Archives For Edinburgh Yarn Festival

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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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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The Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

Apple Blossom Sock Pattern

Pebble Beach Shawl

Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Snowmelt Shawl

La Bien Aimee Magellan Speckle Fade Kit

The Tobermory shawl

The Kelso shawl

The Fibre Co. Waves Collection

The Fibre Co. Road to China Light

Viola Yarn

Loop

Ysolda Blend no 1

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Bowen in her gorgeous cabled cardigan with Ysolda

An Caitin Beag

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

Rhapsody in Cables by Joji Locatelli

Walcot Yarns

A Yarn Story

Great British Yarns

Opus Yarn

On the Surface Collection

Twisted Tracks by Amanda Jones

Caracollo by Rachel C. Brown

Cobbled Streets Shawl by Sharon Spencer

Swinging Medallions by Jo Smith

Clio by Elizabeth Doherty

Beyond Measure

Woolenflower

Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

Coming Home book

Pink Hazel Project Bags

Ginger Twist Studios

TOFT Alpaca

The Little Grey Girl

Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tilbrook

IntuitKnit Podcast

Skeindeer Podcast

Inside Number 23 Podcast

Along the Lanes Podcast

Lina Knits Podcast

Yarnesty Podcast

Fruity Knitting Podcast

Sticks + Twine Podcast

Rib Magazine

Yarngasm Podcast

Crafts from the Third Floor

Norah George Yarn

Jämtland Sheep

Solkustens Spinnverkstad

Limmo-Design Yarn on Ravelry

Blacker Yarn Samite

Sonja Bargielowska‘s Designs on Ravelry

Giveaway Winner:

Irene (bluebirdnest on Ravelry) has won the copy of Interpretations IV with her comment:

I love this book, it is joyous! I would really like to knit Double Trouble, you could have so much fun with color in this sweater.
Thanks for the podcast Helen. Have a great time at your yarny events!

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I’m really thrilled to finally be able to share not one but two brand new shawl patterns with you today. Tobermory and Kelso were designed as part of the Waves Collection for The Fibre Co. Three designers each contributed two shawl designs: myself, Melanie Berg, and Hiroko Payne. The Waves collection was created to showcase the incredible Road to China Light yarn from The Fibre Company. Being part of this collection has been a wonderful experience. I’m delighted to be in the company of such wonderful shawl designers, and working with the Road to China Light yarn was a dream.

 

The Tobermory Shawl, designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Photo ©The Fibre Co. and Tommy Martin Photography.

The Tobermory shawl is named after an impossibly beautiful seaside town on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, where brightly painted buildings sparkle against the dark blue bay. Legend has it that a Spanish galleon laden with gold lies at the bottom of that bay, lost in the 16th Century and never recovered.

Back of the Tobermory Shawl designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Photo ©The Fibre Co. and Tommy Martin Photography.

The stripes of the crescent shaped Tobermory shawl hint at the promise of riches beneath the waves. Its easy lace and eyelets were planned to thoughtfully showcase two colours of the gorgeous Road to China Light yarn: lustrous, subtly tonal, and always treasured.

Buy Tobermory on Ravelry!

Kelso Shawl, designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Photo ©The Fibre Co. and Tommy Martin Photography.

The Kelso shawl takes its name from a charming Scottish border town which lies nestled in the confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers. Known for the romance of its ruined abbey, graceful bridges, and cobblestone streets, it is a place to lose yourself in time as you wander along the riverbanks.

Kelso Shawl designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade

Photo ©The Fibre Co. and Tommy Martin Photography.

An elongated triangle shawl, Kelso captures the different textures of river and town, with wonderful three-coloured stripes, flickering eyelets and simple lace. The pattern was designed to feature the distinct beauty of the Road to China Light yarn, bringing its complex saturated tones and gentle lustre centrestage.

Buy Kelso on Ravelry!

