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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!

Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Links:

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.

Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Links:

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!

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Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Links:

The Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

Apple Blossom Sock Pattern

Pebble Beach Shawl

Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Snowmelt Shawl

La Bien Aimee Magellan Speckle Fade Kit

The Tobermory shawl

The Kelso shawl

The Fibre Co. Waves Collection

The Fibre Co. Road to China Light

Viola Yarn

Loop

Ysolda Blend no 1

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Bowen in her gorgeous cabled cardigan with Ysolda

An Caitin Beag

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

Rhapsody in Cables by Joji Locatelli

Walcot Yarns

A Yarn Story

Great British Yarns

Opus Yarn

On the Surface Collection

Twisted Tracks by Amanda Jones

Caracollo by Rachel C. Brown

Cobbled Streets Shawl by Sharon Spencer

Swinging Medallions by Jo Smith

Clio by Elizabeth Doherty

Beyond Measure

Woolenflower

Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

Coming Home book

Pink Hazel Project Bags

Ginger Twist Studios

TOFT Alpaca

The Little Grey Girl

Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tilbrook

IntuitKnit Podcast

Skeindeer Podcast

Inside Number 23 Podcast

Along the Lanes Podcast

Lina Knits Podcast

Yarnesty Podcast

Fruity Knitting Podcast

Sticks + Twine Podcast

Rib Magazine

Yarngasm Podcast

Crafts from the Third Floor

Norah George Yarn

Jämtland Sheep

Solkustens Spinnverkstad

Limmo-Design Yarn on Ravelry

Blacker Yarn Samite

Sonja Bargielowska‘s Designs on Ravelry

Giveaway Winner:

Irene (bluebirdnest on Ravelry) has won the copy of Interpretations IV with her comment:

I love this book, it is joyous! I would really like to knit Double Trouble, you could have so much fun with color in this sweater.
Thanks for the podcast Helen. Have a great time at your yarny events!

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On today’s podcast I fill you in on all the details of the wonderful three days we spent together in Cumbria. I’m saving all my Edinburgh Yarn Festival chat for next week! I also talk about the MKALs that are wrapping up, the new patterns I have out, and what’s in my WIP at the moment!

Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Links:

My clue for The Not Seen Before MKAL from the Sight is Life eBook is now out: this MKAL has been an incredible experience and it’s wonderful to see some completed shawls starting to show up in the Sight is Life Ravelry group

Snowmelt MKAL is also winding up, and the FO spoiler thread is filling up with some breathtaking shawls. If you’re not the MKAL type (I know lots of people don’t want to commit to a shawl they’ve never seen!) now is a great time to pick up a copy of the complete pattern!

Show Links:

Skeindeer Podcast

La Bien Aimee Magellan Speckle Fade Kit

The Tobermory shawl

The Kelso shawl

The Fibre Co. Waves Collection

The Fibre Co. Road to China Light

The Knitting Pipeline Podcast

Little Bobbins Podcast

Suffolk Socks Podcast

Bumble Stitches Podcast

Threaded with Fibre Podcast

The Fibre Co. Luma Yarn

The Laveer Kerchief

So Just Shop

A Yarn Story yarn shop

Blue Bee Studio

Quince and Co. Sparrow yarn

Suffolk Socks

School Socks Rock

Hedgerow Yarns

Pebble Beach Shawl

Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Turtlepurl Yarn

Life in the Long Grass

LeatherWoolLinen

The Snail Garden Blog with an amazing retreat recap post!

 

That’s all for today’s episode! Thank you so much for listening. Have a great week and happy knitting!

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Today I’m taking a glimpse back at the wonderful Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, and already getting excited about the Edinburgh Yarn festival. Thanks to the magic of technology (time travel?) as this episode is released I may be on a train between the two events! I chat about my shopping strategy for EYF and think about how I might prevent myself from buying all the yarn.

Show Sponsors:

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.

Show Links:

So Just Shop

Luma yarn from The Fibre Company

Laveer Kerchief

Yarn in The City Podcast

Pink Hazel Project Bags

A Yarn Story

Great British Yarns

La Bien Aimée

Eden Cottage Yarns

Blacker Yarns

Road to China Light from The Fibre Company

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Just a quick episode today, as I’m on the road. If you’re going to EYF, remember to drop by the Blacker Podcast lounge to say hi between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re not, I’m hoping to bring back lots of stories from EYF to share with you soon. Happy knitting!

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March is shaping up to be a very exciting month, with many fun new things coming up. Today I’m taking a break from preparing for the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat and the Edinburgh yarn festival to chat about my works in progress and everything we have to look forward to in the next few weeks.

Show Sponsors:

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.

KAL News:

Sight is Life MKAL

Hale-bopp MKAL

Snowmelt MKAL

BlackerPOD KAL

Giveaways:

Mina Philip New York Collection Sock Club

There were more than 200 entries in Ravelry Group Giveaway Thread and they make for some great reading, so thank you all for your contributions!

The winner was post 121 by Ravelry user fyjjkj

Congratulations, I know you’ll love your prize!

Show Links:

The Wool Kitchen yarn

The Wool Kitchen Instagram

Blue Pop colourway photo on instagram

Niji colourway photo on Instagram

The Talisman Shawl

Yarngasm Podcast

Voolenvine Yarn

Blacker Yarns

Blacker Yarns Samite Blend

Ahimisa (Peace) Silk

Road to China Light

What’s in the WIP:

A new sock design! The Apple Blossom socks will make their debut at the Curious Handmade Retreat next week, and then the pattern will be launched on the 17th of March

My rainbow Pebble Beach Shawl in the Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Events:

Edinburgh Yarn Festival is happening on the 12th and 11th, where I’ll be in the Podcaster’s Lounge sponsored by Blacker Yarns. We’ll be having a Podcaster meetup at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday we’re also hosting a little panel on audio podcasting! You can find out the whole Podcaster Lounge Schedule here!

