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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



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


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.

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Meadow Yarn

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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

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