Episode 3: The C word


Image details: ‘C’ by chrisinplymouth, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 3 of the podcast: The C Word. This week we are definitely not going to be talking about Christmas knitting, it is a different kind of C. There will also be the Wippin’ Piccadilly section as usual, along with a bit of travel talk about the Kruger National Park and I introduce the Shinybees Knitting Big 5.

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In the welcome section we have a few thank-yous, a reminder about the offer from knitterscarlet, where podcast listeners can receive 10% off in her Etsy shop with the code “Shinybees”. Then, I tell you why Google is not your friend, especially in Afrikaans.

The Skinder (08:05)

My first attempt at a bit of an essay, this week we will be discussing the C word. Luckily for you, that wont be Christmas knitting, I will be talking about charity. There is a quick run-down of a project I am currently involved in, the Santa Shoebox Project, and there is a charity knitting project for you, Knit-a-Square, both of which are to help the underprivileged in South Africa.

Wippin’ Piccadilly (17:20)

The Damask is still ongoing, as is Owls. There was a random cast on and off of the Toad Washcloth, and the Matrix Socks (the socks formerly known as Kebnekaise) are nearing completion. Sewing wise, the tracksuit pants are done and there is a bit of a hint at an apron for the Caithness Craft Collective apron swap.

South Africa (26:05)

This week we talk a bit about the Kruger National Park and how rhinos and boulders look remarkably similar.

Shinybees Knitting Big 5 (30:18)

A bit of fun for those of you who haven’t seen the ‘Big 5’ in real life, we have my run-down of the knitted big 5. We start easy with elephants, before moving on to lions, rhino, leopard and finally buffalo. For ease of browsing, check out the set on Ravelry. The Natural Surburbia blog by Linda Dawkins is also mentioned.

Wrap up (41:14)

Thanks to you all for listening and I hope you enjoyed the podcast – let me know what you think about the new sections this week! As always, you can get in touch via Shinybeesinfo@gmail.com, message me on Ravelry or Twitter, where I am ‘Shinybees’, come and join the podcast group on Ravelry or leave a comment here.

10 comments on “Episode 3: The C word

  1. Cecelia says:

    Hi, I enjoy your podcast. I listen from Duluth, Minnesota. I think it was Louise or maybe Martine who drew my attention to your podcast. I was interested because it is from South Africa. I’ve never visited there, but as a teen I lived in the Congo for a year with my family. I enjoy hearing about Africa. I was laughing at the story about Geen medication. I speak a little Dutch and know what geen means. Because of the Dutch, I sometimes understand the Africans worsds you say. I love your northern England accent too. I hope you keep up the podcasts. They are a lot of fun!!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Hi Ceci, glad you enjoy the podcast! Loved hearing about your Granny on the podcast group on Rav. :o)

  2. Mary C says:

    I really enjoy your podcast, thank you iMake for the introduction. I enjoy listening to you during my commute to & from work.
    Back in the 80’s we were expatriates in Indonesia & Scotland. Our daughter was born in Singapore. The 8 years we spent overseas was adventure. Like you, I enjoyed the culture & crafts of each country. I learned to do batik in Indonesia & knit in Scotland.
    Keep the podcasts coming, you are great!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for getting in touch and your kind comments! Sounds like you have had a few adventures! I have always fancied going to Singapore. I’d love to see some of your batik!


  3. Love the Geen story and your little asides to your MIL, kind of sounds like the thoughts rattling around in my own head. Please tell me I’m not the only one that calls out “Bye!” in response to you at the end.

    Yes. Out loud.

    I read Yarnharlot’s piece on the kindness of knitters a while ago but lost it, thank you for unearthing that for me again. Now to embroider it.

    Also also! Yay for crochet pattern!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thanks Caroline! My MIL has also said that my dogs listen to the podcast and are unimpressed. Seriously considering randomly throwing in “Treatsssssss” or “WAAAAAAAALLLLLLKKKIIIIEEEESSS” one day and see how she gets on with that.

      I shall give you a personal “Tot Siens” on the next episode!

  4. Sally-Jane says:

    Rachel and I listened to this yesterday, she has been poorly all weekend and even missed her cub camp she was so looking forward to, but this made her laugh for the first time in days. We even had to go search for the dogs dressed as lions, she thought they were hillarious

    1. Shinybees says:

      Aw bless her. Hope she gets well soon and glad the ‘King of the Beasts’ cheered her up a bit!

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