Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 18 - Background Noise aka NOT my Yarndale epsiode

Shownotes for the episode:



This week's episode is actually LAST week's episode. There was some youtube drama and it refused to upload.

Knitting:
I am working on a toe up vanilla sock out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Fright Night' colourway. These are being knit on 2mm needles (US 0).

I am still working on my Exploration Station shawl by Stephen West for the KAL being run by Kristen of the Yarngasm podcast and Lara of the Dyer's Notebook podcast. I am using Stranded Dyeworks Solo Singles in 'Limoncello', 'Feathered', 'Highway Code' and 'Spook'. I mention Grace - who is @littleminky93 on instagram and ravelry - you can find her unnamed podcast here.

FO's:
I knit a swatch out of my 'Candy Wrapper' colourway on Oasis Fingering. I discuss possibly making a Featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of it.

I also share my finished Flamingo Legs socks - which are the Dyad Top Down pattern from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. These are knitted out of 'Flamingo Legs' on Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering.

Stash Enhancement: 
I received a wonderful letter from Amy - who is oddknits_adventure on instagram and oddknitsadventure on ravelry. She sent me a skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock in 'Hi Vis Pink' and a little mini skein of the same base in 'Hi Vis Yellow'.

Questions: 
I answer questions from the Questions thread in the ravelry group. (I also mention my planner - which you can find here).

How I develop new colourways? and How to spin even yarn? Are the questions I answer this week.

Dyeing:
I talk about the colours going up in the shop - no new colourways this week, but you can find the shop right here. I also mention the Stranded Dyeworks Sock Blank club - there are still spots open, you can find them here.




Thursday, 15 September 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 17 - My Head Is Full Of Yarn


Episode 17 - My Head Is Full Of Yarn




Intro

Thankyou's and an explanation about last week's video quality!

Knitting: 

Most of my knitting time this week has been spent on my Exploration Station shawl for the KAL being hosted by Lara of the Dyer’s Notebook Podcast and Gynx Yarns; and Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast and Voolenvine Yarns. The pattern is Exploration Station by Stephen West. I’m using Stranded Dyeworks Solo Singles in ‘Highway Code’, ‘Spook’, ‘Feathered’ and ‘Limoncello’. 



I’m still working on my Dyad Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. These are being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the ‘Flamingo Legs’ colourway. 

I have cast on a toe up vanilla sock out of some self striping yarn from Eat Knit Dye in the 'Grey Garden' colourway.


Finished Objects:

I have finished my Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli out of some super old hand dyed fingering weight from stash. 

I have also knit three Hexipuffs from the Bee Keepers Quilt pattern by Tiny Owl Knits. I also mention this project, which is the one I'm trying to emulate. 

Dyeing: 

I list all the colours that I've dyed up for the shop this week, that are now in stock in my etsy shop - which you can find right here. I share my Halloween 2016 colourway 'Fright Night' which is available on Oasis and Paradise Fingering and Plateau Sock Blanks. I also launch the very first Stranded Dyeworks Sock Blank Club, sign ups run from 15th-30th September. You can find out more details about it right here. And you can find examples of my previous sock blank dyeing adventures here.

Thankyou very much for watching! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Stranded Podcast Episode 16 - Comfort Zone


Episode 16 - Comfort Zone

Intro

I apologise for not recording last week - I didn’t really feel like it and I didn’t have much knitting! 
I’m wearing my Quicksilver shawl that I talked about last episode.

Knitting: 

I’m still working on my Dyad Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. These are being knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the ‘Flamingo Legs’ colourway. 

I have cast on a Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli out of some super old hand dyed fingering weight from stash. 

I have cast on and finished the first in a pair of Saturday Matinee socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, out of Oasis fingering in ‘Ice Skating Party’. 

Finally I have joined the #ExplorationStationKAL being hosted by Lara of the Dyer’s Notebook Podcast and Gynx Yarns; and Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast and Voolenvine Yarns. The pattern is Exploration Station by Stephen West. I’m using Stranded Dyeworks Solo Singles in ‘Highway Code’, ‘Spook’, ‘Feathered’ and ‘Limoncello’. This is being stored in my Pom Pom Quarterly ‘Survival of the Knittest’ tote bag.


I don’t have any finished objects or any spinning this week.

Dyeing: 

I talk about new colours that are currently in stock in the shop - which you can find on etsy, right here. There will be an update in the shop this Thursday - the 8th September. 

Personal / Random Chatter: 


I mention that I’m going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this weekend. I also talk about comfort zones, mental health and challenging yourself.

Thankyou for watching! 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 15 - HOT HOT HOT

Episode 15: HOT HOT HOT 


Intro: There’s a change in back ground this week because autofocus hates me - which is why I didn’t upload an episode last week.

Knitting: I am working on socks out of a new colourway from Stranded Dyeworks in the ‘Flamingo Legs’ colourway. These are the Dyad Top Down socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

FO’s: Improvised socks - toe up with an afterthought heel with 1x1rib for one round every time the colour changed. Knit out of Knit Picks Felici in the ‘Baker Street’ colourway.

I finished a Luuk hat by Annis Jones out of some handspun from Jelly Beans Yarns batts in the ‘Candyfloss’ colourway. 

I knit an army of Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hats which is a free pattern on the Purl Bee blog. The first is knit with Cascade 220 superwash, the second is super old hand dyed aran, the third is leftovers of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in ‘Highway Code’ and ‘Spook’ held together, as is the fourth. 

I also improvised a hat - vaguely using this pattern - but in a heavier weight - fingering held doubled instead of fingering weight. This is knit out of ‘Spook’ and ‘Highway Code’ held together, striped with mystery rainbow sock yarn held together.

The big finished objects are: 

My Quicksilver Shawl by Melanie Berg, also knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the colours ‘Party Dress’, ‘Spook’ and ‘Highway Code’. 

And my Mira sweater by Justyna Lorkowska - which I’ve shown before, is blocked and the ends are woven in.

You can find all my yardage for Stash Dash here.

Spinning-wise…

I spun some natural wool - it’s a mystery wool - very rustic, 2ply. 
I spun some felted fibre claiming to be 18.5 micron extra fine Merino. Naming no names here. Single ply. 
Next up is another single ply - hand dyed Merino in my banned ‘Clone Club’ colourway. I mention Orphan Black which is the TV show the colourway name comes from.
Finally I spun up an unlabelled colourway from the stash - I think it’s from Spin Pretty. It’s a 2ply, using a technique mentioned in the Craftsy class Spinning Dyed Fibres with Felicia Lo. 

Stash Enhancement: 

I bought three braids of Merino/Tussah Silk in the ‘Pebble Beach’ colourway from Spindles and Stitches

I also bought three braids of fibre from Artist’s Palette Yarns - a braid of BFL in the ‘As Luck Would Have It’ colourway, and two braids of Superwash BFL in the colourways ‘Grand Dame’ and ‘Fandom’.

Dyeing: 

You can find my etsy shop Stranded Dyeworks right here
I have three new colourways - two repeatable ones - in the shop this week. I have a batch of Paintbox no. 15 - a one of a kind colourway on my Solo Singles base. 

Candy Wrapper’ is in stock on Oasis Fingering and ‘Feathered’ - my blue tit inspired colourway - is in stock on Oasis Fingering and Solo Singles

Thankyou so much for watching! 

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!