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Catching up in the New Year and sharing about our holiday to Canada, a delightful afternoon visiting some yarn stores in Vancouver and holiday knitting including Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Cast On.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Little Bobbins Podcast

Twas the Night Before Christmas Socks

Circus Tonic Handmade

Yarn Ink

Mrs Brown’s Bags

Hay Pullover

Wet Coast Wools

The Fawn and The Fox

Custom Woolen Mills

Baaad Anna’s

Tusken Knits

MAIWA Honest Yarn

Surprise Party Shawl

Surprise Party KAL with The Grocery Girls

Kitterly Surprise Party Shawl Kits

Knit Aid

Unicef Syrian Appeal

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On today’s episode I’m winding up another wonderful year of knitting and podcasting with the wonderful Curious Crew. I’m trying to slow down for a few weeks to soak in the holiday vibes, but of course there will be plenty of knitting behind the scenes. We’re heading away for Christmas this year so there’s lots of packing to be done and lots of holiday knitting decisions to be made!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Brooklyn Knitfolk

Voolenvine Yarngasm

A Homespun House

Little Bobbins

Land of Sweets Cowl

Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy

The Knitvent 2017 KAL will run through January 31st, so that you have lots of relaxed knitting time to wrap up your projects over the holidays.

I have two lovely prizes from PrairieBagWorks and Andre Sue Knits so be sure to post your projects in the Finished Object Thread as you complete them for your chance to win!

Little Skein in The Big Wool

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Vintage Fairy Light Socks

Circus Tonic Handmade

The Yarn Tart – Suffolk Socks

Yarn Ink Yarns

Mrs. Brown’s Bags

Knit Aid Knitmas Event in London

The Knit Aid UK Collection Deadline is the 22nd of December for sending hand knitted gifts to refugee camps in Europe. In honour of their work, you can knit my Warm Wishes Hottie Cover pattern for free with the code KNITAID on Ravelry. Hot water bottle covers are in high demand in the camps at this time of year, but you are also welcome to knit it for your own loved ones.

Unicef Syrian Appeal

That’s everything for this week…and this year! Keep in touch with me over Instagram and on Ravelry, and make sure you’re signed up to my mailing list. I’ll see you all in 2018 and until then I’m wishing you happy holidays and happy knitting!

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200 Episodes! It’s a landmark Curious Handmade podcast today and we’re celebrating with a special giveaway and the results of the draw for The Shawl Society’s Grand KAL. It’s also the end of Knitvent and the last pattern is out, though that KAL will run for another month.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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We’re at the end of Knitvent for this year! I can’t believe it. This has been a very special one, and I’m so grateful to everyone who came along with us on our Nutcracker adventure. The final pattern is Clara’s Cape:

The costumes in The Nutcracker’s opening scene immediately draw us into another time and place. Whether your production sets the party in 18th century France, Imperial Russia, or turn of the century London, you know you’re somewhere special in history, swiftly approaching the fairy-tale beginning of “a long time ago.” The clothes are more formal, adults and children alike, but they’re also so much more fun: bonnets and breeches, top hats and tailcoats, ruffles and petticoats. Entirely enchanting and completely impractical for 21st century life.

Combining a dollop of old-fashioned Edwardian charm with a dash of modern simplicity, Clara’s Cape captures a bit of that timeless magic and makes it utterly accessible. Wear it as a lovely shoulder-warming cape or loosely as an oversized statement cowl: it dresses up and down instantly. The wide stripes of simple ribbing and super bulky yarn means that this is an incredibly fast knit, perfect for an impressive last-minute gift.

Purl Soho Super Soft Merino in Heirloom White

Land of Sweets Cowl

Tchaikovsky Hat and matching Tchaikovsky Mitts

PrairieBagWorks

Andre Sue Knits

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn


Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy

Sharman Cardigan

baa ram ewe Dovestone DK

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

After more than six months of knitting beautiful shawls together, we finally have winners from the Shawl Society Grand KAL! The random number generator has drawn names from each of the threads, and there are some lovely prizes waiting for you. If you’re on the list please get in touch with your address! Big thanks and love to everyone who knit a shawl this season, and congratulations to our winners!

