Ch 200: Shawl Society Grand KAL winners and Clara’s Cape

Helen —  December 8, 2017 — 38 Comments

200 Episodes! It’s a landmark Curious Handmade podcast today and we’re celebrating with a special giveaway and the results of the draw for The Shawl Society’s Grand KAL. It’s also the end of Knitvent and the last pattern is out, though that KAL will run for another month.

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We’re at the end of Knitvent for this year! I can’t believe it. This has been a very special one, and I’m so grateful to everyone who came along with us on our Nutcracker adventure. The final pattern is Clara’s Cape:

The costumes in The Nutcracker’s opening scene immediately draw us into another time and place. Whether your production sets the party in 18th century France, Imperial Russia, or turn of the century London, you know you’re somewhere special in history, swiftly approaching the fairy-tale beginning of “a long time ago.” The clothes are more formal, adults and children alike, but they’re also so much more fun: bonnets and breeches, top hats and tailcoats, ruffles and petticoats. Entirely enchanting and completely impractical for 21st century life.

Combining a dollop of old-fashioned Edwardian charm with a dash of modern simplicity, Clara’s Cape captures a bit of that timeless magic and makes it utterly accessible. Wear it as a lovely shoulder-warming cape or loosely as an oversized statement cowl: it dresses up and down instantly. The wide stripes of simple ribbing and super bulky yarn means that this is an incredibly fast knit, perfect for an impressive last-minute gift.

Purl Soho Super Soft Merino in Heirloom White

Land of Sweets Cowl

Tchaikovsky Hat and matching Tchaikovsky Mitts


Andre Sue Knits

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy

Sharman Cardigan

baa ram ewe Dovestone DK

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

After more than six months of knitting beautiful shawls together, we finally have winners from the Shawl Society Grand KAL! The random number generator has drawn names from each of the threads, and there are some lovely prizes waiting for you. If you’re on the list please get in touch with your address! Big thanks and love to everyone who knit a shawl this season, and congratulations to our winners!

Fairyhill FO Thread: Post 37

Sprite’s Fen FO Thread: Post 23

Vila Wrap FO Thread: Post 27

Rune Shawl FO Thread: Post 151
Wishmaker FO Thread: Post 55
Familiar FO Thread: Post 24
Collage Thread: Post 31

38 responses to Ch 200: Shawl Society Grand KAL winners and Clara’s Cape

  1. Thanks for reviewing Bristol’s book. I’ve had my eye on it, and definitely want to get a copy. O’Keefe is definitely in my queue. I love the A-line shape and lace detail.

  2. Your review of the Bristol Ivy’s book only wants it more! My favorite is the O’Keeffe Pullover, love the a-line shape and the details on the sides.

  3. I had just left my yarn shop and was looking at this book when your podcast played on the drive home. Pina has great detail , love the sides detail. 200! Congratulations

  4. Congrats on 200 episodes! You are awesome and kind on your podcast. Love to meet you in person someday. I’ve seen this book somewhere, Bristol ivy’s patterns are beautiful.

  5. Happy 200th 👏 it was my first time listening in and it was very informative thank you
    I enjoyed your review of Bristol’s book and as you my fav would be Sharman for its coziness and fun of making it 😉

  6. The Sharman design is so gorgeous! But I think I like the Woodman cardi a teeny bit more. Long lines, ribbed cuffs and pockets, all in that pretty yarn! Classic with a twist.

  7. What a beautiful book Bristol Ivy has produced! I would knit the Pina cardigan for myself, with its wearable blanket appeal and pretty cables!

    Thank you, Helen, for your wonderful podcast! I’ve enjoyed being part of this year’s Shawl Society!

  8. Congratulations on your double centenary. Thank you for the review, the patterns are beautiful, especially the O’Keefe jumper, such a lovely shape.

  9. So many gorgeous patterns I could knit them all but Sharman would be the first in line.

  10. Now that I’ve heard your review, I definitely want a copy of Bristol Ivy’s book. My favorites (among many good designs) are the Jamison cowl and the O’Keefe sweater. The sweater is especially a nice choice since Georgia O’Keefe grew up just outside of Madison, WI where I live.
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Hope you get over the cold quickly.

  11. So difficult to choose just one design from the brilliant book, but I’m going to go with Arbus. I’m really attracted to the geometric lines created by the two colour pattern. The colours chosen are perfect together!

  12. I love the O’Keefe sweater – it looks like a shape that would be flattering on many bodies.

  13. Congratulations on your 200th podcast! I love listening to your podcasts. If I won the beautiful book I would make the Pima cardigan. I have a dear friend who has always been there for me and she deserves a wonderful cardigan to wear while she works at the pharmacy. Often she has to work the drive up window which can be very cold this time of the year. Thanks again for your lovely podcast and sending you positive energy for a speedy recovery.

