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Episode 87: Travelknitter- An Interview with Larissa

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I hope we are all enjoying the change in weather…she says whilst looking at today’s snow. Before we get going I will take the opportunity to let you all know that you can still join the #RewindKAL. There is no pressure, you can join in with whatever you choose and just take your time, Lord knows that I am. I am also excited to say that I am on the wonderful Yarn in The City podcast this week with Rachel and Allison. I like a little mini enabling, so if you haven’t heard them before but you like this show I’m sure you’ll appreciate them too. You may remember an interview they did on the show in July last year.

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Episode 86: Knitting on a Train

Train carriage to add to the bunting train, by the Craftivist Collective, via Flickr

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There can be no escaping EYF chat this week, though there is no rubbing noses in it, I promise. Key points include attending the pub with some podcast Patrons – the benefits are endless folks, get involved. A big thank you to everyone who brought cards and gifts for me, it really blew me away. Special mention to Jenny, Kate and Hannah – a bee cake – Perfect! Still, it’s not a watch… I also thoroughly enjoyed hosting my session on Friday and will be doing a repeat on Thursday at 8. It is my first official webinar and if you’d like to be involved please sign up to the mailing list so I can send you the replay. There will be workshop notes available too. It is entitled ‘How to create a Content Calendar for your Blog or Podcast (and still have time to knit)’.

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Episode 84: Yarns From The Plain – An Interview with Nic Rudd

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This week we’re joined by the wonderful Nic Rudd of Yarns From The Plain, purveyor of lovely British hand dyed yarns and voice of the Yarns From The Plain podcast.

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Episode 82: Commit

Tasmania Cradle Mountain Summit Hike, by Eli Duke, via Flickr

Tasmania Cradle Mountain Summit Hike, by Eli Duke, via Flickr

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The podcast is brought to you this week from Daan Saaf, still with Real Ale though, obviously. This week I’m taking the time to point you in the direction of two of my latest little hobbies, Anchor and Snapchat. I like Anchor because its audio messaging and I have a face for radio. Get on and send me a ‘wave’ @Shinybees. Snapchat is lots of fun, I’m enjoying posting a rolling feed of 10 seconds clips that stay for 24 hours and explain my day. Come and watch my work by adding shinybees as a friend.

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Episode 81: Re-Rewind

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This week I follow on from last weeks sing-along with a bit of Craig David, including a quick biograghy (for those who missed that 15 minutes of the noughties in the UK) and an eyebrow homage…

The original…

David does Bieber…

Merrion does David…

I am also giving a gentle reminder to pop along to the Shinybees Podcast Group on Ravelry for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern giveaway. It’s not too late to get in on this Thursdays Patreon virtual knit night, sign up to $5 or more per month and you will be invited to our show and tell and get your wips out. If you love a bit of Swag, get down to the Swagporium and get your hands on an amazing new Barbie carrier, also known as a project bag.

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Episode 79: OwlPrintPanda – An Interview with Amanda B Collins

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This week I very warmly, if somewhat gruffly, welcome Amanda on to the show for an interview. Having previously enabled you to her new collection I was delighted to see more of her work on the front cover on Knit Now magazine. Enjoy some slight sidelines and finding out more about Amanda, her Fiat and lots of dodgy eyelash yarn chat.

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Interview

We start as we mean to go on with a mildly comedic journey through needle felt, crochet blanket magazines, to Amanda’s discovery of Ravelry and her subsequent adventures with spinning wheels before her hobby becoming a business. The release of her first pattern, and it’s popularity on Ravelry, spurred her on and gave her the encouragement she needed to keep going…mostly in orange. Although it’s not a full time profession for Amanda, it is certainly a big part of her life and slots in at the end of her hard working days as a Doctor.

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Amanda talks us through her design process. It mainly involves pinterest boards and a quick swatch, though she is not set in one particular method and enjoys taking a more relaxed and ‘haphazard’ approach. That keeps it from feeling a chore for her and keeps things different. No journey is ever a smooth one but there have been no major lessons or terrible experiences for Amanda, just the usual ‘too much yarn, too little time’ and some problems with the space/time continuum. Perhaps some errors and some questionable taste in hot water bottles, tea cosies and cheap yarn…by both of us…

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As Autumn Falls, copyright OwlPrintPanda

 

Amanda’s highlight is the meeting of the lovely yarny community at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The realisation that she is a big part of the community and the opportunity to meet some of you lovely lot face to face really pleased her greatly. Amanda also talked honestly about the tremendous excitement at having your first submission accepted and the validation of your work. She is also a lover of Ravelry (who isn’t?) and joins the rest of us in wondering how anyone ever got by in the pre-Ravelry world and serious envy of those who discovered it before. The most valuable lesson – Remember that you do this because you love it, keep loving it.

 

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Some controversy – socks in bed? Discuss.

