Monday, 30 July 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 48: Neverending Sock


INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!

Today’s tea is honey, ginger and lemon - I've got a terrible sore throat and I hope it's just my hayfever and not a summer cold! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

WIP'D UP

I have a FO!
Christmas Colourwork
Pattern: Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits
Yarn: The Knitting Swede Spartan DK in London Fog and Samarkand

I'm SO happy with how these turned out - blocking works like magic! I forgot to mention that the lovely Dianna Walla gave me some tips. She spotted that my floats were twisted together and recommended that next time I don't pass them underneath each other every time - this is what was causing the yarns to twist around each other.

I have Finullgarn and the pattern to make Ysolda's Milet mittens, which I'm now super excited about.

Just a couple of WIPs this week:

Rich's Vanilla Socks
Pattern: How to Knit Socks by Meanwhile at the Castle

Yarn: Regia Arne & Carlos Pairfect in Aalhus (9092)

Once these are finished, I'll be casting on Rich's birthday socks in West Yorkshire Spinners in one of their Country Bird colourways - Mallard.

1st Birthday Booties
Pattern: Watermelon Booties by Olivia Kent (Hopeful Honey)

Yarn: Paintbox Cotton DK in Slate Green, Champagne White and Lipstick Pink


I might have to frog these - unless someone can recommend a photo-blog or video on crocheting booties?

I've had a few knitty excursions over the past couple of weeks so I have some goodies to share!

I spent the day with Rachel of Crafty Historian and we visited Wild & Woolly, Knit With Attitude and Sew Over It.

I picked up some West Yorkshire Spinners Christmas yarn at Wild & Woolly, in the Holly Berry colourway, as well as some Cayenne Pepper for festive heels and toes (also handy in case I do run out of the red on Rich's socks!).

At Knit With Attitude, I bought the JK Rowling Craftivists Changemaker card. I'm going to pop back and pick up Malala Yousafzai and I'll frame them both for our gallery wall.

I didn't get anything in Sew Over It, but it was a lovely place to browse!

This weekend (the day before I filmed) I went to Fibre East with Amy of Stranded , Katie of Inside Number 23 and Eli of Skeindeer Knits.

I had such a lovely day with my lovely friends and I bought some treats too!

A notions bag and beans on toast progress keeper from Jibbyroo Sews
A beautiful rainbow skein from Felt Fusion
More Christmas yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, this time in Candy Cane (oh dear, sensing a theme here...)
A beautiful project bag - which I now know is from Wool Mouse!

Amy also delivered my Tits Out Stranded skein, which makes me super happy! Find out more about the Tits Out Collective on the Countess Ablaze website.

I made a list of things to buy later including a skein of the Midnight Sea by Third Vault Yarns; several skeins from The Wool Barn for a potential Vertices Unite; and some favourite Triskelion Yarns colourways for a future Sweater Quality.

Phew! More stash than knitting this week! Must try harder!


KNIT & NATTER

TRIGGER WARNING
I'm going to talk about some women's health issues I've been having over the last few months and if this is something you and or a loved one is experiencing at the moment, you might want to skip this section.

Please also see a GP if you have any worries at all! 

I've mentioned that life has been busy lately - and it has! New job, extra jobs, a new training schedule and lots of socialising. It all saps the knitting time.

But there has been something else going on that I didn't want to talk about at the time because I was far too in it. Now that I have some definite answers, I wanted to share my story in the hope that it will inspire you to understand your normal and get checked as soon as you notice something is wrong.

I went to the GP after a couple of irregular periods expecting to be told that it was due to coming off the pill. Instead I was sent for various tests that all came back clear with the exception of a scan which found a cyst.

I was referred to a gynaecologist who said that I'd need to have it removed, I could lose my ovary and that we'd need to find out if it was malignant.

Cue gut clenching fear. I was convinced something terrible was wrong with me. I then had to have an MRI which was awful as I'm quite claustrophobic.

I'm super happy to say that I've since had the all clear. My cyst is not malignant, but it does need to be removed. I was really lucky to catch it as I only had two irregular periods and if I hadn't been tracking closely, I might not have noticed.

