The Shinybees Knitting 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 are regular interviews with all your favourite designers and dyers. Get the latest knitting news, yarn and pattern book reviews, show updates along with local yarn shop visits and knitting related travel. Business minded? Enjoy the interviews with knitting and yarn entrepreneurs for top tips and inspiration on making it in the industry. Enjoy the finest funny knitting pattern 'picks' that Ravelry has to offer.


  • Ep 163 - Delicious Little Joys

    Ep 163 - Delicious Little Joys

    13/11/2020 Duración: 36min

    The #DeliciousLittleJoysKAL is coming! Having not hosted a KAL for a long time, I was inspired to do one given we are now in the second, not that exciting sequel to the original lockdown part one. Delicious little joys is the theme and the idea is to embrace the idea of looking for delicious little joys in the every day. Indeed, it’s about actively building in joy to your day. It’s gonna be miserable in the Northern hemisphere soon, so finding ways to bring joy will be a positive thing. Yarn is any that brings you joy. Pattern is any joyful pattern. We start on 15th November and will continue until we don’t need any more joy (which might be around 1st February 2021. It can be a fresh cast on, or one you have had around for a while. Sewing, Crochet or any other craft is welcome, so long as it is joyful. All the chat will take place in the Shinybees Podcast Club on Mighty Networks ( to join) and you can use the hashtag #DeliciousLittleJoysKAL on social if you like. Things to help with joy

  • Ep 162 - The Boyfriend Sweater Curse

    Ep 162 - The Boyfriend Sweater Curse

    03/11/2020 Duración: 32min

    You may or may not have heard before about the infamous folklore that is the Boyfriend Sweater Curse, also known as The Sweater Curse. The Love Sweater Curse occurs when a knitter undertakes to knit a jumper for a significant other, and this leads to the breakdown of the relationship - sometimes before the recipient has even received the gift! In a 2005 survey, 15% of knitters reported having experienced this very curse. 41% believed that it might be true. SO it's worth knowing about, even if you don't believe in it. This subject came up as I am about to -finally - undertake knitting a jumper for my massive husband. On the way to the knitting, the topic of Wiganese food is covered in some depth, including the Wigan Kebab, Babbie's Yed and Smack Barm Pey Wet. It is via this high carb and extremely beige route that one's Southern husband - who has some very questionable chip habits - came to earn the honour of having his very first jumper knitted for him. Remember - it's a barm cake. It's not a bap, bread roll,

  • Ep 161 - Colourwork Sock Inspiration

    Ep 161 - Colourwork Sock Inspiration

    27/10/2020 Duración: 33min

    Socktober continues to inspire in this episode where I have a pattern pick of ten colourwork sock pattern ideas to share with you.

  • Ep 160 - Dorset Buttons with Tania Ashton Jones of TJ Frog

    Ep 160 - Dorset Buttons with Tania Ashton Jones of TJ Frog

    20/10/2020 Duración: 41min

    I'm joined in this episode by Tania Ashton Jones of TJ Frog to talk all about Dorset Buttons. Tania and I met a few years ago now when she was at the start of her business journey in the yarn world, having previously been in the Royal Navy for 22 years. She came back to knitting via a retreat in France and was hooked. After a happy coincidence where she was introduced to Dorset Buttons via a workshop with her friend, Tania became obsessed with making them, and set about learning about the history of the button. Tania described some of that history, from the original tiny sheep horn buttons, through metal and linen buttons and into the more common types found today. They come in a variety of designs and can be made from any sort of yarn. Originally from Dorset herself, Tania never learned about the button making as a child at school, although happily she reports that some schools do now teach this.  Tania currently lives in a small community on the Isle of Skye, and uses her surroundings there, as well as h

  • Ep 159 - Socktober, the Month of Socks

    Ep 159 - Socktober, the Month of Socks

    06/10/2020 Duración: 39min

    Socktober lends its inspiration this week, where I have a rundown of ten previous banging' Shinybees episodes that cover some great sock themed content. There are a couple of interviews, as well as some expert advice from Clare Devine on the Sock Surgery, all handily signposted from this episode. You'll find all the links in the shownotes at but here is the shortlist: Ep 27 - Toe up or Cuff Down For Socks Ep 29 - How to Make Socks That Fit Ep 33 - How to Fix Your Socks When They Go Wrong Ep 35 - Cast Offs For Socks Ep 38 - Louise Tilbrook - Everyday Knitter 'Science by Day, Socks by Night' Ep 43 - Short Rows for Socks Ep 53 - Knitting Socks for Summer Ep 62 - Kate Atherley - Custom Socks Ep 68 - Socks Yeah - Rachel Coopey In other news, I've completed my Snawheid and had the sewing machine out to sew up a split crotch (not mine). I've welcomed in a new family member to Shiny Heights - Dave the Mini - and have been drawing unnecessary police attention. Also in this episode is some information abo

