Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

The Suitcase

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners.

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Lovely to be back in the podcasting groove after Unwind Brighton! Thanks to all those listeners who came along to meet me and the other podcasters at the podcaster meet-up. It was a pleasure to meet you in real life.

Unwind Brighton

I was very restrained in my shopping, buying only the yarn for my LushPodKal project from Blacker Yarns. That was, until, I fell into the Triskelion Yarns stall and unable to buy any of the sold-out-bar-one-skein Dylan Yak/Silk blend, I rehomed a skein of Ceridwen 4-ply, a 30% silk, 70% baby alpaca lovely.

The marketplace was small but perfectly formed, with lots of choice and some new-to-me vendors from the continent to boot! Check out the Diana Sweater.

One side of the collar

One side of the collar


Week 5 of the #LushPodKal is upon us, although there is still time to join in if you would like a chance to win one of the great prizes we have got together for you. There’s lots of great chatter, hints and tips, not to mention awesome projects coming out of this kal. Come and say hello!

I recommend the winding cast on for the yoke and you can see my post on short rows, which has the Cat Bordhi video in it here.

Interview with George of Yarn Garden and Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks Designs

Having become a yarntrepreneur myself and worked with some fantastic indies at The Golden Skein, I wanted to introduce a regular segment where I talk all things business and yarn with some of our favourite people. I am delighted to have George and Clare on the show to talk about their recent and upcoming collaborations as well as their own yarny stories.

Although former chemistry teacher George is in no way the same as Heisenberg of Breaking Bad fame, he does like to cook a bit of passion cake. You can come and meet him and his partner in crime Louise at their studio in Newcastle. They are also online at Yarn Garden and Louise tweets from @YarnGardenUK. Look out for them at Yarndale and other upcoming shows.

Author of Sock Anatomy: Dissecting Heels and Toes and regular contributor to The Knitter amongst other publications, South African born Clare is a BIG fan of locking stitch markers. If you aren’t convinced of this, you can find out in person all the ways you can employ stitch markers in your every day life, as well as for their intended purpose! She also tweets @_ClareDevine as well as blogging at Yarn And Pointy Sticks.

A huge thank you to George and Clare for being so generous with their time in undertaking this interview. If there are any people you’d like me to interview, please let me know and I will try to arrange it!

Wrap Up

That’s all for this episode. Thanks very much for listening and please feel free to send me your feedback. If you’d like to leave an iTunes review, to help other people find the podcast, I’d be very grateful.

4 comments on “Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

  1. Isla says:

    Can I have a bag……….

  2. aanganes says:

    Jo, I just wanted to let you know that that was one of the BEST crafty interviews I’ve ever heard! Awesome job! Great questions, and it actually sounded like a conversation (hard to do) and it was super entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Shinybees says:

      Aw thank you for your kind comments. George and Clare were great to interview.

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