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Ep 126 – A Hat For Every Eventuality

Everyone needs more knitted hats in their life, and today I share seven pattern ideas for hats. I’ve been out of knitting sorts lately and attempting a new hat is just the ticket to get back into it. I’ve gone through a tricky time recently and I wanted to find a way to order my...

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Ep 125 – Hawkshaw Sheep with Sue Horn

Sue Horn of Hawkshaw Sheep in the Scottish Borders is our guest on the show today. She shares the ups and downs of being a shepherdess, creating your own yarns and fabrics and farm life. Ever wondered what it is like to commission your own yarns? Sue shares how she decided to produce yarn, as...

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Ep 124 – Yarnporium Fun

Yarnporium 2018 is reviewed on this episode of the podcast, where I give you a rundown of the event which took place at Westminster Central Hall in November. Hosted by the fabulous ladies of Yarn in the City, Allison Thistlewood and Rachel Brown, this was a fabulous event which brought together some of the best...

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Ep 123 – Strange Brew

This week we review the new Tin Can Knits collection – Strange Brew. It’s a knitwear collection that embraces everything colour work for the whole family. There’s some knitty news and an update on School Council gate.

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Ep 122 – Isn’t It About Time We Put a Stop to All This Nonsense?

Sometimes, when something really gets to you because of its inherent unfairness and solid foundations in utter bollocks, you need to speak out. This episode is one of those times. In a departure from the usual format, this week we share the story of a small girl who wanted to be on the school council....

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Ep 121 – Holiday Knitting

How to decide what knitting to take when travelling? How do you decide what holiday knitting to take with you when you travel? Do you spend more time choosing what yarn to take than which clothes to pack? This week we tackle the thorny subject of holiday/travel knitting. A source of much anguish for the...

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Ep 120 – Rusty Ferret with Leona Jayne of Fluph

Leona Jayne Page, Rusty Ferret Dyer and owner of Fluph in Dundee It’s a chatty and fun episode today with the enigmatic Leona Jayne Page of Rusty Ferret/Fluph. Voted back onto the show as a guest for the second time, Leona tells us about how she moved from yarn shop owner into hand dyer. You...

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Ep 119 – Yarn Shops in Shanghai

Shanghai is the destination for this week’s podcast. I take a trip to not one, but two yarn shops in Shanghai to check out the local knitting scene and the yarns on offer. News Podcast Theme Music Many listeners have emailed me to ask about the theme tune for the podcast and where it can...

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Ep 118 – British Wool, Labelling and Sourcing with Joy McMillan of The Knitting Goddess

Joy McMillan of The Knitting Goddess joins the show today to talk about how her business has moved towards sourcing solely British and some very local yarns. Topics discussed include the difference between British and British Overseas Territory when it comes to yarn, mislabelling of yarns, wanton misrepresentation of yarns as British and what you...

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Ep 117 – Far East Adventures

This week is a bit of a catch up as I share my Far East adventures so far. I’m in China, and I share some of the funnier/more unusual observations I’ve made so far being here, including crotchless baby clothes, sleeping in public and appreciative eating. Also involved is a marching column of riot police....

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Ep 116 – Return to Shetland with Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford of Susan Crawford Vintage joins me this week and we take a journey through the past three years since Ep55. In that episode, Susan talked about the Pubslush (crowdfunded publishing) campaign she was undertaking to print pre-orders of the book. She also described at length, the painstaking process she had been through the...

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Ep 115 – Phone Down, Knitting Up

Where do you lose knitting time and how can you go about carving out more time to do it? In this week’s episode, I talk about the idea of cutting out mindless phone scrolling time to increase your knitting time, and the associated benefits of doing so. News If you’ve been hiding under a rock,...

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Ep 114 – Yarn Snob

Yarn Snob Yarn Snob. For some it’s worn as a badge of honour and for others, it’s the worst thing in the world, but what exactly is a yarn snob? And why are we talking about it on today’s podcast? Well, it’s a word that is thrown around the bazaars quite a bit, and it’s...

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Ep 113 – Woollinn Dublin

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Ep 112 – Knit Share Love with Clare Devine

Clare Devine | Knit Share Love Clare Devine of #KnitShareLove rejoins me on the podcast this week, as we catch up with her after quite a while since her Sock Surgery days on the show. Clare is in Australia, the country where her knitting adventure began, at that time, she was in a totally-unsuitable-for-knitting Broome....