 

Like so many knitters, my work is deeply influenced by fibre. So many of my designs can trace their beginnings back to a skein of yarn that captured my heart and set my mind working. I always like to share a little about how the fibres I work with spark my creativity, so here’s a little bit more about the fantastic yarn which inspired the Waves Collection. I spent ages pouring over the Road to China shade cards to choose colours…they are all so jewel like and luscious. I spent ages pouring over the shade cards to choose colours. I decided on something a bit more dramatic for Tobermory, and was really influenced by the water theme for Kelso with the blues…I imagine a misty morning on the water with the lavender.

Here’s the description from The Fibre Co.

The Road to China blend was born from our days of owning a small mill back in Maine in the early days of The Fibre Co. Years of fibre exploration at the carding machine hand blending raw fleeces led to the pursuit of the perfect yarn made from truly luxurious fibres. The resulting Road to China blend creates a knit fabric with a soft halo but enough definition to explore subtle textures and shifting patterns. In keeping with the tone of gentle decadence that Road to China brings, we developed a colour palette that is inspired by nature’s jewels and dyed each hank to work in harmony with the raw fibres that go into the blend. Combining the light fawn of the baby alpaca with the soft tones of camel and cashmere as well as the lustrous sheen of silk gives the perfect base for subtle duotones that peek through our saturated colours. Road to China Light is the hank we reach for when we want to create something truly special.

This is one of, if not the, most luxurious yarns I’ve knit with. It’s so soft and silky — incredible to both knit with and wear. Super cosy. I also really came to love the sport weight. It has a bit more body than fingering but still very light. I’m just such a fan.

It’s so exciting to send these two patterns out into the world after working on the designs in secret for so long. I absolutely love this shawls, and I hope you will too! The samples will be on display at The Fibre Company’s stand at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, so you can visit them in person. (I also recommend taking a moment to pet a few skeins of the Road To China yarn!)

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Today I’m taking a glimpse back at the wonderful Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, and already getting excited about the Edinburgh Yarn festival. Thanks to the magic of technology (time travel?) as this episode is released I may be on a train between the two events! I chat about my shopping strategy for EYF and think about how I might prevent myself from buying all the yarn.

Show Sponsors:

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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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So Just Shop

Luma yarn from The Fibre Company

Laveer Kerchief

Yarn in The City Podcast

Pink Hazel Project Bags

A Yarn Story

Great British Yarns

La Bien Aimée

Eden Cottage Yarns

Blacker Yarns

Road to China Light from The Fibre Company

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Just a quick episode today, as I’m on the road. If you’re going to EYF, remember to drop by the Blacker Podcast lounge to say hi between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re not, I’m hoping to bring back lots of stories from EYF to share with you soon. Happy knitting!

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March is shaping up to be a very exciting month, with many fun new things coming up. Today I’m taking a break from preparing for the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat and the Edinburgh yarn festival to chat about my works in progress and everything we have to look forward to in the next few weeks.

Show Sponsors:

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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

KAL News:

Sight is Life MKAL

Hale-bopp MKAL

Snowmelt MKAL

BlackerPOD KAL

Giveaways:

Mina Philip New York Collection Sock Club

There were more than 200 entries in Ravelry Group Giveaway Thread and they make for some great reading, so thank you all for your contributions!

The winner was post 121 by Ravelry user fyjjkj

Congratulations, I know you’ll love your prize!

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The Wool Kitchen yarn

The Wool Kitchen Instagram

Blue Pop colourway photo on instagram

Niji colourway photo on Instagram

The Talisman Shawl

Yarngasm Podcast

Voolenvine Yarn

Blacker Yarns

Blacker Yarns Samite Blend

Ahimisa (Peace) Silk

Road to China Light

What’s in the WIP:

A new sock design! The Apple Blossom socks will make their debut at the Curious Handmade Retreat next week, and then the pattern will be launched on the 17th of March

My rainbow Pebble Beach Shawl in the Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Events:

Edinburgh Yarn Festival is happening on the 12th and 11th, where I’ll be in the Podcaster’s Lounge sponsored by Blacker Yarns. We’ll be having a Podcaster meetup at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday we’re also hosting a little panel on audio podcasting! You can find out the whole Podcaster Lounge Schedule here!

