CH 39: Aussie Update

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 39

I’m recording from Australia and working on the Curious Collective 2014 design.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Global Nomad

I’m recording from the Sunshine Coast in Australia this week and its the last week of our trip.

Some good Australian TV I’ve been enjoying:

Australian Story

Who do you think you are?

What’s in the WIP?

Curious Collective 2014 Shawl

I’m working busily on designing the Curious Collective 2014 shawl.

I’m nearly finished the design and am hoping to have the pattern released by late August, maybe early September.

You can read all about the Choose Your Tribe theme for the knit along on the blog post here.

To join a tribe just nominate which tribe you would like to join here on the Curious Handmade Ravelry thread.

You can buy the yet-to-be-released pattern here for 50% off:

Pebble Beach Shawlette

The Pebble Beach KAL is finished and I announce the prize winners.

The prizes are sponsored by Kettle Yarn Co and Curious Handmade.

If you sign up to the Kettle Yarn Co newsletter you’ll receive a 10% discount off your first order.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 38

I’m travelling in Australia and visit Tangled Yarns in Brisbane and am still hosting several fun knit alongs.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Global Nomad

I’m reporting from the Sunshine Coast in Australia this week.

I visit Tangled Yarns in Brisbane and meet some lovely friends Julia 9Crafty11 and Deanne Mrs Ramjet who is a crochet designer.

I love Deanne’s Blosem crochet blanket pattern.

I bought some gorgeous beads and stitch markers! So cute!!

Curious Handmade Tangled Yarns visit

What’s in the WIP?

Curious Collective 2014 Shawl

I’m working busily on designing the Curious Collective 2014 shawl.

You can read all about the Choose Your Tribe theme for the knit along on the blog post here.

To join a tribe just nominate which tribe you would like to join here on the Curious Handmade Ravelry thread.

You can buy the yet-to-be-released pattern here for 50% off:

Pebble Beach Shawlette

Pebble Beach Shawlette in Skein Australia Yarn – I’m up to about 30%

The Pebble Beach KAL is in week 4 and will finish on Sunday 10 August.

The prizes are sponsored by Kettle Yarn Co and Curious Handmade.

If you sign up to the Kettle Yarn Co newsletter you’ll receive a 10% discount off your first order.

Velvet Rose Shawl

The winner of the KAL is DebrisUK. Congratulations Deb!

Dream Big 2014

The next pattern in the Dream Big collection is now released.

It is the Sunburst Shawl knit in Kettle Yarn Co Islington in the Blighty colourway.

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast 37

This week I’m recording from Australia. I’m talking a little bit about our travels and various Curious Handmade knit alongs happening at the moment.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Global Nomad

I’m recording from the Sunshine Coast in Australia this week.

I’ve brought the girls over for a couple of weeks for their summer holidays and to spend time with my family.

We’re enjoying the nature in the area and the kids are enjoying looking out for local birdlife and ticking off their sightings in their Young Birders’ Birding Booklets from Birdlife Australia.

I was given a lovely birthday gift from my sister of some handpainted mohair and merino lace weight yarn from Touch Yarns in New Zealand. And also some local Alpaca yarn from Mum and Dad that I need to investigate further.

What’s in the WIP?

Pebble Beach Shawlette

Pebble Beach Shawlette in Skein Australia Yarn – I’m up to about 25%

The Pebble Beach KAL is in week 3 and the goal by Sunday 3 August is 75%.

There are some good notes on making your Pebble Beach shawl larger on these lovely projects:

KnittingFiona

MarilynA

Chellieanne

ToryJaneKnits

Velvet Rose Shawl

Just one week left of the KAL to be in the running to win a skein of Wollmeise lace.

Curious Collective 2014 Shawl

I announced the Tribes for the Curious Collective 2014 knit along. You can read more about it on the blog post here.

There was an update for Juno Alice yarn on 31 July and there is still some Alice in the Juno Etsy shop if you would like to use the same yarn as the sample.

