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October 5, 2018 @ 9:08 am

Episode 35 - Sockdale

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 35 – Sockdale

In this episode I cover: Old dog new tricks; Sock CAL; Final Destination; En Route; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats; Big Up and J’adore?

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1 – Old dog new tricks

I was in our Ravelry pages the other day and came across a link that was helpfully posted to try to help people understand what kind of crocheter they are.  You may be a yanker, rider or a lifter.  Your style affects whether or not you are going to hit row tension/gauge and by crocheting in the Rider style, you should be able to hit gauge with most patterns (unless the designer is a Yanker or Lifter).  This can help you to get the right number fo pattern rows/rounds and in the case of a Yanker, stop you from having to use more yarn to get the right length of project.

I thought I would raise this because a Crochet Clan member said that they managed to get gauge on their stitches, but not rows and their way around that was to add more rows.  This has happened to me in the past too. 

Yankers – tend to pull the golden loop (first loop pulled up from yarn round hook) and create shorter stitches because they are yanking down on the loops as they work through each stitch.  With this technique, you are likely to create shorter projects unless you do extra rows/rounds,

Riders – this is really where you want to be because your hook is being worked parallel with your row/round and the height is where it ideally should be.  When you pull through a loop from your first yarn round hook, your hook should almost be pointing diagonally down so that you are not extending the loop and you can continue to build the right height as you do the remaining parts of that stitch.

Lifters -  A lifter is the opposite of a Yanker because they extend the golden loop every time, creating a taller stitch.  With this technique you are likely to create taller projects overall.

If you want to know more about this, I thoroughly recommend looking up Deje Jetmir’s YouTube video.  She takes you through what a difference it makes and how to overcome being a Yanker or Lifter.

 

2 - #SockAlong 2018 CAL

This CAL is well and truly underway and I am mightily impressed with how many socks are being crocheted and the progress so far!

  • It runs from Saturday 29th September – 31st October 2018.
  • There is a series of blog posts taking you through the intricacies of crocheting socks.
  • You can join in with crocheted or knitted socks.
  • The chatter thread is on Claudia’s (Crochet Luna’s Ravelry page), the FO thread will be hosted by Kathryn from the Crafternoon Treats podcast Ravelry Group and I am heading up the Instagram #SockCAL2018 #SockAlong2018.
  • Sock patterns are available from various designers.
  • There will be prizes for winning entries into the Ravelry FO thread and those using #SockAlong2018FO and I showcase some of them on the podcast.
  • The FO thread is already open in Kathryn's Crafternoon Treats Ravelry Group and there are entries already!

Here are the links to all of the blog hop folk:

#1 Sat 15th Sep - Sock Making Tips - me (http://www.craftyescapism.com/)

#2 Sat 22nd Sep - Yarn Choice - Fay (https://www.knitit-hookit-craftit.com/)

#3 Sat 29th Sep - Knit vs Crochet Socks - Caroline (https://www.mindandmusecrafts.com/)

#4 Sun 30th Sep -  Sock Anatomy - Deanne (http://www.addydae.com/)

#5 Sat 6 Oct - Toe up vs Cuff down Socks - Jo (http://jojotwinkletoes.blogspot.com/)

#6 Sat 13th Oct - Colour & colour patterns - Marta (http://mrsdaftspaniel.blogspot.com/)

#7 Sat 20th Oct - Customising socks - Kathryn (http://crafternoontreats.com/)

#8 Sat 27th Oct - Crochet Sock Heels are not Scary - Karen (https://www.karenwhooley.com/)

 

These designers have offered a discount or free pattern:

Karen Whooley - 20% off all her sock patterns and books through Ravelry.  Just use code socktober2018 at the checkout.  https://www.ravelry.com/designers/karen-whooley

Deanne from Addydae Designs - 20% off Baseline Socks using code SOCKCAL2018 at the Ravelry checkout.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baseline-socks 

Vicki Brown - free Magdalen Sock Pattern on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magdalen-socks 

Kathryn from Crafternoon Treats Podcast - free SuperSonic Socks on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/supersonic-socks 

Caroline from Mind and Muse podcast - free Miniature Hooked Socks and My Sweet Socks on Ravelry  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/mind-and-muse-crafts/patterns 

 

Here are some of the prizes that have been coming in for the CAL:

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1 - Shawl pin by Vesna and her Etsy shop UstvarjalniNavdih

2 - Yarn by Bec at Black Horse Yarn with a Votes for Women badge I found at Yarndale

3 - Yarn via The Wool Stop in Bristol but dyed by Deb at Crafty Cat Knitty Bits

4 - Stitch markers by Lisa 

5 - Stitch markers by Kathryn at Crafternoon Treats

 

3 – Final Destination

I have a couple of finished things to share with you this month.  I managed to do my project with the Blacker Tor, the birthday yarn I was sent by Blacker and it’s everything Jo said it was in the yarn review was spot on.  It’s bouncy, recrochets brilliantly and is beautiful to work with.  I made myself a little bag for all of my essential crochet designers kit.  It’s just big enough to carry my design kit of stopwatch, calculator, notepad, scales and pen and fit inside a project bag.

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I am pleased to have finished the crocheted version of Arete.  I had to steek this project and it seems that steeking crochet IS NOT A THING.  It is now.  It works.  My stitches haven’t come undone and the world didn’t implode! Yay.  I plan on writing a couple of blog posts on steeking crochet because I really think it should be incorporated into more designs.  I much prefer tapestry crochet in the round rather than in rows.  So, here is the design and the ways I liked to style it:

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Discount codes are set up on both patterns on Ravelry.  Use CROCHETCLAN at check out to receive 50% discount.

I also finished my knitted version of Arete and here it is too.

 

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4 – En Route

It is all about socks!  Crocheted socks.  I have two different pairs on the go.  Both are using the same Fallen Leaves pattern by Vicki Brown. 

I am making both pairs with some of Kathryn from Crafternoon Treats yarn so that I can do a side by side comparison.  Both are 80% Corriedale and 20% nylon, but the bright pink one is non-super wash and the light blue is super washed. 

