May 6, 2016 @ 12:02 pm
Welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast. Here are the Show Notes from Episode Three.
This Episode is Sponsored by:
The books and yarns in this episode were all purchased by ourselves.
Arne & Carlos yarn competition prize - supplied by Knit it - Hook it - Craft it
DMC Natura Medium competition prize - supplied by DMC Creative
In this episode we talk a lot about socks as well as Wonderwool and Edinburgh Yarn Festival, stylish crochet designers, crochet tension, Crochet Yeah! WIP Wall update, Finished Objects and The Woollen Woods.
1. Yay Crochet or Nay Crochet (at 1.25 mins)
It's a yay from Fay on her Shoreline blanket:
In Episode 1, I spoke about a blanket that I hadn’t touched for a year. I can now safely say that it has moved on somewhat and has made me think about the shorelines beyond the small island that is the UK. I've thought about our listeners that are further afield and love the idea that through something as simple as a hook and a length of yarn, with a bit of technology, we can share our passions for crochet, knitting and yarn. Every time I pick up the blanket to do a bit more I think about our lovely listeners.
The Shoreline Blanket uses a very subtle 4dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1htr stitch pattern for the ripple.
It's a Nay from Lynne on paper yarn.
I used paper yarn recently for a knitting and crochet commission and I was really looking forward to trying it out.
I have to admit it wasn't one of my favourite yarns, mainly because it wasn't as flexible as I thought it would be. You have to give it a tug when working a stitch and often it popped off the end of the hook. My projects turned out fine but I would only recommend using it for homewares and accessories that will be used indoors, mainly mats, coasters and baskets or bags, because if it gets wet it will also get soggy. Quite a few yarn companies are now manufacturing paper yarn so we may see more projects and patterns becoming available.
2. Festivals (at 4.55 mins)
Fay visited Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March and had a great time. If you're into your designers, workshops, patterns and like to meet up with fellow enthusiasts then it's a great show for you.
Lynne and Fay visited Wonderwool Wales - we both love this show, which is open and airy with a good light and it's great to get around and there's a lot of space. We found some great bargains that we can't wait to turn into something lovely.
Lynne's Wonderwool haul:
3. Helpful Hints
We've had a few questions via our Ravelry group (search for The Crochet Circle Podcast) on stylish crochet and also getting your tension right. We've researched both topics and here are our thoughts and tips:
Crochet Tension (at 13.25 mins)
Lynne has provided a detailed article over on her blog.
Stylish Crochet Designers (at 18.35 mins):
Contemporary Crochet - 37 European Designs - Sys Fredens
Designer Crochet - Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby. Create figure-flattering garments with great shape, with easy-to-follow tutorials.
4. Book Review (at 27.50 mins)
Crochet Yeah is a collaboration between Joanne Scrace, Kat Goldin and Rachel Coopey (Coop Knits). Joanne and Kat have designed 6 projects for the book, all using Coop Knits 'Socks Yeah!' Yarn. Projects include 2 hats, pair of mittens, scarf, cowl and socks.
Fay's full review is here:
5. Yarn Reviews (at 33.50 mins)
In Shade Iolite (75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon; 212m/50g)
Machine washable at 30 degrees
Recommended needle size 2.25mm
Read Fay's full review here:
Regia Design Line by Arne and Carlos
4 ply engineered sock yarn (75% virgin wool and 25% polyamide; 50g/210m)
Recommended needle size is 2-3mm
Read Fay's full review here:
6. Magazine Reviews (at 40.00 mins)
Inside Crochet issue 76: The Theme for Issue 76 is Spring Time, so there are lots of lovely flowery projects, cute children’s accessories and cosy crochet for cooler evenings or country walks.
Lynne's choice: Celandine Wrap by Emma Wright – inspired by the flower of the same name. www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celandine-wrap
Fay's Choice: Pop! Socks designed by Katherine Mills. Stretchy socks, comfortable to wear and fun to show off. www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pop-socks
Let’s Get Crafting issue 80: Includes a feature on Gregory Patrick (Madman knitting) and how knitting helped him to get out of homelessness. www.madmanknitting.wordpress.com
Lynne's choice: Fairisle Purses designed by Lynne. I know I'm breaking my own rule of not talking about my own projects but I had such fun designing and making these and love the way they turned out. I've enjoyed seeing reader's own versions too. www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fair-isle-purses
Fay's choice: Lavender Sachets designed by Nicola Valiji - but would try a crocheted version. Lavender is great from deterring moths from your stash. www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scented-sachets
Simply Crochet – issue 44: An Oriental theme with free amigurumi sea creature pattern cards.
