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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!

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Today I’m chatting about the WIPs, KALs, and challenges I’m tackling in February, and introducing my theme for this new month!

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.

Show Links:

Stitching the High Notes

Instagram Yarn Love Challenge from the Ravelry team #yarnlovechallenge

Curious Handmade KAL News:

I drew winners for our two recently finished Curious Handmade KALs. Here are their Ravelry names:

For the Vintage Fairy Lights KAL:

meghan2 has won a precious skein of the much-coveted limited edition Hedgerow Yarns colourway created for the Christmas Eve Cast-On Kits!

For the Knitvent 2016 FO KAL:

nextdoorknitter and muddancer have each won a special surprise skein from my stash!

The Snowmelt MKAL has begun!

The first clue was released yesterday, and speedy knitters are already zooming through. There are spoiler threads set up in our Curious Handmade Ravelry Group, so if you’re still on the fence and want to take a peek, you’re very welcome!

I also put together some helpful videos for anyone getting started. You can watch them here.

If you aren’t a part of the MKAL but have FOMO, it’s not too late! You can buy the pattern here and join in! There will be lots of time to catch up, since we’re running until March.

The Not Seen Before MKAL is running now:

This MKAL is to benefit the Sight is Life project, which raises money for sight-saving operations in Congo. I spoke to Kristina Vilimaite about the project on the podcast not long ago. The MKAL features clues from 7 designers, including me!

You can buy the pattern on its own but you can also get it by purchasing the Sight is Life eBook. Learn more in the Sight is Life Ravelry Group

What’s in the WIP:

I’m still obsessed with socks and sock KALs.

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

I’ve just finished my January socks for the Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast and the Sock Bash KAL hosted by the Grocery Girls Podcast.

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

These will be my February socks! You can see the gorgeous skein on my instagram post, here.

I was inspired to maybe double dip in the Harry Potter KAL hosted by Inside Number 23

Vintage Fairy Light Socks in Circus Tonic Handmade

These are from the Christmas Eve Cast On! I’ve just finished the first sock but I had to put them down to make my January KAL deadline.

Through The Loop Mystery Sock MKAL

Just beginning this and it’s very interesting to be on the other side of an MKAL!

Super Secret New Design

I’ve been working on a new design for the next Curious Handmade. I can’t give much away, but thanks to The Fibre Company, who is sponsoring the retreat again this year I can mention that it’s being made from the amazing new yarn they just launched this week. Have a look at the gorgeous Luma DK yarn.

Giveaway:

Renée Callahan of East London Knit (you’ll remember her from the wonderful patterns she contributed to Knitvent 2016) has offered us a special giveaway! She’s teaching a new class on Machine Knitting Sweater Basics and one lucky listener will win a free copy of the class!

In Machine Knitting; Sweater Basics, you will learn everything you need to know to knit a sweater on the machine: from basic machine maintenance, how to cast on, making fabric you love, to seaming, blocking and everything in between. The class includes my Sweater Blank
— a worksheet that will lead you through making your sweater in any gauge or fabric you want and making it easy to customize.

If you don’t win but would like to take the class for half price (or any other Craftsy class for 25% off) you can find Renée’s special link here. (You can also see an introductory clip there!)

That’s the notes for this week. Thank you for listening and happy knitting!

It’s almost time for the Snowmelt MKAL! I’ve been watching the amazing yarn-choosing process of hundreds of excited knitters over in our Curious Handmade Ravelry Group and on Instagram (check out the growing #snowmeltmkal hashtag for some mouthwatering yarn photos!) and the energy is just electric. We’re just two days away from the release of the first clue, but we still have new knitters joining us every day. The MKAL will be running until the end of March, so even if you don’t have yarn yet, you’ll have plenty of time to grab something gorgeous and play along.

For the last Curious Handmade MKAL, Summertide, the wonderful Kristen from Skein Yarn wrote a brilliant guest post on colour combinations that I wanted to share again with you. You can find it here. There’s a lot of inspiration and wisdom in that post! Kristen also put together a few lovely combos just for Snowmelt:

Skein yarn for snowmelt mkal

You can read all about these delicious colourways over on the Skein Blog.

