Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Stranded Podcast Episode 35 - In The Not Too Distant Future



Intro: Thankyou for waiting an extra week! We have now reached 2.5k subscribers on youtube, which is amazing! 

Giveaway: I'm hosting a giveaway for 2000 subscribers in the ravelry group - head over and leave a comment with what your last finished object was, and be in with a chance of winning a gorgeous notions pouch from Pink Hazel and a skein of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Koi' colourway. You have until March 7th to get your entries in!

FO's: I have finished the Ombra Cowl by Judit Hummel. This is being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks yarn in a brand new base - Rugged - my new aran weight - in the colourways 'Party Dress' and 'Eraser'. 

WIP's: My Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway is well under way!

I'm still knitting Ann's Go To Socks by Ann Budd out of Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Fingering in the 'Lakeside' colourway.

I have also cast on a cuff down vanilla sock out of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Koi' colourway

CowlKAL: There's still time to get your finished objects in the FO thread. I will be locking the thread on March 1st and announcing winners on the following episode. You could win a set of mini skeins from Fondant Fibre, a gorgeous project bag from Daisy Stitches or a skein of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Reef Dive' colourway

Future Knitting: I want to cast on a Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. 

Pre-Unravel Stash Enhancement: I share a ball of Twisted Limone self striping in the colourway 'Art Yarn OOAK'. 
I snagged a couple of DPN needle cozies from Littlebobbins.
I also share a fabulous mini skein package I received as part of the swap from the Clara Peggoty's Corner group on ravelry

Post-Unravel Stash Enhancement: 

Pom Pom Quarterly Spring 2017 and Interpretations vol. 4

Fine Fish Yarns - Shimmer sock in the colourways 'Gilderoy' and 'Dusted Mauve'. Core Sock minis in the colourways 'Grimoire' and 'Short Shorts'.

Snail Yarn Ultimate sock in the colourways 'Aurora Borealis' and 'Every Flavour Bean'. 

Sweet Georgia Cash Luxe Spark in the 'Silver' colourway - the only UK retailer of this base is A Yarn Story.

A project bag from Pink Hazel

Handdyed by Kate - 'Nebula Self' Striping on Merino Sock, 'Ode to Iris' on Merino Sock, 'Luna' and 'Silver' on Sparkle Singles, Sock Set in the 'Geodes' colourway and a mini skein set. 
Shop Update: This week's shop update will be on Friday 24th February at 10am GMT. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Stranded Podcast Episode 34

Hi Everyone! Thankyou so much for stopping by to check out the episode!

Intro: We reached 2000 subscribers! I talk about a 2k subscriber giveaway I'll announce on the next episode. I also announce there will not be an episode next week due to Unravel prep.

FO's: I have finished my My Cup of Tea Mitts! These are a free pattern by Fluffy Fibers, knit out of Scandinavian Hand Dyed yarn 

WIP's: My Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway is well under way!

I'm still knitting Ann's Go To Socks by Ann Budd out of Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Fingering in the 'Lakeside' colourway.

I'm working on a brand new cast on - the Ombra Cowl by Judit Hummel. This is being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks yarn in a brand new base - Rugged - my new aran weight - which is coming soon to the shop and wi be debuting at Unravel. I have cast this on for the CowlKAL.

Questions: I talk about knitting and non knitting podcasts I enjoy: The Knitmore Girls, The Knit Girllls, The Grocery Girls, Yarnhoarder, Inside Number 23, Littlebobbins, Serial, Undisclosed and Cabin Pressure.

I also share some tips for selling on etsy.

Stash Enhancement: I share a ball of Twisted Limone self striping in the colourway 'A Whiter Shade of Pastel'. I also share a fabulous mini skein package.

Shop Update: This week's shop update will be on Friday 10th February at 10am GMT. There will also be an update next week on Thursday 16th February at 10am GMT.

Unravel: I am vending at Unravel in Farnham, Surrey from the 17th-19th February. My booth is in the Cellar Bar area and is booth number CB2. I share two new products I'll be launching there.



Thursday, 2 February 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 33



Hi Everyone! Thankyou so much for stopping by to check out the episode!

Intro: I thank Katie of Inside Number 23 and Tracie and Jodi of The Grocery Girls for the lovely mentions on their podcasts.

FO's: I have finished my Anti Valentine socks! These are toe up vanilla socks - I used Susan B. Anderson's Smooth Operator pattern for the afterthought heel. These are knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN Fingering in the colourway 'Anti Valentine'.