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I am intrigued to see the difference between the two and so I am making them both into the same crocheted sock pattern.  My plan is to wear both pairs one day each week for a number of months, put them both through our weekly wool wash and test the side by side to discern whether there is any material difference between super wash and non-super wash.

 

The yarn is working up really well and is giving great stitch definition with the Fallen Leaves which is beautiful.

 

5 – Feeding the habit

Well, I was at Yarndale.  I am now on a bit of a yarn ban again and I think I am going to try to take it right through to 2019 and assess the situation then.

So, here is what has been in my shopping basket this month, bearing in mind that much of it is for designs:

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Left - 'Orchard' in Bear Twist by Bernie at Bear in Sheep's Clothing

Middle and right-hand side yarn are both Crafternoon Corrie Sock from Kathryn at Crafternoon Treats

Right photo shows all the lovely gifts I have receievd during the month.  Lost of sticth markers and notions.  There were chocolates and tablet...

 

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Left - Alpaca Rose yarn from Border Mill

Right - crochet hook roll and bag from Clarisabeth from Crochet Cakes Podcast and DaintyByCrochetCakes Etsy shop, Chocolate bag and Patons Kroy sock yarn from Claudia at Crochet Luna Podcast and esty shop

 

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Left - BFL, mohair and Pecora Brugno from Officina del Colore Naturale 

Right - Poll Dorset Lambswool from Kate at Northern Yarn

6 - Quick News Beats 

Global Hook Ups – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 13th October 2018 (BST)

Time: Saturday 13th October 2018 8:30 PM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

There is then a second one on Sunday 14th October at 9am (BST)

Time: Sunday 14th October 2018 9:00 AM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

Making Things App - A new pattern app is in the making.  It is called Making Things App and you can take a look at their website and Instagram.  This is quite a different take on how you can access patterns form designers.  Think of a Netflix monthly payment with access to all of the patterns on the app.  I will report back when I know more about a launch date but what I can say is that as a designer and user of paid for patterns, I am excited about this new platform.

C2C CAL - Rosina of Zeens & Rogers podcast is hosting a corner to corner (C2C) CAL.  It starts on Sunday 7th October and runs until 17th November.  You can get all the details here in the blogpost.

Glasgow trip – I am heading to my favourite Scottish city on Saturday 24th November.  If anyone fancies meeting up, I will be heading to The Queen of Purls for about 3.30pm.  The yarn shop is at 1069 Argyle Street, Studio 8, Second Floor, The Hive, Glasgow, G3 8LZ and is open until 5pm. So, if you are in or around Glasgow and fancy squishing yarn with me and going for a coffee, please drop me a line.

 

8 – Big Up

My friend Sophie has taken up podcasting.  She is quite a few episodes in now and you can catch her easy breezy, positive catch ups and see her massive WIP pile over at the A Spring Snowflake Podcast over on YouTube.

Yarndale organisers – it is a fabulous event that is very crochet welcoming and I think becomes more and more crochet friendly every year. 

Everyone with a zombie apocalypse plan.  In a short and unscientific poll at Yarndale, three out of eight people do not have a zombie apocalypse plan.  In case you don’t have a plan, here are some tips:  https://comicvine.gamespot.com/profile/masterkungfu/blog/my-zombie-apocalypse-survival-plan/101215/

 

9 – J’adore

Song – I listen to a fair bit of folk music and Spotify brought me ‘Dark Honey’ by Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr.  It is just beautiful. 

Claudia – Claudia from the Crochet Luan podcast was over for Yarndale.  We had a blast.  It is just as well we live far apart because I don’t think the world is ready for the amount of naughty we would create together!

 

Fay x

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September 7, 2018 @ 6:04 am

Episode 34 - Sock Season

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 34 – Sock Season

 

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?

 

This podcast is sponsored by

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Thanks to everyone who tunes in to the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile. 

1 - #SockAlong 2018 CAL

This CAL is starting to shape up rather nicely.  Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • It runs from Saturday 29th September – 31st October 2018.
  • You can join in with crocheted or knitted socks.
  • Designers, podcasters and yarn dyers are getting involved with the CAL.
  • You can get the full details closer to the CAL start date on both Ravelry and Instagram (#SockAlong2018)
  • Tamara is organising a blog hop which will start on the 15th of September, two weeks before the CAL starts.
  • The chatter thread(s) will be available on Claudia (Crochet Luna’s Ravelry page), the FO thread will be hosted by Kathryn from the Crafternoon Treats podcast Ravelry Group and I will head up the Instagram # and information.
  • Behind the scenes we are pulling together some great crocheted sock patterns for you to try out. These range from free to paid for and beginner onwards. 
  • My blog hop is all about choosing the right yarn for crocheted socks and that will come out before the CAL starts so that you have time to get your paws on yarn if you need to.
  • There will be prizes for winning entries into the Ravelry FO thread and those using #SockAlong2018FO
  • The CAL officially starts on 28th September when a bunch of us will be gathered for a picnic at Yarndale.

 

 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. 

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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. 

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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’.

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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!

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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:

 

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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!

6 – Studio Donegal’s ‘Soft Donegal’ in shades 5528 & 5219.  I bought these from Louise at Lighthouse Yarns when we were over for Yarnfolk.

7 – Woolganic Knitters Yarn from Australian Fleece Wool in shade CHB8.  I forgot to add it to the photo!

 

 

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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

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

There is then a second one on Sunday 16th September at 9am (BST)

Time: Sunday 16th September 2018 9:00 AM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

 

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.

 

Fay x

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August 3, 2018 @ 7:56 am

Episode 33 - It’s so close I can almost sniff it

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 33 – So close, I can sniff it! 

 

In this episode I cover: CALs, Old dog, new tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore?

 

This podcast is sponsored by

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Thanks to everyone who tunes in to the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile. 

 

1 – Old dog, new tricks

My Old dog, new tricks is still about the dratted moth.

