Episode 26 – December Already?


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Project bag update in the shop last Thursday – still some cute bags left.


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!


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

Sewing – Erin’s Nativity costume.


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!


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.


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!

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.

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!

Episode 24 – Boo! Did I make you jump?!

Great London Yarn Crawl 2016

Shops visited:
The Village Haberdashery
Ray Stitch
Knit With Attitude

West Wales Wool Show

Upcoming Events

Festiwool – 12th November in Hitching, Hertfordshire (I won’t be able to go to this myself, but [Gardening witch](person) asked me to mention it)

Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza knitting retreat 10-13 November, vendor market on Saturday 12th November in the Mercure Bush Hotel 


I’m really looking forward to the retreat and meeting CC (Javapurl Designs), Dami, Joeli (Joeli Creates) and Tara (Tara Swiger) as well as seeing Sara (Sara’s Texture Crafts), Sylvie (Phileas Yarns) and Rachel and Alison of Yarn in the City (and Porpoise Fur) again.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 


10th/11th March 2017

Episode 23 – Alpacas Galore!

This episode sees me and the clan travelling to Toft Alpaca’s open day. I talk about the Instagram giveaway winner, the current KAL in the Ravelry group and the possibility of a new KAL. I talk about upcoming events including the West Wales Wool Show on the 8th October in Pembrokeshire, the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza hosted by CC and Dami Almon and Sam Boggia which will be in Farnham, Surrey in November, the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March and Wonderwool Wales in April!


Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang – added minis from Claire at NH Knits podcast.

Duchess of Devonshire Shawl by Kay Jones using Little Boo Knits yarns


Fork in the Road Socks by Lara Neel

Froot Loop Socks by Kristi Gelaci 


Denim skirt
Erin’s watermelon print dress

Stash from Toft and Sara’s Texture Crafts.

Odds and ends 

Congratulations to hbu82 on winning 1st prize at the Pembrokeshire County Show with socks knitted from my yarn!
Planning a new KAL for the autumn. Any preferences?

Episode 21 – John Arbon Mill Open Day

Finished itemPay Day Socks by Leah Oakley

Works in Progress

Java Socks by Cailyn Meyer, using Tausendschon sock yarn
Skew Socks by Lana Holden, using Owl About Yarn Cuddly Owl Sock yarn

Shop update of project bags at owlaboutyarn.etsy.com

Yarningham – Birmingham’s first yarn and fibre festival. 16th and 17th July at Stirchley Baths, Birmingham.

Pins and Needles – my gorgeous friend Zoe’s awesome knitting and sewing podcast.

Owl About Yarn Ravelry group

Stash – loot from John Arbon Mill Open day, including Knit by Numbers yarn and fibre, and merino fibre to spin for Ben.

Episode 17 – All the plans!

Thank you to all of you who left a comment after the last podcast to let Erin know who you were and where you were watching – it made her very happy!

Also, thank you to everyone who has entered my Instagram 1000 follower contest. It’s very gratifying that so many of you would like to win something that I have made!


Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Motion and I’m using 2mm needles.
Undercover Otter rolags are on my spinning wheel at the moment.


Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia-Rose Jeanes. Yarn is Regia Zoofari and I used my 2mm hiya hiya sharps fixed circular needles.


Night Owl Mittens  by Jorid Linvik (pattern gifted to me by Purplesnowdrop Marie). I used Laal Bear BFL yarn and my own navy merino, and I think 2.5mm needles.


Ellie’s hat based on the Elephant Sanctuary pattern by Gabrielle Danskknit. Yarn was John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK.


Spinning – Grown Up Girl merino.



Bugle the baby elephant by Susan Claudino
Elephant Blanket by Rebecca Lennoxtown
Fondant Fibre harlequin bites for spinning
Keeping track of yarn and fibre used up this year. January totals – 1246 yards of yarn knitted up and 162 of fibre spun.
Knitting lots of socks but not repeating a pattern this year.

Quay Shawlette KAL prize drawing!

Firstly, I want to apologise for being so late in drawing for these prizes. However, I’ve been sick with the Killer Never Ending Cold Which Was Probably Plague, and although I’m on the mend, I still don’t look really healthy. Just to make the point, I have this photo for you, freshly snapped…


…Hopefully I’m looking and feeling healthier next week so that I can podcast as promised, and generally get back into the swing of things!

Anyway, to return to the point, I decided that I should just get on with drawing the winners and stop waiting until I am able to podcast without coughing all over you! I thought I could document the process in pictures and it would be almost as good as a video. Maybe.

To start, I made a highly professional and sophisticated list of entrants.


As you can see from this very high tech record, there were seventeen completed shawlette, all eligible to win the Sara’s Texture Crafts gift voucher. Ten of which were knitted using my yarn and thus eligible for the second prize drawing for free yarn!

Right, let’s get to the exciting bit. I’m really excited!


(Was that convincing?! It’s as excited as I get whilst sleep deprived and feeling self pitying about my sore throat and coughing!)

OK, I’ll find someone who is better at expressing excitement.


She wanted to record a short message for you. She’s missing podcasting already!

For the first prize, then, a £10 gift voucher to be spent at http://www.SarasTextureCrafts.com. I consulted random.org…


And the winner was number 9, Mollysmakes! Congratulations!! Please contact Sara directly and she will organise your prize with you!

Second prize, a custom dyed skein of my yarn; random.org chose number 8, BdLasGi!


Congratulations, Gi! Start thinking about what sort of colours you’d like, and whether you’d like sparkly or not sparkly yarn, and get in touch with me!