Thursday, 24 December 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 26 - Merry Christmas Be Self Indulgent

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.

NOTE: For some reason YouTube thinks I broke Community Guidelines with my video so I've embedded the file from another source. If you have a clue what I did wrong, let me know!



Stuff and Things

Emily of the FibreTown Podcast has released a new pattern the Esther Belle Shawl and she has donated a copy of this new pattern to give away to a viewer. The original winner, JamieWalcott contacted me to say that as she had won something from the podcast so recently, I should draw again. This new winner, TESOROSTITCHERY is announced in this episode.

Self Indulgent Craft-A-Long (#STSICAL2015) starting on Christmas Day and running to February 29th 2016. The thread will be locked when I get up and get online on 1st March. The CAL is for anything new and exciting that makes your heart sing after all the responsibilities and hard work of the run up to the end of the year, so it shouldn't be a WIP.

Prizes were all kindly donated and are:

A project bag from Knit and Stitch Bits. (The shop is closed until 4th January).
The Wool Barn Alpaca Sock (grey) in the Denim colourway. The is a sock/4ply weight yarn, comprised of 70% Natural Light Grey Baby Alpaca/20% Silk/10% Cashmere and it weighs 100g and has 400m/436yds.
From a generous viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, The Uncommon Thread, Silky Merino Fingering in the Pern colourway. The yarn is a sock/4ply weight yarn and is comprised of 75% Superwash Merino/25% Mulberry Silk, it weighs 100g and measures 400m.

Done and Dusted

Pamela Stripes En Haute knit from my own pattern, using Posh Yarn Pamela in the I'll Get You My Pretty, The Door Just Opened For Someone and The Grass is Full of Stars colourway.
Nephew's Barley Hat is by TinCanKnits and is knit from Cascade 220 Superwash in an unknown colourway.
Nicole C Mendez striped socks, using my usual tailored vanilla sock pattern in Ringel Sockenwolle in the #135 colourway.
Desert Vista Dyeworks socks in Viso The Fruits of Summer, a yarn from The Golden Skein club.
Rusty Boat Trip Cowl in Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply in the Creme Caramel colourway.
Fondant Fibre Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in the Life's A Beach colourway. Spun as a chain plied worsted yarn to become a heavy worsted weight yarn giving 133m from 99g.
Fondant Fibre Lina Rolags. The rolags were made from Alpaca/Camel/Shetland/Silk and spun as a woollen 3-ply to get a light sport weight yarn weighing 98g and getting 235m.
Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham using handspun yarn from Hilltop Cloud. The fibre was BFL/Cashmere/Silk. In total I used 360m of the sock/4ply weight yarn.

Nose to the Grindstone

Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure, using left over Hilltop Cloud BFL/Cashmere/Silk from the Foolproof.
Regia Snowflake Color Socks in the 07709 colourway.
Aisling Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska using Countess Ablaze Lady Lady Persephone Sock in the An Inveterate Dislike of Julia colourway and Count Cashmerino High Twist in the When Daylight Dies colourway. I have run out of yarn!
Hobbledehoy Merino Tencel in the Lagoon colourway. It's been spun as a worsted 2-ply and I'm currently plying. I used my new spindle from AaronMakesStuff.

Plotting

Making a Hitofude for my Mum using Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply in the Lily Pad colourway. The bag I showed was from Shop Louleigh.
My project for the #STSICAL is going to be knit using 40% Alpaca/40% Merino/20% Silk from John Arbon that I spun as a worsted 2ply to get a heavy sock/4ply weight yarn. I got 740m from 216g. I plan on making either Eyeblink by Heidi Alander or Wintermute by Melanie Berg.

Crafting Library

2015 Autumn Essentials: Flatland by Katya Frankel. This collection is made up of three accessory patterns; Tangent a pair of sport weight fingerless mitts, Tesseract a bulky weight cowl and Vector a worsted weight hat.

Splashed Out

AaronMakesStuff Acrylic and Aluminim Support Spindle with a Red Heart Shaft. It weighs 19g and measures 10 1/4".
Fondant Fibre Falkland Merino in the Ginko colourway and Kinloch rolags made of Merino/Shetland/Silk.
Pigeon Roof Studios 75% BFL/25% Silk in the Verdigris colourway. This is from the Glow Series.
I also got Bye Brook Farm 100% Romney Batt from Sarah of FiberTrek ,Woolweb Farm Navajo Churro yarn and Starcroft Fiber Nash Island Light in the Lobster Bake colourway from my friend Debs.

Online Community

Lara Smoot has kindly offered to give away a copy of one of her most recently released patterns, Journey to Atlantis, which was previously an exclusive club pattern on Miss Babs Knitting Tour. It uses around 500m of a worsted weight yarn to make. To enter, go to this thread and suggest a good yarn to use for this pattern. I'll draw for the winner of the copy of this pattern when I record Episode 27.

Many thanks for the shout outs from podcasters about my Boat Trip Cowl pattern. I'm so delighted that this pattern seems to have been well received and that people are already posting photos of finished objects on Ravelry.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 25 - Christmas Crafting

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.



Stuff and Things

Louleigh has donated one of her bags for a giveaway. The winner was drawn in Episode 24 but hasn't claimed the prize yet.
Emily of the FibreTown Podcast has released a new pattern the Esther Belle Shawl and she has donated a copy of this new pattern to give away to a viewer. The winner is announced in this episode.

