Going local is the inspiration for this week’s show, where we talk about extending choosing local beyond yarn choices. We’re back after a regrettable rain and laptop-based accident, which caused an unplanned break in the schedule. If you decide to do yoga outside, remember to bring your computer back in when you are finished. If you live in the North, it’s probably going to rain, even if it is cracking the flags currently. A two-week break from any sort of work has encouraged me to pick up the needles again. I’ll tell you about that a bit later.

Interiors and Decorating

I’ve made the most of the unscheduled break by having some decorating work done in the house. Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue is the colour of choice for my spare room/office/podcast ‘studio’. Stiffkey is a dark blue, which I had colour matched at Valspar as it’s more cost effective than buying Farrow and Ball paint. I’m a massive interiors fan. The current options for styling are an Edwardian Gentlemen’s Club vibe or something a little softer. Being a huge lover of Victoriana, Scots Baronial architecture and bank lamps, I’m sort of leaning towards the Gentleman’s Club approach.

Shopping Local – Interiors

I am looking to source more locally since lockdown. I’ve been a supporter of provenance and going local in knitting yarns for a long while. As long as we know the provenance of yarn, it allows us to make informed choices about what we purchase. Taking going local forward, I’m looking to expand this care and attention to supply chains and sustainability to everything I bring into my house. Yarn-wise, you should definitely listen to Ep118 with Joy McMillan, where we discuss yarn provenance in great detail. This is one of my all-time favourite interviews.

Labour Behind The Label

This campaign group has written a report about the state of some of the factories in Leicester that are supplying fast fashion online retailers such as BooHoo and ASOS. You can find the report here and they are @labourbehindthelabel on Instagram.

Unclear Labelling and Misleading Marketing

I bought a cupboard this week from an online store that gives a very ‘British’ appearance in its marketing. When the item arrived, it said ‘designed in the UK’ on its box, but said it was ‘made in PRC’. This annoys me, because many people don’t know that PRC is the full name for China, and it feels like it is deliberately trying to hid the fact that it is manufactured there. It’s more sustainable to have locally-manufactured things, so I’m actively trying to do that. I’ll be joined soon on the podcast by UK Manufacturing expert and champion Kate Hills, from Make It British to discuss the UK wool manufacturing industry.

What I’m Knitting

Still working on the Compass Sweater by Tin Can Knits. I’m now on the sleeves and am really loving the result so far. It’s going to be really cosy. It’s knit in Excelana DK, from Susan Crawford Vintage.

Orchidaceae by Susan Crawford. Image Copyright Susan Crawford.

Future Knits

I’ll be casting on Orchidacea by Susan Crawford in Nurturing Fibres Supertwist DK. Eight Bit Geekalong by Lattes and Lamas has massively caught my imagination. It’s a free pattern for a mystery knitalong for a colourwork sweater. The swatch clue is already available and the first proper clue is dropped on August 2nd. This pattern is only available on Ravelry [WARNING: there have been some problems for users on the Ravelry website and the Epilepsy Foundation has issued a seizure warning for the website. Do not use it if you may be at risk]. The Queen Bee Pullover, also by Lattes and Llamas looks to be in my future. Surely the Shinybees needs a bee themed colourwork pattern!

Sun Ray Ribbing Sweater by Susan Crawford Vintage. Image Copyright Susan Crawford Vintage.

Susan Crawford Vintage New Website

I’ve been revisiting a lot of Susan’s back catalogue recently as I’m planning to re-embrace the tank tops I was so fond of wearing in my earlier years. I used to be very fond of vintage clothing, so I have been looking at some vintage style patterns. There are some really nice patterns, such as the Jan Sweater and the Sun Ray Ribbing Sweater. You can find these and all her other patterns at


Music for this episode is with very kind permission of Adam and The Walter Boys with ‘I Need a Drink’ available from iTunes.

2 comments on “Ep 151 – Going Local

  1. PersephoneUnderground says:

    Have you tried the new low-contrast view on Ravelry? I think they named it Hardiwick mode. I think it’s not enough yet, the low-contrast should probably be the default if the new one is causing accessibility issues, with the new one set as the alternative, but when you discussed Ravelry it sounded like you weren’t aware of that yet.

    As a web developer myself, it seems like a good first step that they’re trying to add a workaround until they can permanently fix all the problems with the new site- kind of a show of good faith, as long as they don’t consider adding that mode all they need to do. And yeah, it’s perfectly possible that they haven’t correctly reverted everything in the classic view, depending how their stylesheets are set up, but it’s unlikely to be on purpose, could just be css being a pain in the rear (as usual). Not defending them, just cautiously hopeful and kinda sympathize with the nightmare of trying to claw back a huge change- it should be simple but it never is quite as simple as it should be.

    Also- Hi! I’m new, just got back into knitting after putting it down for a while, then picking it up to knit baby things for my new niece.

    I actually just finished a cotton baby blanket and loved it- what do you mean about cotton hurting your hands? I used Berrocco Pima 100 worsted, and the only thing I noticed was that it occasionally split a bit, but it was nice to work with otherwise. It’s not as stretchy as wool I suppose? Anyway, loving the show!

    1. Jo Milmine says:

      Hello! Yes, the episode was published back in July, before the different modes were introduced.

      Glad to hear you are back into knitting. With the cotton, I find that because it doesn’t stretch like wool does, it makes my hands ache at times. Probably more my technique than the yarn to be fair. I also find it splitty if you aren’t concentrating/careful.

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