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Episode 67: Mo’ Mohair

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Image Details: ‘ull mohair’ by AnnaKika, via Flickr

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It’s another mohair heavy episode today where we talk about different yarns which contain mohair. There really is something for everyone in terms of taste, spin, weigh and price point, along with some unusual blends to consider.

In news, we bid a fond farewell to the iMake podcast. Martine was the reason I started podcasting and without her help and encouragement, this podcast simply wouldn’t exist.

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Episode 66 – The Diamond Fibre

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Image Details: ‘Angora Goat’ by noricum, via Flickr.

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Hello and welcome to another rip-roaring episode of the Shinybees podcast. Today we have the return of Enablers’ Corner, some chat about mohair – the diamond fibre – and its properties, particularly in sock knitting. Following that, we round up with a rundown of the latest shipment from The Golden Skein and encourage you to try out three fabulous hand dyers.

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Episode 62: An Interview with Kate Atherley

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It’s the final of our regular interview sessions before returning to regular programming next week. We will be welcoming Kate Atherley onto the show to talk about working in the yarn industry, as well as to give us some top tips for knitting socks to get us back in the swing for September.

There’s news of a charity project and I’m giving away five patterns to celebrate 500 members in my Ravelry group. I like to do this now and again. There’ll be another for 600 members. We like to party.

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Episode 25: Choose Your Weapon! How to Choose Needles for Sock Knitting

I heart ChiaoGoo.

I heart ChiaoGoo.

Following on from the last episode, where we welcomed Clare Devine to talk about how to choose yarn for knitting socks, this episode sees us explore the next big life knitting question: which needles? Starting off the episode is a little bit of chat about recent travels, then there is a review of Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles from Sally Cameron. We have a giveaway from a fab new indie dyer, Coach House Yarns, before we get into all things needle related.

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Episode 10: Travelling Light

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Hello everybody and welcome to episode 10 of the podcast: Travelling Light. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners, as always.

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Intro

The main focus of the jibber jabber this week is that of travel knitting. How do you do yours? Are you strictly vanilla sock or do you go big with a shawl? I ponder the trials and tribulations of aeroplane travel with or without one’s knitting needles from London and Johannesburg. There is also a bit of discussion about how one keeps one’s Golden Skeins safe when moving hemispheres and a précis of my top 3, from Nurturing Fibres and Flamboyance Yarns, which may be superseded by a newer offering from the Knitting Goddess. We end with a rallying cry not to do weird stuff just to get your knitting onto a plane. You know it makes sense, people.

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Episode 9: The Enemy Within

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

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Intro

Hello and welcome to Episode 9 of the Shinybees Podcast. A bit of a mixed barrel with a slightly odd theme running through it: Star Trek! I am not a secret Trekkie, I don’t even know that much about it, but I have been subjected to The Original Series in the weeks since the last podcast in pretty much all of my free evening time, so it has somewhat permeated!

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Episode 6: Modown

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Welcome to Episode 6 of the Shinybees podcast – ‘Modown’. This episode is brought to you from a somewhat cooler than SA UK. We have a pattern pick in celebration of Movember and an interview with Carlé of Nurturing Fibres, a South African indie dyer from Cape Town.

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On the Road: Stellenbosch

SA’s finest!

Following on from the SA Section in Episode 5 of the podcast, here are some photos from our trip to Stellenbosch.

Ageing the vino.

The above two photos and the one below are from Uva Mira, which was the first stop of the day.

View from the rear of the farm.

After that, we stopped in at Ernie Els, followed by lunch at Guardian Peak. Ernie Els had a very impressive estate, however we preferred the wines at Guardian Peak, which also had a great restaurant.

Ernie Els

Another farm we visited was Stark Condé, which has the tasting room on an island in the middle of a lake. We bought quite a lot of wine from here!

Stark Condé.

Tokara was a notable estate, not for the wine particularly, but for the interesting collection of art and installations in the tasting area. The clock is a favourite!

Installation based on vines outside the tasting room.

Close-up of the top of the vines, which has words telling a story.

Art piece with bobbins!

What time is it, Mr Wolf?