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I am finally back from my family holiday in Australia, and in this episode I catch you up on all the fun we had, and all the yarn I brought home with me. We’re also chatting about the latest pattern release for The Shawl Society Season II, and I reveal a bit more about the spectacular luxury knitting retreat I’m planning right now.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

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Maria Elena Bliss

Prairie Bag Works

Dingo Dyeworks

Skein Yarn

It’s not too late to join in with the Camp Curious The Big Participation Thread for your chance to win some great prizes before I draw next week.

The Yarn in The City Great London Yarn Crawl

Firelflies Rising

The Wool Kitchen

Travel Knitter

Refuge

Knit for Peace

Skein Sisters

Hedgehog Fibres

Wren and Ollie 

One Tree Hill Collection Yarn

Rune Shawl

Circus Tonic Handmade

 

Yesterday I released the 5th pattern of Season II: The Wishmaker Shawl

Hidden deep in a forest in Yorkshire, not far from a tumbling waterfall, sits a mysterious shelter known as “The Hermitage.” The hollowed out cave is just big enough for one very shy dweller to live tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the whispering of trees and the scurrying of little woodland lives. It must have taken enormous effort to carve a tiny house out of a gigantic boulder in 1790, but someone did it. This astonishing home is mysterious enough, but another surprise awaits. Climb up to the roof and you’ll find two curious chairs hewn from the same rock. Legend says that these are the Wishmaker’s chairs, which will grant your heart’s desire if you take a seat and make a wish in one, and then hop over to sit in the other. It is a beautiful bit of magic concealed in an enchanted corner of the English countryside.

Our 5th shawl shares something of the character of the Wishmaker’s chairs: the marriage of work and whimsy, a break from the busy world, and a reminder that wishing and dreaming is an important part of even the quietest existence. Wishmaker is an asymmetrical triangle shawl knit from cosy DK weight yarn. Its rustic textures of garter and eyelet borrow from the natural world, while deep stripes of three colours keep the eye moving across the shawl. It’s the perfect accessory to wrap around yourself for a peaceful wander through the woods in your own company.

There is something beautiful and poignant about a hermit’s retreat which features not one, but two Wishmaker’s chairs. Perhaps the maker of the Wishmaker’s chairs wished for something more than solitude. To withdraw from the world in the hopes of being alone, and then carve out a place for a companion to sit may seem strange, but it reminds us of the balance we seek in our own creativity. We create first and foremost for ourselves, but the sharing of the things we make is where the true magic resides.

I used two amazing DK weight yarns from Blacker Yarns to create the samples for Wishmaker.

Blacker Yarns Gotland DK

Blacker Yarns Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK

The Wishmaker Shawl KAL will run from September 9th to October 5th. For a chance to win a prize, just post your finished shawl in the FO thread by the deadline.

The winner of the Rune Shawl Mini KAL is ThePeekoCrafter with post number 115.

I am planning a super-special luxury knitter’s getaway for May 2018. You can learn more (and get a spot on the retreat mailing list for exclusive early registration) here: Curious Handmade Retreat Bath

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This week I’m talking about the ways that the knitting community comes into designing a pattern. For many knitters, making a change to an existing pattern is their first step into the world of pattern design. It’s a good way to gain a little confidence, experiment with new ideas, and flex your technical and creative muscles. I think of modification as a kind of collaboration, where a designer and a knitter are “working together” to create a perfectly personalised finished object. 

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

Show Links

Afternoon Tea Shawl project page with hood modification

Curious Collective Shawl Pattern # 1

Curious Collective Shawl Pattern # 2

Whispering Island Shawl

For our Scavenger Hunt prompt this last week of camp, share a photo of a knitting pattern you’ve modified, a pattern you’d like to modify, or maybe something you’ve knit because you were inspired by someone else, as a muse! Post in the Big Participation Thread, and remember, you can fill in the prompts any time for the next week or so before I draw winners for our Camp Curious end-of-camp prizes! To make it easier to catch up, I’ve posted all the prompts at the top of the thread.

