Archives For Curious Knitvent 2015

Ch 103: The 5th Week of Knitvent!

Helen —  December 4, 2015 — 38 Comments
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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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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 find Acadia 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.

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Knitvent Update:

Window #5 opened this week, and behind it was the Kindling Hat! This is a unisex design that’s really quick to knit and looks fabulous in rugged yarns for the chaps and luxurious yarn for the ladies.

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Sample 1: Westcountry Tweed in Natural

Sample 2: Bluefaced Leicester DK in Natural  with an Alpaca Fur Pom Pom

I’m adding a finished object thread to the Ravelry board, and I have some great prizes to announce for the Knitvent 2015 KAL, so don’t forget to share your FOs!

What’s in the WIP:

Times Square by Norah Gaughan I really really want to finish this one, because I’m in love with the yarn (Fibre company’s Knightsbridge) and really want to wear it.

Reyka Pullover by Cirila Rose I’m up to the colourwork and I’d also love to wear it this winter.

Cave Point Shawl by Paula from the Knitting Pipeline. So nearly done on this one and it will go with everything, so it’s another one I’m desperate to finish.

Collection Review

The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli

I interviewed this brilliant Argentine designer a while back, and I’m such a big fan. The patterns are all available individually, but the full collection is amazing value. There’s a lovely preview video on her website. It’s great to see the patterns being worn and moving! This is a huge collection, and would love to knit just about any of these designs.

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Puntilla is probably first on my list

She’s given us a copy of the ebook to give away this week, so if you’d like to be in with a chance to win, just leave a comment telling us which design is your favourite! I’ll draw a winner at random next week.

Other Show Links:

Being Boss Podcast Episode with Jay Prior

Paula’s charming first video podcast

The Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party is on Dec 11th. I’ll be attending (for my third year in a row! Time flies!) and I’m really looking forward to it. More holiday catch-ups with friends. I hope to see you there, if you’re local! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available on the door.

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

 

Ch 101: Indie Gift Along

Helen —  November 20, 2015 — 2 Comments
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Today’s chat is mostly about upcoming events, my hope and plans for the last little bit of this year, and some pondering I’ve been doing about the future of the Curious Handmade Podcast. This is one I’d really love to have your opinion on, so be sure to visit the Ravelry group for a chat after you listen!

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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very special Acadia yarn.

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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 find Acadia 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.

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I was watching the really great Bakery Bears Podcast, and they gave me a lot to think about!

Bakery Bears Patreon Page

Smart Passive Income Podcast

Patreon Episode

 

I’m officially going to Squam in the spring! So excited. I really want to make my West Water Tunic before I get there.

The Knitvent pattern this week was the Cabin Path Shawl! I love this big cuddly shawl, and I’m proud of the pretty knitted border: this is a new design feature for me and it’s so fun to knit.

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For the sample, I used the delicious Canopy Fingering from the Fibre Company in the colourways River Dolphin and Dragonfruit.

Upcoming events

Shiny Bees Bead-Along 

Winter Wander from Knitvent is one of the included patterns, so you can double dip with this KAL! The other patterns are:

Kunye by Clare Devine.

Be With You by Boo Knits.

and one crochet pattern, Lisa’s Shawl by Shireen Nadir.

Cast on will take place on 16th November 2015 at 8:30pm live on Periscope with@Shinybees.

The KAL/CAL will end on 10th Jan 2016.

Curious Handmade Krimbo Party

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Sunday November 22nd from 2:30pm until 6:00pm…I’m hosting a Curious Handmade Christmas Party in London! I’m really looking forward to sharing afternoon of knitting and festive surprises with everyone who can come along. We’ll enjoy a holiday glasses of wine and snacks together, too! There are going to be some great door prizes, too, including two skeins of magnificent Life in the Long Grass from Meadow Yarn.

Blacker Yarn is sending Blue Leicester DK, and we’ll have other prizes as well, including a treat from Suffolk Socks and a little something from me as well!

There still some tickets left (they cost £9.50), which you can buy here!

Indie Designer Gift-Along

The Indie Designer Gift Along has just started, and there’s a big discount on certain patterns by participating designers. Including me! You can participate with any of my paid designs, and there are about 20 of my patterns that are 25% off as a part of the GAL.

There’s a coupon code GIFTALONG2015 in the big GAL sale! Discount: 25% Coupon Code: giftalong2015

Promotion starts Thursday November 19, 2015 at 8 pm (20:00) US-EST

Coupon Code good through November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm (23:59) US-EST

That should just about do it for this week! I hope you enjoyed the episode and that you have some thoughts to share with me. Until next week, happy knitting!

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Ch 100

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their beloved Acadia yarn.

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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 find Acadia 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.

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I recommend two wonderful video podcasts that I’m really enjoying (and binging on!)

Melody of Mandarine’s and Molly of A Homespun House

I went to see a wonderful exhibit: The Fabric of India at The Victoria and Albert Museum.

