Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 34: FO-Sure

INTRODUCTION

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


It was an early start for this podcast, so I'm enjoying a (very strongly brewed!) cup of PG Tips to try and give me a bit of get and go! If you are in need of more tea inspiration, t
here is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.




WIP'D UP!

After a few weeks away, I have two FOs!

La Bien Hat

Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: La Bien Aimee - Merino High Twist Sock in La Littoral

Hat Kick Take #3
Pattern:  Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh Vintage in Candlewick

This week's WIPs are:

Shanghai Stripes Blanket
Pattern: Granny Stripes by Attic24
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the Steel & Stitch colourway, leftovers from my Crochet Girl Gang Blanket

This was inspired by the leftovers of my (Little) Girl Gang blanket, which was based on the Crochet Girl Gang Blanket by Potter & Bloom and Steel & Stitch.

Cornish Affection
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Paradise base in custom dyed colourways (Amy is sadly no longer offering custom dyed yarn)

The lovely Carol of A Single Strand Studio very kindly sent me two beautiful project bags - a Dumbledore's Army bag for me and a knitting one for you! 

As the podcast turns one in a couple of weeks, this beautiful bag will be up for grabs to celebrate! So keep an eye out for the next episode to find out how to win!

A massive thank you to Carol - these bags are beautiful and so well made, I love mine! As well as visiting the Etsy shop, you can also follow A Single Strand on Instagram.


KNIT & NATTER


Since the last episode, we spent a lovely few days in Bologna, Italy. 

I'd heartily recommend Buca Manzoni, if you're ever there - we had a couple of great meals there. I'd also recommend Lambrusco (sparkling red wine is delicious - who knew?!)

Always get gelato! And there's an amazing pizza place next to the two towers, where you can get a slice of margarita pizza for €1.50 and eat it in plaza watching the people go by.

We also went to Venice, which was beautiful, but was so busy I was quite glad I wasn't staying there!

If you're not scared of heights, climb Le Due Torri - the view over the city and the mountains beyond is beautiful.

I'm working on editing together all the video I shot while I was there, so keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.

It's so good to be back! I'll see you soon, for another cup of tea!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

FO: Dinah (Sincerely Louise Knitted Triceratops Head)


This is another belated FO post - I haven't really been blogging since I started podcasting, but I have missed sharing my thoughts on my finished objects here. I love chatting about them on camera, but there's something about writing down my experience that is lovely. And I'm (hopefully!) far more articulate here!

This silly but wonderful knitted triceratops head kit from Sincerely Louise had been in my stash for a long time. I bought her as a birthday present to myself at the 2016 Knitting and Stitching Show, but didn't work on her for almost a year. Before I ever worked on her, I knew she'd be called Dinah.

Finally, when I moved back to London in December 2016, I brought her with me, with the intention of casting her on. I think it was the promise of a new home in my hometown that made my fingers itch. Or maybe it was the exhaustion of a new job, a daily commute into central London and the regular trek back to Portsmouth to see Rich at the weekends (that all feels so long ago now!).

Whatever it was - the chunky yarn, the thick wooden needles, the fairly simple pattern - it was came together as the perfect project at the perfect time.

I have to say that I was surprised by how quickly she knit up. Silly really - as I said, the needles were thick and the yarn was chunky! I expected it to be far more complicated to make than it was, but the actual knitting of the pieces was very simple indeed - the most complex bit was the frill, but that was more fiddly than complicated.

I think I probably spent as much time making it up as I did on the actual knitting. The making up is probably the only reason it wouldn't be something I'd recommend to a beginner - because there is a lot of it and the making up is what really brings the character of your beastie to life.

But hey, if you're an adventurous beginner I think you'd have so much fun with one of Louise's designs. I probably won't make another head (there simply isn't the space in our future flat) but I love the quirky charm of Louise's designs and would love to make some more in the future (there's a mole tea cosy I remember spotting on her stall when I bought this kit that I think is just the sweetest thing).

I love this project - it's so fun, so unnecessary and yet something that I know is going to put a smile on my face every time I see it on my wall. My Dinah is a little lopsided in the face as my seaming and stuffing leaves a lot to be desired, so she looks a bit bemused, like she's chewing her lip. But that is just what makes her unique and that's what knitting is for, right? Making something unique :)

You can find all the details about this project - pattern, yarn, progress pics and notes - on the Ravelry page here: Dinah.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Tea & Possibilities Episode 33: Tea Free


INTRODUCTION

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

It's a tea free week again - very much pints of water weather here in London. If you are in need of more tea inspiration, t
here is a tea recommendation thread in the Ravelry group.

Thank you to everyone who sent kind messages for Rich while he was in hospital, he is totally on the mend now and we have rebooked our holiday! 



WIP'D UP!

After some chilly days and stormy weather, it's been another scorcher here in Londontown!

I really ought to finish...

La Bien Hat
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: La Bien Aimee - Merino High Twist Sock in La Littoral

I frogged and restarted...

Hat Kick Take #3
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern:  Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh Vintage in Candlewick

Got some needles on the way so that I can move onto the next stages of these hats.

I frogged my Cornish Lilli Pilli and have cast on instead...

Cornish Affection
Ravelry Page: here
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Paradise base in custom dyed colourways (Amy is sadly no longer offering custom dyed yarn)

You can find my blog on the (Little) Girl Gang Blanket and look out for one about Dinah, my knitted triceratops head in the next week or so!.


HERE BE SPOILERS


I'm bringing back this segment as I have really been enjoying the latest season of Game of Thrones!

I am a big fan of the books and have really enjoyed the series adaptation, especially as we are now no longer in book territory!

If you aren't interested in Game of Thrones or want to avoid spoilers for the book and the series, please skip ahead to Knit & Natter at 28:52:03.


KNIT & NATTER


This week's Knit and Natter is inspired by Anna Maltz's article in the latest Pom Pom Quarterly (issue 22) about capsule wardrobes.

A capsule wardrobe has never worked for me, but I would love to hear if it has for you. I'd also love to hear any tips! Please share any blogs/videos you know of that don't focus on neutrals and plains, as this is my greatest stumbling block! 

Thanks again for joining me and I'll see you in a couple of weeks for another cup of tea!