Sunday, 4 November 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 51: Official WIP

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Thank you so much to new viewers for giving the podcast a shot and to my returning viewers - thank you for waiting for me to finish my 'sick leave'!

Today’s tea is green tea with peppermint, which was sent to me by my penpal Rachel of the Crafty Historian.! There is a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.


Lots of FOs this week - as I had so much time to knit!
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Coral and Basil

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Scarlet and Basil

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Baby DK in Pillar Red

This is the video tutorial that I followed to pick up the body band: Perfect Picked Up Button Band.

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Stormy Grey, Slate Grey, Daffodil Yellow, Buttercup Yellow and Champagne White

The official WIP is...

Rich's 30th Birthday Sock
Pattern: Meanwhile at the Castle Vanilla Sock
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in Mallard and Nutmeg

The other things I have waiting in the wings are:

Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Industrial Kingfisher

KerryOne Pullover
Pattern: Kerrytown by Annie Lupton
Yarn: Willow & Lark Ramble in Ox Blood

Cosy Squares
Pattern: The Coziest Memory by Kemper Wray
Yarn: Various (detailed on Rav page)

Cosy Stripes
Pattern: Crochet Granny Stripe by Attic24
Yarn: Various

I treated myself to a skein of Manos Del Uruguay Allegria in Malvin and another WYS Christmas skein - their 2018 edition, Fairy Lights


I just wanted to update everyone to let them know - as you can see - I'm ok!

I was lucky enough to be the first person on the list, so I wasn't hanging around much at all. I was quite sick afterwards and I slept a lot in the first few days, but my recovery has been really straightforward and fairly swift.

I have struggled with not being able to move much - I do a lot of exercise usually so the adjustment has been tricky. But I do feel loads better for being back at work. Couple more weeks and I'll be easing myself back in at the gym.

I have been watching and reading some great stuff and looking forward to talking in future episodes about Agent Zigzag by Ben McIntyre and The White Princess.

That's all, folks! I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 50: The Big 5-0

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An extra special 50th episode welcome - and thank you so much for giving the podcast a shot and sticking with me!

I've updated my opening sequence to celebrate! The hand-lettering was done by my lovely friend Siân. You can find her on Instagram @I_Drawed_It and at her Etsy shop I Drawed It. A big shout out to Rich as well, for animating it and for all the work he does making Tea & Possibilities look so swish - I couldn't do it without him!
Today’s tea is peppermint as I've just had my lunch! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

To celebrate hitting the big 5-0, I'm giving away the Selbu Mitten Club II, kindly donated by the lovely Skeindeer Knits. The winner was post number 4 - MadLaura!


Two brand new casts on this week, post living in the rosy bag Rachel of the Crafty Historian made for me.

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Stormy Grey, Slate Grey, Daffodil Yellow, Buttercup Yellow and Champagne White
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Coral and Basil

On a night out a few weeks ago, I managed to lose a hat that my Nan had made for me years ago. But I managed to find some Sirdar Escape DK, despite it being discontinued - so I will get a replacement Nan hat!


MadLaura was the winner of the giveaway and she had asked for my top three sweaters, socks or shawl patterns or my top three indie dyers.

I couldn't possibly choose - so I decided to go for her other suggestion which was top three podcasts, audio or video.

I have a definite split in the way I consume podcasts - if it's knitting related, it's likely to be a YouTube podcast, but anything else and it's likely to be audio. The visual nature of knitting just lends itself to video podcasts. So I decided to share my top three audio - non-knitting -podcasts.

Before I do so, I wanted to give a special mention to three knitting podcasts:

Cast On - this was the first knitting podcast that I listened to (it might actually have been my first podcast ever) and I still go back to it because it's so fun and thoughtful and beautifully produced.

The Knitmore Girls - I've been tuning in weekly for about six years now. I just love them and it's great to follow along as the family has grown.

Pomcast - a monthly podcast from the Pom Pom Quarterly team which is so fun and quirky. I love the peek behind the scenes at Pom Pom HQ and the interviews are awesome.

But now for my Top Three!

Rex Factor
Graham and Ali review the monarchs of England from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II. I binged this and am now about to start on series 2 - the kings and queens of Scotland. I hear they're going to start series 3 in the new year, focusing on the consorts.

It's super interesting, if you have any interest in British history, but it's also funny - which is how I end up remembering so much of it!

They've also recently launched an animated episode on YouTube (I spotted this on their Instagram, so I've no idea if this a series or a pilot)

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Casper and Vanessa approach the Harry Potter series as a sacred text, reading a chapter a week through a particular theme, looking at what lessons they can take from the story.

