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episode 27 In the lounge with Karie Westermann

Last week I promised a special episode, recorded live at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, with Karie Westermann. I am delighted to bring you that interview now and I think you should get yourself a nice cuppa and just pretend you are sitting there in the podcast lounge with us.

Karie discussed her inspiration behind the as-yet-unreleased designs for the Authors and Artists series. We look at some of the designs she had with her in the lounge, such as Byatt and Proserpine and Karie also discusses the next big project following Doggerland: Knits from a Lost Landscape, which is going to form a trilogy. In addition to this she also answers some of the audience questions.

I am really chuffed with this interview; it was laidback, it was good fun and it was very warmly received by those who attended – in fact, those are the very things that I intended the Podcast Lounge to be, so I am doubly chuffed.

You can also listen on iTunes, via any podcatcher, or my Podgen Page

UPDATE: Due to space I can no longer host the audio files on the blog, please use your favourite podcatcher or right click the Podgen link above, to listen in a new tab (y’know, so you can also refer to the shownotes whilst you listen!)

If you are a fan of Karie’s designs you really need to keep an eye out on Monday when the Scollay cardigan is released. Karie’s first garment was published last year in KnitNow and now that the rights have reverted back to her she is releasing the pattern. News of the release will be posted on her blog on Monday. I know there are lots of knitters champing at the bit to cast this on, particularly in the New Lanark yarn that Karie designed it in.

Listeners will remember that I did promise we could have a Scollay-along KAL and we will definitely do that in July after the Hap-along – so watch this space for more info on that. I feel, as the Scollay, I should have numerous Scollay’s in my wardrobe in a whole wealth of British wool, as the pattern celebrates.

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Thanks so much to Karie for taking time to join us in the lounge and everyone who took part. If you enjoyed this episode you can also listen to an earlier interview with Karie and I here.


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  1. Having a lovely morning off work, knitting away on my hap cardigan and catching up on your podcasts. Great interview with Karie and lovely to hear the questions from the podcast lounge. And as a transplanted Canadian, how excited am I about the upcoming Atwood shawl????? I’m already putting all the red skeins in my stash on standby – it’s got to be red!

  2. Matilda says

    I recently discovered this podcast and have been listening from the start (love it!). I just finished listening to episode nine, and I’m not sure if you ever got an answer to your thoughts on the hesp/hespetre words?

    Being a Scandinavian (though Swedish and not Norwegian), as well as a language geek, I thought I’d offer some insight into what I managed to make of the words. Hope you’re still interested nine months after the episode, haha.

    The “tre” part of the Norwegian hespetre means wood (think tree, same etymology, but the e is pronounced more like in “bed”), so a hespetre would be a wooden tool used for hesping (a spinner’s weasel in English and a haspel in Swedish).

    The elusive hesp seems to be related to the Swedish verb haspla, meaning something like “to wind” (it’s not really used in modern everyday Swedish, but I think it’s still used in the textile industry). Just like the Shetland use, the Swedish “haspel” has been used to denote “a length of yarn” though I didn’t manage to find out what length 🙂

  3. Matilda says

    Eeep, listened to episode ten now and I hear another Swede already got in touch with you about the words. Ah well, that’s what I get for writing things about old episodes!

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