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

Hello and welcome to the AWARD WINNING Shinybees podcast. That's right, we won 'Most Engaged Audience' at New Media Europe, which means you're officially an award winning audience!

This week there's a big thank you, as you'd expect, along with my top three take-aways from the New Media Europe conference. In short: be yourself, community is key and embrace failure. If you aren't failing, you aren't learning.

There's some Socktober news for you from the UK Sock Knitters group on Ravelry and BritYarn's GBSocksAwayKAL.

I review Blacker Yarns' latest spin, Cornish Tin, a 10th birthday, one-off yarn, developed from ten all-british suppliers and available in one neutral and four dyed shades.

Finally there's a sneak peek at what's coming in the next few weeks and months.

Show notes as always are at

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

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Socktober_Happenings_2.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 7:12pm UTC

This week is a pacey canter through the usual format. The show is co-hosted by a barrel of fermenting beer. I'm not even joking.

Enablers' Corner returns where I encourage you to check out the map tapestry kits by Hannah Bass (

In news, there are a number of UK yarn shows coming up including Bristol Wool Fair (11-13 Sep), Yarndale (26-27 Sep) and Highland Wool and Textile Fair in Inverness on 17th Oct.

The Great London Yarn Crawl was a great show. Check out all the patterns by p-hop to get your knitting fix whilst doing your bit for charity by raising money for Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Top 3 favourites from the marketplace for me were: The Wool Kitchen, Travelknitter and Midwinter Yarns.

The pattern pick makes a dive-like return this week, with babies in moustaches and shell attire for pet tortoises, all around the theme of Super Mario.

Shownotes for this episode are at

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

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Over_the_Hills_and_Back_to_London.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 2:36pm UTC

Custom Socks a go-go as we welcome author, technical editor and pattern designer Kate Atherley to the show. If you're interested in learning how to write clear patterns that any knitter can use to recreate your design for themselves, Kate has some great tips and lots of experience to share. Likewise, she provides us with her top sock knitting tips in anticipation of returning to the Sock Surgery to close the interview.

In news, the Shawl of Awesome is progressing nicely. Also, Sally Cameron of PinkHairGirl Podcast has released a pattern to help raise funds for the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The Phoenix Hat pattern is available vis Ravelry and there is a video embedded in the shownotes, where you can hear Sally and her daughter Rachel talk about the project.

Shownotes for this episode are available are available at

Kate Atherley can be found at

Music for this episode is as always provided via Music Alley courtesy of Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_62_-_An_Interview_with_Kate_Atherley.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:29pm UTC