Whether you're religious or not, I think you'll find something to enjoy in this - it's very respectful, sometimes humorous and definitely always gives me something to think about. I've saved some of my favourite thoughts under the Podcasts highlight on my Instagram.

I'm all caught up now and am reading along with Order of the Phoenix.

They've just announced that their advertising will be pulled and they're looking for donations and Patreon subscribers to keep the podcast going. If you enjoy it, I really recommend supporting them if you're able.

The LDN Girls
Janice and Zainab - both of whom I know and think are fabulous - talk about what it's like to be a black woman in London today.

Apart from knowing the women who run the podcast and thinking they're incredibly smart and articulate, I really appreciate hearing about their experience. It often differs from mine and I think hearing about that difference is key to educating yourself.

It's super interesting, often funny, and I can't wait for their comeback!


A few people said they'd love to hear more about my job, so I thought I'd share a little bit more about it this week.

I now work for a military charity which has three main aims:

Commemorating those who fought in the First World War, as this year marks 100 years since the end of the war.

Educating younger generations about the war as it's not as widely taught as the Second World War.

Healing veterans today, but raising money through sales, all profits of which go to charities that support veterans in various ways.

It's a very new charity and a very small team, but I'm lucky in the people I work with and that I get to pitch in with so much. It's a very busy time for us at the moment as the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is this November and we've just launched a new podcast! But despite the busyness and the length of my to-do lists it's great fun and I appreciate feeling like I'm doing positive work in the world.

That's all, folks! I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 49: AWOL FO

You can find me on Instagram and Ravelry. We also have a Ravelry group! Today’s tea is nettle, from Tregothnan Tea, which I picked up while I was in Cornwall. It's one of my favourite brands and I am always happy to add more to the collection! We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try. Thank you so much to everyone who got in contact after I shared about health issues. It was really kind of you and I was so touched. I have now had a pre-op and once those tests come back clear, I'll receive an operation date, sometime in October.


I have two FOs this week - but sadly one of them isn't with me!
Yarn: Regia Arne & Carlos Pairfect in Aalhus (9092)
I actually ran out of yarn on these, but I had enough to finish them for Rich's brother, whose feet are just that little bit smaller.

I cast these on and finished the first sock on the drive back to London - and they fit perfectly! I think I have a sock recipe! I have a Kate Selene sock set which I'm now really keen to cast on.

I believe Kate now does ready to ship as well as dyed-to-order, so just make sure to check before you order so you know when to expect it!

Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Industrial Kingfisher

I'm not as happy as I could be with the seam down the back of this jumper where I was alternating skeins - I think I definitely could have done that better. I'm also not so happy with where I've picked up the wraps.

I have a short row class by Carol Feller on Craftsy which I'm going to watch and I'm also going to look at doing German short rows next time.

I'm also hoping to go back to my Kerrytown Pullover soon, especially now as it's getting towards autumn - I want a lovely red jumper!

I have got some lovely bits and pieces to share, including some gorgeous handspun from Amy of Stranded (thank you so much, Amy!).

The Moon Issue from Pom Pom Quarterly is incredible - this is honestly far and away one of the best issues of Pom Pom ever. It's breathtaking and I hope everyone involved is super proud.

Lovely Paula, who I met at Fibre East a couple of weeks ago, was kind enough to send me some of the tube map yarn I've been hoping to knit with for ages. I can't wait to cast this on and wear my London socks with pride!

I also received a beautiful package from a viewer, including a sheepy project bag, a handknit hat (!!) and some minis for my memory blankets. Thank so much - it really was the cherry on my week!

Finally, this week, I've been getting a start on my advent calendar swap. It's been lovely winding and weighing yarn and filling up a little tin. Can't wait to snuggle up later this year and get them all labelled and wrapped - it's a great way to start the festive season and I'd totally recommend it!

Before we go on to Knit & Natter, with the 50th episode coming up, I wanted to celebrate with a little giveaway. Eli of Skeindeer Knits has given me a Selbu Mitten Club II to give away. To enter, visit the giveaway thread and let me know an idea for a top three.
I'll use random number generator on 15th September to choose a winner and I'll announce and share the winning top 3 in episode 50!
This week I wanted to share a little about overwhelm as I am feeling it at the moment.
It's easy for things to pile up and I know that what works for me is confronting things. So this week I plan to take some time to empty my worries onto paper and start working on them. This sounds scary, but often I just see how easy it is to cross a few off. Things always seem a bigger deal in my head.
Next I need to clear some space. I've not had enough battery charging time in recent weeks and months, so it's time to start booking it into my calendar and making it happen.
Have a great couple of weeks everyone - I'll see you soon for another cup of tea!