The Boat Trip Cowl pattern uses less than 300m 4-ply/sock weight yarn. It is now available on Ravelry with a £1 discount until 30th November using BOATTRIP at checkout. #craft

I've now released my Boat Trip Cowl pattern and there is a coupon code, BOATTRIP, that will get you a £1 discount, if you enter it in the Coupon Code box on the checkout screen. This code will expire at midnight GMT on 30th November 2015. I mention the yarn used Countess Ablaze Lord Kitchener 4ply and Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig, which I got from The Golden Skein.

Done and Dusted

Fondant Fibre Fuzzlings in the Gone West colourway. Spun as a semi-worsted 3-ply construction, I got 178m of DK weight yarn.
Cute Critter for Christmas was an improvised pattern. It used Sirdar Shaggy Scarf yarn in the 0607 Tan colourway and Hayfield Bonus Chunky in the 0936 Tan colourway. I referenced FreshStitches crochet patterns and Rebecca Danger's Big Book of Knitted Monsters (UK Link)(US Link).
Brother's Barley Hat is by TinCanKnits and is knit from Cascade 220 Superwash in the 885 In The Navy colourway.
Grandmother's Favorite knit using Pigsah Peaches & Creme Solids in the 5 Eggshell colourway. Also giving some sensitive soap from Corinne T Holistic on ETSY.

Nose to the Grindstone

Pamela Stripes En Haute knit from my own pattern, using Posh Yarn Pamela in the I'll Get You My Pretty, The Door Just Opened For Someone and The Grass is Full of Stars colourway.
Fondant Fibre Rolags in the Lina colourway. Rolags are made of alpaca, camel, Shetland and silk. Spun using my Spanish Peacock Bead Whorl spindles.
Toddler Tank Top using Rico Baby Classic DK in the 16 Purple colourway. Based on the shaping of Playing Out by Sirdar from Issue 101 of Simply Knitting.

Blast From The Past

Quynn by Woolly Wormhead knit in Babylonglegs Radiance Aran in the Stingray colourway.

Plotting

I need to make a monster for my second youngest nephew and a hat for my eldest nephew. Thinking about doing a Self Indulgent Craft A Long starting on Christmas Day. If you have any thoughts about this CAL, post in the episode thread on the Ravelry Board.

Splashed Out

Nicole C Mendez Stripy Gold Sock in #2 colourway.
The Wool Barn Silk Sock in Gun Powder.
The Wool Barn Alpaca Sock in Denim.
The Wool Barn Rustic Sock in Adria.
The Knitting Goddess BritSock in The Luggage colourway.

Online Community

Thanks for reaching out as you always do!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 24 - Sickness Induced Spinning

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.



Stuff and Things

The books I were talking about were The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance from The Stormlight Archive (3 Book Series) by Brandon Sanderson.
Louleigh has donated one of her bags for a giveaway. The winner was drawn in this episode.

Done and Dusted

Clincher by Ash Kearns in Perran Yarns MCN 4ply in the Muddy Pops colourway.
Vanilla Socks incorporating the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist in Fab Funky Fibres Self Striping Sock Yarn in the Mish Mash colourway.
Cardinia Wrap by ambah. Knit using; Kettle Yarn Co Beyul in Black Quartz, Truly Hooked 60% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/20% Yak Down in the Merida colourway and The Wool Barn Adventure Sock in the Lagoon colourway. I'm sure these are dyed on the same base despite being from different dyers.
Toddler Blanket using Rico Design Baby Classic DK in the Anthracite (32), Dusky Pink (40), Powder (038), Mauve (041) colourways. I refer to the 1000 Knitting Patterns Book that I bought from ETSY.
Wide Ribbed Beanie by Woolly Wormhead using Countess Ablaze Lord of Silk Aran in the Few Are The Children Who Turn Out To Become The Equal of Their Fathers colourway.
Ana by Perl Grey using Countess Ablaze Lord of Silk DK in the OOAK2 colourway.
Sara's Texture Crafts Polwarth in the Final Frontier colourway. I spun it in a 2-ply worsted style and got a 103g of a DK weight yarn, measuring 250m.
Pigeon Roof Studios Targhee in the Magical colourway. I spun it in a chain-plied worsted style and got 124g of a worsted weight yarn, measuring 158m.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway. I spun a worsted 2-ply and got a heavy lace weight yarn measuring 1174m/1284yds from 227g/8oz.
BabyLongLegs BFL in the Berry Crush colourway. I spun a worsted 2-ply yarn and got 102g of a heavy sport weight yarn measuring 218m.

Nose to the Grindstone

Fondant Fibre Fuzzlings in the Gone West colourway.
Refraction Plus using DyeForYarn Superwash BFL Sock in the Wooden Treasure Chest colourway.
Vanilla Socks using Nicole C Mendez Ringel Sockenwolle in the #135 colourway.

Blast From The Past

Stripes En Haut shawl from June 2013, mainly knit on holiday in Cornwall. It used Countess Ablaze Count Cashmerino Sock in Grey Skies In Manchester, Posh Yarn Martha Sock in Dreams of An Insomniac and The Uncommon Thread Lush Twist in Pontus. All are MCN bases.

De-pilled using a Lilly Brush.