Lynne's Choice: Kat Goldin’s column – an interesting read, all about her sock obsession for cosy crochet socks and passing on tools and heirlooms.
Fay's choice: Blossom Cushion - simple cushion base with pretty Oriental flowers and embroidery (image not available yet)
Woman’s Weekly Knitting and Crochet, May 2016: Bright/Spring theme.
Lynne's choice: Crocheted Daisy Dog Toy and Blanket – a vintage pattern from the1970s, reworked in Yarn Stories Fine Merino and Baby Alpaca DK – in Cream and Dove. (Image not available yet).
Fay's choice: Crocheted Bowls. (Image not available yet).
Crochet Now issue 2 will be reviewed in our next Episode as it isn't on the shelves yet.
7. Finished Objects (at 41.00 mins)
EYF Scarf - Endless Possibilities - pattern will be released shortly. www.ravelry.com/projects/MaDashper/endless-possibilities
Knit British - Nature's Shades along - Nougat Neck - design to be released shortly. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/MaDashper/nougat-neck
4 (yes 4!!) crochet shawlettes (shh it's a secret - to be released soon)
Crochet Socks for The Duke www.ravelry.com/projects/MaDashper/crocheted-baby-socks
Knitted Socks for Winkie www.ravelry.com/projects/MaDashper/basic-socks-2
Simple Granny Square Blanket using Stash yarns (DMC Natura Just Cotton): own design (not published yet)
Baktus Scarf using Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend Shade 7438 Zenith (2 skeins): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baktus-scarf
Simple Stocking Stitch cowl using Rowan Fine Tweed (discontinued): own design (not published yet)
8. Works in Progress and WIP Wall (at 41.00 mins)
See who's at the top of the WIP Wall this month over on Pinterest:
Missed Kingfisher shawl by Joanne Scrace:
Scarf for Baby Bird using a knitting sequence from Cecilia Campochiaro’s book
Sequence Knitting: http://www.sequenceknitting.com/
The purple blanket that you can see was frogged during the recording of Episode 3!
Tardis cross stitch cushion (available to buy on Etsy):
John Arbon socks (update - these are now finished and another pair started)
Winkie's postal scarf is just simple rows of colour.
Shoreline Blanket (picture at beginning of show notes) is Fay's own design using a very subtle 4dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1htr stitch pattern for the ripple.
Spice of Life CAL (Sandra Paul): http://www.cherryheart.co.uk/p/spice-of-life-blanket.html
Agrarian Artisan Scarf CAL: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/august-crochet-scarf-mcal
Fairisle Blanket (Lynne Rowe): http://www.womansweekly.com/knitting/knit-a-long-knit-a-knitted-blanket-15631/
Odeletta Shawl (Anna Nikipirowicz) (update - I've now bought beads so ready to finish the last few rows): http://www.ravelry.com/projects/LynneRowe/the-odeletta-shawl---crochet-gifts-5
Accordion Mittens (Lynne Rowe): own pattern not yet published
9. Other links
Woollen Woods at Arlington Court, North Devon. 27th. August - 30th. October 2016 (at 59.30 mins)
Organised by Natalie Savage, Visitor Services Manager
For more information see:
The Crochet Circle will collect any mammals and fungi that you would like to make and send them all together. You can find out more along with some free pattern links here in our Ravelry Group:
John Arbon Mill Membership (at 10.50 mins)
Woolfest and the wool clip
10. Competition Winners
Thanks to everyone who entered our Ravelry competitions and Congratulations to the winners:
Erika Knight Studio Linen - theemmashan
Lynne Rowe's Once Upon a Time in Crochet - jojotwinkletoes
Erika Knight's Simple Colour Knitting - Dianneb
11. New Competitions (at 63.30 mins)
We have 2 new competitions open on our Ravelry Forum:
Arne & Carlos Summer Nights Yarn 2 x 50g
200g DMC Natura Medium 100% Cotton
Good Luck and thank you for listening to our chatter. Don't forget, every Episode is published on the first Friday of every Month.
Lynne and Fay x