CH 13: Top tips for blocking your knitting to make beautiful garments

I’m HellsBells on Ravelry, and CuriousHandmade on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Today I talk about what’s in the WIP, introduce a segment for the first time – 10,000 Hours and give a little update about some knitting events.

It’s been such a nice week because I’ve been having so many conversation with lovely interesting people both online and offline. One of the things I was worried about when I stopped working in an office was lack of interaction with other human beings but that hasn’t been the case at all!

I’m actually doing two courses at the moment. I’ve gone back to school!

I mention:

School for Creative Startups

Brand Amplifier

Emma-Victoria Houlton of WeProduce – edits my podcast beautifully each week.

What’s In the WIP?

I finally cast on for Ysolda’s Follow Your Arrow MKAL and started with clue A.

I’m using Fyberspates Nef Sock yarn in Sunshine colourway.

Fyberspates Nef

I’m getting a little bit addicted to Instagram! SHHHH! (follow me! I’ll follow you back)

10,000 Hours

Introducing a new segment. If you have any feedback I’d love to hear it. Leave a comment on the blog or on the discussion thread for this show. And if you have any requests for future segments let me know!

I talk about blocking your knitting.

I talk about blocking wires – I bought mine at Loop, Islington. you can see some of the tools I mention here.

I plan to put together a tutorial for you soon….in the meantime, you’ll have to listen to the episode.

The pictures give you a sneak preview of the Frangipani Shawl from the Dream Big Collection.

Frangipani Shawl by Helen Stewart Curious Handmade Frangipani Shawl by Helen Stewart Curious Handmade


I sadly won’t make to to Unravel …but don’t let that stop you! Its going to be fab.

But I’ve booked three classes at Unwind in Brighton in July. I can’t wait!

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