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Ep111 – Assmimilating New Knitters

How do we get the entire world knitting? It’s a mission of mine to get everyone knitting. Today, we discuss the five pillars of knitter assimilation: Marketing Self-belief Tools and Materials Medium and motivation Access to decent resources Of course, this is the Shinybees Pentagon of Knitting Assimilation and I think these are the things...

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Ep 110 – An Interview with Jane Murison of Yarnison

Jane Murison of Yarnison joins the show this week, talking about knitwear design, fish and chips and the urban landscape as an inspiration. Jane began designing a couple of years ago, and has several knitting patterns now, that are a homage to the post industrial landscape of Manchester, that she sees every day on her...

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Ep109 – Hidden Heels with Mitch of Surfing Ducks

Are you going to Woollinn? Woollinn will be taking place in Dublin on 25th-27th May 2018. I’m venturing over there on a blue and white winged chariot for the event and I would love to meet as many listeners as possible. Please let me know if you will be attending. Also, there is a great...

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Ep108 – Speckled Yarn – So Hot? Or So Not?

Speckled Yarn – So Hot Right Now? A Hot Potato? Speckled yarn is the marmite of the knitting world right now. Outrageously popular, thanks to patronage by the likes of Stephen West and Andrea Mowry, speckles are so hot right now. Or are they? What Do The Shinybees Community Think About Speckled Yarn? A straw...

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Ep107- Sh*t Tea and Tray Bake with Countess Ablaze

Where shit tea, tray bake and exposure collide! Lyndsey aka Countess Ablaze joins me this week for a chat about issues facing us crafters and business owners. A recent recipient of an offer of ‘exposure’ as payment, along with some fairly misogynistic stereotyping of her customer base, The Countess decided to take a stand against...

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Episode 104: Your Permission Is Not Required

Permission. You don’t need it from anyone to enjoy your hobbies, especially and most particularly if that hobby is knitting.

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Episode 103: Active Stash Exploration

The first show of 2017 brings the project of the year for podcast to you. This year, we’re all about Active Stash Exploration. What’s that you say? It’s definitely not cold sheeping, that is for sure. First up we have a quick catch up on happenings, before diving in to some news both for the...

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Episode 102: On The Edge Of Something Magical

  Image Details: ‘Magical Unicorn Faucet’ by Chris Waits on Flickr. Intro It’s been a little while that I have been on sabbatical, but I am once again back behind the mic and with you. There’s been lots of things ongoing behind the scenes here at Shiny Heights, preparing the new house and getting settled....

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Episode 101: No Dalmatians Required

Listen Here Intro Welcome back after a short break to the podcast. I’m deee-lighted to be back with you once again, as I have missed you terribly during the break. Having hoped to have moved by now, I am still, sadly, in the same house, but hopefully moving next week. So, I know you’re all...

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Episode 100: The Great Shinybees Hexipuff Amnesty

Intro Here we are folks and who’d have thunk it: A tonne! From my South African garage to my Wigan spare bedroom – with a couple of amazing awards in between – over the course of 4 years.  A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for all the support. A couple...

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Episode 99: When Pokemon Go and Yarn Collide

Listen Here Intro 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...

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Episode 98: Knitting in the News

Listen Here Intro Few thoughts on news items this week, I’m feeling all topical. Think Mock the Week meets Nevermind the Buzzcocks but with only one panelist and three knitty stories… Before we get going though I want to remind you that I am still preparing for Episode 100 and so am open to any...

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Episode 97: Best UK Podcast of 2016

Listen Here Intro 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...

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Episode 96: This Thing of Paper – An Interview with Karie Westermann

Intro Straight into the news this week as I have so much of it. Firstly, I want to thank you all for your wonderful positive feedback on last week’s episode and my time with Countess Ablaze. A lot of the feedback was around how well she copes with her autism, and how it doesn’t stop...

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Episode 95: Orange Mocha Frappucino with Countess Ablaze

  Intro Hola everyone, I am back from my ‘holiday’. Don’t let the flippant Spanish there throw you off, I’ve not been anywhere and haven’t even had time to knit! In fact I’m still knitting the lace panel for #RewindKAL. Been very busy with other things and Casa Shiny is like a madhouse as usual...

