Shopcast Ep 160: Woolly WIPs, J&S Cones & a Visit from Fair Isle.

By Maggie Nichols

TWT Shopcast 12/17/21

Shopcast #160: Woolly WIPS, J&S Cones & a Visit from Fair Isle.

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00:00 Intro & Giveaway #1

4:17 FOs

6:01 Maggie’s Spinning

16:42 WIPs

25:20 What’s In The Shop!

37:16 Emma in Shetland

59:32 Caitlin’s on What to Do With Special Skeins

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If you were one of the TWO giveaway winners in this episode, please send us an email to with “WINNER” in the subject line.

Maggie is wearing Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman 

And another handspun cowl by Hannah Fettig 

Corinne is wearing the Victory Cardigan in Rauma Vams colorway 400.  Kits are available 



Defiant Cardigan from Scandanavian Sweaters


Wants to knit the Buness Tam 

Fluffy Vanilla Sweater in Rauma Finullgarn & Mohair

Currently on Knitting Barber Cords, they are life-changing! 

In the Shop!

Jamieson & Smith Cones 

Star Cardi pattern 

Retrosaria Mondim, Brusca, and NEW Vovó 

Jennifer Steingass Fern Forest Cowl in Vovó 

Norwood Sweater mentioned

Laine 13 is here! 

Icelandic Handknits by Hélène Magnússon 

Socks of Iceland by Hélène Magnússon

Find Rachel:



YT Card: Visit her Channel! TC: 00:55:51:20 

Caitlin’s Segment

Wearing Ramona Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith, knit in Peace Fleece Kalinka Malinka Blue


Recent FO in stash yarn: Musselburgh Hat by Ysolda Teague


Ideas for using a special skein

1. Knitted pillow (no pattern, used handspun and Rowan Felted Tweed)

2. Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry in handspun

3. Yarn Optimizer Cowl by Susan Ashcroft in handspun

4. Douglas Sweater by Andrea Mowry designed for Tukuwool 

5. Radiate Sweater by Joji Locatelli in not our yarn

We’d love to see any of your FO’s from our yarn or patterns as well!  Use #thewoollythistle to have your FO included in a future shopcast!

Thank you for watching!  If you go out, take your knitting!

Corinne's gold bangles from

Video editing: Intelligent Octopus 


  • Greetings from New Hampshire! I just placed my 1st Wooly Thistle order and found your podcast via all of the buzz re the Vanilla and Victory sweaters! I LOVE that you are local and carry some wonderful yarny goodness. I think I am about 2 hours away so if you have an in person shop I would love to visit :-)

    Eileen Thomson
  • Thanks for yet anther fun and informative episode. In particular Rachel’s tour of Lerwick.. I still hope to get to Shetland one day after Covid put a hold on my planned 2020 Shetland Wool Adventures tour. Wishing you a lovely holiday season and looking forward to new episodes in 2022. I hope to finish up my Star Cardi over the holidays. Ready to cut the steaks and sew the sleeves on as soon as I finish knitting a few Christmas gifts!

    Lynda Jaros
  • That was a great podcast and Rachael, that was delightful!! Loved the first sweater you showed from the museum. Aye, weather rules!!! Happy Holidays and stay safe!

  • Thank you for the visit with Rachel. I live on Cape Cod where we think it is windy but it doesn’t compare to Shetland, which I hope to visit someday. Thank you for the prompt delivery of my Marie Wallin British Breeds. I hope to begin Petal in 2022.
    Happy Holidays!

    Mary ann Staudenmayer

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