May 3rd, 2019
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 42 – The Craft Bank.
My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan. Come on in and stay awhile.
In this episode, I cover: Update review of KnitPro ball winder; Craft Inclusivity; Perth Project Runway; Final Destination; En Route; Feeding the habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore.
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1 – Review
Last month I reviewed my super-duper snazzy new KnitPro wooden ball winder and I thought that a month on, I should give you a bit of an update. Put simply – I love it even more than I did last month.
I have now tested out how big a cake it can wind and the answer is big! I managed to wind 350g of 4 ply before the cake went wonky and created its own planetary rings.
On the downside, at one point, the bearing cone came off. I think that is my fault for caking up anti-clockwise rather than clockwise.
ALT TEXT: A massive cake of yarn (350g of 4 ply in a light bluey grey colour with mid-blue neps) on a grey background with a standard cake of 100g yarn for contrast.
2 – Craft inclusivity
Update on the open letter and resources to yarn dyers, yarn shops and vendors – this piece of work is ongoing and something that I will sound you out on in the next podcast. I don’t want to go out with the open letter until I have the resources ready and available. I’m not trying to bash people with a crochet stick, I genuinely want to be part of force for change for crochet to be given the respect it is due. More to come on this.
I am also really proud to tell you about a group that my friend Lisa (@lisa_raspberrycrochet on Instagram) has pulled together on Ravelry. The inclusivity discussions on Instagram have moved into the realm of pattern and yarn prices and how as dyers and designers, we can make those goods readily available for all.
Lisa has created a group in Ravelry called The Craft Bank. The premise is a simple one. If you have yarn that you are destashing, you can offer it up for free or an affordable price. The idea is that the yarn can be passed on to someone that will use it and is unlikely to be able to afford to purchase it otherwise.
There is a second thread in the group whereby, crafters are offering to buy patterns for crafters and designers are offering up their patterns for free.
By the end of this bank holiday weekend I will have done the following to ensure that I am contributing positively to this:
1 – For all of my electronic patterns on my website, I will have incorporated a payment scale for patterns. They generally sell for £4 per pattern and there will be a scale of £2 - £6 for each pattern. The concept is that you pay what you can afford and would genuinely like to see people on lesser incomes, taking me up on this offer.
2 - I will have added to give-away patterns to The Craft Bank Thread (crochet and knit).
3 – I will have added some destash yarns to the yarn thread and will probably keep on adding some little and often. Due to the cost of postage, this will be open to UK residents only – sorry.
So, if you have a yarn stash that you want to decrease or want to know that you are directly supporting fellow crafters, I encourage you to go to The Craft Bank Group on Ravelry and see what support you can lend.
3 - Perth Project Runway
I have something very exciting to tell you. Not only am I vending at Perth Festival of Yarn with my company, KNIT IT – HOOK IT – CRAFT IT, but I am also looking to create some crochet gorgeousness to send down their runway!
On the Saturday night, there is a Gala Dinner and as part of that dinner, they have a runway fashion show of knitted and crocheted items. Eva heads up the Perth Festival of Yarn team and we have been in conversation about more crochet representation at the show and she asked whether I might be able to crochet a garment for the runway.
Ehm, yeah I’ll do that! The thing is though, that I would like the Crochet Clan to be part of it too.
So, here’s what I would love your help with. I need to find a suitable jumper/seater/top pattern. You know what my style is and ultimately this needs to be something that I will want to wear after the event.
I am looking for something really contemporary. They yarn that I am going to use is a new base that Bernie from Bear in Sheeps Clothing is launching at Woollinn this year. It’s a 4 ply (395m per 100g, light fingering weight) yarn and a blend of 50% Corriedale and 50% Mohair – so, think soft, silky, drapey with a fluffy halo! I can stretch to 6 x 100g of 4 ply, but I would prefer something around the 4-500g mark.
Let’s talk about granny stitch and granny squares. I know lots of you love them, but I just don’t and that isn’t the image that I want to portray for contemporary crochet going down the Perth Festival of Yarn Runway. So, without being rude, please don’t send me ideas of crocheted garments that have these elements. I really want to show how crochet is moving on from what people already perceive it to be.
So, here’s what to do if you want to be part of Perth Project Runway:
1 – Respond with YouTube comment or Podbean comment or DM me @crochet_circle_podcast (on Instagram).
2 – Let me know what the garment is called and who the designer is.
3 – Don’t worry if the design is for DK or worsted weight rather than 4 ply. I can make changes to the pattern to make it fit and be able to use Bernie’s yarn.
In next month’s podcast, I will have looked at all the options sent to me and whittled it down to 3-5 patterns that I would be happy to make and wear. You then get to vote on the final pattern choice and your decision is final, not mine!
I will make a bundle of all of your suggestions in Ravelry so that you can easily see all of the suggestions in one place.
I will pick up the yarn from Bernie in June (it will likely be a custom dye lot) and then get hooking away from mid-June, ready for Perth Festival of Yarn on the 7th & 8th September.
Festival tickets went on sale last weekend and it is looking like a fantastic show. I think there is still a handful of tickets for the Gala evening – it would be lovely to have some Crochet Clan folk there if you fancy it?
It’s all very exciting!
4 – Final Destination
This is my one and only FO this month and I finished it at the beginning of the month when I was in Scotland! I was vending at two, weekend shows, which has taken up most of my time.