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New Media Europe Awards

I have some great news! The podcast has made it through to the finals of the New Media Europe Awards in two categories: Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award. Thank you to everyone who voted for the podcast in the first round. The second round of voting is taking place via Twitter and here’s...

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Episode 93 – Alpaca Love

Listen Here Intro These hot temperatures are having some side effects, I need to open my windows for survival. That means the choice between some potential atmospheric background noise or an unconscious host. I’ve soldiered on in the belief that I’m pretty pivotal to this podcast and chosen the former. As summer approaches we are...

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Episode 92: Midwinter Yarns – An Interview with Estelle Faust

Listen Here Intro I am delighted to welcome Estelle this week. I always enjoy the Midwinter Yarns stalls and particularly their banter so I was thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed on the show…twice. For those who are not familiar with them they are into traditional, robust yarn but with a modern style –...

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Episode 91: Is that it?

Listen Here Intro I’ve had lots of happy messages this week, which is nice. First off, LJ is alive, arse and all, and managed to run the whole ruddy thing. Amongst my other lovely messages was one that particularly made me smile. It was from Lisa and made me realise that we need to relax...

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Episode 90: Curious Handmade- An interview with Helen Stewart

Listen Here Intro So first things first, my mental and yet fabulous (obviously) assistant LJ is running the London marathon this weekend. She has broken her arse as a result of yarn fumes, sort of, so listen in for the full comedy breakdown of the incident. If you should take pity on the poor maniac...

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Episode 89: Paula Abdul Would Be Proud

listen Here Intro This wee’s episode is a little later than planned but here nonetheless. Paula Abdul discussed the concept of two steps forward and two back. If you’ve not heard ‘Opposites Attract’ for a while, I bring it to you for your listening delight.

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Episode 88: The Wool Kitchen – An Interview with Helen Reed

Listen Here Intro A short intro this week as the old croaky voice is threatening a return. This week I am thrilled to bring you the other half of my Best in Show EYF winning double act – Helen from The Wool Kitchen. She is from the wrong side of the Pennines but a good...

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Episode 87: Travelknitter- An Interview with Larissa

Listen Here Intro I hope we are all enjoying the change in weather…she says whilst looking at today’s snow. Before we get going I will take the opportunity to let you all know that you can still join the #RewindKAL. There is no pressure, you can join in with whatever you choose and just take...

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Episode 86: Knitting on a Train

Listen here Intro There can be no escaping EYF chat this week, though there is no rubbing noses in it, I promise. Key points include attending the pub with some podcast Patrons – the benefits are endless folks, get involved. A big thank you to everyone who brought cards and gifts for me, it really...

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Episode 85: The Little Grey Girl – An Interview with Gemma Dudley

Listen Here Intro Just a short intro this week, I’m saving myself for an epic catch up and lots of shout outs next week after EYF. Which will come up lots this week as it’s very nearly here. In that vein I am rekindling my love affair with Periscope so if you cant be at...

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Episode 84: Yarns From The Plain – An Interview with Nic Rudd

Listen Here Intro This week we’re joined by the wonderful Nic Rudd of Yarns From The Plain, purveyor of lovely British hand dyed yarns and voice of the Yarns From The Plain podcast.

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Episode 83: An Interview with Helen Lockhart of Ripplescrafts

Listen Here Intro Before I jump into my interview with the delightful Helen, I have a couple of worthwhile diversions. Firstly, do not forget about the upcoming #RewindKAL…as if you could! Join us for all the chat and bants in the Ravelry group. I also had a bit of a roadtrip this week and a...

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Episode 82: Commit

Listen Here Intro The podcast is brought to you this week from Daan Saaf, still with Real Ale though, obviously. This week I’m taking the time to point you in the direction of two of my latest little hobbies, Anchor and Snapchat. I like Anchor because its audio messaging and I have a face for...

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Episode 81: Re-Rewind

Listen Here Intro This week I follow on from last weeks sing-along with a bit of Craig David, including a quick biograghy (for those who missed that 15 minutes of the noughties in the UK) and an eyebrow homage… The original… David does Bieber… Merrion does David… I am also giving a gentle reminder to...

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Episode 80: Relax

Listen Here Intro This week I am back to something resembling my old bouncy self and am using this platform to impart wise words about not biting off more than you can chew and ‘caning it’. Oh and chatting very enthusiastically about Zoolander. Blue Steel! Zoolander KAL anyone?? It’s all a bit sing-songy this week...

