Monday, 10 July 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 29: Bit of a Numpty

INTRODUCTION

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

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! 

Today's tea is... water! It's too hot for tea at the moment and hydration is super necessary! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

The podcast is moving to every other week for the time being, so that I can manage my time better, get more done and hopefully create other non-podcast content for the channel.

If you signed up for a penpal, you should have received your penpal's details by now - please do check your RavMail! I'll be doing one more call out at the end of September this year, then I'll be figuring out a different way to do it next year, so stay tuned...!

This episode was filmed on the Saturday of London Pride - if you were out enjoying the parade, I hope you had a great time! It was far too hot for me to brave the crowds and tube this year! In case you missed it, the Ravelry post about flying the Pride flag is on the homepage now.


WIP'D UP!
Almost halfway on....
Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers from my Crochet Girl Gang Blanket

Nearly finished....
Hat Kick Take #2
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage in Rainwater

You can find the original Graham hat I knit (for Rich) here

I'll be casting on Amy van de Laar's Beeswax Hat this week and have also had my head turned by the January Mittens. I'd love to make these to match the Fuego Hat and it would be my first attempt at stranded colourwork. Very tempted!

GOAL POWER

The Goal Power segment is being officially retired from the podcast. I feel so fired up about my new system that I want to share in more detail than the podcast will allow. So I'm starting a new playlist just for my Bullet Journal videos.

Keep an eye out for a flip through soon!

The inspiration for my sunshine self care list was @heartistic.jess and if you are a ring binder organiser lover, you can find two of mine on eBay: Medium blue leather Kikki.K and A5 dark aqua leather Filofax.

KNIT & NATTER

I wanted to share a little bit about the importance of mental wellness. I feel that it's easy to ignore if you do not suffer with any kind of mental illness, but just as we try to care for our physical bodies even when we're not ill, we should be caring for our minds as well.

I would love to hear any strategies you have to help when you're stressed, anxious or suffering from overwhelm.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 28: The Sharp End of the Stick





INTRODUCTION

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

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! 

Today's tea is White Monkey from Pekoe Tea that I bought while I was in Edniburgh. There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

There wasn't a podcast last week as it was so lovely - all the neighbours were out having barbecues and friends over and lots of music on. I couldn't get the audio right, so figured - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Don't forget I've opened up Penpals again! There's a reminder on the forum and on Instagram in the next few days - but if you would like a penpal, please Rav message me:

  • Your real name
  • Your address
  • Whether you are happy to post abroad or not


One last note before we move onto WIP'd Up - I've had some people let me know that they've DM'd me on Instagram, but I've never received their message. Some are getting through, but I know for definite some haven't. If you want to contact me, please do so via Ravelry message as - as far as I know - they're not disappearing into the ether!




WIP'D UP!

If you would like to get involved with some charity knitting, you can find some info on our Charity Bag Signal thread in the group. As you let me know about great knitting based charitites, I'll edit the first post to add them so there'll be a list there. If you have any emergency local needs, please post in this thread, so we all know and can help if we can.

I'm really feeling like I want to make more hats now. I think this is my personal way of putting some love out into the world - this hat is for a friend who gave us first refusal on her flat as she is now moving which has made our lives so much easier.

Hat Kick Take #2
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage in Rainwater

There was more Madeline Tosh in the post this week though! Madeline Tosh DK in the Begonia Leaf colourway for the The Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar. And some Madeline Tosh Vintage in Candlewick for The Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska.

Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers from my Crochet Girl Gang Blanket

GOAL POWER

This die hard Bullet Journaller didn't get on so well with the Kikki.K ring binder planner. So I think I'm going back to the Bullet Journal and am going to sell my ring binder planners (I have several).

My top tips for Bullet Journalling...

Find out more about it here. My favourite notebooks for bullet journalling are Leuchtturm 1917s because they're sturdy enough to be carried around and they a lot of knocks. They also have lovely dense pages, which means I can use my fountain pens in them! I always buy the dotted ones as these are a lot more flexible than the lined versions when drawing out charts and grids.

