Archives For April 2015

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Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat Podcast special

 

I recently attended the Knitting Pipeline retreat hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle, held at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Centre – about 1½ hours drive from Atlanta in Georgia.

In this episode you can hear a collection of interviews with some of the retreat attendees as well as a chat I had with Paula a few days after the retreat when we had returned home and had time to reflect on the event.

You will also hear music by Dianne and Missy playing the ukelele.

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Craftsy is a great resource for classes and articles on a range of crafts. I have personally benefited from watching several classes that I’ve mentioned on the show including Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter, The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits by Anne Hanson and most recently mentioned Know your Yarn by Clara Parkes.

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Paula and I are both Craftsy affiliates so if you purchase a class after first clicking on the Craftsy links or buttons on our sites, we receive a small commission for spreading the word.

Paula also hosts a Craftsy-Along  on her Ravelry Knitting Pipeline board if you would like to chat about the classes you’re doing.

Now, let me take you back to a beautiful state park in Georgia where a bunch of knitters went to hang out for a few days.

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You can find more information about Paula’s Knitting Pipeline retreats on her website and Ravelry group.

Vendors at the Retreat Market were:

Maria Elena Bliss

Jan B Smiley 

Prairie Bag Works

Copper Corgi Yarn

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Channelling Stephen West in Georgia

Photography: Sue Wilkins, Sue Witkin, Pauline Wall, Helen Stewart

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 71

This week I’m continuing the discussion of yarn, glorious yarn, talking about what I’m working on in What’s in the WIP and announcing a new knit along.

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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, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished and blocked my Pebble Beach Shawl that I cast on at Unwind Brighton last year in Skein Australia yarn in Cashmere Fingering in the Sea Salt colour.

I’ve also been knitting my magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl – it’s completely addictive!

Pebble Beach Shawl – Two More Sizes

My Pebble Beach Shawl pattern will soon be re-released with two more sizes.

I’m aiming for release date of 5 May 2015.

If you already have the pattern in your library you will automatically receive an update with the new sizes.

I’m currently testing and finalizing photos and pattern.

The new sizes are knit in yarn by The Uncommon Thread.

Knitting Pipeline Pebble Beach KAL

Paula at Knitting Pipeline is hosting a KAL of my designs to celebrate the relaunch of Pebble Beach.

Yarn, Glorious Yarn! 

This week I am talking about Shetland Yarn.

Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0

http://www.knittingpipeline.com/

Jamieson’s of Shetland

Jamieson and Smith – See their blog for a wealth of interesting information

KnitBritish Hap Along hosted by Louise

Meet My Yarn KAL

Challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group here by creating a swatch in April

It could be for a specific project or it could be for the joy of taking some yarn for a walk!

Tell us about the yarn, the qualities – if it is a specific breed, any special story about the yarn and what you discover about it from your swatching.

My hope is that it will encourage reluctant swatchers to give it a try and for enthusiastic swatchers to show off their work!

This week in the KAL AlpakkaAnna shared an interesting story about her swatch using special Swedish yarn.

She also mentioned Louvre by Hinterm Stein – an Austrian designer.

 

The Fibre Company Cumbria

I’m really excited to share that the KAL will be sponsored by The Fibre Company and their new Cumbria yarn. Here is some more information about it:

“Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the  masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.”

“I began the product development process for Cumbria during the time that I was organizing my move to the UK. I was drawn towards including fibre from an English sheep breed in the blend. There were many to research and consider, but eventually I was attracted to and settled on the beautiful brown wool from the Masham sheep, which is a crossbreed between a Teeswater ram and either a Swaledale or Dalesbred ewe.  The Teeswater is on the “vulnerable” list of rare breed sheep that is published and watched by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.”

While this yarn won’t be available to the public until later this summer around August – knit along participants will have a chance to win an exclusive pre-release skein of this special yarn.

Don’t forget to join in the KALs and the Instagram game this week!

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CH 70: Georgia to Portugal

Helen —  April 17, 2015 — Leave a comment
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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 70

This week I’m talking about the Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat, latest projects including the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl and some interesting yarn.

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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, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat

I’m just back from Paula’s Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat and I had a wonderful time.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished the knitting of my Pebble Beach Shawl that I cast on at Unwind Brighton last year in Skein Australia yarn in Cashmere Fingering in the Sea Salt colour.

I also created a magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and cast on for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl

I have it in my gorgeous brand new Maria Elena Bliss project bag

Yarn Glorious Yarn

The Field Guide to Fleece

Istex Léttlopi available at Meadow Yarn

Hole & Sons Poll Dorset

Ana’s tips from Portugal (Malhadeira on Ravelry) 

1. Rosários4 and the “Economia Verde” (Green Economy) show that Ana worked on is here in Portugese (just 3 mins – interesting even if you can’t understand the Portugese :-))

2. “Portuguese Yarn Club”

Includes yarn by Paula from Dyed By Alfinete

3. O Oficio and Saber Fazer

Manta yarn and Ana’s swatch for the Meet my Yarn KAL

Don’t forget to post a swatch in the Meet My Yarn KAL! Its a very doable KAL and you could win an exclusive skein of The Fibre Company Cumbria yarn that hasn’t even hit the shops yet!

 

CH 69: Yarn Glorious Yarn

Helen —  April 9, 2015 — Leave a comment
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 Curious Handmade Podcast 69

Today I giving an introduction to the theme of the podcast this month which is yarn (glorious yarn glorious yarn)!