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Episode 79: OwlPrintPanda – An Interview with Amanda B Collins

Listen Here Intro This week I very warmly, if somewhat gruffly, welcome Amanda on to the show for an interview. Having previously enabled you to her new collection I was delighted to see more of her work on the front cover on Knit Now magazine. Enjoy some slight sidelines and finding out more about Amanda,...

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Episode 78: What to Knit in 2016

Listen Here Intro This weeks episode follows on from goal setting and includes what I pinky promise to knit this year. It’s all about embracing your stash, however disorganised, and the unbridled joy it brings. Maybe now is the time to actually get some of that yarny loveliness out of the box and get knitting....

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Episode 77: Knitting Goals

Listen Here Intro This week’s episode follows on from the excitement of preparing for the knitty events of the year to looking at what you want to achieve in your knitting this year. Lots of people are cracking out new planners and diaries, so it’s a great time to think about how to get to...

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Episode 76: Knitting Calendar

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to the first episode of 2016. I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and got plenty of knitting time in!

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Episode 75: Joyeux Noel

Image Details: ‘Esprit de Noël’ by Christophe Pinard, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro This week it’s a fairly pensive and reflective mini-essay to start the podcast, prompted by an email from Marguerite in Australia (who drives the biggest trains in the world – amazing!) who reminded me about the time in Africa when the power...

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Episode 74: Knitivity

Image Details: ‘Knitted Nativity Scene’ by Andrea_44, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro Today we begin with some festive chatter about that most traditional of Christmas activities – the nativity play. I was a cultural experience in the North of England, including a Yoda Donkey, highly flammable sheep and a Rockport-boot and Phantom of the Opera...

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Episode 73: The Three Little Pigs

Listen Here Intro This week we’re having a bit of a crafty catch up and a few laughs along with it. Come and be lightly enabled and hear a bit of knitted spud banter. It’s back to the usual tangential humour after a crazy couple of weeks at Casa Shiny. Enablers’ Corner Come and be...

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Episode 72: An Interview with Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare Yarns

Listen Here Intro This week we welcome back Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare Yarns in Northumberland for our entrepreneur interview. Having given us loads of great mohair knowledge in episode 69, I can’t wait for you to hear all about life on the farm.

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Episode 71: Lace Knits

Listen Here Intro Welcome to another rip-roaring episode of the podcast. The Beadalong has cast on and you are welcome to join in.

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Episode 70: An Interview With Boo Knits

Listen Here Intro This week I am delighted to bring Bev aka Boo Knits onto the show for an interview! After knitting her Out of Darkness pattern – known to listeners of the show as the ‘Shawl of Awesome’- I was keen to chat to her and hear about her journey into designing and what...

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Episode 69: Man Socks

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to episode 69 of the podcast, from a new location, in England! This week, there’s a bit of chatter about moving house – again – and the calamities that come with that. Jo catchup complete, there is a plan afoot to visit Countess Ablaze at her studio on Swinton...

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Episode 68: Socks, Yeah! An Interview with Rachel Coopey

Listen Here Intro This week, we’re going to be chatting to British knitwear designer Rachel Coopey. Next week, I’ll be joined by Alice Elsworth from Whistlebare Yarns in Northumberland who will be answering your mohair questions. You’ve only got until tomorrow to get your questions in to me via email or via the comments below...

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Episode 67: Mo’ Mohair

Image Details: ‘ull mohair’ by AnnaKika, via Flickr Listen Here Intro It’s another mohair heavy episode today where we talk about different yarns which contain mohair. There really is something for everyone in terms of taste, spin, weigh and price point, along with some unusual blends to consider. In news, we bid a fond farewell...

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Episode 66 – The Diamond Fibre

Image Details: ‘Angora Goat’ by noricum, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to another rip-roaring episode of the Shinybees podcast. Today we have the return of Enablers’ Corner, some chat about mohair – the diamond fibre – and its properties, particularly in sock knitting. Following that, we round up with a rundown of...

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Episode 65: National Knitting Week

Image Details: ‘Striped Leg Warmers’ by Star Athena, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro This week’s all about wool. Wool everywhere! Wool Week in the UK runs from 5-11th October as does National Knitting Week. So, there’s a bit of chatter about what’s happening round and about for that. Also, there’s some parish notices: the podcast...

