Episode 34 - Christmas Cracker with Helga Isager + Julia Farwell-Clay

Merry Knitmas Pomcats! Grab yourself a mulled wine and your latest WIP and get ready for a bumper Christmas Cracker Pomcast! We've got plenty of festive cheer to go around, and we even have two interviews! We're not only joined by the fabulous Helga Isager, but also by the very talented Julia Farwell-Clay.

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Many thanks to Unravel for sponsoring this episode. Now in its ninth year, Unravel is a weekend of woolly delights! We'll be there with a Pom Pom stall and hosting some fun Pomcast events too - see you there!


Lydia and Sophie drop some hints for 2017 Pom plans! Summer 2017 will be Pom Pom Quarterly's 5th anniversary, so keep your ear to the ground for news of what we have in store. Plus there are more publications on the horizon for Pom Pom Press - watch this space!

We'll also be at some of your favourite festivals in the new year, first Unravel 17th -19th February and then Edinburgh Yarn Festival 10th - 11th March. 


The gals have a good flick through the patterns on offer from Helga Isager's Room 606. If you fancy some cool 60's inspired Skandi design knits then this is the collection for you! Favourites include Vivi, Helle, Ingrid and Malene.

For this episode's giveaway we have a copy of Room 606 and a gorgeous bundle of Isager yarns to make the Ghita Cowl from the book. To be in with a chance of winning let us know your New Years Knit-olution in the comments below (and we might even feature some on the January episode!)


Lydia is excited about Emily's Favourite Socks and Sophie is ready for winter weather with her own Take Heart hat! Remember you can enter your finished Take Heart projects into our knit along - find all the information on our Ravelry forum.


The first of our two interviews is with designer Helga Isager. Sophie chats to Helga about the yarn company her mother Marianne Isager founded and her own unique knitwear designs which take full advantage of the beautiful range of natural fibres and colours that the brand offers. Find out more on the Isager website.


Our resident craft guru Juju Vail is back solving your fibre based heartaches. SallyRavels got in touch via Ravelry to hear Juju's thoughts on how to plan and organise for that all important next project.

If you have a craft conundrum and you are thinking ‘what would Juju do?’, you can send your queries to podcast[at]pompommag.com


Our second chat finds Lydia at Rhinebeck earlier this year with Julia Farwell-Clay. Julia designed the cover star of our latest winter issue - the Palindrome wrap, and Tambourine, the gorgeous mustard cardie on the cover of our Spring 2015 issue.


Thanks to bestemorskills on Ravelry for suggesting this episode's Top Three, which is 'Favourite item's you've knitted'.

Also thanks to all you lovely Pomcats for listening and being part of the podcast this year! We always love hearing from you so you can stay in touch via email podcast(at)pompommag.com or join in the chatter on our Ravelry group.

Merry Knitmas to all, and to all a good knit!

Pom Pom xx

Thanks also to Green Mountain Spinnery for sponsoring this podcast. Not only do they make fantastic yarns, but they are also a worker-owned cooperative!