  • Ep 158 - You Forget What You Know

    Ep 158 - You Forget What You Know

    01/10/2020 Duración: 28min

    There are some great knitting sites available and I often forget that not everyone has discovered them yet. That was the case this week during a discussion on the Shinybees Podcast Community, when I shared the new Knitty First Fall publication, and found that some people had never heard of Knitty! So, this week I have shared some of my favourite knitting sites that I come back to often, specifically to help those new knitters that have started listening tot the podcast during lockdown, or that have started listening after returning to the needles. Knitty is the first example. It's been running since 2002 and has a great mixture of free patterns, articles and tutorials for all levels of knitter. Run by Amy Singer, it's a treasure trove of pattern inspiration and is where a lot of new pattern designers go to cut their teeth designing. Anyone can submit a pattern to Knitty, and there is some good guidance about what a new designer needs. to bear in mind when doing so. Next up is the Craft Yarn Council, where you

  • Ep 157 - The RAF Comforts Committee

    Ep 157 - The RAF Comforts Committee

    18/09/2020 Duración: 22min

    The RAF Comforts Committee was formed by the Air Council in October 1939 to determine the type and quantities of 'knitted comforts' required for the RAF as well as arrange for their collection, storage and distribution through their depots. Inspired by a random eBay purchase of an RAF Comforts Committee pin badge some years ago, and recently rediscovering said badge, this episode delves into a little of the history of the RAF Comforts Committee. Full show notes at Music for this episode with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys, with I Need a Drink, available from iTunes

  • Ep 156 - Back to School Knits

    Ep 156 - Back to School Knits

    25/08/2020 Duración: 35min

    This week is sponsored by Back to School, specifically the absolute abomination that is school shoe shopping. Despite indeed having no school for the kids, I decided to brave Clarks and get the pre-requisite footwear on a special early morning appointment. Sadly, this did not prevent the usual dick move behaviour when shopping for shoes from my dearly beloved offspring. Naturally, this inspired a back to school themed Pattern Pick. Full show notes at Music for this episode with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink' available from iTunes.

  • Ep 155: Must Knit Vintage Patterns from A Stitch in Time Volume 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller

    Ep 155: Must Knit Vintage Patterns from A Stitch in Time Volume 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller

    18/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    Following an existential corona crisis a few episodes back, I've added more blonde streaks, I'm working on the Mini and I have been looking for some vintage inspired pieces to add to my wardrobe. This week I've gone through A Stitch in Time Volume 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller to select my top five must-knit patterns. These have been chosen for their versatility in modernising the look to be wearable now, even if you aren't a vintage fan. The styling of the A Stitch in Time books is sublime and I love the extra information that is included about the historical social and economic conditions of the time, and how these shaped fashions. There is also a section with rules of thumb to assist with adjusting the patterns to achieve the perfect vintage fit. My top five patterns are: 1) The Jan Sweater 2) Fair Isle Cardigan 3) A Warm Jacket with an Unusual Bubble-Stitch Yoke 4) Warm Jumper 5) Sports Sweater You can find all these patterns along with 75 more in the A Stitch in Time Volume 2 book which is availabl

  • Ep 154 - Paint The Fence

    Ep 154 - Paint The Fence

    07/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    This week it's about finding a mindless way to feel productive by painting the fence. There's a lot going on at Casa Shiny and my parents have been restricted again in Greater Manchester, along with a load of friends, so the 'rona is making its presence felt. Thus, I have included some quality Youtube material to give you a giggle, including the Floppotron and the genius that is Sexy Sax Man. I've done some knitting on the Snaw Heid hat in between roaming Sussex and Kent looking for a new place to live. Reading wise, it's been all about The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. She's a northerner and a knitter, so it was always going to be good. I've also just discovered the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. Full show notes at Music for this episode is with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys - I Need a Drink which is available on iTunes.