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Episode 64: Socktober Happenings

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to another episode of the podcast, where this week, we’ll be talking about things that are happening in Socktober – the month of sock knitting! I also have excellent news to share (with a huge thank you) and some take away thoughts from New media Europe. We also have...

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Episode 63: Over the Hills and Back to London!

Image Details: ‘Super Mario’ by Tom Newby, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro This week sees somewhat of a return to the usual format, with the Enablers’ Corner front and centre, some knitty news and the infamous Shinybees Pattern Pick, inspired by that everyone’s favourite plumber, Mario. There’s also a précis of the Yarn In The...

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Episode 62: An Interview with Kate Atherley

Listen Here Intro It’s the final of our regular interview sessions before returning to regular programming next week. We will be welcoming Kate Atherley onto the show to talk about working in the yarn industry, as well as to give us some top tips for knitting socks to get us back in the swing for...

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Episode 61: Hat Architect – An Interview with Woolly Wormhead

Listen here Sponsor 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...

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Episode 60: Forensic Psychobiology to Wool Emporium – An Interview with Leona-Jayne Kelly of Fluph

Listen here Sponsor 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...

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Episode 59: Self-Stripe Madness – An Interview with Michelle Berry of Berry Colourful Yarnings

Listen Here Sponsor 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...

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Episode 58: Cast On! An Interview with Brenda Dayne

Listen here Sponsor 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...

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Episode 57: Make It Fit – An Interview with Amy Herzog

Listen Here Sponsor 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...

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Episode 55: Vintage Shetland Project – An Interview With Susan Crawford

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to this special episode of the show, where I am thrilled to welcome Susan Crawford to the show. A UK-based knitwear designer who specialises in vintage design and fashion history, with four books already published and stocked in the V&A and Waterstones as well as within the British Library,...

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Episode 54: Yarn In The City: An Interview with Allison Thistlewood and Rachel Brown

Listen Here Intro This week I am thrilled to welcome Allison Thistlewood and Rachel Brown onto the show to talk about all things yarn and business. These two ladies are great fun to chat to, so I am sure you’ll find this bumper episode entertaining.

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Episode 53: Knitting Socks in Summer

Listen Here Intro KnitSpinCake’s Aimee is back at the mic. You can find her shop at Harbour Yarns. Also, tickets for the Great London Yarn Crawl go on sale 1st July 2015. Will you be there? All proceeds from the crawl go to Refuge.

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Episode 52: How to Store your FOs

Image Details: ‘Asylum Storage’ by Forgotten Heritage, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro Here’s another episode to keep your knitty enabling high! There will be a short break in the podcast schedule over summer to allow for some resetting and forward planning for the next 6 months. Enablers’ Corner This week we’re enabling to the Scollayalong....

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Episode 51: Still Got It

Listen Here Intro The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl was a great success and I had lots of fun visiting the finer yarn shops in Edinburgh during this fun filled yarny weekend. I was chatted up by a five year old on the train, proving I have Still Got It. Obviously. I also attended Clare Devine’s...

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Episode 50: Strictly No Baby Nudity – An Interview With Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and Rainbow Heirloom

Listen here Intro Hello and welcome to episode 50. A half century of podcast fun – who’d have thought it possible? This week, I’ve an exciting interview for you with Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and Rainbow Heirloom. First up, there’s a little MakeItFit2015 chatter as I announce that Louise and I will be...

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Episode 49: Endless Winter

Image Details: ‘Narnia’ by David Muir, via Flickr. Listen Here

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Episode 48: Highland Wool Festival

Listen Here Intro This one is a departure from the usual format, as we take a laid back canter around the Highland Wool Festival. Allow me to enable you to some of the region’s best producers as well as some from further afield. Normal segments return next week.

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Episode 47: Calamities and Curiosities

Image Details: ‘Le cabinet de curiosité de Bonnier de la Mosson’ by Dodeckahedron, via Flickr. Listen Here News The Highland Wool Festival is taking place at Dingwall Mart on 23 May 2015. The exhibitor list is now available.

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Episode 46: Enabling 101

Listen here Intro Hello and welcome back for another podcast. I am very glad to see the back of the General Election here in the UK for a number of reasons. My advice is to be a doer. This episode is mostly about enabling. Again. News There will be a trunk show at my beloved...

