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Episode 48: Highland Wool Festival

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Intro

This one is a departure from the usual format, as we take a laid back canter around the Highland Wool Festival. Allow me to enable you to some of the region’s best producers as well as some from further afield. Normal segments return next week.

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Episode 46: Enabling 101

'Aren't You a Little Short for a Storm Trooper?' by Camille Rose, via Flickr.

‘Aren’t You a Little Short for a Storm Trooper?’ by Camille Rose, via Flickr.

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Intro

Hello and welcome back for another podcast. I am very glad to see the back of the General Election here in the UK for a number of reasons. My advice is to be a doer. This episode is mostly about enabling. Again.

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News

There will be a trunk show at my beloved Fluph in Dundee on 27th May 2015. This will be with Nic from Yarns From The Plain who will be showcasing her wares between 2-8pm. It’s sure to be a great event, so I am gutted not to be in attendance. For those not able to make Fluph, Nic will also be exhibiting at Fibre East in July.

Feeling a little overwhelmed by your to-knit list? Check out the fun over at the Hotel for the Hopelessly Overcommitted on Ravelry.

Enablers’ Corner

Exciting news on the knitting front with a collaboration with Louise Scollay of KnitBritish (along with some special guests) on Make It Fit 2015. More details to follow on this, but there will be threads open on both the Shinybees and KnitBritish groups. If you’ve got anything you find hard, don’t understand or are too scared to attempt, share it with us. Likewise if you have some ninja top tips for adjusting your knitwear, we’d love to hear from you.

It’s going to be an exercise in enabling you to create knitwear that fits the way you want it to. Neither Ms Scollay or I are experts, we’re merely going on a journey of exploration and investigation of the available resources out there, doing some experiments, gathering data and hopefully leaving you all with some great techniques you can use to make every project fit well.

We have our own dedicated email for Make It Fit 2015. Please contact us with any comments, queries, ideas or requests!

More Summer Knitting Yarns

Following on from episode 44, where we talked about summer knitting yarns, I’ve some recommendations courtesy of lovely listeners to share with you. Iribeiro is a fan of DMC Natura Cotton for summer projects, as well as Yarn Stories on Etsy, who sell very cost effective Lithuanian linen (not to be confused with the Yorkshire Yarn Stories).

Dane Abroad likes Holst Garn Coast, which is a 55% Merino, 45% cotton yarn, available from our friends at Tangled Yarn in 48 colours.

Caity Rosey recommends Claudia Handpainted Yarns. They have a 100% linen sport weight yarn called Drama, along with a lace weight 100% linen, ‘Contemplation’.

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This section would be more aptly named ‘Works in Stasis’ judging by current, somewhat glacial, progress. Only projects knitted on so far are the Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston for the KnitBritish Hapalong, and my Braambos Socks.

What techniques do you have to ensure you make progress on your wips?

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!

Episode 45: Short Row Variations and Summer Knitting Patterns

Blacker Lyonesse Yarn, shown in the colour way 'Lapis'.

Blacker Lyonesse Yarn, shown in the colour way ‘Lapis’.

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Sponsor

This episode is sponsored by Blacker Yarns. Lyonesse is a new 50% linen, 50% wool yarn, available in DK and 4ply weights, specially developed for your summer knitting needs. Perfect for creating cool, breathable garments and lacy shawls, the linen content ensures this yarn retains its block beautifully. To order, visit www.blackeryarns.co.uk

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The winner of the giveaway from episode 43 is announced. A new giveaway has started over on Ravelry to win a cute Shaun the Sheep knitting kit.

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Episode 44: Summer Knitting Yarns

Blacker Yarns Lyonesse, Launching 1 May 2015.

Blacker Yarns Lyonesse, Launching 1 May 2015.

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Intro

This week, there’s a roundup of news from the yarn world, including a new online yarn store opening its doors as well as podcast latest. Enablers’ Corner sees a focus on which yarns to use for summer knitting, as well as a rundown of some commercial and indie dyed blends containing cotton, bamboo and linen. Finally, I review the new Lyonesse from Blacker Yarns, due to launch on 1 May 2015.

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Episode 43: There’s a Short Row Technique For Everyone

Hap Progress!

Hap Progress!

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Intro

This week it’s all about short rows and wanton enabling on the podcast. On news matters, I’ll be accepting sponsors onto the podcast from next week. These will only be high quality and relevant sponsors – no payday loans or online casinos here! If you’re interested in sponsoring the podcast, contact me for more information.

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Episode 42: Lete’s Knits – An Interview With Justyna Lorkowska

'Vampyre' by Justyna Lorkowska. Image Copyright Justyna Lorkorswka.

‘Vampyre’ by Justyna Lorkowska. Image Copyright Justyna Lorkorswka.

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Today we welcome Polish designer Justyna Lorkowska to the show in our latest entrepreneur interview. Justyna and I chatted at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, where she was launching a pattern kit with Victoria Magnus at Eden Cottage Yarns (you can hear from Victoria in Episode 21).

Justyna has a wide range of designs, encompassing both accessories and garments, with patterns for both children and men and women. If you are a fan of elegant texture and cables, she’ll almost certainly have something for you.

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Episode 41: Baby Bums and Self Stripe

Max and Bodhi's Wardrobe by Tin Can Knits - out now! Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe by Tin Can Knits – out now! Image Copyright Tin Can Knits.

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Intro

Hello and welcome to a decidedly low sugar version of the podcast. I hope you are all getting over your Easter chocolate hangovers. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with feedback following Episode 40, which was an interview with Stephen West.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival has been announced for 2016 and the programme will start on 17th March with the teaching, and the show itself on the 18th and 19th of March (Friday and Saturday).

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Episode 40: The Prince of Brioche – An Interview With Stephen West

'Thighlighters' by Stephen West. Image Copyright Westknits. ‘Thighlighters’ by Stephen West. Image Copyright Westknits.[/caption]

A chat with Westknits at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

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Intro

Don your finest swants my friends, because it’s time to pull up a pew and chat with Stephen West. Edinburgh Yarn Festival was the venue and Westy brought his A game when it came to the brioche.

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Episode 39: Of Socks and Discworld – A Knitty Homage to Sir Terry Pratchett

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This episode is a knitty homage to my favourite author, Sir Terry Pratchett. In Enablers’ Corner, there’s a little rundown of the first quarter of The Golden Skein. The Pattern Pick, somewhat unsurprisingly, takes its inspiration from Discworld. Then the Sock Surgery returns with some chat about Afterthought Heels and a review of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

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Episode 38: Socks by Day, Science by Night – An Interview with Louise Tilbrook

'Silver Birch' by Louise Tilbrook, from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 7, Winter 2013. Image Copyright Juju Vail.

‘Silver Birch’ by Louise Tilbrook, from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 7, Winter 2013. Image Copyright Juju Vail.

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Intro

Welcome back for another episode of the show! The post-EYF fog is just about clearing and it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the podcast.

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