Plotting

I want to make another Stripes En Haut using Posh Yarn Pamela Sock.

Splashed Out

Spanish Peacock Tibetan Spindle made using Boxwood for the Whorl and Bolivian Rosewood for the shaft and tip. It weighs 28g.
Posh Yarn Pamela Sock in the Grass is Full Of Stars colourway.
Posh Yarn Kirsten Sock in the Sleep On My Wrongs colourway.
Regia Snowflake sock yarn in colourway 07709.

Online Community

Emily of the FibreTown Podcast has released a new pattern the Esther Belle Shawl and she has donated a copy of this new pattern to give away to a viewer. Go to the Ravelry Thread and let us know about a strong female role model from your childhood.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 23 - Forgetful Podcaster Warning

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.


Stuff and Things

Spin-A-Long 2015 winners are:

Fondant Fibre Harlequin Bites - Post 13: HappyDebs
Sara's Texture Crafts Merino Batts in the Porto colourway - Post 8: jamiewalcott
I mention the Toy KAL being co-hosted by the Victorian Studio.

Done and Dusted

Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu knit in Araucania Botany Lace in the 2118 colourway.
Vanilla Ribbed Socks in Countess Ablaze Viscount of Spark in Riots & Revolts. Started out as Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast.

Nose to the Grindstone

Clincher by Ash Kearns in Perran Yarns MCN 4ply in the Muddy Pops colourway.
Vanilla Socks incorporating the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist in Fab Funky Fibres Self Striping Sock Yarn in the Mish Mash colourway.
KnitBritish Breed Swatchalong KAL using Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop DK and Blacker Yarns North Ronaldsay Aran.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway. I am using a Neal Brand spindle in Black Palm and Ivorywood.
Sara's Texture Crafts Polwarth in the Final Frontier colourway. I am using an Enid Ashcroft Vita Tibetan spindle made from Yew and Paduak.

Blast From The Past

Fluvial by Marjorie Dussaud using Malabrigo Sock in the Violeta Africana colourway. Knit in September 2012 as a test knit.

Splashed Out

Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin 4-ply in the Bottalack Blue colourway and DK in the Dolcoath Turquoise colourway.
Chester Wool Company Tibetan 4ply un-dyed.

Online Community

Louleigh has donated one of her bags for a giveaway. I will close the draw in 14 days. Go to the thread on the Ravelry Board and let us know why you love project bags.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 22 - Blast From The Past

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.


Stuff and Things

A spin-a-long (SAL) started on 1st September, using a minimum of 100g or 3.5oz of fibre and spinning at least 100yds/91m. The SAL will finish on 30th September. All other details, including prizes are over on the FO Thread. Please do not chat in the FO Thread. You can use #STSAL2015 on social media and on your project page.
I am wearing a Cool Clavicle Cover by Megan Williams of the Stockinette Zombie Podcast out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in the Tea Party colourway. I mention my penannualar brooch from Twilight Forge on ETSY.

Done and Dusted

September SAL - Hilltop Cloud 70% BFL/15% Cashmere/15% Silk, 100g in natural and 100g in Autumn colours. Spun on my Spanish Peacock bead whorl spindles. I got two skeins of Heavy Fingering/4-ply weight yarn, spun into worsted style 2-ply yarn. The natural skein is 105g and measures 313m/342yds. The Autumn coloured skein is 106g and measures 332m/363yds.
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart using Black Bunny Fibers Merino Silk Sock (70% Merino/30% Silk) in the Peek-A-Boo colourway, in the small size.
Plain vanilla Socks using KnitPicks Felici Yarn in the Afternoon colourway.

Nose to the Grindstone

Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu knit in Araucania Botany Lace in the 2118 colourway. Stored in my Lowland Originals bag.
Cardinia Wrap by ambah. Knit using the yarn that I plotted to use for Dusk Into Twilight by Romi Hill. The yarn is Kettle Yarn Co Beyul in Black Quartz, Truly Hooked 60% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/20% Yak Down in the Merida colourway and The Wool Barn Adventure Sock in the Lagoon colourway. Eleanor (alwysknit) reminded me to photo the yarns in black and white and I decided that the shade differences wouldn't work for that pattern, but this one probably will.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway. I am using a Neal Brand spindle in Black Palm and Ivorywood.
Vanilla Ribbed Socks in Countess Ablaze Viscount of Spark in Riots & Revolts. Started out as Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast. I mention the PokeMeNot from Jan B Smiley.

Blast From The Past

Fiddlehead Mitts by Adrian Bizilia in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in Cream and Noro Silk Garden Lite in 2013. First knit in February 2012.

Splashed Out

Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin 4ply from BritYarn in the Wheal Rose Red and Levant Grey BritYarn still has some green DK. My sister in law got me some more at Yarndale.
Countess Ablaze Viscount of Spark Sock Blank in a one of a kind colourway. I mention the Caffeinated Knitting Podcast with Gert & Allie.

Online Community

Thank you to Andi from the AndreSueKnits Podcast and Maureen from the Victorian Studio Podcast for their mentions on their podcasts.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 21 - Dyeing Fun

As always, show notes can be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk. Come and join the conversation on the Stitched Together Podcast & Patterns Ravelry Group board.



Stuff and Things

1 Year Pod-iversary prize was a skein of Wharfedale Woolworks BFL Lace in the Sea Jewels colourway.  There is 800m/875yds from 100g. The winner was post 28, Sikuna from Berlin in Germany.


