Episode 12 - With Joji Locatelli

Hi Pom Pommers!

We hope you are enjoying some sunshine wherever you are! Here in London the weather has taken a turn towards chilly. All the better for knitting! And listening to podcasts! Our April edition of Pomcast is out and about, featuring an interview with the awesome Joji Locatelli.

Make sure to download the Soundcloud app if you want to listen on a mobile device, or if you subscribe to Pomcast on iTunes it should appear on your device now! Hooray!

Thanks again to our sponsors for this episode, Blacker Yarns.

News + Reviews

If you're UK based why not visit us at the I Knit Fandango? On the 15th and 16th May we'll be joining some fabulous fibre folk for this festival at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

If you can't make it to say hi in person, you can always join in the fun on our Ravelry forums. You can also enter your knits into the KAL and now follow our TAL (a Temari along don't you know?). If you fancy having a go at this traditional Japanese craft but don't know where to start, grab a copy of Pom Pom 12 and head over to the forum to get some tips - we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Sophie has made a start on hers already...

Tell + Tell

Lydia has finished her most wonderful mustard version of cover star Fairchild by Bristol Ivy from Pom Pom 11 (condiment based wooliness courtesy of John Arbon Viola) and is debating the merits of single ply Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails versus the high twist of Koigu to finish the colour detail on her Delta shawl.

As well as Temari balls and her Sous Sous, Sophie has started a pair of Fika socks and is now officially a member of the Fika Fan Club! 


We take a look at the stunning Sequence Knitting, a book that shows the potential of the essential elements of the knit and purl stitch. Exploring the possibilities of repetition and experimentation, it's a must for those who love texture and creating different fabrics.

Looking for a yarn for your warmer weather knits? Maybe a wool and linen blend? From a company that specialise in British sheep breeds and with the option of DK and 4ply?  Your search is over friends! We've been swatching with Blacker Yarns Lyonesse, new for this Summer and in the most delightful soft flecked shades.


All the way from Argentina we caught up with the lovely Joji Locatelli. Another interview brought to you by the magic of Skype, so apologies for the slight crackle in places!

 Joji in her design, Make a Wish

We learnt all about her collaborations with Veera Valmiki and their 'Interpretations' collections, yarns, designing patterns like Vitsippa from Pom Pom 12 and the meaning of Spirit Animal. Thanks Joji! You can keep up to date with her designs here.

 Vitsippa by Joji Locatelli from PomPom 12

Travelling Stitches

Heartwarming stories from listeners Emma Treleaven and Rachel who both had train based interactions with strangers prompted by their knitting - thanks guys!

Keep your Traveling Stitches coming to podcast@pompommag.com or join in the fun on the Pomcast Ravelry thread.

Ravelry Realness

We took inspiration from our furry friends to bring you some of our favourite pet based knits on Ravelry. Let the browsing of unimpressed animals in hats commence!

Cats Mane || Kitty Tube Socks || Cat Nest || Pet Rock || To Humiliate the Dog || Catnip Bunny

Top Three

Thanks for all your ideas for Top Three, we took the suggestion of 'Top 3 books that you would read more than once' from Rav user SophistaKnit and interpreted that as our books that we have read over and over again. For those of you looking for a good read, Lydia's Top Three were Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, To Kill a Mockingbird by Haper Lee and His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Sophie's well thumbed classics were the Harry Potter series, The House of Sleep by Johnathan Coe and The L Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks. We're sure you guys have excellent suggestions too - could this be the start of a Pomcast Book Group?

Until next time folks...

Thanks for reading and listening. Don’t forget you can email us on podcast@pompommag.com. And as always a big thank you to Eli who makes lovely music.

x Pom Pom