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Happy Holidays, chatting with my favourite crafters in the world and looking forward to #LBKChristmasEveSocks2016

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Savoury Cheese and Walnut Sables – Biccie Recipie from Mum

MadebyCottonwood – Suzie’s Sewing Biz

Vintage Fairy Lights Socks Pattern

Little Bobbins Knits Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Have a wonderful holidays! I’m looking forward to seeing some of you on Instagram with #LBKChristmasEveSocks2016 and everyone in 2017!

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Today I’m chatting with Kristina Vilimaite about her generous project raising money for Sight is Life through her ebook of 7 gorgeous accessory patterns and a MKAL to come in January.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Interview with Kristina Viliamaite about Sight is Life

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Sight is Life Ebook

Knitvent Update:

It’s the sixth and last week of Knitvent already, and behind window #6 was the Fresh Tracks Headband.

Events:

Knitaid

This is a great time of year to help out Knitaid who are accepting knitted donations until the 20th of December to send to the refugee camps. They focus on hats, cowls, and other warm things, knit with love and quality yarn for people who have lost everything, and they’ve just asked for covered hot water bottles this time, so I’m donating free versions of my Warm Wishes Hottie Pattern to anyone who wants to knit one for Knitaid. Use the code KNITAID when you check out on Ravelry!

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Today on the show I am talking about my plans for a crochet granny stripe blanket. I have an interview with Shahnaz from Knitaid about collecting knitted items to send to refugees in Europe.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Knitvent Update:

It’s the fifth week of Knitvent already, and behind window #5 was the Juniper Mitts

Events:

Knitaid

This is a great time of year to help out Knitaid who are accepting knitted donations until the 20th of December to send to the refugee camps. They focus on hats, cowls, and other warm things, knit with love and quality yarn for people who have lost everything, and they’ve just asked for covered hot water bottles this time, so I’m donating free versions of my Warm Wishes Hottie Pattern to anyone who wants to knit one for Knitaid. Use the code KNITAID when you check out on Ravelry!

Christmas Party

We’ll be gathering for another Curious Handmade Krimbo Party here in London very soon! Here are the details:

1-4pm

Sunday 11 Dec

The Paternoster

Pater Noster Square near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

RSVP to helen@curioushandmade.com

We’ll be doing an informal Secret Santa: if you want to participate bring a skein of yarn: £12 to £20 in value, wrapped as a gift. We’ll do somehting fun to swap them on the day. Maya from The Wool Barn has sent me the most beautiful sock kit for a door prize, so some lucky person will go home with that as well!

That’s everything this week! Thank you so much for listening and until next time, happy knitting!

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Today I’m rounding up the events going on the Curious Handmade world right now, feeling envious of all the amazing Advent calendars I’ve been spying on Instagram, and continuing our holiday traditions series by chatting with my friend Charoo from India. She shares the stories and traditions around the biggest festival in her culture: Diwali, a festival of lights. I learned so much and really enjoyed hearing about the joy and love that goes into their celebrations, and how her family balances traditions from India and the UK.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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AndreSueKnits Video Podcast

Lollipop Yarn

Knitvent Update:

It’s the fourth week of Knitvent already, and behind window #4 was the wonderful Boreal Forest Hat by Renée Callahan! This matches the Boreal Forest Cowl she created for week two, so together they are a lovely set.

Here’s the description:

The Boreal Forest Hat is the second pattern from Knitvent guest designer, Renée Callahan of EastLondonKnit. Designed as a companion to the Boreal Forest Cowl: together they make an indulgent set of gifts for a loved one (including yourself!). Inspired by rows of pine trees spread through a boreal woodland, this snug winter hat will keep your head warm even on a chilly evening stroll through the countryside. The simple-to-follow colourwork features smart geometric pine trees. The worsted weight yarn means that this piece works up quickly for experienced knitters, but even adventurous newer knitters should enjoy this project. Depending on your yarn choices, the Boreal Forest Hat can suit men or women, so it’s a wonderful project to fill a few spots on your gift list!