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Episode 45: Short Row Variations and Summer Knitting Patterns

Listen Here Sponsor This episode is sponsored by Blacker Yarns. Lyonesse is a new 50% linen, 50% wool yarn, available in DK and 4ply weights, specially developed for your summer knitting needs. Perfect for creating cool, breathable garments and lacy shawls, the linen content ensures this yarn retains its block beautifully. To order, visit www.blackeryarns.co.uk...

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Go On Retreat With Brenda Dayne at Gwlana

Ever fancied yourself taking a bit of time out of life to relax, knit and spend time in the company of like minded people? Developed by knitting podcaster and designer Brenda Dayne, the Gwlana retreat takes place in Wales twice a year, with the next retreat happening on the weekend of 15-18th May 2015. There’s...

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Episode 44: Summer Knitting Yarns

Listen Here Intro This week, there’s a roundup of news from the yarn world, including a new online yarn store opening its doors as well as podcast latest. Enablers’ Corner sees a focus on which yarns to use for summer knitting, as well as a rundown of some commercial and indie dyed blends containing cotton,...

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Episode 43: There’s a Short Row Technique For Everyone

Listen Here Intro This week it’s all about short rows and wanton enabling on the podcast. On news matters, I’ll be accepting sponsors onto the podcast from next week. These will only be high quality and relevant sponsors – no payday loans or online casinos here! If you’re interested in sponsoring the podcast, contact me...

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Episode 42: Lete’s Knits – An Interview With Justyna Lorkowska

Listen Here Intro Today we welcome Polish designer Justyna Lorkowska to the show in our latest entrepreneur interview. Justyna and I chatted at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, where she was launching a pattern kit with Victoria Magnus at Eden Cottage Yarns (you can hear from Victoria in Episode 21). Justyna has a wide range...

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Episode 41: Baby Bums and Self Stripe

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to a decidedly low sugar version of the podcast. I hope you are all getting over your Easter chocolate hangovers. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with feedback following Episode 40, which was an interview with Stephen West. Edinburgh Yarn Festival has been announced for 2016 and...

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Episode 40: The Prince of Brioche – An Interview With Stephen West

‘Thighlighters’ by Stephen West. Image Copyright Westknits.[/caption] A chat with Westknits at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015 Listen Here Intro Don your finest swants my friends, because it’s time to pull up a pew and chat with Stephen West. Edinburgh Yarn Festival was the venue and Westy brought his A game when it came to the...

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Episode 39: Of Socks and Discworld – A Knitty Homage to Sir Terry Pratchett

Image Details: IMG_0543 by cherryred2001, via Flickr Listen Here Intro This episode is a knitty homage to my favourite author, Sir Terry Pratchett. In Enablers’ Corner, there’s a little rundown of the first quarter of The Golden Skein. The Pattern Pick, somewhat unsurprisingly, takes its inspiration from Discworld. Then the Sock Surgery returns with some...

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Episode 38: Socks by Day, Science by Night – An Interview with Louise Tilbrook

Listen Here Intro Welcome back for another episode of the show! The post-EYF fog is just about clearing and it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the podcast.

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Episode 37: Wardrobe Malfunction – What to Do When Your Knitting is Not Finished in Time

Image Details: ‘wardrobe’ by Jen Collins, via Flickr. Listen here Intro This episode has a lot of excitement for Edinburgh Yarn Festival. There’s also my top tips for what you can do if you don’t finish knitting your wardrobe in time for knitty events. Clare and Kate return to talk about finishing and caring for...

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Episode 36: The One With The Circus Music and a Trip to New Lanark Mill

We’re back with a slightly belated episode with lots of comedy circus fun for you to enjoy. Expect a good ab workout to occur during this high-comedy show. Grab your knitting and a tissue to wipe away the tears of laughter! Listen here PodRetreat 2015 Story time this week where there is a roundup of...

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Episode 35: Cast Offs For Socks

Listen here Intro Thanks for all the feedback following Kate Davies’ interview in Episode 34. Kate has some great Yokes tote bags in her shop at the moment. Consider yourselves enabled!

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Episode 34: Making it as a Knitwear Designer – An Interview With Kate Davies

Intro This week we welcome writer and designer Kate Davies onto the show for her first ever podcast interview. Based in Scotland, just off the West Highland Way, Kate is a prolific designer, responsible for a number of indie design classics. She has also written for a number of publications as well as authoring two...

