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Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 71

This week I’m continuing the discussion of yarn, glorious yarn, talking about what I’m working on in What’s in the WIP and announcing a new knit along.

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished and blocked my Pebble Beach Shawl that I cast on at Unwind Brighton last year in Skein Australia yarn in Cashmere Fingering in the Sea Salt colour.

I’ve also been knitting my magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl - it’s completely addictive!

Pebble Beach Shawl – Two More Sizes

My Pebble Beach Shawl pattern will soon be re-released with two more sizes.

I’m aiming for release date of 5 May 2015.

If you already have the pattern in your library you will automatically receive an update with the new sizes.

I’m currently testing and finalizing photos and pattern.

The new sizes are knit in yarn by The Uncommon Thread.

Knitting Pipeline Pebble Beach KAL

Paula at Knitting Pipeline is hosting a KAL of my designs to celebrate the relaunch of Pebble Beach.

Yarn, Glorious Yarn! 

This week I am talking about Shetland Yarn.

Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0

http://www.knittingpipeline.com/

Jamieson’s of Shetland

Jamieson and Smith – See their blog for a wealth of interesting information

KnitBritish Hap Along hosted by Louise

Meet My Yarn KAL

Challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group here by creating a swatch in April

It could be for a specific project or it could be for the joy of taking some yarn for a walk!

Tell us about the yarn, the qualities – if it is a specific breed, any special story about the yarn and what you discover about it from your swatching.

My hope is that it will encourage reluctant swatchers to give it a try and for enthusiastic swatchers to show off their work!

This week in the KAL AlpakkaAnna shared an interesting story about her swatch using special Swedish yarn.

She also mentioned Louvre by Hinterm Stein – an Austrian designer.

 

The Fibre Company Cumbria

I’m really excited to share that the KAL will be sponsored by The Fibre Company and their new Cumbria yarn. Here is some more information about it:

“Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the  masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.”

“I began the product development process for Cumbria during the time that I was organizing my move to the UK. I was drawn towards including fibre from an English sheep breed in the blend. There were many to research and consider, but eventually I was attracted to and settled on the beautiful brown wool from the Masham sheep, which is a crossbreed between a Teeswater ram and either a Swaledale or Dalesbred ewe.  The Teeswater is on the “vulnerable” list of rare breed sheep that is published and watched by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.”

While this yarn won’t be available to the public until later this summer around August – knit along participants will have a chance to win an exclusive pre-release skein of this special yarn.

Don’t forget to join in the KALs and the Instagram game this week!

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 70

This week I’m talking about the Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat, latest projects including the Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl and some interesting yarn.

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat

I’m just back from Paula’s Knitting Pipeline Georgia retreat and I had a wonderful time.

What’s in the WIP?

I finished the knitting of my Pebble Beach Shawl that I cast on at Unwind Brighton last year in Skein Australia yarn in Cashmere Fingering in the Sea Salt colour.

I also created a magic cake of yarn using Paula’s instructions and cast on for a Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl

I have it in my gorgeous brand new Maria Elena Bliss project bag

Yarn Glorious Yarn

The Field Guide to Fleece

Istex Léttlopi available at Meadow Yarn

Hole & Sons Poll Dorset

Ana’s tips from Portugal (Malhadeira on Ravelry) 

1. Rosários4 and the “Economia Verde” (Green Economy) show that Ana worked on is here in Portugese (just 3 mins – interesting even if you can’t understand the Portugese :-) )

2. “Portuguese Yarn Club”

Includes yarn by Paula from Dyed By Alfinete

3. O Oficio and Saber Fazer

Manta yarn and Ana’s swatch for the Meet my Yarn KAL

Don’t forget to post a swatch in the Meet My Yarn KAL! Its a very doable KAL and you could win an exclusive skein of The Fibre Company Cumbria yarn that hasn’t even hit the shops yet!

 

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 Curious Handmade Podcast 69

Today I giving an introduction to the theme of the podcast this month which is yarn (glorious yarn glorious yarn)!

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Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

 

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This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria.

Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.

What’s in the WIP?

Currently working on updating my Pebble Beach Shawl pattern to include two more sizes – medium and large.

I’m creating samples in The Uncommon Thread Merino Lace and Heavenly Lace.

I’m still working onn Reyka by Cirilia Rose from Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter’s Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style with my Lopi from Meadow Yarn.

Yarn Glorious Yarn

Fibre is where it all starts 

Some good resources

People – Clara Parkes of Knitters Review and Deborah Robson

Craftsy – Clara Parkes has 2 craftsy classes:

Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time, with Clara Parkes

Stashbusting: Make the Most of the Yarns You Have (with Clara Parkes)

Books -

The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

The Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers

Know Your Yarn Clara Parkes

Clara’s Craftsy Class – Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time, with Clara Parkes 

The class includes 7 lessons – each about 20mins – about 2.5 hours in total.