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Curious Handmade Knitting Podcast Episode 161

Beautiful books of all kinds have always been a big part of my creative growth, so in this episode I’m delighted to bring you another book review. This time I’m talking about the gorgeous new volume of the Interpretations series, the latest instalment of an ongoing collaboration between two intensely talented designers.

Show Sponsors:

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.

Contest Winner:

Victoria has won a copy of Hannah Fettig’s new book Texture! Here’s Victoria’s comment:

“This book looks truly beautiful – there’s not a pattern in it that I don’t want to knit but if I had to choose I’d love to try the WestEnd cardigan – it would be the perfect wardrobe staple … I also particularly love the knitted kerchief too!”

What’s in the WIP:

I finished my Vintage Fairy Light Socks in Circus Tonic Yarn!

I’ve been designing a brand new sock design which I’ll be able to release very soon!

Show Links:

Snowmelt Shawl MKAL

New York Collection by Mina Phillip

Knitting Expat Podcast

Curious Handmade Ravelry Group

Interpretations Volume 4 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki

Curious Handmade Episode 61: Interview with Joji Locatelli

Pom Pom Quarterly

Winterfolk

Woolfolk yarn

Fast Forward

La Bien Aimee yarn

Radiate

Tourmaline

Colourspell Shawl

Double Trouble

Léttlopi yarn

Little Bird

madelinetosh Prairie yarn

Wishes

Malabrigo Mora

East or West

Uncommon Thread Uncommon Everyday yarn

Flyaway Twist shawl

Kettle Yarn Co Twist

Monochrome

The Pucky Knitter yarn

Side by Side

madelinetosh Tosh Mo Light yarn

Giveaways

Leave a comment in this Ravelry thread for a chance to win Mina Phillip’s The New York Sock Collection.

Leave a comment on this post on the blog for a chance to win Interpretations Vol. 4 by Joji Locatelli & Veera Välimäki

Events:

I’ll be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which is coming up very soon!

We’re having meetups there on Friday the 10th of March and Friday the 11th of March at 1pm in the Podcaster’s Lounge, so come and say hi! Don’t forget to wear your Blacker Yarns knits if you’re participating in the BlackerPodKAL!

Those are all the notes for this episode! I’ll chat to you soon, and until then, happy knitting!

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Today I’m talking about some (restrained!) yarn buying, my WIP triumph, and how I learned to love going to events like the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, even as an introvert.

Show Sponsors:

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.

Contest Winner:

I’m delighted to announce that Alex has won the free Machine Knitting Class by Renée Callahan! Here’s her comment:

“I would love the craftsy class. I just got a knitting machine last year and I am flying by the seat of my pants with my projects, not really knowing what I am doing but having a go. A class would really help.”

Curious Handmade KAL News:

The Snowmelt Shawl MKAL is going beautifully. Clue #3 was just released yesterday and the spectrum of colour combinations is making my heart sing. We still have new people joining every day, and the clues are manageable: you can catch up with us in no time! We’ve split chat on the Curious Handmade Ravelry group into spoiler and non-spoiler threads so that you can peek ahead or preserve the mystery for yourself as you knit, even if you’re joining a little late!

PURCHASE THE SNOWMELT SHAWL MKAL HERE

There are two more clues to come!

Clue #4: Thursday 23 February

Clue #5: Thursday 2 March

and the KAL will run until the end of March so that you’ll have plenty of time to finish!

Show Links:

The Wool Kitchen sock yarn in Blue Pop and Niji colourways

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

A Homespun House Podcast

Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry

KnitBritish Podcast

What’s in the WIP:

I have finally finished my Times Square by Norah Gaughan in Knightsbridge by the Fibre Company!

My other deep WIP is the Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose which I’ll be tackling when I get back from my trip.

The socks continue bit by bit!

I’m going to knit a new Pebble Beach Shawl in the Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Events:

I’m getting really excited for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival next month, where I’ll be taking part in the Podcaster’s Lounge sponsored by Blacker Yarns.

BlackerPod KAL!

Here are the details direct from Blacker Yarns:

To celebrate the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 we are delighted to announce a C/KAL. If you are making the trip to Edinburgh in March – or even if you can’t, but wish you could – let’s knit together and ramp up that festival excitement.

Details

  • The BlackerPod KAL casts on on the 19th January and casts off on 4th March.
  • You can knit or crochet any design you like, but you must use yarn from Blacker *
  • This C/KAL is open to everyone (whether you can make Edinburgh Yarn Festival or not)
  • Use this thread to chatter about your pattern choices and yarn choices and post pictures of your WIPs
  • There will be a meet up at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. (date and time tba) If you are going to EYF and you wear your FO in 100% Blacker Yarns you will get a discount on the stall as a prize.
  • For those who cannot make it to EYF we will have a FOMO FO thread (fear of missing out finished objects) and there will be a random prize draw after EYF

Also use hashtag #blackerpodkal when you chat online and use blackerpodkal to tag your rav projects

If you are going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and wear something you’ve made in Blacker Yarns Blacker will be offering a discount!

Check out the Blacker Yarns Ravelry group for more details and information on prizes and teams.
That is all the notes for this week. I’ll talk to you again soon, and until then, happy knitting!