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.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Tea & Possibilities Episode 45: FO & Sew


INTRODUCTION

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

Today’s tea is Sencha from my T2 Adventure Box. We have a tea recommendation thread on the Ravelry group, if you're looking for something new to try.

The ReKnit KAL launched on 17th March! It will run until 18th May and the rules are:
  • Despite the name - crochet is allowed as well as knitting
  • Starts on 17th March - no WIPs allowed
  • Finishes on 18th May - you don't have to finish to qualify for a prize!
  • You must have knit this pattern at least once before
  • Please go over to the Chatter Thread to share what you're re-knitting/crocheting and why!
WIP'D UP!

There's been one main thing I've been working on since last time...

A FO!
Operation Sock Drawer
Pattern: Following the Sock Series by Meanwhile, at the Castle (Part 1: Beginning Your Sock)
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners in the Country Birds Blue Tit colourway

Continuing to work on...
Hats for the Homeless #2
Yarn: Willow & Lark Woodland in 413 Army
I won't cast on another sock until this hat has hit the crown decreases, I think.

First Birthday Booties
Pattern: Watermelon Booties by Olivia Kent
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Slate Green, Champagne White and Lipstick Pink

Despite wanting to keep my stash small and knit through it, I did buy some yarn this week when I went to stock up on needles at Wild & Woolly: West Yorkshire Spinners in the Country Birds Mallard colourway to make Rich some 30th Birthday socks.

I also picked up some more Paintbox Cotton DK in yellows and greys to make a gift. I won't be sharing this on the podcast or Instagram as the person it's for watches the podcast. Expect an avalanche of pics and footage once it's been given to the recipient!



KNIT & NATTER

This week's Knit & Natter is about sewing! We now have our dining table so I have space to put up my sewing machine!

My first project is going to be the Agnes dress hack. Agnes is a pattern by Tilly & the Buttons and is one of my Make Nine projects, but I really want some cute dresses so I'm doing the dress hack rather than just the top.

Wish me luck!