Shawl Society News

The Rune Shawl Mini KAL will run until Sept 7th (I said the 6th in the podcast but we’ve said the 7th before so we’ll stick to that!) so don’t forget to post your FO photos in the thread whenever you’ve cast off! As we’re getting close to the end (just a couple of months to go) remember that if you’re finishing up any other shawls from this season you can still post them in the FO threads to be in with a chance to win a lovely prize in the Grand KAL at the end of the season!

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On today’s episode I discuss how important photography has been to growing my design business and the Curious Handmade community, and share some simple tips I’ve picked up along the way. Whether you want to beautiful images in order to publish a pattern, or just want to share photos of your creations with friends and family, learning how to style and snap finished objects is a valuable part of the creative process.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

Show Links

Makelight Studios

Jarrod Flood Brooklyn Tweed Blog

Alana Dakos

Madder Made

Laine Magazine

I have announced the yarn for the 5th TSSII Shawl:

Black Yarns Pure Gotland DK

Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK

The Rune Shawl Mini KAL will run until Sept 7th so don’t forget to post your FO photos in the thread!

This week’s Camp Curious Scavenger Hunt is to share a photo you’ve taken of a finished object and some notes about what taking the photo was like: what was a challenge? What did you like about the result? Just post in the Big Participation Thread on Ravelry.

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Today in Camp Curious we take a look at the finishing touches that can completely transform a shawl. Borders and edgings add a lot of character to a shawl and can change its shape and the way it hangs. I chat about how I choose a border for a shawl, some technical considerations, and a few resources that I turn to often

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

Show Links:

The little garden cardigan pattern by Junko Okamoto

Moeke Yarns Heritage

FiberTrek Video Podcast

Curious Handmade Bath Retreat News Sign Up

Talisman Shawl

Candlelit Shawl

Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein

Knitting over the Edge by Nicky Epstein

Cast On/Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor

Boo Knits

Midsummer Haze by Joji Locatelli

Miss Winkle Shawl by Martina Behm

Leftie Shawl by Martina Behm

Exploration Station by Stephen West

 

For today’s Scavenger Hunt prompt, I’d love to see an edging that has caught your eye recently. Post a photo in The Big Camp Curious Participation Thread with a little message about what you like in a shawl edging. Is sweet and simple your favourite or do you like a dramatic finish? As always, feel free to jump in and complete your prompts at your own pace for a chance to win a prize at the end of camp. That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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This week on the podcast I introduce you to the latest Shawl Society design, the Rune Shawl, and then dive into a discussion of the many amazing types of stitch patterns that can enrich a shawl design. Lace, colourwork, cables…stitch patterns are an endless source of interest for me. I share some of my favourite stitch dictionaries and resources and chat about the challenges and joys of working a stitch pattern into a new design.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

Show Links:

Twisted Finch Yarn

Super Stitches Knitting stitch dictionary

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series

Harmony Guides to stitches (knit and crochet)

Lace and Eyelet: 250 Stitches to Knit by Erica Knight

Up, Down, All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

Knitted Cable Source Book by Noarah Gaughan

Mary Jane Mucklestone’s colourwork books

My interview with Mary Jane Mucklestone Curious Handmade Ch 127

 

I’ve just released the 4th pattern in this season of The Shawl Society, The Rune Shawl.

Found carved into ancient artefacts, monuments and standing stones scattered across the north, runes carry stories across thousands of years. Every rune was much more than a simple letter in an alphabet. Each one was also a symbol of power, revered as magical, used in divination and charms. To inscribe or invoke a rune was to invoke the force for which it stood. In several old languages, the origin of the name “rune” hints at their true purpose. Whether the word is traced back to a Germanic root, Old English, Welsh, or Old Irish Gaelic, the old meanings are evocative. Secret. Whisper. Mystery. Miracle. Intention.

