Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart
In this episode I’m talking about some events including knit alongs and Unwind Brighton. I also discuss the brilliant Amy Herzog Sweater knitting class I took at Squam recently, Body and Soul. I’ve made a list of the top 10 tips I learnt in the class that I wanted to share with you. I'm HellsBells on Ravelry, and CuriousHandmade on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And if you sign up to my email newsletter "Curious Yarns", I’ll make sure you don’t miss out on any exciting announcements and you also get a free pattern and a coupon code for any Curious Handmade pattern of your choice in my Ravelry shop. Events: Velvet Rose Knit Along I'm currently hosting a knit along for the Velvet Rose shawl on the Curious Handmade Group on Ravelry. It is running until 18 July 2014 so you have three weeks left to start and finish your shawls. It's not too late to join in. I will do three more random draws from the chat thread each week for little prizes and then do the main prize draw which includes a prize of Wollmeise lace from projects posted in the FO thread by 18 July. Velvet Rose KAL prize - Wollmeise Lace in Blue Curacao I'm very happy to encourage double dipping in other knit alongs. Some other KALs on at the moment are: Leslie and Laura - Knit Girllls Knit Girllls – Stash Dash 5K – Runs until 7 August From the Knit Girllls board: "The rules are simple (and totally cheater friendly): Knit from stash! Every yard of yarn used from 5/23 to 8/7 counts toward your goal of knitting through 5K of yarn (5,468 yards)." Michelle – ACTually KNITting podcast – Podcast Along Knit Along = PAL KAL Cast on: July 1 Bind off: September 1 "The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project." Thank you to Archaeo and IrishF for suggesting my patterns and podcast for the KAL and also drawing my attention to this fab KAL Unwind Brighton Unwind Brighton is a fibre festival coming up in a few weeks over the weekend of 12-13 of July, in Brighton. Pebble Beach Shawlette My Pebble Beach Shawlette will be launched in the Unwind Brighton Programme. Everyone who attends the marketplace or classes will receive a copy of the programme with my pattern included! What an honour! The pattern will be released on Ravelry as a paid for pattern just after Unwind on 14 July. Stay tuned for details of a KAL that will kick off at Brighton and continue online afterwards! If you are thinking about casting on at Unwind Brighton you will need a pair of 4mm (US 6) circular needles (100cm long) and a skien of sock yarn 400m/437yds. I'm sure there will be endless opportunities to pick up the perfect skien of sock yarn at the Unwind Marketplace including the Kettle Yarn Co Westminster yarn in "Gold Rush" colourway that I used in the original sample. Juno Fibre Arts Juno Fibre Arts will also be in the marketplace and I will have a "mini trunk show" at the stand of my designs knit in Juno Fibre Arts yarn which are Fireflies Rising Shawlette, Curious Collective Shawl, Frangipani Shawl and Glitz at the Ritz.  I will also be at the Juno Fibre Arts stand between 3-4pm on Saturday afternoon to chat with anyone who has questions about the designs. Podcast meetup There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm on Saturday at the Mezzanine level of the Cafe at the Brighton Dome. Just next to the Corn Exchange where the Marketplace is. Come along and say hi! The Curious Handmade Design Along is back again this year! Last year I hosted a knit along with a difference and it was so much fun I’m doing it again. It was a choose your own adventure shawl design so each week I posted a poll on the blog and participants voted for various design options such as the shape of the shawl and yarn. The end result was the Curious Collective Shawl. I am teaming up with Juno Fibre Arts again and we’re going to use the Juno Alice in ...
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Today I have a very special treat for you. In last week’s episode, I talked about my experience at the Spring session of Squam Art Workshops founded by Elizabeth Duvivier held at Squam lake, New Hampshire in the US. Squam is all about promoting creativity as a way of life. This week I am so honoured to be sharing with you a conversation I had with Elizabeth at Squam. We settled into one of the gorgeous cabins in the woods after a magical poetry reading by Sarah Sousa, and Elizabeth shared her stories and wisdom. Elizabeth Duvivier with artist Kerry Lemon Things we spoke about: Elizabeth's Provy Love blog Amirisu magazine Jared Flood's Brooklyn Tweed talk Squam in the City - Providence session The "process table" in the dining hall where workshop participants share their creations Yarn bombing Elizabeth introducing Jared Flood This week I am curious about what you do to “get quiet” and listen to your intuition and any tips you have for ways you nurture your creativity …”in real life”? ________________________________________ Play the Curious Handmade Instagram game! Take a picture of where you are listening to the podcast or what you are knitting and tag me @curioushandmade and #curioushandmadepodcast
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Talking about my experience at Squam Arts Workshops last week including my Narrative Truth photography class with Amy Gretchen and a talk by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I'm HellsBells on Ravelry, and CuriousHandmade on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Squam Satis Cabin  Amy Gretchen's Narrative Truth photography class Talk by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed   Don't forget to play the Instagram game! Post a photo of what you're knitting or where you're listening to the podcast!  
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