Episode 94: Global Hypercolour

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Image Details: ‘Fluorescent Ort Loom (Weaving Detail)’ by Nic McPhee, via Flickr.

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REVISED Yarn Crawl Passport FRONT

The podcast this week is sponsored by the fantastic Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl; Edinburgh’s official yarn crawl. Taking place on 11th June 2016 between 10am and 6pm, you can crawl around three fantastic independent yarn stores in Edinburgh before heading to the Safari Lounge in Curnow Place to visit the pop-up marketplace and knit your way through the afterparty. Hosted by Jess of Ginger Twist Studio, in association with Kathy of Kathy’s Knits and Mei of Be Inspired Fibres, it’s the perfect way to visit the yarny sights of Edinburgh.

For more information head to the Ginger Twist Studio website or join the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl group on Ravelry. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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This week we’re all about being inspired by early 1990’s colour changing t-shirts. I had one of these for a holiday in Canada and as the podcast is going on a short break (returning 7th June) I decided to dedicate this episode to the iconic apparel I always associate with holidays.

Don’t forget, the podcast is up for two awards in the New Media Europe Awards: Best UK Podcast (we’re 14th at the moment) and Audience Appreciation Award (we’re top, baby, or should I say YOU are!). You can vote via Facebook. Here’s what to do.

1) Go to this link. You don’t have to watch the video, the voting boxes will appear after a few seconds.

2) Scroll to the Best UK Podcast and scroll down until your find ‘Shinybees Knitting Comedy and Yarn Podcast’.

3) Click the little checkbox to the left of the show title.

4) Repeat for Audience Appreciation Award.

5) Do the same on your cat’s FB profile “:)

Voting closes on 29th May and the top ten in each category go into the final. Please fee free to share it amongst your knitty peeps, friends and family to get us into the final.


Enabler’s Corner

This week I am enabling you to attending the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl. This is not just because they are the show sponsors, I would be enabling you regardless of this as I’ve been before and it’s a fantastic event. Last year I went with a group of knitty pals and spent a lovely two days hanging out in Edinburgh’s best yarn shops and knitting in one of the coolest pubs I know (The Safari Lounge) and I have been in some pubs, I can tell you.

The event has a great, friendly vibe and I enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with lots of lovely listeners. This year, Jess has added the exciting extra of a pop-up marketplace in the cellar of the Safari Lounge, which will be open from 12:30 – 18:00 and will include the following awesome local vendors:

Phileas Yarns
Pekoe Tea
K.M. Bedigan
Spun Plum
C.C. Almon
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Rainbow Heirloom
Rusty Ferret
Queen of Purls
Lesley Taylor
Hand Drawn Yarn

It’s an event not to be missed.

Alpaca Focus

I’m definitely not the Alpacapedia by any stretch but this week I have a few snippets of how to wash and care for your alpaca garments and accessories, as well as storing them, for those who are not familiar.

Global Hypercolour

For those who love a bit of kitschy nostalgia on the podcast, this has been a bit lacking recently, so today I share with you that whilst Generra, manufacturers of the original Global Hypercolour t-shirts (and other associated garments) went bust in 1992, a mere year after starting out and turning $50 million in sales in the 3 months between February and May 1991, you can indeed still get colour changing, heat sensitive apparel from Truffle Shuffle. I also ponder how exactly, given nobody on Ravelry has created a Global Hypercolour knitted t-shirt pattern, one might construct such a garment.

Whilst heat changing yarn is not currently available (although it should be!) you can in fact buy light changing yarn. I’ve not found a place it’s in stock yet, but it’s a Thing. I’d still prefer the original heat changing version, so if anyone knows of any, let me know!

And because I love to spoil you with retro YouTube viewing… sit down. You’re going to LOVE this dancing!


Don’t forget to go and vote to get your award back (and for best UK Podcast whilst you’re there!)

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 94: Global Hypercolour

  1. Carole says:

    Thank you Jo for the podcast this afternoon, it’s my day off and I enjoyed listening while doing some relaxing knitting. I remember these T.Shirts way back in the 90’s, I had a little chuckle at the advert- big hair and high waisted jeans!
    Enjoy your break.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thanks, Carole! I did enjoy the dancing 😉 Glad to be accompanying your day off.

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