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Ch 164

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!

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.

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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!

CH 80: with Norah Gaughan

Helen —  June 24, 2015 — 32 Comments
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Episode 8o with Norah Gaughan

Photo © Norah Gaughan

This conversation with Norah Gaughan is a really special one. Norah is an incredibly accomplished knitwear designer who has been sharing her patterns with the world since the age of 17. After a long time on staff at Berroco she has recently gone independent, but her workload has not slowed down even a little bit! She is constantly partnering with some of the biggest names in the yarn world to bring out a steady supply of amazing designs which play with shape, colour, and construction. Having her on the show was such an honour. She talks about developing her new collection with The Fibre Company and shares so many insights into how she conceives, designs, and creates her ground-breaking patterns. If you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find this conversation incredibly inspiring.

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their very wonderful Acadia yarn.

 

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

One of my Whispering Island Shawl samples was knit in Acadia, and it’s just a wonderful yarn to work with, on every level. You can buy Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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, the Fibre Co and many more.

KAL News

Pebble Beach KAL

Just a little while left in this one, but people are still adding beautiful FOs every day! If you’ve somehow missed this one, but have ever knit one of my patterns, you can still enter until the 5th of July. Just post a photo in the FO thread, and you’re in!

Muse 2 KAL

The KAL is about to wrap up – be sure to get your entries in by 30 June.  I’m still working on my Rachel Coopey Oleum socks. I don’t know if I’ll make that deadline, but I should have them finished for the Summer of Socks KAL in the Coop Knits group! Double dipping in KALs is the best.

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The patterns we discussed in detail from the Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Company collections were:

Times Square

Skyscraper

Oporto

Atonium

Metropolis

District

You can find the entire gorgeous collection on Ravelry here.

Norah is also designing some really special pieces for Brooklyn Tweed these days, and we specifically mention her pattern

Chainlink

She’s always busy with yarn shop appearances and teaching engagements, which you can find on her events page. If you’re lucky enough to be nearby any of these opportunities, I highly recommend you check them out!

We’re also giving you a chance to win pattern of your choice from Norah’s new collection with The Fibre Company. Be sure to listen to the end of the episode to find out how!

As I mentioned, tomorrow I’ll be doing a little trunk show for Pebble Beach  in Brighton  at YAK with The Uncommon Thread. June 27th from 2 to 5.

That’s all our notes for this episode! Thank you so much for joining us, and happy knitting!

Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads

Helen —  February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Last week I shared a bumper list of tutorials and inspiring resources for your sweater knitting. This week I wanted to share a book with you that I find particularly inspiring.

Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads: A Modern Knitter's Guide to Exploring and Discovering Style by Cirilia Rose

Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads by Cirilia Rose is a gorgeous collection of knitwear and a book I’ve really enjoyed dipping into since I bought it last year. Cirilia describes the book as ‘a modern knitter’s guide to discovering and exploring style’ so this goes beyond sweaters to knit and offers tips on how to develop your personal style as well.

Details I love about this book:

Photography- Jared Flood is the photographer for the book and as a result, it is really beautifully presented and details are easy to see. (all photos included in this feature are Jared’s)

Style notes- Cirilia shares details about her professional experience in with styling (she used to work for Berroco), her stylist for this book and lots of great tips in a section she calls ‘Think Like a Stylist’. From organising your wardrobe to dressing up your knits, Cirilia includes great ideas that will help you really showcase your handmade sweaters.

The title of the book also indicates three distinct themes that the patterns are grouped by. Magpies are collectors and this section contains patterns to use your special skeins of stash yarn. Homebodies are patterns for us introverts and includes a cosy selection of designs for hunkering down with your knitting (and possibly a podcast?! Although Cirilia doesn’t mention that). And finally, Nomads. The final section of the book is inspired by the theme of nomads, taking inspiration and ideas from our travels. As many of you will know, this is a theme I’ve been inspired by for years and can really relate to the creativity that springs from journeys.

Sweaters I love:

Isla cardigan

Isla Cardigan– This is a cute DK weight cardigan that’s really lady like with a high waist feature. I just love the details and texture to this cardigan and think it would look fabulous with a dress or skirt.

Gezell coat

Gezell Coat- This oversized shape is a big trend in knitwear right now and very recognisable here in London. This aran weight jacket looks just like an image from The Sartorialist! I also love the bobbles that line the bottom of the jacket, a little touch of femininity.

Jordaan Cape

Jordaan Cape- This piece is really fun with it’s unusual shape and pops of on trend neon. I love that Cirilia questions how wearable ponchos are and updates her favourite trend with something a bit more practical and knitted.

Rekya Pullover

Rekya Pullover- This is another cute sweater that falls into a more causal look I think. Cirilia draws her inspiration from her many trips to Iceland and uses Lopi (sponsor Meadow Yarn link) to create a warm and wearable hoodie.

studio pullover

Studio Pullover- This is so much fun! I loved reading about the process behind this sweater, it’s many iterations and how Cirilia experimented with different ideas and motifs before settling on this final design that she includes in the book. It’s a really creative and vibrant sweater.

My Final Thoughts:

I love inspirational books that invite me to reflect on my knitting and help me develop skills beyond the basics. With this book there is a rich supply of techniques but also ideas for developing your own personal style and making the best of all your knitwear. This is an inspiring, heartwarming book whether you are a homebody or a nomad.

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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.

A quick walk around my neighbourhood confirmed that winter is well and truly here with everyone bundled in winter coats, boots and cosy accessories. The shops are filling up with Christmas decorations and there’s fairy lights decorating the streets of London. It’s all very festive and reminded me that the holidays are well and truly arriving so this week’s pattern seems perfectly timed.

