Archives For Stash Appreciation

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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.

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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 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…

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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 week I’m introducing the newest Shawl Society pattern and chatting about my stash and my “fantasy knitting queue.”

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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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Happier Podcast Designing Your Summer Episode 67

Little Bobbins Podcast

Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Blue Sky Alpaca Yarn

Copper Corgi

Juno Fibre Arts Yarn

50 Shades of Gradient

The Shawl Society News:

This week I released the 2nd secret pattern from The Shawl Society: the Amulet Shawl.

Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm. The elongated triangle shape of this shawl recalls the scarab’s wings, which are also echoed in the graphically striking rib section. The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.

The pattern has two sizes and can be knit with one colour or two. Optional beads add a bit of sparkle for special occasions!
There is a mini KAL running for Amulet until and the prizes are amazing:
1. Seven Sisters Arts is giving one of her beautiful Gradient Sets to one of the winners! I’m obsessed with the Ravens Wing gradient.

2. Marce of the wonderful Brown Berry Chronicles podcast has generously donated a $30 gift certificate to the luxury eco skin-care company Lola Blue Living.

The Shawl Society patterns are exclusive to members until the end of this session in November, but it’s not too late to join! There’s an overall KAL running until then too, with lots more prizes on the way.

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Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time. The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE
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This week I answer a question about how and when you should wind yarn and the best ways to store you stash safely. I also talk about the WIPs I’m whipping through and a special way that knitters are getting together to change the world for the better.

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Pukka lemongrass and ginger tea

Stash Appreciation Ravelry Thread

Morning on the Dock Podcast

Craftsy articles:

To Wind or Not To Wind: How to Store Yarn

 How to Wind Yarn into a Ball

 Winding videos:

Really nice clear video on how to HAND wind a centre pull ball on WEBS yarn.com

Paula from the Knitting Pipeline winding yarn with a Scandinavian tool called a Nøstepinne.

Using a winding tool– thick needle or pencil

Or a turkey baster.

Sock Blockers:

Wire from Loop

Knit Pro from Suffolk Socks

If you want to order some custom oak sock blockers from Ginger Twist – just email Jess to inquire!

New needles:

Knitpro Zing from Meadow Yarn

Circular Addi Lace Needles from Meadow Yarn

What’s in the WIP?

Monkey Socks Finished! Immensely satisfying after nine years!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel:  I’m ready to cast on with Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds

Oleum Socks by Rachel Coopey in John Arbonne Exmoor Sock I realised I have gauge problems, so I’m going to have to frog.

A new secret design (!!) using Copper Corgi’s Gradient in Peacock (and I’m also tempted by Pink Hot Chocolate) but I’m prototyping in Blue Sky Alpaca

Upcoming Events

Three Things For Yarn Love. I was listening to Episode 29 of the Yarn of The City and they’re starting a bit of a movement.The idea is to have everyone declare three things they want to do for the yarn and fibre community around the world. The hashtag is #3thingsforyarnlove and I’m really excited to take part. So far, I’ve come up with:

1. Support Patty Joy, the creator of the  Fish Lips Kiss heel who is fighting breast cancer right now and raising money for a reunion with her kids by selling her sock heel pattern. She’s Sox Therapistp on Ravelry, and hosts the 12 Socks Challenge annually. Paula from Knitting Pipeline is going to be helping to spread the news about her pattern at the Georgia retreat, and I’m hoping to do the same at Cumbria. I’ll also be gifting the pattern to some people.

2. Support Knit Aid (which I heard about from Wool and The Gang) They are hosting a Mass Knit In Event to create squares for blankets for refugees. It’s happening Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14th February 2016

Time: 11am – 2:30pm

Location: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2R 4RH

I can’t go, but I’m going to spread the word and knit some squares to send along, as they’re accepting donations of 20cm by 20cm squares in the lead up to the event.

3. TBA!

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. Unfortunately this is term time here so I can’t make it, but it’s sure to be a wonderful event.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. All the spaces are sold out, but there is a waiting list. If you’d like me to add you, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19 2016

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is on April 3 to 6 in the USA.

That’s all for this week, and for January! I can’t believe that the first month of the year has flown by so fast. Until next week, happy knitting!

 

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This week I chat about creating more space in my life, finding a sense of ease in all my tasks and in my knitting, and planning how to use some of my stash for specific projects during this week of Stash Appreciation Month!

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Great episode (77) on knitting goals from Shiny Bees Podcast.

KAL News

I’m excited about the The Finish It KAL being hosted by Lina Knits on her Ravelry Group. It’s running for the month of February, so we have lots of time to wrap up old WIPs!

A couple of stash-busting KALs I mention:

Wooly Wormheads 12 Hats in 12 Months – great for using up single skeins.

Annual Stash dash by The Knit Girllls – focus on using up quantities of stash measured in km and miles!

What’s in The WIP

Monkey Socks I cast on the other sock! I’ve gotten halfway down the foot and by the time this is published I think I’ll be finished!