Thank you for all the feedback provided in the thread, I will definitely try and film some spindling soon! There are a couple of videos that I recommend if you are interested in support spinning; Lori of Deerfield Creations filmed a good introduction and Lisa Chan filmed the video that finally made long draw spindling click for me.

A spin-a-long (SAL) started on 1st September, using a minimum of 100g or 3.5oz of fibre and spinning at least 100yds/91m. The SAL will finish on 30th September. All other details, including prizes are over on the FO Thread. Please do not chat in the FO Thread. You can use #STSAL2015 on social media and on your project page.

Done and Dusted

Nuvem by Martina Behm in Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the Cu colorway. I used the border element from Viajante also by Martina Behm. Thank you to alwysknit, aka Eleanor for suggesting that. The video tutorial I used to do garter stitch in the round was this one.
Into The Whirled 85% Polwarth/25% Silk in the Captain Tightpants colourway. Spun as a worsted 2-ply to produce a barber poled yarn. I got 356m from 118g at a fingering/4ply weight yarn.
Superwash Merino Fibre from World of Wool - 135g dyed using Wilton 8 Colour Icing Set 226 g and white vinegar.
Chester Wool Company Platinum HT Sock (75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon) - 435m/100g. Dyed using the same colours as the fibre. Bluefaced.net is the retail arm of the undyed yarn selling company.

Nose to the Grindstone

September SAL - Hilltop Cloud 70% BFL/15% Cashmere/15% Silk, 100g in natural and 100g in Autumn colours. Spun on my Spanish Peacock bead whorl spindles.
Toddler Blanket using Rico Designs Baby Classic DK in the Powder (038), Mauve (041), Dusky Pink (40), Anthracite (32) and Purple (16) colourways. Done using Treble(UK)/Double Crochet(US).
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart using Black Bunny Fibers Merino Silk Sock (70% Merino/30% Silk) in the Peek-A-Boo colourway.

Crafting Library/Quest For Knowledge

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques (UK Link/US Link) by Gail Callahan, The Kangeroo Dyer. I also have the Color Grid, which I got from Hilltop Cloud. I found out about these from an interview that Laura of Gynx Yarns from The Dyer's Notebook Podcast did with Gail.

Playlist of videos I used when I was first looking at dyeing yarn.

Splashed Out

Sara's Texture Crafts Romney fibre (500g) and Shetland fibre (200g). Sara has a 50% discount (applied at checkout automatically) on her "Fresh From The Farm Tops" at the moment.
Babylonglegs Merino D'Arles fibre (200g). You can get the undyed natural fibre from John Arbon. Sarah has a discount on at the moment Add spin4yourlife to the discount box at checkout for a 15% off all Spinning Fibres.

Online Community

I've been watching some broadcasts on the Periscope app. I'm not sure if I'll ever record on there, but my user name is the same as for Twitter, stitchedtog.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 20 - Technological Interruptions

Show notes can always be found at www.stitchedtogether.co.uk.



Stuff and Things

The Crafting With Colour KAL closed on 31st August and the winners drawn from the FO Thread.

A spin-a-long (SAL) started on 1st September, using a minimum of 100g or 3.5oz of fibre and spinning at least 100yds/91m. The SAL will finish on 30th September. All other details, including prizes are over on the FO Thread. Please do not chat in the FO Thread.

Done and Dusted

Crocheted Monster for my nephew.

This little guy is a gift for my nephew's birthday next week. I made it up as I went along, in chunky weight yarn so it went faster. #craft #crochettoy

Inspired by Amigurumi: Woodland Friends Craftsy Class with Stacey Trock and Big Book of Knitted Monsters (UK Link) by Rebecca Danger (US Link)
Sock Yarn Scraps Blanket - 28 squares blocked. I have knit a total of 71 of the 144 I want.
Hand Dyed OOAK1 - 221m and 82g of sport weight yarn, spun worsted into a 2-ply yarn.

Nose to the Grindstone

September SAL - Hilltop Cloud 70% BFL/15% Cashmere/15% Silk, 100g in natural and 100g in Autumn colours. Spun on my Spanish Peacock bead whorl spindles.
Toddler Blanket using Rico Designs Baby Classic DK in the Powder (038), Mauve (041), Dusky Pink (40), Anthracite (32) and Purple (16) colourways. Done using Treble(UK)/Double Crochet(US). I mention the penguin and duck stitch markers I got from Abso-Knitting-Lutely (aka Silwen/Nadia).
Botany Lace Hitofude using Araucania Botany Lace in the 2118 colourway, bought from Stash Fine Yarns (they have 35% off all yarns including those on sale).
Nuvem by Martina Behm in Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the Cu colorway.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway and Into The Whirled 85% Polwarth/25% Silk in the Captain Tightpants colourway have remained untouched.

Plotting

Dusk Into Twilight by Romi Hill using Kettle Yarn Co Beyul in Black Quartz, Truly Hooked 60% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/20% Yak Down in the Merida colourway and The Wool Barn Adventure Sock in the Lagoon colourway.

