Category Archives for "Projects"

Episode 96: This Thing of Paper – An Interview with Karie Westermann

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Straight into the news this week as I have so much of it. Firstly, I want to thank you all for your wonderful positive feedback on last week’s episode and my time with Countess Ablaze. A lot of the feedback was around how well she copes with her autism, and how it doesn’t stop her from doing what she wants to do. We have both appreciated it very much, you are all lovely people.

If you would like some of our crazy Orange Mocha Frappuccino, the bad news is that the batch we dyed completely sold out to newsletter subscribers in two hours. [Fortunately for us, The Countess (despite being in incredibly high demand) has kindly agreed to do a very small number of pre-orders for those of you who missed out. You can pre-order the yarn here until the limit is reached or 20th June, whichever is earliest. Dispatch will be 1st July. Edited: This is now totally sold out. Thank you!

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7 Episode 80: Relax

Relaxing at John F. Kennedy Park by Edson Chilundo

Relaxing at John F. Kennedy Park by Edson Chilundo via Flickr

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This week I am back to something resembling my old bouncy self and am using this platform to impart wise words about not biting off more than you can chew and ‘caning it’. Oh and chatting very enthusiastically about Zoolander. Blue Steel! Zoolander KAL anyone?? It’s all a bit sing-songy this week too.

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3 #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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4 Episode 18: The First Step is Admitting You Have A Problem

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Image Details: ‘Untitled’ by rottnapples, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 18 of the podcast. The first step is indeed admitting you have a problem, when it comes to solving the mother of all knitting funks, it would seem!

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7 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY7): Back to the Future.

Delorean

Image Details: ‘Delorean’ by The Plate Market, via Flickr.

Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): Looking Forward
One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Last year I set myself several things I would like to learn in the coming year, as part of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012. I decided, whilst writing this post, that it would be fun to look back and see if I had managed to achieve any of them. I do feel like I have progressed in my knitting ability during the past year and have attempted projects with wild abandon, without any regard to how difficult they were going to be. I must also confess though, that I have not looked back at those goals set last year until now. So, what did I plan to learn?

1) Fair Isle
2) Adult size jumper, for me
3) Dye some yarn
4) Handspin yarn for a project
5) Learn to do TAAT socks

How did I do?

1) Fair Isle: Epic fail. Didn’t even try any.

2) Adult size jumper, for me: Cast on Owls by Kate Davies, decided that expanding pregnant frame not suited to form fitting jumper of previous size and elected to leave it until after eviction of the little squatter. Left the project in the UK after Christmas as I needed the luggage space for baby paraphernalia.

3) Dye some yarn: Thought about it, read about it, didn’t do it. I planned to attend a yarn dyeing course with Carlé from Nurturing Fibres, however the course unfortunately did not run in the end.

4) Handspin yarn for a project: I haven’t touched the wheel in a while. I really need to start using it as I can’t really justify it’s current existence as a rather beautiful ornament. I think possibly aiming for 10 minutes a day might be the way forward for this.

5) Learn to do Two At A Time socks: Epic fail. Didn’t even try it. Did do a couple more pairs on the old DPNs though.

I found that in typical Bee-like fashion, I got distracted by other projects, such as doing a podcast! I also found that, by having such a wide scope on the goals, I didn’t actually get there because they weren’t broken down into small enough, specific steps. I have therefore decided to slim down this year’s goals to just one and I have already chosen which project I am going to do and when I will start it. If it is finished in time, I may then move on to the other two reserve projects. This way, I have a much more specific path in mind, so it is harder to become distracted from the goal. I am also going to blog about these projects once per week such that you can all keep me on track.

White and Colourful by Suuf.  Image used with kind permission of Suuf, All Rights Reserved.

White and Colourful by Suuf. Image used with kind permission of Suuf, All Rights Reserved.

1) Fair Isle. I am going to complete the White and Colourful hat and mittens project, written by Suuf on Ravelry. She kindly sent me the charts for her self-designed/adapted project, and I intend to start this in August when we return to the UK and finish it by Christmas. This will give me time to clear down my ongoing wips in order to concentrate better on this project.

2) Adult size jumper for me. I am going to get the Owls out of hibernation when I return in August and work on this when I am not in the right frame of mind for Fair Isle! The plan is to finish this before next year’s KCBW.

Box of Chocolates

Box of Chocolates

3) Two At A Time socks. I have the Box of Chocolates yarn and I am going to do Carlé’s Vanilla Sock pattern on Ravelry. As I have it with me now, so should I finish my ongoing wips, I will allow myself to cast them on.

What are your crafty goals for the coming year?

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21 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY3): What’s Happening in the Hive?

Bee Hive Cake

Image Details: ‘Bee Hive Cake’ by Architekt2, via Flickr.

Day 3 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, hosted by Eskimimimakes, is upon us. This has definitely been the hardest day for me so far, but then I suppose that is part of the point of taking part. It you do want to jump on the bandwagon a little late, you can find the details here.

Day Three (Wednesday April 24th): Infographic
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.

Make your own infogaphic (no fancy imaging software needed, you can draw it on paper and photograph it if you want) to convey any element of your craft(s). It can be just for fun or a thoroughly researched presentation of an idea/finding.

I struggled with today’s post. I didn’t have anything I particularly wanted to infographic up, and felt a bit like I needed to do something ‘proper’ than just for fun. So, I sat last night and played around with some infographic makers, which were something new to me and I am sure they could be useful. And I fiddled and played and fiddled and played and my eyes went blurry as I minced around all the different makers, because I am a Bee after all. Then The Beast decided that it was time to scream the house down, complain of stomach ache in Afrikaans and then promptly vomited all over the bed. Cue a 3 hour clean up and go back to bed operation. Sigh.

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60 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY1): Be Never too Busy to Bee Shiny

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Image Details: “Bee” by BaileyWho?, via Flickr.

So, the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is upon us, and I have sorted myself into the House of Bee. Not only because it has my entire blog and podcast name in the description, but also because it totally describes my attitude to crafting and projects in general.

The description is as follows, “The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.”

House of Bee

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2 Episode 9: The Enemy Within

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

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Hello and welcome to Episode 9 of the Shinybees Podcast. A bit of a mixed barrel with a slightly odd theme running through it: Star Trek! I am not a secret Trekkie, I don’t even know that much about it, but I have been subjected to The Original Series in the weeks since the last podcast in pretty much all of my free evening time, so it has somewhat permeated!

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