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

Rachel Coopey is our guest of honour in this episode. Rachel is a British knitwear designer and author, with somewhat of a penchant for socks, having written three books on the subject. Also fond of accessories, she has designed for a number of UK and overseas knitting magazines and publications. Her most recent book, Toasty 2, was launched at Yarndale 2015 and is a collection of patterns in Baa Ram Ewe's Titus yarn.

You can find Rachel at

Show notes are at

Music for this episode is by Adam and the Walter Boys and is 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_68-_Socks_Yeah_An_Interview_with_Rachel_Coopey.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC

More mohair is the name of the game this week, where the focus of the episode is on mohair yarns that are available on the UK market mostly (and several are available in the States and elsewhere).

In news, we bid a fond farewell to the iMake podcast after 87 episodes. Martine was the person who inspired and enabled me to podcast by taking the time to share her knowledge on the technical aspects. She's also grown to be a dear friend and I wish her the best of luck in her new creative venture. Thank her for me being here using the hashtag #thankyouMartine.

In Enablers' Corner, I invite you to check out Little Grey Girl. Run by Gem Dudley, it's a emporium of knitting frippery and project bags to delight those with an eye for grey and also those who want a project bag that shies away from crafty twee and towards classic style.

Then it's all about mohair. I round up some choice hand dyed, commercial and from the producer, single farm type yarns for you to try in your adventures with mohair.

Show notes are available at

Music from this episode is by Adam and the Walter Boys and is 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Mo_Mohair.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 5:36pm UTC

Today we're celebrating that most maligned of fibres: mohair. It's actually rather good if you give it a chance. 

In Enablers' Corner, I bring you As Autumn Falls by Amanda B Collins, a new 4-piece pattern collection that is perfect to get you ready for autumn.

In The Sock Surgery, I am talking about mohair, specifically the properties of the fibre and how that makes it a really good choice for socks. You might be surprised at what benefits it can offer in a yarn.

If you want a great article about using sock yarn without nylon, check out Pure Wool For Socks by Clare Devine over at

Finally, I describe the latest shipment of The Golden Skein's Power of 3 Club. Go and check out DyeForYarn, Travelknitter and Cedar Hill Yarns.

Show notes are on the blog at

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

Direct download: Episode_66_-_The_Diamond_Fibre.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 2:39pm UTC

National Knitting Week is upon us: what's on your needles? This week's episode has some podcast and knitty news to kick off proceedings, followed by a chat about Yarndale 2015 and a round up of current and finished knitting.

In parish notices for the podcast, I will be moving house back to The Money Pit in the very near future. The podcast is planned to remain on schedule throughout this geographical disruption. Also, I have set up a newsletter for the podcast, which you can join at and will include all the latest podcast news along with some dogs in comedy knitwear.

Also, there's a listener survey for you to take part in. I'd love to hear your opinions, and will be offering a yarny giveaway incentive. Look out for this on the blog and social media for the link.

In woolly news, it's Wool Week in the UK between 5-11 Oct, with most of the activity being focused around London (typical!). The UK Hand Knitting Association is promoting the Commit To Knit charity knitting project as part of National Knitting Week. The Knit A Square charity is in dire need of financial donations to support their operations in South Africa. 

The Highland Wool and Textile Fair is happening in Inverness on 17th October 2015.

Yarndale is reviewed with my top tips being Rachel Coopey, Town End Alpaca and Laura's Loom.

Wippin Piccadilly has a finished Owls jumper by Kate Davies and Out Of Darkness shawl by Boo Knits. Ongoing is a Lush by Tin Can Knits.

Shownotes for this episode are at

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

Direct download: Episode_65_-_National_Knitting_Week.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 2:55pm UTC