Splashed Out

Kettle Yarn Co Beyul in the Black Quartz colourway. It's a 4ply/fingering weight yarn comprised of 60% superwash merino/20% yak down/20% silk. There are 366m/400yds from the 100g skein.
Eden Cottage Yarns - 100g - 400m/437yds of Polwarth 4ply/fingering weight yarn in the Faded Bloom colourway.
Spin Bin and 120g of Superwash Merino/Nylon in the Metropolis colourway from Fondant Fibre. I mention the jute baskets that I bought from Julz Craft Supplies.
Tibetan Spindle in Yew & Padauk, weighing 24g made by Enid Ashcroft. I talk about a table made for my great uncle by Mousey Thompson.
Supersized Wedge Bag from Knits and Stitch Bits.

Online Community

1 Year Pod-iversary discount was last weekend. In addition I'm giving away a skein of Wharfedale Woolworks BFL Lace in the Sea Jewels colourway.



There is 800m/875yds from 100g. Enter over on the Ravelry Thread, answering the question given in the first post. The thread will close just before the next episode is recorded and the winner randomly drawn.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 19 - Tonnes of Fluff

Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.



Stuff and Things

Stitched Together Crafting With Colour KAL Badge (150 x150 pixels)

The Crafting With Colour KAL is proceeding well. Finished Objects should be posted in this FO Thread (please no chat there). Please also read all the rules carefully before posting to make sure your project fits the rules.

If you want to chat about the KAL, please come and join the friendly thread here.

The KAL finishes on 31st August 2015, so still plenty of time to enter.

Starting on 1st September, I'll be hosting a spin a long. It's going to be a simple and straight forward SAL, using a minimum of 100g or 3.5oz of fibre and spinning at least 100yds/91m. The SAL will finish on 30th September and there will be two prizes:

The first prize that will be drawn was kindly donated by Deb of Fondant Fibre, which I showed a few months ago. It's a set of blending roving made from Shetland/Merino/Bamboo. The set is in 6 colours and weighs 150g in total. The set is called Harlequin Bites.


This second prize was very kindly donated by Sara of Sara's Texture Crafts. This is two matching 50g batts of merino in the Porto colourway.

Untitled

I'll open a chat thread for this SAL when this episode goes live and the FO Thread after the start date. Please don't start before 1st September, no WIPs are allowed. It would be even better if you pulled from stash!

Done and Dusted

Holi Party by Joji Locatelli using Noro Iro in colourway 69.
World of Wool Superwash hand dyed in the oven using Wilton's Cake Decorating Gels - Set of 8 Food Colour Pastes and white vinegar.
SpunRightRound Rambouillet in the Circus colourway. It's a worsted spun 2ply aimed at obtaining a barber pole appearance. It turned out to be a heavy fingering weight yarn measuring 363m.
Fondant Fibre Organic Merino Silk and Baby Llama in the Beach Huts colourway. It's a worsted spun 3ply in the worsted weight, amounting to 136m.

Nose to the Grindstone

Botany Lace Hitofude using Araucania Botany Lace in the 2118 colourway, bought from Stash Fine Yarns (they have 35% off all yarns including those on sale). The project bag was from Lowland Originals.
Nuvem by Martina Behm in Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the Cu colorway. The project bag was from MinaMakes of The Knitting Expat Podcast.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway. I am using a Neal Brand spindle in Black Palm and Ivorywood.
Into The Whirled 85% Polwarth/25% Silk in the Captain Tightpants colourway. I am using two Spanish Peacock Bead Whorl spindles.

Splashed Out

Knitty and Color Superwash Targhee in the Early Fall colourway. I have 4oz.
Sara's Texture Crafts Polwarth fibre in the Final Frontier colourway and 70% BFL/30% Silk fibre in the Fangorn colourway. Sara also kindly sent me some Mint Choc merino silk batts to try.
HilltopCloud Gradient Packs in the Conch and Cabbage Leaf options. Conch is comprised of 50% Merino/25% Shetland/12% Silk/12% Baby Alpaca. Cabbage Leaf is comprised of 55% Merino/30% Corriedale/15% Bamboo. Each pack weighs 140g and is made of 9 colours of blended fibre.
Apple Rose Fibers Undyed Cormo Top (4oz). I talk about the #spin15aday instagram spin-a-long where people are spinning 15 minutes a day. BaaBonnyBelle sent me some Cormo locks.
OnTheRound Signature Sock in the Silver Lining Tweed colourway. It's a 4ply/fingering weight yarn made of 80% Merino and 20% Nylon and it measures 375m/410yds.
Posh Yarn Fenella Sock in the Let's Be Up and Doing colourway. It's a 4ply/fingering weight yarn made of 75% Merino and 25% Cashmere and it measures 355m/388yds.

Online Community

Thank you to the purchasers of my destashed yarn. There's still more and if you see something you like that isn't listed in the Trade/Sell category, you can always ask, I might let it go if you really want it.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 18 - Spun All The Things.

Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.



Stuff and Things

Stitched Together Crafting With Colour KAL Badge (150 x150 pixels)

The Crafting With Colour KAL is proceeding well. Finished Objects should be posted in this FO Thread (please no chat there). Please also read all the rules carefully before posting to make sure your project fits the rules.

If you want to chat about the KAL, please come and join the friendly thread here.

The KAL finishes on 31st August 2015, so still plenty of time to enter.