You can buy the yet-to-be-released pattern here for 50% off:

Dream Big 2014

The next pattern in the Dream Big collection is nearly ready for release.

It is the Sunburst Shawl knit in Kettle Yarn Co Islington in the Blighty olourway.

Here is a sneak peak of the shawl.

Sunburst Shawl Curious Handmade

Curious Collective 2014There have been some very difficult decisions made over recent weeks.

Week 2 was particularly challenging for some of us – how to choose between the stunning Juno Fibre Arts Alice colour combinations?

The incredibly romantic combination of Cherry Blossom and Ethereal won the vote. Even the names of the colours are dreamy.

But it was very close and all the other combinations were popular as well. Which is why we’ve decided to take inspiration from ALL the combinations and create 5 Tribes for the knit along with a nod to each combination.

So in the knit along phase of the Curious Collective DKAL this year you will be able to Join a Tribe and knit your shawl inspired by your chosen theme.

The knit along phase of the DKAL is going to start towards the end of August when the pattern is designed and released.

The 5 Tribes and the colour combinations that inspired them are:

Art Deco Tribe (Inkblot and Oyster)

Art Deco Tribe CC DKAL

Sneak into a speakeasy and dance away the evening with glamour and exuberance in a fabulous fringed dress.

Enchanted Forest Tribe (Moss and Goldmine)

Enchanted Forest Tribe #CCDKAL #enchantedforesttribe

Fall into a forest of green and look out closely for sprites and elves with this fantasy theme.

French Vintage Tribe (Oyster and Stone)

French Vintage Tribe #CCDKAL #frenchvintagetribe

Pull up a bench to a wooden table set with heavy linen cloth to enjoy a simply delicious meal of baguette, brie and tomato salad.

Space Age Chic Tribe (Gun Metal and Stone)

Space Chic Tribe CC DKAL

Travel to the future (or a different galaxy) and remain bang on trend today with metallics and shimmer.

English Rose Tribe (Ethereal and Cherry Blossom)

English Rose Tribe #CCDKAL #englishrosetribe

Step into the picturesque English countryside and imagine the Bennet sisters taking the air on a brisk walk to the village.

You can Choose your Tribe by nominating your choice in the Curious Collective Chat Thread on Ravelry.

The categories for the Curious Collective KAL are as follows and there will be some fabulous prizes:
Finished Object – Random selection
Prize for random draw from FO thread in Ravelry.

Finished Object – Best Styled FO
Prize for the best styled shawl in keeping with the theme of the Tribe.

Social Media Maven Prize
Every shout out for the Curious Collective DKAL posted on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CCDKAL will go into the draw for a special prize. Use the following Tribe hashtags for some friendly competition between the tribes!

#spacechictribe

#frenchvintagetribe

#englishrosetribe

#enchantedforesttribe

#artdecotribe

Look out for a poll to vote for your Tribe on the blog at the end of the week when voting for Week 4: What border would you like? is finished.

For a very short time only the Curious Collective pattern is 50% OFF.

Important Note about Juno Fibre Arts Alice

If you would like to use the exact colour combinations above then make sure you visit the Juno Etsy shop for the shop update on 31 July as there will be a special Alice sock weight update.

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 36

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

What’s in the WIP?

A little bit of sewing – a project pouch for Deb (her wonderful write up of Unwind is on her blog here.

A new (extra glamorous) shawl design for the July pattern Dream Big Collection - currently being test knit.

Unwind Brighton Recap

I attended Unwind Brighton a couple of weeks ago.

Highlights included:

The weather and location in and around the Brighton Dome. It was sunny and being by the seaside felt like being on holiday.

Meeting people was a major highlight. I caught up with some good friends from my knitting group and people I knew online including podcast listeners and new friends. I also spoke to a couple of knitting celebrities including the lovely Joji Locatelli.

My two classes with Amy Hendrix of MadelineTosh and Åsa Tricosa who is a very talented designer.

Podcaster meetup

Here is a very cheery gang of UK podcasters and thanks to one of my lovely listeners Chloe for this photo!