There are two windows open in the Knitvent 2015 Calendar so far! The first pattern was the Winter Wander Shawl, and there are already a few completed Shawls! I’m so impressed. Several people have mentioned that this is their first beaded project, and I think it’s a great one to start with. The beading pattern is simple, and overall this shawl is a relatively “Quick Win”.

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That brings me to a fun KAL you might want to join, if you haven’t cast on yet! Jo at Shiny Bees is about to begin a Bead-Along, and Winter Wander is one of the included patterns! You know I love a chance to double-dip on KALs! The other patterns are:

Kunye by Clare Devine.

Be With You by Boo Knits.

and one crochet pattern, Lisa’s Shawl by Shireen Nadir.

Cast on will take place on 16th November 2015 at 8:30pm live on Periscope with @Shinybees.

The KAL/CAL will end on 10th Jan 2016.

The Ice River Snood was behind Knitvent Window #2, released yesterday, and several of the super-speedy knitters in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group have it cast on and halfway finished in just a few hours! Inspiring.

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If you haven’t joined us for Knitvent 2015 yet, there’s still heaps of time. Four more windows to go, and whenever you purchase the collection you will automatically get the patterns that have already been released! You can buy the whole collection here.

Hint: several of my wonderful fellow knitters, podcasters and bloggers have been spreading the word for me and have discount codes to share with you if you’d like to get a deal before the end of the month! I’d like to thank them very much for letting everyone know about the joy of Knitvent!

Shiny Bees

Knitting Pipeline

Stash and Burn

Yarn in The City

Yarniacs

A World of Imagination

I just got my newest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, which is always a great day in my book! Some patterns that caught my eye immediately:

Cicely by Jemima Bicknell

Deco City by Amy van de Laar

Carlu by Kiyomi Burgen

Hulanicki by Rachel Coopey

Wilding by Cirila Rose

Callas by Bristol Ivy

Oops, that’s almost all of them. I told you I love this magazine!

I’ve been reading several books recently, including:

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Upcoming events

Curious Handmade Krimbo Party

Sunday November 22nd from 2:30pm until 6:00pm…I’m hosting a Curious Handmade Christmas Party in London! It’s going to be a very festive afternoon of knitting and holiday surprises, with a few holiday glasses of wine and snacks. There still some tickets left (they cost £9.50), which you can buy here!

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Indie Designer Gift-Along

This is a HUGE event on Ravelry, with hundreds of prizes and a very exciting atmosphere. I almost wasn’t going to participate this year, because it’s a crazy season anyway, but I couldn’t resist. The Indie Designer Gift Along starts next Thursday, and there’s a big discount on certain patterns by participating designers.

There’s a coupon code GIFTALONG2015 in the big GAL sale! Discount: 25% Coupon Code: giftalong2015

Promotion starts Thursday November 19, 2015 at 8 pm (20:00) US-EST

Coupon Code good through November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm (23:59) US-EST

So that’s it for our 100th Episode! Extra-special big love and thanks to each and every one of my listeners. You all mean so much to me!

It’s never too early for elves, especially knitting elves. It’s no secret that I love the holiday season, and for many knitters it begins right about now. This year I’ve been working on starting earlier, building in a margin, and giving myself the gift of extra time for all kinds of projects.

At this time of year, that extra time becomes even more important. I’m determined that this time there will be no last-minute holiday knitting marathons! That’s why I’ve released the Knitvent 2015 Holiday Knitting Planner a bit earlier to help us all get the season started off right. I’m already scribbling madly in mine!

Planning is half the fun. I love thumbing through holiday magazine shopping guides, dreaming of all the possibilities. With all the thinking I’ve been doing lately about cutting down consumption, I decided to make a different sort of gift guide. This is for all of us who love to give handmade presents instead of going crazy in the shops. With Knitvent 2015 just around the corner, it’s also a little sampler of the kinds of designs you can expect if you join in this year!

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Your mum, your bestie, your child’s favourite teacher: all the brilliant women in your life deserve spoiling, and a handmade gift is an incredible way to show them how much they mean to you. Patterns, clockwise from top: Warm Wishes Hottie Cover, Red Robin Shawl, Fresh Powder Cowl.

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Knitting for men can be a challenge, which makes it even more important to pick the right pattern. Make him something he’ll be proud to wear with these man-approved designs. Patterns, clockwise from top: Eden Fells Hat, Checkerboard Mitts, Eden Fells Scarf.

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There’s no sweeter feeling than making something cozy for a favourite little person. Create an instant heirloom with some adorable, cuddly designs for children. Patterns, clockwise from top: Georgie Baby Blanket, Twinkle Twinkle Baby Blanket, Naughty or Nice Pompom Hat.

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This year, maybe it’s your turn. It’s easy to get so caught up in knitting things to give away that you never have a chance to wear your own creations. Be kind to yourself with something sparkly to wear to a holiday party or something snuggly to wear everywhere. Patterns, clockwise from top: Stardust Infinity Scarf, Lind Cowl, Candlelit Shawl.

Choosing the perfect patterns is the first step towards having a successful holiday knitting season, and it’s such an exciting stage of the process. I hope this little guide has sparked your imagination. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got in store this year!