Episode 9: Wovember
This episode I'm using a slightly different format - more chat from me about recent event in the Irish Crafting scene. This month our focus is on all things woolly for Wovember. The main items discussed this episode are: the winner of our giveaway from Episode 7. Thanks to everyone who entered a review on iTunes or Stitcher and to those who took the trouble to give me feedback - positive and negative - it all makes me better, right? The Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS "Olann And" a...
Episode 8: Carol Feller
For this episode we join Dublin yarn store, This Is Knit, as they celebrate Carol Feller's latest publications: Short Row Knits and Dovestone Hills First I met with Carol to find out about her life, her design process and her future plans. During this interview, Carol orI mention: A Playful Day podcast Contemporary Irish Knits Doddy ball Two Irish designers in Knitty Winter 2007:Fair Isle Rapids by Kieran Foley Patterns published by Carol in 2015 so far(I counted 39 - it's actually 42!!)...
Episode 7: These Islands
Hello and welcome to Episode 7! This episode has been in the works since back in May when Claire and I went down to the Sheep's Head Yarn Festival. We stopped off in Cork City to have lunch withEvin O'Keefe, the person behind Irish publishing company,Anchor and Bee. We met Evin at her favourite restaurantFenn's Quay, which has been awarded "Best Restaurant in Cork" in the Munster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2015. We chat with Evin about two craft books she's recently...
Episode 6: Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival – Part 2
Welcome to Episode 6! As promised this is the second part of our visit to the Sheep's Head Yarn Festival in May. In the first part, we met the organiser, Niamh Cooper, and some of the workshop teachers. Another aspect of the Sheep's Head Yarn Festival was the Market Hall which took place in Kilcrohane Community Hall. The Market Hall So, thisepisode brings you the chats we had with some of the vendors: Kathleen McCarthy who was selling hand-knits Fiona Waters of Green Elephant Hand Dyed...
Episode 5: Sheep's Head Yarn Festival - Part 1
For episode 5, Clarabel and Dearbhla travelled down to the Sheep's Head Peninsula in Co. Cork for theSheep's Head Yarn Festival, which took place on the weekend of 16th and 17th of May. Our road-triphad noThelma & Louise-styleincidentsand we didn't even accidentallyend up on the road toBarack Obama's ancestral home in Monegal. Roadtrip Thelma & Louise style! We arrived on Friday afternoon to a peninsula shrouded in mist and only managed to find some yarn-bombing. Yarn-bombing in the mist...
BLASTA Pattern for Episode 1: Muireann
This is not an episode! This is Claire and Dearbhla having a chat about the pattern for Episode 1. As mentioned in Episode 1, we plan on releasing a pattern with each episode. Each pattern will be free until the next pattern is released. At the end of the year we will publish an ebook collection of all the patterns released during the year. The pattern being release with Episode 1 is called "Muireann" and we hope you enjoy the pattern and enjoy the chat. VATMOSS We held off on issuing this...
Episode 4: Catching up with Catchloops
For Episode 4, Dearbhla caught up withElanor Kinga.k.a. "catchloops" when they were both atUnravelearlier this year. Unravel souvenirs During their chat they speak about a number of patterns: The sweater Elanor is wearing is herEleven Hundred Dollarspattern from "Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock" published by Co-operative Press. Her first published pattern,In the Loop, was her response to adesigner challengefromKnit Nowmagazine. At Edinburgh Yarn Festival Elanor...
Episode 3: Crafters Without Borders
ForEpisode 3, Claire and Dearbhla took the show to Edinburgh Yarn Festival andmet up with lots of crafters that havea connection to the Irish Crafting scene such as: Heather - an American woman living in Belfast in Northern Ireland . Find her onInstagram,TwitterandRavelry. During our chat we mention the Instagram hashtag#spin15in15andDeborah Robson's Craftsy class "Know Your Wool". Since chatting with us, Heather has launchedThe Drafting Zone. All spinners should check it out. Suzanne - an...