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Episode 100: The Great Shinybees Hexipuff Amnesty

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Here we are folks and who’d have thunk it: A tonne! From my South African garage to my Wigan spare bedroom – with a couple of amazing awards in between – over the course of 4 years.  A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for all the support.

A couple of shout outs today:

GiffnockGirl – loving the pokeballs after our pattern pick last time. Though I am lamenting the lack of Pikachu man bun covers. I can only assume you are all out seeking perfect models for them and I can expect those photos shortly.

Chelociraptor – I always enjoy some fun crochet patterns and burgers are no different.

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Episode 83: An Interview with Helen Lockhart of Ripplescrafts

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Copyright Jeni Reid

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Intro

Before I jump into my interview with the delightful Helen, I have a couple of worthwhile diversions. Firstly, do not forget about the upcoming #RewindKAL…as if you could! Join us for all the chat and bants in the Ravelry group. I also had a bit of a roadtrip this week and a little yarny gathering with Countess Ablaze, Lori from the USA and Larissa Travelknitter. Good times. I also provide you with a small geography lesson focussing on the differences between the Victorian North and New-Town Milton Keynes, as I see them.

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#FreeYourSkeins2015 Friday Pattern of the Week: ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill

'Artesian' by Romi Hill. Image Copyright Romi Hill.

‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill. Image Copyright Romi Hill.

Perfect combination of form and structure

This week’s pattern of the week from #FreeYourSkeins2015 is ‘Artesian’ by Romi Hill. It’s easy to see why: flowing lace panels which stretch over the edge of the shawl, coupled with crisp stitch definition and the perfect balance between pretty and architectural in the detail.

It’s a versatile pattern that could cope with an array of semi solid yarns in a variety of bases. I do have many suitable yarns in the stash that would do this pattern justice.

'Ocean Deep' in Nurturing Fibres Supertwist Sock.

‘Ocean Deep’ in Nurturing Fibres Supertwist Sock.

I eventually opted for the Ocean Deep colour way from Nurturing Fibres, which was part of the Elements Club (vintage unremembered! Circa 2012/3 I would imagine). It’s a long repeat gradient dyed yarn, which I think could add an element of depth and interest to the piece, without overpowering the lace panels. The Supertwist sock is 100% high twist South African merino, which holds these saturated colours well, and is a little heavier that your average high twist base, which should allow it to drape nicely under its own weight.

What would you knit with this yarn?

Episode 32: Edinburgh Yarn Festival Scoop and How to be Enabled

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I’m going. Are you?

It’s shaping up to be a big one, and the details are starting to be revealed more readily now. Listen on for some exclusive news and a giveaway of a pair of weekend tickets. Let the enabling begin!

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

'Snawheid' by Kate Davies. Image Copyright Kate Davies Designs.

‘Snawheid’ by Kate Davies. Image Copyright Kate Davies Designs.

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 of stash and onto the needles. The only plausible way to really give an undertaking like this a proper kick-start, was to dedicate daily time to searching out patterns.

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Episode 10: Travelling Light

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Image Credit: ‘Potjie’ by s_mac, via Flickr.

Hello everybody and welcome to episode 10 of the podcast: Travelling Light. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners, as always.

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Intro

The main focus of the jibber jabber this week is that of travel knitting. How do you do yours? Are you strictly vanilla sock or do you go big with a shawl? I ponder the trials and tribulations of aeroplane travel with or without one’s knitting needles from London and Johannesburg. There is also a bit of discussion about how one keeps one’s Golden Skeins safe when moving hemispheres and a précis of my top 3, from Nurturing Fibres and Flamboyance Yarns, which may be superseded by a newer offering from the Knitting Goddess. We end with a rallying cry not to do weird stuff just to get your knitting onto a plane. You know it makes sense, people.

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY4): A Skein of Many Colours

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It was red and yellow and pink and green and, well, mostly red, right?

Day Four (Thursday April 25th): Colour Review
What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects. Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal – do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in anyway – if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?

What seemed, at first, to be a straightforward topic for today’s post, quickly led me down a rabbit warren of yarn-based navel gazing. As those of you who know me well or have followed this week’s posts so far will have no doubt ascertained, I am more of a ‘use The Force’ kind of girl as opposed to strategic planner when it comes to both yarn acquisition and project selection. It would seem, therefore, sensible to break it down into smaller, bite sized chunks under the headings of, “what I think I like” versus “the cold, hard reality.” Now, I am aware that cold, hard reality is not something we often like to bring into our crafting, but sometimes we need the truth, even if we can’t handle the truth!

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Episode 9: The Enemy Within

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

Funky fur rhino-lion dog, anyone?

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Intro

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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