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episode 61 – Inspirations and stories

This week I am hearing all about inspiration and how it can tell amazing stories in colour and design. Karie Westermann is here to talk about the catalysts behind This Thing of Paper and how her love of books and manuscripts is being translated into her new designs for the book. Sylvie, of Phileas Yarns, popped over to talk about how her travel memories are dyed into colourways on sumptuous yarn bases. Get your cuppa and listen via the player below!

You can also listen on iTunes, the podcast app, or search your favourite podcatcher, if you prefer!

| Winner of The Knitting Goddess Give-away

Earlier this month you may remember that Joy McMillan, The Knitting Goddess, gave one lucky listener the chance to win their own bespoke colourway to be dyed on her Wensleydale and Shetland 4ply base. Joy compiled a shortlist  and I can announce that her winner is….JustJoe’s Bluebell Wood! Joy said in her blog post…

I love how the colour of the flowers shifts as they move through the photo, and the suggestion of bark on the path makes the blue and green pop.

Copyright JustJoe

Copyright JustJoe

Well done, JustJoe! And a very very well done to all of you who entered – you are sure inspired by colours! Thanks also to Joy again for such an incredible prize. Keep your eyes and ears primed for more Knitting Goddess news in the coming weeks!

| Indie Burgh Crawl 

If you can make it to Edinburgh on 11th June you won’t want to miss the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl. Organised by the awesome Jess James, of Ginger Twist Studio, you can visit Jess and Kathy’s Knits and Be Inspired Fibres; you can collect stamps, discounts and goodies and be in the running for some awesome raffle prizes. In addition to all of that there is a pop up market at The Safari Lounge (21 Cadzow Place) featuring some awesome vendors. And – even more exciting news – Kate Davies will be having a launch party for her The Book of Haps at Kathy’s Knits too.

I will definitely be floating about in Edinburgh that day and I hope to see you there too!

| Other diary dates 

I also wanted to draw your attention to a couple of other dates coming up for your diary. On 4th June (Saturday) it is the Leeds Wool Festival – there are lots of incredible things happening at Armley Mill that day, including vendors such as The Knitting Goddess! There are heaps of fun in terms of lambs and alpacas to pet, historical re-enactments and even films and your entry price is a tiny £3.80! Get there if you can and have an awesome time for me!

Sunday (5th June) is Farm Sunday and this is the farming industries doors open day. Visit to see if there are events and fun things to visit in your area. 

In July there is a new event in Birmingham! Yarningham (16-17th July) is a new annual event and there will be great vendors, events and workshops, so do check out their website for more information about the weekend – Sylvie and I also talk about the event later in the show. 

| Karie Westermann 

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(c) Karie Westermann

 I had a very quick Skype with Karie ahead of the launch of her Kickstarter campaign for her book This Thing of Paper. 

Karie talks a little about why she is so inspired by manuscripts and the age of printing and delves into the materiality of the book and the designs. Karie even discloses a little about the yarn choices and why KnitLocal is so important to her. (We also find out why a colophon is something that people with overdue library books don’t wanna see!)

Karie’s Kickstarter reached 100% funding in just 25 hours and I am SO very pleased for her. For someone who loves books I know that she is going to be looking at how she can make this thing of paper and ink truly special indeed. If you would still like to contribute to the project you can do so by clicking this link! 

| Sylvie – Phileas Yarns


The Tamegroute Colourway – copyright Phileas Yarns

Phileas Yarns has been producing beautiful hand-dyed yarn from York, since October 2015. Sylvie dyes yarn in her own kitchen and is very much inspired by her own travels (and her travels yet to come!). Settle down and listen in as we talk about Sylvie’s relationship with craft and with colour. We talk about upcoming events, such as IndieBurgh Yarn Crawl, Yarndale and Yarningham  and Sylvie even reveals her new sock base (BFL & bamboo) in summer shades. Check out her update on 1st June for these shades (I’d like them in an ice cream cone please!)

Something else we talk about that is very exciting is a forthcoming mini collection from Clare Devine, which includes designs in Syvlie’s yarn. Clare’s collection is imminent and you should watch her blog around the 6th of June for news of that exciting collection release. 

The deeply satisfying colours of Wat in the heavy lace

The deeply satisfying colours of Wat in the heavy lace (c) Phileas Yarns

Thanks so very much to Sylvie for such a lovely chat. Watch out on the KnitBritish blog for a review of Sylvie’s wanderer BFL DK very soon!  You can find Sylvie online at all these places: etsy shop; Instagram; Twitter; Facebook and at her wordpress blog. 

| Next Time

The podcast is taking a break during June and will be back around the 15th July! There will be blog happenings though, so do keep your eye here (you can also subscribe so that posts appear in your inbox (the box is up there on the right hand side menu)) and rest assured I shall be using the time to bring some awesome stuff to you when the show returns in July.

Thanks so much for listening, as always, and for all your emails, comments and connections! You are the KnitBritish podcast!


| Information

Music: Carefree by Kevin McLeod and Singin’ in The Rain by David Mumford – Both are on FreeMusicArchive and are both shared under Creative Commons Attribution license. Images are copyright to owners as stated, otherwise belong to me. 


  1. I’ve listened to half the episode on the way to work and will finish it tonight, but regarding Karie’s interview – yarn that feels like vellum????? Ooooh, I definitely want to know more. It’s a great project I was happy to support. So looking forward to it

    • louise says

      i love how the materiality of books and wool are so intrinsic to this project!

  2. Carol Christie says

    Oh my! I have just listened to this and am now blushing the same colour as my St Expedit Boxy!

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