Episode 17 - With Emily Foden of Viola

Hey PomCats! Time for another edition of our musings about the woolly world.

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Thanks to Blacker Yarns for being our sponsor for this episode!

Blacker Yarns produce a diverse range of breed specific knitting and crochet yarn. With everything from Shetland and Blue-Faced Leicester through to Wensleydale, Gotland and Teeswater you'll be sure to find an unexpected treat. If you are thinking of exploring breed specific yarns for the first time or buying a few balls of a breed local to your area, then head over to www.blackeryarns.co.uk. All Blacker's wares are spun and dyed on their mill in Cornwall using 100% British Fibre and sustainable production methods.

This month Blacker are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and as a little celebration Pom Pom readers can receive 10% off a purchase from their online shop -  find your discount code in their ad in Issue 14 . We also have it on reliable authority that the last few skeins of Cornish Tin will go on sale from Blacker's website on Friday 9th October. Get it while you can!


Sophie is thrilled to have finished her Kaye’s cardigan just in time for Autumn and Lydia is now sporting an equally fetching Garland.


So with these FO’s fresh off the needles, the next projects of choice are all from the latest Autumn Issue  - Lydia has plans for an Oak Crest hat and a Maude jumper, while Sophie is planning to make everyone's favourite pony-based hat Karusellen.

Sophie is planning on making her very own pony hat, like this one! but 'frosty'.


The other weekend we were at the Great London Yarn Crawl and as always it’s so lovely to meet so many of you listeners and readers in person. Thanks to the Yarn in the City gals for organising such a great day, also thanks to you Yarn Crawlers who helped raise £1302 for their charity partner Refuge and donated 141 handknits of various shapes and sizes for Knit for Peace. Whoo!

Sophie hanging out with Pom Pom pals Fiona Alice and leeleetea at the Great London Yarn Crawl.

Rhinebeck is also fast approaching, where Pom Pom will hosting signings of upcoming Issue 15 with some your favourite designers as well as a trunk show of Autumn and Winter 2015 patterns.

And speaking of the new issue… we have also been busy shooting the Winter 2015 issue! We’re still keeping everything top secret, but we can divulge that there will be sparkles…


We were lucky enough to be some of the first people to have a swatch with Blackers' new yarn Cornish Tin. Ten quality fibres have been blended together to create this special yarn created in celebration of their 10th Anniversary in selected pallette of rich colours. It’s a classic example of what we call a ‘woolly wool’.


We had a chat with the lovely Emily Foden, the colour whiz behind Viola Yarns. Find out how she got into dyeing, her time at John Arbon and her plans for the future.

Emily's custom colour for Loop London's 10th anniversary.

As if hearing Emily tell us all about her inspiration (and spirit animal) wasn't enough, she has kindly offered to give away two skeins of her beautiful mcn worsted in wild rose to one of you lucky people!

Viola MCN Worsted - our giveaway for this episode of pomcast! Thanks Emily!

Just tell us which Pom Pom pattern you would love to knit in Viola yarn by commenting on this post by Sunday 11th October to be in with a chance of winning. Extra points if you tweet, share on Facebook or Instragram! Just let us know that you did in a separate comment.


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