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CH 48: Knitting up NORTH

Helen —  October 31, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 48

Today I’m talking about our trip up NORTH to the Eden Valley, what I was knitting on the trip and I announce the winners of the Curious Collective DKAL.

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What’s in the WIP

Knitting “up NORTH”

The NORTH UK

Bobble Hats – My free pattern

Easy Bobble Hat Knitting

Dream Big

The last two designs in the Dream Big collection coming out next week will be the Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

The model is the lovely Mattieu and photography by Vicki.

Christmas Gift Knitting ideas

If you would like to get organised and plan your knitting projects for the holiday season you can signup for my free Holiday Knitting planner. You will also be signing up for my mailing list and will get updates for the Knitvent collection and quite possibly some nice discounts!

Some girls cardigan suggestions – 

Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller  – suggested by Libby of Truly Myrtle blog

Miss Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne – suggested by marynvoight

Other holiday knitting ideas – 

3 Gnomes suggested by PrairiePoppins

New shawl design by BostonJen from Down Cellar Podcast, the Aila Grace Shawl

As always….don’t forget to play the Instagram game!

Curious Collective Giveaway Prizes

Helen —  October 2, 2014 — 1 Comment

The Curious Collective DKAL is in full swing and there are so many gorgeous shawls appearing which is always so great to see as a designer. There has also been lots of eye candy on Instagram thanks to people using the #CCDKAL. As we start to enter the final stages of our Collective efforts, here are all the goodies you could win by taking part, with special thanks to our sponsor for the DKAL, Juno Fibre Arts.

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Prize 1: Finished Object – Random selection

This will be a prize for a random draw from the FO thread in Ravelry for all finished shawls posted by 19th October 2014. The prize will be a skein of Milly Sleek Single (70% Merino, 30% Silk Singles Fingering Weight base) in the one of a kind exclusive colourway, ‘Flow’. This prize is sponsored by Juno Fibre Arts.

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Prize 2: Finished Object – Best Styled FO 
This will be a prize for the best styled shawl in keeping with the theme of the Tribes we have been participating as. I will choose one of my favourite FO pictures which is always a really tough choice. This prize is a skein of Juno Fibre Arts Alice (70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere) in the ‘Gunmetal’ colourway and is sponsored by Curious Handmade.

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Prize 3: Social Media Maven Prize
A Curious Handmade Project bag made by me containing a tin of stitch markers that I picked up on my recent trip to Tangled Yarns in Australia, vintage buttons from my recent trip to Paris, 3 heat transfer patches in a cute Matryoshka Doll design and two mini skeins of Juno Fibre Arts Alice in Cherry Blossom and Ethereal which are the design colourways.

If you like what you see, it’s not too late to join us over on Ravelry where you’ll also find plenty of tips and suggestions for how to make this shawl really work for you. You can find the Curious Collective Shawl Pattern on Ravelry here.

Don’t forget that shout outs for the Curious Collective DKAL posted on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #CCDKAL will go into the draw for a the Social Media Maven Prize. You can join me in with the with conversation as Curious Handmade  and you can find some inspirational pinning over on the Curious Collective Pinterest board. Use the following Tribe hashtags for some friendly competition between the tribes!

#CCDKAL

#spacechictribe

#frenchvintagetribe

#englishrosetribe

#enchantedforesttribe

#artdecotribe

 

CH 41: How to Make a Mood Board

Helen —  September 12, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 41

Talking about What’s in the WIP, an update about the Curious Collective DKAL and the Great London Yarn Crawl.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Announcement about the closure of Juno Fibre Arts.

What’s in the WIP?

I’ve finished the sample for the August Dream Big design. It is a oblong wrap in lace weight yarn. I’m using MadelineTosh Prairie.

I hope to have this pattern out in the next week.

I’m working on a new collection – Knitvent 2014.

To get inspired I made a collage style mood board and I talk about how I made it on the show. You can see it in the title image above.

I also pulled out a whole bunch of yarn from the stash to see what I already have that fits in with the theme of the mood board.

The theme is “more is more” which was a headline I saw on the latest issue of Living Etc (one of my all time fave home mags here in the UK)

yarny inspiration

Curious Collective 2014 DKAL

The knit along for the Curious Collective 2014 shawl is well underway.

You can read more about the KAL and Tribes in this post here.

Use #CCDKAL on social media for entries into the Social Media Maven prize.

I share some tips about knitting the shawl.

Events

I will be attending the Great London Yarn Crawl on 20 September in London.

It is for a great cause – the charity Refuge.

