Friday, 12 August 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 14



Intro - I'm still filming with my new camera - it's a bit hit and miss but there you go!

Knitting - The only active work in progress I have is the Quicksilver shawl by Melanie Berg, which is being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis fingering weight in the colourways 'Party Dress', 'Spook' and 'Highway Code'.

Finished Objects - I have finished my Treeline socks by Hey Lady Hey. These are out of a OOAK skein of Voolenvine Yarns on her Footsie base.

I have also finished my Mira Sweater by Justyna Lorkowska. This is out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the 'Magpie' colourway. The ends still need weaving in and it needs blocking...

Spinning - I finished spinning the handdyed orange Polwarth that I was working on last week. It's a 2ply 173m.

I experimented with spinning some single ply yarn - we think it was Corriedale fibre - that I was gifted by a good friend of mine.

I spun a braid of merino from Shunklies - which is a seriously ropey overspun 2ply - entirely down to the fact that I was having driveband issues with my wheel - which I have now solved! This is 141m for stash dash!

I also spun a braid of BFL from Artists Palette Yarns in the 'Creek' colourway.

Dyeing - I have a brand new colourway in the shop - Scuba is a tropical turquoise colour that is currently in stock on all of my fingering weight bases. I also restocked some other colourways - you can find them all in my Stranded Dyeworks etsy shop.

Stash Enhancement - This week I show my yarn haul from the fabulous Haus of Yarn in Nashville TN. I purchased the following things...

The S/S issue of ami isu magazine.
A sweater quantity (which is five skeins for me, to be on the safe side) of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway.
Mrs Crosby Satchel in the Peacock blue colourway - which was a gift for my mother.
Sweet Georgia Worsted in the colourway 'Basil'.
Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet in the colourway 'Lipstick'.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Stranded Podcast: Episode 13 - Autofocus (and SSK recap!)



Episode 13 - Autofocus (and SSK recap!) 

This week’s episode is a long one - lots of content in all sections apart from dyeing. I’m recording on a new camera - the episode isn’t as brightly lit as I’d like, but we’ll get there.

Knitting:

I am knitting on the Mira Sweater by Justyna Lorkoswka out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the ‘Magpie’ colourway.

I’m also working on a pair of Treeline socks by Hey Lady Hey, out of an OOAK colourway from Voolenvine Yarns.

Finally I’m knitting on a sock out of Knit Picks Felici in the ‘Baker Street’ colourway. These are an improvised toe up pattern, where I throw in a round of 1x1 rib every time I hit a colour change.

Finished Objects: 

I have also finished ALL the socks! 
My Ribbed Ribbons socks by Wendy D. Johnson are finished - these are knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in ‘Party Dress’. These are on Bryson sock blockers - UK people can find them here. US people can probably find them anywhere! ;) 
My Street Art sock blank socks are finished - these are toe up afterthought heel socks, knit out of a Stranded Dyeworks Plateau Sock Blank in the ‘Street Art’ colourway.
I have knit up my handspun yarn from the last episode - a chain ply fingering weight out of fibre from Spin Pretty in the ‘Cool Rainbow’ colourway.
Finally I have finished a pair of socks knit out of some very, very old handdyed yarn - the toe up Strie Socks by Lara Neel from Sock Architecture

Spinning: 

I finished plying my hand dyed BFL - I got 343m of a predominantly sport weight 2ply. 
Two 25g batts from Jelly Bean Yarns in the ‘Candyfloss’ colourway - 47m of a 2ply. 
Next I spun up a mystery art batt (only a mystery because I can’t remember what batt it is - and it doesn’t have a label) - from SpinCityUK, I got 137m of a 2ply.
I have also finished some handdyed merino - 129m of a 2ply. 

I mention Yarndale festival - which I’m going to be attending in September - I’ll talk about it more in the next episode.

I’m currently spinning some hand dyed Polwarth - which will be a 2ply. 

Dyeing: 

I updated the shop with a small amount of Street Art on various bases - the shop is kind of empty at the moment - because I’ve been away, but there will be an update on Thursday August 4th.

SSK Recap:

SSK is the Super Summer Knitogether retreat run by The Knit Girllls, in Nashville Tennessee. 
I took an Intro To Brioche class with Mercedes Tarasovich - I mention her book Brioche Chic

I tried the Hansen Mini Spinner in the Tasting Room, and I played with a drum carder and made a very amateur batt that I’m ridiculously pleased with. 

Stash Enhancement - I’m just going to list vendors / dyers, I’ll talk about the individual yarn and fibre when I work with it.  


(I also mention Haus Of Yarn - the best yarn shop in Nashville!) 








Monday, 28 March 2016

Stranded Podcast Episode Five: Monogamy

Shownotes:

0.00-3.17: Intro - I talk about the Ravelry Group I have started for the podcast and show off the cowl I'm wearing - the pattern is Mikan Snood by Kyoko Nakayoshi, knit out of Cascade Eco+ in a long forgotten colourway.

