Thursday, 24 December 2015

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

As always, show notes can be found at 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.


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.