Monday, 12 February 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 40: Definite Theme

INTRODUCTION

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

Today’s tea is my first ever try of Darjeeling! How shameful is that for a committed tea-drinker?! This is Golden Himalaya from Dragonfly Teas. We also have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

I will be going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year! I'll be coming up on Thursday and leaving on Saturday, so spending Friday at the Festival. I'll also be at Unravel next Saturday, 17th February.

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)

Currently living in a beautiful little bag from Rachel of the Crafty Historian Podcast.

Yarn: Oasis Finger from Stranded Dyeworks in Industrial Kingfisher

This one is living in my Eldenwood Craft project bag (and none the worse for a wine spillage!)

I'm planning to pick up my Selbu Mittens this week and get some more progress on them. I really want to get my February garment cast on - the Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer in Willow & Lark Woodland, in the Marmalade colourway.

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.



KNIT & NATTER

This week's theme is definitely all about the self-care. I'm trying to be kind to myself every day and give myself what I need, instead of hoping that one bath will be the magic bullet to cure it all.

I've been indulging in Sleepy by Lush (this stuff is glorious!) and Victoria on Netflix.

Take lots of care of yourself this week. I hope I'll see you at Unravel, do pop over and say hello if you spot me! I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 39: Stockinette Doldrums

INTRODUCTION

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


Today’s tea is my first cup of the day - Yorkshire Gold with barely any milk (I am very anti-milky tea!). We also have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

I've heard from three of the winners of the Best Year Ever KAL, but waiting on one more. If you entered and haven't seen Episode 38 yet - please go and have a look. You might have won!

WIP'D UP!


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

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

Currently living in a beautiful little bag from Rachel of the Crafty Historian Podcast.

Yarn: Oasis Finger from Stranded Dyeworks in Industrial Kingfisher

This one is living in my Eldenwood Craft project bag (and none the worse for a wine spillage!)

I'll be going to Unravel on Saturday 17th February. I'm 99% sure I'm going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival too - I'll let you know as soon as I have booked my travel and it's certain!

    I've bought some yarn from Laxton's to dye before and I would love to get a new lot of yarn to dye for my own sweater this year.


    HERE BE SPOILERS

    In which I rant about my love of theatre!

    My top three pics are:

    The Cursed Child, The Palace Theatre, 2017
    This was actually during Vlogtober, so you can watch my vlog about it.

    Doctor Faustus, The Globe, 2011
    This is one of the Globe's midnight matinees and it's definitely my favourite midnight matinee I've seen!

    Much Ado About Nothing, Wyndham's Theatre, 2011
    This was the year there were two big productions of Much Ado, the other one was on at The Globe. Also, you should give their version of Sigh No More a listen, haha!

    Honourable mentions go to: 
    Henry V (pop-up in a Marylebone basement)
    War Horse (National Theatre)
    The Death of King Arthur (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse)
    The Tempest (The Globe, midnight matinee)
    Macbeth (The Globe)
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (I've seen two different productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream here!)



    KNIT & NATTER

    This year is the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park (one of my Top Three films!). To celebrate, the Pop Funko guys are doing a Jurassic Park series. Notice there is no Ellie Sattler in the this batch!

    You can find two versions of Dennis Nedrys and even a special 'sexy' wounded Ian Malcolm, but there's no Ellie in this first series. She is due as part of the vehicle series in February. It's disappointing not to see her holding her own in the first batch though - she's a main character and a big hero of mine when I was little. They're even releasing dinosaurs!!

    Rant over - how discombobulated I was filming early on a Sunday! See you soon for another cup of tea :)

    Sunday, 14 January 2018

    Tea & Possibilities Episode 38: Lucky Bean


    INTRODUCTION

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

    Today’s tea is my old favourite - Earl Grey!

    I’m pulling the winners for the Best Year Ever KAL today, so if this is you - let me know via DM on Ravelry. If I don’t hear from you by mid-February, I’ll pop these prizes back in the prize drawer for the next KAL.


    Winners:
    Eliseandlife - Counting Sheep Yarn and a project bag from Mrs S Creations
    Nadiratani - Yarn from Studio C and The Yarn Collective
    YarnTaxiDriver - Counting Sheep Yarn and a project bag from Cosy Cute Knits
    Catmanandrobin - Yarn from Ella Rae and Mirasol


    I’m taking a little break from KALs for a month or so - a year long KAL was biting off more than I could chew! But I’m planning 3 KALs this year, the first to start in March - so keep an eye out for further details in February (and if you think you might like to donate a prize, please DM me via Ravelry!)


    WIP'D UP!

    Katie of Inside Number 23 and Amy of Stranded and I decided to do an advent calendar and I am obsessed. 12 minis from Katie and 12 from Amy and you have the projects that have consumed me for the last month or so!

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

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

    This is living in my lovely project bag that Rachel of the Crafty Historian podcast made me for Christmas.

    I have so fallen in love with Faerie Hair by Voolenvine that I’m going to try my luck at getting a sweater quantity...

    Yarn: Oasis Finger from Stranded Dyeworks in Industrial Kingfisher

    Frogged and started again!

    I received a skein of A Homespun House in Puddle Jumper from Katie for Christmas and treated myself when the three of us went to Wild & Woolly to a skein of West Yorkshire Spinners and some Addi Sock Wonders. I’m looking forward to trying the Addi CraSy Trios when I can get some!

    Apart from mastering socks (one day, guys! One day!), I want to knit more garments this year because I’m so intimidated by them and the only way around that is to knit them!

    I finished my Hortencia and it’s fine (I will get photos and share a full FO post one day) but it fits with my wardrobe of several years ago, rather than what I like to wear now. So I really want to focus on making things I love and will wear.

    I’m participating in #MakeNine2018 and my plans are:
    Kerrytown Pullover by Annie Lupton
    Mae by Andrea Mowry
    Gingerbread by Libby Jonson (Truly Myrtle)
    Leap Year Cardigan - Suvi Simola
    Light Trails - Suvi Simola
    Coco by Tilly & the Buttons
    Agnes by Tilly & the Buttons
    Emmeline Tee by Little Tailoress
    Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio

    But first I want to finish my Pavement and get the Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer on and off the needles.


      KNIT & NATTER

      I was super lucky this week and got free tickets to see Ovo - the new Cirque du Soleil show at the Royal Albert Hall! A friend of ours builds sets and he was working on the show and got us tickets!

      It was super last minute - but an absolute joy! Absolutely magical to watch - I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I would definitely recommend that you go and see it if you can!

      Well that’s all for this week - Happy New Year everyone! Looking forward to spending lots of time with you this year. See you soon for another cup of tea :)