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On today’s episode I’m settling into those autumn feelings and daydreaming about everything I’d like to knit for my upcoming trip to Rhinebeck…some of them a little more realistic than others. I’m also announcing winners for our recent giveaway and the Wishmaker Mini KAL for The Shawl Society Season II.

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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.com

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We have a winner for our Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Brushwork Yarn giveaway! Our winning comment is:

Brushwork looks and sounds amazing and I’d love to knit something with it. The pattern I’ve been hoping to try out for some time is the Rose Bowl beanie (and cowl!) by Veera Valimaki

Rose Bowl Beanie by Veera Välimäki

We also have a winner for the Wishmaker Shawl KAL!

The prize is also from Blacker Yarn

The winner is Knitsnpurls aka Carol with Post 31 in the Wishmaker FO Thread

Carol has a lovely video podcast: A Stitch in Time

Andre Sue Knits

Our beautiful Shawl Society enamel pins are now available! You can grab yours online at:

A Yarn Story in the UK

The Wooly Thistle in the US


Hay Pullover by Claire Mountain

Laine Magazine

Road to China Light by The Fibre Co

Jones Street Sport Copper Corgi

Avalanche Pullover by Heidi Kirrmaier

Plum Pullover by Junko Okamoto

Moeke Elena

That’s everything for this episode: short and sweet this week. I’ll talk to you again soon, and until then, Happy knitting! xx

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On today’s episode I’m introducing a shawl that might just be my favourite of this season’s Shawl Society, and reviewing the wonderful Berlin Knits festival and all the lovely classes I took there, along with a few announcements and some cameos from a few of my favourite knitters…

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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.com

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Yesterday was the launch of our 6th and final pattern, the Familiar Shawl

 

Companions of wise women and magicians down the years, these helpful household beings took the form of a loyal animal: a black cat was the most traditional, but your familiar could be just about anything. A dog, an otter, a raven, a discreet little mouse or fleet brown hare.

Some say these magical animals could change shape to suit the task at hand. They could deliver messages, assist with magic, defend their human, but most of all they were company.

The life of a magic-maker can be a lonely one, and having someone by (and on) your side is important, even when it’s “just” an animal. Harry Potter’s beloved Hedwig, the beautiful snowy owl, is an updated interpretation of a familiar. More than just a pet or a mail carrier, she was one of his very best friends.

Anyone who has ever formed a bond with an animal knows that friendship is one of the strongest kinds of magic we have here in the real world.

Our sixth design for this season, the Familiar Shawl, taps into a little of that magic. Familiar will be a cosy companion on frosty days, offering warmth and comfort when the wind blows wild.

Texture plays a strong role in this design, which features unusual soft cables, inspired in part by Hedwig’s downy feathers. It has a “familiar” favourite shape: a crescent, and is finished with a simple ribbed border. The yarn, a fluffy, luxurious bulky weight, is soft enough that your first instinct is to stroke it affectionately.

Familiar knits up so quickly some people might suspect you’ve used a helpful household spell in its construction.

The Familiar shawl is a tribute to companionship and loyalty wherever we find it: furry or feathered friends, close human confidantes, or a tribe of like-minded makers scattered across the globe, connected by technology. As such, it seemed like a fitting end to this magical season of The Shawl Society.

Making, like magic, can be something of solitary pursuit. Familiar reminds us to reach outside ourselves into the rich world of camaraderie and connection that waits for us, closer to home than we might imagine.

I used a familiar friend of a yarn for this one, Tundra, from The Fibre Co, which was also our sample yarn for Sonder, last season’s final shawl. I’m such a fan of the amazing yarn that I really wanted to revisit it this year.

The Familiar Mini KAL will run from October 5th to November 2nd. The Shawl Society Season II Grand KAL will also be ending on November 2nd, so be sure to post photos of all your finishes TSS II shawls in the FO threads by then! I’ll be drawing winners for a range of wonderful prizes. By the way, it’s never too late to jump in to The Shawl Society…Familiar is such a quick knit you could easily whip it up before the Grand KAL!