Done and Dusted

The Joker and The Thief by Melanie Berg. I'm using Wollmeise Pure in a WD version of Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht and couple of sets of mini skeins from Frankenskein Yarns in the Sour Heart colourway.
Quicksilver by Melanie Berg. Knit in Snaeldan 2-Ply in the Charcoal, Cloud and Turf colourways, from Island Wool on the Faroe Isles.
Skein 80% Polwarth/20% Silk in the Thyme colourway. I got 250m of a heavy DK weight 2-ply yarn.
Countess Ablaze blend in the Extravagance and Cruelty colourway. 62% merino/12% alpaca/12% angelina/12% Seacell. I got 487m of a 3-ply DK weight out of 311g.
Fondant Fibre Oatmeal BFL in the Luckenbooth colourway. I got 275m of a heavy fingering weight chain plyed yarn, spun worsted.
Sara's Texture Crafts BFL in the Precious Rock colourway. I got 254m of a sport weight 2-ply yarn, spun worsted.
DT Crafts 50%/50% Merino/Tencel Sock Yarn and High Twist 75%/25% Superwash Merino/Nylon Sock, dyed using Wilton 8 Colour Icing Set 226 g (UK Link) dyed in the microwave. All the video tutorials I used are in this YouTube Playlist.

Nose to the Grindstone

Toddler Blanket using Rico Designs Baby Classic DK in the Powder (038), Mauve (041), Dusky Pink (40), Anthracite (32) and Purple (16) colourways. Done using Treble(UK)/Double Crochet(US).
Botany Lace Hitofude using Araucania Botany Lace in the 2118 colourway, bought from Stash Fine Yarns (they have 35% off all yarns including those on sale). I mention Megan of Stockinette Zombies and Emily of the Fibre Town podcasts and Poke Me Not needle holder from Jan B Smiley.
Refraction Plus Shawl in DyeForYarn Superwash BFL Sock in the Wooden Treasure Chest  colourway. Using the charts from the Refraction Shawlette pattern.
Yarn Geek Fibers BFL in the Iron Man II colourway.

Plotting

I discuss frogging the Stripe Study Shawl which is in a bag by The SilverShed USA
Dotted Rays Shawl in a Superwash Merino Ombre Shawl Kit from YarnLux in the Moss to Berry colourways.

Splashed Out

Wollmeise 100% Pure Superwash Merino in the 0 Rh Negativ colourway.
BeesyBee Fibers BFL in the Galah colourway.
Fondant Fibre Rolags in the Lina colourway. A blend of alpaca, camel, Shetland and silk.
Fondant Fibre MCN in the Life's A Beach colourway.
Hobbledehoy Merino/Tencel in the Lagoon colourway.

Online Community

Received a prize from MandoBug of MandoBug Crafts podcast.
I'm destashing some yarn. If you see something you like that isn't listed in the Trade/Sell category, you can always ask, I might let it go if you really want it.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 17 - Spinning ALL The Things

Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.


Stuff and Things

Stitched Together Crafting With Colour KAL Badge (150 x150 pixels)

Prizes for the Crafting With Colour KAL are:


Donated and dyed by HappyDebs, a member of our group, MCN Sock Weight Yarn in the Spring Garden colourway, 350m/383yds of 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% sock.


Kindly donated by another viewer is Sundara Sock Yarn in the Shadow Studies colourway. It's 100% superwash merino and 338m/370yds.


Alessandra, aka PokedaGoblin donated this yarn specifically for this KAL. Two skeins of Regia 4-Fadig Color (a self striping yarn) in colouway 05048. Each skein measures 210m/230yds and weighs 50g. The yarn is made of 75% wool/25% polyamide.

Finished Objects should be posted in this FO Thread (please no chat there). Please also read all the rules carefully before posting to make sure your project fits the rules.

If you want to chat about the KAL, please come and join the friendly thread here.

The KAL finishes on 31st August 2015.

Done and Dusted

Make It Work by Allie Coffey of Caffeinated Knitting Podcast. I used yarn spun from Fondant Fibre Organic Merino in the Inked colourway.
Knitty and Color Merino Silk in the Sleepy Hollow colourway. It's 80% merino and 20% silk. I spun it worsted with a 2ply constructions and 261m of a light DK weight, weighing 110g.
Sara's Texture Crafts Merino in the Raspberry Chocolate colourway. I spun it worsted with a 4ply construction. I got 160m aran weight and it weighs 179g.
Northbound Knitting Polwarth in the Flying Kites colourway. I spun it worsted with a 2ply construction aiming to get a barber pole effect. I got 178m of a worsted weight yarn weighing 105g.
Textured Shawl by Stephanie Bold in The Knitting Goddess Laceweight 70% Baby Alpaca/20% Silk/10% Cashmere in the Greens colourway. This was knit for my friend Rachael who bought the yarn when she took me to Fibre East 2014.

