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I recorded today’s podcast a bit early, in preparation for my visit to Iceland…but as you might know if you’ve been following along on Instagram, airline troubles meant that our Scandinavian vacation turned into a London staycation! I’m still delighted that the anticipation of the trip spurred me on to finally finish a long-standing WIP: my Reyka pullover. In this episode I share some of the helpful colourwork resources that helped me get there, recap my remaining WIPs, and daydream about something else I’d really love to cast on.

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Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose

Great YouTube video by Knit Purl Hunter on catching floats

Colour dominance technique blog post by Ysolda

TECHknitting post on two-colour two-handed knitting

Lollipop Yarn

Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli

Pure Joy Shawl by Joji Locatelli

Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Pullover

Ice Cream Sundae Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

The Wool Barn

Granito Pullover

Isabell Kraemer designs

Snowmelt Shawl

 

Yesterday I revealed the second shawl in this season of The Shawl Society. It’s called Sprite’s Fen, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you. I think it really embodies the theme of magic running through the season, and I am all anticipation to see what you do with it.

Blithe, wise, and sparkling with vitality, sprites play with the power of elemental forces. Their task is to animate nature, to take lifeless matter and breathe joy into it. They watch over the forests of earth, dance on the winds and sing through fire, but the most famous sprites of all are the water sprites. Some rule the oceans as sirens, others frolick in fresh water springs and pools as naiads and nymphs, but a few choose quieter waters, making their homes in shallow marshes and fens.

The idea of an animating spirit taking up housekeeping in a peaceful wetland is not as strange as it may seem. Beneath the surface, these are rich, fertile, often-overlooked scraps of wilderness. The Sprite’s Fen Shawl honours the breath of life that runs through the apparently calm waters of a fen. A generous semi-circular shape, it is rich with texture and interest. Garter ripples and streams of eyelet bubbles alternate with the gentle waves of of a beautiful, deceptively simple lace stitch. The pattern is written to work with fingering-weight or lace-weight yarn, giving you plenty of options for a lovely, lightweight summer shawl. Choose a lovely gradient to reflect the shifting shades of water under light, or go with a rich solid to call the mind the still waters which run deep beneath the water lilies. With a sprite’s passion for colour and beauty, it’s hard to go wrong.

Guarded by a loving sprite, a fen works its magic as a place of safety and refreshment for small living things. It is a nesting spot, where new life can dabble in the shallow water and the shelter of reeds. It is also where water, tainted by its travels through the mundane world, is filtered and cleansed by an intricate lacework of roots. There is a thrill to be found in this quiet alchemy, something we discover again with each new project we attempt. A fistful of yarn becomes a treasured object. A grey afternoon becomes a cherished interval of stitching and dreaming. As knitters and makers, we know the sprite’s joy in taking something that is purely potential and transforming it into something full of life and love.

This is the fingering weight version in Seven Sisters Arts Matrika, using the Water Gardens Varigradients Set.

And here’s the laceweight version in lovely Julie Asselin Merletto, Birch colourway.

If this shawl is stealing your heart, you are more than welcome to join us in The Shawl Society! Some members knit a shawl a month, but many more go at their own pace, popping in to share on the Ravelry group or Instagram as they have time. If you’d like to jump on board, just buy yourself a copy of The Shawl Society Season II on Ravelry.

You can also learn more aboout the society, take a peek at last season, and read special features and interviews over at the The Shawl Society Website!

That wraps up the show notes for this episode. Chat to you next week!

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Today’s episode is short but packed! I’m getting ready for more travel…to Iceland and to the last ever spring Squam! I chat about the many projects I have on the go, and which ones I might bring along with me. I also have a litte roundup of some wonderful Scandinavian podcasts I’ve been enjoying lately.

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Squam

Varigradients from Seven Sisters Arts

Julie Asselin Merletto.

Lollipop Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Yarngasm Curious Handmade KAL (for double dipping opportunities and lots of fun!)

Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli

Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Pullover

Ice Cream Sundae Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Skeindeer Video Podcast

Lina Knits Video Podcast

Stitched in Sweden Video Podcast

Yarnesty Video Podcast

Interview with Anna from Yarnesty about Swedish holiday traditions

Kammebornia Video Podcast

 

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Today on the podcast I’m talking to the brillant women behind Pom Pom Quarterly in celebration of their 5 year anniversary. Five years of this wonderful magazine, which has done so much for the knitting community! From the begining they have championed indie yarn dyers and designers and brought a fresh, fun aesthetic to the knitting magazine landscape. We talk about the Pom Pom origin story, how they’ve grown, and their very special anniversary issues. I also chat a little about my current projects and give you an update on the doings of The Shawl Society!

