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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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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:

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.

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.

CH 138: Fresh Starts

Helen —  September 2, 2016 — Leave a comment
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Today’s episode is about the feeling of freshness and excitement that comes with the change of the seasons. I have itchy fingers and a serious case of Cast-on-itis, and  I’m enjoying every minute.

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.

A Yarn Story

Located on charming Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter is A Yarn Story. Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Major yarn and accessories brands include Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh, Shibui Knits, ChiaoGoo and Cocoknits – and of course many more! Start creating your own yarn story…

What’s in the WIP:

About to cast off an enormously fun and very quick pair of vanilla socks using Regia Pairfect in the Cheesecake colourway

Just cast on another pair of socks using Lollipop sock yarn in the Downton Abbey colourway

Wound my yarn for the Pure Joy shawl by Joji Locatelli using my beloved Juno

Getting ready to swatch for my Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway.

I need to finish my Times Square Cardigan by Norah Gaughan which I am knitting from the Fibre Company’s gorgeous Knightsbridge yarn.

The Shawl Society Update

Blacker Yarn’s Tamar DK

You can find Tamar in the US from The Wooly Thistle

The three shawls that have been released so far are:

Talisman

Amulet

Asana

There are three more surprise patterns to come. If you’d like to join in, all you need to do is buy The Shawl Society eBook on Ravelry here.
The mini Asana KAL is incredibly inspiring to watch, and we have some beautiful prizes this time from Eden Cottage Yarn and The Uncommon Thread. There are a couple more days to post your finished shawl to the FO thread to be in the running. The deadline is September 4th. Remember that even if you finish after the deadline, you should still post your FOs, as we’ll be drawing prizes for the overall TSS KAL in November!

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

The Autumn Country House retreat is on the way in just under seven weeks, and we’re all getting very excited. There are still a couple of twin share places available to book, and we’d love to have you along. Cast on your own Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join the fun, The retreat is being sponsored by The Fibre Company, so you know there will be some very special treats for the attendees. It’s a wonderful opportunity to nourish your creative spirit, make some steadfast knitting friends, and just take a break from everyday life. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

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Today’s episode is a bit of a catch up. We’re home from our holidays and starting to think about routines, and school, and new knitting projects.

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.

A Yarn Story

Located on charming Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter is A Yarn Story. Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Major yarn and accessories brands include Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh, Shibui Knits, ChiaoGoo and Cocoknits – and of course many more! Start creating your own yarn story…

Show Links:

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Slow Your Home Podcast

Little Bobbins Podcast Episode 52

Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

Join the KAL on Instagram with the hashtag #chretreatmadewellalong

Circus Tonic Yarn

Eden Cottage Yarn Oakworth in Pennine Mist

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

http://www.loveknitting.com/

http://www.lovecrochet.com/

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton

MillaMia Knitting Patterns

Malabrigo Arroyo

Reggia Pairfect from Suffolk Socks

Shawl Society News:

The mini KAL for TSS pattern #3 Asana ends on the 4th of September. Be sure to post your finished shawls to the FO thread. If you don’t make the deadline, post it anyway! I’ll be drawing from all the threads at the big overall KAL in November. The yarn hints for #4 have gone out to TSS members! Who’s ready for the next one?

Blacker Yarn Tamar DK

The Woolly Thistle

Sonja’s helpful Tamar post in the Ravelry Group

Join The Shawl Society here.

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

We still have a few twin share places available and a single room is now available also for the Autumn Country House retreat , which I mentioned in the podcast. Do you want to knit a Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join us? It’s going to be a magnificent weekend of cosy fireside cats, ridiculous amounts of tasty food, and unlimited knitting. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

That’s all for this week! Happy knitting, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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Today I talk about next-level stash appreciation: loving all your precious leftover scraps! I chat about some great ideas and patterns for scrap yarn and share how my Design Your Summer project worked 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.

