Episode 34 – Busy, oh so busy!

We have a giveaway this week! Sponsored by the lovely Leigh of ShopLouLeigh, we have her latest pattern collection, the Tiny Owls collection! Pop over to the Ravelry thread to enter.

All through December you can find my yarn, project bags, stitch markers, fibre and earrings at the Handmade Studios Yarn Shop in Rowlands Castle near Portsmouth in Hampshire. So if you’re in the area, please do pop in!

There has just been a massive shop update at http://owlaboutyarn.etsy.com with loads of self striping yarns, gradients, earrings, stitch markers and lots of normal skeins too! So why not buy yourself or a friend something lovely for Christmas. 

Two events I’ll be attending early(ish) next year; Craft4Crafters at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter from 15th-17th February. I’m exhibiting at this three day, polycraftual show! Then Zoe and I are having a holiday up to Edinburgh in March to visit the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and do a bit of sightseeing!

The Knit-Tea Retreat Anniken Allis KAL is still ongoing and the discount code will be good until the end of this month (December 2017). This KAL will end on January 21st.

See you in a fortnight or so for the last episode before Christmas!

“Anne with an E” kit! ❤

If you are a newsletter subscriber you will have heard the exciting news that I am collaborating with C.C. Almon of JavaPurl Designs to create a gorgeous kit inspired by Anne of Green Gables. We are both big fans of the books and grew up reading them (and never stopped!). So when C.C. came to me with her idea for a shawl kit I was thrilled. Immediately a new and detailed project bag design leaped into my head fully formed, and I made a prototype and sent it to C.C. (luckily she liked it too!). She commissioned two skeins of super cuddly merino yarn in two different colours to design a shawl, and thus the kit was born.

Preorders are open at http://www.JavaPurl Designs.com/aogg-kit until Saturday 18th November. In the kit you will receive a beautiful project bag, two skeins of hand dyed yarn, C.C.’s beautiful pattern and a couple of extra goodies. Shipping will be a little while as I will order the materials once preorders close, and then it will be quite a lot of work to get all the bags made and the yarn dyed. But I will be working hard and will get the kits shipped out as soon as is possible!

It would make a wonderful treat for yourself if you are an Anne fan, or a fantastic gift for a knitting friend. Kits are priced at $80 USD plus a flat shipping rate of $10.

So that website one more time; http://www.JavaPurl Designs.com/aogg-kit – don’t hang about! You only have a couple of days left to get your order in before preorders finish this Saturday 18th November!

Anne Kit PR

Episode 33 – Back in the Hot Seat!

WIPs

Rosecraddock Shawl by Anniken Allis in Tibetan Owl yarn (merino/silk/yak) in the “Rose” colourway (this is being knitted for the #retreatannikenkal – more about this later)

Linho Sweater by Joji Locatelli in Cuddly Owl yarn, in a colourway that I designed for myself (a perk of being a yarn dyer for sure!)

Weasley Sweater by Alison Hansel in Hayfield Bonus Aran – I’m knitting this for Jack, my oldest son.

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Very impressive headphone cable covering, inspired by Jessica (@Naturallyknitty) from the Weasley Sisters Podcast

FO(ish!) Hundred Acre Wood Shawl by Helen Stewart. It’s an ‘ish’ because it was finished months ago, so I didn’t know if it was cheating to claim it as a finished object now!

Acquisitions

A couple of skeins of yarn at Yarndale from RiverKnits, one from Mothy and the Squid and one from Fleabubs and Lala, all for Ellie (@tyddynbryn). For myself I bought some bombproof sock yarn and some fabric to put towards my #handmadewardrobe. Also a shared pattern with Zoe for a cape/poncho. Link to statement button shop as promised… https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ASheepintheWoods (Although she does say she doesn’t ship to the UK, I notice now. I might send her an email to see if that’s a hard and fast policy!)

KAL – visit the Knit-Tea Retreat Ravelry group and join in our #retreatannikenkal – all are welcome, not only retreat attendees! Prizes will be given (We’ve received a gorgeous bag from Lesley at DuckPoolLane), and Anniken Allis has very kindly given us a discount code for her patterns, valid until the end of December. The KAL of any of Anniken’s patterns will continue until January 21st 2018.

Shop news

I’ll be at Nottingham Yarn Expo on the 11th and 12th November, stall number 98 in Forum Level 1.

I show you my latest stitch marker sets which will be coming with me to Nottingham. Shout out to Allidecks because I think I promised to post her a set of Doctor Who stitch markers, but I don’t have her address!

I also show you a box of hand carded batts, all lovely bright colours.

Any Other Business

Come and say hello if you’re going to Nottingham Yarn Expo, it’d be lovely to see you!

