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Curious Handmade Podcast 53

This week I’m talking about the 4th Knitvent pattern – the Adorn Gift Bags, some tips for knitting them and ideas for things to put in them from the Curious Handmade community.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

#GiftingZen

Knitvent 2014 window 4 opened to reveal the Adorn Gift Bags

It comes in two styles A and B.

Some techniques used in these bags:

Magic Loop

Kitchener stitch (grafting) – I’ve always used this Knitty Tutorial for kitchener but I also saw this TECHknitting one that also looks good.

or 3 needle bind off – Written instructions or Video tutorial

How to knit an  i-cord

Adding Beads to your knitting with a Crochet Hook

Libby of Truly Myrtle blog – her thoughts on 9″ circular needles.

Thank you to YAK for including the Lind Cowl in your Pattern Round up on the YAK blog and for the alternative yarn suggestion of Bessie May Grace.

I can’t wait to share my Betty Etiquette printable gift tags with you! They will be gifted to everyone on my newsletter list or anyone who has purchased Knitvent 2014 next week!!

You can buy her gorgeous unique Christmas and other gift cards here. She uses the most beautiful card and printing for her designs.

Meadow Yarn have gorgeous stitch markers and other lovely notions (not to mention the yarn) and this weekend they are having a 20% off sale! Just use code celebratesmall

Knitvent 2014 KAL

Don’t forget to post your finished object in the thread and join in the chat on the Curious Handmade board on Ravelry to be in with a chance to win fab prizes.

Join in the Knitvent Podcast tour with:

Knitgirllls

Knittng Pipeline

A Playful Day

Yarniacs

Skein Studio

2 Knit Lit Chicks

Events

I went to a talk by Wool and the Gang at the Apple Store.

A Playful Day – #MEalong

Pom Pom Quarterly Christmas Party

This week I’m curious to know what knit alongs you are participating or know about happening at the moment?

And don’t forget to play the Curious Handmade Instagram game!!

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 52

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP?

Still working on secret design knitting.

Paper snowflakes – fab tutorial that kids can do – How to make paper snowflakes tutorial

#GiftingZen

Week 3 Knitvent pattern – Crisp and Even Cowl

Leave a comment on the pattern page above and let me know who you would make this for to go in the draw for a ball of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted (by Sunday 30 Nov)

Milla Mia

Knitting cables WITH a cable needle (front cross)

Knitting Cables WITHOUT a cable needle

Join in the Knitvent KAL over here on Curious Handmade board on Ravelry.

There is going to be an Eden Cottage Yarn shop update this weekend which will include some BFL sock.

And Eden Cottage Yarn is going to sponsor the Knitvent Jingle Bells Grand Prize!!

Non-Guilty Pleasures

Did you see that A Playful Day SSSalong has been renamed #MEalong?

It made me think about the book I’m reading at the moment The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown and how being a little bit selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, gratitude, #MEalong and #zengifting I chat about some little things that I’m planning on “indulging” in.

  1. Drink more water – its really nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon
  2. Do 5 minutes of breathing in a quiet space (or in a queue at the post office)
  3. Declutter a space in your house – even just one space or surface
  4. Delete those sale emails and don’t even click on them!
  5. Do one little annoying job that you’ve been putting off.
  6. Pee when you need to
  7. Call a friend – remember how we used to pick up the phone and talk to people? Reclaim the phone!
  8. Take some things off your plate and say “no” to more things.
  9. Maybe start or revive a a gratitude practice such as a journal or a visual one e.g. 100 happy days
  10. AND enjoy and savour your knitting regardless of whether you are knitting gifts or something for yourself.

I’m curious about what are your non-guilty pleasures and tips?

Leave a comment below on the blog by Wednesday 3 December and let me know and I will give away a gorgeous skein of yarn to a commenter.

A quick walk around my neighbourhood confirmed that winter is well and truly here with everyone bundled in winter coats, boots and cosy accessories. The shops are filling up with Christmas decorations and there’s fairy lights decorating the streets of London. It’s all very festive and reminded me that the holidays are well and truly arriving so this week’s pattern seems perfectly timed.

Crisp and Even Cowl

The Crisp and Even Cowl is the perfect neck warmer for those cozy nights by the fire or a cold, relaxing walk before scurrying home to tuck excited children to bed. The blocks of colour make this an easily customisable cowl for all the family and cables mean a little extra warmth and a little more interest in the knitting. Worked up in aran (worsted) weight yarn, this is a quick cowl too — perfect for those last minute gifts you forgot about or a sudden falling of fresh snow.

The Crisp and Even Cowl pattern contains 3 size options:

Crisp and Even Cowl

Small- 16″ circumference, 6.5″ width. (Shown here in Milla Mia Naturally Soft Aran [100% Wool, 80m/87yds per 50g ball], Colour A is Pink Glaze, Colour B is Teal).

Crisp and Even Cowl

Medium- 24″ Circumference, 10″ width. (Shown here in Malabrigo Worsted [100% Merino Wool, 198m/210 yds per 100g skein], colour A is Bergamotta and Colour B is Geranio).

Crisp and Even Cowl

Large- 48″ Circumference, 10″ width. (Shown here in Rowan Creative Focus Worsted [75% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 200m/220yds per 100g ball], colour A is Magenta and Colour B is Charcoal Heather).

This week’s special treat comes in the form of a giveaway and an extended special offer. To win a ball of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted, please leave a comment on the pattern page for the Crisp and Even Cowl tell me who you’d love to knit this squishy cowl for. I will draw for the winner on Sunday 30 November so be sure to leave your comment by then.

Rowan Creative Focus Worsted

Also, due to the overwhelming responses and continued requests I’ve received, I’ll be offering Knitvent 2013 for free once again when you purchase Knitvent 2014. That’s a total of 13 gorgeous patterns including my incredibly popular Red Robin Shawl for £9.80. This offer will end Sunday 30th November 2014. (Just put both collections in your Ravelry shopping cart and the offer will be automatically applied).

Knitvent 2014 has had a terrific response so far and it’s been lovely to watch all the projects and commitment already.

This week’s pattern is the perfect cowl for a snowy day – ethereal and delicate with the warmth of mohair that can be worn layered around chilly necks or shoulders.

Lind Cowl

Lind Cowl

The Lind Cowl takes its name from the frosty opera singer who stole Hans Christian Anderson’s heart and was the inspiration behind his Snow Queen. I’m pretty sure that there’s a lot of families out there with the Snow Queen story featuring very prominently right now- Frozen is certainly a favourite in this house!

Lind Cowl Knitvent

Knit on large needles, the Lind Cowl works up fast to take full advantage of the yarn’s lofty character and emulates the flurry of flakes in the air. Both version of this cowl (small and large) take 1 ball each of a contrasting colourway of Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse.

To celebrate the launch of the Lind Cowl, there’s a Knitvent treat- 50% OFF the Knitvent 2014 collection for a very short time only!

The Lind Cowl is only available as part of the Knitvent 2014 ebook and will be available to purchase individually from 19th December 2014. If you’re looking to get you #giftingzen going, why not join us in the Curious Handmade knitalong? There is already lots of fun and prizes to help keep you in good spirits as I reveal each week’s special surprise and encourage you to take up this seasonal challenge.