Shinybees

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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The Golden Skein

Those of you who listen to the podcast, or follow me on Twitter, will be aware of the genesis of The Golden Skein (TGS). This is a specially commissioned, limited edition yarn club, which brings together dyers from around the world. TGS is run by my good self, and the lovely Kate of Kate’s Twirl blog. We are both big fans of hand dyed yarns and love to discover new dyers and fibres. With so many talented artisan dyers to choose from, searching for those elusive ‘Golden Skeins’ can be a big task. We do all of the hard work for you, so you can spend more time knitting!

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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?

Episode 9: The Enemy Within

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

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Hello and welcome to Episode 9 of the Shinybees Podcast. A bit of a mixed barrel with a slightly odd theme running through it: Star Trek! I am not a secret Trekkie, I don’t even know that much about it, but I have been subjected to The Original Series in the weeks since the last podcast in pretty much all of my free evening time, so it has somewhat permeated!

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Another 10 Random Facts

Gun Barrel Proof House, Banbury Street, Digbeth - 10 mph sign

Image Details: “Gun Barrel Proof House, Banbury Street, Digbeth – 10mph sign” by ell brown, via Flickr.

Inspired and enabled, as usual, by Martine “The Enabler” iMake (that SO makes her sound like a WWE wrestler) as well as Kate from Kate’s Twirl and the lovely Mossy Moss Stitch, I have cobbled together 10 random facts about me. I was surprised to find that, even though it seems like I know the above-mentioned people quite well from the online world, there is actually loads of stuff I don’t know about them. I was very surprised to find that Kate was a twin, for instance.

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Episode 6: Modown

"Moustache"

Image Details: ‘Moustache’ by Paul Mutant, via Flickr.

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Shinybees podcast – ‘Modown’. This episode is brought to you from a somewhat cooler than SA UK. We have a pattern pick in celebration of Movember and an interview with CarlĂ© of Nurturing Fibres, a South African indie dyer from Cape Town.

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