The sample was knit with Malabrigo Rios worsted.

Events:

Knitaid

This is a great time of year to help out Knitaid who are accepting knitted donations until the 20th of December to send to the refugee camps. They focus on hats, cowls, and other warm things, knit with love and quality yarn for people who have lost everything, and they’ve just asked for covered hot water bottles this time, so I’m donating free versions of my Warm Wishes Hottie Pattern to anyone who wants to knit one for Knitaid. Use the code KNITAID when you check out on Ravelry!

Christmas Party

We’ll be gathering for another Curious Handmade Krimbo Party here in London very soon! Here are the details:

1-4pm

Sunday 11 Dec

The Paternoster

Pater Noster Square near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

RSVP to helen@curioushandmade.com

We’ll be doing an informal Secret Santa: if you want to participate bring a skein of yarn: £12 to £20 in value, wrapped as a gift. We’ll do somehting fun to swap them on the day. Maya from The Wool Barn has sent me the most beautiful sock kit for a door prize, so some lucky person will go home with that as well!

Small Business Saturday

I’m running a special thank you promotion to celebrate Small Business Saturday here in the UK tomorrow. With the one time use code SBSthanks you can buy two of my patterns or collections and get the least expensive one for free until Sunday the 4th of December!

That’s everything this week! Thank you so much for listening and until next time, happy knitting!

CH 149: All about the socks

Helen —  November 24, 2016 — Leave a comment
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Its the week for socks – this week I published my first ever sock design the Vintage Fairy Lights socks and soon followed up with a second design for Knitvent 2016, the Juniper Socks.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US listeners!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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My most recent video podcast where you can get a glimpse of some of my recent projects

Vintage Fairy Lights Socks

Knitvent 2016

Juniper Socks

Knitvent Update:

This week’s pattern is the Juniper Socks. Here’s the description:

The Juniper Socks were designed for wearing while traipsing over a carpet of pine needles in the snowy forest or just toasting your toes in front of a crackling open fire.

Made for yourself or for a lucky loved one, the cosy, unisex Juniper Socks knit up quickly, with a lovely textured rib stitch inspired by the beautifully rugged needles of a juniper bough, and a fun contrast colour toe and heel for a little traditional charm. If you’d like to add a little more colour, the ribbed cuff looks wonderful in a contrast, too! Knit from cushy DK yarn, these socks are a perfect way to stay warm when the cold winds blow. Imagine them tucked into your boots or just slipped on to cushion your feet from the chilly floor when you first wake up on a frosty morning.

This pattern is written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist style™.

A chart for the textured pattern is included in this pattern.

The sample was knit with Blacker Yarns Tamar DK

Events:

We’ll be gathering for another Curious Handmade Krimbo Party here in London on Sunday the 11th of December at the Paternoster pub on the corner of Paternoster Square near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

RSVP to helen@curioushandmade.com especially if you’re interested in being part of a possible Secret Santa swap!

That’s our show for this week! Thanks so much for listening, and until the next episode, happy knitting!

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The festive season is beginning to feel real now, and on this episode I’m continuing my series of conversations about holiday traditions. This week I’m chatting to Anna Friberg, aka AlpakkaAnna about her favourite traditions for this time of year in her native Sweden. I also have some news to share about the holiday projects I have going on and our second Krimbo party!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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My most recent video podcast where you can get a glimpse of some of my recent projects

Sew Sweet Violet video podcast

Andre Sue Knits video podcast

Round Rabbit video podcast

Inside Number 23 video podcast

Stitched in Sweden video podcast

Ella Gordon Winter Knitting video

Crofthoose Hat pattern

A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book in Colour

Knitting from the North

The luxury sock kits for Dani’s Christmas Caston will be going on sale on the 21st of November at 7pm UK time on the Little Bobbins shop

Little Bobbins Instagram

Hedgerow Yarns

Anna's window candles

Anna’s window candles

Talking to Anna was so much fun! Here are some links to her social media and some of the wonderful traditions she mentioned.

