Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart
Today's podcast is a roundup of what's going on in the Curious Handmade KAL world, with stories from Knitvent so far and a bit of chat about my current knitting queue! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us. AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk Show Links The Knitvent 2017 Collection Norah George Yarn Herbstblatt Regina Yarn   Yesterday we saw behind the third Knitvent window, and there were two patterns there! The Tchaikovsky Hat and matching Tchaikovsky Mitts! Tchaikovsky’s music is unapologetically emotional and emotionally irresistible The Nutcracker score contains moments of soaring joy, exquisite tenderness, rippling humour and even a hint of menace. Tchaikovsky himself was tremendously introverted and famously shy, but his music never holds anything back. Critics didn’t always appreciate this fearless creativity: the first reviews of The Nutcracker were famously bad. But the audiences loved him and his wholehearted music, and we still do. From the first notes of the overture to the last triumphant flourish, we are transfixed. Named in honour of this great composer, the Tchaikovsky Mitts feature a sweet and simple texture which will allow your most exuberant skeins to shine. They are designed to pair perfectly with the Tchaikovsky Hat. Dk weight yarn means they’re a quick and enjoyable knit, even when you think you’re behind on the holiday knitting. The cosy mitts come in two sizes, child and adult, and are easily adjustable to the perfect width and length. Beyond The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky composed the scores for two more of the world’s most beloved ballets: Sleeping Beauty and, of course, Swan Lake. In each of these ballets, Tchaikovsky’s unabashed genius for emotional nuance takes centre stage. The almost heartbreakingly beautiful music is brought to life by the dancers and we are swept into the story. It is probably this emotional accessibility which makes all three Tchaikovsky ballets perennial fixtures for ballet companies around the world. Forming a perfect Pas de Deux with the Tchaikovsky Mitts, this lovely hat is another tribute to our legendary composer. The Tchaikovsky Hat is a super fast knit using DK weight yarn and a fun, simple texture which will highlight the glories of your favourite skeins. It’s a great stash buster. This slightly slouchy beanie looks good on everyone: women, men and children. With four sizes to choose from, it’s a beautiful fast gift that can fill up several spaces on your list. Meadow Yarn Fell Circus Tonic Handmade La Bien Aimee Toft Alpaca The Shawl Society Season II Collection We have a winner of the final Shawl Society Mini KAL for the Familiar Shawl ruthbuchanan please contact me to arrange your prize! Tundra by The Fibre Company The Shawl Society Grand KAL will end on Tuesday December 5th TSS Collage Thread to post your collage of 5 or 6 shawls from this season to qualify for the Grand Prize I will also draw a winner from each of the FO Threads! Surprise Party Shawl
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Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us. AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk Show Links Wildflower Hill Shawl The Winners of the Arranmore Light sets from The Fibre Co for the Wildflower Hill KAL are Ravelry Names: nextdoorknitter and Alenemazzuca Please contact me here, by email or on Ravelry and I'll post your prizes out to you! We also have winners for our pattern giveaways from Anna Friberg of Yarnesty Our five winners can each choose which pattern they would like of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks If your name is on the list please contact me with your Ravelry Name and your preferred pattern! Amysue Mary Klute Lucy Bowen tamaraab Yarn Hoarder Podcast -- Free All The House Elves KAL Amy Florence’s Festive Sockalong on the Stranded Podcast Curl Purl Girl Knits Podcast -- Mystery Monthly Sock KAL The Tulle Shawl is our second pattern for Knitvent 2017! Snowflakes, flowers, and fairies. The iconic ballerina’s tutu is the stuff of dreams. A foam of soft netting, magnificently embellished to emphasisethe dancer’s beauty and grace, it’s usually the first image we think of when we hear the word “ballet”. There’s something inherently magical about the floaty nature of tulle. Even in a little girl’s party dress, a few layers is enough to inspire hours of twirling, spinning and swooping. The Tulle Shawl was inspired by an exquisite tutu, lovely enough for the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. The garter stitch base makes for relaxing knitting at a busy time of year, and while the elegant lace looks intricate and impressive, it’s actually straightforward to knit! This is a wonderful single-skein project in fingering weight yarn: perfect for a special skein from stash or a gentle speckle. Optional beads offer a chance for a little glitter: dazzling under the stage lights. The Knitvent 2017 Collection Land of Sweets Cowl The Wool Kitchen Circus Tonic Handmade Ravelry 2017 Yarn Spoiler Thread Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain Laine Magazine That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy knitting! xx197