Fairyhill FO Thread: Post 37

Sprite’s Fen FO Thread: Post 23

Vila Wrap FO Thread: Post 27

Rune Shawl FO Thread: Post 151
Wishmaker FO Thread: Post 55
Familiar FO Thread: Post 24
Collage Thread: Post 31
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In today’s episode I confess to some Harry Potter-related procrastination, get excited about opening my yarn Advent Calendar and finding a perfect pattern for it, and introduce you to this week’s Knitvent pattern!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Knitvent 2017

Norah George Yarn

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

Land of Sweets Cowl

ADVENTurous Wrap by Ambah O’Brien

The fourth window Knitvent was opened yesterday to reveal the Marzipan Legwarmers!

Somehow, the exuberant movement of the dancers seems effortless: they drift, float, spin, and even fly. Endless days of training and practice lie behind each sparkling moment of perfection onstage. For every moment a ballerina spends in a breathtaking tutu, she spends hours in legwarmers, repeating the ritual of class at the barre and rehearsing her role. Cosy and comforting, legwarmers keep a dancer’s muscles supple and ready: watch a performance from the wings and you’ll see that they stay on until seconds before she makes her entrance.

The Marzipan Legwarmers are a graceful interpretation of the dancer’s staple. A pretty pair of legwarmers instantly adds a bit of ballerina chic to any outfit, all while keeping your ankles toasty. A clever twisted rib stitch gives the sportweight Marzipan Legwarmers plenty of stretch and cling, so that they can be styled up or down: elegantly stretched or artfully rumpled. With three sizes for toddlers, children, and women, you can knit a pair for all the little dancers in your life (and another for yourself!)


The Shawl Society Grand KAL will end on Tuesday December 5th

TSS Collage Thread to post your collage of 5 or 6 shawls from this season to qualify for the Grand Prize

I will also draw a winner from each of the FO Threads!

Surprise Party Shawl

The Surprise Party KAL is beginning, and WIPs and even finished shawls are welcome! It will be hosted in The Grocery Girls Ravelry Group and will run until February 28th.

Hue Loco Yarn

Skein Yarn

Dingo Dyeworks

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Copper Corgi

That wraps up our show notes for this week! I’ll talk to you again soon, and until then, happy knitting! x

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Today’s podcast is a roundup of what’s going on in the Curious Handmade KAL world, with stories from Knitvent so far and a bit of chat about my current knitting queue!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Norah George Yarn

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

 

Yesterday we saw behind the third Knitvent window, and there were two patterns there! The Tchaikovsky Hat and matching Tchaikovsky Mitts!

Tchaikovsky’s music is unapologetically emotional and emotionally irresistible The Nutcracker score contains moments of soaring joy, exquisite tenderness, rippling humour and even a hint of menace. Tchaikovsky himself was tremendously introverted and famously shy, but his music never holds anything back. Critics didn’t always appreciate this fearless creativity: the first reviews of The Nutcracker were famously bad. But the audiences loved him and his wholehearted music, and we still do. From the first notes of the overture to the last triumphant flourish, we are transfixed.

Named in honour of this great composer, the Tchaikovsky Mitts feature a sweet and simple texture which will allow your most exuberant skeins to shine. They are designed to pair perfectly with the Tchaikovsky Hat. Dk weight yarn means they’re a quick and enjoyable knit, even when you think you’re behind on the holiday knitting. The cosy mitts come in two sizes, child and adult, and are easily adjustable to the perfect width and length.

Beyond The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky composed the scores for two more of the world’s most beloved ballets: Sleeping Beauty and, of course, Swan Lake. In each of these ballets, Tchaikovsky’s unabashed genius for emotional nuance takes centre stage. The almost heartbreakingly beautiful music is brought to life by the dancers and we are swept into the story. It is probably this emotional accessibility which makes all three Tchaikovsky ballets perennial fixtures for ballet companies around the world.

Forming a perfect Pas de Deux with the Tchaikovsky Mitts, this lovely hat is another tribute to our legendary composer. The Tchaikovsky Hat is a super fast knit using DK weight yarn and a fun, simple texture which will highlight the glories of your favourite skeins. It’s a great stash buster. This slightly slouchy beanie looks good on everyone: women, men and children. With four sizes to choose from, it’s a beautiful fast gift that can fill up several spaces on your list.

