Happy Friday Lovelies

And to all new viewers thank you for giving me a bit of your time to try out my episodes, I hope you enjoy the podcast and please do subscribe if you want to keep up to date with the channel, giveaways and goings on!

GROUP NEWS
We had two giveaways which have been drawn for, those were:-
1500 Subscribers chance to win a skein of The Wool Kitchen ‘Prism Break’.
Winner :- Tokyocitygirl, post 61. Enchanted Mesa
Pattern Giveaway to win a copy of Amy Meeks wonderful ‘Free The Minis’ Wrap.
Winner :- AngelLuna20 Post 14.

NEW GIVEAWAYS:-
Pom Pom Anniversary review and we have a giveaway for a copy of the Anniversary issue and Two tickets for pomfest. (Threads are open for the giveaways) Please check out my review on the Killtocraft Podcast Youtube Channel for more info.

KALS – Shortie Socks Kal #shortiesockskal
Prepared and linked up a Bundle for inspiration and put up a chatter thread.
We have Two lovely prizes for the KAL ’a sock set’ from fondantfibre and ‘Project Bag’ from WildHandmade.

Shortie Socks Kal Chatter Thread Giveaway
Louleigh’s Simple Socks Collection – Which I’m going to randomly draw for from the Chatter Thread of the Kal at some point. I’ll give some of you a chance to get some wips started and I’ll surprise draw for a winner.

FOS
So Faded by Andrea Mowry dreareneeknits
Yarn:- A Homespun House, Sparkle Base, Mermaid of The Black Lake Colourway.
The Fawn & The Fox Yarns, Magpie Base, First Date Colourway.
Sugartots, Glitz Base, First Date Colourway.
downsheepylane, I suspect the Nargles are behind it colourway.
Fondant Fibre, Spangle base, Away with the fairies colourway.

WIPS
Brioche Topped Thigh High Socks by Lavanya Patricella
Yarn :- Qing Fibre Super Soft Sock ‘Berry Milkshake’

Spree Socks by wraybot
Yarn:- Handspun made from Louise SpinCityUK’s Spincity Batts for the Shortie Socks kal.

Festoon by Rachel Coopey
Yarn:- Coop Knits Socks Yeah

Windlass by Kiyomi Burgin
Yarn:- Deep Stash Cotton DK.

SHOW ‘N’ TELL (Pattern Collection Review)
louleigh’s Simple Socks by Louleigh

STASH
Pom pom’s lastest issue 21
Project Bag from WildHandmade
Laine Magazine, Issue 2

Thank you all and I hope to spend some more time with you soon. xx

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

I haven’t podcasted in a while and it’s not because I haven’t  wanted to. Since my last episode things have been a bit of a struggle for me.

My Fiance hasn’t been well and is struggling to look after two fairly new conditions and my mum has been going through her treatments for breast cancer.

Whilst these things have been playing heavily on my mind I’ve also been struggling in numerous ways but one of the main struggles has been stress. Stress is horrible and even when trying your best to fight it, it’s still there reminding you that you’re struggling. I’m also an Anxiety sufferer (I have been now for 14 years) and due to the recent heavy amount of stress without any kind of rest from it, it in turn has set off my anxiety and panic disorder. Over the pass month I’ve manage to get help and settle those symptoms down but there’s still some symptoms due to the stress that have left me struggling health wise.

With me being so stressed it’s trigger my immune system and in turn for well over a month I’ve struggled with IBS like symptoms this has weakened me a lot and I’ve now found a new friend in Imodium which is doing it’s job lovely for my stress stomach (I’d been checked by doctors and nothing was wrong). Due to my weakened Immune system I may have also given myself a mouth condition called Lichen Planus, this I will be soon having tests for at my nearby hospital, where they will be checking me for an deficiencies, my immunity and to confirm it is this condition which there is no real treatment for. In the month of November I also injured my hip due to tensing the muscles in my back my hip came out of place and is fairly uncomfortable when I go to walk as I used to as a way to de-stress. So over the passed few months I’ve burdened my mind with worry for others health and my own to the point of despair, upset and panic.