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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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Lollipop Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli

Juno Fibre Arts Alice

The Wool Barn

La Bien Aimée Yarn

Pura Hilados Yarn

Woollenflower

Pom Pom Quarterly Magazine

Bon Bon Mitts by Joji Locatelli

Anniversaire Cardigan by Veera Välimäki

Soirée Pullover by Emily Foden

Festoon Socks by Rachel Coopey

Jamboree Pullover by Francesca Hughes

Bash Hat by Linda Dubec

Listen to the episode to find out how you can win a copy of Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 21 or a pair of day tickets to the Pomfest birthday celebration in London on the 14th or 15th of July!

 

Don’t forget to post your finished Fairyhill Shawl to the FO thread in the Ravelry group and your project page as soon as you finish! There are some amazing prizes on offer for the mini KAL, which ends on June 1st. The Wool Barn and Eden Cottage Yarns are each offering a prize that would delight any knitter. If you’re not going to make the deadline, though, don’t stress! As long as you finish and post one of the season’s shawls (including Fairyhill) by the end of October, you’ll be in with a chance to win a different prize in the Shawl Society Grand KAL.

I’ve also released yarn notes for the second shawl of the season, which is coming up in a couple of weeks! This time the pattern has been written to work with a fingering or laceweight yarn. The sample yarn for the fingering weight version is the amazing new Varigradients from Seven Sisters Arts, and for the laceweight version, I used the blissfully soft and delicate Julie Asselin Merletto.

I’ve also begun an interview series with our yarn sponsors over on the official Shawl Society website, which I know you’ll enjoy, This week features Julie Asselin, with some fun stories about how she got started as an indie dyer and what it’s like to run a booming small yarn business!

It’s still early days for Season II and we are still welcoming new members every day. It’s certainly not too late to jump on board! You dn’t have to worry about being behind or catching up: we’re all going at our own pace.

Join The Shawl Society Season II today!

 

That’s it for this week’s notes! Thanks again for listening and I’ll chat to you again soon!

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Today on the podcast I’m looking back at the incredible time I spent in Portugal at the Laine Retreat. I chat about visiting a very special yarn shop, how wonderful it was to spend hours of uninterrupted knitting time with the interesting and inspiring women at the retreat, a furry little friend I made there, what I worked on and what I have planned.

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La Bien Aimée Website

La Bien Aimée Instagram

Retrosaria Yarn Shop

RosaPomar Instagram

sookbyminapark Instagram

twohandstextilestudio Instagram

tiinatitityy Instagram

Tukuwool Instagram

Tukuwool website

Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston

I See Spring pullover by Joji Locatelli

WalkCollection Yarn

Pure Joy Shawl

Nature’s Luxury Yarn

Pura Hilados Yarn

Starting Point MKAL – first clue come out Friday May 12th!

Wollemeise Jewitta über Berlin Yarn

Berlin Knits Yarn Festival: September 9th to October 1st 2017

There are some absolutely gorgeous finished Fairyhill Shawls already! If you’re one of the speedy ones, make sure you post your FO on your Ravelry project page and in the FO thread in the group. It is so inspiring to other knitters and so special for me to see them. But if you haven’t become a part of The Shawl Society yet, don’t worry…we have plenty of new members just starting their shawls now and everyone is happily knitting along at their own pace. There is really no such thing as “falling behind” in The Shawl Society.

Join The Shawl Society Season II today!

I’ve just sent out the yarn hints for the next pattern, which will be making an appearance in about 3 weeks…the mysteries continue! Keep an eye on Instagram for sneak peeks and information on the gorgeous yarn I’ve used for this one..

That’s everything for this episode. Thank you so much for listening…I hope you got some vicarious joy out of this little trip to Portugal. I’ll talk to you next week! Until then, happy knitting!

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In today’s short and sweet episode, I’m introducing the first shawl in The Shawl Society Season II, and chatting a little bit about the magical theme behind the whole collection. I’m also rounding up the WIPs I have on the needles right now…so many fun projects. It’s a joy and a bit of an escape to indulge in knitting other designer’s patterns in the middle of my own secret design work!

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Our first season II pattern, the Fairyhill Shawl, was released today!

Throughout the British Isles, a rich and mysterious folklore surrounds the rumoured homes of the fairy folk: the fairy hill. This is where the fairy folk gather far beneath the stones and moss. It is a place where a curious traveller passing at dawn or dusk might hear the pipes and harps of an otherworldly band, where a visitor may step through a luminous door. Drink a sparkling goblet of fairy wine, taste the fruit of a fairy feast, and you may find yourself dancing months or years of your life away in the space of a single night.