Take care of yourself and I'll see you soon for another cup of tea,

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 47: Spark Joy

INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!

Today’s tea is green tea - my go to for the summer! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

Thanks for bearing with me while I've been taking some time out during a very busy time. It's starting to slow down now thank goodness!


I was so pleased for getting my intro right without too much re-recording that I didn't twig until I was editing that I'd forgotten to say thank you! Thank you so much for giving the podcast a go, if this is your first time and thank you to my returning viewers - I so appreciate you coming back every week!
WIP'D UP!

My knitting mojo has been next to zero while I've been so busy and handling an injury (read: while I've been a right grump) so I've only been working on a few projects.
Nearly finished with the second sock of this pair...
Operation Sock Drawer #2
Pattern: Following the Sock Series by Meanwhile, at the Castle (Part 1: Beginning Your Sock)
Yarn: Regia Arne & Carlos 'Pairfect' in the Astrup (9094) colourway

I have a HO living in my Spool Stories project bag:
Christmas Colourwork
Pattern: Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits
Yarn: The Knitting Swede Spartan DK in London Fog and Samarkand

I'm looking forward to making some more colourwork accessories, including Mīlēt by Ysolda and the Happiest Hat by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

I've put a few (a very very few) stitches into
The Great Granny Scrappy Stripe
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic 24
Yarn: Various

I also received a beautiful parcel this week from Polly at Paper Stories Yarn - two gorgeous skeins of Pansy Parkinson (who knew I'd ever love her?!) and lots of Lush goodies. This was originally lost in Royal Mail's system - for 9 months!! - so I was super glad to receive it at long last!


KNIT & NATTER

I wanted to share a little bit of what I've been up to recently as I've been away.

I've been a bit overwhelmed, particularly as I wasn't able to run and use exercise to maintain my equilibrium. Alongside my full-time day job, I've also been teaching on Saturday mornings and doing some freelancing (you can see some of what I've been working on over at LoveKnitting's Indie June!)

It's so easy to get overwhelmed and I've been piling on some pressure by choosing now to KonMari the flat after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While this may sound bonkers given how busy I am, I really do feel that I need some space and clarity at home, to help my mental health.

Sometimes self care is a book in the bath (right now I'm loving The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin), but sometimes it's about doing the hard thing. Making yourself uncomfortable in the short term for long term gain. So that's what I'm doing.

I'm away for the next two weekends, so I hope you'll bear with my summer schedule. I'm looking forward to having lots more to share when I'm back in a few weeks time.

Take care of yourself and I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!

Tea & Possibilities Episode 46: Muffin Top


INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group!

Today’s tea is China Jasmine from my T2 Adventure Box! It doesn't look like the Adventure Box is available anymore sadly :(
We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

The Re-Knit KAL has now finished, so if you hear your Ravelry name in this episode, please drop me a message via Ravelry (I'm NikkiHippy there) with your real name and full address. I'll get your prize posted out as soon as possible :)
WIP'D UP!


A FO! I've been pretty monogamous to get this finished and I'm so happy with it - including with how the mods of a larger needle size and yarn overs have affected the size and the curve on the top edge.

Stranded Affection
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis Fingering in Naive Watercolour, First Frost and Pinata

And another FO!
Hats for the Homeless #2
Pattern: Smart Hat by Silja Devine
Yarn: Willow & Lark Woodland in 413 Army

And a brand new sock (the addiction continues...)
Operation Sock Drawer #2
Pattern: Following the Sock Series by Meanwhile, at the Castle (Part 1: Beginning Your Sock)
Yarn: Regia Arne & Carlos 'Pairfect' in the Astrup (9094) colourway



KNIT & NATTER

This week we're talking about body positivity - which I think is something that we are all probably dealing with in some way.

I share a (kind of embarrassing) story about how cute I thought my muffin top was before I realised it was considered really ugly. There are some incredible people out there doing great work to challenge the conventional ideas of 'beauty' including the fab BodyPosiPanda.