Ch 94: A Chat With Susan About The CHW Challenge!


I’m so thrilled to have my Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge collaborator Susan on the podcast today. Many of you have met her on Ravelry as Kizmet, and through her wonderful guest posts here on the blog during the challenge. We have a wonderful chat about Susan’s journey to sewing for herself, about how struggling through the lessons is such a valuable part of any process, and about how we and many other participants are doing with our declared challenges so far!

Show Sponsors

Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their beautiful Acadia yarn.

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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.

You can buy your own Acadia at our other sponsor’s shop, Meadow Yarn:

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 madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

What’s in the WIP

Summertide MKAL: Clue 4, the final clue is just out now! I’m going to be planning an end-of-KAL online party to celebrate our finished shawls, and if I can manage it, I’d love to have a little in-person party here in London. If spoilers don’t bother you, check out the hashtag #SummertideMKAL on Instagram. Lots of inspiration there!

We have three wonderful sponsors for the MKAL:

Skein Australia

Meadow Yarn


they will all be offering wonderful prizes at the end of October. Believe it or not, it’s not too late to join us! You can do it!

Show Links

Susan and I mention a whole bunch of influences and resources that helped her start thinking about learning to sew.

Project 333 (starting today!)

A Playful Day’s Interview with Sonya Philip

Curious Handmade Interview with Beth Kempton of Do What You Love

Do What you Love Course

Paper Fifty Three App

Cal Patch’s Classes on Creative Bug [affiliate link]

Nicole of Stash and Burn

Elizabeth Doherty Sleeve Construction

The Washi Dress

Libby from Truly Myrtle’s Guest Post for Curious Handmade

So many adorable finished objects are showing up in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group…check out the threads to see all the great makes we mentioned.

Alabama Chanin


Fringe Association Slow Fashion October

I mentioned this wonderful event hosted by Karen Templar last week, and I’m excited to take part. It’s going to be a beautiful exploration of the handmade. She’s just written a lovely opening post on her blog. Join us! The hashtag is #slowfashionoctober and I expect Instagram will be hopping.

Truly Myrtle’s Spoil Yourself Stitch Along

Just a couple of days left in this event, and she has some amazing sponsors providing wonderful prizes. If you’ve been making anything for yourself in the last few weeks, post your FO to the Ravelry Thread

The Pebble Beach Workshop: This is for any listeners within traveling distance from London! I am going to be hosting my first in-person workshop at Makelight Studios. It’s a beautiful space, and I’m very excited.

On Friday the 23rd of October I’ll host a lace-knitting workshop based on Pebble Beach. I’ll take you through all the basics and most frequently asked questions. It’s a great way to stretch yourself creatively in a supportive and inspiring environment. Places are very limited, so if you’re interested, please do book early!

That’s all our notes for this week! Thank you so much for being a part of the Curious Handmade Community. I’ll speak to you next week. Until then, happy knitting!


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