Monday, 6 March 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 18: Sock Knitter?!



INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

Today's tea is Early Grey - thanks, Mum! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Bit of a surprise episode this week, as I did say that I wouldn't be podcasting this week. But Rich ended up leaving his camera with me so I was able to. This does mean that I may not get the February Best Year Ever KAL video out as quickly as I hoped, due to using my editing time on the podcast this week.

The Best Year Ever KAL is a year long knit along which started on 1st January 2017 and will be running until 31st December 2017. 

You knit 4 things that bring you lots of joy and you could win a prize! There was a penpal element introduced and if you missed that when I opened it at the end of last year, please keep an eye on the podcast and on Instagram and the group, as I will be opening penpals again at the end of March.

While we’re on the subject of happy post… the lovely Lintera on Ravelry suggested we arrange an Easter swap. As I am snowed under this month with birthdays and moving, Lintera has offered to organise this. You can find out more details in the thread Want Some Happy Post?
If you’re interested in swapping some minis, some chocolate and other little treats for Easter this year – please send your name and address to Lintera and let her know if you’re happy to ship internationally.




WIP'D UP!

(Little) Girl Gang Baby Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Crochet Girl Gang by Emma Potter (of Potter & Bloom) and Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel & Stitch). Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five and Part Six are all finished!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway

Blocking at long last! This will now go into an Edinburgh Yarn Festival induced hiatus and I'll crack on with putting it together (at last!) when I get back :)

Cornish Lilli Pilli
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn: Custom seaside colourways by Stranded Dyeworks

Added a couple more stripes to the garter section, not loads, but a little! I've also added some stitch markers either end so I don't forget the increases and decreases - but I'm still counting every couple of stripes as I'm paranoid! I don't want to repeat the Great Miscount of 2016!

I've also made a start on a pair of socks - I'm working on Hiya Hiyas, but find the cable quite tangly, so if you have a recommendation for a better needle for magic loop, let me know! I'm using Louise Harding Amitola and working cuff down. Hoping to try toe up when I've got this nailed down :)

I'm tackling socks again as I bought this Socks in a Box set by Kate Selene which I'm hoping to make into Mercury Socks.

My Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry has leapt forward and has now landed in Harry Potter territory... I'm planning to buy some yarns inspired by Slughorn's first Potions class and we're having an informal knitalong at work. It's not an official knitalong so no rules and no deadlines, but if you'd like to get involved, we're planning to use the hashtag #HarryPotterShawlAlong.

KNIT & NATTER

I was spoilt rotten with a new light to use on the podcast, a Daniel Wellington watch, a new gym bag and some Charlotte Tilbury make-up. I also treated myself to a treatment at the Lush Spa - indulging in The Spell.

You should definitely check out the Lush Spa if you'd like to treat yourself (for any reason!), I had a fab time.

I left with an Avobath bath bomb, Dream Time temple balm, a Baa-Bar bubble bar and a bottle of Vanillary perfume.

I'll see you on the other side of EYF for another cup of tea :)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 17: The Colour Quest!


INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

Today's tea is builder's tea - good old well brewed PG Tips with a dash of milk - my version of rocket fuel! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

It's been a quiet week this week, due to some extreme sickness at home, meaning my Nan had to go into hospital to be rehydrated. She's all fine now though :)

Back in London this weekend, so sorry for the usual London echo. Just a heads up that my March schedule will be affected by birthdays (mine and others), travel, EYF and moving as, yes, Rich is finally moving to London, hooray!

There will most likely be no podcast the next two weeks, but my February Best Year Ever KAL video will be up soon and I'm planning a little birthday video, a Edinburgh prep video and some videos about Edinburgh itself - so keep an eye out!

The lovely Vikki of Vikki Bird Designs sent me some beautiful handknit socks in the post - as she knows I've got a mental block about knitting them myself! It was so kind of her and they are truly beautiful, so warm and snuggly. I love them!


WIP'D UP!

(Little) Girl Gang Baby Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Crochet Girl Gang by Emma Potter (of Potter & Bloom) and Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel & Stitch). Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five and Part Six are all finished!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway

So close to finishing weaving in all the ends!!

Dinah - Triceratops Trophy head
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Triceratops Trophy Head by Sincerely Louise
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky

All the pieces are finally finished! I'm almost looking forward to seaming this up, as it's been such a delight up to this point.

I would heartily recommend this kit - really well thought out and put together and such a great pattern!

Remember last week, when I said I was tempted by the Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry after Katie of Inside Number 23 showed hers off? Well, the love is true and I've added it to my EYF lust list as I really want to find my fade there - determined to take needles with me to cast on!

I get so much wear out of my Crafts from the Cwtch Colour Block Shawl, that I know that I would love this! It will definitely be a contender for the next spot on my #BestYearEverKAL shortlist!

It's a short episode this week as it's mad busy with lots of visits! But I did want to let you know that I'll be at EYF on the Friday. I won't be at the podcaster meet up, but I'll be wandering around so do pop over and say hello! I would love to know what you're working on and what you're planning on buying. And if you have any more recommendations for my Things to Do in Edinburgh list - do let me know :)

I'll see you for a cuppa as soon as I can!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 16: High on Vitamin D


INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

Today's tea is Snore & Peace from Clipper. Probably not ideal as it was lunchtime, but it is yummy!

There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Back in Southsea this weekend, for the last time for a couple of weeks. I like to keep you on your toes!


WIP'D UP!

Dinah - Triceratops Trophy head
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Triceratops Trophy Head by Sincerely Louise
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky

Forgot the pattern! What a numpty!

(Little) Girl Gang Baby Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Crochet Girl Gang by Emma Potter (of Potter & Bloom) and Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel & Stitch). Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five and Part Six are all finished!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway

I've weaved in a few ends, but the drips and drabs approach isn't really working out for me - I need to carve out a few big chunks of time and just get it done so they can be blocked ready to be sewn together.

Cornish Lilli Pilli
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn: Custom seaside colourways by Stranded Dyeworks

Cast on again and loving it! Hoping this time, after a break, it will go really well. Wish me luck!

All massive contenders for the #BestYearEverKAL shortlist!

Just revisiting the Gingerbread Jumper by Libby Jonson of Truly Myrtle, which I will knitting in The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK in Copper. In a recent episode, she mentioned she explored fit in her most recent mini mag, which you can find archived on her website - Knitting a Great Fit.

I totally recommend that you sign up to her mini mag!

Tempted by the Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry after Katie of Inside Number 23 mentioned there was lots of garter stitch.

I reviewed the latest (issue 20!) of the latest Pom Pom Quarterly. Top picks are... well, basically everything so have a look at them all here - issue 20 patterns!

I was delighted to see Elena's illustration in Pom Pom - you can find her on Instagram and Etsy.


KNIT & NATTER

I'll be turning 30 in less than two weeks! Eek! I'm not so bothered by the 30 bit, but I am excited to get presents (who doesn't love presents?!)

Here are some things that I would love to receive - and will be buying for myself if I don't receive them, ha!

Tracy of Norah George just kills it with her colourways, but I have yet to own any! I am in love with Those People in Cloaks, but also think The Black Lake, Room of Requirement, BuckbeakThey've Been Petrified! are beautiful too!

This knitting ring from Songs of Ink and Steel is gorgeous. And I love browsing Sucre Sucre Miniatures.

I'd love some sock knitting patience (can anyone arrange that for me please?) and tickets to Pomfest this summer!