Thursday, 23 March 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 39


Intro: Some things I mention - Next week - March 31st I'm having an international friendly shop update at 7pm BST - British Summer Time. 

I've declared an amnesty on last week's shownotes. 

I am still NOT TAKING CUSTOM ORDERS. 

What am I wearing?: I am wearing my Pomme de Pin Cardigan by Amy Christoffers, knit out of Madeline Tosh Pashmina in a nice grey that I can't remember the name of! 

FO's: My Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway is done! It needs blocking but the knitting is finished and the ends have been woven in.

WIPs: I've worked a little on my Norah George socks - these are Ann Budd's Go To Sock pattern and they're being knit out of the Time Turner colourway from Norah George. 

I cast on the Vertices Unite Shawl by Stephen West and I pulled it off my needles because it is HIDEOUS.

I have also swatched and started work on the Second Grace sweater by Bristol Ivy out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Questions: I talk about knitting on a budget. 

KAL: I talk about the BritKnit Kal - A knitalong using yarn from the United Kingdom - England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The KAL will start on April 1st.

Stash Enhancement: 
I bought pom poms from here.
I share a skein of Yarny Love in the 'Nebula' colourway. 
London House Yarns in the 'Honeydukes' colourway.
I also bought yarn from WishKnitsUK - in 'Freesia', 'Chevy' and 'Holi'. Abi from WishKnits was generous enough to donate a skein for the KAL as well as a bracelet from her WishKnots etsy shop.

Fiona from Crafternoon Creation sent a gorgeous project back for a KAL prize, as well as one for me - which is super sweet of her! 

Finally, I did a swap with Emma of Eldenwood Craft - and Emma sent me a beautiful bag and an identical bag for a KAL prize! 

Shop Update: This week's shop update will be on Friday March 24th at 10am GMT. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 37 - Butcher's Hats



Administration: We hit 3000 subscribers! Thankyou so much everyone! 

Giveaway winners: 

2K Subscriber Giveaway - winning a notions pouch from Pink Hazel and a skein of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Koi' colourway - Goldbiene

CowlKAL winners: 
A skein of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the Reef Dive colourway: SallyFromIdaho
A set of Fondant Fibre mini skeins: EmsLittleNest
A project bag from Daisy Stitches: SnugglyStars

Send me a message on ravelry with your postal address everyone! 

What am I wearing?: I am wearing the Mira Sweater by Justyna Lorkowska, knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the 'Magpie' colourway.

FO's: I have finished a pair of toe up vanilla socks out of glorious Watermelon self striping by the lovely Hand Dyed By Kate. I added a contrast heel out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the colourway 'Party Dress'.

I also answer a question on my preferred bind off for toe up socks - Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

WIP's: My Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway is well under way! I've finished the body and the first sleeve.

I've also put a couple of inches on my top down vanilla socks knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Koi' colourway.

Questions: I talk about how I remove bobbles and pills from my knitwear without damaging it - with the Gleener. I purchased mine here

KAL announcement: I talk about the BritKnit Kal - A knitalong using yarn from the United Kingdom - England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The KAL will start on April 1st.

Stash Enhancement: I share a skein of Sparkle sock from LoLoDidIt in the La Lady colourway. 
I also picked up some mini skeins from Hedgerow Yarns, and a skein of sock yarn in the 'Sweetpea' colourway.



Shop Update: This week's shop update will be on Friday March 10th at 10am GMT. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Stranded Podcast - Episode 36



Administration: The CowlKAL is closed - I will be drawing prizes in next week's episode. 

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 Hazeland a skein of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Koi' colourway. You have until March 7th to get your entries in!

We have a new moderator in the Ravelry group for the podcast - please give a warm welcome to the lovely ClaraPeggoty aka. my friend Nicky! 

I am currently NOT taking custom orders in my shop - due to being busy with a wholesale project and prepping for a trunk show. 

What am I wearing?: I am wearing the Spring Beret by Natalie Larson out of some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (not linking that yarn! You can google it when you're done judging me for using it ;P ). I am also wearing a shawl knit for me by my mum - The Linus Shawl by Annett Cordes, knit out of a gradient set by Woo Sheeps in the 'Shoots and Leaves' colourway. Finally, I'm wearing my Old Romance cardi by Joji Locatelli, knit out of Madeline Tosh Sock in the 'Moorland' colourway.

FO's: I've finished Ann's Go To Socks by Ann Budd out of Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Fingering in the 'Lakeside' colourway.

WIP's: My Pavement Sweater by Veera Välimäki out of Malabrigo Sock in the 'Piedras' colourway is well under way! I'm nearly finished with the body.

I have cast on a pair of toe up vanilla socks out of glorious Watermelon self striping by the lovely Hand Dyed By Kate

I'm also working on my Granny Stripe afghan - which has seen a fair amount of progress since the last time I shared it! 

Future Knitting: I have decided to cast on a Vertices Unite by Stephen West - as seen in West Knits Best Knits Vol. 1 - out of some Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. The colourways I mention are... 'Fool's Gold', 'Fly', 'Boombox', 'Zephyr', 'Oracle' and 'Bounce'.

Questions: I talk about how I joined my two knitting groups - for East Sussex based people I mention this ravelry group. 

I also talk about my Sock Blank club from last year - and promise that I will be doing another club at some point this year! 

Stash Enhancement: A sock blank from Laughing Yaffle in the 'Melt All The Crayons' colourway.

Beautiful minis and a skein of yarn in the 'Pansy Parkinson' colourway from Paper Stories


A skein of Norah George Yarns in the 'Time Turner' colourway.

Shop Update: This week's shop update will be on Friday March 3rd at 10am GMT. 

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).