LouLeigh Project Bags

Berlin Knits Yarn Festival

Kunibag Project Bags

Yarn Over Berlin

La Bien Aimee Yarn

Paris in Berlin Colourway La Bien Aimee

Paris in Berlin Cowl by Joji Locatelli

Laine Magazine

The Walk Collection Yarn

Nature’s Luxury Yarn

Joji Locatelli’s Website

Veera Välimäki’s Website

Confetti

Garn Stories Yarn

Tieke Garn

Norne Yarn

Hand Dyed Berlin

EvieandLily’s gorgeous Instagram

Hue Loco Yarn

And that wraps up our notes for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend of knitting ahead of you and I will see you next week!

 

 

 

 

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On today’s podcast I’m chatting about all the many things coming up: trips to Berlin and Rhinebeck, a few KALs, and lots and lots of upcoming design work…including the return of our beloved Knitvent!

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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.com

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We have our winners from last week’s giveaway!

Winner of the Clark Socks Pattern:

Julian Brina

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I love your patterns 🙂 The three things I am grateful for tday: 1) Listening to your podcast!; 2) A stranger smiling to me on the street early in the morning; 3) The book I am reading in the moment (The Vet’s Daughter, by Barbara Comyns). Lots of love from Germany! 🙂

Winner of the Oracle Shawl Pattern:

Alene Mazzuca 

1enjoyed my young grandson for an overnight visit and waffles this morning he’s a joy.
2finishing up the string “baby gift for the new grand due next week
3sitting outside a glorious day and knitting my granito

There is a KAL going on for Oracle right now, hosted by the Comfy Red Couch Podcast and the Little Bobbins Podcast: The Spirit of Autumn KAL is running on Instagram with the hashtag #SpiritofAutumnKAL

Curious Handmade Newsletter Sign Up

I’m running the Wildflower Hill Shawl KAL over on the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group!

The KAL is running now until the end of October!

The Wishmaker Shawl Mini KAL is running until October 5th, so don’t forget to post your finished shawls in the FO Thread

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Tundra from The Fibre Co.

Blacker Yarns Falklands Swan DK

Blacker Yarns Pure Gotland DK

We are having a giveaway of 3 balls of the fabulous Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Birthday Brushwork yarn so listen to the episode to find out how to enter!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

Kristy Glass Knits

Clio pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Indie Untangled

Needles Up

AndreSueKnits

Legacy Fiber Artz

Voolenvine Yarns

Hue Loco

Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Daughter of a Shepherd

That’s all of our links for this episode! Have a fantastic week, and happy knitting!

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On today’s show I fill you in on all the fun details of the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, introduce the new retreat shawl design, and share a few beautiful new patterns I’ve been stalking, with information on how you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of one for yourself!

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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.com

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Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company

Today I’m releasing the shawl pattern I created for the retreat, Wildflower Hill

The Wildflower Hill Shawl celebrates the beautiful flora of Cumbria’s countryside. Created for the fourth Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, Wildflower Hill was designed to showcase Arranmore Light, a gorgeous DK weight yarn from our retreat sponsor, The Fibre Co. From early spring into the last days of autumn, blossoming wildflowers and herbs are woven into the tapestry of Cumbrian hills. The tiny flecks of colour in this lovely yarn make me think of the scattering of flowers that adorn every corner of the country. Marsh orchids inhabit the peaty lowlands while delicate alpine species cling to the rocky outcrops at the peaks of the fells. Many of these flowers have ancient medical and magical uses, but mostly they are a feast for bees and butterflies, and a glorious sight for anyone with the time to slow down on a stroll and look.

This two-colour asymmetrical triangle shawl features bold colour-blocked stripes and a simple lace stitch pattern that recalls the rolling, flower-strewn hills of Cumbria. Warm and cosy but lightweight with a beautiful drape, it is a perfect companion for a windy hill walk at almost any time of year.

