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CH 121 Stitching up paris

This week I have an interview with Stitching Up Paris authors Keiry and Barbara, a giveaway of the book and announcements about several Knit Alongs and events!

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New Designs:

New Designs

Amirisu

Botan Shawl

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

We will be having a KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group starting 9 May.

I will be knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Blacker yarn.

Renee is offering a super generous offer of 20% OFF all her patterns for my listeners with the code EastLondonKnitKAL.

Blacker Yarn is offering 10% OFF any DK weight yarn from their website until 12 June using code KLEEKAL

Interview with Stitching Up Paris authors Barbara and Keiry

More about the book on the Stitching Up Paris website here.

A great review of the book on the Secrets of Paris Website here…It was fun to meet Heather at the book signing party at L’OisiveThé

Keiry Belton and Barbara Cattoni agree with Audrey Hepburn: ‘Paris is always a good idea’. They devised a guidebook in Stitching up Paris: The Insider’s Guide to Parisian Knitting, Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft Stores with tourists, expat locals or armchair travellers in mind. A Parisian for more than 30 years, Barbara has made Paris craft shops and the people behind them into a livelihood. Through her tour business, www.stitchingupparis.com, she provides individually tailored tours of Paris’s best craft addresses. Keiry arrived in Paris in 2012 and met Barbara through Ravelry’s online knitting network. She blogs about Paris and the stitching scene – including the perils of trying to speak French while knitting. Follow www.stitchingupparisblog.wordpress.com for the latest stories and images of the Paris stitching scene. They can also be found at @stitchingupparis on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Yarn Shop Day!

I know of at least two events happening for yarn shop day tomorrow…

A Yarn Story is going to have a speed dating style yarn tasting of brand new Yarn by The Fibre Co. called Arranmore

Knitters and crocheters can try Arranmore for themselves on Yarn Shop Day at A Yarn Story. A ‘speeddating

style’ yarn tasting is planned to allow visitors to try out each of the seven different Fibre Co.

yarns carried in the shop. Located on Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter, A Yarn Story

specializes in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. “We’re so excited to be able

to partner with A Yarn Story for the world-wide launch of Arranmore,” said Daphne. “They are

constantly running workshops and events that bring the community together around a common love

of yarn.”

Wild and Woolly is hosting the Purly Queens Popup:

Join us in celebrating East London’s finest knitty talent at this year’s Yarn Shop Day in Clapton.

Sweater Spotter Anna Malz and East London Knits Renee Callahan will have their trunk shows ready so you can try on samples and get inspired by their designs.

The TravelKnitter and The Wool Kitchen yarn dyers will also be doing a cubby-takeover with a pop-up of their full range of spectacular hand-dyed yarns.

Plus there’ll be all your favourite yarns and a few other special guest stars to get ideas from, ask advice and share some cake and wine with.

 

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New Designs

Amirisu

Botan Shawl

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

We will be having a KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group starting 9 May.

I will be knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Blacker yarn.

Renee is offering a super generous offer of 20% OFF all her patterns for my listeners with the code EastLondonKnitKAL.

Stranded Magazine

Stranded Magazine: Warm Weather 2016

Stranded website

Interview with Aimée 

of L’OisiveThé and La Bien Aimée

Introducing Botan!

Helen —  April 15, 2016 — 1 Comment

This is so exciting! Amirisu issue 10 has just been launched, and it includes a new shawl pattern by yours truly! This is Botan.

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“Botan = Peony in Japanese

A shawl adorned with bobbles and picots. It is mostly knit in garter stitch, which makes it great project for beginner knitters. It makes a lovely spring shawl when knit in cheerful colors as the sample, or can be used throughout the year when you choose more chic color combinations.”

You can see the pattern here on Ravelry with more adorable photos, and you can buy the whole issue (with 8 glorious Spring/Summer patterns) here. Single patterns from the issue will be available from June 1st.

I just love this sweet little shawl and I hope you will too!