Unwind Brighton

Casting on Pebble Beach in the Pavilion Gardens

We had a lovely spot under the trees and a group of us gathered and started our Pebble Beach shawls.

I cast on mine using some divine Skein Australia Merino Cashmere in the Sea Salt colourway.

Thank you to suddgummi, littleyellowuke, lumpyjumperlady, ruthrabbit, aspellofwinter, amaknitter, snailgarden, tinkhickman for joining us in the gardens.

Unwind Brighton Pebble Beach Cast On

The Marketplace

Curious Handmade shawls at Juno and Kettle

I was very honoured to have my shawls displayed on the stands of two brilliant UK indie dyers, Juno Fibre Arts and Kettle Yarn Co.

True Brit Knits

Eden Cottage Yarns

Juno Fibre Arts

Kettle Yarn Co

Thank you SO much to the brilliant Dani and her fabulous team for putting on such a wonderful fibre event in Brighton.

Knit Along Updates

Velvet Rose Shawl KAL

Going until 8 August

Sponsored by the Curious Stash with a skein of Wollmeise lace.

Prize for randomly selected FO

Pebble Beach Shawlette KAL

Sponsored by Kettle Yarn Co and the Curious stash

Prizes for:

Randomly selected FO

Curious Handmade Favourite FO

Social Media Maven #pebblebeachKAL

Curious Collective DKAL

Voting is live for Week 4: What border do you want on the shawl?

Sponsored by Juno Fibre Arts

I will announce more details about the knit along segment of this project next week.

Let’s just say – there are going to be Tribes and its going to be awesome!!

You can buy the pattern here

On holidays in Gascony

This episode is recorded in Gascony, France where I’m on holidays with my family and wonderful knitting friend Loba. (she is also a designer and has a super cute kids pattern in Arimisu that featured on last week’s episode – it is a small knitting world!!)

Sunflowers Gascony France

Have an awesome week!!

Velvet Rose Border

For the voting this week you can decide what border the shawl will have.

There are many different options available to beautifully finish a shawl and I have chosen some of my favourites for the poll this week.

Here are the choices and I’ve included links to where I’ve used the option on other designs.

Garter border with a plain border like on the Red Robin Shawl.

Picot bind off. This is one of my favourites that I’ve used on Radiance, Afternoon Tea, Glitz at the Ritz and Pebble Beach.

Lacey border – this is a beautiful option and I’ve used it on Odessa and a variation on the Frangipani Shawl.

An elegant Ribbed border like on Fireflies Rising.

Finally a ruffled border like Radiance and Elemental Things.

What is your favourite border? Vote and add your comments below!


While others may follow the Royal family in Britain for the fashions of the princess of the day, I have a slightly different angle. Rather than being concerned with whether Kate is wearing McQueen or Whistles, I’m wondering whether Prince George’s cute name jumper is hand or machine knit.

It started me thinking about knitting and the Royal family and I discovered some nuggets of interesting knitting (and knitwear) history to share with you here to mark Prince George’s first birthday on 22 July.

1. The “George” powder blue cashmere sweater was gifted to the prince’s proud Granddad  by Royal Warrant holders (and makers of Prince Charles’ socks) Corgi a Welsh knitwear company.

2. Another popular knitted item “worn” by little George was the shawl he was wrapped in for going home from hospital. This shawl was also a machine knit, by GH Hurt & Son, identical to the one his Dad was wrapped in for the same occasion (according to my reputable source, The Daily Mail).

3. Neither of these items matched the knitting copycat frenzy caused the by Kate’s green ruffle shawl from Couture Candy. It’s sold out, so if you want one its probably a nice thing to have the knitting skills to make it yourself. In 100% cashmere please! There are several patterns on Ravelry – just search “Kate’s shawl” or “Middleton shawl” and take your pick. There is also a Ravelry group dedicated to this iconic accessory.

4. The above examples aren’t the first time Royal knit wear inspired a knitting trend. Back in 1921 the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VIII wore fair isle vests and set knitters off to puzzling over their colour palettes everywhere.

