Shinybees - The Knitting, Comedy and Yarn Podcast (knitting)

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

Ever wondered what it's like to crowdfund a book? Susan Crawford, knitwear designer and fashion historian is my latest interview guest on the show. Purveyor of all things vintage and woolly, Susan has published 4 books already, which are stocked in the V&A, Waterstones and the British Library.

Four years in the making, Susan's latest project, the Vintage Shetland Project, is about to come to fruition and she is in the midst of a pubslush campaign to fund the initial print run of the book. This amazing project brings vintage knitwear from the Shetland Museum archives to life, with 25 items featured in the book, all with patterns transposed from the original garments and graded for size, to make them available to be enjoyed by knitters today.

Come and get to know Susan in this laid back episode and hear about Nana Ruby, Susan's sprightly Zwartbles and how she'll never audition for The Island...

You can find Susan over at where you'll also find links to her social media. The Pubslush campaign is here.

Shownotes can be found on the blog at as always.

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

This week it's an interview episode and I am chatting to the vivacious duo that is Alison Thistlewood and Rachel Brown, the ladies behind Yarn In The City and the Great London Yarn Crawl. Both businesswomen in their own right with their own separate businesses, they are here to chat about all things yarn and business. There's also some agonising over the Desert Island Skeins and some stash chat, amonst all the usual interview questions.

Tickets for the event are now on sale.

You can find Allison and Rachel at

Shownotes for this episode are at


Summer has finally hit in Scotland and it is toasty! This week Clare is back on the Sock Surgery to talk about knitting socks in summer, follwoing on from our summer knitting yarns and pattern suggestions podcasts.

In Enablers' Corner, I talk about Periscope briefly. I'm on there as @shinybees and @TheGoldenSkein.

THe retro perfume review is of Exclamation. Get your bids in the or on Ravelry.

Shownotes are at

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

Direct download: Episode_53_-_Knitting_Socks_in_Summer_3.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 5:50pm UTC

We're back with a little light enabling in the form of the #Scollaykal in Enablers' Corner this week. Head on over to KnitBritish and BritYarn to find out more. In news, it's Woolfest this weekend coming and I am looking for a roving reporter to give us the skinny on what the show was like.

Want to help us with our MakeItFit2015 statistical analysis? head on over to our survey and input your vital statistics (and a few other measurements).

In Wippin' Piccadilly, there is Lush by Tin Can Knits, Owls by Kate Davies and Guardian Angel by Sally Cameron. Finished objects include Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston and Lapsang by Clare Devine.

How do you store your finished objects? There's lots of chat on how to store stash, but what about all the stuff you've knitted?

There are some outtakes from The Beast which cover a couple of yarn reviews. And lion hair.

Shownotes as always are at the blog -

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

Direct download: Episode_52_-_How_to_Store_Your_FOs.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 8:10pm UTC

This week there's a little news about the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl in Edinburgh at the weekend. In Enablers' Corner, we're all about the kits, 'bout the kits, no trouble with Latvian Mitts and Yarnundyed-knits. In the Sock Surgery, we welcome back Clare Devine to review Coop Knits Socks Vol II by British deisgner Rachel Coopey. Finally, due to popular request, there's a perfume review of Tribe, by Coty.

Shownotes and links are at Clare Devine can be found at

Music for the episode is Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need A Drink' available via Music Alley.

Direct download: Episode_51_-_Still_Got_It.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 9:08am UTC

This week we welcome the fabulous Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and Rainbow Heirloom yarns to the show to chat about all things yarny. Max and Bodhi's Wardrobe will be available in print copy from 11 June 2015 and Emily and Alexa have very kindly offered a giveaway which will be hosted on the Shinybees Ravelry group.

Emily came to knitting whilst studying Architecture in Western Canada and met her business partner, Alexa Ludeman whilst they were both working at their LYS. Emily now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and seriosuly cute son, Max, who was half the duo who inspired Max and Bodhi's Wardrobe (Bodhi being Alexa's daughter). When not designing for Tin Can Knits, Emily also hand dyes at Rainbow Heirloom. In this interview, she talks in depth about her design process and the influences she draws upon, as well as giving some great advice for those looking to get into the industry.

Shownotes as always can be found on the blog at Emily Wessel can be found at and


This week we hope to leave Narnia behind and experience something approaching summer after jinxing the entire season by talking about summer knitting in the past few episodes. 

News-wise, the Great London Yarn Crawl will be taking place on 5th September 2015. There'll be a marketplace too this year with all proceeds from the event going to Refuge. A Yarn Story in Bath has moved to new premises. BritYarn threw open its virtual woolly doors on 2 June 2015. Go and check it out!

Enablers' Corner highlights our very own Clare Devine who has juts opened pre-orders on Sock Anatomy II. Get socks for the whole family!

The pattern pick is on the subject of 'Sun' (or lack thereof) and has a comedy perfume review for good measure.

Finally the Sock Surgery returns where Clare brings us some inspiration for funky heels to try.

Shownotes are at

Direct download: Episode_49_-_Endless_Winter_2.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:57pm UTC

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
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:18pm UTC

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
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 10:40am UTC

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
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:52pm UTC