WIP's: I have decided to abandon my plans for the Goatherder pullover by Ann Budd and instead have swatched for the Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway.

I'm knitting Ann's Go To Socks by Ann Budd out of Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Fingering in the 'Lakeside' colourway.

I'm still working on my My Cup of Tea Mitts by Fluffy Fibers out of Scandinavian Hand Dyed yarn.

I have also put a fair amount of work on my Granny Stripe blanket. This is from a recipe by Attic24 that you can find here.

CowlKAL: I mention the ongoing Cowl knitalong being hosted in the ravelry group for the podcast. You can find the chatter thread here and the FO thread here.

Future Knitting: I want to cast on some vanilla socks out of Stranded Dyeworks yarn to work on in my booth at Unravel. I also want to cast on some striping socks - I show a skein of Must Stash Yarns in the 'Martian Rainbow' colourway on the Ritz base.

Question: Tselja asks if I have any recommendations for a swift and ballwinder from the UK. I use a Nancy's Knit Knacks Heavy Duty Jumbo Ball Winder (from the US) and I want to invest in the Schacht Ultra Umbrella Swift (from the US). I also mention Royal ball winders and the Knit Picks ball winder.

Stash Enhancement: I share a copy of Knitting From The North by Hilary Grant.

Unravel: I am vending at Unravel in Farnham, Surrey from the 17th-19th February. My booth is in the Cellar Bar area and is booth number CB2.

Shop Update: The shop will be updated on Friday 3rd February at 10am GMT.





Thursday, 26 January 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 32 - Multiples of Mini Skeins



Thankyou so much for watching this week's episode!

Shownotes: 

Intro: I talk about my Copenhagen trip - the vlog of which you can find here.
I'm wearing my Stephen West Exploration Station shawl.

WIPs: I'm working on my Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure out of Another Crafty Girl Twinkle Sock in the 'Ponkie Brewster'.

I'm also working on a pair of toe up vanilla socks out of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Anti Valentine' colourway.

Finally I'm working on a pair of My Cup of Tea Mitts by Fluffy Fibers, out of some yarn from Scandinavian Handdyed in an unnamed colourway.

FOs: I have finished a swatch for a Goat Herder pullover by Ann Budd as part of the SSKKAL's that are running. I announce that I'll be vending at the Super Summer Knitogether in Nashville, TN, in July.

I have finished my Gynx Yarns Sportweight Socks in the 'Graynbow' colourway.

I have also test knit the Highwoods Hat by Irina Pismenskaya (aka irinap2tog on instagram and IrinaPi on ravelry).

Cowl KAL: I announce the CowlKAL that I'm hosting in the ravelry group. The KAL runs from now, until February 28th. WIPs are included. Feel free to post in the chatter thread - and then post photos of your finished objects in the FO thread. You must be a member of the ravelry group to win prizes.

Future Knitting: I want to knit a pair of Ann Budd's Go To Socks out of a skein of Twist Fiber Studio yarn.

Stash Enhancement: I purchased two fabulous bags from Debbie at Shop Daisy Stitches. Debbie also donated a gorgeous bag as a prize for the KAL, as well as sending me some fabulous mini skeins from Norah George Yarns.

I bought a few balls of yarn in Copenhagen, including:
Gründl Hot Diamond sock yarn,
Ficolana Peruvian Highland Wool,
Ficolana Arwetta Classic.

I was gifted a lovely natural dyed mini skein by friend Nicky of the Clara Peggoty's Corner ravelry group.

And finally Kira of SewKnitObsessed on etsy sent me a fabulous bag of leftover sock minis for my blanket.

Shop Update: I will be having an update in my etsy shop Stranded Dyeworks on Friday 27th January at 10am GMT (UK time).

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 31


Hi Everyone! Thankyou for checking out this week's podcast.

Intro: I explain that the shop has been quiet due to Unravel prep and announce there won't be a podcast next week because I'm in Copenhagen! But there should be both an episode and a vlog the week after.

WIPs:
I'm working on my Graynbow socks - out of Gynx Yarn's Strong Sock in the colourway 'Graynbow', using 56sts on 2.75mm needles. This is living in my bag by Daisystitches.

I have cast on a new pair of socks out of some yarn Tom gave me for Christmas - it's Piratenwolle yarn on the Glitzer base (I don't think they do repeatable colourways). This is the Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern by Erica Lueder.