Norah George

Suffolk Socks

A Yarn Story

Bunkhouse Belle Socks by Julie Waters

Sew Sweet Violet

So Faded by Andrea Mowery

Confetti Pullover by Veera Välimäki

Starting Point Shawl by Joji Locatelli

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

Malabrigo Sock

Oracle Shawl by Kristin Lehrer of Voolenvine

Yarngasm Podcast

Find out how to enter for a chance to win a gorgeous knitting pattern by listening to the Podcast!

That is everything for this episode…I’ll talk to you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

 

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Now that we’re back from our Australian holidays and have settled back at home in London, the autumn weather has arrived, bringing with it some ambitious daydreams about sweaters and cables and the wooliest of woolly projects. In today’s episode I chat about my visit to the Great London Yarn Crawl, my new fantasy knitting queue, some of the realities of constant design work, and more details about the exciting new retreat I’ll be hosting in May in the glorious city of Bath.

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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.com

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I have drawn three winners from our Camp Curious Big Participation Thread!

Winner of the Maria Elena Bliss project bag, a skein of Australis Sock from Skein Yarn in the Sterling colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

Madeline’s new podcast is Kingfisher Knits Podcast
Winner of the Prairie Bag Works project bag, a skein of Jumbuck base by Dingo Dyeworks in the Catherine colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

Winner of the Danica Studio project bag, a skein of Phyllis Sock by Hue Loco  in the Wood Sprite colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

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Hue Loco Podcast

The Yarn in The City Great London Yarn Crawl

Erika Knight

Fireflies Rising Shawl

The Wool Kitchen

Travel Knitter

Refuge

Knit for Peace

Clio pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Rhapsody in Cables by Joji Locatelli

Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company

Fruity Knitting Podcast interview with Daphne from the Fibre Co

Right now I’m deep in the thrilling details of planning our new luxury knitting retreat in Bath, which will go on sale tomorrow. You can read about all the details and get on the VIP mailing list here!

That’s all our notes for this week. Happy knitting and I’ll talk to you again soon!

 

 

 

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I am finally back from my family holiday in Australia, and in this episode I catch you up on all the fun we had, and all the yarn I brought home with me. We’re also chatting about the latest pattern release for The Shawl Society Season II, and I reveal a bit more about the spectacular luxury knitting retreat I’m planning right now.

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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.com

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Maria Elena Bliss

Prairie Bag Works

Dingo Dyeworks

Skein Yarn

It’s not too late to join in with the Camp Curious The Big Participation Thread for your chance to win some great prizes before I draw next week.

The Yarn in The City Great London Yarn Crawl

Firelflies Rising

The Wool Kitchen

Travel Knitter

Refuge

Knit for Peace

Skein Sisters

Hedgehog Fibres

Wren and Ollie 

One Tree Hill Collection Yarn

Rune Shawl

Circus Tonic Handmade

 

Yesterday I released the 5th pattern of Season II: The Wishmaker Shawl

Hidden deep in a forest in Yorkshire, not far from a tumbling waterfall, sits a mysterious shelter known as “The Hermitage.” The hollowed out cave is just big enough for one very shy dweller to live tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the whispering of trees and the scurrying of little woodland lives. It must have taken enormous effort to carve a tiny house out of a gigantic boulder in 1790, but someone did it. This astonishing home is mysterious enough, but another surprise awaits. Climb up to the roof and you’ll find two curious chairs hewn from the same rock. Legend says that these are the Wishmaker’s chairs, which will grant your heart’s desire if you take a seat and make a wish in one, and then hop over to sit in the other. It is a beautiful bit of magic concealed in an enchanted corner of the English countryside.

Our 5th shawl shares something of the character of the Wishmaker’s chairs: the marriage of work and whimsy, a break from the busy world, and a reminder that wishing and dreaming is an important part of even the quietest existence. Wishmaker is an asymmetrical triangle shawl knit from cosy DK weight yarn. Its rustic textures of garter and eyelet borrow from the natural world, while deep stripes of three colours keep the eye moving across the shawl. It’s the perfect accessory to wrap around yourself for a peaceful wander through the woods in your own company.