Inspired by such beautiful words and the depths of their hidden meanings, it seemed only fitting that the second season of The Shawl Society should feature a Rune Shawl. Our fourth shawl has been imbued with a little of that ancient mystery. This is a shawl full of subtle detail and secret features. Knit in two colours with a deceptively simple garter and eyelet pattern, there is more to Rune than meets the eye at first glance. The angular elegance of runic alphabets are reflected in the elongated triangle shape, and the shawl’s increases are hidden in the centre lace motif: there if you know how, and where, to look. The Rune Shawl is a gorgeous accessory to wear on the days you’d like a little reminder of your own inherent power.

Millennia after the first runes were used, we can still understand the magical charge of creating something with a powerful intention and a deeper meaning. Just like a rune, a handmade object is always more than the sum of its parts, and always carries a message. To ourselves, to others around us, and maybe to the generations who will treasure it long after we are gone.

The yarn I used for the sample was the Fiesta Fingering base by Circus Tonic Handmade, in the Cape Barren Goose and Laughing Turtle Dove colourways.

Since I’m in Australia for this release, I’ve taken the opportunity to pair up with Circus Tonic Handmade for a special event in Sydney on Saturday the 5th of August at the lovely Skein Sisters yarn shop. I’ll be there from 11 am. We’ll be having a trunk show where you can meet the Rune Shawl sample in person and get your hands on some of Circus Tonic’s magnificent yarn. We’ll also be having a group cast-on for the shawl, so I’d love to see as many Society Members there as possible. It’s a rare chance to meet other members in real life, and I think it will be a very special afternoon.

Camp Curious Scavenger Hunt Project

This week I’d love to see a stitch pattern that catches your eye: either something you’ve knit or just a pattern you admire. Post your photo in The Big Camp Curious Participation Thread post on Ravelry so that you’re in with a chance to win prizes at the end of camp!

That’s everything for this episode! Have a lovely week and happy knitting.

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I start off this episode revisiting a topic I find endlessly interesting…travel knitting and what projects to bring on holiday,. Then it’s off the Camp Curious again to explore this week’s theme…choosing shapes for shawl designs. The shape of a shawl is obviously one of its most distinctive design elements, and I discuss how I determine which shape a new design will take.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

Show Notes:

The Brooklyn Hipster KAL is running from the 1st of August to the 31st of October

Here are the rules:
-The pattern you select must have less than 30 logged projects on Ravelry. (If you’re concerned about your pattern selection going over before the start of the KAL, fear not! Post about it in the thread so they can verify that it was under 30 when you started, and you’ll be good for prizes qualification)
-No WIPS (unless you only have a few rows cast on by the start date)
-Bonus entry in the FO thread if 50% of your project uses a yarn company/dyer that you’ve never used before! (HONOR SYSTEM!)
-Double dipping into other KALs is allowed and encouraged!
-As this is a 3 month KAL, please no miniature projects like ornaments or stuffies.

#BKHipsterKAL

The Vila Wrap Mini KAL for The Shawl Society is finishing on August 3rd so be sure to get your finished wraps into the FO Thread on Ravelry by then!

Snowmelt Shawl

La Bien Aimee Yarn

Radiance Shawl

Quill Shawl

Blacker Yarns Tamar

Designer Ambah O’Brien on Ravlery

Cloud Wrap

Oracle Shawl by Woolenvine

The Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

Starting Point by Joji Locatelli

Shawlscapes Craftsy Class by Stephen West

Building Blocks Shawl by Stephen West

Dotted Rays Shawl by Stephen West

Vertices Unite Shawl by Stephen West

 

Don’f forget to update your post on The Big Camp Curious Participation Thread for the chance to win some lovely prizes at the end of camp..the prompt this week is to share a photo of your favourite shawl shape with some notes about why you love it. You can also share on Instagram with our hashtag #CampCurious! You can jump in any time and catch up with the Scavenger Hunt photos from the last few weeks…new campers are always welcome!