Sol Angelica’s Socks

AlpakkaAnna’s Knitting Patterns

AlpakkaAnna Instagram

AlpakkaAnna Periscope

Recipe for Lussekatter or Lussbule Safffron Buns

Swedish mulled wine: glögg recipe

Julmust holiday soda

Sweden’s Donald Duck Tradition!

A fun article about Swedish Christmas Traditions

Julekuler Christmas Ball Pattern

Knitvent Update:

This week’s pattern is the beautiful Boreal Forest Cowl by Renée Callahan. Here’s the description:

The Boreal Forest Cowl was created by our first Knitvent guest designer, Renée Callahan of EastLondonKnit. Evoking the expanse of a boreal woodland filled with beautiful conifers, this snuggly cowl features gorgeous rows of geometric pine trees. Knit with three complementary colours, the design blends retro ski-slope charm with a modern twist. This is a wonderfully quick knit: the colour work is easy to follow and memorise, and the worsted yarn works up fast. It’s a great, unisex option for holiday gifting, or a smart accessory to bring a fresh touch of the forest to your own winter wardrobe.

The sample was knit with Malabrigo Rios worsted

Events:

We’ll be gathering for another Curious Handmade Krimbo Party here in London on Sunday the 11th of December at the Pater Noster pub on the corner of Pater Noster Square near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

RSVP to helen@curioushandmade.com especially if you’re interested in being part of a possible Secret Santa swap!

That’s our show for this week! Thanks so much for listening, and until the next episode, happy knitting!

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Today’s podcast episode is a bit of a catchup: recapping the all fun and wool-buying mischief I got up to at Yarnporium, along with a short, lighthearted chat with the adorable Dani from the Little Bobbins podcast about her holiday traditions, especially the Christmas Eve Cast On.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Sight is Life ebook.

For updates and more information check Sight is Life group on Ravelry.

Yarn in the City

The Wool Kitchen

Woollen Flower

Daughter of a Shepherd

La Bien Aimee

Hedgehog Fibres

Triskelion Yarn: Arthur DK

Kettle Yarn

Koel Magazine

Making Magazine

Little Bobbins Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Climb Every Mountain Pullover by Heidi Kirrmaier

Midwinter Yarns

Shawl Society Update:

Here are the winners for the Aurorae Shawl Mini KAL

Post # 71 by Cosmosis Knits won the Seven Sisters Arts Gradient Set

Post # 28 Bono won the two skeins of Jones Street Sport from Copper Corgi

The finished Sonder Shawls are starting to roll in too! Really beautiful, squishy, and cosy.

Knitvent Update:

The first window opened yesterday to reveal the Alpine Sunset Shawl! We’re off and running now! Here’s the description:

Alpine Sunset is a picture postcard of a shawl, inspired by winter views in the mountains.

This shawl is a cosy crescent shape, perfect for wrapping yourself up against the evening’s chill as you watch the sun sink out of sight behind the ridge. It features simple lace and chevrons that call to mind pine trees and peaks outlined across the glow of a winter sky.

Alpine Sunset can be knit in two sizes: the medium sized two-skein shawl features graphic colour blocking, while the small one-colour shawl is ideal for using up a single skein of lovely 4 ply yarn. Optional beading on either size adds a dusting of sparkle to an already special shawl.

For people who would like to use the Eden Cottage Yarn Rose Bed colour I used in the sample Victoria is taking pre-orders at the moment – HERE.

And if you love the two colour Norah George version be sure to visit her Etsy shop HERE.

The Ravelry Knitvent Chat thread is very active and full of excitement. I really think the community aspect of Knitvent is one of the best parts of the whole experience, so please join us there!

That’s everything for this episode! Have a great week and I’ll talk to you again soon. Until then, happy knitting!

 

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Today’s episode is such a full one! Events conspired to bring many lovely parcels of yarn through my door, so I’m sharing some of that and letting you know about a heap of fun and exciting events and releases coming up very soon!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Little Skein in The Big Wool

Wooly Wonka Fibers

Knitvent 2016 is available for preorder now at a special earlybird price until November 10th!