Great London Yarn Crawl

 

Thank you to all my lovely listeners for tuning in and a huge thank you for your iTunes Reviews – they make such a big difference to being discovered on iTunes by other knitters.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 40I’m back in London after a long break in Australia and Asia. Its back to school for kids in the UK this week so its been a flurry of new shoes and sewing labels on uniforms.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

What’s in the WIP?

I’m working on the August Dream Big design. It is a oblong wrap in lace weight yarn. I’m using MadelineTosh Prairie.

It will be a similar shape to Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty 2004!

Dream Big August

Curious Collective 2014 Shawl

I’m very excited to announce that the pattern for the Curious Collective 2014 shawl will be released on Monday 8 September.

The Knit Along for the shawl will also start on Monday and run until 17 October.

You can read all about the Choose Your Tribe theme for the knit along on the blog post here.

To join a tribe just nominate which tribe you would like to join here on the Curious Handmade Ravelry thread.

The categories for the Curious Collective KAL are as follows and there will be some fabulous prizes:
Finished Object – Random selection
Prize for random draw from FO thread in Ravelry.

Finished Object – Best Styled FO
Prize for the best styled shawl in keeping with the theme of the Tribe.

Social Media Maven Prize
Shout outs for the Curious Collective DKAL posted on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #CCDKAL will go into the draw for a special prize. Use the following Tribe hashtags for some friendly competition between the tribes!

#CCDKAL

#spacechictribe

#frenchvintagetribe

#englishrosetribe

#enchantedforesttribe

#artdecotribe

You can still buy the yet-to-be-released pattern here for 50% OFF:

 

This week I’m curious about…

What you would like to hear more of on future episodes of the podcasts? More interviews? Who with? Any segments you love that you want more of? Let me know in the comments.

Play the Instagram game! Take a picture of where you are listening to the podcast or what you are knitting and tag me #curioushandmadepodcast

Curious Collective 2014There have been some very difficult decisions made over recent weeks.

Week 2 was particularly challenging for some of us – how to choose between the stunning Juno Fibre Arts Alice colour combinations?

The incredibly romantic combination of Cherry Blossom and Ethereal won the vote. Even the names of the colours are dreamy.

But it was very close and all the other combinations were popular as well. Which is why we’ve decided to take inspiration from ALL the combinations and create 5 Tribes for the knit along with a nod to each combination.

So in the knit along phase of the Curious Collective DKAL this year you will be able to Join a Tribe and knit your shawl inspired by your chosen theme.

The knit along phase of the DKAL is going to start towards the end of August when the pattern is designed and released.

The 5 Tribes and the colour combinations that inspired them are:

Art Deco Tribe (Inkblot and Oyster)

Art Deco Tribe CC DKAL

Sneak into a speakeasy and dance away the evening with glamour and exuberance in a fabulous fringed dress.

Enchanted Forest Tribe (Moss and Goldmine)

Enchanted Forest Tribe #CCDKAL #enchantedforesttribe

Fall into a forest of green and look out closely for sprites and elves with this fantasy theme.

French Vintage Tribe (Oyster and Stone)

French Vintage Tribe #CCDKAL #frenchvintagetribe

Pull up a bench to a wooden table set with heavy linen cloth to enjoy a simply delicious meal of baguette, brie and tomato salad.

Space Age Chic Tribe (Gun Metal and Stone)

Space Chic Tribe CC DKAL

Travel to the future (or a different galaxy) and remain bang on trend today with metallics and shimmer.

English Rose Tribe (Ethereal and Cherry Blossom)

English Rose Tribe #CCDKAL #englishrosetribe

Step into the picturesque English countryside and imagine the Bennet sisters taking the air on a brisk walk to the village.

You can Choose your Tribe by nominating your choice in the Curious Collective Chat Thread on Ravelry.

The categories for the Curious Collective KAL are as follows and there will be some fabulous prizes:
Finished Object – Random selection
Prize for random draw from FO thread in Ravelry.

Finished Object – Best Styled FO
Prize for the best styled shawl in keeping with the theme of the Tribe.

Social Media Maven Prize
Every shout out for the Curious Collective DKAL posted on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CCDKAL will go into the draw for a special prize. Use the following Tribe hashtags for some friendly competition between the tribes!

#spacechictribe

#frenchvintagetribe

#englishrosetribe

#enchantedforesttribe

#artdecotribe

Look out for a poll to vote for your Tribe on the blog at the end of the week when voting for Week 4: What border would you like? is finished.

For a very short time only the Curious Collective pattern is 50% OFF.