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On today's podcast I dive into the first week of Knitvent 2017 with our exciting first pattern, and I chat about what I've been up to, including my favourite current WIP, the Hay Pullover. I also announce the winners of our Surprise Party Shawl sets from Hue Loco and let you in on another pattern giveaway happening this week! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us. AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk Show Links   The Land of Sweets Cowl is our first Knitvent pattern for 2017!!     In the Land of Sweets, more is more! Bon bons, peppermint sticks, and chocolate drops are just the beginning. The dances that make up this section of The Nutcracker are the most colourful and exciting of the whole ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is the indulgent queen of this confectionery kingdom. For devoted knitters, yarn is sweeter than candy, and it’s just as difficult to restrain ourselves when faced with a world of choice. Who hasn’t stood in a yarn shop staring at piles of skeins in every colour of the rainbow, eyes shining like a child in a sweet shop? The Land of Sweets Cowl was designed to showcase the knitter’s version of this wonderland…a perfect use for the mini skeins from one of the many delicious yarn Advent calendars around at this time of year. It’s also a brilliant way to use up the lovely leftovers that every avid knitter has stashed away. Stripes, simple lace, and an irrepressible sense of fun are at the heart of this cosy cowl, which will brighten up even the greyest winter day. The Knitvent 2017 Collection Norah George Yarn Herbstblatt Regina Yarn The Comfy Red Couch Podcast A World of Imagination Blog Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain Laine Magazine Sister Mountain Instagram The Fibre Company Road to China Light Copper Corgi Yarn We have our two Surprise Party Sets Giveaway Winners! Post # 8 - Lamhita Post # 47 - TravelingPurls Surprise Party Shawl Hue Loco Yarns Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast We have another giveaway coming up this week, this time for a copy of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks, both by the lovely Anna Friberg Box O' Socks KAL by the Yarngasm Podcast Sock Bash by The Grocery Girls That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy Knitvent and happy knitting! xx
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  This is a big, action-packed episode this week. Today I'm chatting about recent and upcoming designs, but most of all I deep-dive into my magical experience of Rhinebeck, where I met so many amazing people, had lots of lovely knitting time, and kept my yarn purchases to a bare minimum...mostly. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us. AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.co.uk Show Links Season II of The Shawl Society is slowly drawing to a close after six months of close camaraderie and joyful knitting! The Familiar Shawl Mini KAL has just closed, but I still think this will make a wonderful gift knit this holiday season. Just grab the collection on Ravelry… Don't forget to post a composite photo to the montage/collage thread for society members who have knit all the season 2 Shawls! For everyone feeling wistful about the end of The Shawl Society, good news! It's Knitvent time again! Knitvent 2017 is now available for pre-sale at a special Early Bird price until November 9th when the first pattern is released. Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of the holiday season with our very special Knitvent 2017 collection. The unmistakable strains of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker conjures up dreamy images and heartfelt emotion for children and adults alike: the sparkle of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the boundless energy of the gallant Nutcracker, Clara’s wistful journey and final triumph. With so much romance and joy, I knew that this beloved holiday ballet was the perfect inspiration for Knitvent this year. Each of the six mystery patterns this season draw from the spirit of the Nutcracker’s enchanted dreamworld, dancing between the elegant beauty of a prima ballerina and the wide-eyed wonder of a child lost in the Land of Sweets. Every year, the Curious Handmade community gathers together to celebrate Knitvent: a lovely mix between an advent calendar and a mystery knit along. Each week a surprise accessory pattern will appear in your Ravelry library. Each pattern has been designed to be ideal for gifting, but don’t forget to be good to yourself, too! Along with the six designs, Knitvent brings with it a warm and bubbly community of warm-hearted knitters who love to share the anticipation, admire each other’s work, and offer a helping hand wherever it’s needed. We’ll have chatter and KALs and prizes and a very warm sense of holiday magic to make our needles fly. Get your copy of Knitvent 2017 now! The Brooklyn Denim Co. GardenerByNight Instagram Little Skein in the Big Wool Hundred Acre Wood Shawl Duck Duck Wool Needles Up Le Bien Aimee AndreSueKnits Legacy Fiber Artz Andre Sue Knits Podcast LegacyKnitz Podcast The Fat Squirrel Sucre Sucre Miniatures Opera Jo - Stitching the High Notes ChileKnitz Bundle Up Betty Indie Untangled Surprise Party Shawl   Hue Loco Yarn The Grocery Girls are hosting a quick giveaway of the Hue Loco sets which ends on November 7th in their Ravelry Group, and I'll be running one,
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