Episode 74 – EYF 2019 & Jennifer Steingass

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2019

We have just come back from Edinburgh where we recorded the 2019 Edinburgh Yarn Festival and we think we have a fantastic Episode 74 lined up for you. This is the third time that we have covered the festival which meant that we really needed to show you something different in this episode. Last year we interviewed some vendors, took you on a tour of the medieval city center of Edinburgh and we also interviewed the EYF Founders, Mica and Jo.

In this episode we have  four mini interviews with very contrasting and highly interesting vendors as well as a major feature interview with the designer Jennifer Steingass. Jennifer designs very beautiful and extremely popular stranded yoke sweaters and she was invited to be one of the guest teachers during the festival. In our interview, Jennifer shows us a selection of her designs and talks about how she shapes her yokes and how she works with colour.

We also have a completely new segment which is aimed at giving you a deeper insight into Scottish culture. We take you to a tailor kilt maker to learn more about this very handsome garment and the skill that goes into making it. You may even see one of us wearing one (the one with the better legs). On top of that, we show you some of our purchases, we give you an up date of our projects and our daughter Madeleine joins us for a quick hello.

Finding the Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Jenn Steingass

Jenn Steingass was invited over from Maine in the States to be a guest teacher during the festival. We featured Jenn in our ‘Knitters of the World’ segment way back in episode 16, in November 2016. A lot has happened for Jenn since then. Her designing and teaching career has really taken off, but I think it’s fair to say that stranded colourwork, yolk sweaters are still her favourite thing to design and knit. Jennifer has a natural instinct for creating the most beautiful (but still casual looking) yoked sweaters that look fantastic with jeans and that everyone wants to wear. In our interview, she talks about how she shapes her yokes when using different types of motives as well as the different types of short row and body shaping options people can choose from.

Patron Discount – Jenn Steingass Designs

Jenn is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 25 percent discount on all of her self-published patterns available on Ravelry. This offer is valid until 23 April 2013, full details available here.

Finding Jenn Steingass

EYF Vendor interviews

We had a blast interviewing four very contrasting and exceptional vendors. You can see from just this selection that the festival really offers a diverse range of yarns and companies. We do have a few more vendor interviews which we will showcase in our following episode.

Countess Ablaze

Patron Discount – Countess Ablaze Yarns

It was a lot of fun to interview the countess Ablaze herself with her exceptional yarn and we are super thrilled to announce that Lyndsey is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 20% discount off all yarns available at her online store. Offer available until 23 April 2019, details here!

Finding Countess Ablaze

Pink Hazel

Here Anette is showing off one of her beautiful Edinburgh bags made from an oil skin Black Watch tartan.

Finding Pink Hazel


Kerry started the company Toft 13 years ago from her parents’ alpaca farm. Around five years ago when she was pregnant with her son, Kerry taught herself to crotchet and has since developed hundreds of crochet animal kits aimed at attracting new people to the craft. During the festival Kerry set up ‘learn to crochet’ stations for people to sit down and learn the basic crochet stitches.

Finding Toft

Moel View Yarn

Paula’s business is based in North Wales where the stunning natural landscape directly inspires her natural dying.

Finding Moel View Yarn

Makers – Geoffrey (Tailor) & 21st Century Kilts

Howie from 21st Century Kilts did a fantastic job of featuring as our first ‘maker’. Howie has been in the family business since he was a wee lad and his father and grandmother before him were all kilt makers. His father’s business, Geoffrey (Tailor), specializes in the formal and pipe band kilts, and Howie’s mission is to bring the kilt back into the everyday life of the modern man. Howie owns around 10 kilts and wears them daily instead of jeans.

During our interview Howie tells us some of the history of the kilt and explains the code or sett of a tartan. Andrew has been fitted up for a kilt so I’m still hoping to see him wearing one soon.

Finding Geoffrey (Tailor) & 21st Century Kilts

Also mentioned

We were wearing

Music Credits

7 thoughts on “Episode 74 – EYF 2019 & Jennifer Steingass”

  1. Thank you so much for taking some good stable footage of the venue at the start. I had seen some others and it felt like a mad house, your video efforts were so pleasant. I love the yoke jumpers, plan to do my first this year. Have just started my first socks. I hope to get to the EYF in a year or two.

  2. Patricia Baggott

    As a Knitwear designer (now retired) I was delighted to be passed on the details of your site by a dear friend. Although not now knitting and designing for the industry and galleries I do still design for the family and myself. Also having acquired two new Great Grandsons knitting is endless. However I digress. I wanted to say how delighted I am with your podcasts. I am still ploughing through them (having seen your last three and then back to the start and watched 1-4. ) Needed to start at the beginning otherwise it is a bit like reading a magazine backwards!
    You have very similar ideas to me and like you I literally eat,drink and live knitting and spend every spare minute knitting.
    I am at present working on an idea of combining knitting with material – more sampling to do.
    Thank you both so much for your site and all your hard work. I will be looking to becoming a Patron as soon as I have plodded through your podcasts.
    By the way congratulations on your beautiful daughter Madaline.

    1. Hi Patricia. Lovely to have you along with us – it looks like you have been very active and creative in your knitting career. Please keep in touch – maybe one of our KALs? We really appreciate you becoming a Patron to support the show – including the older Episodes. A + A

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