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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 76

Join me today as I chat with with Vicki Hillman, Fashion Stylist. We talk about original and classic ways to style all those beautiful handmade shawls that we spend so many hours creating. Vicki talks about novel ways to wrap and wear a shawl, knitting patterns that reflect current trends, and how to pair shawls with fashion items for a timeless and unmistakable style.

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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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

This episode is also sponsored by The Fibre Company and their lovely yarn, Arcadia.

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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.

KAL News

Pebble Beach KAL, hosted by the wonderful Paula from Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group, is cranking out amazing FOs. We’re even starting to see some of the new sizes rolling in, which is so exciting. With the deadline off on the horizon (July 5th) there’s lots of time left, and new people are constantly joining. If you’d like to be one of them, there are a couple of easy rules and pointers:

  • Any Curious Handmade pattern qualifies

  • Did you begin or even finish the object before the start date? No problem!

  • Don’t forget that there’s a Ravelry coupon code: use KPKAL30 for 30% off until May 31st

  • The hashtag for WIPs and FOs is #pebblebeachKAL. It’s so great to see all the projects on the go!

Muse2 KAL Just a way for everyone to join in on the Muse Connection buzz, from anywhere in world. I’m participating and having a ball, and there’s another month to go (it runs until the 30th of June) so jump in with us! FOs just need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

Hashtag #muse2KAL for WIPs and FOs!

What’s in the WIP?

Rachel Coopey’s Oleum socks for the Muse 2 KAL are still on the go! And as I mention on the show, there’s a new shawl pattern on the way…

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Fashion-friendly patterns that Vicki and I discussed:

Greco by Courtney Spainhower

Emma Boatneck Jumper from the Country Escape book by MillaMia

Farmhouse Shawl by cabinfour

Pomelo knit bag by Clare Lakewood

Pure shawl by cabinfour

If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in to YAK Yarn and Knitting Brighton 27th of June, when I’ll be visiting for a little Pebble Beach trunk show!

I talked about the new shawl pattern that’s on the way very soon! It was inspired by the magnificent Hole and Sons wool which sold out in minutes when it was released this year, but I’m making up samples in some wonderful and easier-to-source yarns as well:

Blacker Yarns Shetland DK

Acadia by the Fibre Company

That wraps up the notes for this week’s show! Thanks for listening, and happy knitting.

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Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat Podcast special

 

I recently attended the Knitting Pipeline retreat hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle, held at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Centre – about 1½ hours drive from Atlanta in Georgia.

In this episode you can hear a collection of interviews with some of the retreat attendees as well as a chat I had with Paula a few days after the retreat when we had returned home and had time to reflect on the event.

You will also hear music by Dianne and Missy playing the ukelele.

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Craftsy is a great resource for classes and articles on a range of crafts. I have personally benefited from watching several classes that I’ve mentioned on the show including Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter, The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits by Anne Hanson and most recently mentioned Know your Yarn by Clara Parkes.

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Paula and I are both Craftsy affiliates so if you purchase a class after first clicking on the Craftsy links or buttons on our sites, we receive a small commission for spreading the word.

Paula also hosts a Craftsy-Along  on her Ravelry Knitting Pipeline board if you would like to chat about the classes you’re doing.

Now, let me take you back to a beautiful state park in Georgia where a bunch of knitters went to hang out for a few days.

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You can find more information about Paula’s Knitting Pipeline retreats on her website and Ravelry group.

Vendors at the Retreat Market were:

Maria Elena Bliss

Jan B Smiley 

Prairie Bag Works

Copper Corgi Yarn

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Channelling Stephen West in Georgia

Photography: Sue Wilkins, Sue Witkin, Pauline Wall, Helen Stewart

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 71

This week I’m continuing the discussion of yarn, glorious yarn, talking about what I’m working on in What’s in the WIP and announcing a new knit along.

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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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished and blocked my Pebble Beach Shawl that I cast on at Unwind Brighton last year in Skein Australia yarn in Cashmere Fingering in the Sea Salt colour.

I’ve also been knitting my magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl – it’s completely addictive!

Pebble Beach Shawl – Two More Sizes

My Pebble Beach Shawl pattern will soon be re-released with two more sizes.

I’m aiming for release date of 5 May 2015.

If you already have the pattern in your library you will automatically receive an update with the new sizes.

I’m currently testing and finalizing photos and pattern.

The new sizes are knit in yarn by The Uncommon Thread.

Knitting Pipeline Pebble Beach KAL

Paula at Knitting Pipeline is hosting a KAL of my designs to celebrate the relaunch of Pebble Beach.

Yarn, Glorious Yarn! 

This week I am talking about Shetland Yarn.

Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0

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Jamieson’s of Shetland

Jamieson and Smith – See their blog for a wealth of interesting information

KnitBritish Hap Along hosted by Louise

Meet My Yarn KAL

Challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group here by creating a swatch in April

It could be for a specific project or it could be for the joy of taking some yarn for a walk!

Tell us about the yarn, the qualities – if it is a specific breed, any special story about the yarn and what you discover about it from your swatching.

My hope is that it will encourage reluctant swatchers to give it a try and for enthusiastic swatchers to show off their work!

This week in the KAL AlpakkaAnna shared an interesting story about her swatch using special Swedish yarn.

She also mentioned Louvre by Hinterm Stein – an Austrian designer.

 

The Fibre Company Cumbria

I’m really excited to share that the KAL will be sponsored by The Fibre Company and their new Cumbria yarn. Here is some more information about it:

“Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the  masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.”

“I began the product development process for Cumbria during the time that I was organizing my move to the UK. I was drawn towards including fibre from an English sheep breed in the blend. There were many to research and consider, but eventually I was attracted to and settled on the beautiful brown wool from the Masham sheep, which is a crossbreed between a Teeswater ram and either a Swaledale or Dalesbred ewe.  The Teeswater is on the “vulnerable” list of rare breed sheep that is published and watched by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.”

While this yarn won’t be available to the public until later this summer around August – knit along participants will have a chance to win an exclusive pre-release skein of this special yarn.

Don’t forget to join in the KALs and the Instagram game this week!

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