Sunday, 17 March 2019

Tea & Possibilities Episode 55: Chugging Away

INTRODUCTION
You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group! I'm going to experiment for the next few episodes with episode threads in the group, so if there's something you'd like to ask or chat about, that's the place to do it!

Episode 55 Chatter Thread is up!

Today’s tea is peppermint - in an attempt to feel more springlike on a grey day! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.


WIP'D UP

FO time!!
Puddle Jumper Cardigan
Pattern: Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: A Homespun House BFL Sock in 'Puddle Jumper'

You can find my original Baby Vertebrae on my Ravelry page as Jolly Red Cardigan.

It was fourth time lucky on the body ribbing. Lesson learned: watch the video, carve out time to do it slowly and carefully, instead of rushing while binging Merlin...

Also still chugging away on...
Yarn: Rock & String Creations in Seaside Treasure

This pretty much just lives in my desk drawer at work for lunchtime knitting, as I can't really knit on the tube.

Cosy Squares
Pattern: The Coziest Memory by Kemper Wray
Yarn: Various! (See Ravelry project page for more details)

Finally cast the first sleeve on for...
Industrial Pavement
Pattern: Pavement by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Merino Nylon in Industrial Kingfisher

Coming up, I'll be casting on the Miniselbus by Tina Haugland in leftovers from my Mum's Color Affection (a blue custom dyed by Stranded Dyeworks) and my Color Affection (First Frost by Stranded Dyeworks).

I'll also be using the leftovers from my Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer to knit a couple of Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hats by Purl Soho. The yarn is The Knitting Swede Spartan DK in Samarkand and London Fog.

I visited Unravel on the Saturday and was so happy to see Amy of the Stranded, Hannah of Corner of Craft, Eli of Skeindeer and Caroline of Knitting Vicariously.

I also picked myself up a few treats - first up was a Knitting & Gin bag by Sue Stratford.

Yarn purchases included two sock sets from Stranded (Ice Skating Party & Violet and Circus Tent & Rust). And, finally, I was super happy to get my first skein of Third Vault Yarns in Binti.

I want to knit all these skeins up during the Summer of Socks KAL! The Ice Skating Party set will grow up into Rosehip Socks by Yarnia Designs and the Circus Tent set will become I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice by CC Almon.

But I'm still on the look out for a great sci-fi inspired pattern for Binti - let me know your recommendations!

The Summer of Socks KAL is coming, so if you would like to donate a prize - please do DM me on Ravelry!



HERE BE SPOILERS

It has been a while!

I've been doing a lot of reading for work this year about the First and Second World Wars, so now I'm coming out of that for a bit and diving into my own reading.

First up is a book that was recommended by Caleisha of the Quirky Monday podcast. She suggested I check out Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and I am so happy she did because I loved it!

I was even more delighted to find out that it's actually a trilogy!

I'm now going to dive into some non-fiction books about race, gender and feminism and will be looking for fiction that doesn't reflect my experience. As always, would love to hear from you if there's a book you love that you think I should check out.


KNIT & NATTER
Just a quickie to say that I'm still in training for my half marathons - the day before my birthday I ran 10 miles! It's the furthest I've ever run and I did it in good time, so I'm super proud of myself.

I definitely earned that birthday spa trip after that!

A massive thank you to anyone who may have sponsored me after hearing about this on the podcast - there are definitely donations from people who aren't my friends and family so thank you so much. You don't know me, but you're supporting me and that means so much!
I am still raising money for the charity I work for, Remembered, so if you'd like to find out more about what we do or maybe donate (thank you!) you can check out my JustGiving page.

That's it for this week - but I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Tea & Possibilities Episode 54: Whipping Through The WIPs


INTRODUCTION
You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group! I'm going to experiment for the next few episodes with episode threads in the group, so if there's something you'd like to ask or chat about, that's the place to do it!
Episode 54 Chatter Thread is up!
Today’s tea is camomile - what I meant by 'fairly hectic weekend' was 'have a slight hangover'! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

Apologies for the light in this episode - I was home a little later than usual and there were some pretty hefty clouds gathering as I filmed.

WIP'D UP

Usual service resumes - no FO this week! But I was pretty close to having one...

Puddle Jumper Cardigan
Pattern: Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: A Homespun House BFL Sock in 'Puddle Jumper'

You can find my original Baby Vertebrae on my Ravelry page as Jolly Red Cardigan.