It’s very interesting and easy to listen to, I found it funny and encouraging.

Topics include:

Fibre terms – Different qualities – microns, crimp, staple length;

Different types of fibres – protein plant bugs

Twist – creating yarn – How it is prepared and spun – worsted vs woolen, plys

Swatching

It’s a really comprehensive introduction and overview to fibre and I would really recommend it

Podcasts

Knit FM – Hanna Fetig and Pam Allen – Ep 14 Breed Specific Wool

Pomcast Lydia and Sophie – Ep 11 – Clara Parkes Interview at EYF

Fibre Trek TV – Sarah (Swenstea on Ravelry) – Episode 29 “soulful stash”, lots of discussion and information about finding interesting fibre and farm yarn on her Ravelry group.

Woolful – Ashley – farmers and yarn producers

Spinning

Knitgirrrls

Fluffy Fibres

Knitmore Girls 

How to find out more about interesting fibre:

  • Read and listent to some of the resources above
  • Google specific breeds
  • Go to fibre events – and talk to people
  • Keep up a general awareness – instagram/social media
  • Swatching
Meet My Yarn KAL

Challenge you to introduce your favourite yarn to the group by creating a swatch in April

It could be for a specific project or it could be for the joy of taking some yarn for a walk!

Tell us about the yarn, the qualities – if it is a specific breed, any special story about the yarn and what you discover about it from your swatching.

My hope is that it will encourage reluctant swatchers to give it a try and for enthusiastic swatchers to show off their work!

The Fibre Company Cumbria

I’m really excited to share that the KAL will be sponsored by The Fibre Company and their new Cumbria yarn. You might have heard my interview with Daphne Marinopolous – the founder of the Fibre Company on podcast episode 66. She mentioned the soon to be released Cumbria yarn and here is some more information about it:

“Inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike.”

“I began the product development process for Cumbria during the time that I was organizing my move to the UK. I was drawn towards including fibre from an English sheep breed in the blend. There were many to research and consider, but eventually I was attracted to and settled on the beautiful brown wool from the Masham sheep, which is a crossbreed between a Teeswater ram and either a Swaledale or Dalesbred ewe.  The Teeswater is on the “vulnerable” list of rare breed sheep that is published and watched by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.”

While this yarn won’t be available to the public until later this summer around August – knit along participants will have a chance to win an exclusive pre-release skein of this special yarn.

 

Have a great week and don’t forget to play the instagram game! Tag your pics with #curioushandmadepodcast and share what you’re knitting or where you’re listening to the show!

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It’s a great way for you to support the podcast if you’re already thinking about purchasing a class.

Craftsy

Today I have been pondering what to do with my skein of Terra given to us by The Fibre Company at the Muse Connection Volume 1.

It is an Aran weight yarn – 90metres/98yds so its a bit tricky amount to do a single skein project with but never fear! I found lots of ideas which may also help with a few other small and perfect skeins of yarn in my stash.

With such lovely yarn I’m thinking that it would make a lovely gift….or something nice for me!

Terra Woad Light

So of course I turned to Ravelry and my first search was on the “Yarn” tab and I searched “Terra Fibre Company”. I then selected the “Projects” tab to see what others had made with the yarn. After a bit of looking I realised that I could do an advanced search and select the exact amount I had to narrow down the results.

I found a few good options with this search:

Alfalfa Baby Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn

(free pattern)

Alfalfa Baby Hat

© Kate Gagnon Osborn + Kelbourne Woolens

Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits

(free pattern)

Barley

© Tin Can Knits

Leia Bonnet and Pixie Booties by Mel Clark

From book – Knitting gifts for Baby

Terra Projects

© Helen Bankers

So then I decided to widen my search to any Aran weight project that used one skein.

This time I went to the Pattern tab and clicked straight on the “pattern browser and advanced search” link under the search box.

Then on the left hand side I selected filters Weight = Aran and Meterage. At first I selected 0-150 metres but then realised I could get even more specific and selected “cusomize: enter a range…” down the bottom of the box and put in 0-90 – that would give me just projects that used the exact amount I have.

Rav Search image

Using this search I found a lot of cute ideas. General ideas include baby hats (as above!), headbands, small fingerless gloves, boot toppers, cozies for mugs and phones and little toys.

