Archives For February 2016

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In today’s episode I wind down our month of gentle creativity by chatting about the things I’ve been making (and hope to make). I also explore the two wings of any creative endeavor: inspiration and motivation.

What’s in the WIP

Magic Cake Shawl: Finished! It needs to be blocked, but I have to work out my blocking strategy. It’s already wonderfully huge, and I don’t want it very much bigger!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel:  I’m have cast on with Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds and the self-striping action is really exciting, though I have my doubts about where I started in the colourway. We’ll see how they develop.

I’m going to be hosting a giveaway of the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern. I want to support the designer, Patty Joy (SoxTherapist on Ravelry) who is undergoing cancer treatment and fundraising for a family reunion. I also thought it would be a nice way to participate in Yarn in The City’s #3thingsforyarnlove challenge. So if you don’t have this pattern and would like a chance to win it, pop over to my Ravelry Group. I’ll be posting a thread where you can comment with your Ravelry name to enter

Sól Angelica’s Socks: On Instagram I saw that Swedish designer Alpakkanna is launching a sweet new sock pattern with a little bit of colourwork, and she’s going to have a KAL. In the spirit of my new sock mania, I think I might just have to join in.

Brand new free shawl pattern! I was so inspired by the skein of Top Draw Sock Skein Australia yarn in the “Peace” colourway that I designed a new, simple design that will be a gift for my newsletter subscribers. I’ll be getting this photographed and ready to release over the next few weeks, so keep a lookout for this one!

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I got the idea for today’s topic from a podcast I really enjoy: it’s not knitting related but it’s relevant to anyone who is working for themselves in a creative industry.

Being Boss Podcast with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson

I mention some books which really inspire and motivate me:

Bohemian Modern by Emily Hanson

Nomad, Gypsy, Bowerbird by Sibella Court

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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

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I absolutely love diving deep into the specific, nerdy details of yarn and yarn production, and judging by the response to Ch 103 where we interviewed Sue from Blacker Yarn, you feel the same! So I’m delighted to welcome Sonja Bargielowska, also from Blacker Yarn this week for another intensive discussion about British breed-specific wool and blends, especially the wonderful new Tamar lustre yarn, which will be launching on the 3rd of March.

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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, the Fibre Co and many more

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The different Blacker yarns and sheep breeds that Sonja discusses:

Tamar

Tamar DK

Blue Faced Leicester (BFL)

Shetland

The long coat of a Wensleydale sheep:

Photo Credit: Amanda Slater, from http://flickr.com/photos/15181848@N02/4673891793 under a Creative Commons Licence

Photo Credit: Amanda Slater, from http://flickr.com/photos/15181848@N02/4673891793 under a Creative Commons Licence

Some photographs of the beautiful, free patterns that Sonja and Sue have designed to showcase Tamar (they will be launched next month, with the yarn:

Trevithick Cowl by Sonja Bargielowska & Sue BlackerTrefusis Shawl by Sonja BargielowskaMorwenstowe Socks by Sonja Bargielowska

Pisky Mitts by Sue Blacker

 

A big thanks to Sonja for joining us today. She and Blacker Yarn will debut Tamar at the The Edinburgh Yarn Festival, March 18 to 19, 2016. They are sponsoring the podcast lounge, giving a workshop, and sharing those amazing free patterns. I’ll be there as well, and I hope to see some of you! Until next week, happy knitting!

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In today’s episode I enthuse about the gorgeous array of sock yarn waiting to be whipped up into wonderful socks, and talk about Take Heart, a beautiful book of patterns that I’ve recently fallen in love with.

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

What’s in the WIP:

Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl by Paula Emons-Fussle from The Knitting Pipeline

Secret new shawl design! using Copper Corgi’s Gradient set in Peacock

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I went on a lovely little binge of video podcasts, sock yarn, and project bags this week.

Susan B. Anderson’s video podcast

How I Make My Socks pattern by Susan B. Anderson

Octopus, Turtle and Raccoon toys by Susan B. Anderson

Egg to Owl pattern by Susan B Anderson

A Homespun House video podcast

Voolenvine Yarn

Yarngasm video podcast

Inside Number 23 video podcast with Katie

Katie’s Instagram MissLavellia on Ravelry

Shinybees Podcast

Skein Australia Yarn – Top Draw Sock

Hedgerow Yarns

Suffolk Socks

Little Bobbins Video Podcast

Mrs Browns Bags

Grocery Girls Video Podcast

I review the wonderful Take Heart Collection by Fiona Alice from Pom Pom Press.

Check out the KAL hosted by Dani and Deb for this wonderful book with the hashtag #lkbtakeheartalong on Instagram

Handmaiden Yarn

Chester Basin Hat and Mitts in Border Mill Alpaca Tweed

#takeheartalong

Ketch Harbour wrap in Kettle Yarn Co Islington

Lunenburg Harbour socks in Toft Alpaca

I’m very excited that Barbara from Stitching up Paris has a new guide to all the best sewing and knitting shops in Paris:

That’s all the links I have for this week! Happy knitting!

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Welcome to February! After a fab but fast start to the year in January, I decided to choose a relaxing topic for this month. We’re exploring creativity again, in a laid back, gentle way. What do we mean when we talk about creativity and how can foster more of it in our daily lives? To start us off, I interviewed my very good friend Mette, who is one of the most naturally creative people I know. We’ve been planning the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat together, and recently spent the morning sewing bags for the event. Afterwards, we sat down to chat about the many ways she finds creativity in her days, and what “hygge” really means.

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

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After so many links last week, this episode I only have a couple:

At the Unravel Festival at Maltings in London, Feb, 19th to 21st, the girls from Yarn in the City will be debuting their London Craft Guide. Be sure to drop by their stall to see what it’s all about!

I wanted to share a few photos of Mette’s beautiful house, and some of the hygge touches she so lovingly creates:

 

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It’s a tremendously inviting space.  I’d love to hear about the hygge details in your home: what does cosy really mean to you? I hope you enjoyed this episode: that’s all I have for this week. Happy knitting!