I’ve not been able to focus my mind on anything else and the amount of doctors, hospital and now dentist visits have just been insane I’ve never had to go so much in my life. Due to all the worry my crafting has taken a hit massively I’ve barely knit (I’ve done a bit here and there). I’ve had only two finished objects in two months and they were hats that took me a week or a few days to churn off the needles. The most excited and immersed I’ve been was near my birthday and I churned out my newest sewn skirt but then since the following weekend I’ve been ill again with colds and feeling very run down and struggling with low energy. It’s a roller coaster of up and downs.

I will get to back to podcasting at some point but I believe it’s probably best I take some time to look after me and take it easy on myself and aim my focus on my crafting and getting better. However it does give me a chance to share what I’m doing via my blog again to give you all updates on how I’m doing and what I’m making, rather than keeping you in the dark 😀

To the Two lovely ladies who won in my Harvest Hat Kal last December those prizes are still with me and I do aim to get them to you unfortunately it’s not at the front of priorities at the minute and once I’m feeling better I will make the effort to get those out to you and I’ll message you when I do. Sorry for those delays (I 100% understand its been a while, but you’ve not been forgotten).

I hope you will all keep in touch with me and my viewers I hope you understand. I love you all and the Ravelry Group for Killtocraft Podcast is still open for chattering and sharing what you are creating right now.

Thank you for understanding and I’ll be nattering with you all soon. XxX

Shownotes
You can find me on Ravelry and Instagram as ‘Killtocraft’.

My Blog:- www.killtocraft.wordpress.com

Thank you to all new viewers for popping by for your first time and thank you to my regular viewers for sticking with me. Thank you to all the kind friends and subscribers to my instagram that sent me and my mum some really sweet kind words of hope and prayer to means a lot! You all mean a lot to me and it means a lot to have your friendship and support through difficult times. * big hugs*

What I’m Wearing
Sugar Plum Shawl by Mina Philipp.
100 Stitch Slouch by Andrea Mowry.

FO’s
Mexican Blanket Socks and Frankenstein Sock Blank Both knit using Dave with the afterthought heel version.

WIP’s
Quadrillion My Project Page – Knitted in John Arbon Viola DK, North Sea.

Asklöv My Project Page – Knitted in two shades of Alpaka Plassard. Part of the Autumn Colours Kal 2016 hosted by Inside 23 and Twitch and Stitch Podcast.

Striated My Project Page – Knitted in Jamieson’s Shetland. Spindrift, Cornflower. Part of the Graveyard Kal hosted by Katrina of Yarn Thirty Podcast.

Bijoux Canoe Sockettes My Project Page – Knitted in Zauberball.

STASHED
The Knitting Goddess knitgoddessyarns ‘Sunshine Freckles’
Life In The Long Grass LITLG ‘Urban Flowers’
The Tree Huggers Wife Yarns (Basic Sock)
The Cyborg Craft Room Limited DK
Wool Week Annual (I’ll share this more thoroughly with you at a later date)

PODCASTERS MENTIONED
Thuy fishgirl182 Twisted Stitches Podcast
Lara thefawnknits The Fawn knits Podcast
Katie misslavelli Inside 23 Podcast
Marsha FairyLittle Fairy Little / Twitch and Stitch Podcast
Mina theknittingexpat The Knitting Expat Podcast
Leigh Louleigh Louleigh Podcast

And my Epic Fail Story of my Oak Crest Hat!

Thank you all for popping by! x

Dennis is one of my free patterns on ravelry just today I’ve been made aware of a couple of minor mistakes.

Due to no longer having the software I used to create the pattern I can’t access and update the information on the same file type. Until I update the pattern to a newly rendered edition I’m going to add it here for you all. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Nessa x

First Error:- Page 3

Second Shape Shoulder on Back of Top should read as follows:-

Next Row. Cast off 13 [14:15:16:17:18] sts, purl to end. 13 [14:15:16:17:19] sts.

Next Row. Knit.

Cast off rem 13 [14:15:16:17:19] sts.

Second Error: Page 4

After the Neck shaping on both sides I’ve managed to miss out any measurements for the armholes so for the Left Side of Neck you:- Work until front armhole measures same as back armhole before shoulder shaping, ending with a ws row.

And same for the Right Side of Neck but:- ending with a rs row.