I am also working on a Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure out of yarn from SSK last year - Another Crafty Girl Twinkle Sock in the 'Ponkie Brewster' colourway.

Finally, I've put a few rows on my Granny Stripe afghan.

I also mention the possibility of a Cowl KAL, if people are interested.

FOs: 
I have finished my leftover socks! The grey yarn is Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in 'Highway Code' and Fab Funky Fibres 'I Believe In The Impossible'.

Future Knitting:
I want to cast on a Fringed shawl by Stephen West - but I can't decide on the colours I want to use!

Stash Enhancement: 
Firstly I share a lovely expanding box file I bought from Paperchase and a pencil roll I got from Knit Picks, both for needle storage.

I received a lovely package from my American BFF Irene - who sent me among other things - some mini skeins from the following yarn companies

The Plucky Knitter,
Wollmeise and
Unwind Yarn Company.

I also received my first skein of Baerenwolle - Baerfoot sock in the 'Lavender Fields' colourway.

Finally, my Plucky Knitter order (yay free international shipping!) arrived - I ordered two One Hit Wonder colourways on worsted weight.

Shop Update:
I will be having an update in my shop - Stranded Dyeworks - on Friday January 13th. Amongst other things - I will have my brand new colourway Anti-Valentine which will be available right up until Valentines Day.
I have been dyeing a lot of yarn for Unravel Festival in Farnham - you can find out more information about Unravel right here.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 30 - Recap and Resolutions



Happy New Year everyone! Thankyou so much for stopping by to check out the podcast!

Intro: I announce the giveaway winner for the 1000 subscriber giveaway - congratulations Suppura! Send me a message on ravelry with your postal address.

WIPs: I've started a new vanilla sock out of Gynx Yarns Strong Sport in the 'Graynbow' colourway. I'm using 2.75mm (US 2) needles with a 56 stitch count.

I'm working on leftovers socks using some Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in 'Highway Code' and Fab Funky Fibres 'I Believe In The Impossible'.

I also mention my Light Trails sweater and my Exploration Station shawl.

Finally, I'm working on my Granny Stripe Afghan using leftover sock yarn. This is from the recipe by Attic24. I'm using a 3mm Clover Amour crochet hook. Some of the dyers I mention include: Handdyed by Kate, Hedgehog Fibres, Vickevira.

FO's: I have finished my Saturday Matinee Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. I knit these out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the 'Ice Skating Party' colourway. They're on my Bryson Sock Blockers.

Stash Enhancement: I decided to spread out my Christmas stash enhancement over January - this week I share...

Fondant Fibre

A one of a kind skein from The Wool Barn.

Raspberry by Spectrum Fibre on her Merino Singles base.

A Homespun House Cashmere Fingering in 'After all this time?'.

Resolutions and Goals: I talk about my knitting goals for 2017 and how I did with my 2016 goals.

Personal Goals: I talk about my 2016 and my plans for 2017.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 29 - Sound The Finished Object Gong

Hi Everyone! Thankyou so much for checking out the episode.



Intro: Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Thankyou to everyone who has purchased yarn over the Christmas period - my last batch of orders to arrival before Christmas have been shipped! I'm taking a week's holiday, but I'll still be packing and shipping orders as they arrive :)

WIPs: I am working on my Saturday Matinee Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. These are being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Ice Skating Party' colourway.

I also show my sock blank socks from Gales Art - the 'New Leaf' colourway.

FOs: My Rosemont Cardigan by Hannah Fettig is done! This was knit out of Cascade 220 in the 'Forest Agate' colourway.

My Christmas socks are also done - they're knit out of Gynx Yarns Strong Sock in the 'Christmas Lights' colourway and the contrasting heels are Mad Tosh Sock in 'Moorland'.

I have also finished the Vanishing Point Mittens by Georgia Farrell out of a skein of Stranded Dyeworks Castaway DK in the 'Aqualine' colourway.

Future Knitting: I've picked a skein of Knitter's Nightmare yarn in the 'Enchanté' colourway for my Christmas Eve Cast on. I've decided to cast on a Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure out of a skein of Another Crafty Girl Twinkle Sock in the 'Ponkie Brewster' colourway. And I want to knit some socks with leftover Fab Funky Fibres yarn and some Stranded Dyeworks 'Highway Code'.

Destash: Thankyou to everyone who's checked out my destash. I've added a couple of new things - you can find the post detailing it right here.

Giveaway: My 1K Subscriber Giveaway is open until Christmas Eve! Enter in the thread in the ravelry group.