Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 22: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

The Best Year Ever KAL is a year long knit along which started on 1st January 2017 and will be running until 31st December 2017. You knit 4 things that bring you lots of joy and you could win a prize! 

Today's tea is ?? from ??. There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Today's podcast is being filmed on a Sunday again as I was out all day Saturday. A social life really gets in the way of filming!


WIP'D UP!

This week has been crazy busy, with lots of unexpected things popping up. So I only worked on two projects.

I did deliver the Crochet Girl Gang blanket to the baby shower yesterday and my friend really loved it. My Nan included a pushchair blanket and a little cardigan too, which all went down really well.

Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers

I have renamed my Hortencia cardigan....

Librarian Cardigan
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Hortencia by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in the Purple Heathers colourway

I finally received my beautiful Reddit Yarn Exchange gift -


GOAL POWER

After last week's chat about moving on from my Bullet Journal, I had a bit of a wobble when I went to Boho Berry for inspiration. Her Bullet Journal is so stunning and so functional, I thought maybe I just needed to kickstart mine.

But - I just don't have the time to commit to setting up monthly spreads and making it pretty. So I went to Kikki K and bought myself a new planner. This is not fully set up, but the first two sections are:

Calendar - for birthdays, events, reminders. No more double booking myself because I hadn't had time to draw out the upcoming month!

Bullet Journal - it's not graph paper, but I'm not going to waste this. I'm starting with yearly goals at the front, then every month I'll pin down three goals for that month.

Then I'm going back to my regular format of weekly list and a daily list drawn from that.

I will be adding a future log in this last section, where I'll be doing my financial planning - savings targets and deadlines, things like that. As well as plans for our flat, things we need to do, make or get before we move in (August!)

There is now a Goal Power thread in the group, if you'd like to join in and share ideas and inspiration.


KNIT & NATTER

This week has been crazy busy so I'm feeling a bit frayed. I was out all day yesterday at a writer's workshop and then straight on to the baby shower and I have to head out again today.

I'm really hoping that my new planner system will allow me to see these busy times coming up and plan accordingly. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 21: FO-Saurus

INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

The Best Year Ever KAL is a year long knit along which started on 1st January 2017 and will be running until 31st December 2017. You knit 4 things that bring you lots of joy and you could win a prize! 

Today's tea is Lemon Verbena from Tregothnan. There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Apologies for the lack of podcast last week - a combination of migraine and hayfever really scuppered my week and then there was the glorious sunshine to be enjoyed!



WIP'D UP!

Kicking off the second episode in a row with a FO!

Dinah - Triceratops Trophy head
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Triceratops Trophy Head by Sincerely Louise
Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky

All deranged asides courtesy of Jurassic Park.

I wanted to share some proper shots of this too..

(Little) Girl Gang Baby Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Crochet Girl Gang by Emma Potter (of Potter & Bloom) and Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel & Stitch). Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five and Part Six are all finished!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway

I am using the leftovers of that to make...

Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers

Having a mental block with...

Find Your House
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Various. First colour is Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino/Nylon/Sparkle 4-ply in 'Bluebells'

Hortencia
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Hortencia by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in the Purple Heathers colourway

I've been tidying my Ravelry page over the last couple of weeks. My Queue now reflects what I really want to knit, what will fit in my dream wardrobe and the order I want to knit them in. I'm currently working on filling in my Stash as I have time to sit down and pull it out.

It's not available on Ravelry (!!), but I really do love the Oversized Cardigan by Frank & Olive and would love to make that this year.

I'm eagerly awaiting my Reddit Yarn Exchange parcel (my partner has yet to receive hers). In the interim, my partner sweetly gifted me the Dryad Hat pattern by Anne Podlesak.

A massive thank you to Lintera for organising the Easter Yarn Exchange - and for sending me some luscious goodies! You can find a thread here to share what you received in the exchange :)


GOAL POWER

I have given up trying to make my Bullet Journal pretty - I just don't want to spend the time on it. I am also getting really frustrated at having to draw out the month every month, which means I almost never have the month ready when I need it.

