Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 28 - Honking Big Shawls

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



Stuff and Things

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. Decided to unpick the bind off and the last wrong side row. I then knit 8 rows and then did a beaded bind off using the technique in this video, by YarnFairy. I like how this technique means there are no holes under the picots.  I used Toho Metallic Iris Purple size 6/0 beads from JillyBeads.
Eclipse by Lara Smoot using Yeomans Yarn Sport in the Birch colourway and The Yarn Yard Clan in pink.
Refraction Shawlette Plus in DyeForYarn Sock BFL Superwash in the Wooden Treasure Chest colourway. The centre panel is made using some of the charts from Refraction Shawlette, with a different final chart.
Regia Snowflake Color Socks in the 07709 colourway.
Superwash Merino fibre, from World of Wool, that I dyed using Wilton's Food Dyes, I spun it as a worsted 2-ply and the resulting yarn was 282m/308yds of sport weight yarn.
KraftyKoala merino silk fibre, was spun as a worsted chain-ply yarn. It measures 124m/136yds of a worsted weight yarn. Fibre was bought in a de-stash and I don't think she is dyeing anymore.
A LOT of blocked squares for my Sock Yarn Blanket, which is based loosely on Shannon Geddes' Sock Yarn Square.

Nose to the Grindstone

Knitting Goddess Socks, my usual vanilla pattern using The Knitting Goddess 4ply merino nylon that I got at Fibre East 2014. I don't think she uses this base anymore.
The Doodler by Stephen West was the 2015 MKAL. I am using Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock in the Persia colourway, Eden Cottage Yarns Pendle in Steel and The Yarn Yard Clan in Waverley. I referred to a great set of tutorials by jkimisyellow, which were really helpful.
I've been prepping some Heavenly Wools New Zealand Halfbred Wool Roving in the Dragon's Breath Over Natural Grey. I have 200g and want to spin it as a true 3-ply. It's mainly a merino breed with 24.5 micron count.

Splashed Out

My first Fat Squirrel Bag (I think it's a Small Wedge).
20g Mini Skeins from Sara's Texture Craft
Some bargains from EasyKnits; Lush in Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Smoke in Dabloon (150g skein) and Twinkle DK in Berry.
Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock (150g skein) in Jimmy Angelov.
Fondant Fibre Winter Wonderland Rolags.

Online Community


Katya Frankel is holding an Anything Goes KAL from 20th February to 20th March over in her Ravelry Group, and is offering a 20% discount on all of her self-published designs from 8-29 February with the code anythinggoeskal.

I really like her new shawl pattern Sidereal but I might join in with the Vector pattern from Flatland.




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.

.
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

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

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.

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