Ch 76: with Vicki Hillman, Fashion Stylist

Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 76

Join me today as I chat with with Vicki Hillman, Fashion Stylist. We talk about original and classic ways to style all those beautiful handmade shawls that we spend so many hours creating. Vicki talks about novel ways to wrap and wear a shawl, knitting patterns that reflect current trends, and how to pair shawls with fashion items for a timeless and unmistakable style.

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Meadow Yarn 

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This episode is also sponsored by The Fibre Company and their lovely yarn, Arcadia.

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Acadia is named after the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi river, a place of natural beauty where the sea and mountains meet, slopes are densely forested and wild blueberries abound. Acadia National Park is in the state of Maine, The Fibre Co.’s birthplace.  The yarn inspired by this beautiful region has a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect is created by the silk noil that is combined with a heathered base made from fine merino wool and brown baby alpaca. The yarn is a classic DK weight and makes a beautiful textured fabric that is perfect for next to the skin accessories as well as garments.

KAL News

Pebble Beach KAL, hosted by the wonderful Paula from Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group, is cranking out amazing FOs. We’re even starting to see some of the new sizes rolling in, which is so exciting. With the deadline off on the horizon (July 5th) there’s lots of time left, and new people are constantly joining. If you’d like to be one of them, there are a couple of easy rules and pointers:

  • Any Curious Handmade pattern qualifies

  • Did you begin or even finish the object before the start date? No problem!

  • Don’t forget that there’s a Ravelry coupon code: use KPKAL30 for 30% off until May 31st

  • The hashtag for WIPs and FOs is #pebblebeachKAL. It’s so great to see all the projects on the go!

Muse2 KAL Just a way for everyone to join in on the Muse Connection buzz, from anywhere in world. I’m participating and having a ball, and there’s another month to go (it runs until the 30th of June) so jump in with us! FOs just need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

Hashtag #muse2KAL for WIPs and FOs!

What’s in the WIP?

Rachel Coopey’s Oleum socks for the Muse 2 KAL are still on the go! And as I mention on the show, there’s a new shawl pattern on the way…

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Fashion-friendly patterns that Vicki and I discussed:

Greco by Courtney Spainhower

Emma Boatneck Jumper from the Country Escape book by MillaMia

Farmhouse Shawl by cabinfour

Pomelo knit bag by Clare Lakewood

Pure shawl by cabinfour

If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in to YAK Yarn and Knitting Brighton 27th of June, when I’ll be visiting for a little Pebble Beach trunk show!

I talked about the new shawl pattern that’s on the way very soon! It was inspired by the magnificent Hole and Sons wool which sold out in minutes when it was released this year, but I’m making up samples in some wonderful and easier-to-source yarns as well:

Blacker Yarns Shetland DK

Acadia by the Fibre Company

That wraps up the notes for this week’s show! Thanks for listening, and happy knitting.

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