Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 21: FO-Saurus

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 Lemon Verbena from Tregothnan. There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Apologies for the lack of podcast last week - a combination of migraine and hayfever really scuppered my week and then there was the glorious sunshine to be enjoyed!



WIP'D UP!

Kicking off the second episode in a row with a FO!

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

All deranged asides courtesy of Jurassic Park.

I wanted to share some proper shots of this too..

(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 am using the leftovers of that to make...

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

Having a mental block with...

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'

Hortencia
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Hortencia by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in the Purple Heathers colourway

I've been tidying my Ravelry page over the last couple of weeks. My Queue now reflects what I really want to knit, what will fit in my dream wardrobe and the order I want to knit them in. I'm currently working on filling in my Stash as I have time to sit down and pull it out.

It's not available on Ravelry (!!), but I really do love the Oversized Cardigan by Frank & Olive and would love to make that this year.

I'm eagerly awaiting my Reddit Yarn Exchange parcel (my partner has yet to receive hers). In the interim, my partner sweetly gifted me the Dryad Hat pattern by Anne Podlesak.

A massive thank you to Lintera for organising the Easter Yarn Exchange - and for sending me some luscious goodies! You can find a thread here to share what you received in the exchange :)


GOAL POWER

I have given up trying to make my Bullet Journal pretty - I just don't want to spend the time on it. I am also getting really frustrated at having to draw out the month every month, which means I almost never have the month ready when I need it.

An interim measure is a fold out yearly calendar from Filofax.

I think I might want to switch back to Filofax, so I can have a diary plus a bullet journal. However, having seen CC's recent vlog about her Traveller's Notebook method, I'm leaning more towards this... What do you think? We can talk planning on the forum, here.


KNIT & NATTER

This Easter weekend was such a lovely chilled four day weekend, including a trip to Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire. We ate in The Swan (warning: HUGE portions) and went for a lovely long walk. We saw so many animals - lively lambs, sweet Shetland ponies and a curious horse that we spent ages stroking and cooing over.

Sunday we had a great lamb roast with friends and watched Aladdin (classic) and Moana (SO. GOOD).

I'll be booking Rich's birthday day out soon too (secrets - in case he watches) but it will be shared on the podcast in a few weeks. It's going to be so hard to keep it quiet!

Next Saturday I'm going to a writing workshop with Laura Jane Williams and then straight onto my friend's baby shower. It will be a very busy day, but I will be podcasting on Sunday, it just might go up a little later.

Have a great week and I'll see you soon for a cup of tea and a chat!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 20: Off The Hook



INTRODUCTION

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

Today's tea is a lemon and ginger blend from Twinings. I always reach for lemon and ginger when I'm sniffly - even if this is just hayfever, not a cold! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Thank you to everyone who sent messages over the last couple of weeks, wishing us luck with the move and then checking we were ok after the attack in Westminster.

I usually film on a Saturday, but ended up filming on Sunday and it’s my Mum’s 60th birthday! So I’m squeezing in filming now before we all heading out for a high tea at Brasserie Blanc.

Just a reminder that the Best Year Ever KAL is running at the moment and will run until 31st December 2017. I will link to all the details, but essentially – make four things this year that bring you joy and you could win a prize!


There is a penpal element that reopened in March; everyone is now paired up so I hope you got involved if you wanted to! If you missed out, I’m opening penpals quarterly so keep an eye out for another opportunity in June.


WIP'D UP!

Kicking off with a FO!

(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

It's finally all finished! I'll get some good pics of it next week to show you it finished finished finished!

I have lots of leftovers, so I'll be starting a special hump stitch striped blanket for a friend who is going to live in Shanghai for a year this September.

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

Finally started the lace! Which doesn't look like much, but was much harder than I thought it would be and had to be done with no distractions so I wouldn't lose my place!

New cast on!

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'

I'll definitely be entering this in the Inside Number 23 Harry Potter KAL and can't wait to get more of this done!

I've also started swatching for my Hortencia! I was convinced to start swatching after listening to episode 50 of the Truly Myrtle podcast - Let's Talk About Gauge!