3.18-9.04: Work In Progress - This week I'm only working on one project - my Light Trails sweater by Suvi Simola. This is being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Highway Code' colourway. I also talk about how important it is to alternate skeins when using hand painted yarn.

9.05-11.06: Spinning - Technically not spun this week, but I forgot to show it last week ;) I'm spinning some hand dyed Polwarth on an Akerworks bobbin. I'm aiming for a traditional 3ply sock yarn.

11.07-18.34: General Chat - I talk about gift knitting and ask for recommendations for patterns for baby boys, thank people for their lovely comments about last week's episode and I talk about a gift horror story ;)

18.35-End : Dyeing - I've dyed a lot of yarn this week - all of which is available in the shop right now.

Thankyou all very much for watching!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode Four: For the sixth time...

Shownotes:

0.00-4.23: Intro - lots of apologies for technical hitches and delays, thank you to everyone who's subscribed. I explain the new set up and ask for everyone to bear with me. The book that I mention is my boyfriend's favourite (even if I'm using it as buffer...) is The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervin Peake.

4.24-15.00: Works in Progress -

Vanilla toe up sock on 2mm (US 0) needles, out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Flamboyant' colourway. I use Judy's Magic Cast On and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off for my toe up socks. I also mention the socks I had on the needles in the last episode - both pairs are finished...


Sock Blank Socks from a blank by Sew Knit Obsessed.

Time Traveller Socks out of Knit Picks Felici in 'Time Traveller'.

Light Trails sweater by Suvi Simola, also out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering weight, in the 'Highway Code' colourway. This is living in a Doose's Market tote bag - a Gilmore Girls reference - it was a gift so I don't have a link for it! I also mention my 2016 Knitting Resolutions blog post which you can find here. I chat about gauge, ease and why you should swatch.

15.01-19.43: Spinning -

I have spun some sample fibre sent to me by Aleks of the Spindles and Stitches blog - and soon to be of the Spindles and Stitches shop.

I have also spun a batt by SpincityUK - 'Azurite' which I have 2 plied - 168yds of a DK/Worsted weight. I love Louise - you should definitely check out her shop.

19.44-22.00: Dyeing -

I have dyed up a batch of 'Funfair' on Oasis Fingering. I also have a couple of skeins of 'Pumpkin Spice' also on Oasis. I have a large batch of 'Ocean Rainbow' on Castaway DK that I don't show, but mention.  I also share some mini skeins I made for promotional purposes. You can find my yarn company Stranded Dyeworks right here.

22.01-End: - Why I Started Knitting...
I talk about how I started knitting and sideline in to why I still knit now, with a 'knitting is really good for your mental health' overtone!

Thankyou so much for watching!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Stranded Podcast Episode 3: Unexpected Hiatus

Hi everyone, without further ado - please let me share with you, the third episode of the Stranded Podcast!



Shownotes:

0.00-3.15: Introduction: Thanks, technology excuses and apologies for the delay!

3.16-11.46: On the needles / Works in progress:

I show off a pair of ex-two-at-a-time socks knit using Knit Picks Felici in the 'Time Traveler' (only one L! This blows my English mind guys. Same with Color. But it feels wrong to correct spellings of American titles / names for things) these are being knit on 2mm (US 0) Knit Pro Karbonz needles.

I'm also working on a Quicksilver shawl by Melanie Berg. This is being knit on 4mm (US 6) ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles. The shawl is a sample for my yarn company Stranded Dyeworks, I'm using 'Highway Code', 'Spook' and 'Party Dress' on my Oasis fingering weight 75/25 merino/nylon base. I also mention Melanie's instagram, you can find her here - @mairlynd.

I'm still working on my socks from a sock blank from Sew Knit Obsessed, the first one is finished and I'm really pleased with it. Again knit on 2mm (US 0) needles. Kira, the dyer behind Sew Knit Obsessed also has a podcast that you can find right here.

Finally, I'm working on a crochet project - a granny square blanket, using this tutorial by NAME Simply Daisy for Sunburst Granny squares. These are made from Cascade220 in a whole host of colours. This project is living in my Survival of the Knittest tote bag from Pom Pom Quarterly.

11.47-14.12: Finished Objects:

I have finished my Color Affection shawl by Veera Välimäki. This is made from Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in 'Truffle', 'Villain' and 'Granny.'

Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green

I have also finished my Slable Hat by Woolly Wormhead, which was made out of Stranded Dyeworks 'Pumpkin Spice' on the Paradise MCN fingering base.

14.13-15.53: Spinning:

I have finally finished spinning and plying my Nunoco mixed merino bags in the 'Fen' colourway. I have 384yds of a predominantly sport weight. It is not my best work, but it's done!

