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episode 83 – What you love about the indiestry

Welcome back to the podcast! This week, as a bit of a addition to an article I wrote recently, I’m talking about what you love about the British wool indiestry!

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This episode is sponsored by our KnitBritish Woolly Mucker, Emma Goodlad
Emma is Hosut on Ravelry and Goodlasshandicrafts on Instagram and etsy.

Emma has a craft business and is enjoying exploring her Shetland roots in her own knitting!

Listen in to hear me talk to Emma later in the show.

| Show notes

Last episode I hinted that I was going to be visiting somewhere special for the podcast and I managed to keep it a secret right up til I got there.

I visited Uist and, more precisely, Uist Wool and spent a whirlwind time there getting a tour of the mill and chatting with staff about the work they do there. I recorded a lot, so there is a lot to edit – as you can imagine – so you will have to be a bit patient for this episode, but I promise you it will be worth the wait! Thank so much to Dana, Hazel and everyone at the mill who made me feel so very welcome!

| What you love about small scale and indie British yarns

A while back I posted this image on Instagram as part of a bit of “market research” for an article I was writing for Knitting Magazine. You replied so passionately that I felt I should coincide that article with more of your comments on the podcast (800 words in an article can’t convey all your love.)

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UPDATE:wow guys! just came back from work to see these awesome comments. i think to coincide with this article (may/june) i'll do an episode to accompany and bring in some of these incredible comments. Thank you so much for this and thank you for being so supportive of British wool and such conscientious buyers. . I'm writing an article on British wool indies and there is no better place to gauge opinion than a wee IG post. so tell me (in just a few words) what you like best? Why do you seek out these yarns – is it the (often unique) blends? The transparency of provenance and/or processing? Is the yarn better suited to your needs? 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 i'd also love to know if yarns like these have made you switch from your usual yarns or preferred fibres.

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The article is out now in the current issue of Knitting and it has a nice wee bit of British content, including an incredible sweater pattern, by Francesca Hughes in Devonia DK (ooh my!).

I just love reading through your comments on this post – it is so clear that while there are incredible individuals and small businesses who are making massive strides with their woolly passion, to create wonderful wool yarns there is also you – US – the wonderfully informed, truly passionate yarn-buying public who know what we want and what we love (and 8/10 its smell! ahaha!)

Keep seeking out the small wool biz and these wonderful small produced, unique yarns and keep sharing them on social media. And if you are a business or just someone who knows that their flocks wool will make a crackin’ yarn then work to get that story out there!

When I was in Uist I met Linda, who has a flock of the most gorgeous Black Welsh Mountain sheep. She decided to make changes to the animals she kept and decided to go with the BWM specifically because of the fleece. As a knitter herself, she could see the potential in the fleece for a great knitting yarn.

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Linda sells her clip to Uist Wool, who spin it into the Tir DK and it is a cracking wool (some came home with me!). I just love Linda’s discernment in choosing the breed for the fleece and think there could and should be more of this. Fleece is defined as a by product, but that doesn’t mean it is valueless. Can’t wait to see your jumper, Linda!

| Woolly Mucker

It was lovely to chat with our Woolly Mucker Emma Goodlad and ask her our two part questionnaire. As I had hoped, asking two questions really does grown into a larger conversation. The questions I always ask are as follows.

  1. What was the first thing you remember knitting and the last thing you cast off?
  2. Which yarn and pattern (not necessarily used together) would you want to pass on for others to try and why are they so special

Emma is a relatively new knitter – like our mucker last time, Alison – and boy! She really approaches knitting with gusto, particularly in the two hap patterns that she talks about knitting for her neblings – The Brora Cobweb Shawl, by Gladys Amedro (in actual cobweb!) – available from Jamieson and Smith –  and the Stringavoe hap shawl, by Violet McQuade for Jamiesons of Shetland (it’s not on their website, contact Jamiesons if you want info.)

Listen in for a lovely chat about how Emma is enjoying discovering her Shetland crafty heritage and what it felt like to go into Jamiesons for the first time, as a knitter! Thank you so much, lovely Emma, for sponsoring and supporting KnitBritish.

| Clare Devine – From Dorset, With Love

Clare Devine has launched a beautiful digital pattern collection this week which beautifully illustrates how place can leave a lasting impression on you.

Two years ago I went on a road trip – the best kind of road trip – the ‘change your life’ kind of roadtrip! I didn’t realise back then how much that summer weekend away would shape my life in the years to come. So much has come from those 3 glorious days in Dorset.

Clare Devine

There are 6 patterns in this collections which explore the inspirations from that trip. Two have already dropped – the stunning Lulworth Cove hat and the Swyres Head mitts – and more will drop, like pennies from heaven, over the next week or so …. including Clare’s first garment pattern – how exciting?! You can buy the entire collection right now on Ravelry and the patterns will also be available as single pattern downloads too!

As Clare is so lovely, she has offered a copy of the collection as a giveaway! You can find the entry thread over in our Ravelry group. Thank you so much, lovely Clare and congratulations on a stunning collection that is going to have all our knitty hands get grabbing for the yarn!

| Next Time!

Thanks for listening. I will be back next week with some remakery news, some dates for your diary and some crochet cast offs!

| Information

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. Images are copyright to those attributed in the caption or in the accompanying information. From Dorset, With Love image is copyright to Kate Sullivan, other images are mine.


  1. I loved this episode so much, the interview with Emma was great and it was really interesting listening to her talk about her knitting story, and wow, knitting with those super fine yarns….
    Thank you as always for sharing all the love about British yarns, my list of yarns I want to try just gets longer and longer with each podcast listen.

  2. Linda says

    My favorite way to start weekend mornings is listening to you with a cup of tea and some knitting.
    I love listening to your love of yarn and all that includes. You live in a magical part of the world. Hope to visit someday.
    And hearing your laugh always makes me smile.

    Thanks, Linda

    • louise says

      Thank you! and yes, i think Edinburgh is a pretty magic place too!

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