Monday, 30 October 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 36: FO Fail


INTRODUCTION

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


This week's tea is Clipper's Snore & Peace, which is meant to be a bedtime tea, but I love it at any time of day! If you are in need of more tea inspiration, t
here is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.


I won't be running a penpal call this quarter (things are crazy right now!) so if you would still like to find a penpal, please check out the Find a Penpal thread!


Before I go on with the episode, I wanted to announce the winners of the One Year Podiversary Giveaway!


I closed the thread on the morning of Saturday 28th October and used Random Number Generator to draw 3 names:


Post 26: pyewacket / Allison  - A Single Strand Studio project bag

Post 32: momofpeg / Carey - Spool Stories project bag
Post 46: eburnison/ Emily - Selbu Mitten Club by Skeindeer Knits will be landing in your Ravelry message box!

Pyewacket and momofpeg - please get in touch via Rav message with your addresses and I'll get your prizes packaged up and posted as soon as possible!



WIP'D UP!

Let's start with a FO!


Cornish Affection

Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Paradise base in custom dyed colourways (Amy is sadly no longer offering custom dyed yarn)

I adored this pattern, but I am a little sad that it's come up much smaller than I imagined - totally my fault as I didn't swatch! I never swatch for shawls so this has taught me a lesson! Mum will love it though and it's still totally wearable, so it will be blocked and gift wrapped in the next week or so.


Shanghai Stripes
Pattern: Granny Stripe by Attic 24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky in the Steel & Stitch colourway

I thought I would do two more colour repeats on this blanket, but when I finished the sixth, I realised it was plenty big enough for sofa snuggles - and won't be too much of a pain to travel back to China! 


Fairly certain that I'll just use hump stitch on the border, but may try crab stitch too.


Now I am almost totally without WIPs and I feel bereft but also not in a cast on mood. I just want to pick up and be ready to go! 
But sadly I'm not, so I plan to swatch:

Stranded Dyeworks Industrial Kingfisher for the Pavement by Veera Valimaki and I might also get Libby Johnson's Gingerbread on the needles too. I have the most gorgeous autumnal yarn from The Yarn Collective in Copper for that.


Other jumpers mentioned:

Light Trails by Suvi Simola
Mae by Andrea Mowry
Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits
December Booties by Carrie Bostick Hodge

I can't believe how antsy I feel without WIPs! I'm going to cast on some wrist warmers for Rich and my Selbu mittens for my Nan. I think a cast on party is needed so I can just pick up and go! Must never get to this point again!!



HERE BE SPOILERS


Top three films this week!

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993). I saw this at the cinema when I was 6 and dinosaur obsessed. I fell in love with Alan Grant and Ellie Satler. They became my total heroes!


Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003). This is beautiful to watch, it's just visually stunning. And the story is gorgeous.


Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016). This is super new to the list but it's one of the most intelligent and heartfelt sci-fis I've ever seen.


Also mentioned - Philippa Gregory's Cousins War Series: The Lady of the Rivers, The White Queen, The Red Queen, The White Princess and The Kingmaker's Daughter.


Thanks for all your book tips - especially for Arthurian books! I will be on the hunt for them!


Would love to hear your top threes - I've started a Top Three thread on the group so you can share!




KNIT & NATTER



Pamela Wynne Butler's Handsome - a book of knitting patterns designed for transgender men.

Pamela was interviewed on Pomcast Episode 41 and I was incredibly moved by her desire to create (as the book tagline says) 'a collection of six menswear sweater patterns designed to fit every size, shape and gender of adult human'.


Pamela is Associate Director of the Gender Studies Program at Notre Dame University so she is fully aware of the issues that transgender people face - the prejudices and the everyday oversights that make their lives that bit more difficult than I - a cis gendered, straight white woman will ever encounter.


I am so proud to be a part of a community that reaches out and draws people in. Knitters are such wonderful people! 

That's all folks - I'll see you next week, for another cuppa!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 35: Famous Last Words



INTRODUCTION

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


This week's tea is a totally random one I found while I was tidying up - Twining's Green Tea & Gingerbread. Totally delicious - I definitely need a box of it! If you are in need of more tea inspiration, t
here is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.