A fairy hill is a threshold to another secret world, which makes it the perfect inspiration for the first design of The Shawl Society Season II. The Fairyhill Shawl calls on these tales of a private realm where mystery and magical company beckon. Its graceful crescent shape and beautiful lace recall the flowers and leaves that flutter across the fae kingdom. This shawl will add a touch of enchantment to your everyday outfits, and with a little sparkle in your yarn or a scatter of twinkling beads it is fit for any revelry. The pattern includes two sizes: the small is perfect for a single spellbinding skein, and the medium colour-blocked version offers opportunities to experiment with bewitching colour combinations.

The true magic of a fairy hill goes far beyond folk tales, and you don’t need a literal belief in the little people to see the results. These are protected places in the human landscape. Farmers will not allow their sheep to graze there and roads are rerouted to avoid angering the mythical residents. As a result, they become sheltering islands for wildlife and ecology, beacons of biodiversity, peaceful havens where nature can carry on her wild creativity, undisturbed by the demands of modern life. Our special knitting projects often occupy the same space in our lives. We carve out a sacred time and place to make beautiful things, and the results of that creation are nothing less than magic.

Eden Cottage Yarns

The Wool Barn

The Woolly Thistle

Ice Cream Sunday Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Gramps Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Apple Blossom Socks

Turtlepurl Yarn

Laine Magazine

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL is starting on May 12


Giveaway Winner:

Josephine Franz has won the physical copy of East London Knit’s Zen Variations book with her comment:

Hi Helen,
I’d love to win a copy of Renee’s Zen Variations book!My favorite sweater is “Enzo”, I saw the one Helen from the woolkitchen made and I fell in love with this polished looking sweater! Thanks for the giveaway!
Xoxo,
Josephine

That’s all for now! Happy knitting and I’ll chat to you next week.

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Today’s episode is a fun round up of what I’ve been up to lately…some my current and future knitting (and sewing!) projects, and the wonderful time I’ve spent with my sister, who is visiting from Australia.

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Season II of The Shawl Society

Special Early Bird offer ends Wednesday March 3rd 2107

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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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May the 6th is Yarn Shop Day! There will be events at shops around the UK, so check with your LYS to see what’s happening!

Love Your Yarnshop Day at Countess Ablaze

  • Manchester, Saturday 6th of May from 10am to 5pm

Featuring vendors like: BritYarn, Whistlebare, Little Grey Girl

PomFest with Pom Pom Quarterly

  • London, 14th to 15th of July from 10am to 5pm

Featuring Loop London, Fig Tree Yarns, Viola Yarn

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Lollypop Yarn

Apple Blossom Socks

Turtlepurl Yarn

Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL is starting on May 12

Laine Magazine

The Comfy Red Couch Video Podcast

East London Knits Video Podcast

East London Knits Zen Variations on Ravelry

East London Knits Zen Variations Book – Use code SPRINGZEN for a discount!

Enso Pullover

Brooklyn Knitfolk QAL

A Yarn Story

Ice Cream Sunday Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Shibui Lunar

Country Threads Shop

Loop London

Ray Stitch

That wraps up the links for today’s episode. I’ll chat to you soon, and until then, happy knitting!

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Today’s episode is a wonderful conversation with Sonja Bargielowska from Blacker Yarns as she tells us all about the orgins of their new ethical silk blend, Samite. It’s such an engrossing story, full of romance and delightful yarny details. Who knew that the process of developing a new yarn could include Authurian legends, Pre-Raphaelite artists, and Victorian poetry? I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

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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.

Love Your Yarnshop Day at Countess Ablaze

  • Manchester, Saturday 6th of May from 10am to 5pm

Featuring vendors like: BritYarn, Whistlebare, Little Grey Girl

PomFest with Pom Pom Quarterly

  • London, 14th to 15th of July from 10am to 5pm

Featuring Loop London, Fig Tree Yarns, Viola Yarn

Wonderwool Wales

  • Builth Wells 22nd to 24th of April

Apple Blossom Socks

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

The Yarngasm Curious Handmade KAL is happening over on the Yarngasm Ravelry group!