An interim measure is a fold out yearly calendar from Filofax.

I think I might want to switch back to Filofax, so I can have a diary plus a bullet journal. However, having seen CC's recent vlog about her Traveller's Notebook method, I'm leaning more towards this... What do you think? We can talk planning on the forum, here.


KNIT & NATTER

This Easter weekend was such a lovely chilled four day weekend, including a trip to Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire. We ate in The Swan (warning: HUGE portions) and went for a lovely long walk. We saw so many animals - lively lambs, sweet Shetland ponies and a curious horse that we spent ages stroking and cooing over.

Sunday we had a great lamb roast with friends and watched Aladdin (classic) and Moana (SO. GOOD).

I'll be booking Rich's birthday day out soon too (secrets - in case he watches) but it will be shared on the podcast in a few weeks. It's going to be so hard to keep it quiet!

Next Saturday I'm going to a writing workshop with Laura Jane Williams and then straight onto my friend's baby shower. It will be a very busy day, but I will be podcasting on Sunday, it just might go up a little later.

Have a great week and I'll see you soon for a cup of tea and a chat!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 20: Off The Hook



INTRODUCTION

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Ravelry. We also now have a Ravelry group!

Today's tea is a lemon and ginger blend from Twinings. I always reach for lemon and ginger when I'm sniffly - even if this is just hayfever, not a cold! There is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Thank you to everyone who sent messages over the last couple of weeks, wishing us luck with the move and then checking we were ok after the attack in Westminster.

I usually film on a Saturday, but ended up filming on Sunday and it’s my Mum’s 60th birthday! So I’m squeezing in filming now before we all heading out for a high tea at Brasserie Blanc.

Just a reminder that the Best Year Ever KAL is running at the moment and will run until 31st December 2017. I will link to all the details, but essentially – make four things this year that bring you joy and you could win a prize!


There is a penpal element that reopened in March; everyone is now paired up so I hope you got involved if you wanted to! If you missed out, I’m opening penpals quarterly so keep an eye out for another opportunity in June.


WIP'D UP!

Kicking off with a FO!

(Little) Girl Gang Baby Blanket
Ravelry page: here
Pattern: Crochet Girl Gang by Emma Potter (of Potter & Bloom) and Emma Friedlander-Collins (of Steel & Stitch). Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five and Part Six are all finished!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway

It's finally all finished! I'll get some good pics of it next week to show you it finished finished finished!

I have lots of leftovers, so I'll be starting a special hump stitch striped blanket for a friend who is going to live in Shanghai for a year this September.

Cornish Lilli Pilli
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn: Custom seaside colourways by Stranded Dyeworks

Finally started the lace! Which doesn't look like much, but was much harder than I thought it would be and had to be done with no distractions so I wouldn't lose my place!

New cast on!

Find Your House
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Various. First colour is Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino/Nylon/Sparkle 4-ply in 'Bluebells'

I'll definitely be entering this in the Inside Number 23 Harry Potter KAL and can't wait to get more of this done!

I've also started swatching for my Hortencia! I was convinced to start swatching after listening to episode 50 of the Truly Myrtle podcast - Let's Talk About Gauge!

The lovely Lisa of Counting Sheep has donated a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind yarn as a prize for the Best Year Ever KAL. I'll let you know when her shop is open, but in the meantime, please pop over to her Ravelry group to see what she's up to!

I'm taking part in a couple of swaps, including the Tea & Possibilities Easter swap organised by Lintera (thank you again, Lintera!) and the Reddit Yarn Exchange. I bought a skein of Triskelion Yarns in Elmet Aran weight, in the colourway Llyr and a notions bag from Kettle Yarn Co. for my partner. Can't wait to see what I receive from mine! 

No Knit & Natter this week as I'm pressed for time with High Tea calling. Have a lovely week and I'll see you next time for another cup of tea :)