There is something beautiful and poignant about a hermit’s retreat which features not one, but two Wishmaker’s chairs. Perhaps the maker of the Wishmaker’s chairs wished for something more than solitude. To withdraw from the world in the hopes of being alone, and then carve out a place for a companion to sit may seem strange, but it reminds us of the balance we seek in our own creativity. We create first and foremost for ourselves, but the sharing of the things we make is where the true magic resides.

I used two amazing DK weight yarns from Blacker Yarns to create the samples for Wishmaker.

Blacker Yarns Gotland DK

Blacker Yarns Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK

The Wishmaker Shawl KAL will run from September 9th to October 5th. For a chance to win a prize, just post your finished shawl in the FO thread by the deadline.

The winner of the Rune Shawl Mini KAL is ThePeekoCrafter with post number 115.

I am planning a super-special luxury knitter’s getaway for May 2018. You can learn more (and get a spot on the retreat mailing list for exclusive early registration) here: Curious Handmade Retreat Bath

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This week I’m talking about the ways that the knitting community comes into designing a pattern. For many knitters, making a change to an existing pattern is their first step into the world of pattern design. It’s a good way to gain a little confidence, experiment with new ideas, and flex your technical and creative muscles. I think of modification as a kind of collaboration, where a designer and a knitter are “working together” to create a perfectly personalised finished object. 

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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.com

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Afternoon Tea Shawl project page with hood modification

Curious Collective Shawl Pattern # 1

Curious Collective Shawl Pattern # 2

Whispering Island Shawl

For our Scavenger Hunt prompt this last week of camp, share a photo of a knitting pattern you’ve modified, a pattern you’d like to modify, or maybe something you’ve knit because you were inspired by someone else, as a muse! Post in the Big Participation Thread, and remember, you can fill in the prompts any time for the next week or so before I draw winners for our Camp Curious end-of-camp prizes! To make it easier to catch up, I’ve posted all the prompts at the top of the thread.

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The Rune Shawl Mini KAL will run until Sept 7th (I said the 6th in the podcast but we’ve said the 7th before so we’ll stick to that!) so don’t forget to post your FO photos in the thread whenever you’ve cast off! As we’re getting close to the end (just a couple of months to go) remember that if you’re finishing up any other shawls from this season you can still post them in the FO threads to be in with a chance to win a lovely prize in the Grand KAL at the end of the season!

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On today’s episode I discuss how important photography has been to growing my design business and the Curious Handmade community, and share some simple tips I’ve picked up along the way. Whether you want to beautiful images in order to publish a pattern, or just want to share photos of your creations with friends and family, learning how to style and snap finished objects is a valuable part of the creative process.

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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.com

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Makelight Studios

Jarrod Flood Brooklyn Tweed Blog

Alana Dakos

Madder Made

Laine Magazine

I have announced the yarn for the 5th TSSII Shawl:

Black Yarns Pure Gotland DK

Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK

The Rune Shawl Mini KAL will run until Sept 7th so don’t forget to post your FO photos in the thread!

This week’s Camp Curious Scavenger Hunt is to share a photo you’ve taken of a finished object and some notes about what taking the photo was like: what was a challenge? What did you like about the result? Just post in the Big Participation Thread on Ravelry.