Nose to the Grindstone

Toddler Blanket using Rico Designs Baby Classic DK in the Powder (038), Mauve (041), Dusky Pink (40), Anthracite (32) and Purple (16) colourways. Done using Treble(UK)/Double Crochet(US).
Felici Socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Afternoon colourway. My vanilla sock pattern with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I mention the Poke Me Not from Jan B Smiley and Emily of the Fibre Town Podcast.
The Joker and The Thief by Melanie Berg. I'm using Wollmeise Pure in a WD version of Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht and couple of sets of mini skeins from Frankenskein Yarns in the Sour Heart colourway. I mention my HiyaHiya Kitty Snips. I got mine from Meadow Yarns.
Skein Polwarth Silk in the Thyme colourway is being plied.
Countess Ablaze blend in the Extravagance and Cruelty colourway. 62% merino/12% alpaca/12% angelina/12% Seacell. It's stored in a basket from Julzcrafts. This is my Tour de Fleece 2015 spin. I'm in Team Caffeinated 2015, which is a very laid back group. I have also opened a thread in the Stitched Together Ravelry group for people who are sort of spinning along with the TdF but don't want any commitment. There aren't any prizes, just friendly support.
Fondant Fibre Oatmeal BFL in the Luckenbooth colourway.

Plotting

Knitting some socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

Splashed Out

Spanish Peacock Cocobolo Russian Spindle
Pigeon Roof Studies Superwash Targhee in the Magical colourway
On The Round Superwash Targhee/Silk in the Silver Lining Tweed colourway.
Countess Ablaze Viscount of Spark in the Nerds Prefer Their Rainbows Darker.
Countess Ablaze Dr Donegal in a OOAK colourway
MarigoldJen Merino/Silk Single (4ply) in the Serene colourway.

Online Community

Thank you for all the well wishes during my surgery and support in the aftermath!

Friday, 26 June 2015

This is Not An Episode Just An Update

This is just a quick update to let you know what I'm doing. If you are only interested in knitting and spinning, don't bother watching, I'll be back when I can.




Friday, 29 May 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 16 - .....Squirrel!

Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.



Stuff and Things

I mention the Handspinning Thread on the Ravelry Group and @keninmaine's support spindle videos on Instagram; video 1 and video 2.

Done and Dusted

Exploration Station by Stephen West being Knit in Kettle Yarn Co TWIST which is a 4ply/sock weight 100% BFL yarn. 50g has 183m/200yds and I  used 100g x Haematite, 100g x OOAK Colourway, 100g x Old Smoke & 50g of Glacier.
Christmas Yarn spun from Countess Ablaze Superwash Merino in 100g x An Inveterate Dislike of Julia and 200g x The Debauched and Reckless Style of Living spun into a true 3-ply to get 559m/611yds of sport/dk weight yarn. After sampling and waste, it weighed 266g.

Nose to the Grindstone

Quicksilver by Melanie Berg.
Using Snaelden 2ply - A blend of Faorese and Falkland wool - 4ply/fingering to sport weight. I have 100g/360m/394yds in each of Cloud, Charcoal and Turf.
Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki in Posh Yarn Martha Sock in the Ladies Don't Whistle and And Don't You Come Back No More colourways. This yarn tried to be a 3/4 Hap Shawl, also by Veera Välimäki, but it failed.
BCYarnings Hat of my own design. Yarn is Berry Colorful Yarnings Primary DK in the Copper Pot colourway. I talk about the PatternGenius App.
Make It Work by Allie Coffey of Caffeinated Knitting Podcast. I am using yarn spun from Fondant Fibre Organic Merino in the Inked colourway.
Knitty and Color Merino Silk in the Sleepy Hollow colourway. It's 80% merino and 20% silk.

Plotting

Crafting With Colour KAL - starting 1st June 2015 - 31st August 2015. Must use two colours or more. You must use at least 125m/136yds in total. Project must be started after the start date and finished before the end date. Finished is only counted as finished when it is; photographed, project page made with full details of yarn used etc, and entry put in the finished object thread, which will be opened after the start date.  A chat thread is open now. Tag to be used is STCWCKAL, which can be used on social media as well as in the project tags. There will be prizes, to be determined! You can only win prizes if you a member of the group.

Possible Summer knits:
Featherweight Wrap to Knit by Val Love from Posh Yarn Diana Lace in Gone to My Happy Place.
Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier from Araucania Pomaire Multy in 07.
Angelina - Easy Trendy Cardigan(Knit) by Vicky Chan in Garnstudio Drops Cotton Light in Black.
Marian Tunic by Michaela Moores in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace - in Turquoise.

Please let me know of any other suggestions for successful Summer patterns.

Splashed Out

Countess Ablaze Lord Kitchener 4ply in What Man and Whence?
Frankenskein Yarn Company Merino MiniSkein Set in Sour Hearts.
On The Round Spontaneous Sock in SSY0129.
Berry Colorful Yarnings Primary 4ply in Larch

Online Community

Prize of Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino Sock in Moss. Won from Caffeinated Knitting Podcast NBK KAL.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 15 - Three Boat Trips (Complete Version)

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Stitched Together Video Podcast Episode 15 - Three Boat Trips

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Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.



Stuff and Things

Drawing for Lanitium Ex Machina, Basic Sock in the Urban Sprawl colourway is announced.

The winners for the Susan Ashcroft pattern giveaway were notified in the Giveaway Thread and have received their patterns.

Done and Dusted

Incentive by Hanna Maciejewska knit in The Knitting Goddess Merino/Nylon DK in the Walnut colourway.
Long Fingerless Mitts knit in The Yarn Yard BBFL 4ply in Waterweed.
Boat Trip for Countess Ablaze Odyssey Trail KAL. Initial concept worked out in Fondant Fibre Malacite Punis Handspun yarn. Entry for KAL in the adjusted pattern using Countess Ablaze Lord Kitchener 4ply in the A Fugitive From The Sea colourway. Followed up in a larger size using Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig.
I also show my Refraction Shawlette from my own pattern.