 

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April is flying by. I hadn’t declared a theme for the month, but one has emerged all by itself: this is a month of Travel! I’ve been so spoiled recently with all of these amazing journeys, so I’ve tried to bring back a little of the magic to share with all of you.This week’s episode is another recap of a wonderful knitting trip, this time to Georgia to spend time with old and new friends at Paula’s amazing Knitting Pipeline Retreat.

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Last year’s Georgia Pipeline Retreat episode.

The gorgeous brown and green Curious Collective shawl with the better bobbles, knit by Irene, who is bluebirdnest on Ravelry.

The amazing yarn shop we visited: East Sleep Knit

The wonderful vendors at the retreat market, in case you’d like to snag some goodies for yourself:

Prairie Bag Works

MariaElenaBliss Bags

Jan B Smiley Bags

Seven Sisters Arts

Snarky Llama Creations

RainStorm Studios

Gilding Lillies

Our Hill Top Shawl KAL is going wonderfully! Thank you to everyone who has bought the pattern: it’s incredible to see all the beautiful shawls popping up in the FO thread! The KAL will run until May 5th, so there’s still time if you want to join us!

Events:

Tonight, the 15th of April I will be attending the launch party for my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris

We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!

That’s everything for this episode. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along with me on all my travels! Until next week, happy knitting!

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Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Thank you to Pom Pom Press for their door prize of the set of all three volumes of Interpretations by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki.

Thank you also to Bowen Gibson for her wonderful Cumbria Pendant she gave us for a door prize.

Paula aka Snailgarden on Ravelry wrote this wonderful blog post about the retreat with lots of photos.

Mina published this fabulous Knitting Expat episode all about the retreat too.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Eden Cottage Yarns

Snail Yarn

The Wool Kitchen – Interview with Helen Reed on Shiny Bees podcast here

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Events:

Hill Top Shawl KAL – running until 5 May

Join in the KAL here…

On the 15th of April I will be attending the Launch of my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris
We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France

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Today’s episode is just a quick little recap of the last couple of weeks, especially the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat!

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Last week I released the Hill Top Shawl, and our KAL is going strong! There is plenty of time to join us, and the prize is lovely: one of the gift bags we put together for our retreat-goers.

Susan B Anderson has now released her new Craftsy class, Toe Up Socks, which we hinted at on the last episode! I’ll be taking it, and she’s offering really great specials on her blog, so check it out!

Here are the list of vendors from the retreat, in case any of you would like to indulge yourselves a little bit (the way we did!)

The Wool Barn
Maya Tomic - thewoolbarnknits on Ravelry
The Wool Barn was born out of love for knitting with luxurious natural fibres. We hand pick the highest quality yarns from carefully selected UK suppliers and lovingly dye them in our home studio in Hertfordshire, England, using professional wool dyes and natural binding agents.

Suffolk Socks
Julie Walters - Dolly100 on Ravelry
Suffolksocks is a small online yarn shop. I stock commercial and indie dyed yarns. To compliment all my lovely yarns I have a selection of bags,’projetcbagsbyjulie’ that are the ideal size to keep your latest cast on safe. An assortment of notions are available. Suffolksocks has just launched its own range of hand dyed/painted sock yarn, “tuck shop”. My early years were spent with my parents owning a sweet shop so I’ve taken inspiration from all the jars of sweets that lined the walls of the little corner shop.

Mina Makes
Mina Yamini - mina86 on Ravelry
Hi I’m Mina a London girl who has been living in the Middle East for almost 5 years, currently based out of Bahrain with my Husband and two cats. I started my Podcast the Knitting Expat shortly after we arrived in Bahrain last year as a means to connect with the knitting community online and as an extension of that I started to make and sell Project Bags on Etsy as Mina Makes. My bags have made their way to knitters all over the world and I am delighted to have been asked by Helen to vend at her Retreat this year, and have the opportunity to bring my bags to you in person. I will be bringing a variety of bags for the market in several different fun prints and sizes for you to choose from.