I’m going to chat with Zoe (of the Pins and Needles podcast) about the possibility of a joint podcast/vlog at Nottingham Yarn Expo – I think she’s in favour, so watch this space!

Episode 32 – West Wales Wool Show vlog

Find me online as @owlaboutyarn on Instagram and Twitter, at http://www.owlaboutyarn.com or http://owlaboutyarn.etsy.com to see what I sell or in the Owl About Yarn Ravelry group for chat. I also mentioned the Knit-Tea Retreat – our podcast can be found on YouTube or via our website at theknittearetreat.wordpress.com. You can find details of our KAL in our Ravelry group (http:// http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-knit-tea-retreat) and we’d love it if you came and joined in! West Wales Wool Show can be found at http://westwaleswoolshow.weebly.com as well as on social media, and I was at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. http://www.PlasHyfrydHotel.com

Preparing for West Wales Wool Show

Just eight days until I pack up all my things to take them to Narberth in Pembrokeshire for the West Wales Wool Show. Yesterday and today have been batt-making days! I am really enjoying laying out my palette of coloured fibre (mainly merino wool at the moment, although I’m looking forward to branching out soon) and putting together combinations before I feed them through my drum carder. I thought that I would enjoy this work even before I got the carder earlier this year, but there is something so satisfying about blending a seemingly odd mixture of plain coloured wool (and sparkle, or silk, or other additives!) together and bringing out a wonderful single piece, all harmonising hues. I’ve never felted anything (deliberately!!) before, but I am itching to felt one of these batts and make some sort of landscape out of it!

In the next few days I have wool dyeing plans. I have a big box full of yarn downstairs crying out to be vibrantly coloured, and hopefully early next week I will receive some fibre which I will dye up straight away and hope fervently I can get dry in time for the weekend! If not, it will be a shame but it will keep for Nottingham Yarn Expo in November.

I dyed a new colourway last week, and it is definitely being repeated when I charge up my dyepots tomorrow.

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Inspired by the changing colours of all the foliage around my home, it is called “October Stroll” and I dyed it on 4ply (fingering) weight British BFL/nylon, which is my Happy Owl Sock base. What do you think? Does it shout “Autumn!” at you?

Show Season

It has been so long since I wrote anything here, and for that I apologise. The last few months have felt so busy and have flown by in a heartbeat. I’m sure it’s probably the same feeling for you too! So much has been going on since my last podcast and post, but it would take forever to catch you up so let’s pretend that we just spoke last week, yes? I’ll catch you up from there!

Last Saturday, Zoe and I went to Yorkshire and visited Yarndale. It was my first visit to that show, but we had heard so much about it that we just really wanted to see it for ourselves. The journey was absolutely horrific; I think we were stuck on three different motorways at various points, and instead of the 4.5 hours that Google Maps told us it would take, it ended up being nearer to 8! So, starting off exhausted is not ideal, but the yarn fumes kept us going!

[I should let you know while I remember, Zoe recorded a vlog of our trip and it will be uploaded onto her Youtube channel tomorrow, if you’d like to see how we got on!]

We both bought some nice things, and I even had a separate budget to spend for our friend Ellie who couldn’t come with us! (I’ve yet to give her her yarn, but she’ll get a nice parcel in the post delivered to her cosy little smallholding sometime soon.)

I bought a skirt length of wool fabric from a local shop which had a stall, as well as a length of Liberty Tana Lawn which I plan to use to make myself a top. My bags were actually remarkably light on yarn. The only yarn I ended up buying was some bombproof Opal to make mansocks for Mr OwlAboutYarn.

We decided to make a weekend of it and so had tickets for both days of the show. The Sunday was definitely less frantically busy which meant that there was a bit more space to look around the stalls, and a little more time to talk to the people we knew. We set off early afternoon to head home, and finally got back late evening (after a disappointing stop at Tamworth services which was fully and hilariously chronicled by Zoe on her vlog – I think mild hysteria brought on by exhaustion had set in by then!!), ready to collapse into bed and sleep for half a week!

All in all, it was nice to see all the lovely people there (although we did somehow miss a couple of people I would have liked to chat with), but it wasn’t so easy to get around as Wonderwool Wales, and the nature of the built in pens meant that the stalls were very crowded in. We liked that the organisers had provided much more seating than I’ve become used to at a yarn festival, and the effort that people had gone to to crochet bunting, hearts, mandalas and bollard covers was outstanding. Queues for food were horrifically long, but I think that’s the same at pretty much any event like this that you go to.

My next event will be in a fortnight when I vend at West Wales Wool Show. It’s a one day event in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and I went for the first time last year and loved it! This next fortnight will be spent dyeing, carding and sewing in preparation!