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!

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

Great London Yarn Crawl 2016

Shops visited:
The Village Haberdashery
Ray Stitch
Loop
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 

geekypuffinknitpalooza.blogspot.com

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 

http://www.edinyarnfest.com

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!

WIPs

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

FOs

Fork in the Road Socks by Lara Neel

Froot Loop Socks by Kristi Gelaci 

Sewing

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?

New cast on (and it’s not socks!!)

I’ve deviated from my summer of socks pledge, and I’m wholly unapologetic! I blame the lovely Kay Jones (of the Bakery Bears podcast) as she had a one day sale on her patterns a little while ago and so I bought her “Duchess of Devonshire” shawl pattern. And I blame Deb from Little Boo Yarns for having gorgeously coloured yarns that called to me across the hall at Yarningham last month. Since I bought them they’ve been calling to be knit up, and so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

This shawl is going to be sparkletastic, with both the yarns I’m using having stellina in them. So I’ll have a gorgeously cheerful shawl for the winter. Awesome!

It’s not the best photo, I know, with the turquoise on the right being totally blown out, but I’m hoping that these two colourways will make a really pretty and beautifully wearable shawl. Here’s my progress so far…

I have to say, the 3.5mm needles (US 4) I’m using seem so clunky after knitting with sock needles for so long!

I’ll keep you updated on Instagram and the podcast as to my progress, but I’m hoping to have it finished in time to wear on the Great London Yarn Crawl next month.

And there’s more….

I think, I think I’ve finally got all my yarns listed in the shop! On Thursday I finished off the skeins of fingering and laceweight, and I’ve just yesterday evening finished writing up and photo editing a heap of the smooshiest, softest DK merino yarn plus the new sets of fingering weight miniskeins. So lots of gorgeous colour has expanded the shop, I hope you like it all! 

Big luscious shop update!

I’ve been working hard this week to bring you a bumper shop update. There are seventeen (yes, seventeen!!) new colourways on fingering weight yarn.

I’ve got sparkly yarns, yarns with a bit of nylon for the sock knitters, pure wool yarns…something for everyone!

Plus, as an added bonus, I have a handful of beautiful colourways on my laceweight yarn which is an 80% extra fine merino 20% silk blend. Soooooo soft! 

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!