I probably cast on that arm about four times because I kept getting the dreaded armpit hole. I've yet to find a really good tutorial to get around this - they all just say to pick up more stitches. This has worked on this occasion, but if you know a good tutorial to prevent this - please let me know!

Also, I knit this on the plane! I just removed my interchangeable needle tips in case they wanted them, but they didn't - so I got a chunk done on the flight to Munich!

Also still chugging away on...
Yarn: Rock & String Creations in Seaside Treasure
As soon as I finish by Baby Vertebrae, the cable will be free to pick up the sleeves on...
Industrial Pavement
Pattern: Pavement by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Merino Nylon in Industrial Kingfisher

Thank you so much to everyone who was keen for the Summer of Socks KAL - it's on! I'm thinking 1st June - 31st August, to really cover that summertime block and get oodles of socks on and off the needles. I'll let you know more about it nearer the time.

I've already had two people contact me about donating prizes, but if you would also like to - please DM me on Ravelry and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

I will be at Unravel on Saturday 23rd February. Not sure what time, but if you see me - please come over and show me what you bought and let me know what you think I should check out!
KNIT & NATTER

This week I want to talk about running - eek!

Having fallen in love with running last year, I wanted to set myself some challenges this year. So I'll be doing...

The Grand Union Canal Half Marathon on Sunday 7th April
The Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 13th October (I found out while I was editing that I got a place in the second ballot!)

I'll be raising money for the charity I work for, Remembered, so if you'd like to find out more about what we do or maybe donate (thank you!) you can check out my JustGiving page.

I'll also be doing the Walk for Wight on 12th May, which is about 26 miles across the Isle of Wight - but it's just a walk, thank goodness!

I'm incredibly lucky that I have the health, time and finances to allow me to do these challenges, but I'm also a very naturally lazy person. I'm by no means a gym bunny, it's taken a while to become confident in the gym and feel good hitting the track.

So if you have the slightest inclination to try something but you're feeling self conscious - just do it! You really won't regret it and the more you do it, the more comfortable you'll become.

I'll see you in a couple of weeks, a couple of days later than usual as I will be away for my birthday when I'm next due to film. So I'll let you know what I got up to!

Monday, 4 February 2019

Tea & Possibilities Episode 53: Points for Trying


INTRODUCTION
You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group! I'm going to experiment for the next few episodes with episode threads in the group, so if there's something you'd like to ask or chat about, that's the place to do it!

Episode 53 Chatter Thread is up! Let me know if you think this is useful.

Today’s tea is Tregothnan's Nettle tea - I'm nearly out! I need more Tregothnan in my life! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

WIP'D UP


I have another FO! Gasp! Could I be on a roll?!

This colourway reminds me of 'Begonia Leaf' which I fell in love with a couple of years ago, only to find it was discontinued. I think I need to get saving get a sweater quantity of 'Night Bloom' to make the Light Trails by Suvi Simola.

I did worry that I wouldn't have enough yarn, especially as the yardage given is the yardage of the skein used in the sample - you definitely don't need that much! The hat is currently blocking, but I'll figure out the yardage and add it to my Ravelry notes this weekend. 

Yarn: Rock & String Creations in Seaside Treasure

I fully planned to work on this over the weekend - but I didn't pack the right cable!

Industrial Pavement
Pattern: Pavement by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Merino Nylon in Industrial Kingfisher

Imminent cast ons include...

Baby Vertebrae #2
Pattern: Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: A Homespun House in Puddle Jumper
Baby Garter Ear Flap Hat
Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho

Baby's First Selbu Mittens
Pattern: Miniselbu by Tina Haugland

KNIT & NATTER

Let's talk about stash!

Before I start - I don’t think my way of stashing is better than anyone else’s. I think that the size of your stash is your business and yours alone.

I personally prefer a small stash, just because a big one would weigh on me - I'd worry about not knitting enough to justify it.

I accumulated most of my stash through the staff discount I had when I worked at Loveknitting.com and I picked up a lot of free yarn there too. I also got really lucky on a friend's destash, which is why I have a good indie-dyed collection.

Most of my stash is sock yarn - stashed in the sure and certain hope that one day I would be a sock knitter. Now that day has come, I think a Summer of Socks KAL might be fun - it was so hot in the UK last year, small projects were very welcome. Let me know in the episode thread if you'd be interested in that!

What are your thoughts on stashing? How big is your stash? I'd love to know! Until next time, I'll see you really soon for another cup of tea.