Episode 102: On The Edge Of Something Magical


It’s been a little while that I have been on sabbatical, but I am once again back behind the mic and with you. There’s been lots of things ongoing behind the scenes here at Shiny Heights, preparing the new house and getting settled. I’m very much enjoying our new surroundings and hope to have many fun tales for you to come.

Apart from gatecrashing a funeral and being chatted up by an Octogenarian, things have been reasonably pedestrian. I was delighted to meet a few listeners at Yarnporium in London at the beginning of November and enable the lovely Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade to some Wensleydale dyed by Caerthan at Triskelion.

Image Copyright Clare Devine, All Rights Reserved.

Enabler’s Corner

This week, I’m enabling you (continuing the hat theme from the last episode) to Tiny Tea Hats by Clare Devine of Knit Share Love. It’s a collection of four of the most popular patterns from her adult sized The Tea Collection.

Image Copyright Clare Devine, All Rights Reserved.

There’s never been a better time to create a collection of mini versions so you can all have family matchy matchy hats. As I described the Liquorice hat, which has super cute eyelet holes all over it, somehow I got onto the subject of ponytail hats, which have been all over Ravelry’s Hot Right Now for the past week or so.

Image Copyright Slipt Studios. For pattern, see Ravelry.

And Then We Got Distracted By Manbuns


Yes. Manbuns.

If you thought the reason these patterns have been so popular due to some sharing on Facebook of people wearing the ponytail hats, I’m here to tell you that you’re very much mistaken. It is, in fact, as a result of man buns. Having a man bun is a statement of intent and your position and allegiance in life. It’s high fashion, and not generally something Us Northerners (outside the bustling Cottonopolis of Manchester) really get down with.


But as the slouch beanie (so 2012, darling) does not allow for freedom on man bun expression by allowing you to hang all your Mama gave you out of the top of it, hipster man buns have turned to that there internet to find a practical and stylish alternative.

And because I love you all dearly, here’s a whole hilarious man bun mockup collection.

Kilbride Pattern. 2016 Copyright Woolly Wormhead.

Kilbride Pattern. 2016 Copyright Woolly Wormhead.

Review: Painted Woolly Toppers For Kids

After reviewing the adult version on Painted Woolly Toppers in Episode 77 and chatted to the Hat Architect herself, Woolly Wormhead in Episode 61, it’s time to look at the latest release, which is a kids collection.

We’re all about the matchy-matchy family hats today.

Gorton Pattern Copright 2016 Woolly Wormhead.

Gorton Pattern Copright 2016 Woolly Wormhead.

What I liked about the book: I loved the concept and the photography, particularly the branding and feel. It’s a little subversive and edgy which is classic Woolly. The black background and clothing really allowed both the items and the facial expressions of the children to stand out. There were plenty of photographs to look at (a point for improvement from last review, and only because I really enjoyed the photography then and wanted more of it!) and I really enjoyed how it wasn’t just the same old safe appearance and it was very obviously a Woolly production. The hats will be interesting to knit and it’s always great to have a collection that is specifically designed to work with hand dyed yarns.

What I would change: I was really scratching around to find something here, so I am going to give quite useless feedback. I don’t like reverse stocking stitch (I have a weird thing about the bumps) and quite a few of the patterns use it as a base to show off both the yarn colours and the texture of the slipped stitches. Woolly’s never going to change that round because I dislike reverse stocking stitch and that’s cool. I really was struggling that much to find anything.

You can see more photos from the collection and get your copy on Ravelry, priced at US $16 for the ten patterns.

Wrap Up

That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!

2 comments on “Episode 102: On The Edge Of Something Magical

  1. Gardening Witch says:

    I wondered why those hats with a hole in the top were suddenly so popular on Ravelry. Thank you for clearing that up for me. It all makes sense now. I might just have been the mad woman laughing out loud on the dog walk just now – it’s good to hear your podcast again!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you! Nothing makes me happier than hearing I’ve spread a laugh around the place. And it all is very logical, really. The hipsters did it.

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