Ch 170: April adventures with socks and my sister!

Helen —  April 28, 2017 — 14 Comments

Ch 170

Today’s episode is a fun round up of what I’ve been up to lately…some my current and future knitting (and sewing!) projects, and the wonderful time I’ve spent with my sister, who is visiting from Australia.


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Show Links:

May the 6th is Yarn Shop Day! There will be events at shops around the UK, so check with your LYS to see what’s happening!

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

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

Lollypop Yarn

Apple Blossom Socks

Turtlepurl Yarn

Joji Mystery Wrap MKAL is starting on May 12

Laine Magazine

The Comfy Red Couch Video Podcast

East London Knits Video Podcast

East London Knits Zen Variations on Ravelry

East London Knits Zen Variations Book – Use code SPRINGZEN for a discount!

Enso Pullover

Brooklyn Knitfolk QAL

A Yarn Story

Ice Cream Sunday Cardigan by Julie Sunshine

Julie Asselin Leizu DK Yarn

Shibui Lunar

Country Threads Shop

Loop London

Ray Stitch

That wraps up the links for today’s episode. I’ll chat to you soon, and until then, happy knitting!

14 responses to Ch 170: April adventures with socks and my sister!

  1. Josephine Franz April 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Helen,
    I’d love to win a copy of Renee’s Zen Variations book!My favorite sweater is “Enzo”, I saw the one Helen from the woolkitchen made and I fell in love with this polished looking sweater! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Hi Helen, sounds like a magical time with your sister visiting.

    I love Renee’s Zen Variations collections, in particular the Yama wrap. When I read her notes saying that Yama means ‘Mountain’ I knew that was the pattern for me as I live at the base of Mount Roland in NW Tasmania.

  3. Louise van den Munckhof April 28, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I love both Yama and Takumi by Renée Callahanin from her The Zen Variations book. Being larger busted I like cross over cardy’s as they suit my figure and are an extra layer of warmth at the front where I need it.
    I would make Yama first as it is the perfect length for over dresses and I only have one very thin commercial one for summer like this. I also like the fact it can be worn open or crossed over and attached at the front. The 2 colour version was also very cute.

  4. This was my first listen to your podcast and I enjoyed it very much 🙂 So nice to have time with family when you’re living so far apart. I lived in Queensland myself for a very little while, but missed my friends and family terribly especially once my first son was born and ended up back in he UK :/

    Listening to you talk about the English pieceing she was doing while you knitted reminded me of an unfinished project I have lurking somewhere. There just aren’t enough crafting hours in the day to do all the knitting, sewing, pottery and cross stitch that I want to do!!

  5. Hello Helen, thank you doe the podcast recommendations. I have heard many people speak of Renee but it was nice to get to see Renee speak for herself. I m smitten with the collection. There are four sweaters I’d be tempted to add to my queue: Yama, buji, enso and takumi. Such a beautiful collection.

  6. I really want to do the Takumi, I like the way it looks; both open and fastened closed. The big decision will be the single color or two color one. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

  7. Hello,
    I am looking forward to the start of the Shawl Society in just a few days. In the Zen Variations I really like Yama and Intoku.

  8. Great podcast as always! Hope you had a wonderful time with your sister. Zen Variations is a lovely collection. I especially love the Enso pullover. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  9. Visits from sisters are the best! Mine only lives 3 hours away, and it’s still a special treat. We craft together, too.

    Just checking out Renee’s work for the first time, but I think her patterns are right up my style, so they’re going in my queue. I really like Buji (tunic length, pockets, color blocking) and Yama, which would look great with pretty much anything in my wardrobe.

    Love your attitude…I like to think of your podcast as a cup of chamomile before bed…you’re my knitting zen.

  10. Hi Helen, I love listenting to your podcast when I am out walking my little boy to sleep in his buggy. If I won this giveaway I would start with the Enso sweater, as it has been on my wish list for quite a while!

  11. Hello! Zen is a great collection – I think my favourite is Intoku for two reasons – (1)
    that it will look great with some of my handmade dresses, and (2) is that it has pockets – I love my pockets, can’t have enough!

  12. Hi! I recently started listening to your wonderful podcast. As a beginner, I am now knitting the spindrift shawl and love it! Of the Zen Variations, I love the Intoku the most.
    I hope many episodes of your podcast will follow! Greetings from Belgium!

  13. Hi Helen, another lovely episode, thank you! I would love to win a copy of Zen, and my favourite is Enso.

  14. Just listened to your podcast on the way home from work – I didn’t mind the traffic jam as I had you for company!
    There are some nice patterns in the Zen variations but I think my favourite is Kaizen, it’s just that bit different

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