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episode 62 – The Border Mill

Welcome back to the podcast after a lovely wee break. I am jumping straight back into the action with a really wonderful tour of The Border Mill. 

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John and Juliet Miller decided to make a career change 5 years ago. They already had a 2 acre walled garden where they kept their growing herd of alpaca and, after long waiting times to have the fleece spun (and often large minimum batch size requirements) they decided they would set up their own small scale fibre mill, specialising in alpaca. John and Juliet take minimum fibre batches of 1.5kg and as soon as they opened it was clear that there were a lot of clients who also wanted to spin small batch alpaca fibre, sheep wool and other fibres.

It wasn’t until 2013 that they started to produce their own alpaca yarn, for the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival and their own range has grown exponentially since then. The Border Mill range now includes a lopi-style yarn, blended with Falkland merino, alpaca and mohair, alpaca and BFL, alpaca tweed and the forthcoming alpaca and silk. The Border Mill also works closely with clients to ensure that the fibre they send to the mill becomes the best possible yarn for their needs. Their clients include Sariann Lehrer, who produces the single breed, single flock Chopped Ginger project and Hooligan Yarns, who sell single sheep yarns – if you have worked with, squished or seen these particular yarns you will be well aware of how special these yarns are. 

John gave us a tour of the mill and the entire process. Please listen in to the episode and join is on that tour – grab your WIP and drink! Read More

Episode 93 – Always something new to learn

Time to grab a drink, grab a WIP and settle in for the one with loads of reviews!

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Woolly Mucker

Our woolly mucker this month is Barb Mercer, aka Cbmercer on Ravelry.

Barb lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and later in the show she tells us about her favourite local yarn. Currently she is knitting a Bousta beanie (though she calls it a toque, cos she’s Canadian!) in J&S and has been exploring the Salish knitting tradition of the Cowichan people, of southeastern Vancouver IslandBritish Columbia!

Thank you, Barb, so much for supporting our show.

| Good Intentions

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the Good Intentions Club, both on social media and in the ravelry group. I posted last week on the blog too, if you need more info. It is so great to see in that chat thread that folks are diving into their stashes and making plans to knit those good intentions we once had when we bought that yarn for that particular design! Read More

episode 92 – stitched together with good intentions

Hello listeners! I lied. I said the next episode would be a bit shorter, and it is even longer! Get a cuppa and a WIP!

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| Sponsor

This month KnitBritish is sponsored by blog (2)Joy dyes luxury yarn in her studio in Harrogate and is committed to supporting British wool in all her bases.
In addition to incredible yarns, such as Britsock; Wensleydale &Shetland; BFL & Masham and BritSilk, you will find screen-printed bags and books, hand-crafted stitch markers and exclusive yarn clubs in her online shop.
You will see Joy and Bobbie at The Great London Yarn Crawl this Saturday and at  Yarndale later this month (23-24) and hear more about new shop additions later in the show.

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episode 91 – she thought she wouldn’t like it but, listener, she did!

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Welcome back lovelies! There is lots of news in this episode. So grab a WIP, a drink and settle in for the next half an hour, or so!

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Our Sponsor

You will find the very best of British wool, an incredible range of patterns and awesome notions at BritYarn. Isla works to the Woolly Principles at BritYarn so that you can be confident of buying British wool, with provenance from British suppliers.  brityarnClick on the logo to visit the BritYarn website and find the new shades of Blacker Gotland DK, Britsilk from the Knitting Goddess and the NEW Shetland Tweed from WYS

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episode 90 – wool geekery

(image: Copyright Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop)

Today we have a chat with our Woolly Mucker Mazzy Fautley and I have an interview with designer Francesca Hughes.

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Woolly Mucker

Our mucker this month is the wonderful Mazzy Fautley, aka MazKnitter on Ravelry.
Mazzy describes herself as a keen allotment gardener with caffeine and yarn addictions! Currently she is knitting a Williams Gansey, as part of a fascinating project that you can hear a bit more about in the show, when I chat with Mazzy. Thank you for supporting KnitBritish!

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Today I’m talking to two awesome women, so make pot of tea, or coffee (or cocktail!) and join us for a chat!

Thank you, thank you, a million times for your comments, emails and chat back about the Uist episodes. I know I kept you waiting a good long while for them, but I am so chuffed to hear how much you enjoyed them. I really loved being there and had a ball. And yes, as one of you commented, when Dana suggested having residencies in Uist Wool, maybe there *could* be a podcaster-in-residence! What do you think Dana? Hazel? Guys? !

In addition to them having been so generous with their time and knowledge while I was there, they are extending their generosity to you with a 10% discount on online sales! Use code knitbritish89 at the checkout and you should make use of that before 31st August. Thank you so much, Uist Wool! Read More

Episode 89 – Uist Wool

This is a special two part episode of the KnitBritish podcast, where I visit Uist Wool. I was very fortunate to have had the chance to visit there in May and my visit has really stayed with me!

This episode is in two parts because of upload limits and length.  On iTunes and podcatchers you will find these as two separate parts.

Uist Wool has interested me ever since I saw their stall at the Highland Wool Festival, in Dingwall, in 2014. At that point they were a funded training project, aimed at bringing back skills in wool-work to Uist. They had recently completed work on their mill and as well as bringing back these skills to the islands – islands so rich in wool heritage – they were also committed to getting crofters a better return on their clips. I can remember seeing their stall at the HWF and thinking that I looked forward to watching their progress! Read More

episode 88 – The one with Shetlands, Romney, Alpaca, BFLs, Merino, Mules and silk!

What a great week it’s been – a woman in the TARDIS and some awesome ladies on the show today!

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This month KnitBritish is sponsored by blog (2)Joy dyes luxury yarn in her studio in Harrogate and is committed to supporting British wool in all her bases.
In addition to incredible yarns, such as Britsock; Wensleydale &Shetland; BFL & Masham and the forthcoming BritSilk, you will find screen-printed bags and books, hand-crafted stitch markers and exclusive yarn clubs in her online shop.
Click to visit the shop!

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I’m still utterly delighted with Sunday’s news that Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor – It’s definitely time. It makes me wonder what kind of iconic wool item she should have (tweed coats/suits, scarves, cricket vests, etc) I’m pretty sure she would rock a pussyhat! – get on it BBC Costume dept! In keeping with the awesome women theme, this episode I’ve got news from The Knitting Goddess, a review from Christine Perry and a chat with Jane Green, from New Leaf Yarn .

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episode 87 – where there were 300 sheep!

Hello and welcome back to the podcast! I’m all refreshed from a lovely holiday and back with another blind yarn review and a chat with our Woolly Mucker, Susan Hobkirk! (Apologies, my chair is a bit squeaky in this episode!)

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| Woolly Mucker

This month’s woolly mucker is Susan Hobkirk, aka macpark, on ravelry. Susan is a long time supporter of all things KnitBritish and I thank her so much for sponsoring the show.

Currently she is knitting the Houlland Hap, in Exquiste from WYS and she is almost finished Marie Wallin’s Fair Isle Blanket KAL. Tune in to hear us chat later in the show!

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| Holiday

I had a great time away – this was my view from my Shepherds Hut! I also managed to do some knitting on Hadrian’s Wall, as you do! Read More