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Today’s episode is such a full one! Events conspired to bring many lovely parcels of yarn through my door, so I’m sharing some of that and letting you know about a heap of fun and exciting events and releases coming up very soon!

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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Little Skein in The Big Wool

Wooly Wonka Fibers

Knitvent 2016 is available for preorder now at a special earlybird price until November 10th!

  • Knitvent Window 1. will open on Thursday November 10th 2016
  • The collection includes six beautiful accessory patterns, including two designs from guest designer Renee Callahan of East London Knit!
  • Once you’ve purchased the collection, you’ll receive one pattern each week for six weeks, starting Thursday November 10th.
  • The patterns will be delivered automatically to your Ravelry inbox, so opening your message is like peeking behind the window of an advent calendar to see what’s inside!
  • Go ahead and create your first project page ready for when the pattern comes out!
  • Level of difficulty – adventurous beginner to intermediate.
  • Knitters are already chatting in the Knitvent 2016 thread here!

Join us for Knitvent and spoil yourself with six weeks of magical holiday knitting surprises!

Knitvent 2016 is all about the lush beauty of an Alpine forest. As I designed this year’s collection, I drew on all of the wonderful associations of a holiday hidden away in a peaceful mountain reach. The hush of snow settling on pine boughs, the blaze of a glowing sunset disappearing behind the peaks, and the luxurious warmth of basking by a crackling fire in your cosy ski lodge, all wrapped up and relaxed after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

You can make a project page for Knitvent Window #1 now so that you’re all ready to go when the first pattern is revealed on the 10th of November! You can use this fun badge on your project page so that everyone knows you’re in for all the fun!

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Yellow Roses Shawl

Hue Loco Yarn

The Hue Loco Podcast

Grocery Girls Podcast

Hue Loco Grocery Girls Collaboration Colourway (it’s sold out, but if you’re curious about how lovely it is!)

Skein Yarn

The Wool Barn

Hooligan Yarns

Hooligan Yarns Instagram

Iara Stole/Shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits

Crafts From The Third Floor Podcast

Norah George Yarn

Yarnporium

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th on The Strand in Kings College London. I’ll be joining A Yarn Story at their stand from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, so drop by and see me and take a look at some of my recent samples I’ve made from The Fibre Company yarn!

Bracile Hat and Cowl Set

The Ice River Hat and Snood I designed for Knitvent 2015

The Sonder Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

La Bien Aimée yarn

Kettle Yarn Co

The Wool Kitchen

The Talisman Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

Pom Pom Quarterly

The Pomcast interview with Rachel Matthews

Herdwick Sheep

Vintage Fairy Lights Kits and Design

Little Bobbins Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Wow! Lots of links this week! I hope you enjoyed this episode. I’ll see you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

CH 139: What’s Fresh?

Helen —  September 9, 2016 — 2 Comments
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I fell in love with the idea of “Fresh Starts” after last week’s episode: the change of seasons is always exciting to me, with endless possibilities opening up. Today I’m chatting about what’s fresh in my knitting world, discussing new routines and new-to-me yarnies, designers, podcasts and patterns.

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.

What’s in the WIP:

I finished the vanilla socks I was knitting from the delicious Regia Pairfect in the Cheesecake colourway.

I’ve wound my yarn for the Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway for the #CHRetreatMadeWellAlong

Show Links:

Yan Tan Tethera Yarns

The speckley socks that let me discover this lovely yarn

Camp Wilkerson Shawl by Caitlin Hunter

Boyland Knitworks

Dingo Dyeworks Video Podcast

Dingo Dyeworks Instagram

Dingo Dyeworks Episode 8

The Gentle Knitter Video Podcast

Stranded Magazine

Stranded “Mild Weather” Issue

Double Knit Podcast

Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel

Tupshin KAL, running September 1st to 30th

The Shawl Society Update

I’ve released the 4th pattern in The Shawl Society, Quill

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Quill is available now as part of The Shawl Society: buy the ebook here: The Shawl Society

The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Dream dictionaries say that to dream of writing with a quill pen “symbolizes the way you view your creative process — slow, methodical, beautiful, and not very technological.” For me, that lines up beautifully with the way I approach my knitting, and the way I imagine the Quill shawl in the world.

Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture. It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. Tamar DK yarn from Blacker Yarns is a soft, squishy DK weight with rustic charm and a sophisticated colour palette. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. A generous helping of local Cornish mule lambs’ fleece gives this yarn extra bounce and give.

Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.

