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 

Have you seen my new spindle bags?

I wanted to share my latest new product range with you. For Yarningham I made a stack of quilted spindle bags, and now all the ones I brought home are in the shop! There’s a fun range of fabrics, but as ever, if you are after this design in a different fabric just get in touch and we’ll see what I can do for you!

They are a good size, being more than roomy enough to fit my regular spindle and fluff, but also big enough that I could carry my big Ashford plying spindle if I wanted (that’s the larger, untreated wood one). Fully lined and quilted, they should protect your spindle from bumps and scratches. And the fun fabric prints will bring a smile to your face whenever you use it!

Don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway draw if you haven’t already – it ends tonight at midnight, and the winner will be announced tomorrow! Good luck!

 

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!!

Yarningham prep!

Just one week to go until the inaugural Yarningham wool show in Birmingham, and my preparations are well under way. My yarn and fibre is all ready to go, and I’m enjoying making some new things to bring with me. I am going to be offering learn to spindle kits, where you can have a lovely wooden drop spindle together with your choice of spindle bag and fibre. Hoping to tempt more people down the spinning rabbit hole! 

There have been lots and lots of stitch markers and progress keepers in the works this week, and my inner nerdy-geek has been rejoicing at the Whovian and Harry Potter themed sets I’ve been putting together. I’ve also had time to make some lovely delicate sparkly sets. And next week I’ll be stocking up on my progress keepers for those of you who prefer lobster clasps.

Another new product I’ve been making are these micro-mini-skein earrings. All made from my own hand dyed sock weight yarns, I love them!

And finally, just for a bit of fun, I will be offering these hand painted toy eyes. A while ago I needed some safety eyes for a bunny rabbit I knitted, and I couldn’t find the colour I wanted. So I ordered some unpainted ones, had a go and was happy with the result. But I was then left with many many surplus eyes, so I’ve painted them and they’ll be coming with me to Yarningham!

If any of you are able to come, please come and say hello to Zoe and I, we’d love to meet you and put faces to names! 

But for now, I’m off back to my sewing machine. Only six making days left! Busy busy!

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!

WIPs

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.

FOs

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

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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.

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

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Spinning – Grown Up Girl merino.

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Plans

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.

Episode 13 – Lucky for Some!

WIPs

Jack’s hat
Erin’s jumper (both my own design)
Sock yarn blanket

FOs

John Arbon teal merino handspun

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Owl About Yarn BFL handspun

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Ben’s stripy blue handspun hat

The second Tallulah cardigan by Sarah Ronchetti (paid for pattern available on Ravelry)

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Shop News

Four new yarn colourways and four new fibre colourways will be in the shop in the next couple of days. Plus oodles of new stitch markers!