Episode 30 – Light on the knitting, heavy on the waffle!

Workings – Milk Stout cardigan, pattern by Thea Colman (paid for pattern on Ravelry). My own hand dyed merino aran yarn, colourway Plum Duff. 3.5mm knit pro zing needles.

Loving

  • Blacker yarn for the #blackerpodkal hosted by Blacker Yarns and Louise from Knit British podcast
  • Wool Tribe magazine
  • Tyddyn Bryn podcast by my bkff Ellie
  • Moneta-along, which Zoe from Pins and Needles podcast brought to my attention

Out and About

  • Edinburgh Yarn Festival podcast lounge 10/11 March
  • Wonderwool Wales 22/23 April
  • Yarningham 15/16 July

Shop Update

All Blue Faced Leicester aran this week – a new base and weight for my shop. Eight colourways, update goes live at 7pm GMT

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Finally, please use the hashtag #owlaboutyarn on instagram when you post anything to do with my products to make sure I see it. Sometimes the @owlaboutyarn tags vanish before I get to see them, or they don’t notify me, and I don’t want to miss any of your beautiful pictures!

Episode 29 – Bright and Sunny!

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Question: are you a loose knitter or a tight knitter??

Workings

Monkey socks by Cookie A – available free on knitty.com

Milk Stout cardigan by Thea Colman – paid for pattern on Ravelry.

Petal Dress by Felicity Patterns (pattern available at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/128630976/sewing-pattern-petal-reversible-dress)

Loving

Pin badge – madness hamsters
New pictures – Rhiannon Roberts ( http://www.rhiannonart.co.uk)
– Amy’s Not Dead Yet ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/amysnotdeadyet?ref=s2-header-shopname)

Shop news – update tonight at 7pm, http://owlaboutyarn.etsy.com – it’s all about the project bags!

Consistency!


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Finishings

Baable hat, knit in John Arbon Knit by Numbers 
Deco Mug Mat knit in Laal Bear 4ply and undyed 4ply

Workings

Milk Stout cardigan by Thea Colman, knitted on 3.5mm needles in my own hand dyed aran merino (colourway Plum Duff, in case you’re interested!)

Aran weight mitred square blanket

Monkey Socks by Cookie A knitted on 2mm needles in a yarn I think MariaSamira gifted to me?

KALs you might like to try

Pins and Needles Newfangled KAL hosted by BFG in her Ravelry group – until the end of February.

Louise Tilbrook Brioche Challenge – just this month

Carolien Kralalien of Colourful Creativity’s Colourful Brioche KAL – until the end of March

Katie MissLavelli of Inside no.23 has a year long Harry Potter KAL – just my sort of thing!

CC javapurl and Dami damisdoodles of Geeky Girls Knit podcast have the Winter Wonderland KAL until the end of February.

Vlog of walk in Cardiff Bay

Episode 27 – Feeling Festive!

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Happenings

I’ve been accepted to exhibit at Wonderwool Wales again next year!! Will you be there? 22/23 April 2017 in Llanelwedd Wells.

Workings

Baable hat by Donna Smith, knitted in John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK.
Spinning – Wingham Wool Work merino silk blend.

Finishings

Plain beanie hat 
Treacle Shawl by Joeli Kelly (www.joelicreates.com), yarn from http://www.sarastexturecrafts.com and also my own merino dk.

Loving

Lots of gifts! 
Trip to Somerset

Remnants

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support this year, both in my shop and on all the social media platforms. I wish for you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful, optimistic and happy new year for 2017! 

Owl About Yarn on Ravelry

There is an Owl About Yarn group on Ravelry. Did you know that? I always post a new thread for each podcast, and also post first there with shop news including discounts and giveaways. 

At the moment we have an ongoing KAL. It is called “Socks and Shawls, oh my!” and, as suggested by the name, we are making things to go around our necks or to put on our feet! It started when my friend Marie offered to design and knit five beaded lace shawls for a wedding. I had already decided to knit socks all summer and I thought that maybe if other people crafted along with us, it might encourage us to reach our goals!

At the time of writing there are 97 completed projects from 21 people taking part! With just a couple of weeks remaining until the end of August deadline, I have started to think about prizes. 

So far, there is a small drawstring project bag, a gorgeous hand made card from my friend Pam at Roath Crafts Market, a notions pouch sized tin of balm (great for dry hands for knitters!) from Nature’s Little Helpers (also at Roath Market) and a little random orange knit pouch that I made.

So why not come and join us? It’s a friendly group and I’d love to get to know more of you better. Plus, it’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss any exciting Owl About Yarn developments!

My new flock, courtesy of Toft Alpaca!

You remember how I talked about yarn as a souvenir of a day trip? (Much more satisfying and longer lasting than a stick of rock or tin of biscuits!) Well, I’ve expanded my horizons, as teeny tiny furry alpacas are so definitely a worthy souvenir of a fabulous day out at Toft Alpaca stud!

Welcome to my flock! 


At the front is Agamemnon (of course, as he was my first true alpaca love, I shall never forget him!). At the back on the left is Aphrodite and on the right is Aletheia. From my teeny tiny herd I am of course expecting teeny tiny adorable toy crias to be born next summer!

Introduced to their new pasture, Agamemnon stays protective of his females and curious as to what the photographer is doing.

But then he spots an especially luscious bit of grass and heads off to investigate, his tiny harem forgotten. They’ve not really been paying much attention to him anyway, and carry on their gossiping about the new neighbours.

Another gorgeous purchase from Toft was this gorgeous, fluffy, lighter than air pompom. I knew I’d been waiting for a reason before I made my Baable hat, and this was it! This pompom will be its crowning glory, and I can’t wait to cast on before the weather cools down!


I did buy actual crafting stuff as I treated myself to this woolly mammoth kit which has been on my mind since I first saw it at Wonderwool Wales in April. Plus I got an ergonomic crochet hook to see whether it’ll help with the pain I get in my hands. 

All in all, a nice bag of goodies, and I’m glad for every last bit of it!