A Yarn Story

Located on charming Walcot Street in the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter is A Yarn Story. Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Major yarn and accessories brands include Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh, Shibui Knits, ChiaoGoo and Cocoknits – and of course many more! Start creating your own yarn story…

Show Links:

Beekeeper Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits

Cozy Memories Blanket How-To

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

Log Cabin Scrap Yarn Blanket Pattern

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Philipp

Magic Cake Shawl by Paula  Emons-Fuessel

Twinkle Twinkle Blanket

Scrapalong Hat by Wooly Wormhead

Penguono by Stephen West

Natalie Miller Weaving

Pom Pom Garlands

I mentioned a few Creativebug classes in this episode:

Crochet Techniques For Knitters by Cal Patch

For many knitters, the thought of setting down your needles and picking up a crochet hook is a daunting one. But once you learn how to wield a crochet hook, it can become an important skill to have in your knitting bag of tricks. Cal Patch teaches some of the most common ways that crochet can be used in combination with knitting — to add a button band to a sweater, join seams, add length to a garment, create a decorative picot or scalloped edging, and make fun applique embellishments, to name a few. Not only is this information practical, but it will provide you with creative inspiration for adding new and exciting finishing touches to your knitting.

Cal also has a very fun crochet granny squares class which is perfect for crochet beginners. The best part is that she includes lots of fun ways to use just a few squares, so you don’t need to commit to a whole blanket if that’s too overwhelming.

Gaga for Granny Squares by Cal Patch

Granny squares are a must for any crochet repertoire. Whether you choose to make your grannies multi-colored for a vintage look or a solid for a more modern take, Cal shows you how to crochet these classics. She also teaches different ways to join the squares for different projects so you’ll be a granny square evangelist in no time.

There are several weaving classes on Creativebug, and this one seems like a great place to start:

Weaving for Beginners by Annabel Wrigley

Learn the basics of making one-of-a-kind woven tapestries with Annabel Wrigley. This course goes beyond simple warp-and-weft weaving, teaching you how to add long, dramatic fringe, color-blocked shapes, fluffy clouds of wool roving, and loads of texture and color. Best of all, Annabel teaches you how to mix and match all of these techniques so that you can design a unique tapestry of your own in any size you like.


The Shawl Society is all wrapped up in our third pattern, Asana. The most breathtaking finished objects are already showing up in the Ravelry thread! The mini KAL for this shawl ends on Sept 4th, so there’s still time to enter for one of those prizes. If you’d prefer to take your time, remember that I’ll be drawing overal KAL prizes from all the FO threads in November. We still have new members joining us all the time, so if you aren’t a member yet, maybe it’s time to take the plunge!

Join The Shawl Society here.

That wraps up the Summer Series! Until next week, happy knitting!

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This is a special episode recorded from my holiday campervan! Today I’m talking about some discoveries I’ve made on vaction about travelling with kids, chatting about the next Shawl Society pattern, and reviewing a gorgeous book I picked up in my travels.

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Shawl Society Update:

Amulet Mini KAL Winners:

#55 LyKnitDFW won the $30 gift certificate from Lola Blue Living donated by Marce from  Brownberry Chronicles!
#129 KniLa won the Gradient Set from Seven Sisters Arts!
Today I’m introducing Asana, the third Shawl Society pattern! This design will be unveiled tomorrow. This marks the halfway point of the Shawl Society. I can’t believe it’s flying by so fast! It’s still not too late to join us.

Asana Shawl

A gentle crescent shawl with flowing lace and garter sections, Asana is a lovely special occasion shawl, whether you’re preparing for one magical day or making an ordinary day magical through a bit of mindfulness. Optional beads add a flicker of light to its soft textures and quiet curves. Designed for lace or fingering weight yarn, it is delicate and light enough to wear even in the warmer months.

In yoga, Asana means “a position that is firm, but relaxed.” This attitude should be familiar to anyone who has ever learned to knit, or tried a new technique just outside of your comfort zone. Gritting your teeth and clenching your hands around your needles never helps. This shawl is a higher level of difficulty than the previous Shawl Society patterns: the lace is a bit more challenging and there are four rows where you are knitting lace rows on the wrong side. The actual stitches aren’t difficult, but you need to be in meditation mode (not multitasking mode!). Concentration, relaxation and focus will get you through to the graceful result you want.

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Short and sweet show notes this week: that’s everything! Happy knitting!