15.54-18.37: Dyeing:

I have been dyeing a fair amount of yarn - I share my new base - Castaway DK - 100% Superwash Merino, that is currently available in 'Bonanza', 'Spook' and 'Ocean Rainbow'. I also mention 'Russet' on Paradise MCN and 'Flamboyant'. You can find all my yarn in my shop - right here.

18.38-End: Miscellaneous chatter:

I talk a bit about knitting fatigue / knitting ennui / loss of knitting mojo. I also mention the Super Summer Knitogether retreat hosted by The Knit Girllls.

Thankyou so much for watching! There shouldn't be such a long gap between episodes next time ;)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January FO's

So, please excuse the unexplained quiet over here - I've been busy juggling retail work, with dyeing work and knitting and general life! I haven't done as much knitting as I'd have liked this month - my inspiration has been all over the place and I've had trouble settling on projects. But I have finished a few things and I wanted to share them with you. I thought I'd do monthly round ups of my FO's - primarily to ensure I actually take photographs of them! So without further ado, here are January's...

Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green
Toe Up Vanilla Socks (improvised pattern). This is my first pair of socks using 72 stitches instead of 64, and 2mm (US 0) instead of 2.25mm (US 1) needles. The fit is much better - and I prefer the density of the fabric to the socks I had been making. I made these as a sample for my shop - out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Ocean Rainbow' colourway.
Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green
I also knit a second Slable Hat by Woolly Wormhead - also out of Stranded Dyeworks yarn - the Paradise MCN fingering in 'Pumpkin Spice'. This is a birthday present for a friend - and is being modelled by mother, as since I've had all my hair chopped off - hats look very silly on me! This is something I'm pretty sad about, as I love love love hats.
Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green Stranded Blog Knitting FOs Amy Edwards Green
Finally, I finished my Color Affection shawl - which was on my list of 5 Shawls I wanted to knit this year. This is a pattern by Veera Välimäki that I knit out of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in 'Granny', 'Villain' and 'Truffle'. I love it - but I wish I'd done the yarn over modifications people have suggested on raverly, because the edges are so tight that the ends curl up... But it's still super squishy (technical term) and really wearable.

Not a bad start to the year in my opinion... I just need to work on my sweater goals... But hey, you can't do everything, right?!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Stranded Podcast: Episode 2



Shownotes:

0:00-3:46: Introduction, thankyous, I ramble a bit about the cold weather, show off my new haircut and talk about my hand knit cowl of an improvised pattern, which uses corespun yarn by Heather of Little Owl Crafts.

3:47-9:30: Works In Progress: I'm working on four projects this week...

- Color Affection Shawl by Veera Välimäki, knit out of 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in 'Truffle', 'Villian' and 'Granny'. I'm on the 3rd section - the short row section - it should hopefully be finished by next week!

- Slable Hat by Woolly Wormhead, knit out of a skein of my handdyed yarn - Stranded Dyeworks Paradise in the 'Pumpkin Spice' colourway. I mention the previous Slable Hat I made which you can see right here.

- Sock Blank Socks, an improvised vanilla toe up pattern on 2mm (US 0), knit out of a sock blank from Sew Knit Obsessed.

- Two Hexipuffs from the Beekeepers Quilt pattern by Tiny Owl Knits. The yarn is a sample from Wren & Ollie in 'Wheatgrass' and some leftovers of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in 'Ocean Rainbow'.

9:31-10:35: Finished Objects: I have one finished object this week - my Ocean Rainbow vanilla socks are finished! Knit with Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in 'Ocean Rainbow'. These are an improvised toe up vanilla pattern on 2mm (US 0) needles.

10:36-13:05: Spinning: I've been working on one spinning project, my merino mixed bags from Nunoco in the 'Fen' colourway. I have 2x100g bags that I'm spinning together, separately out the colours to create a long gradient. I then talk a little bit about the fibre prep I like to spin.

13:06-14:19: Dyeing: I show off a new colourway I'm calling 'Funfair' which is on my Oasis base. I've also dyed Ocean Rainbow on both of my fingering weight bases but they're both still drying. (These are up in the shop now if you're interested!)

14:20-End: I respond to a viewer's request to talk a little bit out my experience with Art School, and studying creative subjects to a degree level. I didn't go about the university process in the usual way so I talk about it a little more in depth. The schools I mention are here:

Wimbledon School of Art - They no longer offer the foundation diploma - they turned the building I studied in, into flats... but you can find out more about the foundation diploma's that the University of the Arts London offer right here.

Camberwell College of Art - disclaimer: I didn't study here, but I have friends who did and loved it.

Kingston University, Illustration and Animation undergraduate degree. This was the school and course I studied at.

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Thankyou so much for watching! All feedback is greatly appreciated.