A few that caught my eye in particular are:

When Left Foot Met Right Foot by Justyna Lorkowska

When Left Foot Met Right Foot

© Lete

Toasty Talus by Clare Devine

Toasty Talus

© Clare Devine

Tiffany Neckwarmer by Hilary Smith Callis

Tiffany Neckwarmer

© Hiliary Smith Calis

Smart Driver Mitts by Lizzie Laine

Smart Driver Mitts

© Lizzie Laine

What do you like to knit (or crochet) with small amounts of Aran weight yarn? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

CH 68: Spring Colour

March 27, 2015 — 1 Comment
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Curious Handmade Podcast 68

Today I have some announcements and am sharing my thoughts on an inspiring workshop I attended this week by Fiona Humberstone called Colour for Creatives. It fits in so perfectly with our focus on colour on the podcast this month.

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Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn  meadowyarn.co.uk

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

I’m thrilled to announce that one of our speakers at Volume 2 in June is Lydia Gluck, editor of Pom Pom Quarterly.

Lydia Gluck Pomcast

Photography: Clara Parkes

Here is Lydia interviewing Clara Parkes for the Pomcast podcast.

Pom Pom Quarterly will also be a sponsor of the Muse Connection Volume 2 together with Anzula Luxury Fibers and Signature Needle Arts.

Coincidentally, in the latest issue of Pom Pom there is a gorgeous shawl knit in Anzula Haiku called Blommande by Hanna Maciejewska

Blommande Shawl

Photography: Ana Mercedes

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Colour for Creatives Workshop with Fiona Humberstone

This week I attended the Colour for Creatives workshop by Fiona Humberstone aka the Brand Stylist

The workshop was all about colour psycology and how to use colour to help your brand really sing.

I actually found about it quite by chance through Instagram from from Emily Quinton to Gudy Herder to the Brand Stylist.

After having “sort out website” on my to do list for about 2 years – when I found out there was a inspiring workshop happening on this very topic in the next suburb I had to sign up.

I arrived to find a bouquet of spring flowers tied to the door of a character filled warehouse building in Brixton and immediately knew the day would be something special.

We had a chance to have a coffee, chat to fellow attendees and take in the surroundings before it started.

Colour for Creatives

The workshop took us through colour psychology which Fiona explained as being represented by seasons. We started to think about our brands and businesses in terms of what season best represents the brand. I wasn’t sure at first as being a bit of a colour junkie I am attracted to aspects from all the seasons. I found it quite hard to narrow down to one or two. Eventually I settled on Autumn for Curious Handmade.

Fiona described it as game changing for her and there is no doubt that I feel like I have been given some very powerful tools to use in analysing and putting together colour schemes. I can see how it will be useful in so many facets including my branding, design work and the stuff that I do at home and for fun like decorating a room or a theme for a party or event!

We were also very lucky to have another talented visual story teller Gudy Herder of Eclectic Trends to take us through a session on creating moodboards. If you follow me on IG and have seen my #itsamoodywednesday posts – that is Gudy’s meme.

I am still processing everything I learned and also reading more about it like crazy. Apparently this is quite a typical Autumn thing to do!

The best thing is that Fiona has an amazing amount of her knowledge and resources on her website.

A past attendee commented they wanted to share it but also wanted to keep it to herself as it is so powerful – I can relate to that feeling.

Fiona has a book on it coming out in May and having seen an advance copy – I can’t wait to read the whole thing – How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity

The whole day was such a wonderful experience – I’m still buzzing from meeting such lovely people. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the attendees at Blogtacular in June.

Lovely words from Maria of Subway Knits for the final postcard in the series put together by A Playful Day #postcardbloggers2015

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empire state building and the freedom tower

Dear Helen,
As we come to the final round of postcards, I thought it would be appropriate to come full circle, to say the least and talk about home, and how where someone lives serves as a daily and constant inspiration.
Where you live definitely plays a big role in who you are and what inspires you – I would say that while I love going abroad and exploring new places, there is something about where you are from, or where you plant your roots that has an equal appeal.
New York is something of a city to be reckoned with – people come here to make it, and people do their best to stay for as long as they can. New York definitely is a source of inspiration for me: it keeps me on my toes and on the go and has taught me to think fast, on my feet and to be adaptable to almost any kind of surrounding, be it the concrete and glass megaliths of downtown Manhattan, or the tree-lined streets of Astoria, where I grew up and still live.
There is always something happening here and always a new place to go and new things to see, which only add onto the ways one can be inspired. Nevertheless, this isn’t just limited to New York: wherever one makes their home, there is always that sense of discovery which never ends.
rockefeller center
There is a Japanese proverb which for my 30th birthday I had inscribed on a necklace: “sumeba miyako.” Translated, it means, “Wherever you live, it is your capital.” So far, New York City has been one of my major capitals and source of inspiration, and is my top capital, because this is where I come from.
I wonder what my next capital would be. As you can definitely understand, I still have that sense of perpetual wanderlust.
xo,
Maria

nyc christmas

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast ep 67

This week I talk about my visit to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015, What’s in the WIP?, a review of The Bletchley Collection and announce details of the Muse Connection Volume 2.

