What’s In My Yarn Bag? with Lydia from Pom Pom Quarterly

I am so excited to share this colorful yarn bag with you today. The lovely Lydia Gluck from Pom Pom Quarterly is here to share what she likes to keep on hand when she takes her knitting to-go. She also talks about some of her favorite projects and her experiences knitting in public! Ok Lydia, give us the tour…

What do you typically keep inside your yarn bag

I like to listen to podcasts while I knit. My current favourite is Radiolab, so I always keep my phone with me, and a pair of headphones. Tools are a definite necessity, darning needle, crochet hook, a bit of scrap yarn, stitch markers, all come in handy. I have a little zip case I keep them in, which comes along for the ride when a project comes out and about with me. I also keep a book with me, and a notebook and a couple of pens. If I am going further afield I take my interchangeable needle set too. 

Do you know how to knit and crochet? When did you learn? How did you learn?

I do! I learned around 6 years ago, I taught myself to crochet, and then to knit, from a book. It was a very rainy Welsh summer, and learning to knit and crochet seemed like a good plan. Little did I know it would take over my life! I have since re-learned to knit, and now I knit continental style.

 Are you working on any interesting projects at the moment? We want to see! 

I am currently working on Almandine, from Pom Pom Issue 6, an awesome hood/scarf, I am making it in Malabrigo Twist in ‘sealing wax’, which is a great orangey red. My other current project is Charm by Juju Vail, which I am working on in Shilasdair Luxury 4ply, one of my favourite yarns ever! I have almost finished my Fieldwork Cardigan from Issue 5, in Loft, just sewing in all the ends and the moment. 

What is your favorite knit/crochet item that you have made so far?

Hmmm there are a few… I really love my Abuelita (Meghan’s design from Issue 2), which I made in Tosh Prairie in Antique Lace. It never fails to get noticed! I am planning aother in a fine cotton. I also love my Netherton in Uncommon Thread BFL, and my Hansel hap shawl, I loved the experience of making something with such a tangible history. Can’t wait to make another Hap!

Do you like to carry your yarn bag with you to work on your projects in public? Where do you feel most comfortable knitting/crocheting?

Definitely! I generally feel comfortable knitting and crocheting in public. Some public spaces lend themselves better than others. Trains are particularly good. I also love to hang out in cafes and knit with a nice pot of tea! My friends find it hilarious that I knit in pubs, and I have been known to knit at parties too!

What do you love most about yarn? 

The variety! I love the fact that it can be woolly or silky or almost any texture! And the fact I can make it into lovely things. I love imagining it as a final product, and seeing it transition into something completely different.

Thank you so much for sharing Lydia! I love your washi tape notebook. Such a cute idea! Your projects are beautiful. 

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside Lydia’s yarn bag! 

  1. OddOneOut says:

    She is quite talented, I hope to also one day knit so beautifully…

  2. Melody Maria says:

    I love the glove in progress in one of the photos. I also love the Abuelita top from Pom Pom Quarterly – such a gorgeous idea.

  3. J says:

    That IS a cute notebook! I don’t crochet in public very often, this summer I took my bag out to an event in our local park and the hubby thought I was crazy “letting people see I was a grandma” as he put it. It was a good time though!

    Happy Crochet Day Meredith!

    – J

  4. I crochet in bars ALL the time. I thought I was the only one!

  5. CJ says:

    A wonderful interview and glimpse into her life.

  6. stefanie g-r says:

    Love this post, I am totally obsessed with Pom Pom Quarterly of late. I think it’s funny that Lydia’s friends haven’t gotten used to her knitting/crocheting in public….mine are only surprised if I DON’T happen to pull my knitting out (and yes, I am definitely one who knits at bars)!

  7. Lisa Thomas says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have skimmed through a couple of issues of Pom Pom Quarterly and am slowly falling more and more in love with the magazine! I LOVE the fieldwork cardigan Lydia has pretty much finished. It looks gorgeous!

  8. Genevieve says:

    What a lovely post with beautiful photos, cheered me up after a long rainy day at work. I went along to a local knitting club last night for the first time (it’s held in a bar – but I wouldn’t knit there if I were the only one!!) and was so happy to have found it, lots of really friendly fun people :) Maybe I will spend a bit more time knitting now! xx

  9. Such a lovely interview, love the crocheting/knitting in public response. I have recently discovered Pom Pom Quarterly through your blog and have to say, it is quite inspiring!

  10. Ivana says:

    I laughed aloud at all of the places she mentioned she likes to knit, and that her friends think it’s funny–so relatable! This was such a wonderful little interview,

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