Ch 191: Off to Berlin! (and soon, Rhinebeck!)

Helen —  September 29, 2017 — 36 Comments

On today’s podcast I’m chatting about all the many things coming up: trips to Berlin and Rhinebeck, a few KALs, and lots and lots of upcoming design work…including the return of our beloved Knitvent!

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We have our winners from last week’s giveaway!

Winner of the Clark Socks Pattern:

Julian Brina

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I love your patterns 🙂 The three things I am grateful for tday: 1) Listening to your podcast!; 2) A stranger smiling to me on the street early in the morning; 3) The book I am reading in the moment (The Vet’s Daughter, by Barbara Comyns). Lots of love from Germany! 🙂

Winner of the Oracle Shawl Pattern:

Alene Mazzuca 

1enjoyed my young grandson for an overnight visit and waffles this morning he’s a joy.
2finishing up the string “baby gift for the new grand due next week
3sitting outside a glorious day and knitting my granito

There is a KAL going on for Oracle right now, hosted by the Comfy Red Couch Podcast and the Little Bobbins Podcast: The Spirit of Autumn KAL is running on Instagram with the hashtag #SpiritofAutumnKAL

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I’m running the Wildflower Hill Shawl KAL over on the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group!

The KAL is running now until the end of October!

The Wishmaker Shawl Mini KAL is running until October 5th, so don’t forget to post your finished shawls in the FO Thread

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Tundra from The Fibre Co.

Blacker Yarns Falklands Swan DK

Blacker Yarns Pure Gotland DK

We are having a giveaway of 3 balls of the fabulous Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Birthday Brushwork yarn so listen to the episode to find out how to enter!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

Kristy Glass Knits

Clio pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Indie Untangled

Needles Up


Legacy Fiber Artz

Voolenvine Yarns

Hue Loco

Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Daughter of a Shepherd

That’s all of our links for this episode! Have a fantastic week, and happy knitting!

36 responses to Ch 191: Off to Berlin! (and soon, Rhinebeck!)

  1. I’m working up the courage to do the Candlewick Hat by John Brinegar. I saw it on Malabrigo’s Insta feed, and have been thinking about it since!

  2. I think brushwork would be suited to something lacey and a bit special. Maybe Everglade by Woollywormhead or Rose Red by Ysolda Teague.

    I’m on a real hat kick at the moment, they are just so satisfying to knit.

  3. I would LOVE to try Brushwork, and have been stalking the Mendia pattern by Ambah O’Brien. Safe travels, Helen!

  4. I’ve been eyeing off the Lady Grey Hat by Clare Devine and I think it would be perfect in the Brushwork.
    Love your podcast

  5. Loving the Brushwork colour card, the colours could not be more tempting. Zeccola Hat is my current hat stalk pattern. How to choose the shades?! Enjoy your travels. Hugs!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway and have fun on your trip!
    I would love to knit the Twilight Rose Beanie in Brushwork.

  7. Oh great! I would love to use Brushwork for one of Woolly Wormhead’s new Collection- f.i. Toph.

  8. Top from Woolly Wormhead´s new Collection would be my choice

  9. I’d love to work with Brushwork, Helen. I’d like to try the pattern Raspberry Semifreddo by Pelykh Natalie with it.

  10. What a lovely giveaway! I would make Frais by Alicia Plummer, with the matching mitts if possible! 🙂 I will be at Rhinebeck and would love to say hi (and thanks for your amazing work!) if I see you. It is an overwhelming but amazing experience!

  11. I’m really in love with the Erland Hat by Tania Gray at the moment and am hoping I could cast it on soon! Brushwork sounds like a lovely yarn! What a treat it would be to win some! Thank you to you, Helen, and to Blacker yarns for the nice giveaway!

  12. Oh, I would love to try Brushwork! And the hat pattern I would like to knit is Coast Oak Hat by Stephannie Tallent. Have fun in Berlin!

  13. I love chickens (hence my Ravelry name!) and the hat that’s been in my queue for a while is called ‘Rhode Island Red’ by Pam Sluter and featured in Knitty issue 52 as well as on Ravelry. It’s a nicely shaped colourwork hat featuring – you’ve guessed it – chickens! The pattern is for DK weight yarn but the Blacker Brushwork would probably be fine for me as I’ve got a wee head!

  14. Would love the Brushworks!!! Mina Philipp has shown it on her podcast and it looks gorgeous!! I am stalking the Shirestones hat by her and also the Tread hat by Shannon Cook!!! Thank you for the giveaway and enjoy your podcast.

  15. I have to miss rhinebeck again this year. So bummed that I won’t have the chance to meet you in person. Have a wonderful time. It is a bit overwhelming the first time, but just walk all the buildings and booths. Sunday is a bit less crowded so it’s fun to walk all the booths again. Miss Babs yarn line is an hour wait minimum but all others aren’t so long. Lol. I hope the weather is nice for you! Enjoy and have fun buying lots of goodies!!!!

