Caithness Craft Collective

Episode 29: A Year of Enabling and How to Make Your Socks Fit

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We’re all about enabling this week on the podcast. The latest knitty news is on the agenda, along with some world class enabling and the official announcement of the Sock Surgery Year of Socks.


Recent crafty-type exploits over Christmas have enjoyed a spot of proper whisky tasting. We tried Glenmorangie, Glen Moray – my local – Talisker Port Ruighe and Aberlour. We learnt all about colour, nosing, legs and adding water to whisky. I won’t be doing tasting on the podcast, but if you want to listen to someone who does know and like her whisky, go over to Caithness Craft Collective and listen to the ‘Drams’ section.

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LushPodKal Techniques 3: Short Rows and Wrap and Turn

Down With Shorts!

Image Details: ‘Down With Shorts’ by theotherdan, via Flickr.

This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring techniques used in the Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits, and some recommended resources for those techniques I have used.

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LushPodKal Techniques 2: Blocking the Lace Yoke

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Doing the lushpodkal? Need help with blocking the yoke?

I’ve put together my thoughts on blocking in general, with a handy video at the end of the post, for those who prefer to watch how to do it, instead of reading about it. The lace yoke, which is the first part of the cardigan that is knitted in this pattern, needs to be blocked before the stitched can be picked up for the collar and main body. In case you aren’t too familiar with how you’d do that, I’ve put together this handy guide.

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LushPodKal Techniques: Provisional Cast On


Image Details: “042307Crochet_cast-on” by cabezalana, via Flickr.

In preparation for the impending start of the LushPodKal, I have been researching the best resources for learning the techniques that will be needed during the course of the pattern. I know that quite a few people are knitting their first ever adult garment and some are a little nervous about new techniques that they will be trying. Hopefully, I can take some of the pain out of finding a good tutorial (not all Google searches are created equal, my friends!) and you can find something here to help you along.

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Big me up, buttercup…


It’s been a while since I started a blog post with a song lyric. And I actually have a strong dislike for the overplayed ‘build me up, buttercup’, which was cool for a while, but now it’s my cue to exit the dance floor in search of a fresh G&T. Not that I actually go out that much anymore as a) I have a 7 month old, I haven’t been on the razzle properly for about a year and a half now and b) I live in the middle of nowhere, which in Africa is really the middle of nowhere. Anyway, as usual, I digress…

This post is in honour of my little blog being ‘bigged up’ by the lovely Louise on episode 42 of the Caithness Craft Collective podcast. Thank you! 42 is indeed the meaning of life, so if you don’t already, get yourself over there and have a listen. It’s good stuff. Just like the 21 year old ‘Old Pulteney’

So to all those of you who have found this blog via the podcast – welcome! And, all those of you who have been reading my ramblings, witty and otherwise, for a while – lovely to see you again!