Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart
In this episode I talk about some of the factors that make for an enjoyable shawl project. As always, choosing yarn, pattern, and needles that all play nicely together are really important. I also chat a bit about all the shawls I'm daydreaming about knitting these days. Show Sponsors   Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It's a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more. This episode is sponsored by The Fibre Company and their newest yarn, Cumbria. Inspired by England's stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys, Cumbria is a lustrous blend of brown wool from the rare breed masham sheep, fine South American wool and mohair from South Africa. The resulting light brown-grey shade is then over-dyed creating lovely deep saturated colours. Cumbria is a staple yarn, perfect for garments and accessories alike. KAL News Meet My Yarn KAL We have a winner!! Number 25, skibum, aka Anita in real life, has won that special skein of yet-to-be-released Cumbria yarn. Her yarn was Rustic Fingering by The Neighborhood Fiber Co. and she was swatching for Monomania by Ann Weaver. Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this KAL. It was fascinating and a lot of fun! Pebble Beach KAL, hosted by my friend Paula from Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group, is still going strong. The deadline isn't until July 5th, so there's still loads of time if you'd like to get involved. The rules are simple and chilled out: You can use any Curious Handmade pattern It's okay if you began or finished the object before the start date Don't forget that there's a Ravelry coupon code: use KPKAL30 for 30% off until May 31st The hashtag for WIPs and FOs is #pebblebeachKAL. There are already some great projects showing up on Instagram and twitter! Muse2 KAL We've put this together so everyone can join in the fun, no matter where you are on the world. It's going until June 30th. Nice loose rules on this one, too. Just submit a FO that meets one or more of the following criteria: Any pattern from Pom Pom Quarterly magazine or website (hint there are several free patterns ) Any of coopknits- Rachel Coopey’s designs Knit in Anzula yarn Knit on Signature Needles Hashtag #muse2KAL for WIPs and FOs! What's in the WIP? I mentioned last week that I'm planning to knit Rachel Coopey’s Oleum socks for the Muse 2 KAL. So far I've printed out the pattern and wound the yarn: it's progress, and I'll take it! Show Links I talked about the two Craftsy classes I'm enjoying right now Shawlscapes by Stephen West Laura Nalkin’s Mastering Lace Shawls I mentioned that specialist lace needles, like Addi Lace, can be handy for the delicate lace yarns. Three shawl patterns mentioned in this episode: Aisling by last week's guest Justina Lorkowska Swallowtail by Evelyn A. Clark Echo Flower by Jenny Johnson Johnen That should just about wrap it up for this episode! I hope you enjoyed the show. Happy knitting in the week ahead!
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