  14. Congrats on 200 episodes! Hope you feel better from your cold soon.

    I have been eyeing the Harjo shawl. A lovely textured shawl in a dk weight yarn, without the regular triangle shape to give it a massive bulk. Perfect!

  15. Piña looks amazing with that central cable!

  16. Congratulations Helen! Wonderful to see you at Rhinebeck this year. What a gorgeous book, so many wonderful patterns. Like you, Maybe that Sharman would be first. Good time of year to snuggle up in it. Feel better! Happy Holidays

  17. Congratulations on your 200th episode, Helen! Thanks for such an enjoyable podcast. Bristol’s book looks beautiful – I would love to win a copy. My favorite patterns are Arbus and Jemison.

  18. There are a lot of beautiful patterns in that book but my favorite is Harjo. The construction looks interesting and it looks like it would be fun to knit.

  19. Wow 200 episodes! Congratulations Helen. I have been drooling over all the photos online of the Bristol Ivy book. It’s extremely difficult to choose a favourite, but Pina definitely calls to me!

  20. Oh my favourite is Arbus, what an interesting and unusual construction.

    I took Bristol’s Knitting Outside the Box class at Loop earlier this year. I had a debilitating hangover on the day of the class (!!) but I still got so much out of it. I’m sure this book will be an amazing resource for all knitters & especially for aspiring designers.

  21. Wow! What a great giveaway! I’m quite eager to get this book, by Bristol Ivy. I think I’d probably knit the majority of the designs, but, right now, I’m quite into knitting garments, so my favourites are Woodman and Arbus. I love that this book will be such a learning experience.

  22. Congrats on the 200 episode milestone!
    All the patterns are amazing, but the Mailou mittens would be first on the list to knit.

  23. Congrats on reaching 200 episodes!

    I think my favorite pattern in Bristol Ivy’s book is the Pina sweater.

  24. Congratulations on your 200th episode and thank you for keeping me company on my drive home from work each week.
    My favourite pattern from Bristol Ivy’s book is Arbus, I love stripes of all sorts and the different angles and directions on this sweater really appeals to me.

  25. Nice review of Bristol Ivy’s book, definitively on my wishlist! My favorite pattern is Sharman, it is such a wearable piece and I love the lace details in the back.

  26. Congrats! I’m so interested in Bristol’s book! I also love Sharman! I don’t have anything like it in my hand knits yet. It looks like a very versatile piece.

  27. Congratulations on your double century! 200 not out…wonderful. And many congratulations to the Shawl Society Grand KAL winners- I am excited to hear about the new secret society coming next year. I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already, but I’m pleased to add Bristol’s book to my Christmas wish list. I am loving the Harjo shawl- the colour and texture immediately appeal to my mustard sensibilities but I can imagine with Bristol the construction and shape use some ingenious ideas.

  28. Hi Helen

    Hope you feel better soon…. thank you for another great podcast! I would love the chance to win the book I think the O’Keefe sweater is beautiful and I would really like to knit that one.

  29. Helen congrats on your 200 episode!!!! I always love listening to your podcast, your voice is very soothing, lol!! Bristol Ivy’s book is so beautiful, and I would love to knit all the things in it, but my favorite would have to be the Pina Cardigan. I love cables and it would be a satisfying to know that I made such beautiful cabled cardigan. Thanks for the review and a chance to win the giveaway!!

  30. I love the Sharman cocoon and especially because I’ve used Dovestone DK previously and loved it.

  31. Hi, congratulations with episode 200!
    I love the Canady, it is so lovely, colours are wonderful too! And the used yarn looks lovely!
    Thanks for your lovely podcast!

  32. My daughter would totally rock that O’Keeffe pullover!

  33. Jemison that is a gorgeous cowl

  34. My favorite is also the Sharman. It looks so comfy and easy to thrown on. Congrats on 200 podcasts! wow!
    Knitgen on Ravelry.

  35. Had a look, the book looks lush! Have to say the jumper caught my eye, but I’m just a jumper nerd 🤓😂

  36. I love love love Bristols work. After meeting her at Twist in Quebec Canada and taking her class (short version of what she based heer book on). I have wanted her this book. I love all the patterns and want to make the cardi. Please pick me. And also love the pod cast. Thanks Helen!

  37. Congratulations dear Helen to the 200 episodes!
    You have done an amazing job and you are such an inspiration <3
    My eyes was directly drawn to the O'Keffe sweater. I love stocking stitch in the round and the small detail after the waist is so Beautiful. It would be a perfect chance to try out the Samite yarn <3

  38. Congratulations on 200 wonderful episodes, Helen. I’m looking forward to meeting Bristol in January. Might make an O’Keefe before I do.

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