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episode 20 and the podiversary

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It’s episode 20 and it is the Knit British podcast’s first birthday celebrations. It was in January last year that I tentatively unleashed the first episode. You can listen to it here, if you want a walk down memory lane. Today’s episode is filled with wool, warmth and your lovely wishes!

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Many thanks for all your feedback and comments from the past two episodes. My conversation with Karie Westermann was something you all really enjoyed. The Edinburgh Yarn Festival exhibitor news also got you whipped up into a frenzy and the buzz of excitement on social media afterwards was palpable. Apologies in advance as the Podcat gets stuck in the wardrobe and tries to upstage me!
IMG_5913[1]EYF Classes are on sale now!


Since Last We Met

While the weather has been stormy I have had a very productive time. This has involved lots of exciting scheduling for KnitBritish and also working on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival Podcast Lounge! I know we have deliberately been playing our cards close to our chests and keeping aa bit of mystery around what will be happening, but news will be dropping very soon so watch the EYF website and here for more info. Also listen to the upcoming podcastr from KNITSONIK for MORE EYF news. 
I have also been doing some plotting with Shiny Jo Milmine and while creating mischievous plans for Edinburgh we have been discussing a bit of a collaboration (post EYF) called #MakeItFit2015. If you are a bit trepidatious about knitting a garment for yourself because you worry about knitting the right size, shape, pattern to fit you, then this is something that we will be exploring in the future. 


Yes! Party blowers, silly hats and twiglets! I read out some of the lovely messages in the KnitBritish group and some of the entries in the podiversary giveaway. 


Also mentioning the wonderful piece by Clare Devine for Wovember on the topic of British wool for socks called; Pure Wool For Socks (No Nylon here folks!) 

I also get onto the topic of Knit Local for those who can’t get access to British wool in their country, though I never fail to be surprised when I hear of people around the world who are buying UK wool on the basis of my enabling. Once again, I also encourage you to look beyond those floofy yarns and think about what you want your yarn to do in your garment.

Yarn Review: Coach house Yarns

I was sent 100g Corriedale Swiss Army yarn from Linda at Coach House Yarns to review and I quickly fell for its amazing memory and velvet touch. 



| Coach House Yarns Corriedale

Weight:  Fingering 

Skein size: 100g

Yardage: 380 yard

Finish: Steel colourway.

Care: Hand-wash

Price: £16, available in the Coach House Yarn Etsy store

KnitBritish verdict: A great yarn to show off texture. Springy and warm with fantastic elasticity. I love the very subtle layering of similar colours in this yarn. 

Listen for the full review and check back on Monday when I have a blog interview with Linda to discuss more about Coach House Yarns! 


The Golden Skein girls, Jo and Kate, have come up with a project365 to encourage us to release our luxury skeins from the stash and help them become something wonderful. Each day Jo is posting a show-stopping pattern pick post at to enable us to release these precious skeins and give us some wonderful inspiration. There is also a pinterest board with the pattern images and you can use their Ravelry group to chat all things #FreeYourSkeins2015.

Cast On/Cast Off

The Doolittle shawl, by Maia Andreasson is a fantastic long and slender crescent shawl with a triangular lace edging and garter stitch body. It is knit in the Coach House Yarns and I just adore the texture of the garter and the lace in this incredible yarn. (I am afraid the light is awful for photography this week. I will get a better one soon.)

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I also went deeeeeeeep stash diving to find some non-British yarn (don’t gasp! I do have some stash that is pre KB!) I have cast on the Camille Cardigan, by Gretchen Ronnevik from KnitScene Winter 2012 and this is a bulky cardi with lace and a lovely deep rib hem and bands. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Riva and it is a yarn that is doubly unusual for me as its a wool blend! Now I have totally stunned you, we will quickly move on!


I drew the winner of the aforementioned British Wool give away live by using The winner is the very lucky PinkPeking! I will get in touch to send that lovely prize! 

Hellos and Thanks

The usual hellos to the new kids in the KnitBritish ravelry group and my undending thanks for your wonderful encouragement and feedback in this first podcasting year

Next Episode 

The next episode will be the last weekend of the month. Come back for more news, woolly notions and a lot of fun.



party noises from

music: Craymo – Happy Birthday on


  1. Happy Birthday gorgeous!

    I’ve got the cake and prosseco ready for the party.

  2. Julia says

    Happy Podcast Anniversary! You have inspired me to buy British yarn and especially breed specific yarn. Thank you!

  3. Catherine says

    Happy birthday! I only discovered your podcast at the weekend. Have some sympathy for my poor family….I have been playing catchup with previous episodes

  4. Happy 1st Birthday.

    I enjoy your e-mails, only found you August 2014.

    Not only is the knitting information great. I also enjoyed and have kept the names of the books you read last year. Some I have read, others on the list.

    All the best for 2015

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