Episode 61: Hat Architect – An Interview with Woolly Wormhead

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This episode of the Shinybees podcast is sponsored by Yarn in the City. Yarn in the City creates experiential yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft. Yarn in the City organises the annual Great London Yarn Crawl taking place this year on Saturday, 5th September.

This year’s Yarn Crawl will also feature the addition of a one-day Pop-Up Marketplace taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, featuring over 30 vendors from London and around the UK. To top off the weekend, on Sunday, 6th September, Yarn in the City will be hosting pattern designer and technical editor Kate Atherley for two workshops in central London.

To book your tickets for this fantastic event, head over to www.yarninthecity.com.



I know. I’ve been banging on about this for the past few episodes.

Well I have good news!

Thanks to all of you being kind enough to vote and support the podcast, it’s been nominated in not one, but TWO categories!

Games and Hobbies

Most Engaged Audience (Go knitters! That’s you guys!!!)

Now it’s down to the final three I need to ask you all another favour.

Please could you go and vote for the podcast in both categories.

You’ll be able to scroll downwards to Games and Hobbies after voting in Most Engaged Audience (shakes pompoms) and you can vote anonymously if you don’t want to login.

If you’d consider sharing your vote on social media afterwards, I would be super grateful.

A HUGE thank you to all of you for making this happen. I am so blown away to even be a finalist and to be one in the main category for audience engagement can only be down to your efforts.

Álfur by Woolly Wormhead. Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead.

Álfur by Woolly Wormhead. Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead.


This week, I welcome the fabulous Woolly Wormhead to the show. A bona fide hat addict, she’s written eight books to date purely dedicated to all things hat. Originally from the UK, for the past few years, Woolly has travelled extensively with her partner, Tom, and son, Aran. With a background in engineering and having studied Fine Art Textiles, Woolly delights in exploring the limits to which she can take knitted hat design and construction.

You can find Woolly online on her website, where you’ll also find a plethora of fantastic resources and tutorials. As passionate about teaching as she is about design, she has created a range of supporting materials to accompany her patterns. There are also some great free patterns to try, if this is your first foray into hat knitting, along with all her patterns and books. Her most recent work is Painted Woolly Toppers, a collection of hats specially created to show off the hand painted yarns which Woolly (and most of us!) are so fond of.

Woolly’s also very keen to hear from the gentlemen when it comes to hat design. What do you look for in a hat? If you’re a lady knitting for the gentlemen in your life, what do they prefer, and what would you like to see?


Leona of Fluph, who was interviewed in Episode 60 has very kindly offered a skein of hand dyed yarn from local Dundee dyer, Rusty Ferret. She’s also including a fabulous Fluph project bag to boot!

To enter, head over to the giveaway thread on Ravelry.


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!

4 comments on “Episode 61: Hat Architect – An Interview with Woolly Wormhead

  1. tricotbelle says:

    Hi, Jo! It was a really tough call between you and Helen, but I anonymously voted for Shinybees. You have cheered me very much with your talk of the cool Scottish weather. I live in eastern Washington State (Pacific Northwest, United States) and we’ve had catastrophic wildfires this summer season. The temperatures are regularly over 90 degrees F, with air so smokey the sun is an obscured orangey-brown orb. However, I have not been forced to flee from my home as have many others. My home is necessarily air-conditioned, and our power supply comes from dams on the Columbia. Douglas County where I live has the lowest utility rates in the nation and quite obviously is clean energy, if somewhat unattractive due to loss of salmon habitat. We do work very diligently to mitigate difficulties for salmon migration. I really love the cadence of your voice, and the talk of knitting. I am currently working on fingerless mitts and swatching for a sweater (Piscataqua).

    1. Shinybees says:


      Glad to hear you’ve been spared from having to leave due to the wildfires. It sounds quite scary! Thanks so much for voting for me in the UK Podcasters Awards, it really is appreciated. What’s your Ravelry username? I’d love to go and check out your projects.

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