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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Intro

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.

This year I am only setting (cough) 4 things to knit. Four garments. As one does. I have swatched for these already in most cases, so it is time to commit to knitting them or choosing something else.

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Promise 1 – Owligan

Lush Cardigan by Emily Wessel, modelled by the lady herself! Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

Lush Cardigan by Emily Wessel, modelled by the lady herself! Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

Promise 2 – Lush

'Mallorn' by Ann Kingstone. image Copyright Ann Kingstone.

‘Mallorn’ by Ann Kingstone. image Copyright Ann Kingstone.

Promise 3 – Mallorn

'Raindrops' by Tin Can Knits. Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

‘Raindrops’ by Tin Can Knits. Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

Promise 4 – Raindrops

 

Enablers’ Corner

Be enabled to Kate Davies Designs, via an interview by my good self. I’m not in the habit of enabling via my own podcast but the occasion is worthy. Kate’s business has been shortlisted for a ‘UK Micro-Business of the Year’ award and in this interview she discusses the work that goes into making a successful business and dispels any myths around crafty businesses being like hobbies.

Beadalong

Firstly a big thank you to all who took part in this. Hopefully it will encourage others to be brave and try new things. It also serves as a reminder that is perfectly fine to try something new and not like it, even if you’re actually quite good at it. Move on and own something new. For the most part we all loved it and there are some beautiful creations, worthy winners will be picked in due course!

The Golden Skein

The Winter 2015 collection has now sold out which is no surprise given how beautiful they were.

Pikkewyn‘Pikkewyn,’ is dyed by Helen Lockhart of Ripplescrafts on her croft in Scotland. A 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk and 20% Yak blend yarn, it’s well suited to shawls and and accessories as well as lightweight garments. This gloriously dark and moody colour way would be wonderful when teamed with jewel brights in a larger project.

 

tuxedo junction

‘Tuxedo Junction’ is by Samantha Perrault at ScrumptiousPurl, based in Canada. It’s dyed onto her ‘Stripe Me Up’ base, a versatile blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. This ‘subtle as a brick’, super-fun colour way will make fantastic socks or mitts.

 

Patagonicus

‘Patagonicus’ is by Ana Campos of Toil & Trouble, a hand dyer in Salem, Massachusetts in the United States. It’s an icy, variegated colour way which would make luxurious shawls and accessories.  A 100% Superwash Merino yarn.

There is still time to sign up for this year and be introduced to some fantastic indie dyers, might just be the perfect way to help keep your promises to yourself about what you will knit in 2016.

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!

The link to the software for limiting glare as promised.