Crisp and Even Cowl

The Crisp and Even Cowl is the perfect neck warmer for those cozy nights by the fire or a cold, relaxing walk before scurrying home to tuck excited children to bed. The blocks of colour make this an easily customisable cowl for all the family and cables mean a little extra warmth and a little more interest in the knitting. Worked up in aran (worsted) weight yarn, this is a quick cowl too — perfect for those last minute gifts you forgot about or a sudden falling of fresh snow.

The Crisp and Even Cowl pattern contains 3 size options:

Crisp and Even Cowl

Small- 16″ circumference, 6.5″ width. (Shown here in Milla Mia Naturally Soft Aran [100% Wool, 80m/87yds per 50g ball], Colour A is Pink Glaze, Colour B is Teal).

Crisp and Even Cowl

Medium- 24″ Circumference, 10″ width. (Shown here in Malabrigo Worsted [100% Merino Wool, 198m/210 yds per 100g skein], colour A is Bergamotta and Colour B is Geranio).

Crisp and Even Cowl

Large- 48″ Circumference, 10″ width. (Shown here in Rowan Creative Focus Worsted [75% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 200m/220yds per 100g ball], colour A is Magenta and Colour B is Charcoal Heather).

This week’s special treat comes in the form of a giveaway and an extended special offer. To win a ball of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted, please leave a comment on the pattern page for the Crisp and Even Cowl tell me who you’d love to knit this squishy cowl for. I will draw for the winner on Sunday 30 November so be sure to leave your comment by then.

Rowan Creative Focus Worsted

Also, due to the overwhelming responses and continued requests I’ve received, I’ll be offering Knitvent 2013 for free once again when you purchase Knitvent 2014. That’s a total of 13 gorgeous patterns including my incredibly popular Red Robin Shawl for £9.80. This offer will end Sunday 30th November 2014. (Just put both collections in your Ravelry shopping cart and the offer will be automatically applied).

CH 46: Colour Theory and Knitting

Helen —  October 17, 2014 — 3 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 46

 

I’m talking about colour theory in the 10,000 hours segment and how it can help knitters choose yarn for multicoloured projects.

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.

10,000 Hours – Colour Theory

I’m definitely not an expert on colour theory but I wanted to share a few tips that I have learnt recently that might really help you with colour choices for knitting projects.

There are some gorgeous multicoloured projects around such as Veera Valimaki’s Colour Affection shawl and of course lots of Stephen West’s shawls and garments including his new mystery shawl.

Does anyone else have as much trouble as I do choosing colour combinations for these type of projects?

Back in June I did a Colour Theory class with Amy Hendrix founder of madelinetosh and it really ignited my interest in colour theory. I have always LOVED colour on a kind of emotional and intuitive level but having even just a tiny amount of theory is proving to be invaluable.

My prompt for talking about this today is the Global Nomad pieces from the Dream Big Collection.

Back in May I released the Global Nomad Cowl and this week I released the Global Nomad Handwarmers both in grey and yellow (grello!) and both knit in madelinetosh yarn

Global Nomad Cowl was knit in madelinetosh tosh sock Composition Book Grey and Chamomile

Global Nomad Handwarmers were knit in madelinetosh tosh DK (bought recently from our sponsor Meadow Yarn shop in Charcoal and Winter Wheat

Global Nomad Cowl and Handwarmers

Colour theory definitions

Hue = “colour” e.g.  yellow and red

Hues mixed with white are tints, those mixed with grey are tones, and those mixed with black are shades.

Value = Lightness and darkness

Trick is to take a picture in greyscale on your phone. If you have an iphone there are three different B&W filters and after some research I think that the mono is best to use.

Saturation = the purity of a colour

Hues mixed with white are tints, those mixed with grey are tones, and those mixed with black are shades.

Resources mentioned:

Colour Theory with Jared Jared Flood on the Brooklyn Tweed blog

Colourlovers – a colour community and has some fun tools.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Knitty article

Knit FM Episode 9 Hanna Fettig and Pam Allen talk about choosing colours for the Quince and Co yarn lines

DKAL Announcement

If you’re participating in the Curious Collective DKAL – don’t forget to post your finished shawl by this Sunday 19th October. And I’ll be drawing for the prizes next week.

The sponsor is Juno Fibre Arts.

Are you on Instagram yet? Join in the fun and the amazing yarny knitting community there!

Play the instagram game and tag me with a pic of where you’re watching the podcast.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 44

I’m talking to my special guest and good friend Vicki Hillman, fashion stylist about the trends in knitwear for the Autumn/Winter 2014 season.

Trends we discussed:

Sweater Dresses

Pinterest board: Sweater Dresses

Chunky Hats and Scarves and Texture

Pinterest board: Chunky Hats and Scarves

Knitted Trousers

Pinterest board: Knitted Trousers

Fabulous fluffy pom poms can be found at TOFT Alpaca

Giveaway

AlpakkaAnna’s comment about holiday knitting got me thinking about how many of us, me included love to knit gifts for family and friends but often find it a bit of a challenge.

I am planning a wonderful Knitvent collection for you again this year so I’m really curious this week to know –

What is it about gift/holiday knitting that you find most difficult?

Anyone who leaves a comment below by 9 October 2014 to help me understand the challenges of holiday knitting will go in the draw for a skien of divine Madeline Tosh Prairie in the Posy colour. This is the yarn I used to knit my Cloud Wrap with.

Curious Handmade Podcast giveaway