Meadow Yarn Fell

Circus Tonic Handmade

La Bien Aimee

Toft Alpaca

The Shawl Society Season II Collection

We have a winner of the final Shawl Society Mini KAL for the Familiar Shawl

please contact me to arrange your prize!

Tundra by The Fibre Company

The Shawl Society Grand KAL will end on Tuesday December 5th

TSS Collage Thread to post your collage of 5 or 6 shawls from this season to qualify for the Grand Prize

I will also draw a winner from each of the FO Threads!

Surprise Party Shawl

The Surprise Party KAL is beginning, and WIPs and even finished shawls are welcome! It will be hosted in The Grocery Girls Ravelry Group and will run until February 28th.

Hue Loco Yarn

Skein Yarn

Skein Studio Podcast

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

The Clio Pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

The Wool Barn

That’s all our links for this week! I’ll speak to you soon, and until then, Happy Knitting! x

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Wildflower Hill Shawl

The Winners of the Arranmore Light sets from The Fibre Co for the Wildflower Hill KAL are Ravelry Names:

nextdoorknitter

and

Alenemazzuca

Please contact me here, by email or on Ravelry and I’ll post your prizes out to you!

We also have winners for our pattern giveaways from Anna Friberg of Yarnesty

Our five winners can each choose which pattern they would like of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks

If your name is on the list please contact me with your Ravelry Name and your preferred pattern!

Amysue

Mary Klute

Lucy Bowen

tamaraab

Yarn Hoarder PodcastFree All The House Elves KAL

Amy Florence’s Festive Sockalong on the Stranded Podcast

Curl Purl Girl Knits PodcastMystery Monthly Sock KAL

The Tulle Shawl is our second pattern for Knitvent 2017!

Snowflakes, flowers, and fairies. The iconic ballerina’s tutu is the stuff of dreams. A foam of soft netting, magnificently embellished to emphasisethe dancer’s beauty and grace, it’s usually the first image we think of when we hear the word “ballet”. There’s something inherently magical about the floaty nature of tulle. Even in a little girl’s party dress, a few layers is enough to inspire hours of twirling, spinning and swooping.

The Tulle Shawl was inspired by an exquisite tutu, lovely enough for the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. The garter stitch base makes for relaxing knitting at a busy time of year, and while the elegant lace looks intricate and impressive, it’s actually straightforward to knit! This is a wonderful single-skein project in fingering weight yarn: perfect for a special skein from stash or a gentle speckle. Optional beads offer a chance for a little glitter: dazzling under the stage lights.

The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Land of Sweets Cowl

The Wool Kitchen

Circus Tonic Handmade

Ravelry 2017 Yarn Spoiler Thread

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy knitting! xx197

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On today’s podcast I dive into the first week of Knitvent 2017 with our exciting first pattern, and I chat about what I’ve been up to, including my favourite current WIP, the Hay Pullover. I also announce the winners of our Surprise Party Shawl sets from Hue Loco and let you in on another pattern giveaway happening this week!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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The Land of Sweets Cowl is our first Knitvent pattern for 2017!!

 

 

In the Land of Sweets, more is more! Bon bons, peppermint sticks, and chocolate drops are just the beginning. The dances that make up this section of The Nutcracker are the most colourful and exciting of the whole ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is the indulgent queen of this confectionery kingdom. For devoted knitters, yarn is sweeter than candy, and it’s just as difficult to restrain ourselves when faced with a world of choice. Who hasn’t stood in a yarn shop staring at piles of skeins in every colour of the rainbow, eyes shining like a child in a sweet shop?

The Land of Sweets Cowl was designed to showcase the knitter’s version of this wonderland…a perfect use for the mini skeins from one of the many delicious yarn Advent calendars around at this time of year. It’s also a brilliant way to use up the lovely leftovers that every avid knitter has stashed away. Stripes, simple lace, and an irrepressible sense of fun are at the heart of this cosy cowl, which will brighten up even the greyest winter day.

The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Norah George Yarn

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

The Comfy Red Couch Podcast

A World of Imagination Blog

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Sister Mountain Instagram

The Fibre Company Road to China Light

Copper Corgi Yarn

We have our two Surprise Party Sets Giveaway Winners!

