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

Larissa of Travelknitter is my guest this week on the podcast. Fans of the show will know I am a big fan of her work, in particular her sorcery ability when it comes to creating red yarns. It's a hard colour to dye and she does it so brilliantly, I've collected one of every of her red colour ways. 

Larissa is based in East London and is originally from Australia. Travelknitter is a part-time operation that was born out of her need to find exactly the right kind of red yarn (a girl after my own heart). She has lots of great tips for running a business as a side venture as well as very interesting details about how and where she dyes her yarns.

Larissa dyed a colour way for The Golden Skein in the Autumn 2015 club.

You can find Larissa at

Show notes are at

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

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Travelknitter_-_An_Interview_with_Larissa.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:41am UTC

This week we have a friendly catch up post Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I reassure listeners that knitting on a train with beads is indeed a perfectly safe activity. Come and hear the rundown of Scotland's premier knitting festival. It's not done to death, just a few highlights including my notable mentions for Beyond Measure, Cowtown Knits and Tilly Flop Designs and the Best In Show... which is like Crufts, only without dogs.

We round up with the three dyers from the spring quarter of The Golden Skein. Go and check out Whistlebare, Snail Yarn and Sparkleduck.

Show notes are at

Music is Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_86_-_Beaded_Knitting_on_a_Train.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 12:45pm UTC

This week Gemma Dudley of The Little Grey Girl joins us ahead of her first ever show at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Purveyor of stylish, handmade bags and notions, The Little Grey Girl is the perfect place to find a beautiful receptacle for your knitting.

Gemma opened The Little Grey Girl in October 2015 and runs it as a side-business from her main day job. A creative at heart. TLGG allows Gemma to explore this and escape from the office environment she inhabits during the day.

A huge lover of hand dyed yarns and the colour grey, you'll find her at

Shownotes for the episode are at

Music is by Adam and the Walter Boys - 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_85_-_The_Little_Grey_Girl_-_An_Interview_with_Gem_Dudley.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 9:47pm UTC

Nic Rudd, dyer behind Yarns From the Plain and voice of the popular podcast of the same name is our guest this week on the show.

Based on the Cheshire Plain in north-west England, Nic began her career as an industrial chemist working in the nuclear industry, before moving into what could be considered an equally hazardous environment as a primary school teacher. Having been curious about dyeing for some time, she began to sell her excess stock at local guild meetings, before taking the leap into it as a business, alongside studying for an HNC at Bradford.

A fan of all things British, her yarns are no exception and you can find some interesting blends amongst the Stanley range, which is available in 5 weights.

She has lots of tips for making business work that she freely shares, along with her unbridled passion for Microsoft Excel.

Listeners can get a juicy 15% discount in the Yarns From The Plain shop with the code SHINY15.

You can find Nic and links to all her social media, as well as the blog and podcast at

Show notes are at

You can become a Patron of the podcast and join our Virtual Knit Night at

Music is by Adam and the Walter Boys and is 'I Need a Drink'

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Yarns_From_The_Plain_-_An_Interview_with_Nic_Rudd.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 12:26pm UTC

I'm delighted this week to have Helen join us on the show to tell us about her journey into dyeing. I've admired her work for a long time (and asked her to collaborate with The Golden Skein twice as a result) and always enjoy the way she tells the stories of the yarns she creates and the way she's inspired to do so.

Helen is based in Assynt in the Scottish Highlands and finds endless inspiration in her surroundings and the traditions in the area. She grew up in Southern Africa before moving to the UK in her late teens and has always been surrounded by making and crafting. She began Ripplescrafts after she and her husband, Stevan, moved to live in the Highlands full time from the Scottish Borders.

You can find her at

Shownotes for this episode are at

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

Direct download: Episode_83_-_An_Interview_With_Helen_Lockhart_of_Ripplescrafts.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:52am UTC