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Episode 34 - Sock Season
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In this episode I cover: CALs, Yarn review; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats; Big Uo and J’adore?
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1 - #SockAlong 2018 CAL
This CAL is starting to shape up rather nicely. Here’s what you can look forward to:
2 – Yarn review – ‘Tor’ – Blacker’s 2018 birthday yarn
Blacker Yarns sent the podcast some of their latest birthday yarn to squish and review. I asked for some extra skeins so that another clan member could also have a squish with it. I sent three of the mini skeins to Jo (@jofeatherandthreads on Instagram) and I have been playing with the other three mini skeins.
Jo's full yarn review is up in the yarn review Ravery thread in The Crochet Circle Group.
3 – Final Destination
I finished yet another Loft which is a crocheted DK version in gorgeous wine colours. Again, this is in Knit by Numbers by John Arbon Textiles and will be available to squish on their show stand.
When I was over in Northern Ireland, Louise at Lighthouse Yarns gave me some vintage Irish linen. I have a bout 1kg of this linen left after I crocheted up a Zeens & Rogers Market Bag for a friend.
I did manage to whip up a pair of my standard socks using the Alley Cat (AKA Dirty Tiger) yarn that I bought over at Ewe & Ply in July. I have used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply for the contrast heel and toes in colourway ‘Poppy Seed’.
4 – En Route
Time is 100% against me at the moment. I have very little personal crocheting time and so things like my summer top have languished in a project bag. I am desperate to get to it but I just have too many design and show deadlines at the moment.
My Verity V neck is my only real WIP at the moment. Once this episode is out, I plan on getting some time back for me, myself and I.
5 - Designs in Progress
Heg tre is the pashmina/cowl that I have been working on, called Arete. You can see where it will be steeked - where the stitches differ. It's going to be nail biting stuff!
6 – Feeding the habit
I took a little look in my Stash Palace the other month and felt a little overcrowded by it all. That is usually a good time to stop spending or at the very least, slow it down and concentrate on making things instead. I even declined more Icelandic wool from my Dad…
That said, I had some lovely things liven to me at the Southern Wool Show. Flic has taken pity on my phone and bought me a child’s stopwatch so that I can get my phone fixed and hopefully not break it again! Ali gave me some dodgy yarn which isn’t at all dodgy and Helen baked some AMAZING brownies that clearly can’t be shown here because they got wolfed at the end of the show during take down.
So, here’s what has been incoming this month:
1 – Wild Wool from Erika Knight – a blend of wool and nettle.
2 – Some gorgeous hand spun from Mary at Marethdale. I went to see her at The Pop Up Wool Show at Port Sunlight.
3 - Supposedly 'dodgy yarn' from Ali of the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast.
4 - Hand Spun from Jo at Dancing Goat Crafts.
5 - Present from Flic to preserve my phone!
7 – Woolganic Knitters Yarn from Australian Fleece Wool in shade CHB8. I forgot to add it to the photo!
Harvest Hues from John Arbon Textiles ready for a crocheted Arete pashmina/cowl. It’s a blend of Zwartbles (35%) and Merino (65%) and is only £11 per 100g.
7 - Quick News Beats
Global Hook Ups – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 15th September 2018 (BST)
Time: Saturday 15th September 2018 8:30 PM London BST
There is then a second one on Sunday 16th September at 9am (BST)
Time: Sunday 16th September 2018 9:00 AM London BST
Thanks to everyone that came to say hi at the Southern Wool Show. I was hugging people right left and centre. It was an amazing day and I am hoping to be there again next year. My next show is Yarnporium in London on the 2nd & 3rd November. It’s a whopper of a show and I have lots of stuff up my sleeve for it. It’s all very exciting!
8 – Big Up
To everyone that is helping to pull together the #SockAlong2018. I am really stretched for time at the moment, so having so many great people being involved is making it a better and more interesting CAL. Huge thanks and appreciation going out to Caroline, Tamara, Kathryn, Claudia, Vicki and Deanne. Let’s get some socks on the hook.
9 – J’adore
Song – Of course I have a new song to obsess over and it’s another dance remix. It’s called ‘Send me on my way’ by Rusted Roots and it’s a Jesse Bloch remix. You may recognise the original from the film ‘Ice Age’.
TV – We have gone back to watch Green Wing for the umptieth time. This really is proper, silly, British humour. It can be a bit sweary, so if that’s not your thing then don’t look it up!
Autumn - It’s a bit Autumnal round these parts but I’m still managing to eek out a few more times sitting outside (with a blanket) as I work. I love the Autumn and the fact that soup, log fires and blankets are back on the menu.
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