Month: January 2015

#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Pattern of the Week: ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill

'Artesian' by Romi Hill. Image Copyright Romi Hill.

‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill. Image Copyright Romi Hill.

Perfect combination of form and structure

This week’s pattern of the week from #FreeYourSkeins2015 is ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill. It’s easy to see why: flowing lace panels which stretch over the edge of the shawl, coupled with crisp stitch definition and the perfect balance between pretty and architectural in the detail.

It’s a versatile pattern that could cope with an array of semi solid yarns in a variety of bases. I do have many suitable yarns in the stash that would do this pattern justice.

'Ocean Deep' in Nurturing Fibres Supertwist Sock.

‘Ocean Deep’ in Nurturing Fibres Supertwist Sock.

I eventually opted for the Ocean Deep colour way from Nurturing Fibres, which was part of the Elements Club (vintage unremembered! Circa 2012/3 I would imagine). It’s a long repeat gradient dyed yarn, which I think could add an element of depth and interest to the piece, without overpowering the lace panels. The Supertwist sock is 100% high twist South African merino, which holds these saturated colours well, and is a little heavier that your average high twist base, which should allow it to drape nicely under its own weight.

What would you knit with this yarn?

Episode 32: Edinburgh Yarn Festival Scoop and How to be Enabled


I’m going. Are you?

It’s shaping up to be a big one, and the details are starting to be revealed more readily now. Listen on for some exclusive news and a giveaway of a pair of weekend tickets. Let the enabling begin!

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Week 3 Pattern of the Week: Atlantic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley

'Atlantic Current Socks' by Melissa Sibley. Image Copyright Melissa Sibley.

‘Atlantic Current Socks’ by Melissa Sibley. Image Copyright Melissa Sibley.

Free the variegated skeins!

It’s the third Free Your Skeins Friday and this week it’s all about socks, probably due in no small part to having cast on two pairs of socks this week: one for the Sock Surgery and one to review a set of teeny tiny Kinki Amibari needles for the podcast. This week’s choice of the ‘Atlantic Current Socks’ by Melissa Sibley is an homage to all the variegated yarn in my stash.

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Episode 31: The Sock Surgery Casts On and How to WIP Down Your Projects

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The big day has finally arrived and it’s all about casting on our first pair of socks of the Year of Socks. I’m looking forward to having lots of lovely socks to revisit this time next year. New to sock knitting? Come in, there’ll be lots of hints and tips for you. Seasoned veteran? Clare will be choosing some slightly more piquant patterns for you to peruse. Everyone is welcome and it’s avery relaxed, join in and out as you like kind of knitty fun.

Want to hear the chat this week? Listen here.

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Week 2: ‘3 Color Cashmere Cowl’ by Joji Locatelli meets The Golden Skein Autumn Harvest

'3 Color Cashmere Cowl' by Joji Locatelli. Image Copyright Joji Locatelli.

‘3 Color Cashmere Cowl’ by Joji Locatelli. Image Copyright Joji Locatelli.

When yarn and inspiration collide

Week two of #FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday is upon us, and this week there was a very straightforward choice made. I’ve been looking for the perfect way to combine all 3 skeins from The Golden Skein’s Autumn Harvest quarter within one project, to represent the inspiration photo. Joji popped up with the ideal opportunity to do just that and have a bit of fun with the pattern, too, with her ‘3 Color Cashmere Cowl’, covered on #FreeYourSkeins2015 Day 9.

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Introducing the Sock Surgery with Clare Devine

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Banish your sock knitting woes and get some toasty toes!

If you’re a listener to the podcast, you’ll have heard our recent introduction of the bi-weekly Sock Surgery with Clare Devine of Yarn And Pointy Sticks Designs. Aided and abetted by our glamorous assistant, Kate, we’ll be chatting about knitting socks from the very beginning. We’ve already covered subjects such as how to choose yarn and needles, and in the next episode, out on Sunday, we’re getting to the exciting bit: casting on.

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Episode 30: Enablers’ Corner and How to Build an Online Community with Sarah Chy

BaT'at Hand Dyed Yarns Hullabaloo

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Bring in the Soap Box!

In a complete departure from usual proceedings, it gets a little ranty during the introduction, when a few choice things light the blue touch paper: Loose Women, Vax and Benedict Cumberbatch to be precise. Well, not Benedict Cumberbatch himself, he’s a good lad.

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday: Week 1 Pattern of the Week – ‘Snawheid’ by Kate Davies

'Snawheid' by Kate Davies. Image Copyright Kate Davies Designs.

‘Snawheid’ by Kate Davies. Image Copyright Kate Davies Designs.

The Year of Enabling has commenced!

In Episode 29 of the podcast, I announced a new #Project365 that I started as part of The Golden Skein, dubbed #FreeYourSkeins2015. Bemoaning my own useless attempts at freeing skeins, there needed to be a strategy for thinking about how to use those lovely yarns and get them out of stash and onto the needles. The only plausible way to really give an undertaking like this a proper kick-start, was to dedicate daily time to searching out patterns.

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Episode 29: A Year of Enabling and How to Make Your Socks Fit

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We’re all about enabling this week on the podcast. The latest knitty news is on the agenda, along with some world class enabling and the official announcement of the Sock Surgery Year of Socks.


Recent crafty-type exploits over Christmas have enjoyed a spot of proper whisky tasting. We tried Glenmorangie, Glen Moray – my local – Talisker Port Ruighe and Aberlour. We learnt all about colour, nosing, legs and adding water to whisky. I won’t be doing tasting on the podcast, but if you want to listen to someone who does know and like her whisky, go over to Caithness Craft Collective and listen to the ‘Drams’ section.

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