Tamar DK by Blacker Yarn

Acadia by The Fibre Co

Asana KAL winners

Winner of the Eden Cottage Yarn: Post #101 by tucker-doory on Ravelry

Winner of The Uncommon Thread Yarn: Post #89 by fatpieceofwool on Ravelry

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

The Autumn Country House retreat is coming up quickly. The last few places are available to book, and we’d love to see you there.Cast on your own Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join the fun. It’s going to be a very special weekend, and it’s the perfect place to relax into creativity with likeminded knitters and some spectacular scenery. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting.

CH 138: Fresh Starts

Helen —  September 2, 2016 — Leave a comment
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Today’s episode is about the feeling of freshness and excitement that comes with the change of the seasons. I have itchy fingers and a serious case of Cast-on-itis, and  I’m enjoying every minute.

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.

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…

What’s in the WIP:

About to cast off an enormously fun and very quick pair of vanilla socks using Regia Pairfect in the Cheesecake colourway

Just cast on another pair of socks using Lollipop sock yarn in the Downton Abbey colourway

Wound my yarn for the Pure Joy shawl by Joji Locatelli using my beloved Juno

Getting ready to swatch for my Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli in Eden Cottage Yarn’s Oakworth 4 Ply in the Pennine Mist colourway.

I need to finish my Times Square Cardigan by Norah Gaughan which I am knitting from the Fibre Company’s gorgeous Knightsbridge yarn.

The Shawl Society Update

Blacker Yarn’s Tamar DK

You can find Tamar in the US from The Wooly Thistle

The three shawls that have been released so far are:

Talisman

Amulet

Asana

There are three more surprise patterns to come. If you’d like to join in, all you need to do is buy The Shawl Society eBook on Ravelry here.
The mini Asana KAL is incredibly inspiring to watch, and we have some beautiful prizes this time from Eden Cottage Yarn and The Uncommon Thread. There are a couple more days to post your finished shawl to the FO thread to be in the running. The deadline is September 4th. Remember that even if you finish after the deadline, you should still post your FOs, as we’ll be drawing prizes for the overall TSS KAL in November!

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

The Autumn Country House retreat is on the way in just under seven weeks, and we’re all getting very excited. There are still a couple of twin share places available to book, and we’d love to have you along. Cast on your own Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join the fun, The retreat is being sponsored by The Fibre Company, so you know there will be some very special treats for the attendees. It’s a wonderful opportunity to nourish your creative spirit, make some steadfast knitting friends, and just take a break from everyday life. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

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Today’s episode is a bit of a catch up. We’re home from our holidays and starting to think about routines, and school, and new knitting projects.

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.

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…

Show Links:

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Slow Your Home Podcast

Little Bobbins Podcast Episode 52

Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

Join the KAL on Instagram with the hashtag #chretreatmadewellalong

Circus Tonic Yarn

Eden Cottage Yarn Oakworth in Pennine Mist

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

http://www.loveknitting.com/

http://www.lovecrochet.com/

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton

MillaMia Knitting Patterns

Malabrigo Arroyo

Reggia Pairfect from Suffolk Socks

Shawl Society News:

The mini KAL for TSS pattern #3 Asana ends on the 4th of September. Be sure to post your finished shawls to the FO thread. If you don’t make the deadline, post it anyway! I’ll be drawing from all the threads at the big overall KAL in November. The yarn hints for #4 have gone out to TSS members! Who’s ready for the next one?

Blacker Yarn Tamar DK

The Woolly Thistle

Sonja’s helpful Tamar post in the Ravelry Group

Join The Shawl Society here.

Events:

Curious Handmade Country House Retreat

Oct 20 – 23 // Cumbria, UK

We still have a few twin share places available and a single room is now available also for the Autumn Country House retreat , which I mentioned in the podcast. Do you want to knit a Madewell Retreat Cardigan and join us? It’s going to be a magnificent weekend of cosy fireside cats, ridiculous amounts of tasty food, and unlimited knitting. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me – helen@curioushandmade.com

That’s all for this week! Happy knitting, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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This is a special episode recorded from my holiday campervan! Today I’m talking about some discoveries I’ve made on vaction about travelling with kids, chatting about the next Shawl Society pattern, and reviewing a gorgeous book I picked up in my travels.

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.

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…

Shawl Society Update:

Amulet Mini KAL Winners:

#55 LyKnitDFW won the $30 gift certificate from Lola Blue Living donated by Marce from  Brownberry Chronicles!
#129 KniLa won the Gradient Set from Seven Sisters Arts!
Today I’m introducing Asana, the third Shawl Society pattern! This design will be unveiled tomorrow. This marks the halfway point of the Shawl Society. I can’t believe it’s flying by so fast! It’s still not too late to join us.