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 78: What to Knit in 2016

Image Details: Ramona and my small stash of yarn by Suedehead, via Flickr

Image Details: Ramona and my small stash of yarn by Suedehead, via Flickr

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This weeks episode follows on from goal setting and includes what I pinky promise to knit this year. It’s all about embracing your stash, however disorganised, and the unbridled joy it brings. Maybe now is the time to actually get some of that yarny loveliness out of the box and get knitting. Check out Helen Stewart’s Curious Handmade podcast for more on Stash Appreciation.

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Episode 77: Knitting Goals

Image Details: 'Goal Awaits Game - Essaouria, Morocco by AG Gilmore, via Flickr.

Image Details: ‘Goal Awaits Game – Essaouria, Morocco by AG Gilmore, via Flickr.

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This week’s episode follows on from the excitement of preparing for the knitty events of the year to looking at what you want to achieve in your knitting this year. Lots of people are cracking out new planners and diaries, so it’s a great time to think about how to get to where you want to be in terms of improving your skills, tackling projects or trying new things.

Enablers’ Corner

Be enabled to the Nature’s Shades KAL and the TGS Vintage KAL.

Image Details: 'You are never too old to set an new goal or dream a new dream' by BK, via Flickr.

Image Details: ‘You are never too old to set an new goal or dream a new dream’ by BK, via Flickr.

How to Set Knitting Goals

1) Set goals that you find exciting and motivating. Ask yourself why achieving this goal is important to you. Knowing this will help you when the knitting gets tricky.

2) Set goals you can measure progress against. You need to know where you are starting from and where you are going to in order to measure progress. Progress is the important thing, not actually reaching the goal. You need to know how much you have improved as this will spur you on.

3) Write it down somewhere you can see it often and write it down as though it has already happened.

4) Planning, planning, planning. Go back to basics and do the work to see if what you are planning is achievable. Work out your requirements, the speed at which you know, the timeframe you have available and how much you can produce per day and ask yourself, “Is this feasible?” If not, pick something easier (or interim goal) or give yourself longer.

5) Accountability. Tell people with a vested interest in seeing you succeed what your plans are and update them often. It can be motivating having external accountability when trying to achieve goals.

Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead. Downloadable via Ravelry or available in print on website.

Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead. Downloadable via Ravelry or available in print on website.

Review: Woolly Wormhead’s ‘Painted Woolly Toppers’

The latest book from Woolly Wormhead is reviewed today on the podcast. ‘Painted Woolly Toppers’ is a collection of ten hats designed specifically for handpainted yarns and are structured to show off the very best elements of varigated colour ways.

I interviewed Woolly Wormhead in Episode 61,where she talks in detail about her approach to design.

My favourite design is Lamitra.

'Lamitra' from Painted Woolly Toppers. Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead. Downloadable from Ravelry.

‘Lamitra’ from Painted Woolly Toppers. Image Copyright Woolly Wormhead. Downloadable from Ravelry.

I enjoyed the interesting constructions (something Woolly is known for) to the designs as well as the firm embrace of crazy handpainted yarn in this book. There is also a good range of difficulty levels to the projects. The styling and photography is really appealing and extra bonus points are awarded for the shoot taking place in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

What I would have liked to see (we have to find some areas for improvement!) is more information on the yarns. The name is there and colour way name, but there is no weight/yardage readily available. I am sure I could find this if needed, but I want to know as I am looking so I can mentally shop the stash and estimate how long the projects will take. I really liked the photography, so I would have liked more images of the projects.

Would I buy it? I will as soon as I start to knit more hats, as I just don’t knit many at the moment. It’s a great vehicle for expanding upon basic hat knitting and construction and I’m always looking for ways to use the crazy handpainted yarns I am so fond of!

Can you buy it? Yes you can, via Ravelry either as single patterns or an eBook. You can also get a hard copy of the book, along with the ebook at Woolly’s website. You’ll also find some of her free patterns available for download on her website too, so you can try them out!

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 75: Joyeux Noel

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Image Details: ‘Esprit de Noël’ by Christophe Pinard, via Flickr.

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This week it’s a fairly pensive and reflective mini-essay to start the podcast, prompted by an email from Marguerite in Australia (who drives the biggest trains in the world – amazing!) who reminded me about the time in Africa when the power went down and my friends had an entire dead animal in their freezer, which was slowly defrosting! Sometimes at this time of year, it’s all about looking forward and rushing on to the next thing, without fully appreciating exactly how far we have come.

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Episode 74: Knitivity

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Image Details: ‘Knitted Nativity Scene’ by Andrea_44, via Flickr.

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Today we begin with some festive chatter about that most traditional of Christmas activities – the nativity play. I was a cultural experience in the North of England, including a Yoda Donkey, highly flammable sheep and a Rockport-boot and Phantom of the Opera mask wearing dove.

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