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Today on the podcast I’ve got that end-of-the-year feeling. We still have another month to go, but I’m already in the mood to review this year’s makes and projects and to start scheming about next year’s ideas and plans. What happened with my Make Nine project? How about my word of the year? Are you feeling the same? I also have the last of the new Knitvent patterns to share with you and a crowd of KAL winners from The Shawl Society Season III and The Handmade Sock Society to announce!

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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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Harry Potter World

The Make 9 Challenge on the Curious Handmade Podcast at the beginning of the year

Hay Pullover

Like a Cloud Cardigan

Pure Joy Shawl

Our last Knitvent 2018 pattern was released! The Frost at Midnight Cowl is a ridiculously quick and squishy knit.

WoolFolk Hygge

Check The Yarn Spoiler Thread for yarn alternatives if you can’t find Hygge!

Our Knitvent 2018 KAL will run until January 7th, so you can post your finished projects in the Knitvent 2018 FO Thread for a chance to win a lovely prize. I also have a list of KAL winners from The Handmade Sock Society and the Shawl Society Season III:

Honey Bee Dance Socks

 
 
Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners: if your name is on this list, please get in touch by email or on Ravelry so I can get your prize to you! And as always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to every one of you who has knit one of my patterns, joined in with a KAL, and been such a special part of The Curious Crew.

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I have lots of lovely news to share on this week’s podcast. We have a winner in the book cover vote, I have finally finished my Hay Pullover, and there’s a new Knitvent pattern to introduce to you. I also have stories from the wonderful embroider workshop I took at Loop London last weekend, and a lovely peace-related knitting project to share.

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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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We have a winner for the book cover vote! I am so grateful to all of you who got involved. It was a fascinating process, and I loved hearing all your opinions. Thank you! There was a clear favourite, although not by an enormous margin. So without further ado, here’s the official cover for The Shawl Society Season I book!

Eva Faith Shop

The Little Grey Girl Shop

Loop London

Sky Map Wrap

Pom Pom Quarterly

Viola

Knits About Winter by Emily Foden on Ravelry

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

The Copper Corgi Etsy

The 5th Knitvent 2018 pattern was released this week! The Winter Sleep Socks are cosy DK weight socks, perfect for a bit of hibernation in the colder months.

Here’s the whole text of the poem that inspired the design! I think it’s adorable.

Yarn Ink

Juniper Socks from Knitvent 2016

Blacker Yarns Tamar DK

The Healthy Knitter

Project Peace 2018 Details

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On a cold, wet, grey day after a week of hard work, I’m treating myself a little bit. I hop you’ll join me! I’m also getting very excited about this new book project. In fact, I could use your help deciding on a final book cover for my first print book! We also have two new Knitvent patterns this week that I can’t wait to share.

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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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I am preparing to publish the first ever Curious Handmade print book, The Shawl Society Season I. I need your help to choose the right cover. Which of these two book covers do you prefer?

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Thanks in advance for voting: I can’t wait to see what you think. I’ll update you on the results next week!

La Bien Aimee

Wax & Wool Etc Instagram

Wax & Wool Etc Etsy

Our 3rd and 4th Knitvent Patterns were published! The How Quiet Hat and the How Quiet Mitts

Knitvent 2018

Julie Asselin

Julie Asselin Leizu DK at A Yarn Story

The Shawl Society Season I

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Mrs. Browns Bags Etsy

Voolenvine

Viola and the Moon

Knits About Winter Preorder

The Handmade Sock Society

Red Robin Sock Set Preorder at The Wool Barn

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As I sat down to prepare for this week’s podcast episode, I realised that two major milestones had just flown by…five years podcasting and my 100th published knitting pattern design. I can hardly believe it. It’s been so much fun (and so much work) that the time has just disappeared. Today I’ve got some chat about that, as well as an update on my end-of-year WIP knitting and a couple of VERY exciting projects which have been my focus over the last little while. I also have the latest Knitvent design to share!

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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 first ever Curious Handmade Podcast (I cringe thinking about listening to it now!)

My first ever knitting pattern

Our second pattern in Knitvent 2018 has been published: The Peace of Wild Things Shawl

The “Dove” colourway from Circus Tonic Handmade

Dust of Snow Wrap

Knitvent Yarn Spoiler Thread

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Tink Hickman on Instagram

Clio Pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Gorgeous Handmade Baskets in So Just Shop

The Creative Penn Podcast

Mark Dawson Self Publishing Formula Podcast 

A Yarn Story Inside Story VIP program

I mentioned in last week’s podcast that I was doing a collaboration with the brilliant women behind Big Blue Moma and So Just Shop. Well, the results of that collab are now available, and I wanted to share some photos with you:

Big Blue Moma is a Canadian fair trade and handmade company. They carry a magnificent line of baskets which are handwoven in the village of Nyariga in the Northern region of Ghana. I think they’re just beautiful, and so practical for keeping crafting supplies and big knitting projects together. After seeing them on The Grocery Girls podcast, I fell in love with these amazing baskets and wanted to make it easier for those of us in the UK and Europe to get our hands on them.

