Archives For September 2014

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Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 43

What’s in the WIP?, an update on the Curious Collective knit along and a recap about the Great London Yarn Crawl I went on last weekend.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and feedback about my interview with Jemilla Robertson founder of Fellow Dreamers last week.

Please have a look at her Fellow Dreamers Kickstarter page – even if its just to have a look at the lovely video she put together for the campaign.

What’s in the WIP?

Cloud Wrap from the Dream Big Collection – just launched.

Cloud Wrap by Helen Stewart

Socks with “Mind the Gap” yarn from Trailing Clouds

Trailing Clouds Mind the Gap Yarn

Curious Collective DKAL

The Curious Collective DKAL is in Week 3 and we are aiming for 60% completion mark by this Sunday 28 September.

There are some gorgeous finished shawls already posted in the FO thread on the Curious Handmade Rav Board. All the Tribes are represented!

Don’t forget to post on social media with the #CCDKAL to be in the running for the Social Media Maven prize.

The Great London Yarn Crawl

The Great London Yarn Crawl

A Playful Day – post about Refuge and video of Patrick Stewart talking passionately about his support for the charity

Nest

Great London Yarn Crawl Nest

Prick Your Finger

Great London Yarn Crawl Prick Your Finger

Wild and Woolly

Great London Yarn Crawl Wild and WoollyPom Pom Quarterly Party

Great London Yarn Crawl Pom Pom Party

Thank you so much to the organisers, sponsors, volunteers and my lovely BFL team mates for a wonderful day out.

We have a GIVEAWAY!!

To win the two Silver Screen Knits books by Kathleen Lawton-Trask just leave a comment below telling us what your favourite local yarn store (LYS) is.

ETA: I’ve now drawn a winner ….listen to Episode 44 of the podcast to see if you won!

Thank you so much to Kathleen and to the lovely Sadie who is Whitehart on Ravelry for donating her door prize to the give away.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 42

I’m talking to Jemilla Robertson, Fashion Designer and founder of Fellow Dreamers, an ethical and sustainable lingerie and loungewear label.

We chat about why she started Fellow Dreamers, the ethical fair pay workshop in India where embroiderers create the artisan embellishments on her garments and her hopes for Fellow Dreamers to grow and help even more disadvantaged women.

Links from the episode:

Fellow Dreamers Website

Fellow Dreamers Kickstarter Campaign

Where you can see the beautiful video and more details of the embroidery in progress and the gorgeous lingerie and loungewear that Jemilla designed.

Fellow Dreamers Artisan Embroiderers in India

Team of Artisan Embroiderers in India

Fellow Dreamers Vivienne Playsuit

Fellow Dreamers Vivienne Playsuit

CH 41: How to Make a Mood Board

Helen —  September 12, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 41

Talking about What’s in the WIP, an update about the Curious Collective DKAL and the Great London Yarn Crawl.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Announcement about the closure of Juno Fibre Arts.

What’s in the WIP?

I’ve finished the sample for the August Dream Big design. It is a oblong wrap in lace weight yarn. I’m using MadelineTosh Prairie.

I hope to have this pattern out in the next week.

I’m working on a new collection – Knitvent 2014.

To get inspired I made a collage style mood board and I talk about how I made it on the show. You can see it in the title image above.

I also pulled out a whole bunch of yarn from the stash to see what I already have that fits in with the theme of the mood board.

The theme is “more is more” which was a headline I saw on the latest issue of Living Etc (one of my all time fave home mags here in the UK)

yarny inspiration

Curious Collective 2014 DKAL

The knit along for the Curious Collective 2014 shawl is well underway.

You can read more about the KAL and Tribes in this post here.

Use #CCDKAL on social media for entries into the Social Media Maven prize.

I share some tips about knitting the shawl.

Events

I will be attending the Great London Yarn Crawl on 20 September in London.

It is for a great cause – the charity Refuge.

Great London Yarn Crawl

 

Thank you to all my lovely listeners for tuning in and a huge thank you for your iTunes Reviews – they make such a big difference to being discovered on iTunes by other knitters.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 40I’m back in London after a long break in Australia and Asia. Its back to school for kids in the UK this week so its been a flurry of new shoes and sewing labels on uniforms.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

What’s in the WIP?

I’m working on the August Dream Big design. It is a oblong wrap in lace weight yarn. I’m using MadelineTosh Prairie.

It will be a similar shape to Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty 2004!

Dream Big August

Curious Collective 2014 Shawl

I’m very excited to announce that the pattern for the Curious Collective 2014 shawl will be released on Monday 8 September.

The Knit Along for the shawl will also start on Monday and run until 17 October.

You can read all about the Choose Your Tribe theme for the knit along on the blog post here.

To join a tribe just nominate which tribe you would like to join here on the Curious Handmade Ravelry thread.

The categories for the Curious Collective KAL are as follows and there will be some fabulous prizes:
Finished Object – Random selection
Prize for random draw from FO thread in Ravelry.

Finished Object – Best Styled FO
Prize for the best styled shawl in keeping with the theme of the Tribe.

Social Media Maven Prize
Shout outs for the Curious Collective DKAL posted on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #CCDKAL will go into the draw for a special prize. Use the following Tribe hashtags for some friendly competition between the tribes!

#CCDKAL

#spacechictribe

#frenchvintagetribe

#englishrosetribe

#enchantedforesttribe

#artdecotribe

You can still buy the yet-to-be-released pattern here for 50% OFF:

 

This week I’m curious about…

What you would like to hear more of on future episodes of the podcasts? More interviews? Who with? Any segments you love that you want more of? Let me know in the comments.

Play the Instagram game! Take a picture of where you are listening to the podcast or what you are knitting and tag me #curioushandmadepodcast