Events:

I will be having a trunk show with Circus Tonic Handmade and a cast-on for the Shawl Society Shawl #4 at Skein Sisters yarn shop, in Sydney Australia on Saturday August 5th.

The dates are set for another Curious Handmade Country House Retreat in March: as usually for the spring retreat we’ll be gathering just before the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The March retreat will run from the 11th to the 14th of March 2018.

I am planning a very special new Curious Handmade Retreat in Bath from 8th to 11th of May 2018. Save the dates, and stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

That’s all our notes for this week. Enjoy the weekend, and happy knitting!

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Welcome to our second session of Camp Curious! I start off today’s episode by recapping my visit to Pomfest Birthday Celebrations for Pom Pom magazine last weekend…it was such a lovely occasion I couldn’t resist. I also talk about all the ways that colour influences the design process, some sources of colour inspiration, and how colour requirements made the design process for the Hundred Acre Wood Shawl especially interesting, challenging and rewarding.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

What’s in the WIP:

Starting Point Joji Locatelli

Confetti by Veera Välimäki

Voolenvine Yarn

Yarn Ink

Show Links:

Garthenor Organic Wool

Biches & Bûches Atelier

Rauwork

The little garden pattern by Junko Okamoto

Moeke Yarns Heritage

La Bien Aimee

Snowmelt Shawl

Laine Magazine

Hey Mama Wolf Yarn

The Wool Kitchen

Julie Asselin

Sprite’s Fen Shawl

Viola Yarns

Camp Curious:

The Big Participation Thread on Ravelry

Speckled Fade by Stephen West

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Mary Jane Mucklestone

Curious Handmade episode on Colour Theory and Knitting

MakeLight.com Insight Tool

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

Little Skein in the Big Wool

Westknits

Boyland Knitworks

Little Bobbins Podcast

Dingo Dyeworks Podcast

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Welcome to Camp Curious! This week in the series we are talking about how influential yarn is and always has been to my design process. I walk you through the yarn inspiration behind two of my shawls, and chat about the different aspects and ualities of a yarn that can impact the look and feel of the finished project, so that you can make inspired decisions in your own yarn choices and substitions.

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 www.ayarnstory.com

What’s in the WIP:

Confetti by Veera Välimäki

Sprite’s Fen Mini KAL winners:

I’ve drawn the winners from the FO thread. They are:

Winner of the Julie Asselin Merletto prize:

MALK3 with Post #3

Winner of the Seven Sisters Arts prize:

Suennschien with Post #120

I’ve announced the yarn for shawl #4!

I chose Circus Tonic Handmade’s Fiesta Fingering

We’re having a fun little event in Sydney Australia, since I’ll be there soon.

Skein Sisters yarn shop, Saturday August 5th

There will be a trunk show with Circus Tonic Handmade and a cast-on for Shawl #4

Camp Curious:

If you haven’t made your post in The Big Participation Thread on Ravelry yet introducing yourself, now’s the time! You can update your post throughout the Camp Curious series with your scavenger hunt photos and be in for a chance to win prizes at the end of Camp. This week’s prompt is to share a photo of your favourite yarn with a few “design notes” about why you love it and how you’ve used it.

The Field Guide to Fleece by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

Pure Wool: A Knitter’s Guide to Using Single Breed Yarns by Sue Blacker

Blacker Yarns

Here is a quick conversion chart for yarn weight terms in different countries.

This handy chart from Laughing Hens goes into even more detail, including gauge and wraps per inch.

My interview with Sue from Blacker Yarns

My interview with Sonja from Blacker Yarns

My more recent interview with Sonja from Blacker

My interview with Daphne from the Fibre Co

My interview with Clara Parkes

My interview with Benjamin from Hole & Sons

Radiance Shawl

Pigeonroof Studios Yarn

Amulet Shawl

Tosh Merino Light

Seven Sister’s Arts Matrika Fingering

The Book of Haps by Kate Davies

That’s everything for this week, Campers! Have a lovely weekend full of knitting and I’ll talk to you next week.

