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.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 28 - Podcast Nook (aka. I'm writing proper shownotes again!)

Hello everyone! Thankyou very much for stopping by to check out this week's podcast episode. I'm getting a headstart on my New Year's resolutions and upping my podcast game - which means being organised and writing proper shownotes on a regular basis! So here goes...


Intro - I talk about my new podcasting space, remind everyone that the UK last date to order from my shop is Tuesday 20th December - for Christmas delivery! I also announce that I'll be vending at Unravel in February 2017. You can find more information about Unravel here.

WIPs - I'm still working on my Christmas Lights socks - toe up vanilla socks that will have a true afterthought heel. These are out of Gynx Yarns on her Strong Sock base in the 'Christmas Lights' colourway. I'm going to put contrasting heels in with Mad Tosh Sock in the 'Moorland' colourway.

(I forget to mention that I'm wearing my Old Romance cardigan by Joji Locatelli, knit out of Mad Tosh sock in the 'Moorland' colourway)

I'm also still working on my Rosemont cardi by Hannah Fettig - out of Cascade 220 in the 'Forest Agate' colourway.

FOs - I've finished my Ice Dancing Mitts by Nicky Winterton- which were a test knit and are now available on ravelry right here. Mine are knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the 'Candy Wrapper' colourway.

I have also finished the Flax Light baby sweater by Tin Can Knits that I was knitting out of Stranded Dyeworks Paradise MCN in the 'Christmas Confetti' colourway.

Future Knitting - I want to cast on the Vanishing Point mittens by Georgia Farrell from Pom Pom Quarterly Winter 2016 and I also want to join in the Christmas Eve Cast On that Dani from the Little Bobbins Knits podcast is hosting. I also mention Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry and Askews Me Shawl by Stephen West.

Stash - I have two lovely skeins of Qing Fiber Super Soft DK in 'Frost' and 'Acid Bomb.' I also have a lovely new Sock Sack project bag from Quince Pie.

I'm having a little destash - I listed some of the yarns I'm no longer in love with, in the for sale/trade section of my ravelry stash. Take a peek if you're interested.

Giveaway - I'm hosting a 1000 subscriber giveaway in the Stranded Podcast Ravelry group - just go into the giveaway thread and post something you'd like to see on the podcast in 2017 and you could win a skein of my Industrial Kingfisher colourway on Paradise MCN fingering. Deadline for entries is Christmas Eve.

Shop Update: I share new colourways that will be in this week's shop update - the last of 2016 - on Thursday December 15th.

Thankyou so much for watching! Ax

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 20 -

Shownotes for episode 20




Intro: I blather about my new hair and am wearing my very first shawl - Daybreak by Stephen West - which I think is knit out of Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply.

Knitting: I'm still working on my Fright Night socks out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in the 'Fright Night' colourway.

I have also restarted my Bronywn sweater which is by Melissa Wehrle, out of Cascade 220 in the 'Greystone Heather' colourway.

FO's: I have finished my Vintage Prim hat by Andrea Mowry. This was knit out of Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet Splash 100 in the 'Lipstick' colourway and a skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock in 'Hi Vi Pink'.

Stash Enhancements:

I bought a beautiful project bag from Lara of the Fawn Knits Podcast - and the Fawn and the Fox etsy ship.

I also traded some yarn for some gorgeous project bags from a lovely instagrammer - cloudmoonflower.

I got a braid of Rambouillet fibre in the 'Oil Paint' colourway from Spindles and Stitches. Aleks also sent me a mini skein from Sóc Una Troca.

I bought a Gleener! Much hilarity ensued. If you're in the UK, you can get a Gleener here.

I also picked up a copy of Woollens by Jared Flood and West Knits Best Knits by Stephen West.

Personal: 

I chat about my wrecked car and my holiday plans to Denmark!

Thanks for watching!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Stranded Podcast - Episode 19 - Forgetful

Knitting:

This week I've been spreading the love over a few projects...

I've been working on my toe up vanilla socks out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in 'Fright Night' which is the 2016 Halloween colourway.

I've also put a few stripes on my EatKnitDye socks in the colourway 'Grey Garden'.

My first Saturday Matinee sock is done and I'm halfway through the second sock. These are by Mara Catherine Bryner and I'm knitting them out of Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in 'Ice Skating Party'.

I have cast on the Vintage Prim hat by Andrea Mowry. I'm using a skein of Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet 100 Splash in the colourway 'Lipstick' for my main colour, and a skein of Uncommon Thread Tough Sock in 'Hi Vi Pink' for my contrast colour.

I started and need to frog the Bronywn sweater which is a Brooklyn Tweed pattern by Melissa Wehrle. I was using Quince and Co. Osprey in the 'Kumlien's Gull' colourway.

FO's:

I've finished the Sirle Hat by Suvi Simola, a free pattern on ravelry, knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Castaway DK in 'Shiner'.

I've also finished my Exploration Station shawl by Stephen West. It's knit out of Stranded Dyeworks Solo Single ply in 'Highway Code', 'Spook', 'Limoncello' and 'Feathered'.

Question:

I answer a question from the ravelry Questions thread and I talk about blocking and how and why I block. I mention the following products:

Wooden Sock Blockers,
Knit Picks Sock Blockers,
Bryson Sock Blockers,
Inspinknity Blocking wires.

Stash Enhancements:

I talk about Yarndale 2016 - mention my Yarndale Vlog and share the things I bought.

A skein of WooSheeps in the Reg base, in the 'Claret' colourway.
A skein of Triskelion Yarns in the Dyfnaint DK base, in the 'Ffestiniog' colourway.
An art batt from SpinCity - the 'Peaceful' art batt.
A braid of Superwash Merino from FeltStudioUK in an unnamed colourway.

Dyeing and Shop Updates:

You can find my Stranded Dyeworks etsy shop right here.


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.