Since last month, I have managed to get on top of the moth situation but I have tried a couple of different methods and wanted to tell you what worked best for me. 

 

Lovely Crochet Clan member Lisa told me about pheromone traps that you can buy.  They are meant to attract the male moths which therefore stops the breeding cycle.  I put the traps down as I was coming to the end of dealing with Moth Gate but still didn’t catch and moths with the various traps I put throughout the house. 

 

What worked best for me was using the hoover nozzle (obviously doing this diligently so that I didn’t suck up my boob this time!)  I think that this is the best technique because you can catch them in mid-air and it doesn’t make a mess.  Obviously, I would rather be able to catch them alive and put them outside but this is really hard to do. 

 

Another lovely Crochet Clan member, Mara, has a pest controller friend and they suggest the zip lock freezer method but with an extended freezer time.  Five days in the freezer, five days out and five days back in.  That means that if any eggs survived and hatched after the first freeze, they should be dealt with in the second freeze. 

 

 

2 - CALs

#SummerTopsCAL – is now finished and there have been so many entries.  I am really impressed and thankful to everyone that took part.  Lots of people made their first ever garments.  Some people made multiple garments for the CAL!

 

If you want to see what everyone has been up to you can see the FOs in two locations:

 

1 – The Crochet Circle Group on Ravelry has a Summer Top CAL FO thread.

2 – On Instagram go to #SummerTopCALFO

 

I did a random number generator for the prizes and the following people won: 

1 - Leather hook case by Nu Shearman, stitch markers by Lisa and a Liberty notebook - Mara (aka @Rubytombstone)

2 – 6 x 50g of Erika Knight Gossypium cotton (enough to make a summer top), stitch markers by Lisa and a Liberty notebook - Wendy (aka @wendlcol)

 

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I also generated a random number for Sharon’s No Sew Mimosa Kimono.  The winner for that was Diranish from YouTube. 

#Loftalong – This C/KAL is going strong even with the heat that we have had.  If you downloaded the pattern but you’re not sure what colours to use, look at #LoftAlong or #LoftAlongFO on Instagram for inspiration.  There is also a chatter thread in the John Arbon Textiles group on Ravelry. 

Use #Loftalong for your WIPs and #LoftalongFO for your FOs. 

 

3 – Yarn shows – how to survive them

I lovely member of the Crochet Clan asked me if I had any tips on how to approach a yarn show, especially if you have never been before. So, I thought I would pull together my top ten tips for surviving and thriving at yarn shows:

 

1 – Go online and see what people have to say about the yarn show.  Is the food good, is the ground uneven, is day two quieter than day one?  All of this information can help you to really enjoy a yarn show rather than be frustrated by it because you know what you are getting yourself into.

2 – Most yarn shows put a map of the vendors up on their website a couple of weeks in advance.  Download it, look at all of the vendors and decide which ones you would be gutted to miss out on.  They should be your first people to visit, even if you miss out lots of stalls in between for now.  You can always go back and see them once you have seen your favourite vendors.

3 – Dress appropriately.  Wear layers because what on face value may look like a very cold venue soon heats up with thousands of bodies in it.  Get your comfortable shoes on because you are going to do a lot of walking.

4 – Arrive early and try to park as close as possible to the venue.  This means that you have easy access to your vehicle should you want to drop bags off and also a place to sit, rest and take your cup of tea to.  Seating is always an issue at yarn shows.

5 – Of all of the yarn shows that I go to, I would say that only two of them have decent quality food (Wonderwool Wales and Woolfest) for all of the others I am always disappointed by the cost, quality and selection.  If you have specific dietary requirements then taking your own food is a much safer bet.  Again, this is where parking your car as close as possible comes in – you can leave your lunch in the car and go back there for a break.  You can also check out what is available locally.  At Yarndale there is a bus that runs down to Skipton and there are lots of cafes there that you can go and eat in.  There is also an AMAZING farm shop down the hill from the venue where you can eat in or take away. 

6 – Go in with a spending budget and take cash with you.  The nature of yarn shows means that many of them are in rural locations and paying by card can be really tricky.  If you take cash then you can only spend what you have with you.  As a general rule of thumb, vendors have a minimum payment for card transactions because they have to pay a percentage for that transaction.  With my system I have to pay 2.7% of the transaction back to iZettle.  Vendors usually prefer cash for this reason.

7 – Be sociable.  If you have gone alone, go and grab a cuppa and sit with the crowds.  People will gladly strike up a conversation with you.  I am forever being nosy and asking people what they have been buying and asking to see it.

8 – If you have friends on Ravelry or Instagram or a favourite podcaster, see if they are going and whether there is a meet up.  It can be a very lovely hour out of your day where you get to meet people face to face and strengthen your online relationships.

9 – If like me, you don’t do well with big crowds, find out which day is quietest.  In general, a two day event over a Saturday/Sunday will be quieter in the afternoons and MUCH quieter on the Sunday.  For events that are on a Friday and Saturday, the same is true but the Friday would tend to be quieter. 

10 – Check the small print.  I have only just seen that people with advance tickets for Yarndale get in at 10am.  If you are buying your ticket on the day, you won’t get in until 11am.  Different shows will have different rules, so make sure you aren’t standing about waiting to get in when you could have had an extra hour in bed.

11 – I have added and extra one in because rather a lot of theft goes on at yarn shows.  If all of the good people were helping to keep their eyes peeled for thieves we might be able to put a stop to it.  So, if you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, please let the vendor know. 

 

I thought I would also add a couple of things that it’s best not to do to vendors:

1 – If you want to take photos of a vendors stand or stock, please ask them in advance.  It’s just good manners and stops us thinking that you are stealing our intellectual property, ready to create your own items.

2 – Don’t stand in a vendors stall and say “I could make that for half the price”.  Yup, this does happen!

3 – Don’t be shy.  Come and talk to us.  There is nothing nicer for a vendor than people appreciating what they are selling and talking about it.  If you ever see me vend, come and say hi and show me what you have bought so that I can live vicariously through your purchases.

