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Today on the podcast I have one last shawl to share from Season III of The Shawl Society, and lots of stories from the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat. Once again there is a bit of yarn enabling in this episode, as all the lovely makers from our CHCH mini market spoiled us with their fabulous yarn, notions, and project bags.

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

The Grocery Girls Podcast

Suburban Stitcher

Sweet Georgia Podcast

Doubleknit Podcast

Stash and Burn Podcast

Stitches West

This week the last shawl of The Shawl Society Season III was released! What an incredible season it has been. Thank you all so much for being a part of this story.

The Whole World is a Garden Shawl 

Lore by The Fibre Co

The Borrowdale Collection

La Bien Aimee

A Yarn Story

Bumble Stitches Podcast

Bumble Stitches Shop

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Gather Yarn

Seren Yarns

Suffolk Socks

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Every Knitvent til now…

Helen —  October 15, 2018 — 2 Comments

Cue holiday nostalgia in 3…2…1! As I’m tidying away the last details for our Knitvent 2018 theme reveal these year, I’ve taken a few moments to wander down memory lane. This will be our 6th Knitvent together, and it’s absolutely incredible to think of all the gifts we’ve knit together in that time. So many memories, so many surprises, and what must be approaching millions of yards of yarn by now. It’s also really fun to see how Knitvent has changed and grown with the community over time, and to revisit the themes that we explored together year after year.

If you happen to be new to Curious Handmade, you might not have been around for these Knitvents, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out. All of our Knitvent collections are still available to purchase as full collections or as individual patterns. And until midnight tonight, Monday October 15th, 2018, my buy-one-get-one free sale is still running, so you can stock up if you like!

Two-for-one sale on all Curious Handmade Patterns and Collections (Including past Knitvents!)

To everyone who has ever been a part of Knitvent before: thank you! You are an indispensable part of the magic. I hope that peeking back at everything we’ve enjoyed together might remind you of an older pattern you’ve been meaning to make, or maybe nudge you to knit a favourite again this year. So without further ado, here’s every Knitvent so far…

 

Knitvent 2017

Our Nutcracker Knitvent last year was so joyous and lively! I heard from so many of you about your own Nutcracker memories and was swept away by the excitement and enthusiasm of the community for these patterns. The dreamy ballet theme, the fairytale atmosphere, the re-captured childhood magic…it was all very, very special.

Patterns:

Large photo: Land of Sweets Cowl

Small photos, clockwise from top: Marzipan Legwarmers, Clara’s Cape, Tchaikovsky Mitts, Tchaikovsky Hat, Tulle Shawl

Buy the whole Knitvent 2017 Collection


Knitvent 2016

This was also a special year. I love the colour story for this collection, and the theme of a cosy winter holiday in an picture-postcard-perfect alpine forest is still a magical place to visit in my imagination. In 2016 we also had Renée Callahan of East London Knit join us as a guest designer. She created the gorgeous Boreal Forest set with its graphical colourwork.

Patterns:

Large photo: Alpine Sunset Shawl
Small photos, clockwise from top: Fresh Tracks HeadbandBoreal Forest HatBoreal Forest CowlJuniper SocksJuniper Mitts

Buy the Knitvent 2016 Collection


Knitvent 2015

In 2015 we explored the theme of “light and bright” with a collection that was all about beautiful textures, comforting, cosy yarns, and all the heartwarming glitter of the season: fairylights, crisp unspoiled snowdrifts, icicles and stars.

Patterns:

Large image: Winter Wander Shawl
Small images, clockwise from top: Ice River HatIce River SnoodCabin Path ShawlKindling MittsKindling Hat

Knitvent 2014

Looking back at the patterns of 2014, what stands out are the little details: beads and ribbons,sequins and tassels, a strand of mohair, a pretty cable. I’ve seen knitters use some of these patterns again and again over the years for gifts, which is incredibly heartwarming.

Large image: Adorn Gift Bags
Small images, clockwise from top right: Candlelit Beaded ShawlIce Skating Scarf and WrapLind CowlCrisp and Even Cowl

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Knitvent 2014

Knitvent 2014 will always be close to my heart. It was the first time we gathered together for this holiday tradition, and some of the patterns are still among my favourites. Eight designs was quite a lot to manage, but we had so much fun!

Patterns:

Top row, right to left: Red Robin ShawlCheckerboard MittsFresh Powder CowlWarm Wishes Hottie.
Bottom row, right to left: Stardust Infinity ScarfRella MittsQuicksilver CowlNaughty or Nice Hat.