The lovely Lisa of Counting Sheep has donated a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind yarn as a prize for the Best Year Ever KAL. I'll let you know when her shop is open, but in the meantime, please pop over to her Ravelry group to see what she's up to!

I'm taking part in a couple of swaps, including the Tea & Possibilities Easter swap organised by Lintera (thank you again, Lintera!) and the Reddit Yarn Exchange. I bought a skein of Triskelion Yarns in Elmet Aran weight, in the colourway Llyr and a notions bag from Kettle Yarn Co. for my partner. Can't wait to see what I receive from mine! 

No Knit & Natter this week as I'm pressed for time with High Tea calling. Have a lovely week and I'll see you next time for another cup of tea :)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Tea & Possibilties Episode 19: The Edinburgh Edition



INTRODUCTION

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

No tea in this episode - I filmed this in our Air BnB and we were pretty much out of everything at this point. There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

I filmed this on Sunday 12th March, after Edinburgh Yarn Festival. In this episode, I did say that there wouldn't be an episode 'next week or the week after' - I was expecting to get this up much earlier so I'm actually referring to the weekends of the 18th/19th and 25th/26th. I'll be filming a new podcast on 1st April and it will be up early that following week.


WIP'D UP!

I've been working on my socks, out of Louise Harding Amitola - I almost have the leg finished! How excited am I?!

While I was away I also worked on my...

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

I got a good chunk of the garter section done on this and am really looking forward to the lace section! Just can't wait to get my hands on that beautiful blue.

It was a busy week, so not a lot of knitting, but my goodness there is yarn...

KNIT & NATTER

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon, settled into our flat and then popped out for ingredients for a yummy meal which we had while watching Denial (great film - really recommend!)

On Thursday, it was a beautiful day, so we decided to explore the city. We visited Pekoe Tea, The Scotch Whisky Experience and The Scottish Weaving Experience. I treated myself to some great new green teas - Kukicha and White Monkey.

Friday was EYF day!! I was on a quest to find my fade (Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry) , which, as I mentioned in the previous podcast, had taken a decidedly Potter turn... #HarryPotterShawlAlong!

I kicked off my spending spree with a 'May The Yarn Be With You' bag from The Knitting Goddess. I was sad to see she'd run out of her super bright mini skein sets, but her yarn is so lovely I'll definitely be getting a set to add to my Cosy Memories Blanket!

And then I bought my Potter yarns!:

Hufflepuff: Fyberspates Sport Superwash Scrumptious in 'Gold'
Hogwarts: Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino/Nylon/Sparkle 4-ply in 'Bluebells'
Slytherin: Travel Knitter BFL Supersock in 'Jazz Age'
Ravenclaw - Martin's Lab Tweed Merino in 'Admiral'
Gryffindor - Ripples Craft 4-ply Suilven in 'Ripe Rowan Berry'

My final purchase was a beautiful stitch marker locket from La Bien Aimee in the yellow enamel finish. It's so beautiful and would make a great gift!

I then headed to the Podcaster Lounge - I wasn't intending to go, but I'm so glad I did.

There I met Helen of Curious Handmade, Clare from Beautiful Things and Katie of Inside Number 23. I oggled a beautiful gradient skein that a lovely viewer showed me from Bilum (and was sorely tempted to dash back and get myself one!).

Clare also gave me a birthday gift - a little sewn booklet full of tea, with a tiny teapot progress keeper. So sweet and lovely - thank you so much, Clare! 

Final squishes before we left went to Daughter of a Shepherd, Triskelion Yarns and Pom Pom Quarterly.

As you know, I didn't manage to get tickets to the calidh, so Rich and I headed out for a meal at The Dogs Restaurant (quirky and delicious!) and tried to get into Heads & Tales, but it was packed so we tried Gin 71 instead (can heartily recommend if you like gin!)

On Saturday, we decided to head out of town and up Arthur's Seat, which was hot work but so worth it for those views. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city :)

I mentioned that we were planning to go to the Royal Botanic Gardens when I was finished filming and indeed we did. It was free to get in, except for the glasshouses which was really reasonably priced. I love botanical gardens and glasshouses and this is a good one!

Phew! I don't know about you, but I'm gasping for a cuppa after all that! I'll see you very soon for another cup of tea, have a great week!