 

 

4 – Final Destination

I have mainly been making Lofts!  A few people asked me for a DK version and so I quickly turned around a DK Loft knitted and crocheted pattern.  Both are available on Ravelry now.  I know that quite a few of you from the US and Canada were interested in trying John Arbon Knit by Numbers but didn’t want to have it sent from the UK.  Corrine from The Woolly Thistle stocks KBN DK in all the colours and shades, so you wouldn’t have to pay international postage. She has pulled together kits that are $49.95 and include 3 x 100g skeins a large tote bag and a pin badge.   Both versions are also much quicker in the DK…

 

 

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5 – En Route

I am still working on my second top for the #SummerTopCAL.  It’s the Verity Top by the lovely Dawn at The Almond Snug.  I am just struggling with time on non-design projects at the moment.  I thought I was going to have a lovely quiet summer crocheting under the umbrella.  Nope.

 

Last night I started my fourth and final crocheted Loft shawl.  This one is in a DK/Light 3 weight and in the plum colour.  We have a friendly competition going between a few of us on Instagram for a LoftOff and I have until midnight on Friday to get the finish line.  I am currently on Row 60…

 

I love and hate deadlines in equal measure!

  

6 – Feeding the habit

I have been to lost of woolly events in the last few weeks.  As with last month, I intend on having a double podcast and showing off all the things I have been doing in Episode 34 which will come out in mid-August when I get back from gallivanting in Northern Ireland because I want to show off Yarnfolk and Giant’s Causeway and, and, and…

In the meantime, here are some of the goodies that I have bought, been given as birthday pressies. 

 

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Button badges from Crochet Luna and second hand books from

the Blaze Farm Wool Experience

 

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Icelandic wool from dewsnapswoollens.co.uk in the Peak District

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1 - Shropshire Ply from Ewe & Ply in Shrewsbury

2 - Alley Cat (or as I called it "Dirty Tiger") from Ewe & Ply's Legends range

3 - Coloured Ryeland from Find Me Knitting

4 - North Ronaldsay from A Yarn From North Ronaldsay

5 - Feral Sphere Alpaca and Gotland blend from Find Me Knitting

6 - Mermaid and minis in shade Fuchsia from Riverknits

7 - Shepherd's Delight & Shepherd's Warning from Riverknits

8 - Hot Socks from Grundl and available from Ewe & Ply

7 - Quick News Beats

Global Hook Ups – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 11th August 2018 (BST)

Time: Saturday 11th August 2018 8:30 PM London BST

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There is then a second one on Sunday 12th August at 9am (BST)

Time: Sunday 12th August 2018 9:00 AM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

 

Here is the meringue recipe that I promised.

Here is the Weekday Summer Porridge recipe that's in the latest issue of www.olannand.ie 

I found that I had already created the ragu recipe on my old website, so here it is.  You can use red lentils instead of brown.  I also do this as a massive batch cook and store it in preserving jars for months.  It's a great store cupboard meal that is homemade and we always take a jar and a bag of pasta when we go on self catering holidays.

8 – Big Up

Everyone that joined in with the Summer Top CAL.  I know that it has given a lot of people, including me, inspiration to make more tops.  We even had a couple of crocheted dresses entered! 

   

9 – J’adore

Song - The latest song that I am obsessed with is ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra and in particular the Danny Dove remix.  Happy, happy summer tune!

TV - The TV programme that we boshed in two nights (two seasons!) was The Good Place.  I loved the premise of this series.  It’s on Netflix and has some great actors (Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden) and is from the same creator as Parks and Rec – which I also loved!

Audio book – I am still making my way through The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.  I’m on Book 4/5 (told in tandem) and I am loving it every bit as much as I did the first time around.                          

I will be back in mid-August with a second installment of my Summer Shennanigans. 

Fay x

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July 6, 2018 @ 12:58 am

Epioide 32 - Summer Shenanigans

This isn't a normal episode and so it doesn't have the normal level of show notes.  Instead, here are the photos I said I wouls share.

 

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Episode 31 - Moth + Hoover = TROUBLE

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 31 – Moth + Hoover = TROUBLE

In this episode I cover: Old dog, new tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore?

This podcast is sponsored by

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1 – Old dog, new tricks

If you have lots of ends to weave in and some of your yarn tails are beside each other, why not use a large tapestry needle, tread the two ends into the needle and weave them in at the same time?  This will save a lot of time, so long as it doesn’t create too much bulk in those parts of your project.    

My second Old dog, new tricks is all about the dratted moth.

If you think you have clothes or carpet moths (they both eat fibres) in your house, deal with swiftly and effectively.  Nobody wants to go into their stash to find that moths have decimated it. 

Here are some helpful articles/blogs on dealing with moths, including one from yours truly:

Vogue article on moths in your wardrobe

Country Living Article

KNIT IT – HOOK IT – CRAFT IT blog post on moths and your stash 

I would also add that if you buy yarn from a shop, online wholesaler or yarn show, you should check through it to make sure there are no moth eggs.  If you want to be very cautionary, pop any new yarn into a freezer bag before you bring it into the house.  Leave it in the freezer for 48 hours to kill off any moths or larvae. 

I would rather take this action than have moths rampaging through my sizable (and named on our home insurance policy), lovingly curated stash.    

 

2 - CALs

#SummerTopsCAL – goes on until the 22nd July. WIPs and double dips are welcome and it doesn’t have to be a summer top, it can be a woolly jumper if you prefer. I don’t care how you craft it. Weave, knit, crochet embroider – I just want people to craft and be happy. 

Here are the prizes that you can win: 

1 - Leather hook case by Nu Shearman, stitch markers by Lisa and a Liberty notebook.

2 – 6 x 50g of Erika Knight Gossypium cotton (enough to make a summer top), stitch markers by Lisa and a Liberty notebook.

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One of our Crochet Clan, Sharon has also released a pattern.  It’s called the No Sew Mimosa Kimono and she is offering all of you a 15% discount via Ravlery.  Just type in SUMMERTOPCAL at the checkout.  It’s valid until the end of July 2018. 

