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On today’s episode, I have a gorgeous book to review, which features a whole new knitting technique! I also announce our winners from the 2017 Knitvent KAL and chat a little about some Curious Handmade developments, including what it’s been like to plan the year so intently.

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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.com

Announcements

I am so delighted to welcome sock knitters new and old to our mysterious sock fellowship.
You can now join at the Early Bird Price for a short time.
There’s already lively conversation going on in our Ravelry thread, and from past experience I know that this is going to be an incredible group of passionate, friendly, community-minded knitters. I can’t wait to get started!
Midwinter Stitching Embroidery Workshop
London, Saturday 24 February
10am to 3pm
The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat Mini Market
Melmerby, Cumbria, Tuesday 13 March
4:30pm to 6pm

We have our Knitvent 2017 Winners!

Winner 1 – post 85 – Bomblet

Winner 2 – post 406: –  Loesjevdm

Please PM me on Ravelry and I’ll get the prizes sent out as soon as possible!
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Two pairs of Winter Rose Handknit Socks by Curious Handmade with books about flowers

On today’s podcast I have a giveaway winner to announce, a new Handmade Sock Society pattern to introduce, and another fun planning challenge to help put a bit more fun, lightheartedness, and excitement into the new(ish) year!

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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.com

Announcements

I am so delighted to welcome sock knitters new and old to our mysterious sock fellowship.
You can now join at the Early Bird Price for a short time.
There’s already lively conversation going on in our Ravelry thread, and from past experience I know that this is going to be an incredible group of passionate, friendly, community-minded knitters. I can’t wait to get started!
Midwinter Stitching Embroidery Workshop
London, Saturday 24 February
10am to 3pm

Show Links

Meadow Yarns Unthank Road – Yarn Fictions

Zweig Pullover by Caitlin Hunter

Recollection by Renée Callahan

East London Knits Etsy

The winner of the Recollection giveaway is Rachel with her comment:
 February 2, 2018 at 11:47 pm

“While we were dating, my (now) husband learned to crochet. The two of us worked together to knit a log cabin afghan out of just about all of my acrylic stash. We still have it and put it on our bed every winter. There are special memories to each bit of yarn as well as a wonderful memory of making the afghan.”

Please contact me by email or on Ravelry with your Ravelry name and I’ll get your copy over to you!

Winter Rose Socks

Happier Podcast

Happier in Hollywood Podcast

The Creative Penn Podcast

Interpretations

Brynn and Co Etsy Shop

Brynn and Co Instagram

Laine Magazine

Little Skein in The Big Wool

Stitches West 

Apple Blossom Socks!

Helen —  March 21, 2017 — 3 Comments

March has been a tremendously busy month, especially in regards to new pattern releases! I think this one will make a lot of you quite happy. Ever since my first sock pattern, the Vintage Fairy Light Socks, I’ve been getting requests to do another sock design. Well, today’s the day! If you follow me on instagram you will have seen this teaser photo of some gorgeous yarn dyed by my friend Jane at Hedgerow Yarns.

Apple Blossom yarn

She created this limited-edition colourway, Apple Blossom, for me to create the sweet, springy Apple Blossom socks. The yarn and the pattern had a sneak preview as kits for the last Curious Handmade Country House Retreat.

Today I’m releasing the pattern on Ravelry so everyone can enjoy them!

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The Apple Blossom socks celebrate that moment of year where everything seems to burst into bloom at once. The magic is strongest in the middle of an orchard, surrounded by thousands of tiny flowers and the lively scent of spring. Apple Blossom features an easy ribbed pattern along the leg and foot features rows of little eyelets like blossoms along a branch. The socks are knit from the cuff down and are finished with a traditional heel flap and gusset.

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Spring is booming right now in my part of the world, and the Apple Blossom socks are directly inspired by the fresh joy of the season.

The Apple Blossom Socks pattern is now available to buy on Ravelry!

If you’ve fallen in love with this yarn, I don’t blame you. I just love it. Since people were asking on Instagram, we have put together a limited edition of kits, including the Apple Blossom Socks pattern and a skein of the Apple Blossom yearn. Jane is making up a special update for the release day, so keep a close eye on her Etsy shop today at 7pm GMT. You might be able to snag yourself a kit!

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On today’s podcast I fill you in on all the details of the wonderful three days we spent together in Cumbria. I’m saving all my Edinburgh Yarn Festival chat for next week! I also talk about the MKALs that are wrapping up, the new patterns I have out, and what’s in my WIP at the moment!

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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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My clue for The Not Seen Before MKAL from the Sight is Life eBook is now out: this MKAL has been an incredible experience and it’s wonderful to see some completed shawls starting to show up in the Sight is Life Ravelry group

Snowmelt MKAL is also winding up, and the FO spoiler thread is filling up with some breathtaking shawls. If you’re not the MKAL type (I know lots of people don’t want to commit to a shawl they’ve never seen!) now is a great time to pick up a copy of the complete pattern!

