had to choose one, I would say Belmont. I absolutely love how Northdale is styled. I want that outfit.

  6. Libbi October 27, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    shared on twitter :)

  7. heather October 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    i love the Belmont.

  8. heather October 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I love the Belmont

  9. Shanna October 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Burrafirth looks like it would be a most welcome addition to my wardrobe. =) Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Edye Rosenbaum October 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Would love, thanks!

  11. Edye Rosenbaum October 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm #


  12. Nicole October 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I just added haroldswick to my favorites on rav. It is gorgeous!

  13. Alabama whirly October 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    i loved this pomcast- kept me going Friday night, driving through the night. My mum is a ‘pit knitter’ – I’ll find a pic of her with sticks in her pits knitting..

    I’d pick Belmont. One of my favourite cardigans ever is Audrey in Unst, so much so I made myself 2, Belmont may be my new love

  14. Vanessa October 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Hey ladies,
    I have to say I think the Burrafirth and Balta are my favourites. I’ve been wanting this book since it released to be honest all the patterns are just gorgeous. Also keep up the great work on the podcast I’m loving each episode.
    Vanessa x

  15. Vanessa October 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I’ve also shared through Twitter and Facebook x

  16. Sophia Scott October 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    I love Gudrun! My favorite pattern from the book is the burrafirth sweater.

  17. Vicky DePersiis October 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Gudrun is such a talented designer whose patterns always are clear, accurate and gorgeous!

  18. virginia October 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    My favorite is Northdale! I love that it’s a raglan!

  19. lea lacoste October 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    your coronis is so amazing!! need to start working on mine asap!!
    very very much in love with Gudrun new book, it’s hard to chose a fave but Belmont might be the one i love most and would have most use of!!

  20. Patricia October 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    My favorite is the Belmont.

  21. Paula October 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    My fav is Balta! I like the back neckline so much.

  22. Wendy October 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Northdale is my favourite. It reminds me of the comfort blanky my mum made me when I was little!

  23. Jennifer King October 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    I’m in love with Northdale!

  24. Pam October 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Belmont is beautiful!

  25. Alison October 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    love the beautiful simplicity of Burrafirth

  26. Ühltje October 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    My favourite pattern is Northdale. Choosing the colours is so much fun.

  27. Sheila October 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Love the Be!mont

  28. Tina W October 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    I love Haroldswick! There are several others that are very close seconds, though!

  29. Rachel R. October 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Snarravoe! That one landed in my queue the minute it hit Ravelry, as I’m definitely a texture girl. :)

  30. Jules October 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Too many choices but if I had to it would be Belmont.

  31. Rebecca October 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Belmont is lovely…sweater + color

  32. Anne-Maree October 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    I love Burrafirth. If only I could knit like that!

  33. Catherine Wendland October 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    My absolute fav is Northdale. Ever since I knit the Shwook hat in honor of 2014 Shetland Wool Week, I’ve been totally in love with shetland wool. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  34. Catherine Wendland October 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    shared on instagram, too!

  35. Catherine Wendland October 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    and twitter!

  36. Sarah October 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    They’re all flipping lovely, but my favourite is the Belmont; am in need of a good cardi, but it needs to be interesting enough to hold my attention, and this looks ace.

  37. Isla of Axholme October 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    It’s Belmont for me…… I also love the colour it’s been knitted in.

    • Beth October 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      I love everything in this book! I think Belmont is my favourite though, it’d be such a useful addition to my wardrobe.

  38. Martha October 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    I am loving the Nikka Vord! Colourwork and collarbones, how lovely. It’s next on my queue once holiday knitting is finished.

  39. Charly October 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Gorgeous patterns, it would have to be either Belmont or Balta

  40. Catherine Wendland October 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    oh yeah, and facebook.

  41. Charly October 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    I’ve also tweeted and shared on instagram

  42. kirsty October 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Love Belmont – it’s the whole zigzag and lace thing. Just enough interest but not so much that it’s overwhelming. Great new wardrobe staple – now for some time to knit!

  43. Susan October 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Have been admiring a few of the designs in STB2, mostly sweaters. Such classic, wearable pieces! But keep coming back to Burrafirth!