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Episode 33: How to Fix Your Socks When They Go Wrong and a Review of 23cm Asymmetric Mini Circulars for Socks

It’s very socktacular this week with the return of the Sock Surgery. The show kicks off with a review of the 9.5″ (9″) / 23cm asymmetric circular needles from Kinki Amibari, kindly given for review by Rachel at www.tangled-yarn.co.uk. Clare will also be reviewing these on her blog in the near future. My verdict: quite...

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Pattern of the Week: ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill

Perfect combination of form and structure This week’s pattern of the week from #FreeYourSkeins2015 is ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill. It’s easy to see why: flowing lace panels which stretch over the edge of the shawl, coupled with crisp stitch definition and the perfect balance between pretty and architectural in the detail. It’s a versatile pattern...

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Episode 32: Edinburgh Yarn Festival Scoop and How to be Enabled

I’m going. Are you? It’s shaping up to be a big one, and the details are starting to be revealed more readily now. Listen on for some exclusive news and a giveaway of a pair of weekend tickets. Let the enabling begin! Listen here

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Week 3 Pattern of the Week: Atlantic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley

Free the variegated skeins! It’s the third Free Your Skeins Friday and this week it’s all about socks, probably due in no small part to having cast on two pairs of socks this week: one for the Sock Surgery and one to review a set of teeny tiny Kinki Amibari needles for the podcast. This...

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Episode 31: The Sock Surgery Casts On and How to WIP Down Your Projects

The big day has finally arrived and it’s all about casting on our first pair of socks of the Year of Socks. I’m looking forward to having lots of lovely socks to revisit this time next year. New to sock knitting? Come in, there’ll be lots of hints and tips for you. Seasoned veteran? Clare...

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Week 2: ‘3 Color Cashmere Cowl’ by Joji Locatelli meets The Golden Skein Autumn Harvest

When yarn and inspiration collide Week two of #FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday is upon us, and this week there was a very straightforward choice made. I’ve been looking for the perfect way to combine all 3 skeins from The Golden Skein’s Autumn Harvest quarter within one project, to represent the inspiration photo. Joji popped up with the...

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Introducing the Sock Surgery with Clare Devine

Banish your sock knitting woes and get some toasty toes! If you’re a listener to the podcast, you’ll have heard our recent introduction of the bi-weekly Sock Surgery with Clare Devine of Yarn And Pointy Sticks Designs. Aided and abetted by our glamorous assistant, Kate, we’ll be chatting about knitting socks from the very beginning....

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Episode 30: Enablers’ Corner and How to Build an Online Community with Sarah Chy

Listen Here Bring in the Soap Box! In a complete departure from usual proceedings, it gets a little ranty during the introduction, when a few choice things light the blue touch paper: Loose Women, Vax and Benedict Cumberbatch to be precise. Well, not Benedict Cumberbatch himself, he’s a good lad.

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday: Week 1 Pattern of the Week – ‘Snawheid’ by Kate Davies

The Year of Enabling has commenced! In Episode 29 of the podcast, I announced a new #Project365 that I started as part of The Golden Skein, dubbed #FreeYourSkeins2015. Bemoaning my own useless attempts at freeing skeins, there needed to be a strategy for thinking about how to use those lovely yarns and get them out...

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Episode 29: A Year of Enabling and How to Make Your Socks Fit

We’re all about enabling this week on the podcast. The latest knitty news is on the agenda, along with some world class enabling and the official announcement of the Sock Surgery Year of Socks. Introduction Recent crafty-type exploits over Christmas have enjoyed a spot of proper whisky tasting. We tried Glenmorangie, Glen Moray – my...

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

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.

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Episode 27: Toe Up or Cuff Down Socks and a Review of WTF Knits

Hello and welcome to all new and returning listeners, especially those who came over from A Playful Day. Welcome to the show! It’s a yarn, comedy and sock knitting palooza this episode, as we review WTF Knits and welcome Clare and Kate for the Sock Surgery. Intro The pantomime opened last weekend and we have...

