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Episode 25: Choose Your Weapon! How to Choose Needles for Sock Knitting

I heart ChiaoGoo.

I heart ChiaoGoo.

Following on from the last episode, where we welcomed Clare Devine to talk about how to choose yarn for knitting socks, this episode sees us explore the next big life knitting question: which needles? Starting off the episode is a little bit of chat about recent travels, then there is a review of Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles from Sally Cameron. We have a giveaway from a fab new indie dyer, Coach House Yarns, before we get into all things needle related.

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Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

The Suitcase

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners.

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Episode 19: Octopussy

Octopusses

Image Details: ‘Octopusses’ by nonelvis, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to Episode 19 of the show, which has nothing whatsoever to do with James Bond and everything to do with friendly cephalopods.

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Episode 16: Run, Rabbit, Run!

Park Bench Discards Irn Bru

Image Details: “Park bench Discards Irn Bru” by Craig Murphy, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to Episode 16 of the Shinybees podcast. Thank you for joining me and a warm welcome to all new and returning listeners.

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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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Episode 14 – On the Road to the North

"North" by forchaza, via Flickr.

“North” by forchaza, via Flickr.

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 14 of the podcast. I hope you are all well and have had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

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Episode 13: The Cat in the Hat

Cats, Hats, and Things

Image Details: ‘Cats, Hats and Things’, by rcpromike, via Flickr.

Hello and Welcome to Episode 13: The Cat in the Hat. What it says on the tine, effectively. All will become clear….

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Episode 12 – Out and About at Yarndale

Bus to #yarndale

Image Credit: ‘Bus to #Yarndale’, by Bee, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to the show notes for episode 12. This episode is all about Yarndale, a new Yarn festival held in Skipton in north Yorkshire in the UK. I was lucky enough to go along and met up with Nic from Yarns From The Plain podcast and Aimee from Knit Spin Cake podcast and we had a good old giggle and shopped till we dropped. Well, Nic did most of the shopping as you will hear shortly.

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

new cranfords

‘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?