  16. I just love Blacker yarns! I’m using the Gotland DK for the Wishmaker Shawl right now. I’ve been wanting to knit the Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston. It calls for fingering weight but I think I could use the Brushwork, as well. The colors are gorgeous! Thanks, Helen, for the giveaway!

  17. Hi! Love the podcast. Many thanks for mentioning Rhinebeck. I have always wanted to go and after your podcast I got myself on a waiting list for bus travel from my area. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I daydream about casting on the Zeccola Hat
    by Sarah Jordan in DK weight, perfect for Brushwork(!) I think it would look great. Brushwork’s color card looks nothing short of yummy. Safe journeys.

  18. Kitten With A Whiplash September 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    One of my favorite hat patterns is the Tweedy Topper from the Fall 2006 Knitter’s Magazine. I’ve got two, Mom’s got two, the landlady has one (and has requested at least 7 more for her friends and family) and an unknown, but extremely adorable baby has one. I adapted it to he top down so I can easily adjust to any size, and had just completed a test of my adaptation, using some much-loved yarn that there just wasn’t enough of for an adult hat. I was leaving the house just an hour or so after finishing it, and his mom complimented me on the sweater I was wearing. As soon as I saw him, I knew he had to have that hat. Sorry for the long story, and Thanks for the giveaway. KittenWhiplash on ravelry.

  19. Thank you for offering some Brushwork yarn. It sounds lovely. The first cap I thought of was one from Wooly Wormhead’s Elemental collection: Topf; Azula is a close second choice. Looking forward to the next Secret Shawl design next week.

  20. Oh, I misspelled the cap – it is Toph.

  21. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I have always wanted to try Blacker Yarns. I would make the Tulip Lace Hat by Julie Gaddy.

  22. I actually love the hat that Blacker Yarns designed for the Brushwork yarn. The Pointillist Hat.

  23. I love Blacker Yarns, and Brushwork looks absolutely beautiful. A hat pattern I have been stalking is Norby by Gudrun Johnston. It’s a textured slouchy hat with two cute little tassels hanging down from the crown. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    Lauriebo on Ravelry

  24. My favorite hat pattern for a long time has been the Clayoquot by Tin Can Knits. I am also a big fan of any heavily called hats like those found in the Brooklyn Tweed collections. I would love to try Blacker yarns and Brushwork seems very special

  25. Chantelle McLeod October 2, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Hello from Western Australia and thanks for the chance to win this lovely yarn. I am very new to knitting , started in June and am obsessed! Have made three scarves, pair of socks, dishcloths and slmost a find your fade shawl but not a hat. I am stalking the sock head hat as it looks great for a knitting newbie.

  26. Hi! Really enjoyed your Podcast. I’m super eager to get my hands on Blacker’s Brushwork yarn. So, thank you for the chance at winning this great giveaway. I looked through my Ravelry queue, at the hat patterns I, particularly, would like to knit. I think the Cream hat, designed by Thea Colman, in all its lacy goodness, would be a great match, for this Brushwork yarn. I’m keeping everything crossed.

  27. Please pick me, Please pick me, Please pick me . . . I would knit a Bousta Beanie with the birthday skeins. Thanks

  28. Thank you Helen for the chance to win some of Blacker’s new ‘Birthday’ yarn. I’d like to knit their Pointillist hat designed for ‘Brushwork’, it looks an interesting knit and super cosy!

  29. Dorit Brockmeier October 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hallo Helen, I would love to knit the Kobuk Hat by Caitlin Hunter, also called boylandknitworks. I think, since the pattern claims for a DK yarn, I can hold two strands of brushwork together. The colors are beautyful! Have safe travels!

  30. I’d love to make a colorwork hat similar to Saudade by Ysolda.

  31. I just heard about the Crumpet beret by Maura Kirk on another podcast and think it would be really pretty done in Brushwork. But I also love the colorwork Hoopla hat by Diana Walla and think that would be really fun to knit.

  32. Brushwork looks and sounds amazing and I’d love to knit something with it. The pattern I’ve been hoping to try out for some time is the Rose Bowl beanie (and cowl!) by Veera Valimaki

  33. I would love to knit the lovely brushwork yarn into a Bon Bon Toque by tincanknits. The pattern is intended for worsted weight, but with the numerous available sizes, I’m sure I could make it work. There’s also a matching mittens design which is what I would do with the leftover yarn 😃 (I love matching sets)

  34. I knit Swift by Shannon Cook a while back and I love that hat. It calls for a sportweight yarn and I think it would look really nice in the Brushwork.

  35. I think the bousta beanie would be great with this yarn! I love Blacker yarns also. Have a wonderful time in Berlin. I hope we see each other at Rhinebeck!!!

  36. I really was thinking of knitting a hat with the Brushwork yarn. I think the Loch hat from tincanknits would come out really pretty with this yarn.

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