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Today in Camp Curious we take a look at the finishing touches that can completely transform a shawl. Borders and edgings add a lot of character to a shawl and can change its shape and the way it hangs. I chat about how I choose a border for a shawl, some technical considerations, and a few resources that I turn to often

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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.com

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The little garden cardigan pattern by Junko Okamoto

Moeke Yarns Heritage

FiberTrek Video Podcast

Curious Handmade Bath Retreat News Sign Up

Talisman Shawl

Candlelit Shawl

Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein

Knitting over the Edge by Nicky Epstein

Cast On/Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor

Boo Knits

Midsummer Haze by Joji Locatelli

Miss Winkle Shawl by Martina Behm

Leftie Shawl by Martina Behm

Exploration Station by Stephen West

 

For today’s Scavenger Hunt prompt, I’d love to see an edging that has caught your eye recently. Post a photo in The Big Camp Curious Participation Thread with a little message about what you like in a shawl edging. Is sweet and simple your favourite or do you like a dramatic finish? As always, feel free to jump in and complete your prompts at your own pace for a chance to win a prize at the end of camp. That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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This week on the podcast I introduce you to the latest Shawl Society design, the Rune Shawl, and then dive into a discussion of the many amazing types of stitch patterns that can enrich a shawl design. Lace, colourwork, cables…stitch patterns are an endless source of interest for me. I share some of my favourite stitch dictionaries and resources and chat about the challenges and joys of working a stitch pattern into a new design.

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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.com

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Twisted Finch Yarn

Super Stitches Knitting stitch dictionary

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series

Harmony Guides to stitches (knit and crochet)

Lace and Eyelet: 250 Stitches to Knit by Erica Knight

Up, Down, All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

Knitted Cable Source Book by Noarah Gaughan

Mary Jane Mucklestone’s colourwork books

My interview with Mary Jane Mucklestone Curious Handmade Ch 127

 

I’ve just released the 4th pattern in this season of The Shawl Society, The Rune Shawl.

Found carved into ancient artefacts, monuments and standing stones scattered across the north, runes carry stories across thousands of years. Every rune was much more than a simple letter in an alphabet. Each one was also a symbol of power, revered as magical, used in divination and charms. To inscribe or invoke a rune was to invoke the force for which it stood. In several old languages, the origin of the name “rune” hints at their true purpose. Whether the word is traced back to a Germanic root, Old English, Welsh, or Old Irish Gaelic, the old meanings are evocative. Secret. Whisper. Mystery. Miracle. Intention.

Inspired by such beautiful words and the depths of their hidden meanings, it seemed only fitting that the second season of The Shawl Society should feature a Rune Shawl. Our fourth shawl has been imbued with a little of that ancient mystery. This is a shawl full of subtle detail and secret features. Knit in two colours with a deceptively simple garter and eyelet pattern, there is more to Rune than meets the eye at first glance. The angular elegance of runic alphabets are reflected in the elongated triangle shape, and the shawl’s increases are hidden in the centre lace motif: there if you know how, and where, to look. The Rune Shawl is a gorgeous accessory to wear on the days you’d like a little reminder of your own inherent power.

Millennia after the first runes were used, we can still understand the magical charge of creating something with a powerful intention and a deeper meaning. Just like a rune, a handmade object is always more than the sum of its parts, and always carries a message. To ourselves, to others around us, and maybe to the generations who will treasure it long after we are gone.

The yarn I used for the sample was the Fiesta Fingering base by Circus Tonic Handmade, in the Cape Barren Goose and Laughing Turtle Dove colourways.

Since I’m in Australia for this release, I’ve taken the opportunity to pair up with Circus Tonic Handmade for a special event in Sydney on Saturday the 5th of August at the lovely Skein Sisters yarn shop. I’ll be there from 11 am. We’ll be having a trunk show where you can meet the Rune Shawl sample in person and get your hands on some of Circus Tonic’s magnificent yarn. We’ll also be having a group cast-on for the shawl, so I’d love to see as many Society Members there as possible. It’s a rare chance to meet other members in real life, and I think it will be a very special afternoon.

Camp Curious Scavenger Hunt Project

This week I’d love to see a stitch pattern that catches your eye: either something you’ve knit or just a pattern you admire. Post your photo in The Big Camp Curious Participation Thread post on Ravelry so that you’re in with a chance to win prizes at the end of camp!

That’s everything for this episode! Have a lovely week and happy knitting.