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Today’s episode is short and sweet, which is appropriate, since I’m talking about my favourite little knitting projects: socks! I have a few on the go right now (they are perfect travel knitting, and I always bring some on every holiday) and I’m stalking more patterns on Ravelry, as always. Got to keep that

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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.co.uk

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The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock Society

Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar

Sweet Fiber Yarns

Indigo Leaves Socks by Joji Locatelli

Madelinetosh Work Sock

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson

Cyril Socks by Danielle Jorge (Dani from Little Bobbins!)

Clark Socks by Jacyln

Brooklyn Knitfolk

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On today’s episode I have a new Shawl Society pattern to introduce, and some good news about my violin exam! I have a short review of a book that I’ve found helpful when it comes to making progress on my goals. I’m also exploring some habits and ideas that could help me get more done, with a little mid-year review of what’s working and what I’d like to do more of.

 

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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.co.uk

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Leap Year by Helen Russell

TwoSet Violin YouTube

Eddy Chen YouTube

Strides Habit Tracker

Streaks App

Asana

Monday App

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

The Shawl Society Season III

The Handmade Sock SocietyWick Shawl

The Walk Collection

CH 227: Craftivism

Helen —  July 20, 2018 — Leave a comment
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Today on the podcast I’m talking about a subject that some might find a little controversial, but which I find very inspiring and empowering: craftivism. The idea of changing the world for the better in both big and small ways with the power of making is a wonderful thing. I take a look at the #titsoutcollective spearheaded by Countess Ablaze, talk a bit about how discovering craftivism has changed the way I look at my own craft, and take a peek at some of the lovely patterns from the Collective.

Photo Credit: Townhouse Yarns (Colourway: Get Your Paws Off My Silky Drawers)

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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.co.uk

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Countess Ablaze

Tits Out Collective

#titsoutcollective on Instagram

Betsy Greer’s Craftivism site and manifesto

Pussy Hat Project

DIY Rules for a WFT World by Krista Suh

Exposure Top by Julie Knits In Paris

Twits Shawl by Agrarian Artisan (crochet)

The Wave Shawl by Dandelions & Butterflies

Flash ‘Em When You’re Ready Shawl by Ann Turley Dreith in Studio ATD

Boobs Out Beanie by Jane Murison

The Erika Cowl by Louise Tilbrook

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Today’s podcast contains a heartfelt ode to one of my favourite subjects…decluttering. It’s a bit of a pet cause for me because of how dramatically it improves my day to day life. Knowing where everything is and having room to breathe is one of the best things I can do for my creativity, and I don’t think I’m alone in that! I also have a peek at some patterns that are on my radar as perfect minimalist/capsule wardrobe pieces.

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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.co.uk

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Book

Curious Handmade Podcasts Ch 59: Talking Tidying with Paula of The Knitting Pipeline

Use Less YouTube Channel

Spark Joy Book

Hollows by Melody Hoffmann

Manderines Video Podcast

Blacker Yarns Swan Falkland Islands 4 Ply

Cave Point Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle

Quince and Co. Chickadee

Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose

Witching Hour Pullover by Renée Callahan

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This week on the podcast I’m all excited about my most recent FO, and already thinking about how many WIPs are going to make the cut and jet off to Australia with me for a holiday. (Spoiler alert: too many!)

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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.co.uk

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Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Cima by Shibui

Silk Cloud by Shibui

A Yarn Story

Curious Handmade Ravelry Group

The Shawl Society Season III

Maytham Shawl 

Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec
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Today’s podcast is a nice chatty catch up…I have some updates about how my 18 in 2018 projects are going, including one I got to tick off the list this week. I also have a new shawl design and some Shawl Society news to share with you. I’m having a good time stalking a project that the fabulous Countess Ablaze has started as well as a few new entries on the fantasy knitting queue.

