Episode 28: Hogmanay and a Review of Yokes by Kate Davies

Kate Davies Yokes

It’s the last day of 2014 and the last podcast of 2014. I simply couldn’t allow you all to fall into the cold, harsh light of January without a podcast episode to cheer you along. Excuse my lemsip induced dulcet tones and slightly dulled reactions during this quick-step instalment of the podcast.


The giveaway for WTF Knits by Gabrielle Grillo and Lucy Sweet is ongoing. To enter the draw, leave a comment on the blog post for episode 27.

The Design-Along has been announced and is now ongoing over at A Playful Day. The chat thread is open on the A Playful Day group on Ravelry and you can find the entry conditions here on the blog.


Wippin’ Piccadilly

It’s been a finishing palooza over here at Shiny Heights! Off The needles we have the Cardamom Rose cowl by Thea Colman. This is a fab, chunky cowl perfect for throwing over your coat on a cold winter day. I used 2 and a half skeins of Eden Cottage Yarns Langdale Aran. Super warm and versatile.

Also off the needles and onto the head is the Hipster Hat by Tin Can Knits. I didn’t have quite enough of the Blacker Yarns West Country Tweed to finish the whole thing, so I added a little of the Jacob Mohair blend from Blacker to do the crown. It’s very warm and hasn’t even made it to the blocking stage as it has been on Mielie’s heid since I cast it off. It’s a great pattern for a simple beanie.

Still ongoing is the Quadratic Shawl by David O’ Kelly for Eden Cottage Yarns. This is being knit in the DyeForYarn Tornado Over London colour way from the first quarter of 2014 of the Power of 3 Club from The Golden Skein. The contrast stripes are a self-stripe from the second quarter of 2014, dyed by Desert Vista Dyeworks. This is being knit as part of the #quadkal which is still ongoing over on Ravelry.

Also new on the needles is the Kunye shawl by Clare Devine, which is a pattern that was designed to celebrate a year of The Golden Skein. The KAL is ongoing and there will be prizes. Hashtag is #tgsonekal and the details are over here on Ravelry. Anyone is welcome; if you have 400m of fingering weight yarn and 4mm circular needles, get yourself over there!

inside cover

Review of Yokes by Kate Davies

My copy of the latest book by Kate Davies arrived a few weeks ago, and I am now sufficiently familiar with it to give you my informed opinion. It’s a collection of 11 designs along with essays that covers all kinds of yokes from countries all around the North Atlantic as well as interviews on the subject. There’s a bibliography section for those of you who want to delve further after reading the essays at the start of the book.

The patterns are great. My personal favourite is Frost At Midnight, a pretty, V neck, lace weight cardigan, with a beaded tree yoke. Shortly following this is Cockatoo Brae, the Shetland Star and Tree patterned yoked cardigan that is the cover image for the book.

RRP is £19.99 and it is available now from Kate Davies or a variety of local and online knitting emporiums.


That’s all of this episode and for 2014. A big thank you to you all for listening this year; I hope you’ve enjoyed the direction the podcast has gone in and will join us for 2015. There are lots of big plans ahead for the year of the sheep!

As always, feedback and comments are always appreciated. Happy Hogmanay!

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