Interview with Sonja Bargielowska from Blacker Yarns

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Blacker Yarns

Samite silk blend from Blacker Yarns

The Woolly Thistle stocks Blacker Yarns in the US, including Samite

Free pattern: Coppersmith Scarf

Free pattern: Burnished Knight Shawl

Blacker will be at several events in the near future, including Wonderwool and:

Woolfest

  • Cockermouth, Cumbria, 23rd and 24th of June

Yarndale

  • Skipton, North Yorkshire, 23rd of 24th of September

That’s all for this episode. I’ll talk to you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

 

 

 

 

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Today’s show is a relaxed, chatty episode about my adventures in Georgia, with old and new knitting friends. It was a wonderful trip, and I came back with a renewed soul and (of course) some beautiful knitting treasures.

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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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Love Your Yarnshop Day at Countess Ablaze

  • Manchester, Saturday 6th of May from 10am to 5pm

Featuring vendors like: BritYarn, Whistlebare, Little Grey Girl

PomFest with Pom Pom Quarterly

  • London, 14th to 15th of July from 10am to 5pm

Featuring Loop London, Fig Tree Yarns, Viola Yarn

The Shawl Society is still available at the special early bird price! Join us!

I’ve announced the yarns for the first TSSII shawl!

The Wool Barn – Twist Sock and Sparkle Sock (Maya has created a special colourway for us: Fairyhill, with or without sparkle!)

Eden Cottage Yarns – Milburn 4 Ply

Eden Cottage is available in the US from The Wooly Thistle

#TheShawlSociety #TheShawlSocietyII #tssfromstash

The Knitting Pipeline Podcast

The Grandmother Gig: In the Company of Extraordinary Women

Happy Families Podcast

Curious Handmade Video Podcast Ep 5

Snowmelt Shawl

Talisman Shawl

Amulet Shawl

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

Quince and Co Tern Yarn

Lullaby Rain Shawl

Maria Elena Bliss

David’s Tea

Gumblossom Yarn

Queen City Yarn

Carolina FiberFest

Lollypop Yarn

Prairie Bag Works

JanBSmiley Project Bags

Bede Sisters Etsy

Bede Sisters Podcast

Gale’s Art Yarn

LuLaRoe

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Apple Blossom Socks

Guilding Lillies Beads

The Snarky Llama

Curious Handmade Podcast 2015 Knitting Pipeline Special

That’s everything for this week’s show! I hope you have a wonderful week of creativity and relaxation ahead. Until next time, happy knitting!

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CH ep 167Today is all about the launch of the next season of The Shawl Society! This was such a huge event last year. The whole experience was just magical, and I couldn’t help doing it again this year. In this episode I let you know all the details about how it works and how to join in!

The Curious Handmade Video Podcast Ep. 5

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

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The Shawl Society Season II launches for presale today!

The Shawl Society Website

The Shawl Society Season II on Ravelry

I can’t wait to share this season with you. Here’s the collection description:

Ethereal. Enchanting. Unexpected.

Being a part of the Shawl Society is all about opening yourself to the joy of surprise, the warmth of community, and the pleasures of creativity.

The Shawl Society Season II is the second incarnation of the magical pattern subscription club that caught so many knitters’ imaginations last year.

When you join The Shawl Society, you again access to six incredible months of mysterious shawl patterns to knit with your fellow members. Participation in The Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive offers from boutique yarn producers, members-only pop-up sales, and luxurious KAL prizes. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

– Close-knit camaraderie

– The thrill of anticipation

– The particular glow you get from a really good secret

Every month for six months, you’ll encounter a new secret shawl pattern, delivered right to your Ravelry inbox on release day. The six designs which make up Season II range right across the spectrum of shawls, with a beautiful mix of shapes, sizes, techniques to challenge and delight you at every turn. Each shawl will offer you a brush with everyday magic: from simple, breezy knits easy enough to deliver you into daydreams, all the way to more challenging adventures which absorb your attention and usher you into a state of flow.

You can see some of last year’s gorgeous knitter creations on Ravlery and on Instagram #TheShawlSociety #tssfromstash

That’s everything for this week! I’ll talk to you again soon. Until then, happy knitting!

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This is a short but packed episode as I pack my bags for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat in Georgia! I chat about my recent projects (lots of secret design work!) and some fun packages that have come through the mail. I also talk about some podcasts and reading I’ve been thinking about recently about slowing your life down a little so that you can be truly present.

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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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A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

A Homespun House Podcast

Norah George Yarn

The new Shawl Society Website

Apple Blossom Socks

Turtlepurl Yarn

Knitting Pipeline Podcast

Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast

Slow Your Home Podcast Ep 143

Smart Passive Income Podcast Ep 255

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Work in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

That’s everything for today! Have a wonderful week, wherever you are, and happy knitting!