Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 27 - Itchy Nose

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Stuff and Things

Lara Smoot kindly offered to give away a copy of one of her most recently released patterns, Journey to Atlantis, which was previously an exclusive club pattern on Miss Babs Knitting Tour. It uses around 500m of a worsted weight yarn to make. The winner was drawn at random using random.org and is Entry Number 2, ThisPianoGirl.

Self Indulgent Craft-A-Long (#STSICAL2015) started on Christmas Day and runs to February 29th 2016. The thread will be locked when I get up and get online on 1st March. The CAL is for anything new and exciting that makes your heart sing after all the responsibilities and hard work of the run up to the end of the year, so it shouldn't be a WIP.

Prizes were all kindly donated and are:

A project bag from Knit and Stitch Bits.

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The Wool Barn Alpaca Sock (grey) in the Denim colourway. The is a sock/4ply weight yarn, comprised of 70% Natural Light Grey Baby Alpaca/20% Silk/10% Cashmere and it weighs 100g and has 400m/436yds.


From a generous viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, The Uncommon Thread, Silky Merino Fingering in the Pern colourway. The yarn is a sock/4ply weight yarn and is comprised of 75% Superwash Merino/25% Mulberry Silk, it weighs 100g and measures 400m.


Enter a photo of your FO in the thread before it is locked. One entry per person. You must be a member of the group.

Chat is very welcome over in the group.

Done and Dusted

My project for the #STSICAL was knit using 40% Alpaca/40% Merino/20% Silk from John Arbon that I spun as a worsted 2ply to get a heavy sock/4ply weight yarn. I got 740m from 216g. I made Eyeblink by Heidi Alander. I used 620m, which has left me with 35g/120m of yarn.
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure, using left over Hilltop Cloud BFL/Cashmere/Silk from the Foolproof.
Handspun Monster using 110m of Fondant Fibre Falkland Silk, a worsted weight yarn.


Purple Kitty using Cascade 220 Superwash.
Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier knit from Posh Yarn Miranda Heavy Lace (70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere)
Barley by TinCanKnits in Cascade 220 Superwash.`
Hobbledehoy merino/tencel in the Lagoon colourway was spun as a worsted 2-ply. I got 383m/419yds from 114g/4oz in a fingering/4-ply weight yarn.

Nose to the Grindstone

Regia Snowflake Color Socks in the 07709 colourway.
Orange Mittens using StarCroft Nash Island Light in the Lobster Bake colourway. I want to add a convertible top as seen in Stonybrook by Wendy Poush.
Refraction Shawlette Plus has been frogged and re-started using extra increases and making the "wings" in stocking stitch instead of garter. Uses DyeForYarn Sock BFL Superwash in the Wooden Treasure Chest colourway.
Spinning Superwash Merino fibre, from World of Wool, that I dyed using Wilton's Food Dyes, on my new spindle.

Crafting Library

750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible (UK Link) (US Link)


Increase, Decrease (UK Link)  (US Link) by Judith Durant.



Splashed Out

Just Ducky Handspun Pierced Heart Spindle made with Lignum tip, Black Ebony whorl, Padauk shaft. Weight: 1.2 oz/34g Length: 11 3/4”
Hello Yarn Falkland in the Ghastly Silence colourway.
Into The Whirled 50% merino/25% bamboo/25% silk in the 221b colourway.
JOMA Yarn Cash-A-Rino (70% Superwash merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon) in the Humingbird colourway. 115g/4oz of fingering/4-ply weight yarn, measuring 371m/406yds
Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock (80% Superwash merino/20% nylon) in the La Grande Jatte colourway. 100g of fingering/4-ply weight yarn measuring 365m/400yds.
Countess Ablaze Lord of Silk DK (75% Falkland merino/25% mulberry silk) in the Nightmare colourway. 100g of DK weight yarn measuring 240m/262yds)


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 26 - Merry Christmas Be Self-Indulgent

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NOTE: For some reason YouTube thinks I broke Community Guidelines with my video so I've embedded the file from another source. If you have a clue what I did wrong, let me know!