Boho Berry and Tiny Ray of Sunshine are fantastically inspiring in their use of this system and I read them a lot. I also advise working out your format using scrap paper first, so you're happy with your layouts and order of things before you move in. I then mark up the pages with post its, so I know what to create on each page.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 27: Hat Hair



INTRODUCTION

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

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! 

Today's tea is... water! Gotta keep hydrated in the heat wave! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

You may have noticed that there wasn't a podcast last week, this is because, sadly, there was another attack in the UK - this time on London Bridge and Borough Market. I didn't feel like filming while waiting to hear from friends I knew had been out that night.

Overall, it's been a fairly anxious, light on making week, due to the atmosphere that always surrounds a General Election. But I would like to thank everyone who posted happy things in the Cheer Up Thread and sent kind messages over the last week or so.

I am opening up Penpals again! I'll put a reminder on the forum and on Instagram in the next few days - but if you would like a penpal, please Rav message me:

Your real name
Your address
Whether you are happy to post abroad or not

One last note before we move onto WIP'd Up - I've had some people let me know that they've DM'd me on Instagram, but I've never received their message. Some are getting through, but I know for definite some haven't. If you want to contact me, please do so via Ravelry message as - as far as I know - they're not disappearing into the ether!



WIP'D UP!

Kicking off this week with a FO!

GrHATitude
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Tied Knots by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK in Earl Grey

I don't think I have enough left to make a baby hat, but I've got some more hat yarn on the way, so maybe I'll have enough left for something fun and stripy.

I'm really feeling like I want to make more hats now. I think this is my personal way of putting some love out into the world - this hat is for a friend who gave us first refusal on her flat as she is now moving which has made our lives so much easier.

Next up...
The Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar in pink
The Graham Hat by Jennifer Adams in grey
The Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska (again!)

The yarn for the Beeswax and Graham hats are on the way, not sure what yarn to do the Fuego in yet - I am tempted by that mustard yellow! I can't wait to have all of these finished and ready to gift to people and spread a little happiness.


Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers from my Crochet Girl Gang Blanket

I might have to go monogamous on this - it's not growing much at all. I blame the weather!

Find Your House
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Various. First colour is Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino/Nylon/Sparkle 4-ply in 'Bluebells'

More progress on the lace section, but no second colour yet. We'll get there... The lovely Caitlin of WoolJewel Podcast is making a Find Your Horcrux version of this shawl - how cool is that! Remember, if you want to join us, you can share your Potter inspired shawl on the hashtag #HarryPotterShawlAlong.

I received another beautiful prize for the Best Year Ever KAL, from the lovely Naomi of CosyCuteKnits. I'm going to keep the colourful one (it reminds me of kids TV shows!), but the happy Panda project bag and butterfly stitch markers are going in the Prize Drawer!



KNIT & NATTER

As I mentioned in the last podcast, it would be wonderful to put some good out into the world with our knitting, to combat the bad news we are seeing on an all to regular basis.

On a personal level, I am making hats for the people I care about, to show them they are loved, will be missed and are appreciated.

But on a larger scale, there are ways your knitting can help. I want to say a big thank you to the people who commented and messaged with recommendations of charities and ways in which we can help.

Knit a Square - send knit or crochet squares to be made into blankets to specifically help young children who are vulnerable or orphaned. You can also help keep their office open by making financial donations or buying from them.

Knit Aid - helping knitters help the world! Focusing particularly on helping refugees, Knit Aid runs workshops, sells kits and organises distribution of the items you donate.

Knit for Peace - send your knitting to Knit for Peace and they will ensure that it goes where it is needed most.

You could also follow in the footsteps of CC of the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast and make a preemie hat a week and donate 52 hats to your local hospital at the end of the year. You could speak to your local hospital or animal shelter to see if there's anything they need that you could provide.