I designed this shawl in part to encourage stashdiving. This is the last official day of Stash Appreciation month here at Curious Handmade, after all, and while I know many of us are enjoying the excuse to buy new yarn for this project, I also know that many more have some wonderful single skeins lying around, waiting for the perfect project. Chances are there are a few hiding in your stash that could surprise you when you put them together. This MKAL is a chance to explore your stash and experiment with combinations you might not have considered. If you’re on the mailing list, you will have gotten an email with all the yarn info and tips you need to start choosing, but I’ve seen people asking for advice since then, so in case you missed it, I thought I’d repost it here.


The yarn I used for the sample is the breathtaking Magellan Speckle Fade Kit from La Bien Aimée. This is a gorgeous hand-dyed single ply superwash merino.
Sample Yarn:
La Bien Aimée; Magellan Speckle Fade Kit [100% superwash merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein], 3 x 100g skeins,
Colourways:
Le Petit Nuage
Le Grand Nuage
The Magellanic Cloud

OR

Actual yarn used for sample in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Light – Le Petit Nuage 80g / 293m / 320 yards
Medium – Le Grand Nuage  80g/ 293m / 320 yards
Dark – The Magellanic Cloud 75g/ 275m / 300 yards

To give you a few ideas of other ideal yarns you could use:

Curious Handmade favourite Skein does a luxurious base called “Classy” – 70% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk * 430 yards / 393 metres in 100g

The wonderful Tosh Merino Light from madelinetosh would be another excellent choice – 420 yards / 384 metres in 100g

Over at The Wool Barn, Maya’s Silky Singles base would make a perfect Snowmelt – 70% Superwash Merino 30% Silk * 400m / 436 yards / 400 metres in 100g

Lots of you want to use stash yarn, and you’re in luck! I specifically designed Snowmelt to work with three different skeins of fingering weight yarn, since I know most of us have at least a few gorgeous “orphan” skeins kicking around. Here are the hints you’ll need to choose your own yarn:

  • I used a gradient set – but that is not necessary. Aim for some contrast in colour or tone between the three yarns. The contrast in some sections is quite subtle with the yarns I used.
  • In general the shawl is simple enough that you can be more adventurous with using speckles and variegated colourways – depending on your taste of course.
  • The most significant lace section mainly uses Colour A so if you don’t like your lace in wild yarn this is the colour to have as a tonal or solid or semisolid.
  • I used a single ply but any sock yarn/fingering yarn would work just as well. You can even combine single ply and sock yarn, as long as you like the interplay of slighly different textures. If you have doubt, try knitting a little test swatch.
  •   I used 4mm circular needles.

I hope those tips give you some confidence to choose your own yarn for this project. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, let me enable you: if you grab the pattern by the end of Feb, 1st, you’ll get a special early bird price of 20% off! Happy knitting!

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Curious Handmade Knitting Podcast Episode 157

Today I’m looking back on the way my stash has grown and changed as my skills and tastes as a knitter have evolved, as well as keeping you up to date on all my KAL news.

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:

We have two active Curious Handmade KALs going at the moment. The deadline for both is the 31st of January, so get those posts in!

Vintage Fairy Light KAL

WIPs, FOs and even chat will qualify you for this draw! Modifications to the pattern are welcome. The prize is very special: a skein of the limited edition Hedgerow Yarns colourway created for the Christmas Eve Cast-On Kits!

Knitvent KAL

A photo of an FO from any pattern from any year’s Knitvent collection will qualify you for the draw, as long as you began knitting it in November or later. There are two prizes, TBD!

The Snowmelt MKAL is now on sale at an Early Bird Price!

Melt into spring with 8 weeks of knitting, camaraderie and mystery!

It’s that moment between the last slow weeks of winter and the first sweet days of spring. There’s a gentle tension in the air as the thaw begins: the cosy joys of hibernation give way to a pleasant restlessness. Your heart stirs and the sap starts to run. This is a season of growth and change, but it begins quietly, deep in the frozen ground, before the last of the ice has even disappeared.

This time of year feels nearly miraculous. It offers a chance to renew the dreams that have slept for so long beneath a blanket of snow. The earth is preparing to surprise itself again with a wild swell of springtime creativity. It’s a call to adventure and an invitation to stretch our own creative powers. It’s time to uncover what this fresh new season has in store.

You can get all my Snowmelt MKAL news and tips in the lead up when you sign up for my newsletter through the Spindrift Shawl workshop (link in sidebar) or at the bottom of this post, if you don’t want the workshop.

The first clue will be released Thursday Feb. 2nd!

