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Today’s podcast contains a heartfelt ode to one of my favourite subjects…decluttering. It’s a bit of a pet cause for me because of how dramatically it improves my day to day life. Knowing where everything is and having room to breathe is one of the best things I can do for my creativity, and I don’t think I’m alone in that! I also have a peek at some patterns that are on my radar as perfect minimalist/capsule wardrobe pieces.

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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

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Book

Curious Handmade Podcasts Ch 59: Talking Tidying with Paula of The Knitting Pipeline

Use Less YouTube Channel

Spark Joy Book

Hollows by Melody Hoffmann

Manderines Video Podcast

Blacker Yarns Swan Falkland Islands 4 Ply

Cave Point Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle

Quince and Co. Chickadee

Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose

Witching Hour Pullover by Renée Callahan

The second shawl of TSS III is coming up in a few weeks, so I thought I’d share some hints and yarn details for anyone who wants to shop or stash dive.

Secret shawl hints:

  • This pattern has one size, and is knit in a fingering weight yarn.
  • I chose a plied yarn this time around, but singles are also appropriate and lovely.
  • There is some lace in this design but it’s simple enough to stand up to some variagation.
  • This is a colourblocked two colour shawl, with one main and one accent colour.
  • I don’t always reveal the shape ahead of time but…this will be a rather epic rectangular wrap!


For the sample I used:

Meadowyarn Hain [100% Superwash Polwarth Wool; 400m/438yds per 100g skein], 4 x 100g skeins,

Colour A: Honeycombed x 1 skein

Colour B: Beekeeper x 3 skeins

Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight 4 ply yarn:

Colour A: 70g, 280m/307yds

Colour B: 230g, 920m/1007yd


4mm (US 6), 80cm (32″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)


Tapestry needle


20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4″) in stockinette stitch after blocking

Exact gauge is not critical but may affect the amount of yarn needed if different.

Ever since Meadow Yarn launched their own magnificent line of small batch hand-dyed yarns I have been enchanted by the skeins appearing from their kettles week after week. Every one has such depth and complexity of tone, some with magical speckling and variegation to add interest and surprise with every stitch. They are just so fun to knit! Meadow Yarn’s commitment to ethical and environmentally kind production is just another reason to love them, and something that seems especially appropriate with our Secret Garden theme.  

Hain is a particularly special yarn made from the wool of a New Zealand breed of sheep called the Polewarth: the genetics are 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln, which gives you the best of both worlds. All the mellow softness of a Merino yarn but with a sturdy longer staple length in the fibre which means it wears beautifully without pilling or bobbling. Hain is a superwash, which also makes it easy to care for.

For this shawl, I’ve used two brand new colourways inspired by the natural world. A soft warm golden brown and a rich variegated green. If you’re one of our brilliant and intrepid stash-divers, looking for yarns with a similar contrast in tone is one possible direction to explore with your colours.

Meadow Yarn has preorders of TSS Kits on her website now for everyone who would like to use this wonderful yarn for our second shawl of the season.

Buy Meadow Yarn kits for the second shawl of TSS III here!

They will post out all the ordered yarn by the 22nd of June. There are also a number of gorgeous colours in Hain on the website right now, if something catches your eye!

The pattern will be published Thursday, 28 June.

If you’re shopping your stash or popping down to your local yarn shop for your yarn, I hope all these hints have given you a bit of inspiration or a clue or two to help you explore the possibilities. As always, I cannot wait to see what you choose and how you will make this next shawl your own.

I hope you’re having a wonderful time this season: I’m loving your posts on Instagram and in the Ravelry Group. Thank you for making The Shawl Society such a wonderful community and for helping us bring The Secret Garden to life!

Happy knitting!


#theshawlsociety #theshawlsocietyIII



April is flying by. I hadn’t declared a theme for the month, but one has emerged all by itself: this is a month of Travel! I’ve been so spoiled recently with all of these amazing journeys, so I’ve tried to bring back a little of the magic to share with all of you.This week’s episode is another recap of a wonderful knitting trip, this time to Georgia to spend time with old and new friends at Paula’s amazing Knitting Pipeline Retreat.

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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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Last year’s Georgia Pipeline Retreat episode.

The gorgeous brown and green Curious Collective shawl with the better bobbles, knit by Irene, who is bluebirdnest on Ravelry.

The amazing yarn shop we visited: East Sleep Knit

The wonderful vendors at the retreat market, in case you’d like to snag some goodies for yourself:

Prairie Bag Works

MariaElenaBliss Bags

Jan B Smiley Bags

Seven Sisters Arts

Snarky Llama Creations

RainStorm Studios

Gilding Lillies

Our Hill Top Shawl KAL is going wonderfully! Thank you to everyone who has bought the pattern: it’s incredible to see all the beautiful shawls popping up in the FO thread! The KAL will run until May 5th, so there’s still time if you want to join us!


Tonight, the 15th of April I will be attending the launch party for my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris

We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!

That’s everything for this episode. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along with me on all my travels! Until next week, happy knitting!

CH 91: Knitting All The Things!

Amanda —  September 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

Ch 91

It’s a very fun filled week here at Curious Handmade, with the launch of the Summertide MKAL, the continuing Handmade Wardrobe Challenge, getting ready for the UK Podcast Awards, along with all the regular bustle of everyday life. Because of all that, this is a slightly short episode, where I mostly catch up with the many many things in my WIP queue.

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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their wonderfully sweet and soft Acadia yarn. If you want to see how beautifully this knits up, take a look at the two tone sample of my pattern Whispering Island!

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

You can get your hands on some Acadia of your own at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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.

Show Links

Project Paddington Facebook Page

Yarn and Pointy Sticks and the Knit Share Love KAL

What’s in the WIP

Cave Point by Paula I’m loving this and I’m thinking I’ll extend the border, because I have extra yarn and also because I’d love to keep this addictive knit going a bit longer.

Times Square by Norah Gaughan This is part of my Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge. I’m using The Fibre Co’s Knighstbridge in the Beaverdon colourway.

Earl Grey Hat by Clare Devine. This is adorable and I need a new hat!

The Summertide MKAL, of course!

That should just about do it for this “minisode.” If you haven’t come on board for the MKAL or the Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge yet, just come visit us in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group. We’re a very friendly and supportive bunch and I find inspiration there every day. We’d love to have you join us!