Hope that clears up any slight confusion. Thank you x

 

 

Show Notes

 

FO’s

I Heart Bee’s by Vanessa Townley (Myself). My Project Page.

Every Flavour Stripy Socks by Olivia Villareal. My Project Page.

Turion by Linda Dubec. My Project Page.

First Stash Enhancement Segment
Lovely Package sent by Debbie of Downsheepylane
gifted a package for the #Harvesthatalong2016 and Gifted me a wonderful handdyed sparkle skein of Mudgeon colourway and a Pokémon Project bag. Please Check out her lovely etsy store where Debbie has more awesomeness!

Wips
Dave by Rachel Coopey (coop knits). My Project Page.

Adelie by Anna Maltz. My Project Page.

Angelus Novus by Renee Callahan. My Project Page.

Yarndale Chatter
I do apologise for not filming anything extra special of Yarndale I’d had a rough week and I wanted to fully immerse myself in the enjoyment of being there and meeting people, However if you would like to see footage of Yarndale there is a wonderful vlog here by Amy Florence of Stranded Dyeworks which you could Check out! 😀

Yarndale Stash
John Arbon Viola in North Sea Colourway intended for a Quadrillion.

Five Moons Gradient Mini Moons ‘Succulent’ colourway.

Truly Hooked Stripy Sock Yarn in ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ colourway.

The Knitting Goddess DK in ‘Charcoal’ colourway and Brit Sock in the ‘Coral’ colourway.

Hilltop Cloud WIP Tool for Checking spinning consistency.

Beautiful Illustrated Postcards from Pompom Quarterly.

Other Podcasters Mentioned
Dani littlebobbins of Little Bobbins Podcast.
Leigh Louleigh of Louleigh Podcast
and
Amy AmyFlorence of Stranded Dyeworks Podcast.

Also an Hello to Thuy fishgirl182 of Twisted Stitches Podcast.

We all know Ravelry is an amazing tool for planning projects, it has literally everything you need as a knitter. From logging your projects, stash, browsing yarns and chatting. However, I found an amazing reason to keep somethings written down and all in one place.

Spending my evening making my new knitting planner! Im putting my future knitting preparation in order and it's going to help lots when yarn shopping especially Yarndale!!! 💓💓 😁 I love being organised! #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittingjournal #beingorganised #yarndale #yarndale2016

Last year at Yarndale, I had specific things in mind that I wanted to buy, but these things were for trying out and general wanting to squirrel certain dyers yarns away in my stash. This year I want certain things but not just for trying out sake. I want them to have an end result like a planned sweater or to be shopping with a project in mind.

Reception on phones aren’t always to be dependant on especially in countryside towns and farm buildings. I’d be very mad with myself If I weren’t able to research for a purchase. Like, checking the amount of yarn needed could be crucial if I didn’t get enough or what if I spotted yarn perfect for a project that I’d not thought of in a while? I don’t want my fun to be made more difficult. I can relax in my shopping venture if I have essential notes on me to refer to if needed, It doesn’t mean I’ve got to be strict and keep too it.

My Starting Point was to collect images of all the projects I’ve thought about casting on recently, either through my Queue or my favourites on Ravelry. Then allocating them a page each. A visual is really helpful if a project name isn’t a trigger enough to remember it or where you saw it!

Secondly, it was a good idea to weed out all those projects I had yarn for already waiting in stash by writing the yarn in. That way it’s spoken for.

Third, those without stashed yarn were good for further planning stages. Like noting your yarn ideas (if you have something in mind), weight of yarn, needles and tensions used in the pattern, Size (you’d make) and yardage. You could then even go a step further to work out a cost if you had yarns in mind. Which helps you with budgeting your spending for the day.

Fourth, Other than that, it’s great for adding project notes and postit’s when on the road, if you are shopping and see something perfect for a project but it’ll be for a later date then.. Write it down even clip in a business card as a reminder.

Basically these pages could be used to your needs, desires and general knitting operations..!

With mine, I’ve gone the none expensive route, it’s in the Pukka Pad stage and it works!! With the ring binding I can lay it out flat and open at desks or fold it back into a one handed effort when shopping. Plus you can take it a step further… I’m planning at the back of the notepad all my sewing plans and materials.

Who doesn’t like planning there creations right?!

I know I do!! 😀