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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, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

What’s in the WIP?

Currently working on updating my Pebble Beach Shawl pattern to include two more sizes – medium and large.

I’m creating samples in The Uncommon Thread Merino Lace and Heavenly Lace.

I’m still working onn Reyka by Cirilia Rose from Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter’s Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style with my Lopi from Meadow Yarn.

Yarn Glorious Yarn

Fibre is where it all starts 

Some good resources

People – Clara Parkes of Knitters Review and Deborah Robson

Craftsy – Clara Parkes has 2 craftsy classes:

Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time, with Clara Parkes

Stashbusting: Make the Most of the Yarns You Have (with Clara Parkes)

Books –

The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

The Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers

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Clara’s Craftsy Class – Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time, with Clara Parkes 

The class includes 7 lessons – each about 20mins – about 2.5 hours in total.

It’s very interesting and easy to listen to, I found it funny and encouraging.

Topics include:

Fibre terms – Different qualities – microns, crimp, staple length;

Different types of fibres – protein plant bugs

Twist – creating yarn – How it is prepared and spun – worsted vs woolen, plys

Swatching

It’s a really comprehensive introduction and overview to fibre and I would really recommend it

Podcasts

Knit FM – Hanna Fetig and Pam Allen – Ep 14 Breed Specific Wool

Pomcast Lydia and Sophie – Ep 11 – Clara Parkes Interview at EYF

Fibre Trek TV – Sarah (Swenstea on Ravelry) – Episode 29 “soulful stash”, lots of discussion and information about finding interesting fibre and farm yarn on her Ravelry group.

Woolful – Ashley – farmers and yarn producers

Spinning

Knitgirrrls

Fluffy Fibres

Knitmore Girls 

How to find out more about interesting fibre:

  • Read and listent to some of the resources above
  • Google specific breeds
  • Go to fibre events – and talk to people
  • Keep up a general awareness – instagram/social media
  • Swatching
Meet My Yarn KAL

Challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group by creating a swatch in April

It could be for a specific project or it could be for the joy of taking some yarn for a walk!

Tell us about the yarn, the qualities – if it is a specific breed, any special story about the yarn and what you discover about it from your swatching.

My hope is that it will encourage reluctant swatchers to give it a try and for enthusiastic swatchers to show off their work!

The Fibre Company Cumbria

I’m really excited to share that the KAL will be sponsored by The Fibre Company and their new Cumbria yarn. You might have heard my interview with Daphne Marinopolous – the founder of the Fibre Company on podcast episode 66. She mentioned the soon to be released Cumbria yarn and here is some more information about it:

“Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.”

“I began the product development process for Cumbria during the time that I was organizing my move to the UK. I was drawn towards including fibre from an English sheep breed in the blend. There were many to research and consider, but eventually I was attracted to and settled on the beautiful brown wool from the Masham sheep, which is a crossbreed between a Teeswater ram and either a Swaledale or Dalesbred ewe.  The Teeswater is on the “vulnerable” list of rare breed sheep that is published and watched by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.”

While this yarn won’t be available to the public until later this summer around August – knit along participants will have a chance to win an exclusive pre-release skein of this special yarn.

 

Have a great week and don’t forget to play the instagram game! Tag your pics with #curioushandmadepodcast and share what you’re knitting or where you’re listening to the show!

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Today I have been pondering what to do with my skein of Terra given to us by The Fibre Company at the Muse Connection Volume 1.

It is an Aran weight yarn – 90metres/98yds so its a bit tricky amount to do a single skein project with but never fear! I found lots of ideas which may also help with a few other small and perfect skeins of yarn in my stash.

With such lovely yarn I’m thinking that it would make a lovely gift….or something nice for me!

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So of course I turned to Ravelry and my first search was on the “Yarn” tab and I searched “Terra Fibre Company”. I then selected the “Projects” tab to see what others had made with the yarn. After a bit of looking I realised that I could do an advanced search and select the exact amount I had to narrow down the results.

I found a few good options with this search:

Alfalfa Baby Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn

(free pattern)

Alfalfa Baby Hat

© Kate Gagnon Osborn + Kelbourne Woolens

Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits

(free pattern)

Barley

© Tin Can Knits

Leia Bonnet and Pixie Booties by Mel Clark

From book – Knitting gifts for Baby

Terra Projects

© Helen Bankers

So then I decided to widen my search to any Aran weight project that used one skein.

This time I went to the Pattern tab and clicked straight on the “pattern browser and advanced search” link under the search box.

Then on the left hand side I selected filters Weight = Aran and Meterage. At first I selected 0-150 metres but then realised I could get even more specific and selected “cusomize: enter a range…” down the bottom of the box and put in 0-90 – that would give me just projects that used the exact amount I have.

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Using this search I found a lot of cute ideas. General ideas include baby hats (as above!), headbands, small fingerless gloves, boot toppers, cozies for mugs and phones and little toys.

A few that caught my eye in particular are:

When Left Foot Met Right Foot by Justyna Lorkowska

When Left Foot Met Right Foot

© Lete

Toasty Talus by Clare Devine

Toasty Talus

© Clare Devine

Tiffany Neckwarmer by Hilary Smith Callis

Tiffany Neckwarmer

© Hiliary Smith Calis

Smart Driver Mitts by Lizzie Laine

Smart Driver Mitts

© Lizzie Laine

What do you like to knit (or crochet) with small amounts of Aran weight yarn? Leave your suggestions in the comments!