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Ch 132

Welcome to the second episode of the Summer Series! Today we’re chatting about the beautiful things that Mette loves to make for her country house, especially her recent tea towel project. Mette will be teaching a workshop on Natural Dyeing at our next Curious Handmade Country House Retreat. It’s such a fascinating subject that I thought all of my listeners (and not just the lucky retreaters!) would love to learn more, so I invited her to tell us a little bit about her methods.

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.

A Yarn Story

Located on charming Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter is A Yarn Story. Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Major yarn and accessories brands include Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh, Shibui Knits, ChiaoGoo and Cocoknits – and of course many more! Start creating your own yarn story…

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

There are still a couple of twin share places available for the Autumn Country House retreat. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

Show Photos:

The famous tea towel:

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Some detail from Mette’s dyeing notebook:

Privet:

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Hibiscus:

Mette Notebook2

 

Logwood:

Mette Notebook1
The magic Privet hedge:

privet

The collection of naturally dyed silk scarves.

silk

The flower petal fabric:

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Show Links:

The natural dyeing books I mention in this episode are:

A Heritage of Colour by Jenny Dean

The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar

Kristine’s website: A Verb for Keeping Warm

If you won’t manage to make it to the retreat or would like to get started with natural dyeing ahead of Mette’s hands-on workshop, check out Kristine’s great two part class at Creative Bug:

Natural Dyeing

Learn the basics of natural dyeing in this two-part course, enabling you to create fabrics and garments in your very own original hues. Kristine uses all natural dyes in her process, and she discusses how to create a variety of shades by using different dyes, fabrics and dye bath times. In the first part of this class, you will learn how to work with silk, a protein fiber, dyeing it a lovely purple shade with Logwood.  In the second part, you will learn how to work with cellulose fibers, dyeing a pair of cotton socks red using Madder extract.

An ebook about natural dying that will appeal to everyone, but with special interest to vegans:

Botanical Colour at Your Fingertips Rebecca Desnos

That’s all for this week of The Summer Series! Happy knitting!

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ch 131

In today’s episode I talk a bit about my recent sock craze. I also dive deep into my fantasy queue of socks I’d like to knit, exploring some lovely patterns and the delicious stash yarn I’m planning to use. Perfect holiday knitting for the kickoff of The Summer Series!

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.

A Yarn Story

Located on charming Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter is A Yarn Story. Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Major yarn and accessories brands include Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh, Shibui Knits, ChiaoGoo and Cocoknits – and of course many more! Start creating your own yarn story…

Show Links:

Monkey Socks

Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Knitting Expat Podcast

Hiya Hiya Sharps

Knit Pro Zings

Seven Sister Arts Sock Blanks

Cobble Stone Sock Pattern

Beyond Vanilla Socks – Part 1

Mina Makes

Lollipop Yarn – Downton Abbey

Susan B Anderson How I Make My Socks Pattern

Susan B Anderson Podcast

Maria Elena Bliss

Mrs Brown’s Bags

Yarn Ink

Flower Shock Socks Pattern

Grocery Girls Podcast

Canada KAL

This Creative Bug course I mentioned in the show is a great way to get started with socks. Here’s the description

Hudson Valley Winter Socks

These top-down, worsted weight socks will keep your toes warm all winter. You’ll learn how to knit a short row heel and toe, as well as a ribbed cuff alongside Jill. Short row heels and toes are re-knittable if after years of wear if your favorite pair develops a hole. So if you have been curious about knitting your own pair of socks but never taken the plunge, this workshop is for you.

That’s all for now! Happy knitting until next week!

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Ch 130

This week I’m introducing the newest Shawl Society pattern and chatting about my stash and my “fantasy knitting queue.”

Show Sponsor:

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:

Happier Podcast Designing Your Summer Episode 67

Little Bobbins Podcast

Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Blue Sky Alpaca Yarn

Copper Corgi

Juno Fibre Arts Yarn

50 Shades of Gradient

The Shawl Society News:

This week I released the 2nd secret pattern from The Shawl Society: the Amulet Shawl.

Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm. The elongated triangle shape of this shawl recalls the scarab’s wings, which are also echoed in the graphically striking rib section. The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.

The pattern has two sizes and can be knit with one colour or two. Optional beads add a bit of sparkle for special occasions!
There is a mini KAL running for Amulet until and the prizes are amazing:
1. Seven Sisters Arts is giving one of her beautiful Gradient Sets to one of the winners! I’m obsessed with the Ravens Wing gradient.

2. Marce of the wonderful Brown Berry Chronicles podcast has generously donated a $30 gift certificate to the luxury eco skin-care company Lola Blue Living.

The Shawl Society patterns are exclusive to members until the end of this session in November, but it’s not too late to join! There’s an overall KAL running until then too, with lots more prizes on the way.

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Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time. The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE
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Today I’m talking about summer plans and trying to get organised for a big trip.

Show Sponsor:

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:

Happier Podcast 

Happier Episode 67

Talisman Shawl and the Talisman FO Thread (The Mini KAL due date is July 3rd!)