  44. Heidiinthehills October 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    I think Belmont will be on the needles for me very soon, also love the colour it’s knitted in…

  45. StaceyKnitsIt October 28, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    I would knit Belmont first. They are all such lovely designs!

  46. Kathy October 28, 2014 at 3:38 am #

    Northdale would be my favorite because I love this sweater. It is gorgeous! I really like all of the patterns so this book would be well used by me.

  47. lounatine October 28, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    So many gorgeous designs in this amazing book but my favorite is certainly Burrafirth. I love it!

  48. Feral Haddrell October 28, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Such beautiful designs,not easy to choose just one. But Balta certainly caught my eye,it has a touch of the vintage about it.

  49. Helen October 28, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    It’s very hard to choose just one, but I think Nikka Vord is probably what I’d cast on first. And then all of the others!

  50. Helen October 28, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Shared with my knitting group on Facebook :)

  51. Sonia Valente October 28, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    The patterns are all amazing. My favourite is Burrafirth, so beautiful!

  52. Natasha October 28, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Gorgeous patterns and really enjoyed the interview. Belmont is definitely my favourite – beautiful!

  53. ana October 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Good choice of PPQ to select Gudrun designs, i appreciate her work, re-inspiring shetland knitting tradition in her own way, allowing knitted to create well-worthing pieces of style! In this new book, I think i’d knit Hermaness Hats right away!

  54. Melanie October 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    It’s a hard choice but I think Belmont is my favourite.

  55. Hilde October 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh, the Belmont cardigan, hands down! Love the podcast by the way, keep up the good work!

  56. Cathy B October 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I love Birrafirth. The eyelets mixed with the colorwork are beautiful.

  57. faith October 29, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Was just thinking of how much I love all the patterns in this book and that I should get it and then I came here… =) My absolute favorite is Burrafirth. Love your podcasts!!

  58. Sarah October 29, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    Ooh, I love the new Shetland Trader book! And, pretty much everything Gudrun designs! My favorite is Northdale, but so hard to choose!

  59. Genevieve October 29, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    The patterns are all beautiful! My favorite is nikka vord!

  60. ali October 29, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I love Belmont and especially in the green as shown in the pattern book. Thank you for your podcast.

  61. Sandy October 29, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I especially like the Heraldswick

  62. Gemmav October 29, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    I love that dachshund kit, so cute! From the Shetland Trader Book I love Belmont, but… also Northdale, what a challenge it would be to make that. Beautiful book.

  63. Linda October 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Belmont is my favorite.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  64. Calypso October 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    The book is really nice. I would love to start knitting Balta (it looks like a quick project that can be gifted at Christmas time, if you really want to share…) then Nikka Vord and then Burrafirth in neutral tones or just in screaming colors!

  65. Calypso October 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    I shared the giveaway post on Facebook!

  66. Molly C October 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    While Northdale is lovely, I do not know how to knit color work, so I will choose Belmont as my favorite.

  67. Sheila October 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    I just love the Snarravoe pullover. And am really looking forward to meeting Gudrun at Stash in Corvallis in a few weeks.

  68. rachel October 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Another wonderful episode! I’m so in love with the Burrafirth pullover… I think that one will be leaping up the ranks of my queue promptly. And this fabulous interview reminded me that I need to unearth and finally finish my Levenwick cardigan. I adore Gudrun’s designs.

  69. rachel October 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    And shared on Twitter! @rachellynnec

  70. allison October 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    My favorite is Belmont. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  71. Michelle October 31, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    My favourite is Balta. Such a gorgeous collection though, it’s tough to pick just one!

  72. Lesley Bambridge October 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    What a fabulous selection to have to choose from. My fingers are itching to whip up some Hermaness Hats – gorgeous, gorgeous,gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win : )

  73. Sarah W-O October 31, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Oooh, I think Nikka Vord is my favourite. Although all the patterns are so lovely! If only I didn’t need to work, and could knit all day!

    • Sarah W-O November 1, 2014 at 1:08 am #

      Shared on Twitter!

  74. Angie November 1, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Oooooooo Burrafirth is beckoning to me! Look, see!

  75. Linda November 2, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Belmont is my favorite.

  76. Dana November 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Balta by far is my favorite!


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