  • Ep 153 - Octopodiversary - 8 Years of the Shinybees Knitting Podcast

    Ep 153 - Octopodiversary - 8 Years of the Shinybees Knitting Podcast

    24/07/2020 Duración: 54min

    Eight years of the Shinybees Knitting Podcast means today is my Octopodiversary! Not sure if that is even a real world, but I'm now going to own it on the whole internet. This show is a roundup of my top 8 episodes of the past 8 years. Maybe you're a new listener and haven't gone that far back yet. perhaps you've been listening for a while - maybe since the beginning - and have forgotten these episodes. I'd forgotten some of the stuff and I was in them! There are some soundbites from each episode for your listening pleasure, which should bring a smile to your face and a giggle to your heart. 1) Ep 36 - The One With The Circus Music and a Trip to New Lanark Mill 2) Ep 3 - The C Word 3) Ep 34 - Making it as a Knitwear Designer with Kate Davies 4) Ep 55 - Vintage Shetland Project - An Interview with Susan Crawford 5) Ep 13 - The Cat in the Hat 6) Ep 51 - Still Got It 7) Ep 118 - British Wool, Sourcing and Labelling with Joy McMillan of The Knitting Goddess 8) Ep 120 - Rusty Ferret with Leona-Jayne of Fluph Full

  • Ep 152 - Choose Your Own Adventure

    Ep 152 - Choose Your Own Adventure

    22/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    This week there's a new home for the podcast community on the horizon, so there's a lot of chat about that - and about the general negativity of social media in general. The podcast is intended to be a fun and uplifting experience, so I am reluctant to bring listeners to a community on a platform that is negative and horrible to be on. I'm fleshing out the platform ready to move over, but the podcast community will be leaving Facebook in the next couple of weeks. A roundup of knitting fails follows this chat, and I discuss needing to rip back an 80% complete jumper. Full show notes at Music for this episode is Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink' available on iTunes.

  • Ep 151 - Going Local

    Ep 151 - Going Local

    15/07/2020 Duración: 36min

    We’re back after a regrettable rain and laptop-based accident, which caused an unplanned break in the schedule. If you decide to do yoga outside, remember to bring your computer back in when you are finished. If you live in the North, it’s probably going to rain, even if it is cracking the flags currently. A two-week break from any sort of work has encouraged me to pick up the needles again. I’ll tell you about that a bit later. Interiors and Decorating I’ve made the most of the unscheduled break by having some decorating work done in the house. Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue is the colour of choice for my spare room/office/podcast ‘studio’. Stiffkey is a dark blue, which I had colour matched at Valspar as it’s more cost effective than buying Farrow and Ball paint. I’m a massive interiors fan. The current options for styling are an Edwardian Gentlemen’s Club vibe or something a little softer. Being a huge lover of Victoriana, Scots Baronial architecture and bank lamps, I’m sort of leaning towards the Gentlem

  • Ep 150 - Gone to Rats

    Ep 150 - Gone to Rats

    26/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    Here we are at episode 150! This week's planned content has been rejigged so it's a little later than planned. There have been some issues with accessibility on Ravelry which meant it is unwise at this stage for me to add any further links to the site. There's lots of information out there about the problems. TL;DR the new site design is giving people visual disturbances, migraines and in some cases, triggering seizures. At the moment, the Ravelry team don't appear to be communicating that they are listening to these valid concerns, so for the time being, I will not be adding new links to the site from here. I am - at this stage - not removing existing links as that sends traffic and pattern sales to designers and dyers - some of whom also fall into the circle of being negatively affected by the recent design changes on Ravelry. I will review this regularly and will remove existing links if it becomes apparent that the potential for harm will remain indefinitely. I have many links to Ravelry on my site and al

  • Ep 149 - Embracing Long Term WIPs for Mojo Return

    Ep 149 - Embracing Long Term WIPs for Mojo Return

    17/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    I've dug up some long term WIPs this week and it has heartily revived my knitting mojo! I've been stuck at home for 13 weeks on my own with two children. I never thought I would have to do this amount of time on my own with kids ever. Not without some kind of park I can go throw them on or grandparents, I can go throw them at. Or, you know, even just being able to go to the pub and have a drink, frankly. So I'm feeling quite proud of myself in some ways. That's pretty good. Right? You know, everyone's still alive. Everyone's reasonably happy. Things are getting done. People are functioning more or less. Some days more, some days less. That's how it is. And I'm sure it's very similar story for you, or it is from those of you that I've been speaking to. Last orders at the bar for the content marketing 101 content calendar creation online workshop that I'm doing with Farnham Maltings. It's taking place next week, 23rd June 2020. On with the knitting then, and the kind of title of today's quick chat. I have actua

