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On today’s podcast I’m back in the swing of things and making all kinds of plans for knitting. My creative space finally feels ready for some real work, and Knitvent is just around the corner! But first I’m headed to Knit City Vancouver, and very excited!

 

The Fibre Co. Meadow

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Copper Corgi Yarn

Juniper Socks

Knit City Vancouver

Knitvent 2017

Knitvent 2016

Knitvent 2015

Knitvent 2014

Knitvent 2013

The Shawl Society Season III

Learning to Cry Shawl

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Today on the podcast I’m still deep in organizing my new sewing room and wondering which of my WIPs to pick up and finish next. I have information about the special yarn I’ve chosen for the 5th shawl in The Shawl Society Season III which will be released next week. A few tantalizing hints about how that yarn will be used just might have snuck their way into this episode! Finally, I have a list of KAL winners from The Shawl Society and The Handmade Sock Society so far!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Copper Corgi Yarn

Clio Pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Bear in Sheep’s Clothing

Bear in Sheep’s Clothing is having an update today, September 14th in her Etsy Shop!

Eva Faith Esty

A Homespun House Yarn

Yorkshire Dale Yarns from Homespun Wonders

Olann Yarns

Maytham Shawl KAL Winner

Ivy over the Door KAL Winner
Winter Rose Socks KAL Winner
Magnolia Socks KAL Winner

Astrantia Socks KAL Winner

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After another little break from the podcast I’m back! It almost feels like the start of a new year, with the kids heading back to school, so once again I’m revisiting my plans and getting my brain back into the swing of work and schedules and goals. I have the most recent Shawl Society pattern to introduce, and a yummy new sweater quantity of yarn is giving me daydreams.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Better than Before by Gretchen Reuben

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Reuben

The Shawl Society Season III

Planting Seeds Shawl

The Fibre Co. Meadow

The Handmade Sock Society

Moeke Yarns

Farm to Cable Yarns

Bright by Junko Okomoto

Plum pullover by Junko Okomoto

Ashes by Isabel Kramer

Knit City Vancouver

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I’m back from my holidays with stories and news! I missed you all and while it was lovely to be in Australia it’s also wonderful to land back home and start settling back into regular life. Today’s a bit of a catchup and a little peak forward at what’s coming up next for Curious Handmade!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Happier Podcast

Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

 

 

Mark Dawson

Lee Child

Tilda Fabric

The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock Society

Land of Sweets Cowl

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Wick Shawl

The Walk Collection

Honey Bee Dance Socks

The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock in Pecan

Knitty City Vancouver

 

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Photo Credit: Deb Hickman

Today on the podcast I have a brand new sock pattern to introduce: our 4th design in this year’s Handmade Sock Society. I’m also reviewing a few books that I’ve found really helpful in my journey to stay healthy. Knitting can take a toll on our muscular-skeletal system, so if we want to keep knitting prolifically, it’s important to take care of ourselves. Knitting can also be a source of healing and an act of self-care, so I take a look at some books which cover that side of things as well.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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The Handmade Sock Society

Honey Bee Dance Socks

The Wool Barn Cashmere Sock in Pecan

The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn 

The Creative Penn Podcast

Self Care For The Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips

Knit for Health and Wellness by Betsan Corkhill

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Today’s episode is short and sweet, which is appropriate, since I’m talking about my favourite little knitting projects: socks! I have a few on the go right now (they are perfect travel knitting, and I always bring some on every holiday) and I’m stalking more patterns on Ravelry, as always. Got to keep that

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock Society

Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar

Sweet Fiber Yarns

Indigo Leaves Socks by Joji Locatelli

Madelinetosh Work Sock

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson

Cyril Socks by Danielle Jorge (Dani from Little Bobbins!)

Clark Socks by Jacyln

Brooklyn Knitfolk

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On today’s episode I have a new Shawl Society pattern to introduce, and some good news about my violin exam! I have a short review of a book that I’ve found helpful when it comes to making progress on my goals. I’m also exploring some habits and ideas that could help me get more done, with a little mid-year review of what’s working and what I’d like to do more of.

 

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Leap Year by Helen Russell

TwoSet Violin YouTube

Eddy Chen YouTube

Strides Habit Tracker

Streaks App

Asana

Monday App

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock SocietyWick Shawl

The Walk Collection

CH 227: Craftivism

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Today on the podcast I’m talking about a subject that some might find a little controversial, but which I find very inspiring and empowering: craftivism. The idea of changing the world for the better in both big and small ways with the power of making is a wonderful thing. I take a look at the #titsoutcollective spearheaded by Countess Ablaze, talk a bit about how discovering craftivism has changed the way I look at my own craft, and take a peek at some of the lovely patterns from the Collective.

Photo Credit: Townhouse Yarns (Colourway: Get Your Paws Off My Silky Drawers)

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Countess Ablaze

Tits Out Collective

#titsoutcollective on Instagram

Betsy Greer’s Craftivism site and manifesto

Pussy Hat Project

DIY Rules for a WFT World by Krista Suh

Exposure Top by Julie Knits In Paris

Twits Shawl by Agrarian Artisan (crochet)

The Wave Shawl by Dandelions & Butterflies

Flash ‘Em When You’re Ready Shawl by Ann Turley Dreith in Studio ATD

Boobs Out Beanie by Jane Murison

The Erika Cowl by Louise Tilbrook

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This week on the podcast I’m all excited about my most recent FO, and already thinking about how many WIPs are going to make the cut and jet off to Australia with me for a holiday. (Spoiler alert: too many!)

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Cima by Shibui

Silk Cloud by Shibui

A Yarn Story

Curious Handmade Ravelry Group

The Shawl Society Season III

Maytham Shawl 

Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec
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Today’s podcast is a nice chatty catch up…I have some updates about how my 18 in 2018 projects are going, including one I got to tick off the list this week. I also have a new shawl design and some Shawl Society news to share with you. I’m having a good time stalking a project that the fabulous Countess Ablaze has started as well as a few new entries on the fantasy knitting queue.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

Brooklyn Knitfolk Quilt Along Tutorials

Red Robin Shawl

The 2nd shawl of The Shawl Society Season III has been released! I’d like to introduce the Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

There are so many magical moments in the story of The Secret Garden, and one of the most poignant of all is the scene where Mary follows the robin along the garden walls to the hidden doorway. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the passage in the book where she lifts the “swinging curtain of ivy” to find the entrance to the silent, sleeping garden, the thrill of the discovery never fades. I don’t think it is happenstance that this instant of revelation is instigated by the little bird. The Robin is lonely Mary’s first friend, and in The Secret Garden, making friends and coming alive are two sides of the same coin. Once she steps through that door, both Mary and the garden begin to grow.

The Ivy Over The Door is a bold statement shawl, with simple but impressive lace and texture designed to evoke the romance and mystery of the secluded garden. If you look closely you can see the twining vines and leaves of ivy and the weathered old door worked into the two colour blocks. This generous rectangular wrap is large but so easy to wear: an ideal shape for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit and perfect for wrapping tightly around you when the winds blow as wild as a summer storm on the Yorkshire Moors.

The sample was knit with Meadow Yarn Hain and the special colours that Anj at Meadow Yarn created for this shawl are still available as “dyed to order” kits and will be dispatched between 5 to 7 day.

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec

The Tits Out Collective Colourway – Countess Ablaze

Countess Ablaze Instagram

#titsoutcollective

Beach Martinis Cardigan by Emily Walton

Lotta by Marie Greene

Laine Magazine Issue 5