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Episode 90: Curious Handmade- An interview with Helen Stewart

Listen Here Intro So first things first, my mental and yet fabulous (obviously) assistant LJ is running the London marathon this weekend. She has broken her arse as a result of yarn fumes, sort of, so listen in for the full comedy breakdown of the incident. If you should take pity on the poor maniac…

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Episode 75: Joyeux Noel

Image Details: ‘Esprit de Noël’ by Christophe Pinard, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro This week it’s a fairly pensive and reflective mini-essay to start the podcast, prompted by an email from Marguerite in Australia (who drives the biggest trains in the world – amazing!) who reminded me about the time in Africa when the power…

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Episode 70: An Interview With Boo Knits

Listen Here Intro This week I am delighted to bring Bev aka Boo Knits onto the show for an interview! After knitting her Out of Darkness pattern – known to listeners of the show as the ‘Shawl of Awesome’- I was keen to chat to her and hear about her journey into designing and what…

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Episode 69: Man Socks

Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to episode 69 of the podcast, from a new location, in England! This week, there’s a bit of chatter about moving house – again – and the calamities that come with that. Jo catchup complete, there is a plan afoot to visit Countess Ablaze at her studio on Swinton…

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Episode 66 – The Diamond Fibre

Image Details: ‘Angora Goat’ by noricum, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro Hello and welcome to another rip-roaring episode of the Shinybees podcast. Today we have the return of Enablers’ Corner, some chat about mohair – the diamond fibre – and its properties, particularly in sock knitting. Following that, we round up with a rundown of…

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Episode 65: National Knitting Week

Image Details: ‘Striped Leg Warmers’ by Star Athena, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro This week’s all about wool. Wool everywhere! Wool Week in the UK runs from 5-11th October as does National Knitting Week. So, there’s a bit of chatter about what’s happening round and about for that. Also, there’s some parish notices: the podcast…

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Introducing the Sock Surgery with Clare Devine

Banish your sock knitting woes and get some toasty toes! If you’re a listener to the podcast, you’ll have heard our recent introduction of the bi-weekly Sock Surgery with Clare Devine of Yarn And Pointy Sticks Designs. Aided and abetted by our glamorous assistant, Kate, we’ll be chatting about knitting socks from the very beginning….

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Day 6: Improving your Skill Set.

Image Details: ‘Skills Drop Off’ by squacco, via Flickr. Day 5 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week brings the subject of improving your skill set to the table. As a knitter, I find that once you know a couple of basic stitches and how to cast on and off, you open up a whole world…

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Afrikaant!

Image Details: ‘The Afrikaans Language Monument’ by teachandlearn, via Flickr Following the recent theme of not strictly craft related posts, this one is about my attempts at learning Afrikaans. Or Afrikaant, as I prefer to call it at the moment! I am using ‘Teach Yourself Complete Afrikaans’ by Lydia McDermott, which is available as a…

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The first rule of Knit Club is….

Image details – knitted cake by freeformbyprudence, via Flickr Don’t talk about Knit Club! I think I might get this made up into a slogan t-shirt, along with ‘Knitting is not just for Nanas’ or some other suitably informative knitting-related cliches. There is a clandestine ‘stitch and bitch’ going on in the Chateau Shinybees  locality,…

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