One of the patterns is also up for grabs this month.  All you need to do is add a comment in the YouTube comments below or in the comment box at the bottom of the show    n   notes in Podbean.  I will then pick a winner at random at the end of July.

If you have been admiring and waiting for Rowan to rerelease the Liala top that I did over a year ago, the link is now back on Ravelry!  The power of positive persuasion definitely worked.

 

#Loftalong – I promised you a Loftalong a couple of podcasts back.  Sonja from John Arbon Textiles and I have been plotting behind the scenes and it is all starting on the 13th July.  It’s one that I am going to run through my Instagram feed @FayDHDesigns rather than through the podcast. 

Use #Loftalong for your WIPs and #LoftalongFO for your FOs. 

If you have already made a Loft (knitted or crocheted) then you can pop it straight under that # on Instagram and be in with a chance of winning prizes.  So, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t started yet or you have already finished, you can all get in on the Loftalong action.

If you are planning on making one with John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers then they are kindly offering a 10% discount on three skeins of their KBN 4 ply.  Simply use the discount code LOFTALONG2018 at the checkout.  The code is valid until the end of August so even if you aren’t going to start until later, you can still get the discount.

There will be prizes too.  There’s the woolly kind that can be won by entering with a Loft made from John Arbon Textiles wool and there’s the bespoke tweed bag kind for any Lofts that haven’t been made with John Arbon wool.  There will also be some runner up pattern prizes.

Both the crocheted and the knitted patterns are both on Ravelry now.

 

3 – Final Destination

I feel like I have managed to do some proper crafting this month.  Yay!

On the way up to Ben Nevis to start the Three Peaks Challenge, I managed to finish off a pair of socks for my nephew, Lewis.  The delight on his face when he actually felt how good handmade knitted socks were.  He’s a convert.  

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Yarn: Regia 4 ply (75% wool, 25% polyamide) 50g/210m Shade 04930

 

Given that I have had HOURS sitting in our car during the course of June, I managed to crack through my Stoborough shawl by Sarah Hazell.  I used 3 skeins of a skinny Merino (single ply with not too much twist) that I had dyed.  The lightest skein was with an alum mordant and birch bark; the next one was alum mordant with birch bark and an iron modifier (intensifies the colour) and the final one was an alum mordant with an oak gall and an iron modifier.

If you haven’t tried a skinny single Merino before, give it a go.  It crochets up beautifully and you can get really nice stitch definition with it.  Lots of indie dyers use it as a yarn base. 

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I also sprinted through my first #SummerTopCAL entry – Summer Road Trip Top by Kraftling.  I really like the simplicity of this top.  It is just two straight panels with no shaping. 

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Yarn: Rowan Creative Linen (DK) 100g/200m in shade Teal

Stoborough and the top have both been loaded onto Ravelry as projects, just look me up under MaDashper.

I have been working on other things too, and you can see them in Episode 32 – Summer Shenanigans (Part 1). 

 

4 – En Route

Although I want to hook on ALL THE THINGS, I have remembered recently that I do better when I have fewer projects on the go.  My mind is less cluttered and I don’t feel like things are being neglected.  So, although there are MANY CALs that I want to enter, I am going to behave and finish off this project before I start anything else. 

I am working on my second top for the #SummerTopCAL.  It’s the Verity Top by the lovely Dawn at The Almond Snug.  I saw a version of it in my friend Anna’s feed and immediately it popped to the front of my crocheted garment queue.

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I am doing mine in a wool/nylon blend so it will look different from the one shown here.  When I went stash diving for the pattern, I just happened to have only three skeins of yarn that were the right weight (sport weight) for the pattern and they were in the right combination (2 of the same and one contrast).  It was meant to be.

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Yarn: Aruancania Ranco (75% Merino, 25% polyamide) 100g/344m  This yarn is now discontinued. 

 

5 – Designs in progress

It has been a bumper month on this front.  Today I get to announce that the Stiallach Collection has gone live and that as eluded to last month, you can all download it for free as this year’s birthday pattern.

It’s a collection of four purses and two bags all based on the same central striped theme.  As ever, there is a YouTube tutorial to help you get to grips with the techniques. 

So, this is free to download between the 6th and 13th July 2018.  Go to Ravelry, click on ‘Stiallach Collection’ pattern and at the checkout, simply enter the code ‘BIRTHDAY’ into the discount box and it will be added to your library.  There will be a UK and a US terminology pattern available.

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I feel the need to leave intarsia crochet alone for a while now.  Not too long though. Obviously.

My next rabbit holes I am likely to drop down are slip stitch crochet designs and perfecting patterns in tapestry crochet.

 

I am trying to use this summer to get ahead of my designs and products.  All of you lovely people that signed up to be testers and product reviewers and signed the NDA, you will hear from me in the coming weeks. 

 

6 – Feeding the habit

So, I went to Woolfest at the end of June and obviously, I bought yarn and caught up with friends (go to Episode 32 – Summer Shenanigans to see more on that).  Then a day later, I found myself in a lovely wee yarn shop in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland and may have bought some more.

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1 – Blacker Yarns Lyonesse in shades Citrine and Onyx

2 – Socks Yeah 4 ply in shades Almandine and Topaz

3 – Some Solognot breed wool which is created by a small cooperative in France and I picked up in The Woolly Brew, PIttenweem

4 – Fiskmillan Fibres Romney was also from The Woolly Brew and it is delightful!

5 – Blacker Yarns Llanwenog 4 ply so that I can add it to my British breeds blanket

 

I have also been given some lovely things by some lovely people.  The yellow bucket bag and stitch markers were from Ali at Little Drops of Wonderful Podcast as part of the dodgy bags MAL.  When Lisa sent through stitch markers as a prize, she also sent me some – she is a gem.  Tania (she of TJ Frog fame) brought me back a lovely notebook (100% recycled paper) from her recent trip to the states.  Marie (Crochet Artisan fame) sent me an amazing knitting and crochet pattern book from Japanese designer Michyo.  I am a lucky lady!