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Episode 26: How to Write a Knitting Book Whilst Homeschooling 3 Children with Sally Cameron

Following on from Episode 25, where I reviewed Sally Cameron’s new knitting book, “Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles” and gave the breathtaking knitting and landscape photography a glowing report, we’re back and Sally has joined us! Also this week there is a quick rundown of WIPs in the Wippin Piccadilly section and a yarn...

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Beyond Merino and Blue Faced Leicester: Top Alternative Breed Choices and Blends in Hand Dyed Yarns

I did a little blogging for Wovember. If you’re interested in trying hand dyed yarns from more unusual breeds, there are a few here to start you off!

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Episode 25: Choose Your Weapon! How to Choose Needles for Sock Knitting

Following on from the last episode, where we welcomed Clare Devine to talk about how to choose yarn for knitting socks, this episode sees us explore the next big life knitting question: which needles? Starting off the episode is a little bit of chat about recent travels, then there is a review of Msanzi: South...

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How to Choose Yarn for Socks

Clare adds some more information to her chat in Episode 24. Head on over for a look!

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Episode 24: Choosing Yarn for Socks with Clare Devine

Image used with permission of Clare Devine. Hello and welcome to Episode 24 of the podcast. This week we will be mostly learning a lot about how to choose yarn for socks with Clare Devine. Listen here

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Episode 23: Knit Your Own Halloween

Image Details: ‘Londeyr napin’ by pstainthorp, via Flickr. Listen here

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Episode 22: Red Alert

Image Details ‘Red Alert’ by kaiban, via Flickr. Listen here

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For the Love of Socks …

Like socks? Great set of offers to celebrate the end of Socktober here. And if you need any more reasons to enable yourself to sock yarn, Clare provides them here 🙂

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Episode 21: Pontoon!

Image Details: ‘Russian TU-160 Blackjack’ by defenceimages, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to episode 21 of the podcast. This one has nothing at all to do with card games and everything to do with knitting, along with an interview from a special guest. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners. Listen here

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Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners. Listen here

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LushPodKal Techniques 3: Short Rows and Wrap and Turn

Image Details: ‘Down With Shorts’ by theotherdan, via Flickr. This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring techniques used in the Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits, and some recommended resources for those techniques I have used.

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LushPodKal Techniques 2: Blocking the Lace Yoke

Doing the lushpodkal? Need help with blocking the yoke? I’ve put together my thoughts on blocking in general, with a handy video at the end of the post, for those who prefer to watch how to do it, instead of reading about it. The lace yoke, which is the first part of the cardigan that...

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LushPodKal Techniques: Provisional Cast On

Image Details: “042307Crochet_cast-on” by cabezalana, via Flickr. In preparation for the impending start of the LushPodKal, I have been researching the best resources for learning the techniques that will be needed during the course of the pattern. I know that quite a few people are knitting their first ever adult garment and some are a...

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Episode 19: Octopussy

Image Details: ‘Octopusses’ by nonelvis, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to Episode 19 of the show, which has nothing whatsoever to do with James Bond and everything to do with friendly cephalopods. Listen here

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Episode 18: The First Step is Admitting You Have A Problem

Image Details: ‘Untitled’ by rottnapples, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to episode 18 of the podcast. The first step is indeed admitting you have a problem, when it comes to solving the mother of all knitting funks, it would seem! Listen here

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Episode 17: Funky, Funky, Funky, Fresh!

Image Details: ‘Here Lies Funk’ by Robert Francis, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to Episode 17 of the podcast, the one in which I am in the mother of all knitting funks. Slam dunk the funk. The funk of 40,000 years. Listen here

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Episode 16: Run, Rabbit, Run!

Image Details: “Park bench Discards Irn Bru” by Craig Murphy, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to Episode 16 of the Shinybees podcast. Thank you for joining me and a warm welcome to all new and returning listeners. Listen here

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Shinybees in The Knitter Magazine

That’s right! The podcast was recommended in the latest issue of The Knitter. It was a pleasant surprise; I bought the magazine today to get my copy of the sock heel masterclass article by Clare Devine. I spotted the mention as I was flicking through the rest of the magazine, prior to sitting down for...

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Episode 15: Swans, Clowns and Unicorns

Image Details: “Unicorn x Piccolo Latte” by Jonathan Lin, via Flickr. Hello and welcome to Episode 15 of the podcast. Listen here

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Episode 14 – On the Road to the North

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 14 of the podcast. I hope you are all well and have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Listen here

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