Make It Fit 2015

Episode 57: Make It Fit – An Interview with Amy Herzog

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Sponsor

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This episode of the Shinybees podcast is sponsored by Yarn in the City. Yarn in the City creates experiential yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft. Yarn in the City organises the annual Great London Yarn Crawl taking place this year on Saturday, 5th September.

This year’s Yarn Crawl will also feature the addition of a one-day Pop-Up Marketplace taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, featuring over 30 vendors from London and around the UK. To top off the weekend, on Sunday, 6th September, Yarn in the City will be hosting pattern designer and technical editor Kate Atherley for two workshops in central London.

To book your tickets for this fantastic event, head over to www.yarninthecity.com.

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Episode 52: How to Store your FOs

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Image Details: ‘Asylum Storage’ by Forgotten Heritage, via Flickr.

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Intro

Here’s another episode to keep your knitty enabling high! There will be a short break in the podcast schedule over summer to allow for some resetting and forward planning for the next 6 months.

Enablers’ Corner

This week we’re enabling to the Scollayalong. Join in for some garment knitting fun.

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This kicked off at Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl with a measure up session with my pal KnitBritish. Want to take part? You can add your responses here. It’s all anonymous, and we’ll be analysing the results to see what the real average is!

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I’ve been committing some knitting! The Owls jumper is back on the go and progressing well with a little attention. This is in the Rowan British Sheep Breeds Chunky the pattern calls for. Also on the needles is a little Lush is Adriafil Mirage in neon pink for The Beast. Check out the outtakes after the exit music the hear her thoughts on that and lion hair.

I’ve watched for Mallorn (the swatch was the ‘lion hair’) but have not cast on yet as the pattern starts with a 300 odd row i-cord. Valid?

I’ve started and finished another Lapsang by Clare Devine in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky. You really cannot go wrong with this pattern and yarn combination for quick knits.

I also finished my hap. Pattern was Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston.

Craft Physics: How to Store Your FOs

How do you store your finished objects? Stash storage is a commonly discussed topic, so there are many ideas for how to manage your collection of yarn. What about the finished items? They still take up space. Do you have any top tips for keeping the organised and safe from the dreaded moths?

Wrap-up

That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!

Episode 50: Strictly No Baby Nudity – An Interview With Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and Rainbow Heirloom

Max and Bodhi's Wardrobe final pattern update live 11 June 2015. Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe final pattern update live 11 June 2015. Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

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Intro

Hello and welcome to episode 50. A half century of podcast fun – who’d have thought it possible? This week, I’ve an exciting interview for you with Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and Rainbow Heirloom. First up, there’s a little MakeItFit2015 chatter as I announce that Louise and I will be hosting a joint measure-up at Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl this weekend. Come along and join in the fun! We’ll be collecting stats from those who are happy to share so we can do a bit of investigation. Next week, we’ll be opening it up online for those who can’t make it to Edinburgh to take part.

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Episode 47: Calamities and Curiosities

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Image Details: ‘Le cabinet de curiosité de Bonnier de la Mosson’ by Dodeckahedron, via Flickr.

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The Highland Wool Festival is taking place at Dingwall Mart on 23 May 2015. The exhibitor list is now available.

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Episode 46: Enabling 101

'Aren't You a Little Short for a Storm Trooper?' by Camille Rose, via Flickr.

‘Aren’t You a Little Short for a Storm Trooper?’ by Camille Rose, via Flickr.

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Intro

Hello and welcome back for another podcast. I am very glad to see the back of the General Election here in the UK for a number of reasons. My advice is to be a doer. This episode is mostly about enabling. Again.

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News

There will be a trunk show at my beloved Fluph in Dundee on 27th May 2015. This will be with Nic from Yarns From The Plain who will be showcasing her wares between 2-8pm. It’s sure to be a great event, so I am gutted not to be in attendance. For those not able to make Fluph, Nic will also be exhibiting at Fibre East in July.

Feeling a little overwhelmed by your to-knit list? Check out the fun over at the Hotel for the Hopelessly Overcommitted on Ravelry.

Enablers’ Corner

Exciting news on the knitting front with a collaboration with Louise Scollay of KnitBritish (along with some special guests) on Make It Fit 2015. More details to follow on this, but there will be threads open on both the Shinybees and KnitBritish groups. If you’ve got anything you find hard, don’t understand or are too scared to attempt, share it with us. Likewise if you have some ninja top tips for adjusting your knitwear, we’d love to hear from you.

It’s going to be an exercise in enabling you to create knitwear that fits the way you want it to. Neither Ms Scollay or I are experts, we’re merely going on a journey of exploration and investigation of the available resources out there, doing some experiments, gathering data and hopefully leaving you all with some great techniques you can use to make every project fit well.

We have our own dedicated email for Make It Fit 2015. Please contact us with any comments, queries, ideas or requests!

More Summer Knitting Yarns

Following on from episode 44, where we talked about summer knitting yarns, I’ve some recommendations courtesy of lovely listeners to share with you. Iribeiro is a fan of DMC Natura Cotton for summer projects, as well as Yarn Stories on Etsy, who sell very cost effective Lithuanian linen (not to be confused with the Yorkshire Yarn Stories).

Dane Abroad likes Holst Garn Coast, which is a 55% Merino, 45% cotton yarn, available from our friends at Tangled Yarn in 48 colours.

Caity Rosey recommends Claudia Handpainted Yarns. They have a 100% linen sport weight yarn called Drama, along with a lace weight 100% linen, ‘Contemplation’.

Aestlight

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This section would be more aptly named ‘Works in Stasis’ judging by current, somewhat glacial, progress. Only projects knitted on so far are the Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston for the KnitBritish Hapalong, and my Braambos Socks.

What techniques do you have to ensure you make progress on your wips?

Wrap-up

That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!