I won't be running a penpal call this quarter (things are crazy right now!) so if you would still like to find a penpal, please check out the Find a Penpal thread!



WIP'D UP!

With the impending move I haven't had the time I would like to commit to my WIPs - so I only have three on the needles! And none of them are for me!


Cornish Affection

Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Paradise base in custom dyed colourways (Amy is sadly no longer offering custom dyed yarn)

Shanghai Stripes

Pattern: Granny Stripe by Attic 24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky in the Steel & Stitch colourway

I also picked up A Stash of One's Own, edited by Clara Parkes while I was in Loop over the weekend.


Another WIP is Vlogtober, which I'm taking part in this year to celebrate my channel turning one!


To also celebrate my channel turning one - there's a giveaway! There are three prizes to win:


The beautiful Selbu Mitten Club by Skeindeer Knits (this is a digital download)

A gorgeous sweater sized project bag from A Single Strand Studio
A massive project bag, with a leatherette base, sent from the lovely Mariliza of Spool Stories

To enter, please go to the Giveaway Thread and let me know - what do you like best about Tea & Possibilites? I'll be closing the thread on Saturday 21st October and will announce the winners in Episode 36. Plenty of time to enter!



HERE BE SPOILERS


I'm so looking forward to sharing my top threes with you over the next few weeks! This week, it's all about the books (in no particular order - that would be too cruel!)

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley 

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Would love to hear your top threes - I've started a Top Three thread on the group so you can share!




KNIT & NATTER



I wanted to talk a little more about Vlogtober this week as a year ago, when I started this channel, I would never have dreamed that I could do it - or that I would feel confident enough to do it with no make up on, glasses and my hair shoved up in a bun!

Having confidence in yourself is the most important thing in the world and podcasting has massively helped mine! I hope you find your boost too :)


Thanks for spending some time with me this week - I'll see you soon (in a very different place!) for another cup of tea :)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 34: FO-Sure



INTRODUCTION

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


It was an early start for this podcast, so I'm enjoying a (very strongly brewed!) cup of PG Tips to try and give me a bit of get and go! If you are in need of more tea inspiration, t
here is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.




WIP'D UP!

After a few weeks away, I have two FOs!


La Bien Hat

Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: La Bien Aimee - Merino High Twist Sock in La Littoral

Hat Kick Take #3

Pattern:  Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh Vintage in Candlewick

This week's WIPs are:


Shanghai Stripes Blanket

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

This was inspired by the leftovers of my (Little) Girl Gang blanket, which was based on the Crochet Girl Gang Blanket by Potter & Bloom and Steel & Stitch.


Cornish Affection

Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Paradise base in custom dyed colourways (Amy is sadly no longer offering custom dyed yarn)

The lovely Carol of A Single Strand Studio very kindly sent me two beautiful project bags - a Dumbledore's Army bag for me and a knitting one for you! 


As the podcast turns one in a couple of weeks, this beautiful bag will be up for grabs to celebrate! So keep an eye out for the next episode to find out how to win!


A massive thank you to Carol - these bags are beautiful and so well made, I love mine! As well as visiting the Etsy shop, you can also follow A Single Strand on Instagram.



KNIT & NATTER



Since the last episode, we spent a lovely few days in Bologna, Italy. 

I'd heartily recommend Buca Manzoni, if you're ever there - we had a couple of great meals there. I'd also recommend Lambrusco (sparkling red wine is delicious - who knew?!)


Always get gelato! And there's an amazing pizza place next to the two towers, where you can get a slice of margarita pizza for €1.50 and eat it in plaza watching the people go by.


We also went to Venice, which was beautiful, but was so busy I was quite glad I wasn't staying there!


If you're not scared of heights, climb Le Due Torri - the view over the city and the mountains beyond is beautiful.


I'm working on editing together all the video I shot while I was there, so keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.


It's so good to be back! I'll see you soon, for another cup of tea!