CH 63: Chilling out Up North

Curious Handmade Podcast 63

Today I’m talking about what I’ve been knitting and event updates.

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Meadow Yarn


In the spirit of the theme of sweater month I ask Anj, the owner of Meadow yarn about her sweater knitting. Anj replied saying:

“Just about our favourite thing to knit is a sweater… The options are infinite and the result always hugely satisfying, whether it’s a fine fair isle or a chunky quick-knit it’s always a pleasure to see a finished sweater roll off the needles. At the moment with temperatures sub-zero we’re thinking about Icelandic Lopi yarn… used to create traditional Icelandic ‘Yoked’ sweaters, known as Lopapeysas, they remain hugely popular with knitters around the world and contemplating the endless shade combinations – from the traditional ‘naturals’ to the vivid, jewel- bright colours – is just about the best fun we have on a chilly day at Meadow Yarn!”

You can purchase Icelandic Lopi yarn and other gorgeous products at

What’s in the WIP?

Making good progress on my Custom Fit V Neck Pullover by Amy Herzog.

I’m finding that the knitting is going quite fast after the initial time spent preparing and planning.

I created this mega blog post of 57 Useful Sweater Knitting Resources for you.

I discovered a new website  – Creativebug – providing online classes via this interview of the founder Jeanne Lewis on the Squam blog

Creative Video Workshops on

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Here are links to the new eGuides from Craftsy – free for a very limited time (Affiliate links)

This guide for knitting sweaters has a good overview of things to think about in the planning stages as well as a good section about different sweater constructions.

I’m really intrigued by this wood turning eGuide too. I remember loving to do this with my Dad when I was young.



Unravel – this weekend 20-22 February at Farnam Maltings

I’m not able to attend but there will be many wonderful vendors there including our sponsor for Volume 1 of the Muse Connection – the Fibre Company – go say hi.

the Muse Connection –  8 March

Kate, of A Playful Day and I are busy preparing for this event.

All tickets sold but we are already planning Volume 2 for June so keep an eye out for that

I’m working on my talk about colour for the event. Colour will be the theme of the podcast next month

Edinburgh Yarn Festival – 14-15 March

I’ll be attending for the Saturday only and am really looking forward to it.

Knitting Pipeline RetreatApril 12-15 in Atlanta Georgia


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