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There’s a lot happening at Curious Handmade this week! In this episode I talk about all my WIP progress, tell you about the fulfilling design process for the third shawl in Season II of The Shawl Society, and fill you in on the virtual retreat we’ll be having over the next two months of the Curious Handmade Podcast.

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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 www.ayarnstory.com

What’s in the WIP:

Confetti by Veera Välimäki

Voolenvine Yarn

Ice Cream Sundae Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL

Sock Bash KAL

Yarn Ink Yarn

Mrs Brown’s Bags

The Fibre Co.

 

Yesterday was launch day for our 3rd shawl, the Vila Wrap, and I’m so thrilled to see the reactions to this design.

You’ll find the Vila in the hills and mountain tops of Slavic folklore, dwelling in the high-up places where the air is thin and sweet and the clouds are born. Some legends call them a kind of fairy, others claim them as nymphs, while a few say that they are the spirits of women who were too silly and not serious enough in their lifetimes. Whatever their origins, the Vila have a true lust for life. They are both frivolous and fierce, appearing as beautiful women in white dresses, billowing cloaks, or magical blue robes. They lure young men into rowdy dances and demand their absolute loyalty in return. They sing with enough force to call up high winds, and fight with a wildness that shakes the earth. They are gorgeous, powerful, and at least a little bit dangerous.

The Vila Wrap was designed to honour these magical creatures in all their ferocious femininity. A generous, elongated wrap with an asymmetrical design and stunning lace panels, this shawl invites you to make a statement. Created in three colours, it is an addictive knit that’s hard to put down. Stripes and engaging stitch patterns keep things interesting without being too difficult. Smart, contemporary and easy to wear, the wrap shape will complement a wide variety of wardrobes.

The Vila offer inspiration to anyone who has ever been afraid of being “too much.” They have shaken off the scrutiny of a judgemental world and live to please themselves. For all of us who have been told that we should tamp down our own spirit and creativity to fit some premade vision of reality, the Vila show us an alternative. Learning to honour our own desires is a lifelong process, but creation is a powerful antidote to the negative messages we get about who we should be. The individuality and agency of making something yourself is not a trivial or frivolous thing. There is an assertion in every stitch: this is who I am, and it deserves expression.

I knit the Vila Wrap in Walcot Yarns Opus and I’m just a little bit in love.

We still have people joining up to the Society and this shawl in particular seems to be attracting new members, so you’re certainly not too late to jump in! Just buy yourself a copy of The Shawl Society Season II on Ravelry.

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Today’s post is a little roundup of everything going on in the Curious Handmade community right now and all the wonderful things coming up, with a few updates about my own WIPs and a little more information and advice about the yarn for the third TSS shawl.

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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.

Show Links:

My interview on the Yarniacs Podcast last week!

The Pomfest birthday celebration in happening in London on the 14th or 15th of July!

My interview with the Pom Pom founders

Curious Handmade KAL News:

GLYC Anniversary KAL

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Great London Yarn Crawl here will be a KAL for Fireflies Rising starting on the 1st of July and running until the 5th of September!

The Great London Yarn Crawl 2017

Fireflies Rising Shawl.

Dream Big Collection

Yarn in the City’s GLYC Anniversary KAL thread

Refuge

Sprite’s Fen KAL

Sprite’s Fen

The Sprite’s Fen Mini KAL for members of The Shawl Society Season II is running from 1 June to 6 July 2017.
There will be some gorgeous prizes from Seven Sisters Arts and Julie Asselin for randomly selected entries posted in the FO thread by the 6th of July!

Fairyhill KAL

Fairyhill

I have drawn a new winner for the Woolbarn prize:

kathleen188 with post 161 in the FO thread

What’s in the WIP:

Confetti by Veera Välimäki

Voolenvine Yarn

Ice Cream Sundae Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Box O’ Sox KAL

Sock Bash KAL

Sprite’s Fen

Walcot Yarns Opus

That wraps up our notes and links for this chapter! Thank you for listening and happy knitting! x