Magic Cake Shawl: I picked this up again this week and it’s such a fun knit. All the new colours are so motivating, and I think I’ll have this finished before this year’s Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat!

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel: I have my foot template made for these and some fun yarns to work with, so I want to do several pairs. I reclaimed some yarn from an abandoned WIP Colinette’s Jitterbug in Raspberry. I also have some Mind The Gap Nimbus self-striping sock yarn from Trailing Clouds, and I want to knit up a pair in that, too. I also have Stray Cat Socks in Sunshower and a beautiful natural-dyed skein from Natasha at Taking a Moment in Time, which are both calling out to be beautiful socks.

I have two sweater quantities of yarn in my stash

A gorgeous gradient set from Copper Corgi, but I’m not sure what pattern to use for it.

Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in Plumb Colourway which I specifically bought to make the Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Events

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. Unfortunately this is term time here so I can’t make it, but it’s sure to be a wonderful event.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. All the spaces are sold out, but there is a waiting list. If you’d like me to add you, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is on April 3 to 6 in the USA. Registration is now open, and I’ll be going!

That’s just about it for this week! Happy knitting!

CH 107: All The WIPs in The World!

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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.

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Yarn alert: my huge yarn crush on Anzula Squishy started last year when I used it for the new samples of my Afternoon Tea Shawl but it’s been pretty hard to get your hands on in the UK. I’ve gotten the news from Meadow Yarn that they now have it in stock, so go have a look for yourself! I love the colours so much I’m tempted to buy it all up, Stash Appreciation Month notwithstanding.

Stash Appreciation Month thread on Ravelry

Lina Knits Video Podcast on YouTube

Lina’s Blog

The Finish It KAL will take place on her Ravelry Group

Mina from The Knitting Expat Podcast and Marsha from Fairy Little Twitch and Stitch are in the middle of an engrossing Sock Knitting Competition

 

What’s in The WIP

I finished my Cave Point Shawl! I love it.The pattern is by Paula Emons-Fuessle from Knitting Pipeline and it was an absolute joy to knit. It’s also available as part of the gorgeous Shawls 2015 collection from Quince and Co. I knit it in Quince and Co.Chickadee in the Audouin heathered colourway.

Still working on my Times Square by Norah Gaughan

I’m waiting until I have time to be monogamous with my Reyka Pullover by Cirilia Rose so I’ll probably wait until I’ve finished Times Square.

Monkey Socks

Oleum Socks by Rachel Coopey

Some vanilla socks, developing a personal “recipe” the way Mina has, using the Fish Lips Kiss heel.

Mina’s Two at a Time Socks – free pattern on Ravelry

Magic Cake Shawl by Paula from the Georgia Retreat

The Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge is back on, and I’m already adding goals to my list for this quarter. Libby from Truly Myrtle is hosting a Wash Dress Sew-Along from the 12 to the 24th of Feb. I want to join in! You can sign up to her Mini Mag in the sidebar of her blog if you’d like to get updates about that.

Washi Dress Pattern from Made By Rae

I also want to make the Squam Westwater Tunic before I head off to Squam!

Events

The Unravel Festival at Maltings is on Feb, 19th to 21st. I can’t go, but I know it will be a wonderful time.

The Curious Handmade Country House Retreat is happening on March 14 to 17th 2016 in Cumbria, UK. It’s sold out, but if you’d like to be put on the waiting list, please get in touch!

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival is March 18 to 19

The Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat is happening  April 3 to 6 in the USA, and I’ll be going! Registration is opening up today!

That’s all I’ve got for this week! Happy knitting!

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We’re in the second week of Stash Appreciation Month, and I’ve made great progress on reviewing, organising, and documenting my stash, which has been a really lovely process. On today’s episode I talk about how that’s going, what it’s like to be plunging into the new year, and my Word of The Year for 2016.

You can join in chatting about Stash Appreciation in the Ravelry thread here.

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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, the Fibre Co and many more.

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We spent our holidays together here: Lake Taupo in New Zealand

I spent some more time thinking about my word for the year and finally arrived at Ease. These podcasts helped me as I weighed the possibilities:


Elise Gets Crafty Podcast

Wellpreneur

Other podcasts that I’ve found helpful as I think about my goals for 2016:

The Slow Home Podcast

Knitting Expat Episode 42

What’s in the WIP

So close to finishing the first piece of my Times Square by Norah Gaughan

I picked up my Cave Point Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle after not touching it for a while.

And some exciting top secret new design projects!

The Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge is back, and I’m participating again. Join us in the new thread for this quarter.

Knitvent 2015 Winners!

I’m delighted to announce our three winners! I drew three posts randomly, and all of the projects that one are actually gorgeous:

Meadow Yarn Voucher: #9 The Ice River Snood by KayJay1809

Blacker Yarn Voucher: #96 Winter Wonder Shawl by LaurieBo

Fringe Supply Co. Voucher: #31 Kindling Hat by Izziebeff

 

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!