Shinybees - The Knitting, Comedy and Yarn Podcast

The podcast for those who like their knitting, yarn and comedy in equally large measures. Hosted by UK knitter Jo Milmine, there's also a regular Sock Surgery co-hosted with Clare Devine and Kate Read. Business minded? Enjoy the interviews with industry entrepreneurs for top tips and inspiration on making it in the yarn industry. Finally - enjoy the finest fringe knitting pattern picks that Ravelry has to offer.

The Podcasts

A departure from the usual podcast format this week as I do a round up of my visit to Highland Wool Festival in Dingwall on 23rd May 2015. Several different makers and producers are highlighted, making this essenially an entire episode of enabling, if you will. Mentioned are Ripplescrafts, Whiteinch Craft Studio, Marcassie Farm Organic yarn, Whistlebare Yarns, Natural Born Dyers, Yarn Garden, Tartan at Heart, South Lissens Pottery and Sky Blue Pink, amongst others.

A chilled-out recap this week will be followed next week by a return to the usual format.

Shownotes are as always at

Direct download: Episode_48_-_Highland_Wool_Festival.mp3
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News-wise, it's all about events this week, with Highland Wool Festival taking place on 23rd May at Dingwall Mart. Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2015 will be happening on 13/14th June 2015 in Edinburgh, organised by Jess James of Ginger Twist Studio, in collaboration  with Kathy's Knits and Be Inspired Fibres. Clare Devine will also be teaching workshops over the weekend; you can find details at

In Enablers' Corner, there's a round up of Linne Foirthe Club. Check out Scottish-based dyers Ripplescrafts, Ginger's Hand Dyed and Rainbow Heirloom.

Make It Fit 2015 will be kicking off with a measure-up. More details to follow.

In the Sock Surgery, Clare and I review The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet Vol II by Hunter Hammersen. You can win a copy of this over at Clare's blog.

Full shownotes available at


Direct download: Episode_47_-_Calamaties_and_Curiosities.mp3
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Welcome in to another episode. This week we have some yarn based news for you. There will be a trunk show at Fluph in Dundee on 27th May 2015 with Nic from Yarns From The Plain, from 2pm-8pm. Also, there's a new group on Ravelry for those hopelessly overcommitted types; The Hotel For The Hopelessly Overcommitted. Come and join the fun there if you ever feel slightly stretched on the knitting front.

In Enablers' Corner I announce the collaborative project between myself and Louise Scollay of KnitBritish podcast: Make It Fit 2015. It's going to be an investigative piece looking at lots of different aspects of knitting to fit, with the aim of empowering you to tailor garments to your requirements. It will take place mostly on the blogs and you can contact us at

There are a couple more yarn recommendations for summer knitting courtesy of lovely listeners.

Finally, Wippin' Piccadilly is back with not a great deal of progress! How do you keep your knitting on track?

Shownotes with all links are available on the blog.

Music is provided courtesy of Music Alley with Adam and the Walter Boys and 'I Need A Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_46_-_Enabling_101.mp3
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This week we have a little yarny news, Enablers' Corner and the Sock Surgery with Clare Devine.

The Shinybees Podcast is sponsored by Blacker Yarns. Check out their new summer yarn, Lyonesse: a 50% linen, 50% wool blend, perfect for summer knitting and creating cool, breathable garments. Lyonesse is available in DK and 4ply now, in five colours and a neutral at Enjoy making shawls, cardigans and more this summer with Blacker Yarns Lyonesse.

News wise, the winner of the Wollmeise giveaway is announced along with the start of a new giveaway. If you've even wanted a knitted Shaun the Sheep, this is the competition for you.

Highland Wool Festival takes place at Dingwall Auction Mart on 23rd May 2015. Ripplescrafts needs to be top of your list if you are going (and if you aren't!)

Enablers' Corner has a few pattern suggestions for summer garments in cotton, bamboo and linen yarns like those suggested in the last episode.

The Sock Surgery returns and Clare is talkign about variations on the short row heel.

As always, shownotes are at

Music is provided courtesy of Music Alley and is Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_45_-_Short_Row_Variations_and_Summer_Knitting_Patterns.mp3
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