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!

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.

FO

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

Episode 26 – December Already?

Happenings

Newsletter! Click the link to subscribe (you know you want to!) http://eepurl.com/cqsRcL
Project bag update in the shop last Thursday – still some cute bags left.

Workings

Tallulah(ish) by Sarah Ronchetti in cheap squeaky acrylic. 3.75mm needles. Embellished with Heart to Heart socks lace pattern by Tash at Quirky Hand Knits.

Treacle by Joeli Creates. 5mm knit pro nova needles, yarn by Sara’s Texture Crafts (Donegal DK – “Teal Story” and Sparkle DK – “Ilfracombe”) and me (Merino DK – “Aloof”). This is going to be such a cosy shawl when it’s finished!

Finishings

Spinning – Wingham Wool Works merino (106 yds nply) and Sara’s Texture Crafts merino batts (365 yds 2ply)

Sewing – Erin’s Nativity costume.

Loving

Trip to Penarth to Sew Lovely (www.sewlovelypenarth.co.uk) and I bought some blue corduroy.

New books – increase and decrease book and cast on and bind off book. Like stitch dictionaries but specialised.

Clara Parkes – Knitlandia

Remnants – Christmas prep 

Episode 25 – Bursting With Ideas!

Happenings

Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

Shout out to CC, Dami and Sam for organising the retreat, and to Joeli and Tara for the workshops I did, both that weekend and in Manchester the next weekend!

Lovely to see Sara, Sylvie, Rachel and Alli again.

Elevate Your Business workshops with Joeli and Tara, I came away brimming over with ideas!! I’ve got my domain name registered so my website www.owlaboutyarn.com is currently in the works!

You can find Tara at www.taraswiger.com and Joeli at www.joelicreates.com.

What I’m wearing – Velvet Morning Cardigan from Knitty.com.

Workings

Tallulah(ish) by Sarah Ronchetti in cheap squeaky acrylic. 3.75mm needles. Embellished with Heart to Heart socks lace pattern by Tash at Quirky Hand Knits.

Cable Braid Headband (free pattern on Ravelry).
My own merino/nylon blend in the “Pollocks” colourway, on 2.5mm needles.

Treacle by Joeli Creates. 5mm needles, yarn by Sara’s Texture Crafts (Donegal DK – “Teal Story” and Sparkle DK – “Ilfracombe”) and me (Merino DK – “Aloof”). Loving this knit!

Loving
Goodies from the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza including freebies from Little Grey Girl, Kralalien, CC, Knit Run Dig, Sara’s Texture Crafts, Jan B Smiley, Kettle Yarn Co.

Prizes – Pom Pom “Take Heart” book, sock pattern from Tash at Quirky Hand Knits and an embroidered bag made by Sam from Knit Run Dig.

Stitch markers gifted to me by Ann Tudor – pink and black sheep!

CC’s Coffee with CC book was a swap for a Winnie the Pooh project bag – we were both happy!

2 skeins of DK yarn from Sara’s Texture Crafts – the ones I’m using in my Treacle shawl. And a braid of merino fibre from Porpoise Fur.

Remnants
Excited about going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival – that will be an ongoing theme over the next few months I’m afraid! And also there will be a few shop updates in the next month, just so long as it gets light enough to take some pictures!