Shinybees

Episode 53: Knitting Socks in Summer

Ananas by Clare Devine. Image Copyright The Knitter/Jesse Wild.

Ananas by Clare Devine. Image Copyright The Knitter/Jesse Wild.

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Intro

KnitSpinCake’s Aimee is back at the mic. You can find her shop at Harbour Yarns. Also, tickets for the Great London Yarn Crawl go on sale 1st July 2015. Will you be there? All proceeds from the crawl go to Refuge.

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Episode 52: How to Store your FOs

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Image Details: ‘Asylum Storage’ by Forgotten Heritage, via Flickr.

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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. Join in for some garment knitting fun.

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This kicked off at Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl with a measure up session with my pal KnitBritish. Want to take part? You can add your responses here. It’s all anonymous, and we’ll be analysing the results to see what the real average is!

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I’ve been committing some knitting! The Owls jumper is back on the go and progressing well with a little attention. This is in the Rowan British Sheep Breeds Chunky the pattern calls for. Also on the needles is a little Lush is Adriafil Mirage in neon pink for The Beast. Check out the outtakes after the exit music the hear her thoughts on that and lion hair.

I’ve watched for Mallorn (the swatch was the ‘lion hair’) but have not cast on yet as the pattern starts with a 300 odd row i-cord. Valid?

I’ve started and finished another Lapsang by Clare Devine in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky. You really cannot go wrong with this pattern and yarn combination for quick knits.

I also finished my hap. Pattern was Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston.

Craft Physics: How to Store Your FOs

How do you store your finished objects? Stash storage is a commonly discussed topic, so there are many ideas for how to manage your collection of yarn. What about the finished items? They still take up space. Do you have any top tips for keeping the organised and safe from the dreaded moths?

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 51: Still Got It

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Intro

The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl was a great success and I had lots of fun visiting the finer yarn shops in Edinburgh during this fun filled yarny weekend. I was chatted up by a five year old on the train, proving I have Still Got It. Obviously. I also attended Clare Devine’s Evening With Socks which was very informative; I’m looking forward to putting some of my new-found skills into action!

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Episode 49: Endless Winter

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Image Details: ‘Narnia’ by David Muir, via Flickr.

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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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News

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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Intro

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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