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Curious Handmade Knitting Podcast Episode 161

Beautiful books of all kinds have always been a big part of my creative growth, so in this episode I’m delighted to bring you another book review. This time I’m talking about the gorgeous new volume of the Interpretations series, the latest instalment of an ongoing collaboration between two intensely talented designers.

Show Sponsors:

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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Contest Winner:

Victoria has won a copy of Hannah Fettig’s new book Texture! Here’s Victoria’s comment:

“This book looks truly beautiful – there’s not a pattern in it that I don’t want to knit but if I had to choose I’d love to try the WestEnd cardigan – it would be the perfect wardrobe staple … I also particularly love the knitted kerchief too!”

What’s in the WIP:

I finished my Vintage Fairy Light Socks in Circus Tonic Yarn!

I’ve been designing a brand new sock design which I’ll be able to release very soon!

Show Links:

Snowmelt Shawl MKAL

New York Collection by Mina Phillip

Knitting Expat Podcast

Curious Handmade Ravelry Group

Interpretations Volume 4 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki

Curious Handmade Episode 61: Interview with Joji Locatelli

Pom Pom Quarterly

Winterfolk

Woolfolk yarn

Fast Forward

La Bien Aimee yarn

Radiate

Tourmaline

Colourspell Shawl

Double Trouble

Léttlopi yarn

Little Bird

madelinetosh Prairie yarn

Wishes

Malabrigo Mora

East or West

Uncommon Thread Uncommon Everyday yarn

Flyaway Twist shawl

Kettle Yarn Co Twist

Monochrome

The Pucky Knitter yarn

Side by Side

madelinetosh Tosh Mo Light yarn

Giveaways

Leave a comment in this Ravelry thread for a chance to win Mina Phillip’s The New York Sock Collection.

Leave a comment on this post on the blog for a chance to win Interpretations Vol. 4 by Joji Locatelli & Veera Välimäki

Events:

I’ll be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which is coming up very soon!

We’re having meetups there on Friday the 10th of March and Friday the 11th of March at 1pm in the Podcaster’s Lounge, so come and say hi! Don’t forget to wear your Blacker Yarns knits if you’re participating in the BlackerPodKAL!

Those are all the notes for this episode! I’ll chat to you soon, and until then, happy knitting!

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Today I’m talking about some (restrained!) yarn buying, my WIP triumph, and how I learned to love going to events like the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, even as an introvert.

Show Sponsors:

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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Contest Winner:

I’m delighted to announce that Alex has won the free Machine Knitting Class by Renée Callahan! Here’s her comment:

“I would love the craftsy class. I just got a knitting machine last year and I am flying by the seat of my pants with my projects, not really knowing what I am doing but having a go. A class would really help.”

Curious Handmade KAL News:

The Snowmelt Shawl MKAL is going beautifully. Clue #3 was just released yesterday and the spectrum of colour combinations is making my heart sing. We still have new people joining every day, and the clues are manageable: you can catch up with us in no time! We’ve split chat on the Curious Handmade Ravelry group into spoiler and non-spoiler threads so that you can peek ahead or preserve the mystery for yourself as you knit, even if you’re joining a little late!

PURCHASE THE SNOWMELT SHAWL MKAL HERE

There are two more clues to come!

Clue #4: Thursday 23 February

Clue #5: Thursday 2 March

and the KAL will run until the end of March so that you’ll have plenty of time to finish!

Show Links:

The Wool Kitchen sock yarn in Blue Pop and Niji colourways

A Homespun House Harry Potter and Charm Yarn Club

A Homespun House Podcast

Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry

KnitBritish Podcast

What’s in the WIP:

I have finally finished my Times Square by Norah Gaughan in Knightsbridge by the Fibre Company!