Nose to the Grindstone

Exploration Station by Stephen West being Knit in Kettle Yarn Co TWIST which is a 4ply/sock weight 100% BFL yarn. 50g has 183m/200yds and I am using 100g x Haematite, 100g x OOAK Colourway, 100g x Old Smoke & 50g of Glacier. I mention Milky Robot Podcast, which actually is the Yarn in My Coffee Podcast, and Mandobug Crafts Podcast.
I mention my Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart.

Plotting

The shawl pattern I was reaching for, in vain, was Vedbaek by Karina Westermann. I want to make a Quicksilver by Melanie Berg.

Splashed Out

Snaelden 2ply - A blend of Faorese and Falkland wool - 4ply/fingering to sport weight. I have 100g/360m/394yds in each of Cloud, Charcoal and Turf.
Wollmeise Lace-Garn in 29 Cu. It's 300g of heavy laceweight yarn - 1575m/1722yds - 100% Superwash Merino. I mention Megan Williams from Stockinette Zombies Podcast and her Hitofude craze.
Fondant Fibre Hardy High Twist in Shield Maiden Wannabe and Gunpowder. It's 100g, 365m/400yds  of 4ply/fingering weight yarn - 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon.
Fondant Fibre Harlequin Bone. It's a blend of Bamboo/Merino/Shetland and I have 100g.

Online Community

Swap with Mina of The Knitting Expat - Mina Makes ETSY shop is opening soon. I refer to my crocheted wrap made from Turkish Yarn.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Episode 14 - "I Remember When.........."

Show notes can always be found on www.stitchedtogether.co.uk by clicking on the Podcast button at the top of the page.



Stuff and Things

Susan Ashcroft is donating all the proceeds of sales from her patterns this week until Friday 1st May 2015 to aid people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. There is a thread on her group where people are gifting patterns to others and asking that they in turn donate one too.  I decided to give away individual patterns to 3 people. Go to this thread for information and to enter. Giveaway will close on Friday morning around 0900 BST.

I show my "That Nice Stitch" Cowl and my Quaker Yarn Stretcher shawl.

The Golden Skein prize came in the post after the last episode. It was based on this photo I took last Summer of one of the many butterflies that flocked to our buddleia bush in a bumper season.


Thanks to everyone who voted for my photo to win the contest to be used as inspiration for the dyers for the Spring Club. Yarns are:


Top Yarn: Siidegarte Siide Quirlig in Butterfly (110g - 70% silk/30% seacell - 480yds/440m)
Middle Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarns Saturated Sock Self Striping in Peacocks Revenge (100g - 75% Superwash merino/25% nylon - 463yds/423m)
Bottom Yarn: The Knitting Goddess 4ply BritSock in Golden Wings Flutter By (100g - 40% British Blue Faced Leicester/20% British Wensleydale/20% British alpaca/20% nylon - 437yds/400m)

I refer to Joy of The Knitting Goddess' blog post on how she chose her colourway for this yarn. There are also a few skeins left over of each of the yarns that can be bought from The Golden Skein.

Done and Dusted

Mama Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker in Manos del Uruguay Maxima in the 7164 colourway. I mention the Dark Matter Knits Podcast.
Moab Shawl by verybusymonkey in light fingering weight handspun. The fibre was Slinky (70% BFL/30% Silk) in the Jewels colourway from Picperfic's Fluff-n-Stuff. Using Chart B.
Socks Reincarnated in FO and Dye's 4ply Superwash Merino in the Death colourway. The FO and Dye Podcast are doing a Sock KAL.
Dissent by Lisa Mutch in Countess Ablaze Tia Merino in Rejected the Name Caesar and Countess Ablaze Count Cashmerino High Twist in Grey Skies in Manchester. This is part of the Northbound Knitting KAL being run by the Caffeinated Knitting Podcast.
Delayed Departure by Mina Philipp of The Knitting Expat Podcast, in King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK in 521 Navy.
Countess Ablaze Baby Llama Silk is a semi-woolen 3ply spun from the fold, I got 102m of worsted weight from 94g.
Chloe is a Time Traveller using Time Traveller Fuzzlings and Chloe Rolags both from Fondant Fibre to make a 2ply barber pole yarn. I got 195g of an aran weight yarn, with a length of 223m.

Nose to the Grindstone

Toddler Blanket for my niece is improvised in treble crochet (UK)/double crochet (US) in Rico Baby Classic DK in 038 Powder, 040 Dusky Pink, 041 Mauve, 032 Anthracite and 016 Purple.
Incentive by Hanna Maciejewska in The Knitting Goddess DK Superwash Merino & Nylon in Walnut. This was kept in my project bag from Fondant Fibre.

Toolbox

Spanish Peacock Supported Spindle Plying Stand

Online Community

Thanks for the people who used my Amazon and Craftsy affiliate links over the last Quarter, and the direct donation made, as the income helped pay for postage for the Random Rummage CAL and future giveaways.

The giveaway for Lanitium Ex Machina can be found on the Ravelry Group, on this thread. The giveaway will end on Thursday 14th May, 2015 at midnight. Answer with your favourite colourway, and a random number generator will be used to determine the winner. You must be a member of the group to win, and only one entry per person is allowed.