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episode 67 – sixes and sevens

I’m at sixes and sevens this episode, so lets have a little knit and a slower pace! (Show notes are a bit thinner this week, needs must!)

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| Show Notes
Scottish Small Holders Festival  – Saturday 24th Sept

If you are going to Lanark, to this fest on Saturday, come and find me and lots of swatches of British wool! There is also a knit and natter from 12-2! I shall also have some of literature and swatches from the Tour of British Fleece – thanks to them for this incredible info!

Shetland Wool Week

I am currently working on my hap talk as part of the lecture night on lace, tweed and haps. I am a bit anxious about this, but also looking forward to it greatly! I chat a bit about what I am looking forward to this year, particularly my enamel shawl pin class with, Helen Robertson, I also forgot to mention that I am doing a Fair Isle bookbinding class – see, I told you that I am at sixes and sevens (and yes, the irony was totally lost on me in the title of this ep, it was a happy accident!)

The Knitting Goddess Yorkshire Wool

Last time I promised to tell you about The Knitting Goddess’s forthcoming Yorkshire yarn, which she had planned to have at Yarndale. That is now coming in October, as it is getting spun a wee bit later than planned. I promise to come back with a really great interview with Joy on this then. You are definitely going to want to come back to hear about it (it is going to be very special!)

Cleansing breaths

Lets all take a few deep breaths, shall we?


from Duff The Psych – stop anxiety gif

Knitting and spinning has been my liferaft recenty. Craft can really help with giving you clarity of mind and a bit of calm )I specifically chose today’s featured image as it is called ‘Colours of peace’! Wouldn’t it also be a great yarn name?!) I’ve been spinning for calm and clarity this week with Fondant Fibre High Peaks Collection – BFL, Merino, Kid Mohair and silk. It has really helped me in the crazy moments!

I also cast on Ella Gordon’s Hap Cowl – ooh-wee! It is lovely. I really need to get this done for Shetland Wool Week. After I ripped out my nut-hap, I was having a break before RE-casting on. As soon as I saw the hap cowl I thought I’d just use my yarn for this!

(c) Ella Gordon, used with kind permission

(c) Ella Gordon

Forthcoming book – Raw, by the Crochet Project.

I was really excited this week, to hear about the new book from the Crochet Project, by Kat Goldin and Jo Scrace. Raw features 4 accessories and 2 garments and the items are crochet in British wool, undyed, from Blacker Yarns.  This is an incredible book that shows just how beautiful natural, British wool is!


(c) Kat Goldin / The Crochet Project

The book launches at Yarndale and is available to pre-order now (click the image above). The e-book will cost£10 and the print version will cost £12.

Happy Birthday The Little Grey Girl

Purveyor of awesome project bags, The Little Grey Girl, aka Gem Dudley, is celebrating the first birthday of her awesome business. There will be a trunkshow at Countess Ablaze on 8th October, 12-5pm. This sounds like an awesome event, lots of yarny and project bag goodies to be had. Happy Birthday to you, TLLG!

(c) Gemma Dudley

(c) Gemma Dudley

KnitBritish Muckers

I’ve thought up an exciting way in which, if you so wish, you can contribute to the podcast. A blog post coming soon, but listen in for those first details.


Don’t forget the Yarndale is this weekend! There are so many awesome exhibitors and such a lot of great stuff launching at the event. Please find show sponsor, The Knitting Goddess and seek out the incredible St Kilda laceweight, that Joy has dyed for Blacker Yarns. You will love it!

laceweight mini skeins!

laceweight mini skeins! (c) Blacker Yarns


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Music: Carefree by Kevin McLeod and Singin’ in The Rain (demo) by David Mumford – Both are on FreeMusicArchive and are both shared under Creative Commons Attribution license. The Knitting Goddess Logo is copyright to Joy McMillan, other images are copyright to owners as state (or me, if not!) Featured image by Vincent_AF on Flickr – Colours of Peace (shared via CC)


  1. Suzanne Wilsey says

    I too am currently knitting Ella’s Hap Cowl — I was determined to do so, since although I’m from California, I’m in Shetland for the month and was able to pick my colors with Ella’s input. I’ll be at your talk on Wednesday and hope to have a chance to thank you for this podcast!

  2. Despite being absolutely besotted with Joy’s mini-skeins of St. Kilda, I’m also loving RAW. Kudos to you and Isla – I think you really started something with your Nature’s Shades KAL and it’s fantastic that others are following your lead. And it’s so lovely to crochet with natural wool. Hmmm, the Crochet Project stand is right beside Daughter of a Shepherd at Yarndale. That’s a match made in heaven.

    Have a great time in Shetland and good luck with the talk. I know you’ll rock it.

  3. How are you going with learning to crochet? Let me know if you are over in Glasgow and we can sit down an do some if you like. I only learnt a couple of years ago, but I’m definitely “hooked” 😀

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