Buy the Knitvent 2013 Collection


Now I’m more excited than ever to introduce you to this year’s Knitvent and begin this wonderful tradition all over again. If you want to be sure not to miss any tidbits in the lead up to our new Knitvent season, be sure to sign up for the Curious Handmade Newsletter. That way you’ll be among the first to hear about the theme for this year, our early bird special, our upcoming contests, and all the other wonderful things that are part of our Knitvent celebrations!

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I have a big juicy episode for you today, all about the amazing time I had in Vancouver at Knit City. I got to spend lots of quality time with some fabulous knitting friends and gathered a lot of lovely knitting treasures at the incredible market place. I should probably but a big enabling warning on today’s podcast, because the many glorious vendors I mention are totally irresistible. I also have a bit of news about my most recent patterns and the upcoming Knitvent season (and the last pattern of The Shawl Society Season III…!)

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

Knit City by Knit Social (2019 dates announced!)

Rewilding Shawl

The Fibre Co. Meadow

Hazelnut Socks from The Handmade Sock Society

Olann Yarn

Joji Locatelli

Veera Välimäki 

Tracie and Jodi of The Grocery Girls Knit Podcast

Amirisu

Botan Shawl

Woolfolk

Suburban Stitcher

Sweet Georgia Yarns

Tin Can Knits

Andrea Mowry

Button Button

Elton Sweater by Joi Locatelli

La Bien Aimee

Interpretations

Stitch Mischief

Rifle Paper Co.

Gauge Dyeworks

Flax by Tin Can Knits

Sweet Fiber Yarns

Sweet Felicia Hat by Jodi Brown

Hastings Mitts by Tracie Millar

Strange Brew Book by Tin Can Knits

Mountain Mist by Tin Can Knits

Icefall by Tin Can Knits

Julie Asselin

Pom Pom Quarterly

Big Blue Moma

So Just Shop

Atelier Nekozuki

Boreal Folk Apothecary

Boreal Folk Instagram

Lichen and Lace

Viola

Loop London

Midknit Cravings

Yarn Ink

Nature’s Luxury

It’s that time of year again! Knitvent is waiting in the wings, ready to sprinkle some holiday excitement and anticipation over your gift-knitting plans. As the buzz builds and planning begins in earnest, I’ve put together our annual gift guide. This curated selection of patterns from the Curious Handmade archives just might inspire you to get started on a precious handmade present or two while we wait for the first new Knitvent patterns to arrive.

To make it even easier to get your gift knitting plan up and running, I’ve organized a little pre-Knitvent treat:

All of my patterns and collections are buy-one-get-one-free until the 15th of October, 2018!

 

You don’t have to use a code or do anything special to get your free pattern. Just put any two of my patterns or collections into your cart and the least expensive item is magically free: a gift from me to you and your loved ones!

I’ve included a little something for everyone! You might recognize some recent favourites and some Curious Handmade classics which have been knit over and over again as treasured gifts.

Warm Hands, Warm Heart

A cosy new pair of hand-made mitts makes a perfect gift for just about anyone on your list. They don’t take much yarn, they’re relatively quick to knit. I love making mitts from squishy, rustic yarn, but they are also a wonderful opportunity to use up those luxurious single skeins in pretty colours that you’ve been saving for a special project.

Hand Knitted Mitt Patterns By Curious Handmade

Patterns, clockwise from top left: Kindling Mitts, Tchaikovsky Mitts, Checkerboard Mitts, Juniper Mitts

 

Special Occasion Shawls

When you want to give a truly unforgettable gift. These stunning shawls are a wonderful way to spoil someone dear. With lovely lace, sparkling beads, and refined details, a special occasion shawl adds a bit of magic to any outfit: perfect for all those glittering holiday parties!

Special Occasion Knitted Shawl Patterns by Curious Handmade

Patterns, clockwise from top left: Snowmelt Shawl, Fairyhill Shawl, Candlelit Shawl, Amulet Shawl

 

Toasty Toes

Is there anything as nurturing and wholesome hand-knit socks? Let them know how much you care and keep their feet warm and snug by knitting up a pair from soft but sturdy yarn. If you’re mailing your packages far away, a compact single-skein gift like this is ideal.

Handknit sock patterns by Curious Handmade

Patterns, clockwise from top: Juniper Socks, Vintage Fairy Lights Socks, Apple Blossom Socks

 

Secretly Speedy Knits

So much time and love goes into creating handknitted gifts. We have unlimited supplies of the love, but sometimes the time gets a little tight. These lovely patterns all use heavier weight yarn, a gift-knitter’s secret weapon. Squish aran and bulky weight yarns not only make the finished objects extra cuddly: they also knit up super-fast, which means you can have an impressive handmade present ready at the last minute.

