Ch 103: The 5th Week of Knitvent!

Helen —  December 4, 2015 — 38 Comments

Ch 103

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

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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.


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.


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!


38 responses to Ch 103: The 5th Week of Knitvent!

  1. I love Puntilla as well for sweaters and Infinito for an accessory.

  2. Fab podcast as always! My favourite pattern from Joji’s collection is Manzanilla. It looks so fresh and fun!

  3. My favorite pattern in the collection is Southern Spirit. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize. And I finally found your comment section!

  4. I love Big Old Coat…it just screams cozy and warm in the best possible way.

  5. The entire collection is “just” fantastic. But, I would start with the “Hat,” A Girl Thing. Love it!!.

  6. I haven’t knit any Joji garments yet, just the 3color cashmere cowl. I like the look of the entire collection and have several favorites, but I think I would like to knit Puntilla first…then that lovely striped, chevron wrap. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    Tlobner on Rav.

  7. Thank you for keeping me company on my windy walk today 😉
    My favourite in the Authentic Collection is Citadel. I love those pockets!

  8. Puntilla for sure! Although it’s a tough choice… they’re all gorgeous!

  9. How often does an entire collection take ones breath away? I want to knit ALL the pieces, but first up will be A Girl Thing, because hats are much needed for the cold Michigan winter!

  10. My favorite is “Big Old Coat.” 🙂

  11. My absolute favorite is Manzanilla. I made a boxy sweater by Joji and I get so many compliments on it.

  12. I really like Puntilla, but my favourite is Jujuy, which I am trying to stop myself from purchasing and starting now.

  13. Sooo difficult to choose because each pattern is unique, however, with my love of shawls, I think Jujuy would be front and center in 2016! Thank you, Helen and Joji for the opportunity to win such a fantastic collection!

  14. I am love with the whole collection and puntilla will the first one I will knit, and then who knows, but it’s an amazing collection.

  15. Trying to pick just one favourite is so hard! My instinct says Jujuy or Spectrum because I could make these at my current skill level. But the truth is I would love to make Puntilla – I’ve just never made a garment before so the thought intimidates me.

  16. My favorite is Manzanilla. It took a while to choose, though!

  17. Hello Helen,

    I just discovered your podcast, don’t know why I haven’t found it earlier. So l’ll have quite some listening to do

  18. Another wonderful podcast Helen! My favourite pattern is Citadel. Thank you Helen and Joji for the chance to win this collection.

  19. Yvonne McEachern December 7, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I really like Big Old Coat – it looks like the perfect comfy everyday sweater!

  20. Infinito – I’m obsessed with it!

  21. I have to go with the Citadel. I have been looking for a nice cabled cardigan.

  22. What a wonderful collection from Joji! As you said, it’s hard to choose a favorite pattern. Manzanilla caught my eye the most followed closely by jujuy.

  23. I love Fancy Cardi because I have the same void in my wardrobe! Spectrum is fabulous, too.

  24. I love “Big Old Coat” I need something big and cozy to wrap up in this winter!

  25. The Manzanilla sweater is definitely my favorite! So much awesome texture.

  26. I love all of the patterns, but my favorite is Manzanilla.

  27. My favorite is the Big Old Coat even though I’m not a fan of knitting sweaters – it just looks so comfy to wear 🙂

  28. Hi Helen! Thank you for another entertaining and thought provoking espisode. My favorite pattern in Joji’s new collection is Big Old Coat. Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. Once again, a comforting, lovely podcast, Thank you! Definitely The Big Old Coat!

  30. My favorite is Southern Spirit. How can you resist something described as “a stole with spirit and stubborn chevrons that don’t follow any rules.” Thanks for all your great podcasts so far this year! They’ve been interesting, thought-provoking at times, and fun.

  31. Wow! What interesting conversation about Patreon. I have thoughts floating around in my head and thank you for stirring them up. I do mean that sincerely. I think there is a lot to be said for supporting podcasts and creatives. We need to value this kind of work and output.

    My favorites of Joji’s new collection are hard to narrow down. All I can think of is I wish I had a mom to knit my sleeves and that I would be knitting than dusting the bookshelves. Thankfully, your podcast is making the job palatable. Favorites are spectrum and citadel. I need to take the plunge and knit one of Joji’s pieces. Thanks, Helen and Joji!

  32. I’d have to cast on both the Girl Thing and the Fancy Cardi! Then knit all the wonderful patterns from the collection! Thanks for all your wonderful podcasts Helen!

  33. One favorite? Impossible. How about favorites? Spectrum, Citadel, Manzanilla, Jujuy. Ah…better. But I can’t go lower than four.

  34. I want to give more Jujuy

  35. Fancy Cardi looks like the perfect sweater for me

  36. my fav is puntilla, although id honestly like to knit them all!!

  37. It’s so hard to pick a favorite! At the moment it’s Citadel, but that could change at any time…

  38. I love Citadel…on a cable big sweater crush these days. But the whole collection is lovely!

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