Little Bobbins
Dani Harvey - littlebobbins on Ravelry
Using whimsical textiles and playful applique, Dani from Little Bobbins creates adorable project bags for knitters with a sense of fun. Little Bobbins bags are full of thoughtful details and joyful touches: perfectly practical but also a bit indulgent (just like knitting!).

LeatherWoolLinen
Stewart Allen - stewartw on Ravelry
Stewart Allen of LeatherWoolLinen is a former yarn shop owner turned bag crafter who still occasionally knits but can be found more often than not in front of a sewing machine.

Bowen Gibson
Bowen Gibson - gardenerbynight on Ravelry
Bowen makes lovely hand embroidered necklaces that she sells at pop up markets throughout Colorado. Using maps or natural fibers as her background, her unique designs will suit any taste.

Events:

 

On the 15th of April I will be attending the Launch of my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris
We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France

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I’m back from a whirlwind week up North. The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat was an amazing time: I’ll have more to share about it once I’ve gathered my thoughts! In the meantime you can check out the lovely photos everyone took on Instagram under the #CHcountryhouseretreat hashtag. I also traveled on to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where I got to spend even more time with some wonderful knitters, designers, and lovely woolly people of all sorts. Today, though, I want to share an interview I did with the marvelous Daphne of The Fibre Co. We talked about the development of the new yarn (a favourite topic of mine!) about the alchemy of dyeing and colour selection, and about what Daphne’s looking forward to in the near future.

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As you’ve probably heard on the podcast, the Fibre Co. and their wonderful new yarn Cumbria sponsored us on the retreat. I designed a new shawl using fingering weight Cumbria, and introduced it to the retreat participants. Today I can finally introduce it to you!

The Hill Top Shawl was inspired by the rolling fields, stone walls, and craggy hills of gorgeous Cumbria in the north of England.

To celebrate the launch, Hill Top Shawl is available on Ravelry at 30% OFF for a short time, until Tuesday, March 29.

Just make sure to use the code HILLTOP30 when you check out in Ravelry.

There is an everyday magic to this place, where a touch of untamed wilderness still endures amid a tradition of rural life that reaches back back centuries. Cumbria is the ancestral home of Peter Rabbit and the epitome of what Robert Blake called “England’s green and pleasant land,” and it stole my heart years ago. I’ve poured that love into this design: an elegant crescent-shaped shawl with a rustic soul.

I’ve interspersed super simple garter stitch with eye-catching lace panels, and finished it all off with a sweet, engaging picot edge. You might drape this shawl around your shoulders as you nestle in at home with a book, safe from the elements, or wrap it snugly around your neck for comfort as you head out bravely on a weekend hike. This classic accessory will keep you warm and cosy wherever it’s worn.

Curious Handmade Hill Top Shawl

This is a fun, quick knit, and from the response at the retreat, I think you’re really going to enjoy it! It’s available to buy on Ravelry now. I’ve started a KAL thread and as a prize I’ve saved one of the retreat goodie bags to share, including a handmade project bag, vouchers for several free patterns, and most wonderfully, two skeins of Cumbria Fingering from The Fibre Co. Join us for chatter, support, and some fun over the next six weeks!

CH 115: With Susan B. Anderson

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Today’s guest embodies the type of joyful creativity that I love to feature on Curious Handmade. Susan B. Anderson is a gifted knitting designer who has been sharing her playful, fanciful patterns with the world for a decade now, and I’m so excited to be interviewing her on the podcast today. We talk about how she started designing, what it’s like to handle such a prolific and varied schedule, and the joys of teaching new knitters with her new book, Kids’ Knitting Workshop.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

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Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Susan’s wonderful knitting blog

Her brilliant video podcast

Susan’s patterns on Ravelry

Girl Scout blog series

We discuss some of Susan’s wonderful pattern books and a few particularly adorable single patterns which I have in my queue:

