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Ep 136 – Yarn Advent Calendars aka What to Knit With A Load of Mini Skeins

Yarn Advent Calendars Yarn Advent Calendars have become increasingly popular in the past couple of years as a more fibre-orientated alternative to the traditional chocolate. Often, a kit that is specially made by an indie dyer will come with a pattern for the yarn. But what if you don’t like it, or you don’t have…

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Episode 77: Knitting Goals

Listen Here Intro This week’s episode follows on from the excitement of preparing for the knitty events of the year to looking at what you want to achieve in your knitting this year. Lots of people are cracking out new planners and diaries, so it’s a great time to think about how to get to…

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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 52: How to Store your FOs

Image Details: ‘Asylum Storage’ by Forgotten Heritage, via Flickr. Listen Here Intro Here’s another episode to keep your knitty enabling high! There will be a short break in the podcast schedule over summer to allow for some resetting and forward planning for the next 6 months. Enablers’ Corner This week we’re enabling to the Scollayalong….

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Week 2: ‘3 Color Cashmere Cowl’ by Joji Locatelli meets The Golden Skein Autumn Harvest

When yarn and inspiration collide Week two of #FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday is upon us, and this week there was a very straightforward choice made. I’ve been looking for the perfect way to combine all 3 skeins from The Golden Skein’s Autumn Harvest quarter within one project, to represent the inspiration photo. Joji popped up with the…

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday: Week 1 Pattern of the Week – ‘Snawheid’ by Kate Davies

The Year of Enabling has commenced! In Episode 29 of the podcast, I announced a new #Project365 that I started as part of The Golden Skein, dubbed #FreeYourSkeins2015. Bemoaning my own useless attempts at freeing skeins, there needed to be a strategy for thinking about how to use those lovely yarns and get them out…

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Beyond Merino and Blue Faced Leicester: Top Alternative Breed Choices and Blends in Hand Dyed Yarns

I did a little blogging for Wovember. If you’re interested in trying hand dyed yarns from more unusual breeds, there are a few here to start you off!

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Episode 4: Close Encounters

Image Details: ‘Close Encounter in Zimbabwe’ by hchalkley, via Flickr. Hello and Welcome to Episode 4 of the Shinybees Podcast: Close Encounters. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners! This week is mostly about rhinos and cake. In the words of Aerosmith, “Just Push Play.” Listen here

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Project paralysis

Image Details: ‘Tied to a Chair’ by Hanna-, via Flickr. Twitter keeps happily reminding me how many days/hours it is until Christmas. As I have mentioned countless times on here, I love Christmas. Nothing pleases me more than rebelliously putting the Christmas tree up in the last couple of days of November. Any excuse to…

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