Sunday, 1 April 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 43: Stashed Up

INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!

Today’s tea is Melbourne Breakfast from my T2 Adventure Box. I thought I liked the New York Breakfast, but realised I had made something else instead (but what? It was delicious!) When I actually tried the New York, I didn't like it. Too artificially sweet!
We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.
The ReKnit KAL launched on 17th March! It will run until 18th May and the rules are:
  • Despite the name - crochet is allowed as well as knitting
  • Starts on 17th March - no WIPs allowed
  • Finishes on 18th May - you don't have to finish to qualify for a prize!
  • You must have knit this pattern at least once before
  • Please go over to the Chatter Thread to share what you're re-knitting/crocheting and why!
WIP'D UP!
I've been fairly monogamous this week...

I finished my first item for the ReKnit KAL (and my first FO this year?!)

Hats for the Homeless #1
Yarn: Willow & Lark Ramble in (accidentally two shades of grey) 104 Battleship Grey and 120 Pudle Blue

Two new cast ons...

Hats for the Homeless #2
Pattern: Smart Hat by Silja Devine
Yarn: Willow & Lark Woodland in 413 Army

Stranded Affection
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks in Naive Watercolour, First Frost and Piñata

At the moment, it's still cold enough to wear my Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight of Crafts from the Cwtch, but I'm hoping it'll be warm enough for the lighter Color Affection when it's finished.

Next up is my big stash enhancement, starting with a skein of Norah George Yarns in the colourway 12 Trees, that Rachel (of the Crafty Historian podcast) sent me.

Many of these colourways aren't available, but here are all the details:

Stitch Please - Everyday I'm Hufflein'
Norah George Yarns - Merfolk
Yarn Cafe Creations - Toadstool
Norah George Yarns - Garden Gnome
Countess Ablaze - Hey Girl, Hey Boy
Elm Tree Yarns - Newt
Stress Knits - 23
Adelaide Cottage - Reader, I Married Him
TréLiz - Yarngasm

Phew! I need to get sock knitting!

KNIT & NATTER

This year, after a couple of years of watching other projects, I'm taking part in The 100 Day Project. The idea is to commit to something, for just 100 days. The project is run by @elleluna and @lyndsayjeanthomson.

After taking a yoga basics class with Csilla (you can find her on Instagram @girlonthegreen), I'm really keen to build an at home yoga practice. So I'm committing to 10 Sun Salutations every day, for 100 days.

I will be doing longer practices when I have the time - my favourites are Yoga by Candace on YouTube - but 10 Sun Salutes are my daily minimum. I'm planning to film the process and will share that when the project is over.

Are you taking part this year? What are you spending 100 days doing?

I'm looking forward to hearing about it. And I'll see you next week for another cup of tea.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 42: Progress Creeper


INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!

Today’s tea is my a twist on my old favourite - French Earl Grey from T2! This came in a 20 Adventures box from a friend. We also have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

The ReKnit KAL launched on 17th March! It will run until 18th May and the rules are:
  • Despite the name - crochet is allowed as well as knitting
  • Starts on 17th March - no WIPs allowed
  • Finishes on 18th May - you don't have to finish to qualify for a prize!
  • You must have knit this pattern at least once before
  • Please go over to the Chatter Thread to share what you're re-knitting/crocheting and why!
WIP'D UP!

Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic 24
Yarn: Various, from my advent calendar swap

Find out how to do a Magic Knot here: The Magic Knot by Bella Coco


Selbu Mittens
Pattern: Selbu Mittens from the Selbu Mitten Club by Skeindeer Knits
Yarn: The Knitting Swede Spartan DK in London Fog and Samarkand

I was originally knitting these using Addi Brass Lace needles and I really didn't get on with them at all. I found they quickly tarnished and had a lot of drag on them.

Inspired by Amy's Interchangeable Needle review, I wanted to try the Lykke needles (as I would like a wooden interchangeable set to go with my Chiagoo Interchangeables). I picked some Lykke fixed circs up at EYF and they are brilliant - really gorgeous needles!
Remember that care package Katie and Amy sent me last week? Well, included in it was a gorgeous skein of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Naive Watercolour and this weekend I picked up Piñata and First Frost for my second Color Affection (for the Re-Knit KAL!)