Itty Bitty Hats

Itty Bitty Nursery

Itty Bitty Toys

Egg to Owl Reversible Toy Pattern

Mary, Millie, and Morgan Doll Patterns

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Susan mentioned a few in-person teaching events that she’ll be doing this spring:

  • March 18-20, 2016, A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL

  • April 1-3, 2016 ~ DFW Fiber Fest (Texas)

  • April 23, 2016 ~ Yarnover in Minneapolis, MN

  • May 19-21, 2016 Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA

She is a gifted teacher, and if you can’t make it to one of her workshops, you can still learn from her wonderful online lessons: she has just recorded new classes for both Craftsy and Creative Bug which will be released very soon.

Events:

I recently had the interviewing tables turned on me by Squam founder and director Elizabeth Duvivier for her marvellous Morning on The Dock Podcast!

Next week is the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat in Cumbria, and I’m so excited. The podcast schedule will change a bit temporarily. I’m taking a week off during the retreat and releasing the next episode a little early, on Tuesday March 22nd, to avoid conflicting with  Easter weekend.

I’m looking forward to attending The Edinburgh Yarn Festival right after the retreat, from March 18 to 19th. I’ll be at several of the events and spending some time in the Podcaster Lounge which is being sponsored by Blacker Yarn. One place you can be sure to catch me is at the Podcaster meetup from 12:30 to 2pm on Friday the 18th.

CH 114: Playful Knitting

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What’s in the WIP?

I’m working away on my Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds following Mina’s Two at a time socks free pattern and am working up to learning and using the Fish Lips Kiss Hill.

I’m going to be hosting a giveaway of the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern. I want to support the designer, Patty Joy (SoxTherapist on Ravelry) who is undergoing cancer treatment and fundraising for a family reunion. I also thought it would be a nice way to participate in Yarn in The City’s #3thingsforyarnlove challenge. So if you don’t have this pattern and would like a chance to win it, pop over to my Ravelry Group. I’ll be posting a thread where you can comment with your Ravelry name to enter

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Absolutely loving Gretchen Rubin’s book Better than Before and her podcast with her sister Happier

I’m curious – I’d love to know if you listen or have read the book and what you think?!

 

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In today’s episode I wind down our month of gentle creativity by chatting about the things I’ve been making (and hope to make). I also explore the two wings of any creative endeavor: inspiration and motivation.

What’s in the WIP

Magic Cake Shawl: Finished! It needs to be blocked, but I have to work out my blocking strategy. It’s already wonderfully huge, and I don’t want it very much bigger!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel:  I’m have cast on with Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds and the self-striping action is really exciting, though I have my doubts about where I started in the colourway. We’ll see how they develop.

I’m going to be hosting a giveaway of the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern. I want to support the designer, Patty Joy (SoxTherapist on Ravelry) who is undergoing cancer treatment and fundraising for a family reunion. I also thought it would be a nice way to participate in Yarn in The City’s #3thingsforyarnlove challenge. So if you don’t have this pattern and would like a chance to win it, pop over to my Ravelry Group. I’ll be posting a thread where you can comment with your Ravelry name to enter

Sól Angelica’s Socks: On Instagram I saw that Swedish designer Alpakkanna is launching a sweet new sock pattern with a little bit of colourwork, and she’s going to have a KAL. In the spirit of my new sock mania, I think I might just have to join in.

Brand new free shawl pattern! I was so inspired by the skein of Top Draw Sock Skein Australia yarn in the “Peace” colourway that I designed a new, simple design that will be a gift for my newsletter subscribers. I’ll be getting this photographed and ready to release over the next few weeks, so keep a lookout for this one!

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I got the idea for today’s topic from a podcast I really enjoy: it’s not knitting related but it’s relevant to anyone who is working for themselves in a creative industry.

Being Boss Podcast with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson

I mention some books which really inspire and motivate me:

Bohemian Modern by Emily Hanson

Nomad, Gypsy, Bowerbird by Sibella Court

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

That’s everything for this episode. Until next week, happy knitting!