Asana Shawl

A gentle crescent shawl with flowing lace and garter sections, Asana is a lovely special occasion shawl, whether you’re preparing for one magical day or making an ordinary day magical through a bit of mindfulness. Optional beads add a flicker of light to its soft textures and quiet curves. Designed for lace or fingering weight yarn, it is delicate and light enough to wear even in the warmer months.

In yoga, Asana means “a position that is firm, but relaxed.” This attitude should be familiar to anyone who has ever learned to knit, or tried a new technique just outside of your comfort zone. Gritting your teeth and clenching your hands around your needles never helps. This shawl is a higher level of difficulty than the previous Shawl Society patterns: the lace is a bit more challenging and there are four rows where you are knitting lace rows on the wrong side. The actual stitches aren’t difficult, but you need to be in meditation mode (not multitasking mode!). Concentration, relaxation and focus will get you through to the graceful result you want.

Show Links:

The Enchanted Wood Audio Book

ClothBound by Julie Paterson

Short and sweet show notes this week: that’s everything! 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.”

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

Show Links:

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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Ch 125I am so thrilled to be heading off to Spring Squam, and am busy getting ready to leave! This episode is on the short side: I talk about what’s in the WIP and my continued exploration of slow fashion.

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

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

If you’ve been listening for a while you’ll know that last year I was lucky enough to win “Best Games or Hobby” podcast in the UK Podcast Awards. It was my lovely listeners who got me there, and it was such an incredible boost. This year the nominations are a bit different. I’m in the first round and need to make it to the top ten to advance. I’m number 11! So close and yet so far!!

If you haven’t had a chance to vote for me yet, I would be SO GRATEFUL for your support. It’s super easy.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

That’s it! No signups, emails or anything, and it would make a huge difference for me. Thank you!!!

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! 🙂

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

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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

Show Links

UK Podcast Awards

Second ever Curious Handmade Video Podcast!

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

Angelus Novus Cardigan

East London Knits KLEE KAL

  • The KAL will run from 9 May 2016 through to 12 June 2016
  • You can join in and knit any of Renee Callahan’s designs.Renee is offering a generous 20% off all her ravelry patterns with the code EastLondonKnitKAL for my lovely listeners!

Blacker Yarns Swan DK

Black Yarns is giving us a special discount in honour of the Klee collection: 10% off their DK yarns with the code KLEEKAL

West Water Tunic Pattern

People Tree Slow Fashion book

People Tree wool page

Brooklyn Meetup thread on Ravelry

That’s everything for this week! Happy knitting!

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Today I have a lovely interview with designer Renee Callahan, designer of the Klee Collection and super fresh new release Zen Variations for the Fibre Company.

I also have an update and answer some questions about The Shawl Society!

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

UK Podcast Awards

The UK Podcast Awards first round voting is open!

I need to get in the top 10 of the nominations to get to the next round. I would SO appreciate it if you would vote for Curious Handmade Podcast in the two categories I’m nominated for – Best UK Podcast and Audience Appreciation Award.

You can vote for me on this page (I think you need to be a Facebook user) – it only takes a minute:

  1. Click on this link here and scroll down past the video you don’t need to watch it.
  2. Go to the categories for “Best UK Podcast 2016” AND “Audience Appreciation”
  3. Click on the “xx more options” link and find Curious Handmade Podcast and check the box beside me.

Also Ravelry is nominated in the Community award so go vote for our beloved Rav too!! 🙂

Thanks so much!

The Shawl Society

TSS-banner-logo-soon

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. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • Scheming
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

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

Show Links

Spindrift Shawl

Sign up for the Spindrift Shawl Workshop here

Spindrift Shawl KAL group on Ravelry

Me Made May – So Zo What Do You Know?

West Water Tunic Pattern

Quarter 2 Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

Isle Yarns

Squam Art Workshops

Klee Collection KAL with Renee Callahan

KAL for the Klee Collection in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group 9 May until 12 June.

Renee’s new collection Zen Variations for The Fibre Company

I am knitting the Angelus Novus cardigan in Hole & Sons Wool

Renee is offering a super generous offer of 20% OFF all her patterns for my listeners with the code EastLondonKnitKAL.

Blacker Yarn is offering 10% OFF any DK weight yarn from their website until 12 June using code KLEEKAL

Meetup in NCY

The details of a knitterly meetup with me and others in New York on Sunday 29 May:

Brooklyn Roasting Company is a great space (large and bright and COFFEE!) and also convenient to out-of-towners,

Time: 11:30am

Date: Sunday 29 May

BRC is located at:
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

This venue is in Manhattan itself!!

Thanks for organising this Jaclyn! x