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 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 can hear the first appearance by Leona on the show in this episode, where she talks about moving from forensic psychobiology to yarn.

Rusty Ferret

Who is Rusty Ferret?

Rusty Ferret was, when we last met Leona, in the closet as a ‘local dyer’. Well, the worst kept secret in knitting was uncovered. Leona was revealed as the dyer behind Rusty Ferret. Rusty is a steampunk gentleman and Leona is kind of his handler. Inspiration for her colour ways is found everywhere. Leona has a particular love for the saturated and neon colours.

Much excitement ensued at the news of subscription boxes and new yarn lines. Polwarth is championed as one of the yarn bases Leona stocks. She described in detail how she came to decide to use this particular fibre, and its benefits for both dyeing and creating garments.

Rusty Ferret Yarn

Image Copyright Leona Jayne Page.

Since the last episode, Leona married her now husband Mark. Never one to be shy and retiring, here she is rocking the sequins on the big day.

Leona does Wedding Chic. Image Copyright Leona Jayne Page.

DPNs vs Magic Loop, Commercial Yarns vs Hand Dyed Yarns

We cover a number of other topics in this episode. Commercial yarns sparked some debate, as whilst they are affordable and uniform, I consider them to be a little bit boring. DPNs vs magic loop for knitting in the round had leona and I on opposing sides of the fence. I like DPNs! The economics of Primark clothing was another topic covered. Ever fancied getting into Art School? Leona has the scoop on that, too. Apparently it’s all about being able to do ‘mark making’, and doesn’t require the ability to actually draw.

Fluph Rusty Ferret Minis

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Music for this episode is used with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys, with ‘I Need a Drink’, available via iTunes.

Episode 76: Knitting Calendar

Image Details: '13 Dec 2011 - Countdown to Christmas' by John Davey, via Flickr.

Image Details: ’13 Dec 2011 – Countdown to Christmas’ by John Davey, via Flickr.

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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

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Image Details: ‘Esprit de Noël’ by Christophe Pinard, via Flickr.

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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 went down and my friends had an entire dead animal in their freezer, which was slowly defrosting! Sometimes at this time of year, it’s all about looking forward and rushing on to the next thing, without fully appreciating exactly how far we have come.

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Episode 70: An Interview With Boo Knits

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Image Copyright Boo Knits

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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 inspires her.


Bev’s journey into design was quite by accident, when she could not find the right pattern for a precious skein of Fyberspates Faery Wings, and decided to create her own. The first pattern was enthusiastically received and people began to ask when the next would be coming out. Her husband suggested this could be a good way to pay for her yarn, so she decided to pursue the opportunity.

A lover of high quality and hand dyed yarns, Bev advocates knitting only with what you truly love and paying the extra couple of pounds to have what you really want. In terms of dyers, Lichtfaden and Hedgehog Fibres are current favourites.

You can find Bev on Ravelry and be welcomed into the friendly and active Boo Knits group.


Bev has very kindly donated three prizes to a giveaway palooza: a complete pattern collection and two single patterns. In order to enter, pop over to the group on Ravelry and leave a comment saying which is your favourite Boo Knits pattern.

'Be With You' by Boo Knits. Image Copyright Boo Knits.

‘Be With You’ by Boo Knits. Image Copyright Boo Knits.


There’s still plenty of time to take part in the #beadalong – you can find details on Ravelry here.


I’m running a listener survey. Please go here and let me know what you’d like to see from the podcast!

Also, I’ve started a mailing list. You can sign up here and I’ll send you all the latest podcast news, along with the occasional comedy dog in knitwear.

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!

Episode 67: Mo’ Mohair

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Image Details: ‘ull mohair’ by AnnaKika, via Flickr

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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 to the iMake podcast. Martine was the reason I started podcasting and without her help and encouragement, this podcast simply wouldn’t exist.

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Episode 65: National Knitting Week

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Image Details: ‘Striped Leg Warmers’ by Star Athena, via Flickr.

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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 will be moving (again) in a few short weeks. Expect a lot more Money Pit chat to ensue! Also, I’m running a listener survey. Please go here and let me know what you’d like to see from the podcast!

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

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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

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

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Image Copyright Susan Crawford Vintage

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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, she also runs a farm in Lancashire where she keeps sheep, goats, ducks and chickens. She’s just completed a labour of love in her fifth book, the Vintage Shetland Project, which recreates 25 garments from the Shetland Museum archives and chronicles the stories behind these garments, as well as patterns to knit them. Susan has painstakingly transposed these from the original items, ensuring the designs and history will live on through the book and new projects that are made as a result of it. I think it’s a fantastic project, which is why I’ve backed Susan’s Pubslush campaign, and why I hope you will consider backing it too.

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

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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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