The Not Seen Before MKAL is now on sale.

This MKAL is to benefit the Sight is Life project, which raises money for sight-saving operations in Congo. I spoke to Kristina Vilimaite about the project on the podcast not long ago. The MKAL will feature clues from 7 designers, including me!

The pattern has been released for presale, and the first clue will come out on January 31s. You can also get it by purchasing the Sight is Life eBook. Learn more in the Sight is Life Ravelry Group

Show Links:

Loop

Misti Alpaca

Radiance Shawl

Brooklyn Tweed

Knit British

FiberTrek video podcast

Zero Waste book

Handmade and Woolen video podcast

Clara Parkes The Yarn Whisperer book

My interview with Clara Parkes

Hole and Sons Instagram

My interview with Ben Hole from Hole and Sons

Angelus Novus Cardigan

Blacker Yarn St. Kilda Mini Skein Set

Pebble Beach Shawl

Magic Knot (double knot) how-to video

Blacker Yarn is hosting the BlackerPod KAL!

Here are the details direct from Blacker Yarn:

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

Here are some designs I’ve created in Blacker yarns that you might like to use for the KAL:

Quill Shawl (knit in Blacker Tamar DK weight)

Whispering Island Shawl (knit in Blacker Shetland DK)

Juniper Socks (knit in Blacker Tamar DK weight)

Kindling Hat (knit in Blacker Blue Faced Leister or Blacker West Country Tweed)

Kindling Mitts (knit in Blacker Blue Faced Leister or Blacker West Country Tweed)

You can also get your hands on some Blacker yarn from these stockists:

Meadow Yarn stocks Blacker Tamar in the fingering weight

Suffolk Socks stocks Blacker Tamar in the fingering weight

And in the US The Woolly Thistle stocks Blacker.
The Yarn in The City Podcast is fielding a team for the KAL. I have too much on at the moment to head up a team myself, but I’ll be playing along with my rainbow Pebble Beach!

That’s all for this week! Thanks so much for listening. Happy knitting until next time.

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This week I’m talking about appreciating my stash by using it!

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.

Show Links:

Suffolk Socks Sassy Sock

KAL news:

We have a bunch of KALs going on or about to begin in the Curious Handmade world

We have two active KALs going on just now. The deadline for both is the 31st of January!

Vintage Fairy Light KAL

WIPs, FOs and even chat will qualify you for this draw! Modifications to the pattern are welcome! The prize is very special: a skein of the limited edition Hedgerow Yarns colourway created for the Christmas Eve Cast-On Kits!

Knitvent KAL

A photo of an FO from any pattern from any year’s Knitvent collection will qualify you for the draw, as long as you began knitting it in November or later. There are two prizes, TBD!

Snowmelt MKAL

There is a Mystery Knitalong on the way from Curious Handmade.

Snowmelt MKAL goes on sale Monday January 23rd!

Melt into spring with 8 weeks of knitting, camaraderie and mystery!

It’s that moment between the last slow weeks of winter and the first sweet days of spring. There’s a gentle tension in the air as the thaw begins: the cosy joys of hibernation give way to a pleasant restlessness. Your heart stirs and the sap starts to run. This is a season of growth and change, but it begins quietly, deep in the frozen ground, before the last of the ice has even disappeared.

This time of year feels nearly miraculous. It offers a chance to renew the dreams that have slept for so long beneath a blanket of snow. The earth is preparing to surprise itself again with a wild swell of springtime creativity. It’s a call to adventure and an invitation to stretch our own creative powers. It’s time to uncover what this fresh new season has in store.

Sign up for my newsletter here to get all my Snowmelt MKAL news and tips in the lead up!

The Not Seen Before MKAL has just gone on sale.

This MKAL is to benefit the Sight is Life project, which raises money for sight-saving operations in Congo. I spoke to Kristina Vilimaite about the project on the podcast not long ago. The MKAL will feature clues from 7 designers, including me!

The pattern has just been released for presale, and the first clue will come out on January 31s. You can also get it by purchasing the Sight is Life eBook. Learn more in the Sight is Life Ravelry Group

This time of year brings so many tempting KALs, and right now sock KALs are stealing my attention. There are two I want to take part in:

Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast This is a year-long KAL. Check out the lively hashtag #boxosoxkal2017 on Instagram!

