Red Alert

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Hello and welcome to episode 22 of the podcast! A hearty welcome to all new and returning listeners. I’m back after a somewhat unplanned stay in Dr Gray’s hospital! I also seem to have landed myself in the role of a pantomime cat. No, that’s not a euphemism, it actually happened. Oh yes it did…


We went to Yarndale on the train and checked out the delights of Carlisle for rather longer than we expected en route. It was not as busy as last year, but we weren’t able to get round to see everyone we had wanted to as there were more stalls. Vendors mentioned include Tin Can Knits with the criminally cute baby Max, Eden Cottage Yarn’s new chunky alpaca range, our lovely friends Yarn Garden, Incomparable Buttons (Injabulo), Tilly Flop designs, Daisy Bun Boo designs, Ann Kingstone‘s Stranded Knits and Blacker Yarns.

Wippin’ Piccadilly

The Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits is finally finished. I added a grosgrain ribbon with the aid of the Knitmores and I will be adding a grosgrain to the button hole side. Soon. I promise!

I frogged a load of stuff.

I cast on Quadratic by David O Kelly at Eden Cottage Yarns. This was done in the Tornado Over London colour ways for The Golden Skein’s first club of 2014, dyed by DyeForYarn in Germany. The contrast stripes are all being done in the Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso Self Stripe from the second club of 2014.

New Section: The Sock Surgery

We’ll be hosting a brand new section in the podcast based around the humble sock and inspired by my ongoing failure to provide hand-knitted warmth to my friend Kate’s feet. Co-hosted by Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks and my lovely friend Kate, we are going to take a journey through knitting socks right from the beginning. Clare will be on hand to agony aunt through comma knitting woes.

Sock blockers with Elgin socks!

Sock blockers with Elgin socks!


This episode we have a giveaway palooza, sponsored by Clare Devine and Jessica James of Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh. To celebrate the release of the final pattern in their collection ‘Head to Toe’ and the introduction of this new segment, we have 3 great prizes on offer. The first prize is a pair of hand carved wooden sock blockers from Windy Hill Woodwork. We also have a print copy of ‘Head to Toe’, signed by Clare and Jess for the lucky winner, and a skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed Humming Aran, which is enough to make the Elgin socks in an average woman’s size. Elgin is the pattern we are celebrating the release of, and rather pleasingly, it is the name of where I now live. Always a winner. For the runners up, we have a copy of the Elgin pattern.

Head to Toe. If only we had Jess' hair!

Head to Toe. If only we had Jess’ hair!

To enter: head on over to Ginger Twist Studio and choose your favourite shade of Ginger’s Hand Dyed Humming Aran. Her other bases are available there too, so have a mooch around! Then, you will get one entry each for posting on the blog here, the Shinybees Ravelry group, Tweeting me @Shinybees, Instagram and Facebook. Do all 5 to maximise your chances to win this awesome prize. A huge thanks to Jess and Clare for donating these goodies.

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An Audience With…. Jessica James of Ginger Twist Studio

Finally we have a great interview with the ever fabulous Jess of Ginger Twist fame. We talk all things business and hand dyed, along with the odd random mention of various things such as sweaty little pieces of chocolate. I refuse to entertain the prospect of Deramores sponsoring the podcast (not that they have ever offered, mind!) and Jess confesses to red acrylic crimes. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for listening and joining me again. As always, I am available on all the usual social media channels, so please let me know what you think! I’d also be super grateful for iTunes reviews if you have the time, it really helps other people find the podcast.
Happy crafting and have a great week!

27 comments on “Episode 22: Red Alert

  1. Julia says:

    What a great giveaway! My favourite colour of Jess’ Humming Aran is Bermuda.

  2. Margaret says:

    Love them all but Are you Truly Earnest is my favourite.
    Loved this episode of the podcast and am looking forward to the sock knitting journey

  3. charlyderham says:

    OOOhhhh it’d have to be ‘girl on fire’

  4. Anna says:

    I love the Bermuda colourway and would use that to knit the Elgin socks.

  5. knittingmayhem says:

    Oh my goodness, what a prize! My favourite colour would be Hot Fuzz – am in a pink phase atm!!

  6. Sharon says:

    The Dove colourway is my first choice. I think it is just so elegant.

  7. Genevieve says:

    what a great prize. My favorite color is liquid sunshine. Ravelry: KnitGen

  8. Alessandra Parsons (PokedaGoblin on Ravelry) says:

    What an excellent giveway. I’m choosing Hot Fuzz for my socks

  9. Emily says:

    LOVE Liquid Sunshine for Elgin socks.
    I’m a redhead who was always told I couldn’t wear yellow when I was a child… so ner ner to my parents, its my favourite colour now.

  10. I would knit the socks in the Bermuda colourway.

  11. azterya says:

    Dove is my favourite.

  12. Gemma Dudley (just_gem) says:

    oooh I think it would have to be dove … I’m a grey lover 🙂

  13. Charlotte says:

    I would choose Dove for the Elgin socks.

  14. louisescollay says:

    Oh! Elgin in earnest!!!! Lovely lovely lovely

  15. Kristyn says:

    I love Girl on Fire

  16. Katie says:

    I would knit them for my mom in liquid sunshine. archaeo on Ravelry

  17. Cath thorley says:

    Definitely girl on fire, I’m into the hunger games at the moment so would go perfect. X

  18. Jos says:

    My favourite is Hot Fuzz.

  19. Viv says:

    Definitely Bermuda…and I’ll dream of my perfect holiday while I am knitting them. Thanks for drawing my attention to the pattern too. I have the ebook but hadn’t realised these are an aran weight sock. Love that!

  20. Linda says:

    Hot Fuzz is my favorite.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  21. Isla says:

    Listening to the podcast while on holiday! Can’t wait for the future sock spots. Elgin look really cosy I would knit them in the Bermuda colourway.

  22. Shelley says:

    Oh I love girl on fire! Always drawn to gorgeous reds!
    Great podcast by the way.

  23. torirot says:

    I’m usueally a colourful person, but somehow here the grey spoke to me. Ths Elgin socks look super cozy!

  24. bronlivingstone says:

    (apologies if this is a duplicate post – sometimes things disappear on me!)
    ‘are you truly earnest?’ – although I could be persuaded towards dove, hot fuzz, bermuda, earnest…oh okay, all of them!

    Thanks to you, Clare and Jess for this amazing giveaway 🙂

  25. Gina McCoy says:

    I think I put my comment in the wrong place (duh), so here it is. I covet the shawl Jess is wearing and yes, the hair too.

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