Post # 8 –

Post # 47 –

Surprise Party Shawl

Hue Loco Yarns

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

We have another giveaway coming up this week, this time for a copy of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks, both by the lovely Anna Friberg

Box O’ Socks KAL by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash by The Grocery Girls

That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy Knitvent and happy knitting! xx

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This is a big, action-packed episode this week. Today I’m chatting about recent and upcoming designs, but most of all I deep-dive into my magical experience of Rhinebeck, where I met so many amazing people, had lots of lovely knitting time, and kept my yarn purchases to a bare minimum…mostly.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Season II of The Shawl Society is slowly drawing to a close after six months of close camaraderie and joyful knitting! The Familiar Shawl Mini KAL has just closed, but I still think this will make a wonderful gift knit this holiday season. Just grab the collection on Ravelry

Don’t forget to post a composite photo to the montage/collage thread for society members who have knit all the season 2 Shawls!

For everyone feeling wistful about the end of The Shawl Society, good news! It’s Knitvent time again!

Knitvent 2017 is now available for pre-sale at a special Early Bird price until November 9th when the first pattern is released.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of the holiday season with our very special Knitvent 2017 collection.

The unmistakable strains of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker conjures up dreamy images and heartfelt emotion for children and adults alike: the sparkle of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the boundless energy of the gallant Nutcracker, Clara’s wistful journey and final triumph. With so much romance and joy, I knew that this beloved holiday ballet was the perfect inspiration for Knitvent this year. Each of the six mystery patterns this season draw from the spirit of the Nutcracker’s enchanted dreamworld, dancing between the elegant beauty of a prima ballerina and the wide-eyed wonder of a child lost in the Land of Sweets.

Every year, the Curious Handmade community gathers together to celebrate Knitvent: a lovely mix between an advent calendar and a mystery knit along. Each week a surprise accessory pattern will appear in your Ravelry library. Each pattern has been designed to be ideal for gifting, but don’t forget to be good to yourself, too!

Along with the six designs, Knitvent brings with it a warm and bubbly community of warm-hearted knitters who love to share the anticipation, admire each other’s work, and offer a helping hand wherever it’s needed. We’ll have chatter and KALs and prizes and a very warm sense of holiday magic to make our needles fly.

Get your copy of Knitvent 2017 now!


The Brooklyn Denim Co.

GardenerByNight Instagram

Little Skein in the Big Wool

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

Duck Duck Wool

Needles Up

Le Bien Aimee

AndreSueKnits

Legacy Fiber Artz

Andre Sue Knits Podcast

LegacyKnitz Podcast

The Fat Squirrel

Sucre Sucre Miniatures

Opera Jo – Stitching the High Notes

ChileKnitz

Bundle Up Betty

Indie Untangled

Surprise Party Shawl

 

Hue Loco Yarn

The Grocery Girls are hosting a quick giveaway of the Hue Loco sets which ends on November 7th in their Ravelry Group, and I’ll be running one, too in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group which will close on November 8th.

The Knitting Expat Podcast

The Spicy Homemaker Podcast

The Periscoping Sisters Podcast

Mason Dixon Knitting

Field Guides: Stripes and Fair Isle

Little Fox Yarn

Once Upon a Corgi

Blue Bee Studio

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Kitterly

Curious Handmade on Kitterly

Tobermory Shawl

Kelso Shawl

Raisin’ Cane Baskets

Naturally Inspired Baskets

Brooklyn Haberdashery

KZ Stevens

Pom Pom Quarterly

Bristol Ivy

Brooklyn KnitFolk

Voolenvine

Amulet Shawl

Handmade and Woolen (Formerly Tiny Paper Foxes) Podcast

Snowmelt Shawl

Rib Magazine

The Wooly Thistle

Ysolde

Clara Parkes

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

The Joys of Knitvents Past

Helen —  October 30, 2017 — 1 Comment

Since we’ve been doing so much talking about gift knitting lately and the holidays are a time for getting nostalgic, I’ve just had a wander through Knitvents past. It’s kind of amazing to see how much we’ve made together through the years. If you’re new to Curious Handmade, you might have missed these. They are all still available as full collections, but you can “Pick Your Own Knitvent” too by selecting individual patterns that sing out to you. Remember, until Oct 31st when you buy two of my patterns or collections you’ll get the least expensive one for free–automatically!