My other deep WIP is the Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose which I’ll be tackling when I get back from my trip.

The socks continue bit by bit!

I’m going to knit a new Pebble Beach Shawl in the Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Events:

I’m getting really excited for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival next month, where I’ll be taking part in the Podcaster’s Lounge sponsored by Blacker Yarns.

BlackerPod KAL!

Here are the details direct from Blacker Yarns:

To celebrate the Blacker Yarns Podcast Lounge at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 we are delighted to announce a C/KAL. If you are making the trip to Edinburgh in March – or even if you can’t, but wish you could – let’s knit together and ramp up that festival excitement.

Details

  • The BlackerPod KAL casts on on the 19th January and casts off on 4th March.
  • You can knit or crochet any design you like, but you must use yarn from Blacker *
  • This C/KAL is open to everyone (whether you can make Edinburgh Yarn Festival or not)
  • Use this thread to chatter about your pattern choices and yarn choices and post pictures of your WIPs
  • There will be a meet up at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. (date and time tba) If you are going to EYF and you wear your FO in 100% Blacker Yarns you will get a discount on the stall as a prize.
  • For those who cannot make it to EYF we will have a FOMO FO thread (fear of missing out finished objects) and there will be a random prize draw after EYF

Also use hashtag #blackerpodkal when you chat online and use blackerpodkal to tag your rav projects

If you are going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and wear something you’ve made in Blacker Yarns Blacker will be offering a discount!

Check out the Blacker Yarns Ravelry group for more details and information on prizes and teams.
That is all the notes for this week. I’ll talk to you again soon, and until then, happy knitting!

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Notes:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Thank you to Pom Pom Press for their door prize of the set of all three volumes of Interpretations by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki.

Thank you also to Bowen Gibson for her wonderful Cumbria Pendant she gave us for a door prize.

Paula aka Snailgarden on Ravelry wrote this wonderful blog post about the retreat with lots of photos.

Mina published this fabulous Knitting Expat episode all about the retreat too.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Eden Cottage Yarns

Snail Yarn

The Wool Kitchen – Interview with Helen Reed on Shiny Bees podcast here

Woolenflower

Events:

Hill Top Shawl KAL – running until 5 May

Join in the KAL here…

On the 15th of April I will be attending the Launch of my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris
We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France

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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 67

This week I talk about my visit to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015, What’s in the WIP?, a review of The Bletchley Collection and announce details of the Muse Connection Volume 2.

Show Sponsor

Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn  meadowyarn.co.uk

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

The next gathering will be on Sunday 21 June at The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross London.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow!

Look out for more details on the blog here.

Also did you see that Kate is giving away a goodie bag from the Muse Connection Volume 1 over at A Playful Day?

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Highlights from my brief visit to the festival include (in no particular order)

As usual I didn’t get to see as many people as I would have liked but did have chat’s with some wonderful fibre people

Laura at Laura’s Loom

Julie at Tilly Flop

Tilly Flop at EYF

Black Bat (rare British breed wool)

Black Bat EYF

Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin at the Crochet Project

Daphne at The Fibre Company

The Fibre Company at EYF

Victoria at Eden Cottage Yarn

Eden Cottage Yarn EYF 2015

Lydia and Amy at Pom Pom Quarterly

Pom Pom Quarterly at EYF

Ysolda and Stephen West

Stephen West and Ysolda EYF
I also had a wonderful chat with Yarn Whisperer Clara Parkes who travelled all the way from Maine to join in the fun!

The Bletchley Collection by Joanne Scrace 

Electronic copies available on Ravelry

Printed copies available at Eden Cottage Yarn

Knit and crochet designs by Joanne Scrace (Not So Granny)

I meant to mention on the podcast that this book has been beautifully laid out by Clare Devine and the presentation is really clear and clean.

The Bletchley Collection