Show Links:

Skeindeer Podcast

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

The Knitting Pipeline Podcast

Little Bobbins Podcast

Suffolk Socks Podcast

Bumble Stitches Podcast

Threaded with Fibre Podcast

The Fibre Co. Luma Yarn

The Laveer Kerchief

So Just Shop

A Yarn Story yarn shop

Blue Bee Studio

Quince and Co. Sparrow yarn

Suffolk Socks

School Socks Rock

Hedgerow Yarns

Pebble Beach Shawl

Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Turtlepurl Yarn

Life in the Long Grass

LeatherWoolLinen

The Snail Garden Blog with an amazing retreat recap post!

 

That’s all for today’s episode! Thank you so much for listening. Have a great week and happy knitting!

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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.

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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.

Show Links:

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!

It has become a Curious Handmade tradition that I design a special pattern for each retreat. We’ve been so lucky to have The Fibre Company as a retreat sponsor since we began running these events: each time I’ve had the privilege to create a pattern inspired by one of their luxury yarns.  The very first retreat pattern was the Hilltop Shawl, which used the perfectly-named Cumbria yarn. Next came the Bracile Hat and Cowl for the last autumn retreat. They used the amazing woolen-spun Arranmore yarn.

Today I’m excited to release the third CHCH pattern, the Laveer Kerchief, made from The Fibre Company’s luxurious new yarn, Luma.

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Laveer is an evocative old nautical term for sailing against the wind. I love the sense of striving, adventure, and exhilaration in that word, and I think this snug little accessory captures that same sense of exploration. Perfect for windy days on land or sea, Laveer is a jaunty sailor-striped kerchief which exists somewhere in the space between a cowl and a shawl. Knit in the round and featuring easy lace and eyelets, it’s versatile and cosy, but light enough to wear even on warmer days.

You can buy the Laveer pattern here now!

A little bit about the yarn: Luma has a tagline which really sums up this wonderful yarn: “threads of sunlight.” 50% Merino wool, 25% Organic cotton, 15% Linen, 10% Silk.

Here’s the Fibre Company’s description…

A classic DK weight yarn, Luma is inspired by the mood and light found in mid-latitude savannas—those grassland ecosystems with open canopies allowing plenty of sunlight. Daily life in mid-latitude climates, whether in the drier Mediterranean or temperate Great Plains of the USA, is best handled with a layered approach to clothing. Plant-based fibres mixed with silk and wool provide a built-in layer of warmth in winter yet lightness when required in warmer temperatures. The Luma palette includes soft neutrals and bright shades of pink, blue and green.

The colour palette is super fresh and pretty: very spring like and light. I absolutely love it. All of the colours go together very well, so I am very excited to see what combinations the retreat attendees choose for their stripey Laveer kerchiefs! (I also love that you can get two kerchiefs out of two skeins just by reversing the colours!)
The combination of plant and animal fibres is really interesting. The wool gives it some elasticity, the plant fibres give it that light summer feeling and the silk makes it lovely and smooth to knit. The feel of the fabric is soft and light with a nice body to it. This would be really very nice for summer cardis and tops. As always with The Fibre Company yarns the blend is very intriguing and different and very enjoyable to work with…it seems to knit up surprisingly fast, as well. I’m not sure if it’s the touch of silk in there which makes my needles fly or some mysterious sort of magic, but I love it.
If you have a bit of retreat FOMO, hopefully this pattern will cheer you up. I decided to release it as the retreat gets underway. I’m hoping it will inspire you to take a little special knitting time for yourself this week, even if carving out space for a whole retreat wasn’t possible this time. I’m wishing you a special cup full of fragrant tea, your favourite chair, and a few hours of uninterrupted creativity, wherever you may be.
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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!

Show Links:

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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Exploring this month’s theme in a new way: sometimes growth can mean looking forwards as well as backwards! I confront a long-neglected WIP (with exciting results) and also have the chance to review Hannah Fettig’s gorgeous new book.

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.

Curious Handmade KAL News:

The Snowmelt MKAL is going strong!

We are in week two of Snowmelt, and it’s very exciting. The spoiler thread is full of inspiring photos of shawls in progress, and new knitters are joining us every day. It’s honestly not too late to jump on board.

Just buy the pattern here and come meet us in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group! You’re in plenty of time to catch up, as the KAL is running until March.

The Not Seen Before MKAL

Quite a few of the Curious Crew are doing both MKALs, which is very exciting. I can’t wait to see everyone’s WIPs as they develop.

What’s in the WIP:

Hermione’s Everyday Socks in hand dyed yarn by Cast on Cast Off

Vintage Fairy Light Socks in Circus Tonic Handmade

Vanilla socks in hand dyed yarn by Suffolk Socks in the Ted base

Times Square in Knightsbridge by the Fibre Company

This is one of the “unmentionable WIPs” that has haunted me for a year, but after facing my fears I’m making amazing progress.

Show Links:

Texture: Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear by Hannah Fettig

Hannah’s lovely introduction video for the book.

Wharf Street in Owl by Quince and Co

Eventide Cardigan in Finch by Quince and Co

West End Cardigan in Owl by Quince and Co

Giveaway:

I’m so delighted that Hanna has generously offered us a copy of Texture to give away! If you’d like to learn how to be in with a chance to win, be sure to listen to the episode! You’ll have two weeks to enter this one.

That’s all for this week. Thank you for listening, and happy knitting!