Archives For knitted gifts

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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.