Sock Bash KAL hosted by The Grocery Girls Podcast. This is also a year-long KAL but goes month by month as well, so you can dip in and out as you like. #sockbash2017

That will do us for this week! Thanks so much, and I’ll see you soon. Happy knitting!

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On this episode I talk about the importance of keeping your stash safe from Evil Moth Invaders, with some helpful tips and advice for dealing with this dreaded pest. I also round up some KALs going on right now and some that are just around the corner!

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.

Show Links:

Michelle Wang’s Video Podcast

Holmes Wrap

mYak Yarn

UC IPM Clothes Moth Management Guide

Zen of Making Clothes Moths: How To Save Your Yarn Stash, Fabric, Wardrobe and Sanity During and Infestation

KAL News:

I’m excited to start the Box O’ Sox KAL, hosted by the Yarngasm Podcast

We have two active Curious Handmade KALs going at the moment. The deadline for both is the 31st of January!

Vintage Fairy Light KAL

WIPs, FOs and even chat will qualify you for this draw! Modifications to the pattern are welcome! The prize is very special: a skein of the limited edition Hedgerow Yarns colourway created for the Christmas Eve Cast-On Kits!

Knitvent KAL

A photo of an FO from any pattern from any year’s Knitvent collection will qualify you for the draw, as long as you began knitting it in November or later. There are two prizes, TBD!

Mystery KAL coming soon!

There is a Mystery Knitalong on the way from Curious Handmade…for more details make sure that you’re signed up to our mailing list.(You’ll even get a free shawl pattern as a bonus when you sign up!) In the meantime, have a peek at the Summertide Shawl MKAL we did together in 2015. It will give you a good idea of what to expect

The Not Seen Before MKAL is starting soon.

This MKAL is to benefit the Sight is Life project, which raises money for sight-saving operations in Congo. I spoke to Kristina Vilimaite about the project on the podcast not long ago. The MKAL will feature clues from 7 designers, including me! The pattern hasn’t been released yet, but you can get it by purchasing the Sight is Life eBook. The pattern will also be released individually. Learn more in the Sight is Life Ravelry Group

That’s all for this week! Thanks so much for listening, and happy knitting!

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Today’s episode is such a full one! Events conspired to bring many lovely parcels of yarn through my door, so I’m sharing some of that and letting you know about a heap of fun and exciting events and releases coming up very soon!

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.

Show Links:

Little Skein in The Big Wool

Wooly Wonka Fibers

Knitvent 2016 is available for preorder now at a special earlybird price until November 10th!

  • Knitvent Window 1. will open on Thursday November 10th 2016
  • The collection includes six beautiful accessory patterns, including two designs from guest designer Renee Callahan of East London Knit!
  • Once you’ve purchased the collection, you’ll receive one pattern each week for six weeks, starting Thursday November 10th.
  • The patterns will be delivered automatically to your Ravelry inbox, so opening your message is like peeking behind the window of an advent calendar to see what’s inside!
  • Go ahead and create your first project page ready for when the pattern comes out!
  • Level of difficulty – adventurous beginner to intermediate.
  • Knitters are already chatting in the Knitvent 2016 thread here!

Join us for Knitvent and spoil yourself with six weeks of magical holiday knitting surprises!

Knitvent 2016 is all about the lush beauty of an Alpine forest. As I designed this year’s collection, I drew on all of the wonderful associations of a holiday hidden away in a peaceful mountain reach. The hush of snow settling on pine boughs, the blaze of a glowing sunset disappearing behind the peaks, and the luxurious warmth of basking by a crackling fire in your cosy ski lodge, all wrapped up and relaxed after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

You can make a project page for Knitvent Window #1 now so that you’re all ready to go when the first pattern is revealed on the 10th of November! You can use this fun badge on your project page so that everyone knows you’re in for all the fun!

knitventimin

Yellow Roses Shawl

Hue Loco Yarn

The Hue Loco Podcast

Grocery Girls Podcast

Hue Loco Grocery Girls Collaboration Colourway (it’s sold out, but if you’re curious about how lovely it is!)

Skein Yarn

The Wool Barn

Hooligan Yarns

Hooligan Yarns Instagram

Iara Stole/Shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits

Crafts From The Third Floor Podcast

Norah George Yarn

Yarnporium

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th on The Strand in Kings College London. I’ll be joining A Yarn Story at their stand from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, so drop by and see me and take a look at some of my recent samples I’ve made from The Fibre Company yarn!

