Episode 44 - a Stash of One's Own

Hello Pomcats!

We are excited that Autumn is pretty much upon us here in London. Which not only means colourful leaves, but also provides longer evenings to knit and listen to podcasts. A combination made in yarn heaven. So get those needles or hooks ready for our latest episode!

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Thanks to our sponsors for this episode Nature's Luxury! We had a little swatch with the silky 'On Stage' - check out the reviews section to find out more and also how you can win some too!


The Pom team are totally jazzed after a trip to see Bristol Ivy's book being bound! Knitting Outside the Box is our next Pom Pom Press venture and our first hard-back book. As well as featuring 15 beautiful patterns and a comprehensive stitch dictionary, the book guides you through the creative approaches Bristol uses as a designer to explore and push the endless possibilities of knitting. You can pre-order your copy now, or if you are heading to Rhinebeck you can order via Merrit Bookstore and pick your copy up at the festival (you'll be one of the first people to get a copy, you lucky thing!)

We've also been busy with our photoshoot for Issue 23 (more news on the winter issue soon!) and enjoyed seeing the beautiful sheeps and lovely peeps at Yarndale.


Lydia's love for looms hasn't abated yet as she's finished another beautiful scarf - she's not neglected her knitting though as she's also working on an Elibelinde using a natural colour of the De Rerum Natura Ulyse. Sophie is nearly at the finishing line with her Tinea!

If you're working on a Pom Pom project, you can join in the pattern chat via the Ravelry Pom Pom group and don't forget to enter out KAL's too.


Our lovely sponsors, Nature's Luxury, sent us some silky skeins of 'On Stage'. A blend of 50% wool, 30% silk and 20% camel. We loved this bouncy blend with great stitch definition. Super soft too and with a lovely drape, we're thinking for shawls or lacey tops this yarn would be a winner.

We used the stitch dictionary from Knitting Outside the Box (pattern no. Lace 3) for this swatch in the colour Windswept - we love that all the colour names of this yarn are named after songs! 

We also have been reading Clara Parkes new book, A Stash Of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn. An anthology of knitters stories, curated by Clara which celebrate yarn and what it means to them have a stash. Here Clara is at Pomfest, and instead of our usual interview, we have a recording from Pomfest of Clara reading Debbie Stoller's chapter. What a treat.

And as a giveaway we have a copy of Clara's book, along with a mini stash! Three skeins of the gorgeous On Stage reviewed above in the colours Bette Davies Eyes, Skandal um Rosy, and Kalimba de Luna. To be in with a chance of winning comment here telling us what song you would like a colour named after. And perhaps even tell us what that colour would look like! Comment by Sunday 8th October. Good luck! 


Inspired by Clara Parkes, we list the top skeins in our stash! Listen to find out what we chose.

Thanks as always for listening! The next two podcasts will be a slightly different format as our producer Eli is on paternity leave, so we'll have the Knitters in the Round discussions hosted by the ever effervescent Anna Maltz from Pomfest for your listening pleasure!

Pom Pom x