 

7 - Quick News Beats

Global Hook Ups – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 7th July 2018 (BST)

Time: Saturday 7th July 2018 8:30 PM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

There is then a second one on Sunday 8th July at 9am (BST)

Time: Sunday 8th July 2018 9:00 AM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

 

8 – Big Up

  • Long-term friend of the podcast Tamara has moved back to the UK. Welcome home Tamara!  I am really looking forward to having a proper catch up with her soon.
  • My friend and Tech Editor extraordinaire, Deb, is opening a yarn shop on 6th She has dreamt about this for a long time and an opportunity arose for her to utilise some space this summer.  The shop is in Betws-y-Coed, in Wales.  I am hot footing it over there on Sunday to throw enthusiasm and support at her.  If you are anywhere near That part of North Wales.  The shop is at Unit 2, Royal Oak Stables, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AH.
  • I put a call out to see what magazines people thought were particularly inclusive with their models in terms of race, age, size etc.. The ones that were most talked about were Pom Pom Quarterly, Knitting and Interweave Crochet

  

9 – J’adore

We are a little bit hooked on a programme called Grace & Frankie staring Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterson.  It’s great fun and nice to see an older generation being represented on TV in a sitcom.  My only issue is that Martin Sheen will always be Jed Bartlett from The West Wing.

I am really loving working with some non-wool yarns.  I can definitely feel the difference in heat when I move to crocheting with wool from cotton and vice versa.  I wasn’t a massive fan of the Rowan linen that I tried using and quickly swapped out to a linen/cotton blend that was more enjoyable but sitting outside under my parasol crocheting away in cool yarns has been lovely. 

Fay x

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Episode 30 - Just keep swimming

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 30 – Just keep swimming.

In this episode I cover: Old dog, new tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore?

 

This episode is sponsored by

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Before I get into it, here is the little feldgeling Robin I was talking about.  He is very sweet.  

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and this is Sven, the friendly household dragon that Matthew's Mum made for me:

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1 – Old dog, new tricks

A frequently asked question is whether gauge/tension stated on a pattern is measured on the blocked or unblocked object. I would personally assume that it is always unblocked, unless stated otherwise within the pattern.

This also means that it is worth swatching for shawls, especially if your tension is likely to very or you think you may be tight on yarn. By swatching, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of creating a finished objet that you like and is fit for purpose.

 

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If you have lots of a yarn (way beyond the pattern requirements) and you like the fabric that your gauge/tension is creating, then swatching isn’t really required.

  

2 – Final Destination

So, as you are aware, it has been a very busy and emotional month and this alongside having some fairly large projects on the go has really inhibited my May output.  I did manage to finish off Matthew’s socks, ready for his mountain climbs and also knit a pair for his sister as a sort of a woolly hug from me.

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To say that Matthew is now a fan of hand-made socks would be putting it mildly. He loves both pairs that he has so far but the Fjord Fibres ones are really his favourite for inside his walking boots because they are super warm and squishy!

  

3 – En Route

I have made good progress on my Stoborough shawl by Sarah Hazell and think that I have persuaded myself to use all three skeins in it. It may not be an FO by next month.

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The second is my latest version of Loft Knitted which is in the grape colourways from the Knit By Numbers range 4 ply 100g/400m using a 3mm circular needle).

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I am also not far off starting the yoke section of my Joyside (Joyride!) jumper. I really love this so far, mainly because of the alterations I have made with the rib and colours. The grey is ‘Storm Grey’ by Birlinn Yarns Company and is a blend of Hebridean and Cheviot fleeces and the yellow is Shropshire Ply from Ewe & Ply in Shrewsbury (they have now sold out of this clip and colourway).

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4 – Designs in progress

I created this bag design as a submission for Pom Pom Quarterly that was unsuccessful. I really love the pattern and think that simple colour changes make this a really versatile bag. I have deliberately gone for the bright summer look first and will then make the bee colourway of the orange, blue green colourway next. 

The plan is to put this out as a free pattern on my birthday (either using a download code or signing up to my newsletter if you aren’t on Ravelry). Listen out in the July podcast for details on the pattern giveaway.

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5 – Feeding the habit

So, besides the spinning wheel and laser cutter, there have been a few other purchases:

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1 – John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers 4 ply in 006 (lighter grey) and 004 (darker grey)

2 – Daughter of a Shepherd Ram Jam DK in cream (50g)

3 – Tinky Dye Yarn Outlander series 'The Stones' 4 ply 80% SW merino and 80% nylon

4 – John Arbon Textiles mill ends

5 – Chrissie Crafts 'Life is one big WIP' pin badge

6 – Claudia from Crochet Luna's podcast badges (UK & EU) or Rest of World

7 – My bargain Falkland's wool from Andy at Wooltops 

 

6 - Quick News Beats

 

Global Hook Ups – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 2nd June 2018 (BST)

Time: Saturday 2nd June 2018 8:30 PM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

 

There is then a second one on Sunday 3rd June at 9am (BST)

Time: Sunday 3rd June 2018 9:00 AM London BST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819  The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

 

 

#SummerTopsCAL – this starts on Friday 1st June and goes on until the 22nd July. WIPs and double dips are welcome and it doesn’t have to be a summer top, it can be a woolly jumper if you prefer. I don’t care how you craft it. Weave, knit, crochet embroider – I just want people to craft and be happy. 

There will be prizes, so get your FOs into the Ravelry thread and also use #SummerTopsCALFO on Ravelry. If you sue both, you have two chances of winning – life is too short for me to work out who entered on both, so knock yourselves out and go for the double entry!

 

7 – J’adore

Whislt vending at Wool@J13, I met a lovely mother and daughter and the daughter was off in September to do a textiles degree (it also had knitting/crochet etc as part of the course). It was delightful to see a 17/18 year old be so excited about her degree and move to Nottingham.

 

I am hoping that she will keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

 

If I could have my time again…

See you all in July with a bit more crochet under my belt.

