Crochet

Episode 100: The Great Shinybees Hexipuff Amnesty

Intro

Here we are folks and who’d have thunk it: A tonne! From my South African garage to my Wigan spare bedroom – with a couple of amazing awards in between – over the course of 4 years.  A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for all the support.

A couple of shout outs today:

GiffnockGirl – loving the pokeballs after our pattern pick last time. Though I am lamenting the lack of Pikachu man bun covers. I can only assume you are all out seeking perfect models for them and I can expect those photos shortly.

Chelociraptor – I always enjoy some fun crochet patterns and burgers are no different.

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Shinybees in The Knitter Magazine

The Knitter Podcast

That’s right! The podcast was recommended in the latest issue of The Knitter. It was a pleasant surprise; I bought the magazine today to get my copy of the sock heel masterclass article by Clare Devine. I spotted the mention as I was flicking through the rest of the magazine, prior to sitting down for detailed reading.

Along with Clare’s brilliant article, there were some lovely sock patterns in this issue in a separate booklet. There is also a great article on visiting Shetland, which is on our to-do list for this summer, so should come in very handy.

If you would like a quick preview of what is in this issue, you can see it on the preview video on YouTube here.

Episode 15: Swans, Clowns and Unicorns

Unicorn x Piccolo Latte

Image Details: “Unicorn x Piccolo Latte” by Jonathan Lin, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to Episode 15 of the podcast.

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Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure (P/Hop) Knit and Crochet Along.

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‘New Cranfords.’ Image shared with kind permission of Jane Lithgow, probablyjane on Flickr.

For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast, I thought I would let you in on the new knit and crochet along we are starting in the Ravelry group for the show – the P/hop KAL. Inspired by the recent appointment of the lovely Kate from Kate’s Twirl blog and famous roving reporter of the iMake podcast as the new co-ordinator at P/hop, the P/hop KAL will be starting tomorrow, 1st July 2013. Don’t worry if you can’t cast on tomorrow, you can still join at any time thereafter, once you have cleared down your current wips or found the perfect yarn for your P/hop project.

This KAL (and CAL, there are crochet patterns too) is for any P/hop pattern. If you look in your queue, you will probably have one already in there, as there have been some beautiful patterns donated. If not, check out the patterns here on Ravelry. I know it is difficult to narrow down to just one project, but you can always cast another on when you have finished and carry on the P/hop fun! All you need to do is download that pattern and then make a donation to P/hop, who raise money for Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF). If you aren’t familiar with the work of MSF, you can look here to find out what they do around the world as well as in South Africa, where they provide support in tackling endemic and epidemic disease, as well as exclusion from access to healthcare. The idea is that you make a donation of pennies per hour of pleasure you get from knitting or crocheting the patterns.

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We will be following everyone’s progress and indulging in a bit of chatter and banter over on the thread in the Shinybees Podcast group on Ravelry. We will also be using the hashtag #phopkal on Twitter for more up to the minute chat. As usual, I am sure there will be a liberal dose of good humour there too!

I will be knitting the Cranford Mitts in Jelliebean Yarns’ ‘Red Dragon’s Blood’, which is a sparkly, red sock yarn. I think these mitts will be a great wear in Autumn back in the UK for pram pushing and dog walking. I might even make 2 pairs and keep one for best! I was sorely tempted by the beautiful Trinity Shawlette, however as I already have a laceweight shawl on the go that is also a deadline project and I am notoriously slow at shawl KALs, I’m going to stick with something small.

Come and join us! What will you be knitting?

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013

Writing Apparatus

Image Details: “Writing Apparatus” by Kazarelth, via Flickr.

The 4th annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is coming up next month, between the 22nd and 28th April. This is run by Mimi of the Eskimimimakes Blog, and involves Knitting and Crochet bloggers taking part in a week-long series of blogs, one per day, on a specific theme. The themes for this year are due to be released tomorrow, so if the idea of doing a post a day is a bit daunting, you can write some in advance and schedule them to post automatically on the given day. This is also good if you are expecting to be away or busy during that week.

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