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

Command and Conquer it ain't. Well, maybe. This week sees the latest happenings in my world, along with a quick virtual canter through this year's trip to Yarndale. In Wippin' Piccadilly, the Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits in Blacker Swan is complete, and Quadratic by David O Kelly at Eden Cottage Yarns is on the needles. A new section is announced in the podcast: the Sock Surgery with Clare Devine and Kate Read. There is a giveaway PALOOZA jointly sponsored by Ginger Twist Studio and Yarn and Pointy Sticks designs. Finally, we have a one on one interview in the Ginger's Hand Dyed studio in Edinburgh, with the ever fabukous Jessica James. Join us as we chat Brigantia, red acrylic and sweaty little piece of chocolate.

Shownotes as always at I am Shinybees on Twitter, FAcebook and Instagram. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_22_-_Red_Alert.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 8:39pm UTC

This week the episode has nothing at all to do with card games and everything to do with yarn. We have a quick intro from my new house, creaks included, followed by a bit of knitting news. Then, there's the triumphant return of the Wippin Piccadiily section, in which we hear why you should listen to Clare Devine and not some random lady on YouTube. Then, the bit you've all been waiting for: an interview with the ever fabulous Victoria Magnus of Eden Cottage Yarns, recorded at Unwind Brighton. She talks all things yarn and business and gives a real insight into her journey into the business, spidery cottage and all.

As always, shownotes are at

Direct download: Episode_21_-_Pontoon_2.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 6:51pm UTC

This week we finally round-up Unwind Brighton, which took place on 12-13 July 2014 in the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. There is also a run-down of the progress of the #lushpodkal Lush knitalong, by Tin Can Knits. I'm using Blacker Yarns Blacker Swan yarn for this - use the code LUSH5634 for 10% discount until 14 September 2014.

There's also an interview with the ever fabulous Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks designs and George of Yarn Garden, about yarn, the universe and everything. George is in no way like Heisenberg of Breaking Bad, it would seem, but he does like a slice of passion cake. Possibly not as much as Clare enjoys lockable stitch markers. Listen in to figure out exactly what I'm talking about.

Shownotes are available at and music is provided by Adam and the Water Boys, via Music Alley.

Direct download: Episode_20_-_Pack_Up_Your_Troubles.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 10:05am UTC

Nothing to do with James Bond and everything to do with the return of the pattern pick this week, on the theme of Octopus. Octopi?! We have a round up of the lattest knitting news and anouncements, with the eagerly anticipated Unwind Brighton festival taking place on 12-13 July. There is also the launch of a fabulous new collaboration between Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks and Sock Anatomy fame and the wonderful Jess of Ginger Twist Studio, who is dyeing the yarn for the colection. Keep your ears open for Scotland's answer to Unwind - The Edinburgh Yarn Festival. There is some knitalong news from P-Hop, who are running a Commonwealth Games KAL and from my good self, as I am teaming up with the Louises of Caithness Craft Collective and Knit British podcasts and the ever amusing Aimee of KnitSpinCake podcast. We're going to be doing a Lush Along of the Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits. Lots of lovely prizes lined up, so come and join us.

The pattern pick, as mentioned, covers a variety of cephalopod delights. I review Fluph in Dundee for our Yarn Shop Review and then there is a quick Wippin' Piccadilly update to ease those of you who are worried about the state of my knitting mojo.

Direct download: Episode_19_-_Octopussy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am UTC

The funk has been slam dunked by admitting we have a problem, Houston! This week we have a roundup of the knitting news, including a fab new yarn shop that will be opening, Harbour Yrans, and the coutdown to Unwind Brighton is well and truly on. The Second Quarter of The Golden Skein Power of 3 Yarn Club is revealed. We discuss tactics for alleviating a knitty funk in the Wippin' Piccadilly section and I resolve to do a giveaway of yarn from my recently frogged project. Leave a comment on the thread for this episode in the Ravelry group to enter. Finally, we have a yarn shop review of Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh.

Direct download: Epiosde_18_-_The_First_Step_is_Admitting_You_Have_A_Problem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm UTC

Coming from Scotland in the depth of the knitting funk of 40,000 years, the crafty mojo has left the building. This episode sees the return of Wippin' Piccadilly, a short pattern pick and a new South African knitting video podcast for you. There's also a yarn shop review of Be Inspired Fibres of Edinburgh.

Direct download: Episode_17-_Funky_Funky_Funky_Fresh.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 8:20pm UTC

Tune in for the latest knitting news on upcoming events in Brighton and Edinburgh. There is a rundown of all the gossip from The Golden Skein and a yarn shop review of The Woolly Brew in Pittenweem. Finally, the pattern pick returns on the theme of 'bunny'. No cats were harmed during thr production of this podcast. Keep an ear out for a slightly vocal cohost!

Direct download: Episode_16-_Run_Rabbit_Run.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 7:57am UTC

This episode has more than its fair share of swans, clowns and unicorns. There is a quick catchup of news and a brief intro to my new abde in Fife. A large section is dedicated to PodRetreat and there is a giveaway associated with this. Finally, the pattern pick this week focuses on Unicorns.

Direct download: Episode_15_-_Swans_Clowns_and_Unicorns.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 9:18pm UTC

This week there is a lot of news regarding various things. The Golden Skein is explained and you can find everything to do with this UK yarn club at We have a book review of Clare Devine's first ebook, "Sock Anatomy: Dissecting Heels and Toes". The Wippin' Piccadilly section returns, as does the pattern pick, which is on the topic of 'child hat'.

Direct download: Episode_14_-_On_the_Road_to_the_North.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 11:38am UTC

This episode has, amongst other things, cats in various hats. The secret project - The Golden Skein - is revealed. There is an update and some information about podretreat and a review of a patterned yarn dyeing workshop at Purl City Yarns. Wippin' Piccadilly is back with a disappointing lack of progress on all fronts and there is my favourite pattern pic since the Movember episode. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_13_-_The_Cat_in_the_Hat.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 11:11pm UTC