Episode 10: Travelling Light


Image Credit: ‘Potjie’ by s_mac, via Flickr.

Hello everybody and welcome to episode 10 of the podcast: Travelling Light. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners, as always.

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The main focus of the jibber jabber this week is that of travel knitting. How do you do yours? Are you strictly vanilla sock or do you go big with a shawl? I ponder the trials and tribulations of aeroplane travel with or without one’s knitting needles from London and Johannesburg. There is also a bit of discussion about how one keeps one’s Golden Skeins safe when moving hemispheres and a précis of my top 3, from Nurturing Fibres and Flamboyance Yarns, which may be superseded by a newer offering from the Knitting Goddess. We end with a rallying cry not to do weird stuff just to get your knitting onto a plane. You know it makes sense, people.

The news section is lengthy and varied today.

First off, there is a round up of my top 3 blogs from the 4th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. First up is Yarnandpointysticks.com, written by South African Clare and highly dangerous to those who are susceptible to being enabled. Great writing and beautiful pictures make for an interesting read. Check her out for an upcoming series of posts on some of the main players on the South African knitting scene. Of particular note is her interview with Sally-Jane of Pinkhairgirl Designs. I am currently knitting the Guardian Angel shawl for a friend and the Game of Thrones inspired Winter is Coming is topical right now.

Secondly, we have all-she-wants-to-do-is-knit.com, written by Caitey Rosey. Check out her awesome knitting in Shakespeare post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.

Thirdly, there is threebadcats.com, where you can not only find loads of pictures of cute Shelties, but also a scarily true to life info graphic, charting Julia’s slippery slope to total yarn addiction. Where are you on the scale?

For a great South African blog that’s nothing at all to do with knitting, but is very funny, I present to you 23thorns.com.

In the Knit A Square KAL, I offer my thanks to those who have taken part and urge those of you who haven’t already to post a picture of your square in the thread on the Ravelry group, or email it to me. I will be awarding a random prize after the closing date of 24 July 2013 at 20:25 SAST (GMT+2). A new KAL is starting on 1 July – the p/hop kal in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers. This is a kal of any Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure (p/hop) pattern, with a thread running in the Ravelry group and the hashtag #phopkal on Twitter, in conjunction with Kate of katestwirl blog, who also just happens to be the new p/hop co-ordinator. Check out the p/hop stand at Woolfest this coming weekend to research your pattern and buy your yarn, or check out the p/hop website if, like me, you aren’t going to Woolfest. I have already decided to do the Cranford Mitts.

I will be attending Fibre East on 27th July at Redbourne Community College, Bedford. Let me know if you fancy a meet-up.

South Africa

This week we talk about the ubiquitous South African culinary delight that is the Potjiekos.

Wrap up

Thanks very much for listening. Please feel free to get in touch, I love to hear from listeners. I am Shinybees on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter, you can email me at shinybeesinfo@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog.

4 comments on “Episode 10: Travelling Light

  1. caityrosey says:

    Thank you for the mention. I really enjoyed your posts too.

  2. bekswhoknits says:

    I recently had to research travel knitting to reassure my partner that knitting in the car is safe. Well not safe as much as not-very-risky. I didn’t find any knitting related car injuries, but I did find some other rather gruesome knitting injuries.

    This allayed his fears and I crocheted a blanket on the trip there (which was very useful because we left at 4am and it was pretty cold), and a pair of vanilla latte socks for the way back.
    I also get car sick and so knitting actually helps because I can focus on my knitting rather than focus on feeling queazy.

    I’m going to be a regular listener from now on. 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      I love that you did research on knitting-related car injuries! Brilliant!

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