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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.co.uk

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Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

Brooklyn Knitfolk Quilt Along Tutorials

Red Robin Shawl

The 2nd shawl of The Shawl Society Season III has been released! I’d like to introduce the Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

There are so many magical moments in the story of The Secret Garden, and one of the most poignant of all is the scene where Mary follows the robin along the garden walls to the hidden doorway. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the passage in the book where she lifts the “swinging curtain of ivy” to find the entrance to the silent, sleeping garden, the thrill of the discovery never fades. I don’t think it is happenstance that this instant of revelation is instigated by the little bird. The Robin is lonely Mary’s first friend, and in The Secret Garden, making friends and coming alive are two sides of the same coin. Once she steps through that door, both Mary and the garden begin to grow.

The Ivy Over The Door is a bold statement shawl, with simple but impressive lace and texture designed to evoke the romance and mystery of the secluded garden. If you look closely you can see the twining vines and leaves of ivy and the weathered old door worked into the two colour blocks. This generous rectangular wrap is large but so easy to wear: an ideal shape for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit and perfect for wrapping tightly around you when the winds blow as wild as a summer storm on the Yorkshire Moors.

The sample was knit with Meadow Yarn Hain and the special colours that Anj at Meadow Yarn created for this shawl are still available as “dyed to order” kits and will be dispatched between 5 to 7 day.

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec

The Tits Out Collective Colourway – Countess Ablaze

Countess Ablaze Instagram

#titsoutcollective

Beach Martinis Cardigan by Emily Walton

Lotta by Marie Greene

Laine Magazine Issue 5


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Today’s episode is short and sweet. The school year is wrapping up here in London and there are plenty of events to prepare for with the kids. In between, I’m still working on our new sewing space and doing a bit of de-stashing. I’m also chatting about the Just a Card Campaign, which is all about supporting and appreciating the work of independent makers.

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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.co.uk

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Wollmise

The Hairpin Leg Company

The Hairpin Leg Company Instagram

Just a Card Campaign on Instagram

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

Sarah Hamilton Prints 

Sarah Hamilton Prints Instagram

Betty Etiquette

Betty Etiquette Instagram

Meadow Yarn Kits for TSS III – The Ivy Over The Door

The second shawl of TSS III is coming up in a few weeks, so I thought I’d share some hints and yarn details for anyone who wants to shop or stash dive.

Secret shawl hints:

  • This pattern has one size, and is knit in a fingering weight yarn.
  • I chose a plied yarn this time around, but singles are also appropriate and lovely.
  • There is some lace in this design but it’s simple enough to stand up to some variagation.
  • This is a colourblocked two colour shawl, with one main and one accent colour.
  • I don’t always reveal the shape ahead of time but…this will be a rather epic rectangular wrap!

Yarn

For the sample I used:

Meadowyarn Hain [100% Superwash Polwarth Wool; 400m/438yds per 100g skein], 4 x 100g skeins,

Colour A: Honeycombed x 1 skein

Colour B: Beekeeper x 3 skeins

Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight 4 ply yarn:

Colour A: 70g, 280m/307yds

Colour B: 230g, 920m/1007yd


Needles

4mm (US 6), 80cm (32″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Notions

Tapestry needle

Gauge

20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4″) in stockinette stitch after blocking

Exact gauge is not critical but may affect the amount of yarn needed if different.

Ever since Meadow Yarn launched their own magnificent line of small batch hand-dyed yarns I have been enchanted by the skeins appearing from their kettles week after week. Every one has such depth and complexity of tone, some with magical speckling and variegation to add interest and surprise with every stitch. They are just so fun to knit! Meadow Yarn’s commitment to ethical and environmentally kind production is just another reason to love them, and something that seems especially appropriate with our Secret Garden theme.  

Hain is a particularly special yarn made from the wool of a New Zealand breed of sheep called the Polewarth: the genetics are 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln, which gives you the best of both worlds. All the mellow softness of a Merino yarn but with a sturdy longer staple length in the fibre which means it wears beautifully without pilling or bobbling. Hain is a superwash, which also makes it easy to care for.

For this shawl, I’ve used two brand new colourways inspired by the natural world. A soft warm golden brown and a rich variegated green. If you’re one of our brilliant and intrepid stash-divers, looking for yarns with a similar contrast in tone is one possible direction to explore with your colours.

