Episode 26 – December Already?

Happenings

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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 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?

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!

Go-to projects

I’m sure most crafters have them. A go-to project or pattern that is almost like comfort crafting. What is yours? Is it a vanilla sock pattern, or a hat, or maybe a shawl or scarf? Or maybe your default crafting is to crochet amigurumi?

I tend to binge on one sort of project until I’ve really had enough, and then I’ll move onto the next sort. This year, I’ve made lots of pairs of socks.

Blueberry Waffle Socks in Cuddly Owl Sock, colourway “Pollock’s”
Vanilla Socks with a slip stitch heel flap
Skew socks, pattern on knitty.com. Yarn is Turquoise Obsidian on OAY Cuddly Owl Sock
Pay Day Socks, pattern by Leah Oakley , handspun yarn.

And they’re still coming! I’ve got three pairs on the needles at the moment. I have one sock done of a pair of Butterblümchen socks (pattern by Christa Hartmann and it’s free on Ravelry), one and a bit of Fork in the Road socks by Lana Neel (also free on Ravelry) and one and seven eighths of a pair of Froot Loop socks (by Kristi Gelaci and guess what, the pattern is free on Ravelry, and also on knitty.com).

I feel the end of my sock phase approaching. But what will be next? Knitted toys?

Bugle the baby elephant – pattern by Susan Claudino, yarn by me!
Three Bonbon Bunnies for my daughter and two nieces – again, the pattern is by Susan Claudino

Or jumpers? Hmm. I’m thinking it might be shawl time. I’m feeling the call of the shawl!!

I’ve not knitted any for a while, but I think it’s time I brushed up my shawl skills as I’ve got a couple of design ideas blowing about in my head.

Butterfly Vines shawl – my own design
Pattern is Multnomah and I knitted this as a gift a couple of years back. I dyed the yarn.
My own design – Bonus Shawl – and my own yarn!
Haruni – a gorgeous pattern by Emily Ross. My own yarn.

At Yarningham I bought some lovely yarn from Little Boo Yarns. Two complimenting colourways on a sparkle base. I’m thinking that they will become a Duchess of Devonshire shawl. But first I’ve got to finish all those pesky socks!

Yarningham was awesome!

This is an unapologetically picture heavy, word light blog post, but I’m going to leave it as it is. With the gorgeous things in these pictures, I really do think that a picture is worth a thousand words! Although there are captions…well, imagine I’m showing you my Yarningham photo album!

Me in front of my stall, day 1. All set up and ready to go!
The stall without a stallholder grinning insanely and blocking the view!
Phileas Yarns – it was so lovely to meet Sylvie and she had the most gorgeous solids and tonals.
The hall from not-quite-above. We were over on the left hand side. You can just see my sign peeping up!
The local WSD guild were tempting people down the weaving and spinning rabbit holes all weekend! And you can just see Jo Knit Sew’s stall behind them. I don’t seem to have a picture of her stand, which is a shame. She was really lovely!
Fee and Liz (I repeated their names all weekend so I wouldn’t forget!) were another lovely pair of people I met. Their business is called Yarn Angels and I think they were the most local of all!
Me and my glamorous assistant Zoe, of the Pins and Needles podcast.
Ling was our opposite neighbour, and her stall gave us lots of pretties to look at in quieter times!
Oh my days, the cake! I had some raspberry and chocolate cake, but it disappeared too quickly to be photographed. So I got a picture (just!) of the Yarningham sponge instead!
Textile Garden brought the usual extremely tempting range of buttons to riffle.
Little Boo Yarns was sort of diagonal to us, and her yarn was actually calling my name all weekend! I gave way in the end and bought two totally gorgeous skeins with will become a two tone shawl.
And more Little Boo Yarns goodies….
We’ll be heading up to Toft Alpaca for their open day at the weekend, and I might have fallen in love with something…
Look!! How could anyone resist this gorgeous, beautiful woolly mammoth? He must be mine! Well, at least, the pattern must be mine next weekend!
Fig Tree Yarns was our neighbour on stage right, selling all sorts of beautiful American yarns.
Tanja and Derrick of the Knitting Swede – she had the most beautiful shawl pattern called “Dragon Tears” which I’d love to knit one day!
Grace of Beyond Measure was our other neighbour, and really lovely to chat to. She had some great tools and notions, and I know Zoe was tempted…and succumbed!
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It was lovely meeting so many people I’d only known online before. I didn’t get a picture with Ann Kingstone or Dani of Little Bobbins, but here’s one Zoe took of the pair of us with Zena from Little Yellow Uke podcast and etsy shop. I really think that meeting so many brilliant people was the best part by far!
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Fab Funky Fibres was another stall very close to ours, with the most gorgeous range of self striping yarns. Seriously, that yarn festival was like being a kid in a sweet shop!
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And finally, a bit of fun! Zoe and I posing as alpacas. Of course, it was really tricky working out who should be the tall, ginger one and who should be the short, dumpy one!!