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Today’s podcast is a nice chatty catch up…I have some updates about how my 18 in 2018 projects are going, including one I got to tick off the list this week. I also have a new shawl design and some Shawl Society news to share with you. I’m having a good time stalking a project that the fabulous Countess Ablaze has started as well as a few new entries on the fantasy knitting queue.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk

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The 2nd shawl of The Shawl Society Season III has been released! I’d like to introduce the Ivy Over The Door Shawl 

There are so many magical moments in the story of The Secret Garden, and one of the most poignant of all is the scene where Mary follows the robin along the garden walls to the hidden doorway. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the passage in the book where she lifts the “swinging curtain of ivy” to find the entrance to the silent, sleeping garden, the thrill of the discovery never fades. I don’t think it is happenstance that this instant of revelation is instigated by the little bird. The Robin is lonely Mary’s first friend, and in The Secret Garden, making friends and coming alive are two sides of the same coin. Once she steps through that door, both Mary and the garden begin to grow.

The Ivy Over The Door is a bold statement shawl, with simple but impressive lace and texture designed to evoke the romance and mystery of the secluded garden. If you look closely you can see the twining vines and leaves of ivy and the weathered old door worked into the two colour blocks. This generous rectangular wrap is large but so easy to wear: an ideal shape for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit and perfect for wrapping tightly around you when the winds blow as wild as a summer storm on the Yorkshire Moors.

The sample was knit with Meadow Yarn Hain and the special colours that Anj at Meadow Yarn created for this shawl are still available as “dyed to order” kits and will be dispatched between 5 to 7 day.

Since these are larger shawls this season, I have made the mini KAL deadlines for each mini KAL about 2 months apart instead of one!

Maytham KAL ends 31 July
Ivy Over The Door KAL ends 31 August
3rd shawl KAL ends 30 Sept
4th shawl KAL ends 31 Oct
5th shawl KAL ends 30 Nov
6th shawl KAL/Grand KAL end 31 Dec

The Tits Out Collective Colourway – Countess Ablaze

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There are still three weeks left in the Summertide MKAL, but since the last clue came out last week, we’re already starting to see some breathtaking FOs! (spoiler alert!!)

This has been one of the most exciting KALs we’ve ever done: so many projects, so much camaraderie, and an incredible buzz. Now that the finish line is in sight, I wanted to take a moment to thank the amazing sponsors who have contributed some delicious prizes. I think all the eventual winners will be thrilled.

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Skein Australia is providing two skeins of their gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. Kristen is such an artist, and her yarn was very popular with participants. The guest post she did for us about pairing colours really got the creative juices going and will continue to be a great resource even after the MKAL is officially finished.

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Meadow Yarn, our much-loved podcast sponsor and a loyal supporter of Curious Handmade. They stepped it up yet again with a generous £50 Gift Voucher. Anj also contributed a brilliant guest post on colour pairings and there are many beautiful Tosh Merino Light Summertide Shawls nearing completion.
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Maria Elena Bliss creates wonderful project bags. She’s giving us an XL Bliss Bag. One lucky knitter will have the perfect place to store their big wooly winter project!

We all get into KALs for the fun and support, but special prizes like this just add so much to the energy. I can’t thank my sponsors enough for their generosity. So if you haven’t finished yet, get knitting! One of these beauties could be yours!

Today we welcome the very talented Anj from Meadow Yarn. She spends her days surrounded by some of the most amazing yarns on the planet, and all that beauty has given her a wonderful eye for colour. As you know, Tosh Merino Light is one of the recommended yarns for the Summertide Shawl MKAL. Meadow Yarns stocks this wonderful stuff, and Anj agreed to give us her favourite ideas of colour combinations for your lovely mystery shawl. Thank you so much Anj!
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I love seeing new colour combinations and choosing for the pure love of the colours rather than choosing to knit something for myself and having to consider boring issues like whether they actually suit me (or match my coat) is incredibly liberating! I’ve tried to find a range of combinations from subtle neutrals through sophisticated tonal variations to downright zingy contrasts…
Vermillion & Courbet’s Green Vermillion is an outrageously saturated cherry/raspberry red that just sings alongside the subtly tonal Courbet’s Green… I think this might be my favourite and it might even match my coat!
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Aura & Thyme – Gentle, perfectly complimentary pastel shades of blue & green… what could be more lovely…
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Robin Red Breast & Astrid Grey – Astrid Grey is a soft warm grey that works beautifully with Autumnal shades and Robin Redbreast is a great tonal russet red.
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Oceana & Chamomile – This is a fabulous combination and one day I might be brave enough to wear it! Oceana is a vivid azure, an idyllic Meditteranean sky and Chamomile is the sunflowers growing beneath it…
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Manor & Button Jar Blue – Both tonally complimentary, yet with fabulous contrast. Manor is a complex melange of forest greens and teal tones and Button Jar is the ever-popular bright turquoise that is much loved by Madtosh fans, it’s a winning combination…
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Kitten and Paper are a perfectly subtle pairing. Kitten is a complex neutral ranging from steel through greige to the pale parchment highlights that are picked out perfectly by the flat off-white alabaster of Paper.
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There, something for every knitter… now I just have to decide which colour combination to use for my own Summertide!
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Another big thanks to Meadow Yarn! Has one of these stolen your heart? We’ll be discussing colour choices and more on the Ravelry thread, so come join us. I’m going to be giving away 10 free copies of the Summertide Shawl Pattern, and everyone who posts in the thread will be automatically entered in the draw!