I did dive into a friend's de-stash this weekend, but I'll share that next episode as now is the time to talk about Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018!




KNIT & NATTER

I didn't film a vlog, as it was such a whirlwind visit, I wanted to be fully present. Maybe next year I'll go for two days, so I can enjoy it and get lots of footage. I might even pluck up the courage to apply to be a podcaster...!

I couldn't believe that Nathan of Sockmatician was sat in front of me on the way there (I didn't say a word about that until I bumped into him at the festival itself). We also met Kristin of Voolenvine Yarns and Yarngasm podcast, who is lovely.

My first purchase was some Lykke fixed circs from A Yarn Story. We then checked out Ysolda's pop up stall, where I bought her Mīlēt Mittens and the Rauma yarn to knit them in. She also stocked Katrinkles! So I got the sweater and mittens I wanted for ages.

I finally nabbed This Thing of Paper by Karie Westermann at the Dye Ninja booth. I was also lucky enough to receive a bag of minis from a viewer (thank you!) and a project bag from The Knitting Goddess from a lovely gentleman I met at the Festival.

It was definitely a very small haul, but it all makes me happy and mainly I was there for the people. I got to spend my last morning with friends, enjoying the delights that Coro the Chocolate Cafe had to offer. (I can heartily recommend the pumpkin spice waffles!)

I'm hoping to be back next week, as it's a long weekend. In the meantime, drink plenty of tea and knit plenty of stitches!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 41: Many Many Minis

INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!


Today’s tea is my fave Earl Grey!We also have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

Fresh back from Stitches West and my birthday, with lots to share. Don't forget, I will be going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this week! I'll be at the Festival on Friday - come say hello!

WIP'D UP!

Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic 24
Yarn: Various, from my advent calendar swap (everything is listed, row by row, on the project page)

Find out how to do a Magic Knot here: The Magic Knot by Bella Coco

This has also outgrown my project bag, so is living with the rosewood yarn bowl Rich's Mum gave me for my birthday.

Yarn: Oasis Finger from Stranded Dyeworks in Industrial Kingfisher

This one is living in my Eldenwood Craft project bag as always.

KerryOne Pullover
Pattern: The Kerrytown Pullover by Annie Lupton
Yarn: Willow & Lark Ramble in 110 Ox Blood

I have some stash to share this week!

The Yarn Collective Hudson Worsted in Navy. Curated by Michele Wang and will grow up to be the Mae by Andrea Mowry. It is 85% Merino Wool and 15% Yak.

Lovely Katie and Amy sent me a package of goodies, including a gorgeous skein of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Naive Watercolour. I'm going to pick up a couple more Stranded skeins and cast on a second Color Affection (for the Re-Knit KAL - see below!)

Unravel minis from Easy Knits (Champers and Neonness) and a minis bundle from Fine Fish Yarns.

Goodies from Stitches West include a mini from Cloudborn Fibers, tiny scissors from Never Not Knitting, a Lo-Lo Body Bar in the Highlander scent from the Barmaids, some Katrinkles stitch markers and a Central California minis set from Destination Yarn.

I've got some Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK on order to make the Watermelon Booties by Hopeful Honey, for my friend's baby's first birthday.


The Re-Knit KAL

  • The first Tea & Possibilities KAL of 2018!
  • Despite the name - crochet is allowed as well as knitting
  • Starts on 17th March - no WIPs allowed
  • Finishes on 18th May - you don't have to finish to qualify for a prize!
  • You must have knit this pattern at least once before
  • Please go over to the Chatter thread to share what you're re-knitting/crocheting and why!



KNIT & NATTER

This past week was International Women's Day and I wanted to share how important I think equality for all is.

Don't forget Pamela Wynne Butler's brilliant collection, Handsome, man sweaters for every body which I think is a glorious example of how we as a community can be welcoming and inclusive.

See you all on the other side of EYF!