Thursday, 27 June 2013

Episode 4 - Anyone for a KAL?

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Stash Dash 2013 - Update in Yards = 2366
Summer of Lace & Beads KAL with The Knitmore Girls.  I've got yarn from stash, Wharfedale Woolworks Falkland Merino/Silk 4 ply in Creme de Menthe, and I've bought beads.

Wharfedale Woolworks 01

I'm planning on knitting Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart, from Knitty, First Fall 2013.
Minerva Crafts Review Project in King Cole Bamboo Cotton - King Cole 3324.

Done & Dusted

Trillian by Martina Behm, using Deeply Wicked, from Splashed Out in Episode 3.  I've entered it into The Fat Squirrel's Orange KAL.

Trillian 05

Spun the Easy Knits Polwarth/De-Haired Camel in Exterminate from Splashed Out in Episode 3, I added it to my entry in the Orange KAL in the hopes that the Orange levels would be boosted.  Blogged about it here.

EasyKnits 02

Nose to The Grindstone

Dew Drops Shawl is now being worked on - slowly.

Dew Drops Shawl 04

Henslowe, after seeing Emily's on the Watcha' Swatchin' Podcast.  Using Malabrigo Sock in the Abril colourway, from stash.

Henslowe 01

Spinning Mallard fibre from Hilltop Cloud, talked about in Episode 3.  It's a lot less "grippy" than the fibre I've spun so far, but it's going faster too.  I blogged about it here.
Being ruthless with my patterns from magazines collection.

Splashed Out

Pattern Splurge - Henslowe, Howl Cat, Wandering Wildflower.


Countess Ablaze Count Cashmerino High Twist - Finish the Deal Colourway. (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn - 365m)

Countess Ablaze 03

Posh Yarn Pamela - I'll Get You My Pretty (Merino/Nylon/Sparkle sock yarn - 400m)

Schoppel-Wolle - Crazy Zauberball 2136 (Wool/nylon sock yarn - 420 m)

Schoppel-Wolle - Zauberball 1993 (Wool/nylon sock yarn - 420 m)


Countess Ablaze Polwarth, blogged about here.
Fondant Fibre rolags and Icelandic fibre, blogged about here.


iSpinToolkit app, recommended by Rachel of Reecie's Pieces Podcast.  I also recommend the Yarn Raising Podcast with Melia, who talks mainly about spinning and is a great source of information and inspiration.

Crafting Library

I wanted to talk about the possibility of doing a KAL/CAL that involves using patterns from the library.  Let me know in this thread what you think.

A Request

If you have any podcast or blog recommendations, please join the Ravelry group and add to this thread.  If you are a member of the group, I will add your blog or podcast to the list if you leave the details in the same thread.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Episode 3 - Lots of New Things

It seems like I have lots of new things to talk about this episode.

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Stash Dash 2013 with The Knit Girlls
Swatching for Goldilocks KAL, being run by Lete's Knits

Done and Dusted

BFL Superwash fibre from The Yarn Yard in Beach Colourway.  Blogged about it here.
BFL/Silk from Picperfic spun on Rakestraw/Mayan Spindle from Blogged about it here.
LaLa The Panda by Stacey Trock for my nephew, project is on Ravelry.
Cardigan for my nephew, Beyond Puerperium, by Kelly Brooker, project is on Ravelry.
Drizzle by Mel Ski of Single Handed Knits in Posh Yarn, blogged about here.  Dana from Just One More Row had the same comments about the lace on the crown!
I've created a striped shawl of my own design, I blogged about it here.  It uses some of the yarn from last episode's Splashed Out section

Nose to the Grindstone

I have made no real progress on Dew Drops Shawl, for reasons explained in the Quest for Knowledge Section.
My striped shawl had been my simple project of choice which means the Nuvem has been placed on the backburner for now.
Spinning Polwarth/Camel Fibre from EasyKnits on the Rakestraw.

EasyKnits 01

Trillian by Martina Behm using Deeply Wicked from EasyKnits in Beach Party colourway.

Deeply Wicked 01

Splashed Out

BFL Superwash (50g x 2) from The Yarn Yard in Blackcurrant.

Blackcurrant BFL Fibre

Fibre and yarn from EasyKnits
Fibre from Hilltop Cloud

100g - Mallard - 62% merino/25% BFL/13% baby alpaca

Hilltop Cloud 02

100g - 70% BFL/30% ramie

Hilltop Cloud 01

Posh Yarn Sadie Lace (100g x 2) - merino 50% and tencel 50% in Unforgiving Minute colourway

Sadie Lace

BabyLongLegs Radiance Aran (100% wool) in BellaDonna and Semi-Precious Aran (50% silk and 50% superwash merino) in Dolly Blue.

Radiance Aran 02 Semi-Precious Aran 01

Ordered a Tibetan spindle from IST Crafts.


Yarn Corset from The Yarn Yard

Quest for Knowledge

Supported spindling - discovered via CraftStash.

Here's a video showing how the fabulous Fleegle, uses her Tibetan spindle.

Fleegle is selling an ebook on supported spindling, but it is delivered on a flash drive.  This means not only will I have to pay the price of the book ($30), but the postage ($10), the UK VAT (sales tax @ 20%) and the admin charge to pay the sales tax charged by the post office (at today's exchange rate a cost of $12.26) which gives a total cost to me of $58.26 or £38.01.  I need to think a little more before spending that money, after ordering a Tibetan spindle.  Maybe I'll revisit the idea of the book when I've had a go with my own.

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