Archives For December 2015

See you in 2016!

Helen —  December 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

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As you might expect, we’re deep into the holiday prep over here at Curious Handmade HQ. The main activities right now are wrapping presents and eating sweet mince pies (lots of mince pies!) I’m admiring the twinkle lights we’ve strung up around the place and thinking back over the past 12 months. It’s been a wonderful year. Thank you all so much for listening to the podcast, knitting the patterns, joining me on so many projects and being such a vibrant part of Curious Handmade. I’m taking a little break from the podcast and the blog for the holidays, so that I can devote myself to holiday baking, knitting, storytelling and merriment (and more mince pies!) with my family.

Before I surrender completely to the call of Christmas, I just wanted to remind you of a few things going on between now and the new year.

I’m running a special Holiday Sale until the 24th of December. I’m offering all my individual patterns and collections at 15% off. Just enter the code Merry15 when you check out on Ravelry.

The Knitvent 2015 KAL is still on, and will continue until the 31st of December. Don’t forget to put your pictures in the FO thread, because we have some really lovely prizes up for grabs, and I really want to see all of your beautiful knits.

I’ll be back with the podcast in early January. We’re going to spend the month thinking about every knitter’s guiltiest pleasure: stash. It’s going to be action-packed and a lot of fun! Until then, I hope your days are filled with joy and love and cosy knitting time. Happy holidays!

CH 104: Happy Holidays!

Helen —  December 11, 2015 — Leave a comment
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Ch 104

This is the last episode of 2015! I feel a bit reflective as the end of the year approaches. It’s been a truly amazing twelve months! As we head into the holiday break, I’m keeping it simple (after all, simplicity was my word for 2015!) and this episode is mostly just a catch up. I also have a really exciting announcement about something coming up early next year!

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can find Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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.

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The end of Knitvent 2015

We opened the final window on Thursday to reveal the Kindling Mitts.

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This year’s Knitvent has been an absolute joy. A million thanks to everyone who has participated. But it’s not completely over yet! There’s a finished objects thread on the Ravelry group now, and the KAL is going to be running until the end of the month, so there’s plenty of time to enter. We have some amazing prizes for this one, so don’t forget to upload your FO photos! You can do individual posts for each item and each post will count as a chance to win one of these:

£25 Gift Voucher from Meadow Yarn

£25 Gift Voucher from Blacker Yarn

$40 Gift Voucher from The Fringe Supply Co.

What’s in the WIP

Times Square by Norah Gaughan: I’m making good progress on this, and I just love the Knightsbridge yarn. Really comforting and cosy. I’ve switched to the Knitpro Zing needles from the HiyaHiya Sharps (which I love but were just a little too pointy for this non-lace knitting) and it’s been a joy. Over halfway done!

We’re going to run the Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge into 2016 on a quarterly basis, so I’m keeping that in mind as I start thinking about my makes for next year. There’s some discussion in this thread on the Ravelry Board if you’d like to learn more.

The Little Bobbins video podcast is proposing a Christmas Eve Socks KAL for knitting socks over Christmas which sounds like a lot of fun.

Contest Winner

The Authentic Collection giveaway got a huge amount of attention! Thanks to everyone who entered. I’m delighted to announce that the winner is:

Jen Day with this comment:

How often does an entire collection take ones breath away? I want to knit ALL the pieces, but first up will be A Girl Thing, because hats are much needed for the cold Michigan winter!

Congratulations! I know you’re going to love knitting everything in the collection.Get in touch with your Ravelry name and Joji will send you your prize!

Upcoming Events

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is on Dec 11th. I’ll be there as a booth babe for The Fibre Co, and some of the Knitvent 2015 samples will be on show as well.  I hope to see you there, if you’re local! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available on the door.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 -17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK! Details on how to register will be coming very soon!

That’s everything for this episode…and this year! ( I’ll see you on Ravelry in the meantime) Have a beautiful holiday season. Happy knitting!

Ch 103: The 5th Week of Knitvent!

Helen —  December 4, 2015 — 38 Comments
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Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can find Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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.

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Knitvent Update:

Window #5 opened this week, and behind it was the Kindling Hat! This is a unisex design that’s really quick to knit and looks fabulous in rugged yarns for the chaps and luxurious yarn for the ladies.

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Sample 1: Westcountry Tweed in Natural

Sample 2: Bluefaced Leicester DK in Natural  with an Alpaca Fur Pom Pom

I’m adding a finished object thread to the Ravelry board, and I have some great prizes to announce for the Knitvent 2015 KAL, so don’t forget to share your FOs!

What’s in the WIP:

Times Square by Norah Gaughan I really really want to finish this one, because I’m in love with the yarn (Fibre company’s Knightsbridge) and really want to wear it.

Reyka Pullover by Cirila Rose I’m up to the colourwork and I’d also love to wear it this winter.

Cave Point Shawl by Paula from the Knitting Pipeline. So nearly done on this one and it will go with everything, so it’s another one I’m desperate to finish.

Collection Review

The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli

I interviewed this brilliant Argentine designer a while back, and I’m such a big fan. The patterns are all available individually, but the full collection is amazing value. There’s a lovely preview video on her website. It’s great to see the patterns being worn and moving! This is a huge collection, and would love to knit just about any of these designs.

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Puntilla is probably first on my list

She’s given us a copy of the ebook to give away this week, so if you’d like to be in with a chance to win, just leave a comment telling us which design is your favourite! I’ll draw a winner at random next week.

Other Show Links:

Being Boss Podcast Episode with Jay Prior

Paula’s charming first video podcast

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is on Dec 11th. I’ll be attending (for my third year in a row! Time flies!) and I’m really looking forward to it. More holiday catch-ups with friends. I hope to see you there, if you’re local! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available on the door.

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!