For all my Knitvent Veterans, maybe this journey down memory lane will remind you of a pattern you missed or one that would be perfect to knit again this year. Let’s start at the very beginning…

Knitvent 2013

This was the one that started it all! With eight patterns (!!!) in this first season it was a little frantic, but so much fun! Some of these patterns are still among my favourites.


Knitvent 2014

2014 was another lovely year, where I experimented with some new textures and some twinkly beaded details mixed in with some cushy, cosy quick knits.

Large image: Adorn Gift Bags
Small images, clockwise from top right: Candlelit Beaded Shawl, Ice Skating Scarf and Wrap, Lind Cowl, Crisp and Even Cowl

Buy the Knitvent 2014 Collection


Knitvent 2015

The theme for Knitvent 2015 was “Light and Bright.” I had a strong colour story for the designs, and there’s a lovely symmetry to the whole collection that makes me smile: two perfectly matched sets and two warm, pretty shawls.

Large image: Winter Wander Shawl
Small images, clockwise from top: Ice River Hat, Ice River Snood, Cabin Path Shawl, Kindling Mitts, Kindling Hat

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 Knitvent 2016

Finally we come to last year’s Knitvent, which honestly feels like yesterday! 2016 was a special collection inspired by the Alpine forest and vintage holiday postcards. I was so honoured to have Renée Callahan of East London Knit as Knitvent’s first guest designer, creating the gorgeous Boreal Forest set.

Large photo: Alpine Sunset Shawl
Small photos, clockwise from top: Fresh Tracks Headband, Boreal Forest Hat, Boreal Forest Cowl, Juniper Socks, Juniper Mitts

Buy the Knitvent 2016 Collection


I am absolutely tingling with excitement to show you what I have in store for you this year. It’s been such an honour to grow and evolve as a designer alongside the Curious Handmade community. Traditions like Knitvent are really special. They really bond us all together, even though in real life we’re scattered around the globe. To anyone who has ever taken part in a Knitvent, thank you so much for coming along this holiday journey with me. If you’re thinking about signing up to Knitvent 2017 and want to learn more, make sure you’re signed up to the Curious Handmade Newsletter. I’ll be sending out lots of info in the next little while, including a heads up on our early bird special and maybe even a fun contest or two…

 

Even before Knitvent begins, I know many of you well-prepared knitters are getting your gift list together. To fill in the space before the first secret pattern comes through, I’ve put together some suggestions to get you started with your holiday knitting: shawls and accessories to keep your nearest and dearest feeling cosy and loved throughout the holiday season.

As a little pre-Knitvent treat and to help you get your planning off to a running start, I’m running a special two-for-one sale until the 31st of October! You don’t have to do anything special to get the free pattern: just put any two of my patterns or collections into your cart and the least expensive item will be magically free!

I’ve chosen some special designs from the whole spectrum of Curious Handmade patterns. Some might be familiar, while others are old friends from the past which still have the power to surprise and delight.

Sweet Little Somethings

The best things come in small packages. These compact, lovely designs will spoil the most knit-worthy friends on your list this year: particularly perfect if you have to mail your parcel far away.

Clockwise from top right: Apple Blossom Socks, Global Nomad Handwarmers, Vintage Fairy Lights Socks, Jewel Cowl

Single Skein Shawls

The smallest size of each of these lovely shawls uses just one skein: it’s a lovely way to whip up a quick gift while using up some special one-skein stash.

Clockwise from top right: Pebble Beach Shawl, Fireflies Rising Shawl, Talisman Shawl, Alpine Sunset Shawl

Hats and Sets

Everyone loves a hand-knitted hat, and if you have time, it’s extra-special to make something to match. There’s an odd one out here but it was too pretty not to include!

Clockwise from right: Bracile Hat and Cowl Set, Cataleya Hat, Eden Fells Scarf, Eden Fells Hat

 

Surprisingly Simple

Looking for something unique that won’t take weeks of concentration to create? These deceptively easy designs will fly off your needles!

Clockwise from top right: Sonder Shawl, Botan Shawl, Laveer Kerchief, Cadence Shawl

 

I hope this little guide has sparked some knitting inspiration for you today! Stay tuned to hear more about  Knitvent 2017 and other holiday delights from Curious Handmade. Happy knitting!.