Archives For October 2016

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I’m back from the retreat and full of stories and gratitude for such a wonderful time. A beautiful place, lovely people, and almost endless hours knitting were hard to leave behind! Today I’m sharing a bit of what we got up to, and letting you know about lots of fun stuff coming up soon.

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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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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I released the Bracile Hat and Cowl right after the retreat. To celebrate the launch I’m offering them all at a steep discount of 30% off until Sunday, October 30th. Each pattern will be £3.40 or the set for £4.40  AND until the end of the weekend only both individual patterns and the set will will be 30% OFF so each pattern will be £2.40 or the set for £3.00 (Remember, prices don’t include any applicable VAT for your country)

No code required…the sale is already applied!

Yarn in the City

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th in Kings College London – Advanced tickets available until November 1st

Shawl Society Update:

I’m about to release the 6th and final TSS pattern! In the meantime, there’s still some time to post your finished Aurore Shawl in the FO Thread. I said in the podcast that the deadline was this Sunday, but it’s actually Tuesday the 2nd of November, so you’ve got plenty of time to finish! I have some absolutely delicious prizes from The Copper Corgi and Seven Sisters Arts so you’ll want to be in on this one. We’ll also be having the overal TSS KAL drawing later in November, so keep posting your finished objects in all the threads!

Short and sweet shownotes this week! I’ll talk to you soon. Until then, happy knitting!

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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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Aurorae Shawl

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Brooklyn Kniffolk

Handmade and Woolen

Sew Sweet Violet

Brown Berry

Hannah Fettig

Michelle Wang

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Today’s post is a bit of a general update…a cosy chat about what’s been going on and what’s coming up in the Curious Handmade world.

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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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Blacker Yarns Ad

Blacker Yarns produce a diverse range of breed specific yarn for your knitting and crochet projects. With everything from Shetland and Blue-Faced Leicester through to Wensleydale, Gotland and Manx you’ll be sure to find an unexpected treat. If you are thinking of embarking upon a breed specific adventure, then head over to www.blackeryarns.co.uk. All Blacker’s wares are spun and dyed at their mill in Cornwall using 100% British Fibre and sustainable production methods.”

Peppermint & Licorice Tea from Pukka Tea

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Peppermint & Licorice Tea from Pukka Tea

Arranmore from The Fibre Co.

The Simple Things Magazine

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

How to Hygge: The Secrets of Nordic Living

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness

Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasure: Living the Danish Way

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge

Wild Planet Soft Embers Candles

Events:

The Autumn Curious Country House Retreat is sold out! If you’d like to have a spot on the waiting list, or be added to a list to hear about our next retreat in the spring, please get in touch with me at helen@curioushandmade.com

Whether you’re coming along or not, you are very welcome to join in with the Curious Handmade Country House KAL. Use the hashtag #chmadewellalong on Instagram to see how everyone is progressing! We’re making the Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli and I’ll be knitting mine in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway.

The Shawl Society Update:

Quill Shawl KAL winner:

Post #51 by kirstan

Aurorae Shawl

“Aurorae are the spellbinding flames of light that gather in the sky at both ends of the earth. In the far north, in Finland, it’s said that the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, occur when a great arctic fox brushes sparks from the mountain tops with his huge fluffy tail. On the other side of planet, the Aboriginal Australians believed that the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, were fires from the spirit world: the raging bushfires of sky spirits or the glow of their ancestors’ campfires.

I love the idea that people from different places can look at one phenomenon and interpret it so differently and creatively. In a much smaller way we can see this same magic happening in something as simple as a knitting pattern, when the gifted imaginations and hands of knitters from every corner of the world create their own versions of a beautiful object.

The Aurorae Shawl gathers up the strands of that sense of wonder, with rippling shifts of colour and flickering eyelet lace. Aurorae Shawl was designed using a six colour gradient set, with both sport weight and fingering weight versions. If you’re knitting from stash, this is a wonderful way to use up leftovers from other projects: just pick six colours that blend or play well together. This asymmetrical shawl features garter, eyelet and slip stitches: it looks intricate and complicated, but in fact it’s a gentle, easy knit. An i-cord edge gives Aurorae a lovely, polished finish.”

The two samples for Aurorae were knit in beautiful gradients from two lovely indie yarn dyers:

Copper Corgi Mini Skein Set in the Peacock colourway for the sport weight version.

Seven Sisters Arts Meridian Gradient Set in the Raven’s Wing colourway for the fingering weight version.

As always, we’re having a Mini KAL for Aurorae, which will run from the 6th of October to the 2nd of November, and both Copper Corgi and Seven Sisters Arts are offering amazing prizes.

You can join The Shawl Society by buying the ebook on Ravelry. When you join you’ll receive the five patterns that have already been released, and there’s one more surprise pattern to come next month. We still have new members joining all the time, and the community that has grown up around The Shawl Society is so warm, supportive, and fun. Visit us on the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group and see all the beautiful shawls that have been made so far.

That’s everything for today! I’ll chat to you next week. Until then, happy knitting!