Meadow Yarn has preorders of TSS Kits on her website now for everyone who would like to use this wonderful yarn for our second shawl of the season.

Buy Meadow Yarn kits for the second shawl of TSS III here!

They will post out all the ordered yarn by the 22nd of June. There are also a number of gorgeous colours in Hain on the website right now, if something catches your eye!

The pattern will be published Thursday, 28 June.

If you’re shopping your stash or popping down to your local yarn shop for your yarn, I hope all these hints have given you a bit of inspiration or a clue or two to help you explore the possibilities. As always, I cannot wait to see what you choose and how you will make this next shawl your own.

I hope you’re having a wonderful time this season: I’m loving your posts on Instagram and in the Ravelry Group. Thank you for making The Shawl Society such a wonderful community and for helping us bring The Secret Garden to life!

Happy knitting!

 

#theshawlsociety #theshawlsocietyIII

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Today on the podcast I have news about my brand new sewing space and how it’s shaping up. I’ve also got a bit of advice for anyone flummoxed by the German Short Row Heel on the Astrantia Socks, and some sneaky hints about what’s coming up next in The Shawl Society Season III.

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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.co.uk

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The Hairpin Leg Company

The Hairpin Leg Company Instagram

Ray Stitch

The Gathered Dress by The Avid Seamstress

Trapeze Dress by Merchant and Mills

Chardon Skirt by Deer and Doe

Mélilot Shirt by Deer and Doe

Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

The Astrantia Socks

The Maytham Shawl

Meadow Yarn Hain Kits

 

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Today on the podcast I fill you in on the lovely camping trip we took last weekend, and chat about how my 18 in 2018 Happiness Project is going so far. I’ve also got more musings on decluttering, announcement of our recent giveaway winners, and an introduction to the latest pattern in the Handmade Sock Society!

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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.co.uk

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The New Forest

Last week The Maytham Shawl was released! There are some lovely WIPs showing up on Instagram already, just check #MaythamShawl and #TheShawlSociety to see what members are up to!

On Monday we released the third pattern in The Handmade Sock Society: The Astrantia Socks

As gardens burst into frenzied bloom under the strong sunlight of in midsummer, Astrantia is content to sparkle in the shade. She’s not the showiest plant to flower at this time of year, but once you make her acquaintance, her twinkling charm is irresistible. The name Astrantia is drawn from the Latin word for “star” and when you see the masses of spangled blossoms it produces each year, ranging from palest white through pale mauves, warm pinks, and dusky burgundies, that celestial title makes perfect sense. This flower also has a more humble folk name— “Hattie’s Pincushion”—a rather sweet connection to the stitching and making we hold so dear.

The Astrantia Socks mark the midway point of this season of The Handmade Sock Society. Our third pattern is a celebration of the uncomplicated beauty to be found tucked away in quiet corners, even when the world is at its loudest and brightest. Written in three sizes, these socks are knit from the top down with a sweet bobble and twisted rib cuff, and are finished with a german short row heel and a wedge toe. Three pretty Astrantia flowers adorn the side of a simple sock: the pattern is mirrored between the pair.

Voolenvine Yarn

Coast Trek

Fred Hollows Foundation

Impressionist KAL Winner

 Post 19 – You can see her gorgeous shawl here!
TSS III Kickoff Giveaway Grand Prize Winner

RachelFtz post 20

Hue Loco

10 Pattern/Collection Winners

1. ElfinPetronella post 128

2. Wenditoo post 30

3. 4mugglemom post 12
4. marinegar 221
5. quiltangel post 184
6. vixis post 205
7. sealight post 62
8. Niveas post 180
9. Claussdk Post 153
10. terimwal Post 169
All winners please get in touch with me on Ravelry, and I’ll arrange to get your prizes to you. If you’re a winner of a pattern or collection, have a browse through my Ravelry Designer Shop and choose your prize, then message me on Ravelry with your choice!

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Clark Socks KAL in Brooklyn Knitfolk –  May 6 – July 8, WIPs are allowed.