Fay x

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May 4, 2018 @ 9:12 am

Episode 29 - All the dubs

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 29 – All the dubs.

In this episode I cover: Global Hook Up; Final Destination; En Route; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore?

This episode is sponsored by

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1 – Different Designer CAL – Thank you to everyone that took part in the CAL.  As you know, I pulled for prizes live on the podcast.  Emma wanted the skein of yarn and Caroline wanted the bag – perfect!

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There are lots of lovely projects in both the Ravelry FO thread and under #DifferentDesignerCAL on Instagram.

Many thanks to Gilly at Fjord Fibres for offering up some fabulous prizes!

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2 – Final Destination

It has been a bit of an odd month really.  I have been really busy but haven’t managed a scrap of personal crocheting!  I did however finish my copper Loft crocheted (3mm straight hook) and knitted (3mm circular needles) shawls (both use John Arbon Knit by Numbers Copper colours in 4 ply 100g/400m).

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I have also finished my fourth (!) pair of Mini Mania socks and have another two pairs to make!  I love the pattern and how they look but really, I could do without making a further two pairs!  All pairs are made using RiverKnits mini skeins (British Bluefaced Leicester and 2.25mm circular needles).  I am working on an extension of the pattern to show how you can knit two pairs of socks from 7 x 20g skeins.

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My biggest FO of all was my stand for Wonderwool Wales.  It takes a lot of effort to create a stand at a show and I was really chuffed with how it turned out.  I know what I want to improve on for the next show (Wool@J13 – I’m on stand 33) and next year’s Wonderwool Wales (if I get in).

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3 – En Route

I haven’t made any progress on my Stoborough shawl by Sarah Hazell so won’t show it off again until I have.

The two ongoing projects that I showed were vanilla socks for Matthew using Fjord Fibres sock yarn (100g/350m and using a 2.5mm circular needle).  The main colour is called Night Storm and the contrast colour is Boreal Forest.  I love this yarn. Warm. Bouncy. Quality. Even. Beautiful. 

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The second is my second version of Loft Knitted which is in the grape colourways from the Knit By Numbers range 4 ply 100g/400m using a 3mm circular needle)

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4 - Feeding the habit 

What I am showing you below is a mixture of things I have bought and lovely things that were given to me. 

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 1 - Southdown fibre from Adelaide Walker

2 - 'Wood' which is a collaboration between RiverKnits and BabyLongLegs

3 - Poll Dorset from the Kennixton Flock (thanks Caroline)

4 - Twool - twine made in Devon and spun by John Arbon (thanks again Caroline).

5 - Mini skeins from RiverKnits

6 - New badge pin from Claudia at CrochetLuna (if you wanted one of these and live in UK/EU they will soon be availble from me at KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT)

7 - My bag swap bag from Claudia - my idiot cat was found attacking it this morning.  He does not share my love of all things cacti...

 

5 - Quick News Beats

Global Hook Up – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 5th May 2018. 

Time: Saturday 5th May 2018 8:00 PM London

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Dyeing with daffs - Depending on what part of globe you are in, you may have daffodils that are or have just gone over.  The heads can make the most amazing, colour fast natural dye.  I aim to get twice the weight of flower heads to yarn to dry out so that I can use them when I am ready.  That ratio gives quite an intense mustard/ochre yellow so you could try 50:50 if you wanted a more subtle colour. 

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6 – J’adore

Here is what I am currently loving:

Woolly Wool Festivals – the next one that I am attending is Woolfest in Cumbria on the 22nd and 23rd June 2018.  There is something lovely about hearing sheep in the background as you walk around purchasing wool.

On the way back, I had 90's dance music blating out of the van radio with this amazing sunset keeping me company. It was a good journey home, marking the end of a great weekend.

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See you all in June when hopefully I will have had some decent crafting time out in my garden.

Fay x

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Episode 28 - Crochet Clan

Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 28 – Crochet Clan.

In this episode I cover: Quick news beats; Old dog, new tricks; Final Destination; En Route; DIPs; Feeding the habit; Big Up and J’adore?

This episode is sponsored by

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Thanks to everyone who tunes in to the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.

 

1 - Quick news beats

Global Hook Up – The next Global Hook Up is due to be on Saturday 28th April 2018.  Keep an eye on the Ravelry thread and Instagram for updates as I will be vending that weekend at Wonderwool Wales and I’m not sure how good my internet reception is going to be at my accommodation, but I have a back-up plan called Claudia!

Time: Saturday 28th 2018 8:00 PM London

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4750475819

The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join

Different Designer CAL – Is due to finish on the 9th April.  Thank you so much for all of your finished objects so far.  If you are looking for a new designer to try out, take a look at the threads to see who people have been working from.  Here are the designers to date:

Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz, Nicki Trench, Kat Goldin, Hannah from The Cozy Cottage, Sarah Hazell, Ashleigh Kiser, Sybil R, Vicki Brown, Joanne Scrace, Cecile Balladino, Planet June, Heidebears, Yarnville, Inspired Professor, Iron Lamb, Fay Dashper-Hughes (that felt weird to type), Zeens and Roger, Rachele Camona, Dedri Uys, Emma Potter and Yan Schenkel.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival – The vlog for Edinburgh Yarn Festival is live in all the usual places.  If you want to see what happened, look at the vlog.  Needless to say, we all had a ball and are looking to do it all again in 2019 in Dublin if you fancy joining us?  I may have been looking at accommodation options yesterday...

Spotify – the podcast can now be downloaded on Spotify which means that you can now listen on any wireless speaker you have linked to your Spotify account.  Just search for The Crochet Circle under Podcasts.

 

2 - Old dog, new tricks

Class on reading and understanding crochet patterns – I had a query from a watcher that asked if I had any hints on how to read patterns and charts and whether it is something I could go into more detail on.  It would fill quite  a few episodes up and so instead I searched out a really good alternative.  Craftsy has a class on Reading & Understanding Crochet Patternsh by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby.  I watched this the other weekend when Craftsy had a free to view weekend and honestly, this Craftsy Tutorial would really get you on the right track and it is nicely delivered.  If you pay for the class, I think you get comprehensive notes to download too.