I don’t seem to like this jumper until I put it on and then I like it. I seriously considered ripping it all out this morning and then I put it on to record the podcast and thought “you’re not so bad!”
ALT TEXT a flat lay of my Esja Sweater on a wooden floor. The sweater is crocheted using a mid-blue grey yarn as the main colour and a speckled mid-blue, teal and rust yarn for the crocheted brioche areas of the yolk.
5 – En Route
I don’t have much to show here either – sorry. I am just about to finish off another Doppio Colosseum that I have crocheted for Kate at Northern Yarn in Lancaster. She is keen to have more crochet in her shop and as part of her 3rd Birthday celebrations this Friday, she has had some of her Poll Dorset lambswool custom dyed by an indie dyer. Two skeins of the wool were passed to me to crochet Doppio Colosseum. The colours and indie dyer are under wraps until Friday night, so I won’t be able to share it with you until then. Needless to say, I will show it off as an FO in the June podcast and post about it on Instagram this weekend.
I have also made a start on my Canisp jumper using the Romney/Corriedale yarn that I showed off in last month’s podcast. It’s just rounds of knitted stripes for now, and so I won’t show you that until I am a bit further in. The Romney/Corriedale is working up a treat though and I plan to have this off the needles, ready for the John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend at the beginning of June. If you fancy coming to that, just follow the link above – it’s a great day trip out, but you have to book.
6 – Feeding the habit
I’m trying to slow down on my wool purchases. My Stash Palace is bulging at the moment and it’s starting to make me feel a little uneasy. That said, I still have some Feeding the habit for you this month, but a fair amount of it was given to me as presents.
If you watch my Instagram stories, you will know that I was at the New Lanark Mill in Scotland at the beginning of April. I first went there as a Conservation student, about 23 years ago. If you want to know more about the mill, follow this link. It’s a very interesting place and happens to now spin Scottish wool on their original machinery.
ALT TEXT: New Lanark Mill in the sunrise/set, nestled by the river at the bottom of a steep valley. Lots of mill buildings glowing orange with green trees surrounding the site.
ALT TEXT: Inside New Lanark Mill with arched windows and vintage machinery the length of the long hall. Old tiled floor and a worker keeping the machinery going.
I had promised myself a jumper’s quantity of wool from there as my birthday jumper wool this year. What I didn’t expect was to find such an utter bargain. There was a random hank of 4 ply yarn that was labelled up as £22.50. I asked them to check whether that was right, because it seemed like a lot of wool for such little money, and I was assured that it was correct. When I got it home, I discovered that it was a 450g hank! So, this is destined to be some form of colour-work birthday jumper – probably knitted because of the low twist on it. See photo from ball winder cakes for New Lanark wool purchased (Donegal Silk Tweed 4 ply ‘Light Limestone’ 90% wool/10% silk)
I also had a very good discussion with them about crochet and crocheted samples. They don’t have any out in their shop, but I am going to design something in their yarn – probably next year. Think – thistle based colour-work shawl and you will be spot-on.
When I was vending at Wonderwool Wales last weekend, my stand neighbour was a lovely lady called Helen from Nellie and Eve. We share the same environmental ideals and Helen’s naturally dyed British breed yarns quite honestly took my breath away.
ALT TEXT: Photo 1 is of Helen at her stand surrounded by lovely skeins of pastel, soft wools.
Photo 2 is a close up of the two skeins of 4ply British wool I bought from Helen. The light siege green skeins lie on a grey background with white skein bands.
Helen is keen to have crocheted samples on her stand and I want to help her achieve that. So, I bought two skeins of wool (75% BFL/25% Masham in a 4 ply) from her and the ideas for them are starting to filter through. It may be next year before any of these designs come to fruition, but I am happy to be able to support companies that really want to have crochet as part of their offering.
I also received some very lovely, surprise gifts through the post from Tania and Edwyn.
ALT TEXT: Photo 1 - three skeins of creamy Dorest Down wool. One lies on top of the other two, with white/green labels and the black TJ Frog logo.
Photo 2 - Grey background with a linen, zippered bag with a print of large Dorest Buttons on oranges, browns and black. Green TJ Frog tag lies to the left.
Photo 3 - grey background with a "crochet Workshop' book by James Walters.
7 - Quick News Beats
1 – Winners of 3 year podiversary were announced and I have been in touch with everyone. Thank you for entering and giving so many great comments on what crafts you would like to master in 2019.
2 – Thank you to everyone that is supporting me through the Ko-fi account. I was really quite bowled over by the response. During the course of the weekend I promise to go and grab a coffee on you and sit in my local town, crocheting and chilling out.
Thank you also for leaving comments, tagging me on Instragram, following me. It all makes a massive difference to the algorithm and helps to wide our community.
3 – May Global Hook Ups are on Saturday 11th May at 8pm BST and the 12th May at 9am BST. Everyone is welcome.
4 – I am recording the interview with Lyndsey from Phoenix Occupational Health in a couple of weeks, so you still have time to get some questions in. The interview will likely come out in July because of other time pressures.
5 – Happy 50th Birthday to Katherine- you know, the one with all the cats on Instagram!
8 – J’adore
I have a new to me podcast for you - Quirky Monday Craftcast by Caleisha AKA @nadiratani Caleisha is based in Florida and is primarily a crocheter but dabbles in lots of other crafts too. She is bright, positive and full of energy! Go watch her, she will most definitely help to top up your positivity batteries.
I will be back on Friday the 7th June.
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