5. Now for an item that was actually hand knit with incredible skill, is the gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the birth of Prince George from New Zealand. It is a delicate lace shawl, designed by Margaret Stove, and spun and knitted by Cynthia Read. After looking at photos of the shawl its not surprising that this was Cynthia’s comment on finishing it: ”Oh the relief, it’s wonderful,” she said. “I had a nice lie down, it was lovely to get it finished.”. The pattern is Filmy Fern and available in Margaret Stove’s book Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World.

And apparently both Queen Victoria, the Queen Mum and Queen Elizabeth all knit, so its not just us common folk who have the joy (embarrassment?) of wearing those slightly itchy, somewhat wonky hand knitted sweaters made by family members with much love, but not worn much after the age of four or five when autonomy and fashion sense kicks in. Although if it were to be knit in 100% cashmere…..

This week we are going to decide on the shape of the shawl.

I have given you a choice of four basic shapes, Triangle, Crescent, Rectangle, Semicircle. Within those broad shapes there are a lot of possible variations. For example triangular can be regular, wide, rounded – there are really a lot of possibilities.

If you have other ideas that you want to expand on, please add them in the blog comments.

I will close the poll at midnight Thursday 24 July (GMT).

I know that trying to choose from the delectable colours of Juno Alice last week was difficult for some of us, so I’m very excited to see what you choose this week!

So go ahead, vote, comment, share with your friends!

You can join in at any time!

The pattern is available here (the earlier you buy it the lower the price!)

Have your say in the Curious Collective 2014 shawl design here!


 

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 35 Amirisu

I have a wonderful guest interview for you this week with Meri Tanaka of Amirisu magazine from Japan. This is the last in my series of interviews from Squam.

I’m HellsBells on Ravelry, and CuriousHandmade on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Thank you to my show sponsor:

Juno Fibre Arts is an artisan yarn and fibre company producing a unique hand dyed collection of yarns and spinning fibres for handknits, spinning, felting and weaving. The Juno studio is located in the grounds of an old, working farm in rural Devon, surrounded by British countryside and the range draws inspiration from its stunning pastoral setting.

Juno yarn is dyed in small and exclusive batches and is available in limited editions on the Juno Arts Etsy shop so look out for the monthly shop updates towards the end of each month.

Interview with Meri Tanaka, co-founder of Amirisu Magazine

Meri Tanaka together with her business partner Tokuko Ochiai are the founders and editors of Amirisu magazine.

Tokuko also has some stunning knitting designs available on Ravelry including the Yane sweater in BT Wool People 7.

Here are some photos of Meri and Tokuko enjoying Squam and the cover of their latest issue of Amirisu.

Meri Tanaka and Tokuko Ochiai Amirisu

Meri Tanaka and Tokuko Ochiai Amirisu

Meri Tanaka and Tokuko Ochiai Amirisu

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Squam Lake

Events

Curious Collective DKAL

Pebble Beach KAL

#pebblebeachKAL

Pebble Beach Shawlette Curious Handmade

Pebble Beach is NOW AVAILABLE and is 25% OFF for TODAY ONLY 14 July 2014 as a launch special!

 

This design was the winner of the Unwind Brighton design competition and was published in the event programme on the weekend.

It is now available to everyone on Ravelry.

Pebble Beach at Kettle Yarn Co

Pebble Beach Shawlette is a light crescent shaped accessory, perfect for keeping off chilly sea breezes while at the beach. This accessory is knit with one skein of luxury sock yarn and is the perfect travel and holiday knitting project.

A simple yet effective lace pattern means this project can be packed alongside your craft magazines and chick-lit beach reading. It drapes beautifully across the shoulders and the picot bind off gives a polished finish like the stones on Brighton Beach.

Pebble Beach cast on

We had a lovely time casting on the shawl at Brighton in the gardens.

Lotta in Pebble Beach

Thank you so much to my lovely test knitters Tinkhickman, Lotusen and GingerLucy!!

You can join in the knit along on the Curious Handmade Ravelry board and there are some LOVELY prizes. More on that soon!