Episode 36 - Live from unravel with John Arbon + Nancy Marchant

Hello Pomcats!
We are back with a special episode recorded at this year's unravel festival. We have not one, but two, interviews for your ears, from two of our favourite knit folks. So without further ado, here it is! 

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Of course the main news is that we went to unravel! woop! Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the stand to say hello, especially Allie who brought us mini eggs AND chocolate sheep. We are eternally grateful. We had an awesome time, and we even had cool new aprons made for us by Pink Hazel. We are also celebrating the release of Interpretations Volume 4, and the digital release of our most recent Spring Issue... so much Pom! But our biggest news is that we will be having a 5th anniversary party this summer, and you are all invited! Of course we are calling it Pomfest, and we will be revealing more details very soon. So keep an eye out! 


We took a look at La Bien Aimée's Merino DK, a lovely squishy yarn used un Melli from Issue 20! The colour we used is Aimée's Sweater, and you can win a cardigan's worth of the same colour, to make your very own Melli! What a treat! To win the yarn comment below letting us know what your favourite item to make with speckled yarn is. Make sure you enter before midnight GMT on Sunday 5th March as any comments made after this date won't count – good luck!



Lydia is plugging away on a pair of Emily's Favourite Socks in Viola sock yarn, as well as plotting a Tinea, ready for the weather to improve.

Sophie has been working on a Chester Basin hat from Take Heart. It's still pretty chilly here in London so it's important to keep heads warm!


We spoke to John Arbon and Nancy Marchant in front of a live audience at the festival, which was a hoot, and we think you'll agree.

John Arbon is of course the fibre wizard behind John Arbon Textiles. We talked to him about running his spinning mill, naming machines, and creating yarns for the likes of Daughter of a Shepherd. He also told us about the inspiration behind the new Devonia yarn, set to be launched at Edinburgh Yan Festival very soon! As it happened, it was his birthday the day we recorded, so we made sure to provide him with a themed cake. Ain't no party like a pomcast live recording party.

Nancy Marchant is known as the queen of brioche (the lovely squishy stitch, not the delicious food), and after talking to her at the festival we can see why. We talked about the history of the stitch, and her exploration and development of its potential.

TOP 3... 

... car activities! We utilised our time during the journey back from the festival to decide on our favourite ways to pass the time when you're in a car (or van in this case). Listen to find out what we chose! And send us your fave car activities. You can find us in our ravelry group.

x Pom Pom

Thanks again to our sponsors La Bien Aimée!