  • Ep 148 - Stash Fit

    Ep 148 - Stash Fit

    09/06/2020 Duración: 54min

    After the revelation of Ep 146, where I talked about seriously considering a Full and Complete destash, which may or may not have been a mid-Corona crisis, this week I review a method for creating a stash that fits. It's not some ghastly attempt at enforcing small stashed and yarn diets - far from it. The StashFit process is a well designed method for achieving a stash that creates joy and excitement, instead of guilt and dread. Cate Carter Evans of Infinite Twist is the dyer behind the system, and she surveyed and worked with many knitters to refine the StashFit process, as well as determine the optimal stash size. Full shownotes at Music for this episode is from Adam and the Walter Boys, with 'I Need a Drink', used with kind permission.

  • Ep 147 - Knitting For Comfort

    Ep 147 - Knitting For Comfort

    04/06/2020 Duración: 18min

    Some patterns to comfort or soothe might be what you need right now. This episode has five patterns with that cosy, comforting feeling for you to check out. Also there are three resources for finding great podcasts by BIPOC and/or Women of Colour on all kinds of subjects. It's not always easy to identify podcasts made by hosts from a more diverse range of communities due to siltation on search. Luckily, there are great directories out there to help! Full shownotes and links at Music for this episode is by Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink' available on iTunes.

  • Ep 146 - Life Audit aka What Happens When You Consider and Full and Complete Destash

    Ep 146 - Life Audit aka What Happens When You Consider and Full and Complete Destash

    26/05/2020 Duración: 27min

    Have you ever considered a complete destash? As in, getting rid of all your stash, totally, and starting again from scratch? Or not starting again? In this episode Jo confesses to having more than a passing consideration for getting rid of all of her painstakingly-assembled-over-nine-years-and-three-continents stash. It's triggered somewhat of a life audit in other areas (or maybe vice-versa). Jo asks some tough questions as to why this might be happening, and invites you to come along on the ride whilst the stash audit takes place. Full shownotes at Music for this episode with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys, 'I Need a Drink' available on iTunes.

  • Ep 145 - Cats to Knit and Crochet

    Ep 145 - Cats to Knit and Crochet

    20/05/2020 Duración: 27min

    This week, we're all about the cats. Despite being a non-cat lover, it is hard to deny that there are some great patterns out there for cat themed - well - everything! Whether you are looking for knitting or crochet, fine yarn to heavy yarn or even cat hair, there is a suggestion for everyone today. 1) Cat in a Corset by Anna Hrachovec 2) Cat Love by Sweater Freak 3) Cat Hair Finger Puppet by Kaori Tsutaya and Amy Hirschmann 4) Cat in the Night Mittens by Lumi Karimitsa 5) Slouchy Cat Hat by Maria Gilligan 6) Cat Lover Blanket by Marken of the Hat & I 7) Cats Love Sweaters by Christine Landy 8) Dinosaur by Sara Thomas 9) Cat Window Valence by Christine Nault 10) 095 Cat Sphynx Findus with Wire Frame Amigurumi Full shownotes at Music for this episode with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys with 'I Need a Drink'.

  • Ep 144 - Stay on the (Kitty) Couch

    Ep 144 - Stay on the (Kitty) Couch

    12/05/2020 Duración: 35min

    Hello and welcome to all new and returning listeners! I planned for today’s episode to be a short one, however, once I got into the flow of chatting, it ended up being a full lengther. There’s been lots of chat in the Shinybees Podcast Community on Facebook. I’m still looking for a new home beyond Facebook. I’ve found social media and the news to be extremely negative at the moment. I’ve responded to this by judiciously muting and blocking of overly negative people and content. This has been an overwhelmingly positive thing. Sidenote – school whatsapp groups are the work of the devil and should be avoided. I’ve also been taking part in Home by Yoga With Adriene. This is a 30 day freebie program on YouTube for a daily practice. She’s non-judgy and it feels quite achievable. Be kind to yourself, dear listener. You’re trying your best, and nobody is running the same race that you are. Kitty Couches are the order of the day, in particular the Kitty Couch – Green Sofa pattern by Candy Clayton. You can get this bel

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