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

Welcome (0:25)

Hello and welcome to the show notes for Episode 7 of the Shinybees podcast: Catch up. This is the first episode since the Podcaster hangout with Martine from iMake, Amanda from Craftlife and Laura from Apocalyptic Diner. The audio for the show is Episode 50 of the iMake Podcast or you can watch the video here. There is some lamenting on pregnancy old wives tales and inappropriate belly touching.

Thongman is going to be making a guest appearance on the podcast, and I am taking questions for him via email, Twitter or Ravelry. I am enjoying the Africa series on BBC1 at the moment.

I was the proud winner of a £5 voucher for the fabulous Flamboyance Yarns. Check out my favourite colour way: Box of Crayons.

In the shout out, I mentioned the ‘White and Colourful’ projects by Suuf. Go and check them out!

Hi to Barb and Tracie from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast, who kindly played my promo in Ep 35. They have been on my list to download for ages and are a great listen.

Wippin’ Piccadilly (14:48)

Only one finished object, miraculously – Adam’s Hat. This is a hat for the new Shiny baby, which I finally guilt tripped myself into making. The pattern and yarn are both by Nurturing Fibres. The Stripe Study by Veera Valimaki has been frogged and will remain in exile for now. Damask is back from hibernation so I can try my new Chiaogoo Red Lace needles. Owls by Kate Davis is still ongoing but has not received any attention as I won’t fit into it for some time yet! The Mielie socks made a special guest appearance on the Podcaster Hangout, one is complete and the other is in the middle of having the heel turned. Finally for the knitting, I cast on a cardigan for the baby, just an ordinaryKing Cole pattern.

Sewing wise, I mentioned the fabric I used for the apron in the Caithness Craft Collective apron swap. I also have made a raft of baby aprons for The Beast from cotton, using a pattern I designed myself. At sewing class, I have been working on a hooded top, as well as some pajamas and a dressing gown for HBM.

South Africa (29:40)

We travel to Robben Island World Heritage Site to learn about political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.

Wrap-up (36:05)

Thanks very much for joining me again. If you would like to get in touch, I am Shinybees on Ravelry and Twitter, you can leave a comment here on the blog or email me at

Direct download: Episode_7_-_Catch_Up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm UTC

Hello and welcome to Episode 6 of the Shinybees podcast. This week, we have another pattern pick in honour of Movember. This is followed by an interview with South African indie dyer, Carlé, of Nurturing Fibres. There are also details of the December podcaster hangout, which will take place on 8 December 2012 at 1900 GMT.

Direct download: Episode_6_-_Modown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am UTC

This week we have a return to some old favourites. First of all we have a run-down of recent happenings in Limpopo, followed by a reattack on Episode 3 - The C Word. Random musings feature the theme 'FEAR' and in Wippin' Piccadilly, I share a very special recent project. A trip to Stellenbosch to taste wine is our SA section and then there is the return of the Shinybees Pattern Pick.


Direct download: Episode_5_-_Poppy_Pickers_1.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 5:37pm UTC

This week we have a close encounter of the rhinoceroidal kind. There is a podcast news update and we are joined by Justus for the South Africa section to make some Malva Pudding before we wrap up. You will definitely need a cup of tea to wash that down! Pull up a chair and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_4_-_Close_Encounters.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 8:03pm UTC

This week we take a trip to the Kruger National Park in search of the 'Big 5'. For those unable to spot the Big 5, we have the Shinybees Big 5 for your perusement! There is the return of the Wippin' Piccadilly section and we hear why Google is not always your friend, especially in Afrikaans.

Show notes, as always, can be found at

Direct download: Episode_3.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 4:28pm UTC

This week we take a turn around Kwa-Zulu Natal and visit Durban and Swaziland. There is food in the form of the Bunny Chow, weddings in the snow and a trip to Ngwenya Glass. There is the usual on and off the needles section in Wippin' Piccadilly and the South Africa section is spread across the whole episode. Finally, there is a review of the International Quilting Convention Africa before Marlaw plays us out with 'Missing My Baby (Pii Pii)'.

Full shownotes and links can be found, as always, at

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Stop._Bunny_Time.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 7:30pm UTC

This is the promo for the Shinybees podcast and gives a quick overview of what we're all about!

Direct download: Shinybees_Promo.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 6:47am UTC

This week, Jo talks about warthog watch. There is an on and off the needles section, and in the South Africa section, Jo is joined by special guest Tanya to discuss the South African social ceremony that is the braai. There is a book review on The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, before wrapping up. Shownotes for the episode can be found here.

Grab a glass of Stellenbosch's finest and let's sit round the fire!

Direct download: Episode_1_2.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 12:58pm UTC

Hello and welcome to the pilot episode of the Shinybees podcast. British girl Jo talks about knitting, sewing and crafting from South Africa, along with a liberal helping of South African language, food and culture. Grab yourself a rooibos, a glass of Amarula or the Cape Winelands' finest and cosy up for a bit of chatter.

Direct download: Episode_0_Pilot.mp3
Category:Craft -- posted at: 7:26pm UTC