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Ch 125I am so thrilled to be heading off to Spring Squam, and am busy getting ready to leave! This episode is on the short side: I talk about what’s in the WIP and my continued exploration of slow fashion.

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UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

If you’ve been listening for a while you’ll know that last year I was lucky enough to win “Best Games or Hobby” podcast in the UK Podcast Awards. It was my lovely listeners who got me there, and it was such an incredible boost. This year the nominations are a bit different. I’m in the first round and need to make it to the top ten to advance. I’m number 11! So close and yet so far!!

If you haven’t had a chance to vote for me yet, I would be SO GRATEFUL for your support. It’s super easy.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

That’s it! No signups, emails or anything, and it would make a huge difference for me. Thank you!!!

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

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Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

UK Podcast Awards

Second ever Curious Handmade Video Podcast!

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

Angelus Novus Cardigan

East London Knits KLEE KAL

  • The KAL will run from 9 May 2016 through to 12 June 2016
  • You can join in and knit any of Renee Callahan’s designs.Renee is offering a generous 20% off all her ravelry patterns with the code EastLondonKnitKAL for my lovely listeners!

Blacker Yarns Swan DK

Black Yarns is giving us a special discount in honour of the Klee collection: 10% off their DK yarns with the code KLEEKAL

West Water Tunic Pattern

People Tree Slow Fashion book

People Tree wool page

Brooklyn Meetup thread on Ravelry

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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Today I have a lovely interview with designer Renee Callahan, designer of the Klee Collection and super fresh new release Zen Variations for the Fibre Company.

I also have an update and answer some questions about The Shawl Society!

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

I need to get in the top 10 of the nominations to get to the next round. I would SO appreciate it if you would vote for Curious Handmade Podcast in the two categories I’m nominated for – Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • Scheming
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

West Water Tunic Pattern

Quarter 2 Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

Isle Yarns

Squam Art Workshops

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group 9 May until 12 June.

Renee’s new collection Zen Variations for The Fibre Company

I am knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Hole & Sons Wool

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

Meetup in NCY

The details of a knitterly meetup with me and others in New York on Sunday 29 May:

Brooklyn Roasting Company is a great space (large and bright and COFFEE!) and also convenient to out-of-towners,

Time: 11:30am

Date: Sunday 29 May

BRC is located at:
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

This venue is in Manhattan itself!!

Thanks for organising this Jaclyn! x

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CH 123 Making

This month I’m talking about working on pieces for my Handmade Wardrobe. I’ve cast on my first project, the Angelus Novus Cardigan for the East London Knit Klee KAL. I’ve also had my sewing machine fixed so am back in business for sewing some garments too. Some special announcments: Its UK Podcast Awards again and I would be so grateful if you would vote for me! I also have very exciting news about….The Shawl Society coming soon!

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

I need to get in the top 10 of the nominations to get to the next round. I would SO appreciate it if you would vote for Curious Handmade Podcast in the two categories I’m nominated for – Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

Here is the fun promo video of the awards last year and that is Emma my podcast editor and I on the cover pic and have two little cameos in accepting the Best Hobbies and Games award last year! I feel so famous hahaha.

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • Scheming
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

Show Links

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Stitching Up Paris “Insider’s Guide to Parisian Knitting Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft stores

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

West Water Tunic Pattern

Quarter 2 Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

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

Meetup in NCY

The details of a knitterly meetup with me and others in New York on Sunday 29 May:

Brooklyn Roasting Company is a great space (large and bright and COFFEE!) and also convenient to out-of-towners,

Time: 11:30am

Date: Sunday 29 May

BRC is located at:
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

PS I think I said on the podcast that it was in Brooklyn but despite the name…this venue is actually in Manhattan itself!!

Thanks for organising this Jaclyn! x

Brooklyn Knitfolk

other wonderful Brooklyn based podcasters I love:

Voolenvine’s Yarngasm

Tiny Paper Foxes – although Jennie is not in Brooklyn much longer!

 

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This month on the show I’ll be talking about working on pieces for my Handmade Wardrobe. Today is about my first project, the Angelus Novus Cardigan for the East London Knit Klee KAL. I’m also talking about attempts at organising my time in The Simple Things segement.

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Links

You can still enter the givaway for the Stitching Up Paris guide book by leaving a comment on the episode shownotes here.

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

The Simple Things

The One Thing

Zen Habits

Harvest App

Better than Before

Happier Podcast episode about watching out for loopholes

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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!

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Links:

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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Show Links:

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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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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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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Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Notes:

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

Woolenflower

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!

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Notes:

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