The Wool Kitchen

Northbound Knitting

The Fibre Company Arranmore

CH Country House Retreat

After the wonderful time we had in Cumbria in March, we decided straight away that we wanted to go back and knit in the lovely Eden Valley again. And rather than wait until next year we thought we would have a retreat this autumn to celebrate the beginning of knitting season!  We also thought it would be nice to have a weekend retreat for people who couldn’t manage during the week. And it was so beautiful in the spring that we thought we would do the same format just before Edinburgh Yarn Festival again next year as well!!

The following dates are confirmed:

Autumn Retreat 2016
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2016

Spring Retreat 2017
Monday 6 – Thursday 9 March 2017

Please email me at helen@curioushandmade.com if you are interested in joining us for the October retreat as registration is now open (the Spring retreat will open for registration later in the year).

If you would like to be kept up to date with more information sign up to the Curious Handmade Events and Retreats mailing list here:

Sign up for CH Events and Retreats updates:

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Ch 128

Today I’m talking about summer plans and thinking about some nourishing “just for fun” projects.

Show Sponsor:

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:

Amirisu Issue 10 KAL

Botan Shawl

Happier Podcast 

Happier Episode 67

Reyka Pullover

Times Square

Ch 115 with Susan B. Anderson

Talisman Shawl and the Talisman FO Thread (The Mini KAL due date is July 3rd!)

The Wool Kitchen

Northbound Knitting

Shiny Bees Podcast

Upcoming Events:

Cheshire Fibre Festival will take place on 1st October 2016 at Marthall Village Hall, Marthall, Cheshire, WA16 7SB.

Five fibre artists from Cheshire are combining resources to create the Cheshire Fibre Festival as part of the North West Fibre Arts Trail, which encourages fibre artists from the North West of England to open their doors and showcase their work.

The five fibre artists are:

Agrarian Artisan Designs – Valerie Bracegirdle will hold 2 crochet workshops and have a stall selling patterns kits and other crochet goodies.

Crafts from the Dungeon – Beryl Weir will be demonstrating rigid heddle weaving and selling a fabulous range of kits across a range of fibre arts, plus woven items.

Eco-Stitch – Diane Malinowski will have a stall selling a range of luxury hand-dyed 100% linen, eco friendly, vegan yarn

Jenny Barnett Needlefelt – Jenny will hold a needle felting workshop and have a stall selling needlefelt, kits and books

Yarns from the Plain – Nic Rudd will be selling fabulous hand-dyed British yarn and fibre, and crochet kits.

There will also be a knit and natter area, and refreshments sold in aid of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

Entry is free and there is ample free parking.

CH Country House Retreat

After the wonderful time we had in Cumbria in March, we decided straight away that we wanted to go back and knit in the lovely Eden Valley again. And rather than wait until next year we thought we would have a retreat this autumn to celebrate the beginning of knitting season!  We also thought it would be nice to have a weekend retreat for people who couldn’t manage during the week. And it was so beautiful in the spring that we thought we would do the same format just before Edinburgh Yarn Festival again next year as well!!

The following dates are confirmed:

Autumn Retreat 2016
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2016

Spring Retreat 2017
Monday 6 – Thursday 9 March 2017

If you would like to be kept up to date with more information sign up to the Curious Handmade Events and Retreats mailing list here:

Sign up for CH Events and Retreats updates:

* indicates required



The Shawl Society

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Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

That’s everything! See you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

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Today on the show I have an interview with the delightful Mary Jane Mucklestone, some more musings from Squam an exciting announcement and a KAL prize winner!!

Show Sponsor:

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.

CH Country House Retreat

After the wonderful time we had in Cumbria in March, we decided straight away that we wanted to go back and knit in the lovely Eden Valley again. And rather than wait until next year we thought we would have a retreat this autumn to celebrate the beginning of knitting season!  We also thought it would be nice to have a weekend retreat for people who couldn’t manage during the week. And it was so beautiful in the spring that we thought we would do the same format just before Edinburgh Yarn Festival again next year as well!!

The following dates are confirmed:

Autumn Retreat 2016
Thursday 20 – Sunday 21 October 2016

Spring Retreat 2017
Monday 6 – Thursday 9 March 2017

If you would like to be kept up to date with more information sign up to the Curious Handmade Events and Retreats mailing list here:

Sign up for CH Events and Retreats updates:

* indicates required



The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

Botan Shawl

Amirisu Issue 10 KAL

Angelus Novus Cardigan

Squam Art Workshops 

Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller Designs on Instagram

Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane’s Squam Roundup

Mary Jane’s Books

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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CH 126 Squam Art Workshp

I’m back from a wonderful trip to NYC and Squam Art Workshops! I have all the news!

Show Sponsor:

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.

UK Podcast Awards

Thank you all SO much for voting for me in both stages of the awards.

The voting stage has now closed so now we wait until next weekend when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony.

Thanks so much again!

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

UK Podcast Awards

Second ever Curious Handmade Video Podcast!