So I had a chat with my lovely friend Jennifer, founder of the the amazing fair trade boutique marketplace So Just Shop. She agreed with me that these are something special, so we collaborated and brought some over.

I just adore them.

If you want to try and snatch up one of these lovelies for yourself, here are the links you need:

Large Special Shopper in Blue and in yellow

We have a unique discount code for Curious Handmade listeners: enter CURIOUS10 at checkout to save 10% on your purchase.

My favourite part of this collaboration (aside from the intrinsic beauty of these pieces) is that they are supporting women’s work and dreams across the world. Handmade objects can mean a path forward and a better future. So Just Shop, Big Blue Moma, and I are all committed to empowering women across the world. I love that these baskets are a symbol of that empowerment, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Knitvent is underway! I’m thrilled to finally have the first pattern out, but that’s not all I have to share with your on today’s episode of the podcast. I also have another pattern which has just launched in the fabulous new Mini Yarn Guide London, an exciting collab with some wonderful ladies, and our Knitvent Giveaway winners to announce!

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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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Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Big Blue Moma

A few photos of the lovely baskets which will be available from So Just Shop on Monday

 

Spirit of Christmas London

A Yarn Story

London Lines Shawl

Quing Fibre

Yarnporium is in London November 2nd – 3rd

Knitvent 2018

A Dust of Snow Wrap

The Fat Squirrel

Circus Tonic Handmade

Eva Faith Shop

The Crafty Jackalope

Knitvent Giveaway Winners!

Grand Prize Winner:

“My most peace filled memories are when we would drive to church for Christmas service. It was a bit of a drive, and my father would lead us in Christmas carols the whole way there in his beautiful bass voice with my mother’s clear soprano accompanying. By the time we arrived, we were always filled with the holiday spirit!! I can still remember their lovely voices singing both the silly and the solemn carols even thought they are both many years gone.”

10 pattern prize winners:

mrsrobinsonknits with post 456

catskye5 with post 272 (this is quite a poignant one)
SpinningtheMoon with post 319 (another poignant one)

 

CH 238: All excited about Knitvent

Helen —  October 25, 2018 — 2 Comments
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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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Mini Yarn Guide London Launch party on October 23rd at the Yarn in The City Knit Night

Yarnporium is in London November 2nd – 3rd

Quing Fibre

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Red Robin Shawl

Knitvent 2018 presales are now open!

Knitvent Chatter Thread

Yarn Spoiler Thread

To enter the giveaway:

1.) Grab your copy of Knitvent 2018

2.) Create a Project Page for A Dust of Snow, the first Knitvent 2018 mystery pattern

3.) Post in the Knitvent Giveaway Thread: you can share your favourite peaceful poem, or a peaceful holiday memory

I’ll draw our winners at random after Monday, Oct 29th.

The Fat Squirrel

Circus Tonic Handmade

The Crafty Jackalope

Eva Faith Shop

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Today on the podcast I have one last shawl to share from Season III of The Shawl Society, and lots of stories from the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat. Once again there is a bit of yarn enabling in this episode, as all the lovely makers from our CHCH mini market spoiled us with their fabulous yarn, notions, and project bags.

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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

Show Links:

The Grocery Girls Podcast

Suburban Stitcher

Sweet Georgia Podcast

Doubleknit Podcast

Stash and Burn Podcast

Stitches West

This week the last shawl of The Shawl Society Season III was released! What an incredible season it has been. Thank you all so much for being a part of this story.

The Whole World is a Garden Shawl 

Lore by The Fibre Co

The Borrowdale Collection

La Bien Aimee

A Yarn Story

Bumble Stitches Podcast

Bumble Stitches Shop

Elton by Joji Locatelli

Gather Yarn

Seren Yarns

Suffolk Socks

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Every Knitvent til now…

Helen —  October 15, 2018 — 2 Comments

Cue holiday nostalgia in 3…2…1! As I’m tidying away the last details for our Knitvent 2018 theme reveal these year, I’ve taken a few moments to wander down memory lane. This will be our 6th Knitvent together, and it’s absolutely incredible to think of all the gifts we’ve knit together in that time. So many memories, so many surprises, and what must be approaching millions of yards of yarn by now. It’s also really fun to see how Knitvent has changed and grown with the community over time, and to revisit the themes that we explored together year after year.

If you happen to be new to Curious Handmade, you might not have been around for these Knitvents, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out. All of our Knitvent collections are still available to purchase as full collections or as individual patterns. And until midnight tonight, Monday October 15th, 2018, my buy-one-get-one free sale is still running, so you can stock up if you like!

Two-for-one sale on all Curious Handmade Patterns and Collections (Including past Knitvents!)