Stuff and Things

Emily of the FibreTown Podcast has released a new pattern the Esther Belle Shawl and she has donated a copy of this new pattern to give away to a viewer. The original winner, JamieWalcott contacted me to say that as she had won something from the podcast so recently, I should draw again. This new winner, TESOROSTITCHERY is announced in this episode.

Self Indulgent Craft-A-Long (#STSICAL2015) starting on Christmas Day and running to February 29th 2016. The thread will be locked when I get up and get online on 1st March. The CAL is for anything new and exciting that makes your heart sing after all the responsibilities and hard work of the run up to the end of the year, so it shouldn't be a WIP.

Prizes were all kindly donated and are:

A project bag from Knit and Stitch Bits. (The shop is closed until 4th January).
The Wool Barn Alpaca Sock (grey) in the Denim colourway. The is a sock/4ply weight yarn, comprised of 70% Natural Light Grey Baby Alpaca/20% Silk/10% Cashmere and it weighs 100g and has 400m/436yds.
From a generous viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, The Uncommon Thread, Silky Merino Fingering in the Pern colourway. The yarn is a sock/4ply weight yarn and is comprised of 75% Superwash Merino/25% Mulberry Silk, it weighs 100g and measures 400m.

Done and Dusted

Pamela Stripes En Haute knit from my own pattern, using Posh Yarn Pamela in the I'll Get You My Pretty, The Door Just Opened For Someone and The Grass is Full of Stars colourway.
Nephew's Barley Hat is by TinCanKnits and is knit from Cascade 220 Superwash in an unknown colourway.
Nicole C Mendez striped socks, using my usual tailored vanilla sock pattern in Ringel Sockenwolle in the #135 colourway.
Desert Vista Dyeworks socks in Viso The Fruits of Summer, a yarn from The Golden Skein club.
Rusty Boat Trip Cowl in Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply in the Creme Caramel colourway.
Fondant Fibre Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in the Life's A Beach colourway. Spun as a chain plied worsted yarn to become a heavy worsted weight yarn giving 133m from 99g.
Fondant Fibre Lina Rolags. The rolags were made from Alpaca/Camel/Shetland/Silk and spun as a woollen 3-ply to get a light sport weight yarn weighing 98g and getting 235m.
Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham using handspun yarn from Hilltop Cloud. The fibre was BFL/Cashmere/Silk. In total I used 360m of the sock/4ply weight yarn.

Nose to the Grindstone

Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure, using left over Hilltop Cloud BFL/Cashmere/Silk from the Foolproof.
Regia Snowflake Color Socks in the 07709 colourway.
Aisling Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska using Countess Ablaze Lady Lady Persephone Sock in the An Inveterate Dislike of Julia colourway and Count Cashmerino High Twist in the When Daylight Dies colourway. I have run out of yarn!
Hobbledehoy Merino Tencel in the Lagoon colourway. It's been spun as a worsted 2-ply and I'm currently plying. I used my new spindle from AaronMakesStuff.

Plotting

Making a Hitofude for my Mum using Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply in the Lily Pad colourway. The bag I showed was from Shop Louleigh.
My project for the #STSICAL is going to be knit using 40% Alpaca/40% Merino/20% Silk from John Arbon that I spun as a worsted 2ply to get a heavy sock/4ply weight yarn. I got 740m from 216g. I plan on making either Eyeblink by Heidi Alander or Wintermute by Melanie Berg.

Crafting Library

2015 Autumn Essentials: Flatland by Katya Frankel. This collection is made up of three accessory patterns; Tangent a pair of sport weight fingerless mitts, Tesseract a bulky weight cowl and Vector a worsted weight hat.