Show Sponsor

Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn  meadowyarn.co.uk

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

The next gathering will be on Sunday 21 June at The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross London.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow!

Look out for more details on the blog here.

Also did you see that Kate is giving away a goodie bag from the Muse Connection Volume 1 over at A Playful Day?

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Highlights from my brief visit to the festival include (in no particular order)

As usual I didn’t get to see as many people as I would have liked but did have chat’s with some wonderful fibre people

Laura at Laura’s Loom

Julie at Tilly Flop

Tilly Flop at EYF

Black Bat (rare British breed wool)

Black Bat EYF

Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin at the Crochet Project

Daphne at The Fibre Company

The Fibre Company at EYF

Victoria at Eden Cottage Yarn

Eden Cottage Yarn EYF 2015

Lydia and Amy at Pom Pom Quarterly

Pom Pom Quarterly at EYF

Ysolda and Stephen West

Stephen West and Ysolda EYF
I also had a wonderful chat with Yarn Whisperer Clara Parkes who travelled all the way from Maine to join in the fun!

The Bletchley Collection by Joanne Scrace 

Electronic copies available on Ravelry

Printed copies available at Eden Cottage Yarn

Knit and crochet designs by Joanne Scrace (Not So Granny)

I meant to mention on the podcast that this book has been beautifully laid out by Clare Devine and the presentation is really clear and clean.

The Bletchley Collection

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

After the inspiration we shared for Volume 1 on colour and community, The Muse Connection will be exploring the theme of ‘beginnings’. Building on what made Volume 1 so popular we will once again be bringing like minded makers together as part of our Muse Connection Community and we can’t wait to share everything we’ve planned.

In this Volume we’re adding more: more door prizes, more goodies in the bags and some very special guests that we’ll be announcing shortly. Tickets go on sale this Saturday and we’re expecting quite a fast turn around following the reaction to Volume 1 so mark it in your diary!

The Muse Connection Volume 2

Tickets are £18 (plus booking fee) and include the following:

  • An exclusive goodie bag (containing goodies worth over £15!)
  • 3 and a half hours of indulgent time to knit and indulge your making
  • Become part of the Muse Connection community with exclusive first peeks at designs, products and future volumes
  • Delicious food and drink (gluten free options included)
  • 2 very special guests who will be sharing a unique insight into their knitty inspirations
  • Yarn tasting courtesy of our sponsor

For further announcements such as the refreshment plans, special guests and fun surprises, you can sign up for our newsletter on the event page, which is also where tickets will go on sale this weekend.

See you there?

#TheMuseConnection #MuseVol2

 

ps Don’t forget you can win a goodie bag from Volume 2 both here on Curious Handmade and at A Playful Day!

I’m was so excited to receive this postcard from blogger - Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks.  Clare has written about a place that is very dear to my heart! I’m sure you’ll all agree that scenery is breathtaking!

Tune in next week for Maria of Subway Knits and remember you can find all the blog hop participants by following the hashtag #postcardbloggers2015

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Dear Helen,

This week I wanted to share a special journey and some beautiful souvenir yarn with you. Just as a scent or a piece of music can evoke a feeling and sense of place, returning you to that moment in time, yarn and colour can do the same for me. There are many skeins in my stash and projects I have made that are entwined with the memories of a time or place gone by. I know A Playful Day talked about this recently on a podcast and I wanted to share my fibre memories with you this week. Colour is such an important part of memory and I thought this would be a lovely contribution to your colour theme this month.

Last year we visited Canada for a family holiday and to attend an important family wedding. It is a magical country and we spent two weeks exploring the Rocky Mountains. The spectacular landscape was awe-inspiring and the trip is filled with fantastic memories.

Image 1_Canada

Driving from Jasper to Banff along the Icefields Parkway was an experience I will never forget. Mountains and lakes galore.

Image 2_Canada

Image 3_Canada

The colour of the water was almost impossible to capture but it really was magnificent. Up close the water is crystal clear but from afar it has this vivid turquoise green colour.

Image 4_Canada

Image 5_Canada

After this magical road trip, I could not believe my luck when I returned to the yarn shop in Calgary, The Loop – Kensington and found this skein of Sweet Georgia yarn in the Tough Love sock base.

Image 6_Skein of Tourmaline

It was the perfect match! Tourmaline captures everything I remember about those vivid lakes in a single skein of sock yarn. It really was the perfect holiday souvenir. I really should liberate it from my stash and make some gorgeous Canadian inspired socks soon.

Have a wonderful week,

Clare