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Curious Handmade Podcast with Clara Parkes

Today I have a special guest on the show to wrap up yarn month in a perfect fiber-y package. Clara Parkes is joining me to talk about …yarn! What else?!

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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 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.

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Knitting Pipeline Pebble Beach KAL

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

Muse Connection 2 KAL – Beginnings

A Playful Day Kate and I are hosting a KAL starting today – join in on the Muse Connection Ravelry Group

Meet My Yarn KAL

Where I challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group here by creating a swatch in by 14 May – the deadline was extended by two weeks.

This KAL is sponsored by Cumbria yarn by The Fibre Company

Clara Parkes, Yarn Whisperer interview

Knitter’s Review

Clara Yarn


Benjamin Hole – Hole and Sons Yarn

Make sure you listen to the episode to hear how to win a precious skein of Clara Yarn Cormo 1.0

 

 

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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

http://www.knittingpipeline.com/

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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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 70

This week I’m talking about the Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat, latest projects including the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl and some interesting yarn.

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Meadow Yarn

 

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

TheFibreCo_Logo CH

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.

Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat

I’m just back from Paula’s Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat and I had a wonderful time.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished the knitting of 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 also created a magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and cast on for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl

I have it in my gorgeous brand new Maria Elena Bliss project bag

Yarn Glorious Yarn

The Field Guide to Fleece

Istex Léttlopi available at Meadow Yarn

Hole & Sons Poll Dorset

Ana’s tips from Portugal (Malhadeira on Ravelry) 

1. Rosários4 and the “Economia Verde” (Green Economy) show that Ana worked on is here in Portugese (just 3 mins – interesting even if you can’t understand the Portugese :-))

2. “Portuguese Yarn Club”

Includes yarn by Paula from Dyed By Alfinete

3. O Oficio and Saber Fazer

Manta yarn and Ana’s swatch for the Meet my Yarn KAL

Don’t forget to post a swatch in the Meet My Yarn KAL! Its a very doable KAL and you could win an exclusive skein of The Fibre Company Cumbria yarn that hasn’t even hit the shops yet!

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 67

This week I talk about my visit to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015, What’s in the WIP?, a review of The Bletchley Collection and announce details of the Muse Connection Volume 2.

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Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn  meadowyarn.co.uk

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

The next gathering will be on Sunday 21 June at The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross London.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow!

Look out for more details on the blog here.

Also did you see that Kate is giving away a goodie bag from the Muse Connection Volume 1 over at A Playful Day?

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Highlights from my brief visit to the festival include (in no particular order)

As usual I didn’t get to see as many people as I would have liked but did have chat’s with some wonderful fibre people

Laura at Laura’s Loom

Julie at Tilly Flop

Tilly Flop at EYF

Black Bat (rare British breed wool)

Black Bat EYF

Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin at the Crochet Project

Daphne at The Fibre Company

The Fibre Company at EYF

Victoria at Eden Cottage Yarn

Eden Cottage Yarn EYF 2015

Lydia and Amy at Pom Pom Quarterly

Pom Pom Quarterly at EYF

Ysolda and Stephen West

Stephen West and Ysolda EYF
I also had a wonderful chat with Yarn Whisperer Clara Parkes who travelled all the way from Maine to join in the fun!

The Bletchley Collection by Joanne Scrace 

Electronic copies available on Ravelry

Printed copies available at Eden Cottage Yarn

Knit and crochet designs by Joanne Scrace (Not So Granny)

I meant to mention on the podcast that this book has been beautifully laid out by Clare Devine and the presentation is really clear and clean.

The Bletchley Collection