Angelus Novus Cardigan

East London Knits KLEE KAL

  • The KAL will run from 9 May 2016 through to 12 June 2016
  • You can join in and knit any of Renee Callahan’s designs.Renee is offering a generous 20% off all her ravelry patterns with the code EastLondonKnitKAL for my lovely listeners!

Blacker Yarns Swan DK

Blacker Yarns is giving us a special discount in honour of the Klee collection: 10% off their DK yarns with the code KLEEKAL

West Water Tunic Pattern

 

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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Ch 125I am so thrilled to be heading off to Spring Squam, and am busy getting ready to leave! This episode is on the short side: I talk about what’s in the WIP and my continued exploration of slow fashion.

Show Sponsor:

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.

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

If you’ve been listening for a while you’ll know that last year I was lucky enough to win “Best Games or Hobby” podcast in the UK Podcast Awards. It was my lovely listeners who got me there, and it was such an incredible boost. This year the nominations are a bit different. I’m in the first round and need to make it to the top ten to advance. I’m number 11! So close and yet so far!!

If you haven’t had a chance to vote for me yet, I would be SO GRATEFUL for your support. It’s super easy.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

That’s it! No signups, emails or anything, and it would make a huge difference for me. Thank you!!!

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

UK Podcast Awards

Second ever Curious Handmade Video Podcast!

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

Angelus Novus Cardigan

East London Knits KLEE KAL

  • The KAL will run from 9 May 2016 through to 12 June 2016
  • You can join in and knit any of Renee Callahan’s designs.Renee is offering a generous 20% off all her ravelry patterns with the code EastLondonKnitKAL for my lovely listeners!

Blacker Yarns Swan DK

Black Yarns is giving us a special discount in honour of the Klee collection: 10% off their DK yarns with the code KLEEKAL

West Water Tunic Pattern

People Tree Slow Fashion book

People Tree wool page

Brooklyn Meetup thread on Ravelry

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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CH 124 pic

Today I have a lovely interview with designer Renee Callahan, designer of the Klee Collection and super fresh new release Zen Variations for the Fibre Company.

I also have an update and answer some questions about The Shawl Society!

Show Sponsor:

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.

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

I need to get in the top 10 of the nominations to get to the next round. I would SO appreciate it if you would vote for Curious Handmade Podcast in the two categories I’m nominated for – Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • Scheming
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

Show Links

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

West Water Tunic Pattern

Quarter 2 Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

Isle Yarns

Squam Art Workshops

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group 9 May until 12 June.

Renee’s new collection Zen Variations for The Fibre Company

I am knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Hole & Sons Wool

Renee is offering a super generous offer of 20% OFF all her patterns for my listeners with the code EastLondonKnitKAL.

Blacker Yarn is offering 10% OFF any DK weight yarn from their website until 12 June using code KLEEKAL

Meetup in NCY

The details of a knitterly meetup with me and others in New York on Sunday 29 May:

Brooklyn Roasting Company is a great space (large and bright and COFFEE!) and also convenient to out-of-towners,

Time: 11:30am

Date: Sunday 29 May

BRC is located at:
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

This venue is in Manhattan itself!!

Thanks for organising this Jaclyn! x

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CH 123 Making

This month I’m talking about working on pieces for my Handmade Wardrobe. I’ve cast on my first project, the Angelus Novus Cardigan for the East London Knit Klee KAL. I’ve also had my sewing machine fixed so am back in business for sewing some garments too. Some special announcments: Its UK Podcast Awards again and I would be so grateful if you would vote for me! I also have very exciting news about….The Shawl Society coming soon!

Show Sponsor:

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.

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

I need to get in the top 10 of the nominations to get to the next round. I would SO appreciate it if you would vote for Curious Handmade Podcast in the two categories I’m nominated for – Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! :-)

Thanks so much!

Here is the fun promo video of the awards last year and that is Emma my podcast editor and I on the cover pic and have two little cameos in accepting the Best Hobbies and Games award last year! I feel so famous hahaha.

The Shawl Society

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Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • Scheming
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

Show Links

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Stitching Up Paris “Insider’s Guide to Parisian Knitting Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft stores

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

West Water Tunic Pattern

Quarter 2 Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

We will be having a KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group starting 9 May.

I will be knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Blacker yarn.

Renee is offering a super generous offer of 20% OFF all her patterns for my listeners with the code EastLondonKnitKAL.

Blacker Yarn is offering 10% OFF any DK weight yarn from their website until 12 June using code KLEEKAL

Meetup in NCY

The details of a knitterly meetup with me and others in New York on Sunday 29 May:

Brooklyn Roasting Company is a great space (large and bright and COFFEE!) and also convenient to out-of-towners,

Time: 11:30am

Date: Sunday 29 May

BRC is located at:
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

PS I think I said on the podcast that it was in Brooklyn but despite the name…this venue is actually in Manhattan itself!!

Thanks for organising this Jaclyn! x

Brooklyn Knitfolk

other wonderful Brooklyn based podcasters I love:

Voolenvine’s Yarngasm

Tiny Paper Foxes – although Jennie is not in Brooklyn much longer!