Author: Shinybees

Award-Winning Podcaster | Online Business Owner | Community Builder

Episode 98: Knitting in the News

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Few thoughts on news items this week, I’m feeling all topical. Think Mock the Week meets Nevermind the Buzzcocks but with only one panelist and three knitty stories…

Before we get going though I want to remind you that I am still preparing for Episode 100 and so am open to any ideas. There are a few on the table already but nowt has been decided as yet so send ’em in.

Oh and my Voodoo shawl is still missing – cheers Royal Mail – so if you happen upon it send it my way. I may even have to start doing my own blocking because of this. Pah.


Episode 97: Best UK Podcast of 2016

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So here we are at the start of our fortnightly releases – missed me?? I can’t believe how close we are to the big 1-0-0 now. Given how busy I am of late my creative juices are flowing a little slower so if you have any ideas/requests about how we should celebrate this in true Shiny style please do email and let me know. Today we have some knitting chat, a good old The Golden Skein quarterly round up and some light enabling.


Episode 96: This Thing of Paper – An Interview with Karie Westermann

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Straight into the news this week as I have so much of it. Firstly, I want to thank you all for your wonderful positive feedback on last weeks episode and my time with Countess Ablaze. A lot of the feedback was around how well she copes with her autism, and how it doesn’t stop her from doing what she wants to do. We have both appreciated it very much, you are all lovely people. If you would like some of our crazy Orange Mocha Frappuccino, the bad news is that the batch we dyed completely sold out to newsletter subscribers in two hours. [Fortunately for us, The Countess (despite being in incredibly high demand) has kindly agreed to do a very small number of pre-orders for those of you who missed out. You can pre-order the yarn here until the limit is reached or 20th June, whichever is earliest. Dispatch will be 1st July.] Edited: This is now totally sold out. Thank you!


Episode 95: Orange Mocha Frappucino with Countess Ablaze

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Hola everyone, I am back from my ‘holiday’. Don’t let the flippant Spanish there throw you off, I’ve not been anywhere and haven’t even had time to knit! In fact I’m still knitting the lace panel for #RewindKAL. Been very busy with other things and Casa Shiny is like a madhouse as usual and that’s taking up much of my headspace. A couple of important points to note before we get down to the good stuff (and it really is good today):


New Media Europe Awards

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I have some great news!

The podcast has made it through to the finals of the New Media Europe Awards in two categories: Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

Thank you to everyone who voted for the podcast in the first round. The second round of voting is taking place via Twitter and here’s the skinny on what you need to know.

1) Voting runs from 31st May until 10th June.

2) You can vote as many times as you like, but only one tweet per day counts in each category.

3) The winner will be decided on a combination of 50% number of votes (so you really are important, every vote counts) and 50% independent panel judgement.

To vote, head over to this blog post, click on Shinybees and a pop-up will appear which will allow you to tweet your support. Do this for both categories, each day until the 10th June. Don’t forget to vote for Ravelry too in the Best Community category.

Thanks for your support and remember to vote every day until the 10th! I’ll be putting reminders on Twitter each day (thank you, Buffer!) to help jog your memory too.

Episode 93 – Alpaca Love

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These hot temperatures are having some side effects, I need to open my windows for survival. That means the choice between some potential atmospheric background noise or an unconscious host. I’ve soldiered on in the belief that I’m pretty pivotal to this podcast and chosen the former. As summer approaches we are beginning to think about summer knitting, which I have discussed before, quelle surprise in the approach to last summer and summer knitting yarns.

Today is the first instalment of my fibre focus on Alpaca. More Alpaca love was requested by a listener in my survey last year and as always your wish is my command. I will touch on it today as an introduction but there will be much more info to come in the coming weeks.


Oh I’ve a few things to share with you today. Firstly, and probably most importantly, the New Media Europe awards are back. Remember those from last year??

Yeah you do, you bunch of winners you!