Splashed Out

AaronMakesStuff Acrylic and Aluminim Support Spindle with a Red Heart Shaft. It weighs 19g and measures 10 1/4".
Fondant Fibre Falkland Merino in the Ginko colourway and Kinloch rolags made of Merino/Shetland/Silk.
Pigeon Roof Studios 75% BFL/25% Silk in the Verdigris colourway. This is from the Glow Series.
I also got Bye Brook Farm 100% Romney Batt from Sarah of FiberTrek ,Woolweb Farm Navajo Churro yarn and Starcroft Fiber Nash Island Light in the Lobster Bake colourway from my friend Debs.

Online Community

Lara Smoot has kindly offered to give away a copy of one of her most recently released patterns, Journey to Atlantis, which was previously an exclusive club pattern on Miss Babs Knitting Tour. It uses around 500m of a worsted weight yarn to make. To enter, go to this thread and suggest a good yarn to use for this pattern. I'll draw for the winner of the copy of this pattern when I record Episode 27.

Many thanks for the shout outs from podcasters about my Boat Trip Cowl pattern. I'm so delighted that this pattern seems to have been well received and that people are already posting photos of finished objects on Ravelry.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 25 - Christmas Gifts

Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.


Stuff and Things

Louleigh has donated one of her bags for a giveaway. The winner was drawn in Episode 24 but hasn't claimed the prize yet.
Emily of the FibreTown Podcast has released a new pattern the Esther Belle Shawl and she has donated a copy of this new pattern to give away to a viewer. The winner is announced in this episode.

The Boat Trip Cowl pattern uses less than 300m 4-ply/sock weight yarn. It is now available on Ravelry with a £1 discount until 30th November using BOATTRIP at checkout. #craft

I've now released my Boat Trip Cowl pattern and there is a coupon code, BOATTRIP, that will get you a £1 discount, if you enter it in the Coupon Code box on the checkout screen. This code will expire at midnight GMT on 30th November 2015. I mention the yarn used Countess Ablaze Lord Kitchener 4ply and Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig, which I got from The Golden Skein.

Done and Dusted

Fondant Fibre Fuzzlings in the Gone West colourway. Spun as a semi-worsted 3-ply construction, I got 178m of DK weight yarn.
Cute Critter for Christmas was an improvised pattern. It used Sirdar Shaggy Scarf yarn in the 0607 Tan colourway and Hayfield Bonus Chunky in the 0936 Tan colourway. I referenced FreshStitches crochet patterns and Rebecca Danger's Big Book of Knitted Monsters (UK Link)(US Link).
Brother's Barley Hat is by TinCanKnits and is knit from Cascade 220 Superwash in the 885 In The Navy colourway.
Grandmother's Favorite knit using Pigsah Peaches & Creme Solids in the 5 Eggshell colourway. Also giving some sensitive soap from Corinne T Holistic on ETSY.

Nose to the Grindstone

Pamela Stripes En Haute knit from my own pattern, using Posh Yarn Pamela in the I'll Get You My Pretty, The Door Just Opened For Someone and The Grass is Full of Stars colourway.
Fondant Fibre Rolags in the Lina colourway. Rolags are made of alpaca, camel, Shetland and silk. Spun using my Spanish Peacock Bead Whorl spindles.
Toddler Tank Top using Rico Baby Classic DK in the 16 Purple colourway. Based on the shaping of Playing Out by Sirdar from Issue 101 of Simply Knitting.

Blast From The Past

Quynn by Woolly Wormhead knit in Babylonglegs Radiance Aran in the Stingray colourway.

Plotting

I need to make a monster for my second youngest nephew and a hat for my eldest nephew. Thinking about doing a Self Indulgent Craft A Long starting on Christmas Day. If you have any thoughts about this CAL, post in the episode thread on the Ravelry Board.

Splashed Out

Nicole C Mendez Stripy Gold Sock in #2 colourway.
The Wool Barn Silk Sock in Gun Powder.
The Wool Barn Alpaca Sock in Denim.
The Wool Barn Rustic Sock in Adria.
The Knitting Goddess BritSock in The Luggage colourway.

Online Community

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