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

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
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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

Hello and welcome to the AWARD WINNING Shinybees podcast. That's right, we won 'Most Engaged Audience' at New Media Europe, which means you're officially an award winning audience!

This week there's a big thank you, as you'd expect, along with my top three take-aways from the New Media Europe conference. In short: be yourself, community is key and embrace failure. If you aren't failing, you aren't learning.

There's some Socktober news for you from the UK Sock Knitters group on Ravelry and BritYarn's GBSocksAwayKAL.

I review Blacker Yarns' latest spin, Cornish Tin, a 10th birthday, one-off yarn, developed from ten all-british suppliers and available in one neutral and four dyed shades.

Finally there's a sneak peek at what's coming in the next few weeks and months.

Show notes as always are at

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

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Socktober_Happenings_2.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 7:12pm UTC

This week is a pacey canter through the usual format. The show is co-hosted by a barrel of fermenting beer. I'm not even joking.

Enablers' Corner returns where I encourage you to check out the map tapestry kits by Hannah Bass (

In news, there are a number of UK yarn shows coming up including Bristol Wool Fair (11-13 Sep), Yarndale (26-27 Sep) and Highland Wool and Textile Fair in Inverness on 17th Oct.

The Great London Yarn Crawl was a great show. Check out all the patterns by p-hop to get your knitting fix whilst doing your bit for charity by raising money for Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Top 3 favourites from the marketplace for me were: The Wool Kitchen, Travelknitter and Midwinter Yarns.

The pattern pick makes a dive-like return this week, with babies in moustaches and shell attire for pet tortoises, all around the theme of Super Mario.

Shownotes for this episode are at

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

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Over_the_Hills_and_Back_to_London.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 2:36pm UTC

Custom Socks a go-go as we welcome author, technical editor and pattern designer Kate Atherley to the show. If you're interested in learning how to write clear patterns that any knitter can use to recreate your design for themselves, Kate has some great tips and lots of experience to share. Likewise, she provides us with her top sock knitting tips in anticipation of returning to the Sock Surgery to close the interview.

In news, the Shawl of Awesome is progressing nicely. Also, Sally Cameron of PinkHairGirl Podcast has released a pattern to help raise funds for the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The Phoenix Hat pattern is available vis Ravelry and there is a video embedded in the shownotes, where you can hear Sally and her daughter Rachel talk about the project.

Shownotes for this episode are available are available at

Kate Atherley can be found at

Music for this episode is as always provided via Music Alley courtesy of Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink'.

Direct download: Episode_62_-_An_Interview_with_Kate_Atherley.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:29pm UTC

Hat mania descends upon the podcast this week as I welcome hat architect Woolly Wormhead to the show. Woolly is a knitting designer who is obsessed with all things hat. Author of 8 books dedicated to all things hats, she delights in exploring the extremeties to which you can take the humber hat. Drawing on her background as an engineer and Fine Art student, she focuses on the sculptural aspects of hat design.

She's a hat architect and she'd like you to be too.

You can find Woolly, her patterns, blog and links to her social media at

This episode is sponsored by Yarn In The City. For more information visit

Shownotes are at

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

Direct download: Episode_61_-_The_Hat_Architect_-_An_Interview_with_Woolly_Wormhead.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 9:43pm UTC

How do you go from psychoanalysing serial killers to wool shop maven? Leona-Jayne Kelly of Fluph in Dundee joins us this week to answer just that question. It's a little more straightforward than you might think, and of course, it involves knitting.

The camapign to win the UK Podcasters' Award continues, so please head over to the shownotes for details.

The Shawl of Awesome is ongoing and progressing well. It will be finished in time for the awards!

Events: I'll be at Great London Yarn Crawl and Yarndale in September.

You can find Leona at Fluph at 164 Blackness Road, Dundee or online at

Shownotes are at

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

Because you know it's all about the stripes, 'bout the stripes...

This week I am pleased to welcome Michelle Berry of Berry Colorful Yarnings onto the podcast to talk about all things self-striping. Based in New Mexico in the United States, Michelle is a indie dyer who specialises in wider self striping yarns. Longer colour changes give options for patterns beyond the usual socks (although they do knit into wonderful socks too!) and sets her yarns apart from the majority of self striping yarns on the market. She often themes here colourways around films or books, with the latest collaboration with Lara Smoot - the Potterful Kits - are an homage to a certain boy wizard. She was a featured dyer in the Spring 2015 instalment of The Golden Skein Yarn Club.

You can find Michelle at

Shownotes for this episode are at

Music for this episode is provided via Music Alley and is courtesy of Adam and the Walter Boys with "I Need a Drink".

This week I’m delighted to welcome podcasting legend Brenda Dayne to the show. Voice of the Cast On podcast, Brenda has taught throughout the UK and US in venues large and small, as well as at festivals across the US. Cast On has been downloaded over 2.5 million times since it started in 2005. Brenda lives in rural Wales with her partner, Tonia, and drives fast cars with her knitty partner in crime, Caerthan Wrack. When they’re not cooking up indigo dyed mischief, Brenda also organises the Gwlana Retreats in West Wales. 

This episode is sponsored by Yarn in The City. For more details visit

Shownotes 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_58_-_Cast_On_An_Interview_with_Brenda_Dayne_5.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC