Episode 99: When Pokemon Go and Yarn Collide

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First and foremost I need you all to know that I have penned my letter to last episode’s feckless judge. I shall let you know what his response is, should he dare to make one. The big news this week is that I am selling my moneypit aka my house. Anyone for a big Victorian number in Wigan? Mates rates (not really). This does however mean that I am mega busy cleaning and planting stuff and de-cluttering, of course, so do look out for me freeing some of my skeins in a sale in the not too distant future. In my busyness I did make time to pop on a narrowboat and it got me thinking again about planning a knitting trip on a narrowboat, let me know if you fancy it, once I’ve got numbers I’ll order the buffet and we’re off. I’ve looked into this, priced it up and all, it could be a reality quite easily. Just think about the crazy that could ensure from 12 knitters on a boat.

The lovely Nic of Yarns from the Plain fame got in touch to bring my, and therefore your, attention to the Chesire Fibre Festival. It is on the 1st of October this year at The Hall at Marthall and it’s free. There will be cake available and proceeds will go to Bloodwise. As expected, I will be popping along to make sure it’s up to standard.

Enablers Corner

This week I am not in the least bit sorry for enabling you to an old favourite of mine – Boo Knits. This time around it is the Boos for Beginners patterns. These are a series of patterns increasing in difficulty as you go along and then you’re a pro. Magic. As I’ve said before I do think her patterns are generally pretty straightforward and easy to follow, even if you are quite new, but these are great if you are lacking in confidence. They are also good because if you’re not a beginner you can easily embellish them and make them more fancy if you like, but the simple detailing will also match everything allowing for everyday use.


The first pattern ‘Cuba Libre’ is out and it’s simple and classic but with a hint of lace at the bottom. Boo has very kindly agreed to a GIVEAWAY so head over to the Ravelry page and tell me which Boo Knits shawl you most want to knit when your skillz are ready.

Cuba Libre c) Boo Knits

Cuba Libre c) Boo Knits

Pattern Picks

All Pokemon themed this week, clearly. It all started with an article about crocheters making their own pokeballs and went from there. I’m loving the resurgence of Pokemon as I remember them (and Pogs) the first time round. I’ve done my research and chosen some beauties for your perusal and potential purchase.

My personal fave, as she has other characters too: Pikachu by Sabrina Somers. It’s a freebie too.

Pikachu Choc Orange Cover – the new star of my Christmas List – by Mary Lucas. £3.59 but with obvious never ending value. I love you , Mary.

Pikachu Ear Flap Hat – by Sissy Johnson. Crochet worsted weight, 6 sizes available, $5.39.

Pikachu Bun Sock – by Lulu Bebeblu. Worsted weight, $2.99. Essentially it is a fancy hairnet. Mostly for ballet types and marketed as such. She’s missing a trick our Lulu though – the manbun is a strong market right now and this would be bang on trend for those out catching Pokemon too.

Pokeball – by Linda Potts – another freebie – this time it is crochet DK. Keeping it simple.

Vulpix – by Stephen West. This is actually Pokemon inspired, though dressed up in more adult vocab. A knitted shawl at $7.20.

Woebuffet – by Shelly Hedko. this one reminded me of Jacko with its funny pose and face. Free!

Becasue I feel bad that nobody wants Rattatas – Rattata Plushie by Milayou.

Last but not least: Magikarp Fish Hat – by Wendy M Anderson. This one was for the scariest mannequin head ever.

Pikachu (pokemon) by Sabrina Somers

      Pikachu (pokemon) by Sabrina Somers

And on that grown up note….

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!




4 comments on “Episode 99: When Pokemon Go and Yarn Collide

  1. Ha! I’ve been suggesting a narrowboat trip for years! Never been on one. Count me in.

  2. I’d be a knitter on a boat! Seriously it pounds like a brilliant idea. Enjoying listening to the podcasts. Found you via OMF yarn and I’m catching up on the back catalogue. Thanks!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yay! I am putting something together for boat knitting operations 🙂

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