Bracile Hat and Cowl Set

The Ice River Hat and Snood I designed for Knitvent 2015

The Sonder Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

La Bien Aimée yarn

Kettle Yarn Co

The Wool Kitchen

The Talisman Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

Pom Pom Quarterly

The Pomcast interview with Rachel Matthews

Herdwick Sheep

Vintage Fairy Lights Kits and Design

Little Bobbins Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Wow! Lots of links this week! I hope you enjoyed this episode. I’ll see you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

CH 140: Fresh Goals

Helen —  September 13, 2016 — Leave a comment
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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 140

Sometimes fresh starts require a little reflection, so today I’m thinking about the goals I had at the beginning of the year, and how I might creatively engage with them in fresh new ways before the year is out.

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.

Blacker Yarns Ad

Blacker Yarns produce a diverse range of breed specific yarn for your knitting and crochet projects. With everything from Shetland and Blue-Faced Leicester through to Wensleydale, Gotland and Manx you’ll be sure to find an unexpected treat. If you are thinking of embarking upon a breed specific adventure, then head over to www.blackeryarns.co.uk. All Blacker’s wares are spun and dyed at their mill in Cornwall using 100% British Fibre and sustainable production methods.”

Show Links:


Yan Tan Tethera

Country House Retreat

Aranmore Yarn by The Fibre Co.

Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway for the #CHRetreatMadeWellAlong

Maria Elena Bliss Project Bags

Times Square Cardigan by Norah Gaughan in Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge yarn.

Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose

Yarniacs Colors of Fall KAL #yarniacscolors2016

Tamar DK by Blacker Yarn

The Wooly Thistle for Tamar DK in America

Spindrift Shawl Free Pattern and Workshop

Spindrift Shawl KAL Thread

Spindrift KAL winners:

April: post 250 eyoung914

May: post 916 TheCarelessCat

June: post 1426: Artephile

July: post 1024 Joels

Aug: post 1851 sgilck

That’s everything for now! Chat to you next week and until then, happy knitting!

CH 139: What’s Fresh?

Helen —  September 9, 2016 — 2 Comments
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I fell in love with the idea of “Fresh Starts” after last week’s episode: the change of seasons is always exciting to me, with endless possibilities opening up. Today I’m chatting about what’s fresh in my knitting world, discussing new routines and new-to-me yarnies, designers, podcasts and patterns.

Show Sponsors:

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What’s in the WIP:

I finished the vanilla socks I was knitting from the delicious Regia Pairfect in the Cheesecake colourway.

I’ve wound my yarn for the Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway for the #CHRetreatMadeWellAlong

Show Links:

Yan Tan Tethera Yarns

The speckley socks that let me discover this lovely yarn

Camp Wilkerson Shawl by Caitlin Hunter

Boyland Knitworks

Dingo Dyeworks Video Podcast

Dingo Dyeworks Instagram

Dingo Dyeworks Episode 8

The Gentle Knitter Video Podcast

Stranded Magazine

Stranded “Mild Weather” Issue

Double Knit Podcast

Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel

Tupshin KAL, running September 1st to 30th

The Shawl Society Update

I’ve released the 4th pattern in The Shawl Society, Quill

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Quill is available now as part of The Shawl Society: buy the ebook here: The Shawl Society

The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Dream dictionaries say that to dream of writing with a quill pen “symbolizes the way you view your creative process — slow, methodical, beautiful, and not very technological.” For me, that lines up beautifully with the way I approach my knitting, and the way I imagine the Quill shawl in the world.

Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture. It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. Tamar DK yarn from Blacker Yarns is a soft, squishy DK weight with rustic charm and a sophisticated colour palette. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. A generous helping of local Cornish mule lambs’ fleece gives this yarn extra bounce and give.

Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.

Tamar DK by Blacker Yarn

Acadia by The Fibre Co

Asana KAL winners

Winner of the Eden Cottage Yarn: Post #101 by tucker-doory on Ravelry

Winner of The Uncommon Thread Yarn: Post #89 by fatpieceofwool on Ravelry

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

The Autumn Country House retreat is coming up quickly. The last few places are available to book, and we’d love to see you there.Cast on your own Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join the fun. It’s going to be a very special weekend, and it’s the perfect place to relax into creativity with likeminded knitters and some spectacular scenery. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting.