EastLondonKnit podcast episode 66

Episode 66: New year, same ol’ me


Happy New Year! I hope your 2020 has gotten off to a wonderful start.

I finally got into the studio to record a little check-in with you. It is a quicky, but I do mention some fun upcoming events and give you a couple of sneak peeks, including a new pattern coming next week!

Show notes are in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.

Happy knitting!



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,

the EastLondonKnit podcast episode 16

Episode 16: Bristol’s book, Erme, & Faolán


Episode 16 of the EastLondonKnit podcast is up and in it I chat all by my lonesome about some very cool knitting things!

Show notes are in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group. Please do come by and join in the knitting chat!

Happy knitting,

by Renée Callahan

The EastLondonKnit Podcast: Pilot episode


I did it! I published at least one podcast!

It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be for me, but you will have to let me know how it is for you;)

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

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To win the gorgeous skein of Blacker Yarn’s new yarn Samite, have a view of the podcast.

Thank you so much if you took the time to watch my first efforts. I will get better, I promise!

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

Getting ready to Unravel

Unravel at Farnham Maltings


Happy Valentines Day if that is your kind of thing!

Will you be going to Unravel this year? I always enjoy Unravel–its location in the Maltings, all the fun events and vendors, the atmosphere all come together to make a lovely weekend.

This year will be a bit different for me, as I am both teaching and giving a talk (!). I was surprised when the organisers asked about a talk, and not only that, but specifically something about my journey as a knitter. It seemed a tall order to speak about myself for 40 minutes; even if I thought of something to say, who would come listen to me go on and on? Well, we will find out Sunday….

If you can’t make it to the event, I did a little Q&A with the Unravel team you can find on their blog.

Also, congratulations to @laraloreleiknits, the winner of my Sweetheart giveaway. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Wish me luck!