  • Knitvent Window 1. will open on Thursday November 10th 2016
  • The collection includes six beautiful accessory patterns, including two designs from guest designer Renee Callahan of East London Knit!
  • Once you’ve purchased the collection, you’ll receive one pattern each week for six weeks, starting Thursday November 10th.
  • The patterns will be delivered automatically to your Ravelry inbox, so opening your message is like peeking behind the window of an advent calendar to see what’s inside!
  • Go ahead and create your first project page ready for when the pattern comes out!
  • Level of difficulty – adventurous beginner to intermediate.
  • Knitters are already chatting in the Knitvent 2016 thread here!

Join us for Knitvent and spoil yourself with six weeks of magical holiday knitting surprises!

Knitvent 2016 is all about the lush beauty of an Alpine forest. As I designed this year’s collection, I drew on all of the wonderful associations of a holiday hidden away in a peaceful mountain reach. The hush of snow settling on pine boughs, the blaze of a glowing sunset disappearing behind the peaks, and the luxurious warmth of basking by a crackling fire in your cosy ski lodge, all wrapped up and relaxed after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

You can make a project page for Knitvent Window #1 now so that you’re all ready to go when the first pattern is revealed on the 10th of November! You can use this fun badge on your project page so that everyone knows you’re in for all the fun!

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Yellow Roses Shawl

Hue Loco Yarn

The Hue Loco Podcast

Grocery Girls Podcast

Hue Loco Grocery Girls Collaboration Colourway (it’s sold out, but if you’re curious about how lovely it is!)

Skein Yarn

The Wool Barn

Hooligan Yarns

Hooligan Yarns Instagram

Iara Stole/Shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits

Crafts From The Third Floor Podcast

Norah George Yarn

Yarnporium

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th on The Strand in Kings College London. I’ll be joining A Yarn Story at their stand from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, so drop by and see me and take a look at some of my recent samples I’ve made from The Fibre Company yarn!

Bracile Hat and Cowl Set

The Ice River Hat and Snood I designed for Knitvent 2015

The Sonder Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

La Bien Aimée yarn

Kettle Yarn Co

The Wool Kitchen

The Talisman Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

Pom Pom Quarterly

The Pomcast interview with Rachel Matthews

Herdwick Sheep

Vintage Fairy Lights Kits and Design

Little Bobbins Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Wow! Lots of links this week! I hope you enjoyed this episode. I’ll see you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

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I’m back from the retreat and full of stories and gratitude for such a wonderful time. A beautiful place, lovely people, and almost endless hours knitting were hard to leave behind! Today I’m sharing a bit of what we got up to, and letting you know about lots of fun stuff coming up soon.

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I released the Bracile Hat and Cowl right after the retreat. To celebrate the launch I’m offering them all at a steep discount of 30% off until Sunday, October 30th. Each pattern will be £3.40 or the set for £4.40  AND until the end of the weekend only both individual patterns and the set will will be 30% OFF so each pattern will be £2.40 or the set for £3.00 (Remember, prices don’t include any applicable VAT for your country)

No code required…the sale is already applied!

Yarn in the City

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th in Kings College London – Advanced tickets available until November 1st

Shawl Society Update:

I’m about to release the 6th and final TSS pattern! In the meantime, there’s still some time to post your finished Aurore Shawl in the FO Thread. I said in the podcast that the deadline was this Sunday, but it’s actually Tuesday the 2nd of November, so you’ve got plenty of time to finish! I have some absolutely delicious prizes from The Copper Corgi and Seven Sisters Arts so you’ll want to be in on this one. We’ll also be having the overal TSS KAL drawing later in November, so keep posting your finished objects in all the threads!

Short and sweet shownotes this week! I’ll talk to you soon. Until then, happy knitting!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Aurorae Shawl

YarnGasm

Brooklyn Kniffolk

Handmade and Woolen

Sew Sweet Violet

Brown Berry

Hannah Fettig

Michelle Wang