Speedy Knitting Patterns from Curious Handmade

Patterns, clockwise from left: Familiar Shawl, Sonder Shawl, Bracile Hat and Cowl.

 

Hopefully this guide has got your fingers twitching and your creativity bubbling. Very soon I’ll be releasing more details about Knitvent 2018…until then, happy knitting!

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Hay Pullover WIP

Today on the podcast I ponder the best projects for Knit City and also have a deep dive into potential new patterns to cast on. The turn of the season has me dreaming about sweater knitting. There are certainly a few designs I absolutely can’t wait to make…if I can clear a WIP or two first!

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

Knit City Vancouver

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Elton Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

La Bien Aimee Yarn

Joji Locatelli Video Podcast

Like a Cloud Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

Shibui Knits

Poet by Sari Nordlund

Laine Magazine

Tukuwool Yarn

Sari Nordlund on Ravelry

Dillon Pullover by Joji Locatelli

Naima by ANKESTRiCK

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On today’s podcast I’m back in the swing of things and making all kinds of plans for knitting. My creative space finally feels ready for some real work, and Knitvent is just around the corner! But first I’m headed to Knit City Vancouver, and very excited!

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

The Fibre Co. Meadow

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Copper Corgi Yarn

Juniper Socks

Knit City Vancouver

Knitvent 2017

Knitvent 2016

Knitvent 2015

Knitvent 2014

Knitvent 2013

The Shawl Society Season III

Learning to Cry Shawl

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Today on the podcast I’m still deep in organizing my new sewing room and wondering which of my WIPs to pick up and finish next. I have information about the special yarn I’ve chosen for the 5th shawl in The Shawl Society Season III which will be released next week. A few tantalizing hints about how that yarn will be used just might have snuck their way into this episode! Finally, I have a list of KAL winners from The Shawl Society and The Handmade Sock Society so far!

Show Sponsors:

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.co.uk

Show Links:

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Copper Corgi Yarn

Clio Pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Bear in Sheep’s Clothing

Bear in Sheep’s Clothing is having an update today, September 14th in her Etsy Shop!

Eva Faith Esty

A Homespun House Yarn

Yorkshire Dale Yarns from Homespun Wonders

Olann Yarns

Maytham Shawl KAL Winner

Ivy over the Door KAL Winner
Winter Rose Socks KAL Winner
Magnolia Socks KAL Winner

Astrantia Socks KAL Winner

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After another little break from the podcast I’m back! It almost feels like the start of a new year, with the kids heading back to school, so once again I’m revisiting my plans and getting my brain back into the swing of work and schedules and goals. I have the most recent Shawl Society pattern to introduce, and a yummy new sweater quantity of yarn is giving me daydreams.

Show Sponsors:

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.co.uk

Show Links:

Better than Before by Gretchen Reuben

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Reuben

The Shawl Society Season III

Planting Seeds Shawl

The Fibre Co. Meadow

The Handmade Sock Society

Moeke Yarns

Farm to Cable Yarns

Bright by Junko Okomoto

Plum pullover by Junko Okomoto

Ashes by Isabel Kramer

Knit City Vancouver

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I’m back from my holidays with stories and news! I missed you all and while it was lovely to be in Australia it’s also wonderful to land back home and start settling back into regular life. Today’s a bit of a catchup and a little peak forward at what’s coming up next for Curious Handmade!

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

Happier Podcast

Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

 

 

Mark Dawson

Lee Child

Tilda Fabric

The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock Society

Land of Sweets Cowl

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Wick Shawl

The Walk Collection

Honey Bee Dance Socks

The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock in Pecan

Knitty City Vancouver

 

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Photo Credit: Deb Hickman

Today on the podcast I have a brand new sock pattern to introduce: our 4th design in this year’s Handmade Sock Society. I’m also reviewing a few books that I’ve found really helpful in my journey to stay healthy. Knitting can take a toll on our muscular-skeletal system, so if we want to keep knitting prolifically, it’s important to take care of ourselves. Knitting can also be a source of healing and an act of self-care, so I take a look at some books which cover that side of things as well.

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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.co.uk

Show Links:

The Handmade Sock Society

Honey Bee Dance Socks

The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock in Pecan

The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn 

The Creative Penn Podcast

Self Care For The Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips

Knit for Health and Wellness by Betsan Corkhill