Episode 97: Best UK Podcast of 2016

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So here we are at the start of our fortnightly releases – missed me?? I can’t believe how close we are to the big 1-0-0 now. Given how busy I am of late my creative juices are flowing a little slower so if you have any ideas/requests about how we should celebrate this in true Shiny style please do email and let me know. Today we have some knitting chat, a good old The Golden Skein quarterly round up and some light enabling.


As the title somewhat gives away, the show won best podcast at the New Media Europe Awards. Was somewhat of a shock, hence my slightly inebriated acceptance speech. Keeping it real for you there, you stay classy Jo. I had a great night sat with Milly in his tux and Helen of curioushandmade and Renee of East London Knit. If anything I thought we might get the audience award, I know how keen you lot are, but clearly you did your bit by voting and nailed this one for us instead. Thank you so much for doing that. I still cant quite believe it really.


In others news: OMG OMF is here. I have recently taken delivery of the Orange Mocha Frappucino and will be sending them out shortly. The people have spoken and requested a KAL but as you will see below I’m not faring too well with those so we’ll do a more informal one in which you use the #OMFKAL to show off your creations. I simply will not restrict the potential of this explosive fireball of creativity.

Wippin’ Piccadilly

So the #RewindKAL has technically come to an end. The idea was to revisit your favourite ever KAL piece or do one you wished you had done but missed out on. Some people did multiple items, some did garments for the first time. Then there’s me with the lace panel on the yoke of my Lush done. Brilliant. It has been such fun and the prizes will be sorted shortly. In the meantime I clearly need to keep going with mine so stay around and keep me company. I’m using Sparkle DK from Berry Colourful Yarnings and I love it, so the hold up is really just that I don’t knit often enough these days and nothing else.

talisman by Helen Stewart

talisman by Helen Stewart

You may recall I mentioned I was just going to really quickly bang out a new shawl for the awards after my beaded voodoo got lost in the post. Thought I’d do Talisman by the aforementioned Helen of Curious Handmade as I knew she’d be there and I could promo for her. I’m using the Blood Orange Urban Hints from other Helen at The Wool Kitchen. I love the yarn and the pattern is very addictive so I’m picking it up and putting it down all the time and that is the most successful method for me. If you are not familiar with Helen’s patterns you need to be. I really like that I can tick off each line and can check the percentage of wool I should have used, I’m not really into weighing it. The pattern is part of Helen’s Shawl Society that I’ve mentioned previously and I heartily recommend it.

The Golden Skein

The Summer edition was based on the beautiful photo below and so obviously included a lot of green. Surprisingly it divided opinion a touch, it seems lots of people had green school uniforms and apparently do not wish to be reminded of that time in life!

Mystical sun rays between trees in green forest

Sun Rays Between Trees by Pawel Pacholec


‘Coill’ was dyed by Yvonne at Dublin Dye onto her Swing Sock base, a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon blend. This tonally variegated colourway would be perfect for socks and accessories.


‘Forest Light’ was dyed by Victoria of Eden Cottage Yarns onto her Oakworth 4 ply base, 100% New Zealand Polwarth. This light, semi-solid colourway would make beautiful shawls, accessories or garments.


‘Brechfa’ was dyed by Caerthan of Triskelion Yarn and Fibre onto a 75% Falklands Merino, 25% Silk blend. This rich, saturated, solid colourway would be perfect for luxurious garments and accessories. I’ve seen it used for the Talisman already and it is perfect.

The sign ups are currently open but only until the 7th so get over there in time for the Autumn quarter inspired by this photo ‘Violet Eared Waxbill’ by Ian N White :


Enabler’s Corner

Light enabling to some podcasts today.

The CreativeME podcast is by Martine Ellis previously of IMake . It is a ten minute weekly podcast with tips and resources based more around the business side of things.

My very own enterprise now – the Notice To Move podcast is finally a reality. It is in the main aimed at military spouse, serving or veteran entrepreneurs. I’ve gone over to the dark side and focused on the business side of things. It has a similar format to this in that I do some interviews then the following show I will expand on some points raised and give some actionable tips. I’ve started of a little more serious than I am here, how long do you think I can keep that up? It goes out each Wednesday and the website has the shownotes.  Have a listen and tell me what you think.

Wrap Up

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!


1 comment on “Episode 97: Best UK Podcast of 2016

  1. Shinybees says:

    Thank you! 🙂

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