Important Note about Juno Fibre Arts Alice

If you would like to use the exact colour combinations above then make sure you visit the Juno Etsy shop for the shop update on 31 July as there will be a special Alice sock weight update.

Velvet Rose Border

For the voting this week you can decide what border the shawl will have.

There are many different options available to beautifully finish a shawl and I have chosen some of my favourites for the poll this week.

Here are the choices and I’ve included links to where I’ve used the option on other designs.

Garter border with a plain border like on the Red Robin Shawl.

Picot bind off. This is one of my favourites that I’ve used on Radiance, Afternoon Tea, Glitz at the Ritz and Pebble Beach.

Lacey border – this is a beautiful option and I’ve used it on Odessa and a variation on the Frangipani Shawl.

An elegant Ribbed border like on Fireflies Rising.

Finally a ruffled border like Radiance and Elemental Things.

What is your favourite border? Vote and add your comments below!

This week we are going to decide on the shape of the shawl.

I have given you a choice of four basic shapes, Triangle, Crescent, Rectangle, Semicircle. Within those broad shapes there are a lot of possible variations. For example triangular can be regular, wide, rounded – there are really a lot of possibilities.

If you have other ideas that you want to expand on, please add them in the blog comments.

I will close the poll at midnight Thursday 24 July (GMT).

I know that trying to choose from the delectable colours of Juno Alice last week was difficult for some of us, so I’m very excited to see what you choose this week!

So go ahead, vote, comment, share with your friends!

You can join in at any time!

The pattern is available here (the earlier you buy it the lower the price!)

Have your say in the Curious Collective 2014 shawl design here!

 

Curious Collective 2014The Curious Collective Shawl Project is generously being sponsored by Juno Fibre Arts again this year.

I will be knitting the knitting the shawl in the exquisite Juno Alice sock (70% Baby Alpaca 20% Silk 10% Cashmere) and this week you get to decide on the colour combination for the sample.

Juno yarns are hand dyed by Asti Grafham in her studio in Devon and the colours are absolutely luminous. I have now used Juno Alice for Glitz at the Ritz, Curious Collective Shawl 2013 and Frangipani Shawl and it without a doubt my favourite yarn for knitting shawls.

Here are the colour combinations to choose from for this week’s poll. I’ve included larger pictures here and then smaller images in the poll itself.

These combinations have been carefully selected by Asti and I in collaboration.

The process basically went along the lines of Asti sending me a gorgeously edited selection of combinations to choose from and several days of me trying to narrow the selection down to five. Me, utterly unable to choose and Asti stepping in to help with the final decision!

So what is your favourite for the Curious Collective 2014 shawl?

Juno Alice ethereal and cherry blossom

Juno Alice in
Ethereal and Cherry Blossom

Juno Alice in gunmetal and stone

Juno Alice in Gunmetal and Stone

Juno Alice in Ink Blot and Oyster

Juno Alice in Ink Blot and Oyster

Juno Alice in Moss and Goldmine

Juno Alice in Moss and Goldmine

Juno Alice in Oyster and Stone

Juno Alice in Oyster and Stone

Curious Collective 2014Well that went quickly!

Thank you to everyone who voted!

It is so exciting to see the votes coming in and people signing up the the Curious Collective Design and Knit Along on the Curious Handmade board on Ravelry.

The results of Week 1 Poll are here and a “combination of lace and textured stitches” is the winner by quite some way.

Curious Collective 2014 Week 1

I am very happy with this result as it is really inspiring me.

I would love any comments from people that voted for the combination about what that means to them. I have some ideas popping into my head and I would be really interested to hear any other thoughts.

You can buy the “future” pattern on Ravelry here

I’m about to post next week’s poll on the blog with some delicious eye candy!

Curious Collective 2014

Welcome to the second annual Curious Collective Shawl Design and Knit Along (DKAL) Project!

Join the collective to have your say in my next shawl design!

Starting 5 July 2014, you can join in here to vote in this choose-your-own-shawl adventure to help design the next Curious Collective shawl.

Each week there will be a vote to make choices regarding various design aspects of the shawl.

When all the votes are in and design choices made, I will finalise the design, write it up and update this file so you will have the full pattern.

Then the knit along will begin!

I am collaborating with Juno Fibre Arts for this project again, and the yarn for this shawl will be the delectable Juno Alice.

Important! Make sure you sign up to my newsletter Curious Yarns to make sure you don’t miss any votes or announcements throughout the project.

You can buy the Curious Collective 2014 pattern now on Ravelry for the special early adopter price of just £1.49!

VOTE NOW!