EastLondonKnit podcast Episode 51: Nancy Marchant

Episode 51: Nancy Marchant Queen of Brioche


I have a special episode of the podcast today with a knitting hero of mine: Nancy Marchant! I caught up with Nancy at Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and found a (relatively) quiet corner to record a little podcast with her about how she got into knitting, and the wonderful world of brioche stitch.

The full show notes can be found in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.

Happy knitting,

by Renée Callahan

Episode 50: Allium & EYF



This episode I chat about my new pattern, Allium, as well as my weekend at Edinburgh Yarn Fest. I started off pretty strong, but then the weekend’s excitement seemed to catch up with me half way through!

You can find the show notes in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.

I hope your week is full of rest and knitting,

EastLondonKnit podcast episode 26

Episode 26: What inspires you?


Time flies when you are having fun! This episode marks a year of podcasting! Who knew I would last thing long, eh? Last week I was at EYF and it was fantastic. I did a lot of shopping and got to hang out with all the wonderful knitters, so it was pretty much perfect in my book. I share my stash enhancement, knitting plans and a whole lot of inspiration!

Happy knitting!

by Renée Callahan

EYF and #blackerpodkal


Well, I am back from Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and what an event it was!

I will talk about the festival in the pilot episode of the EastLondonKnit podcast when it is published this Friday (!).

EYF marked the deadline for the #blackerpodkal, in which I tried to participate…  In a word, my progress could be described as ‘stunted’.

Some projects are just like this: two steps forward, one step back. I really enjoy KALs because I find the type of gentle peer pressure they apply really helpful to getting things done. But this sweater did not want to get done.

It started off all very well…

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I had 4 lovely skeins of Tamar DK yarn from last year’s Edinburgh Yarn Fest and was happy to join in with Blacker Yarns and the Knit British podcast to knit a new design up.

The progress seemed to be chugging along….
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Until I had a look and decided that it was just too big, and I didn’t have enough yarn to make something so oversized….
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…taking me back to the beginning….
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I started again, and this time, the sizing seemed better.
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And although I wouldn’t have finished in time anyway, I have properly run out of yarn and have stalled again! Ugh.

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I am loosing the battle of wills between this sweater and myself at the moment, but I live to fight again…

Instagram is a great tool for seeing the progress of your knitting!

How do you deal with reluctant knits?

I hope you are having better knitting mojo than me…


by Renée Callahan

Wool Tribe 2017


How is your knitting season going? I hear that mid-January is considered the most depressing time of the year. Do you find that to be the case? For me, once I have had a tiny tantrum about Christmas being over, really over, I get excited about the New Year and new resolutions and plans and fresh starts, etc. I had the launch of my Craftsy machine knitting class to keep me on my toes, and the pleasure of seeing the latest publication from the Edinburgh Yarn Fest ladies, so I didn’t feel the blues.


You may have seen the previews for Wool Tribe 2017 are up and the magazine is available for pre-order now!

There are 6 lovely accessory designs from indie designers, including Amanda B. Collins, Jane Crowfoot, Francesca HughesClare DevineDonna Smith and my contribution; Belsyde, an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked with Kettle Yarn Co. Baskerville in Dawn and gorgeous Islington in Siren Call teal.


The shawl uses 3 different types of geometric lace to create a unisex shawl with lots of interest.

To get all 6 patterns, you can pre-order your copy of Wool Tribe here!

The shawl will be available as an individual digital download in June.

I hope you are knitting the blues away!

Happy knitting,