Image Copyright Sally Cameron, reproduced here with kind permission.

Image Copyright Sally Cameron, reproduced here with kind permission.

Following on from Episode 25, where I reviewed Sally Cameron’s new knitting book, “Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles” and gave the breathtaking knitting and landscape photography a glowing report, we’re back and Sally has joined us! Also this week there is a quick rundown of WIPs in the Wippin Piccadilly section and a yarn shop review of the Nairn Wool Shop.

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Intro

Happy St Andrew’s Day to those of you who celebrate it. We’ll be enjoying the festivities here in Scotland. If you’ve been following the Wovember posts for the month of Wovember, you might have noticed I have done a guest blog post for them. Entitled Beyond Merino and Bluefaced Leicester: Top Alternative Breed Choices in Hand Dyed Yarns it will give you a quick canter through some different sheep breed yarns from UK dyers.

If you’re into the different breeds, check out KnitBritish if you haven’t already.

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The final quarter of The Golden Skein for 2014 has been keeping me busy and this has just been dispatched. There’s still a few skeins left to join in if you are quick. There are 3 skeins dyed by independent hand dyers to the inspiration photo below. More details on those will come in the podcast once the embargo is lifted.

Celebration

Wippin’ Piccadilly

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My top tip for a quick and satisfying knit for either yourself or a gift knit, you can’t go wrong with Clare Devine’s new pattern ‘Lapsang’. Knitted in Eden Cottage Yarns Maya Chunky.

Next up was Hipster by Tin Can Knits. I’m doing this in the Blacker Yarns West Country Tweed I reviewed in episode 24. It’s the small size, but still stretchy enough to fit Mielie’s rather large heid.

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Finally we have the Cardamom Rose pattern by Thea Colman. I’m doing this in Eden Cottage Langdale Aran which is proving to be a fairly quick and enjoying knit.

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Yarn Shop Review – Nairn Wool Shop

I recently visited this yarn shop on the way back from the Highland Wool and Textile Fair in Inverness. It’s got a great selection of more mainstream yarns from the likes of Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar, Arucania, Noro, Sublime, Regia, Katia and Rico as well and Colinette. There were also lots of smaller producers stocked in there including some Scottish alpaca blends.

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How to Write a Knitting Book with Sally Cameron

We welcome Sally Cameron aka PinkHairGirl on to the show to talk to us about her experience writing Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles.

Sally’s first design was the Winter is Coming shawl, and her springboard into designing was as part of a swap in the South African swap group on Ravelry. This also sparked the design careers of Clare Devine, Judy George and HeidiBears.

You can find Sally podcasting as PinkHairGirl.

Sally very kindly offered a copy of her ebook as a giveaway this episode. To win, please comment below with which is your favourite pattern from the book.

Wrap-up

That’s all for this week! Please do feel free to get in touch and give me feedback on the show, it is always great to hear from listeners. If you’ve enjoyed the show today, please consider leaving me an iTunes or Stitcher review – this helps other people find the show and join in the fun. Have a great week!