 

3 – Final Destination

Well, it has been all about shawls this month as I have finished three of them!

The first is my Treasure Island Shawl which is by Hannah Sigmund from The Cozy Cottage Crochet podcast.  I used The Little Grey Sheep yarn (colourway The Rhubarb Patch in their British Gotland 4 ply) and it crochets up a delight!  It’s for me and I have been using this shawl a lot over the last couple of weeks.

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Next up is the knitted version of Doppio Colosseum which I managed in record time to get it to Edinburgh Yarn Festival in time.  It’s knitted using 2 x 100g of John Arbon’s Devonia in colourway Bleeding Heart.  It’s off living with the Arbon’s and being used as a show sample.

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My last is a new design that I have just published called Loft. It’s a memory of all the people that made Edinburgh Yarn Festival so much fun!  The stripes in the shawl represent all the stairs we had to climb to get to the top of our accommodation called The Loft.  It uses 3 x 100g of John Arbon Knit By Numbers 4 ply.

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As always, there is a 50% discount code for these patterns, just type TCC50% at the check out on Ravelry.  The code is valid until the 13th April.  This shawl (or the one you can see down in En Route) will be heading to also be a sample with John and Juliet and the other will be on my stand at any shows I do throughout the year.

I also finished my cat blanket for Pom Pom.  It was part of the Granny A Long being hosted by Rosina and I used Álafoss Lopi in shades Dark Grey (0005), Mid Grey (0058) and Light Grey (0054).  I have more affinity for the granny stitch now but I’m sill not really a fan.  Luckily Pom loves it!

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4 – En Route

I also have made decent progress on my Stoborough shawl by Sarah Hazell.  It needs 300g of a 4-ply yarn (350m/100g) and I had previously dyed up 3 skeins of skinny merino for this project.  It’s my second Different Designer CAL entry but I don’t think it will be finished in time…

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5 - Designs in Progress

Loft really deserved to also be made in the new Knit By Numbers 4ply Copper shades.  I’m so close to the finishing line with this one so I will pop an FO photo up next month instead.

I am also working away on the knitted version.  I’m really pleased with it because I think I have replicated the size and spacing of the crocheted version. 

 

6 - Feeding the habit 

What I am showing you below is a mixture of things I have bought and lovely things that were given to me.  I am a very lucky lady!

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1 - RiverKnits Yarns Snow Dyed Mohair - 'There's No Business Like Snow Business', dyed on a narrow boat

2 - Birlinn Yarn - 4ply from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

3 - Fjord Fibres - amazing sock yarn that now comes in 50g skeins! Dyed in Norway

4 - Cosmic Strings - 120g skein of Merino/ Yak/ Silk in colourway 'Pisces', dyed in Ednburgh

5 - Iona Single Origin Wool - DK in colourway 'Serpentie Green', from Scotland

6 - Hey Mama Wolf - Naturally dyed in Germany, Organic wool/ ramie, One of a Kind colourway

7 - Socks Yeah! - 4ply in colourways 'N1 Helium & N4 Xenon'

8 - Easy Knits - Mohair/ silk in colourway 'Orion'

9 - TJ Frog - Tania's new Dorset Horn in it's beautiful narutal colour

 

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I was also utterly spoiled by lovely friends.  On the left you can see some gorgeous yarns that Yael & Emmie gave me.  These include a teal coloured flax (linen) which is gorwn and dyed in Sweden; the top left is Gotland (DK) which is from a small independent mill in Sweden called Solkustens Spinnvertstad; and the one at the bottom is a single ply from Honer o Eir, a very small company that spins the fleece from their own sheep.  The chocolate?  Gone!

On the right is wool from Lana Rara which I was very kndly given by Rachel.  It's a blend of Bündner Oberländer and Merino and it's grown by lots of small holders and spun in Switzerland.  

My love of proper woolly wools deepens...

Below you can see soem Romney Marsh Wools from Corrine and some Nash Island 'Tide' which was given to me by Sarah and came all the way from Maineand the Starcroft micro-mill! 

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Look at all these goodies!  Thanks to Jenny, Vivian, Alyson, Clarisabeth, Caroline, Yael, Emmie, Lisa, Asia, Rosina, Sharon, Gill, Corrine and Charlie.  

Lovely things crafted things by lovely crafty friends. 

 

 7 – Big Up

I have more crafting podcasts for you:

Here are some of them for you to look at and listen to –

Little Drops of Wonderful - Ali is a crocheter and knitter and is wonderfully upbeat and positive.  She’s based in the UK and LOVES yellow! YouTube

FiberTrek – Sarah is a new to me podcaster, though I had heard of her before.  I really like her production style and the fact that she goes out into her fibre community to see what is happening in and around Maine.  If like me, you love woolly wool with provenance, then you will love what Sarah has to offer.

The Woolly Thistle/ New Hampshire Knits - Claire is a Scot, living in New Hampshire, US and has an audio knitting based podcast (New Hampshire Knits).  She is also the force behind The Woolly Thistle, which is an online yarn shop.  

 

9 – J’adore

Here is what I am currently loving:

  • Clan – all those people that make crochet a wonderful thing and something that I am proud to be part of.
  • Songs – When I get really busy, I fall back on Ben Howard and the Deluxe version of Every Kingdom It is my chill out music that just helps to keep me going.
  • Book – I started listening to The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson again. It has been about five years since I listened to is last and it is a fabulous set of books that will give me hours of entertainment while I crochet away in the coming weeks. 

See you all in May.

Fay x

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Vlog - Edinburgh and EYF 2018

Hello folks,

 

Rather than adding lots of text, I am just chucking a load of photos here for you to have a look at and share int he magic that was a proper crochet gathering.

 

My hearfelt thanks to everyone that made this so much fun.  If you are interested in joiing some of us, our next gathering is most likely going to be Woollinn, Dublin in May 2019.  

 

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Fay x

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