Welcome back after a short break to the podcast. I’m deee-lighted to be back with you once again, as I have missed you terribly during the break. Having hoped to have moved by now, I am still, sadly, in the same house, but hopefully moving next week.
So, I know you’re all wondering – did Mini Paul Rudd buy the house?
I’m afraid not. I think he bought a smaller one in the next street, and took his somewhat handsome father with him. Luckily though, after a viewing with Chinese Jackie O and another one in which my first impression was one of ‘OMG does Vicky Pollard live here’ (to them, not them to me), we got an offer and are cracking now with the sale as quickly as their ineffectual conveyancer will allow. Which is pretty much at a glacial pace.
If you are not familiar with Vicky Pollard:
Coming up in November, there is Yarnporium, which will take place on 5th and 6th November 2016 at King’s College London, The Strand. There’s a great list of vendors, as well as workshops available over the two days. I’ll be attending on 6th November, so if you;re there, please come and say hi.
I’m also giving away two FREE tickets to Yarnporium. To enter the competition, leave a comment below these show notes to the effect of ‘I went to Yarnporium and I bought…’
Also in November, there’s Festiwool over in Hitchin in Hertfordshire. It’s on Saturday 12th between 10 and 5. Be sure to check out friend of the show Jane at GardeningWitch Designs.
This week I am enabling you to Northern Yarn. Based in Lancaster and run by the lovely Kate, its’ a treasure trove of local wools, along with some more popular favourites.
Things that caught my eye include the lovely Teeswater Wools hand dyed, which is grown at the foot of Pendle Hill in the Ribble Valley by Freda and Darrell at Higher Gills Farm.
Next up (and perfect for a hat knit) is Lancashire Farm Wool – a blend of North Country Cheviot, BFL and both pure and crossbred Jacobs from a conservation flock in Silverdale. At £9 per 100g I think it’s really competitive.
Finally – and MOST excitingly – Kate has commissioned her own yarn! That’s right, she has had her own fleece spun into the actual Northern Yarn. I’m far too excited about this. It will be launching at Kendal Wool Gathering next weekend, 29-30th October. You can read a bit more about the process on her blog.
Knitting has been committed! Not too much though, don’t get over excited…
ON the #RewindKAL front, I have only a button band to do before the Lush Cardigan is complete! It’s knitted in a fabulous DK from Berry Colorful Yarnings in my own special Shinybees colour way. It’s going to be a well-treasured item.
I’m still working on Frisson by Brittany Wilson. I am not enjoying the actual knitting, although the yarn is coming out nicely and the finished item will be lovely.
I finished the Talisman Shawl by Helen Stewart, knitted in The Wool Kitchen Urban Hints Blood Orange. It’s a glorious yarn and I enjoyed the simplicity and soothing knit of the pattern, although I managed to cock it up right at the end. As my MIL is a truly wonderful person, despite me loving this yarn, I will be gifting it to her. She’s a good ‘un, and one of the other brothers just got a new girlfriend and I need to maintain status as the favourite (and only at this stage) Daughter-in-Law.
In future knits, I’ve a Kindling Hat and Mitts set planned in some delicious new wool I picked up at Yarndale. It is Stein Fine Wool DK in the colour way ‘Frosty Reception’ and I can see more if it in my future (along with a chat with them about selective breeding the fleece for this!)
I also have plans for a set of hats for the family, but I am struggling with finding suitable patterns. I’d like some recommendations for your go-to hat patterns please, for DK and Aran.
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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!