CH 117: CH Country House Retreat Recap


Today’s episode is just a quick little recap of the last couple of weeks, especially the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat!

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Show Notes:

Last week I released the Hill Top Shawl, and our KAL is going strong! There is plenty of time to join us, and the prize is lovely: one of the gift bags we put together for our retreat-goers.

Susan B Anderson has now released her new Craftsy class, Toe Up Socks, which we hinted at on the last episode! I’ll be taking it, and she’s offering really great specials on her blog, so check it out!

Here are the list of vendors from the retreat, in case any of you would like to indulge yourselves a little bit (the way we did!)

The Wool Barn
Maya Tomic – thewoolbarnknits on Ravelry
The Wool Barn was born out of love for knitting with luxurious natural fibres. We hand pick the highest quality yarns from carefully selected UK suppliers and lovingly dye them in our home studio in Hertfordshire, England, using professional wool dyes and natural binding agents.

Suffolk Socks
Julie Walters – Dolly100 on Ravelry
Suffolksocks is a small online yarn shop. I stock commercial and indie dyed yarns. To compliment all my lovely yarns I have a selection of bags,’projetcbagsbyjulie’ that are the ideal size to keep your latest cast on safe. An assortment of notions are available. Suffolksocks has just launched its own range of hand dyed/painted sock yarn, “tuck shop”. My early years were spent with my parents owning a sweet shop so I’ve taken inspiration from all the jars of sweets that lined the walls of the little corner shop.

Mina Makes
Mina Yamini – mina86 on Ravelry
Hi I’m Mina a London girl who has been living in the Middle East for almost 5 years, currently based out of Bahrain with my Husband and two cats. I started my Podcast the Knitting Expat shortly after we arrived in Bahrain last year as a means to connect with the knitting community online and as an extension of that I started to make and sell Project Bags on Etsy as Mina Makes. My bags have made their way to knitters all over the world and I am delighted to have been asked by Helen to vend at her Retreat this year, and have the opportunity to bring my bags to you in person. I will be bringing a variety of bags for the market in several different fun prints and sizes for you to choose from.

Little Bobbins
Dani Harvey – littlebobbins on Ravelry
Using whimsical textiles and playful applique, Dani from Little Bobbins creates adorable project bags for knitters with a sense of fun. Little Bobbins bags are full of thoughtful details and joyful touches: perfectly practical but also a bit indulgent (just like knitting!).

Stewart Allen – stewartw on Ravelry
Stewart Allen of LeatherWoolLinen is a former yarn shop owner turned bag crafter who still occasionally knits but can be found more often than not in front of a sewing machine.

Bowen Gibson
Bowen Gibson – gardenerbynight on Ravelry
Bowen makes lovely hand embroidered necklaces that she sells at pop up markets throughout Colorado. Using maps or natural fibers as her background, her unique designs will suit any taste.



On the 15th of April I will be attending the Launch of my friend Baraba’s book Stitching Up Paris
We’ll be having a knit night from 6pm to 9pm at L’ Oisivethé, 8 bis rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013, Paris, France

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