To everyone who has ever been a part of Knitvent before: thank you! You are an indispensable part of the magic. I hope that peeking back at everything we’ve enjoyed together might remind you of an older pattern you’ve been meaning to make, or maybe nudge you to knit a favourite again this year. So without further ado, here’s every Knitvent so far…

 

Knitvent 2017

Our Nutcracker Knitvent last year was so joyous and lively! I heard from so many of you about your own Nutcracker memories and was swept away by the excitement and enthusiasm of the community for these patterns. The dreamy ballet theme, the fairytale atmosphere, the re-captured childhood magic…it was all very, very special.

Patterns:

Large photo: Land of Sweets Cowl

Small photos, clockwise from top: Marzipan Legwarmers, Clara’s Cape, Tchaikovsky Mitts, Tchaikovsky Hat, Tulle Shawl

Buy the whole Knitvent 2017 Collection


Knitvent 2016

This was also a special year. I love the colour story for this collection, and the theme of a cosy winter holiday in an picture-postcard-perfect alpine forest is still a magical place to visit in my imagination. In 2016 we also had Renée Callahan of East London Knit join us as a guest designer. She created the gorgeous Boreal Forest set with its graphical colourwork.

Patterns:

Large photo: Alpine Sunset Shawl
Small photos, clockwise from top: Fresh Tracks HeadbandBoreal Forest HatBoreal Forest CowlJuniper SocksJuniper Mitts

Buy the Knitvent 2016 Collection


Knitvent 2015

In 2015 we explored the theme of “light and bright” with a collection that was all about beautiful textures, comforting, cosy yarns, and all the heartwarming glitter of the season: fairylights, crisp unspoiled snowdrifts, icicles and stars.

Patterns:

Large image: Winter Wander Shawl
Small images, clockwise from top: Ice River HatIce River SnoodCabin Path ShawlKindling MittsKindling Hat

Knitvent 2014

Looking back at the patterns of 2014, what stands out are the little details: beads and ribbons,sequins and tassels, a strand of mohair, a pretty cable. I’ve seen knitters use some of these patterns again and again over the years for gifts, which is incredibly heartwarming.

Large image: Adorn Gift Bags
Small images, clockwise from top right: Candlelit Beaded ShawlIce Skating Scarf and WrapLind CowlCrisp and Even Cowl

Buy the Knitvent 2014 Collection


Knitvent 2013

Knitvent 2014 will always be close to my heart. It was the first time we gathered together for this holiday tradition, and some of the patterns are still among my favourites. Eight designs was quite a lot to manage, but we had so much fun!

Patterns:

Top row, right to left: Red Robin ShawlCheckerboard MittsFresh Powder CowlWarm Wishes Hottie.
Bottom row, right to left: Stardust Infinity ScarfRella MittsQuicksilver CowlNaughty or Nice Hat.

Buy the Knitvent 2013 Collection


Now I’m more excited than ever to introduce you to this year’s Knitvent and begin this wonderful tradition all over again. If you want to be sure not to miss any tidbits in the lead up to our new Knitvent season, be sure to sign up for the Curious Handmade Newsletter. That way you’ll be among the first to hear about the theme for this year, our early bird special, our upcoming contests, and all the other wonderful things that are part of our Knitvent celebrations!

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I have a big juicy episode for you today, all about the amazing time I had in Vancouver at Knit City. I got to spend lots of quality time with some fabulous knitting friends and gathered a lot of lovely knitting treasures at the incredible market place. I should probably but a big enabling warning on today’s podcast, because the many glorious vendors I mention are totally irresistible. I also have a bit of news about my most recent patterns and the upcoming Knitvent season (and the last pattern of 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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Knit City by Knit Social (2019 dates announced!)

Rewilding Shawl

The Fibre Co. Meadow

Hazelnut Socks from The Handmade Sock Society

Olann Yarn

Joji Locatelli

Veera Välimäki 

Tracie and Jodi of The Grocery Girls Knit Podcast

Amirisu

Botan Shawl

Woolfolk

Suburban Stitcher

Sweet Georgia Yarns

Tin Can Knits

Andrea Mowry

Button Button

Elton Sweater by Joi Locatelli

La Bien Aimee

Interpretations

Stitch Mischief

Rifle Paper Co.

Gauge Dyeworks

Flax by Tin Can Knits

Sweet Fiber Yarns

Sweet Felicia Hat by Jodi Brown

Hastings Mitts by Tracie Millar

Strange Brew Book by Tin Can Knits

Mountain Mist by Tin Can Knits

Icefall by Tin Can Knits

Julie Asselin

Pom Pom Quarterly

Big Blue Moma

So Just Shop

Atelier Nekozuki

Boreal Folk Apothecary

Boreal Folk Instagram

Lichen and Lace

Viola

Loop London

Midknit Cravings

Yarn Ink

Nature’s Luxury