Welcome to the latest episode
Big Thank You’s
To all of you who keep coming back and watching my episodes and try very little to edit my episodes and let me be myself so it’s wonderful and really nice to see you enjoy it and come to chat and share with me regulary, I really enjoy your company and kindness so Thanks guys!

Show notes will be posted here soon enough but I’ve not been well organised this week and forgot to print them so I filmed with Chaos and freedom lol

Fo’s:- Curiosa Mkal Socks by Rachel Coopey
Test Knit version one for Mandarines

WIP:-
Sock Blanket
Canopy Shawl by Mandarines
Briochealicious Shawl
Test Knit version two for Manderines

Patterns Mentioned:-
Offhand Lace by Caitlin Ffrench
Oak Crest by Maisie Howarth
Hitchcock by Tincanknits

Yarn:-
Baerenwolle Baerfoot sock
Wendy Ramsdale DK
Koigu Sock yarn
Andresueknits Mini’s

Peeps mentioned:-
Andresueknits Podcast, group, Etsy shop and mentioned her mini skein swap and handmade swap sign ups end monday the 24th
Socksahoy on instagram :)
The Fawn knits The shawl Kal

Remember to please come join us over at the Ravelry group and join in the Brioche Kal and have a chance at the giveaway. Until next time Happy Knitting x

So some awesome news and fun for you all and If you’ve been watching my latest podcast episode you may have already seen and heard about what’s install over at the Killtocraft Podcast group on Ravelry! If you haven’t then awesome as I can fill you in!!

Last Saturday I opened up the Killtocraft Podcast’s First Knit-a-long and It’s open for all you knitters to join just pop over and join the group and the antics will follow! I’m hosting the Killtocraft Brioche KAL, I’ve personally not knitted Brioche before but I’ve been wanting too and isn’t it really nice as beginners to learn something new together so we can share and advise each other from our own learning experiences. So If you are new don’t be scared to join in the fun come over and take a look at the Brioche kal chatter thread. At the minute the group is discussing project ideas, yarn choices and trying out swatching whilst watching and sharing technique videos! It’s really fun and exciting! So there are plenty of Pre Kal activities to still chatter about.

Like I said the Brioche Kal begins on the 15th August through till the October the 30th the day before all the spooky happenings, so there will be a Halloween Prize Giveaway on the 31st which will be announced on the Podcast that very same day!

The rules to the Knit a long are Easy Peasey:-

1) Up until the 15th of August you can share yarn and project ideas and discuss the Brioche technique and create practice samples only.

2) 15th August the KAL offically begins and you can get knitting all the brioche colourful madness! :D

3) 15th August I will open the FO Thread which will be for picking Winners in a Prize draw and to make it far please make One post per person which you can update as many times as you wish with as many finished object photo’s.
(This is to make it as fair as possible so everybody has an equal chance)

4) If you could tag your projects and images on social media as #2015ktcbriochekal that would be amazing so we can see everyones progress and join in the online fun!

5) Fifth and Final but the most obvious rule the knitted item must contain ‘Brioche’ and not the sweet buns kind ;)

We’ve already had some donations for prizes (Thank you to those lovely kind people it’s very much appreciated) but if you are an indie dyer, fibre artisan or designer of handmade wears and would like donate to the Kal prize giveaway please do get into contact with me PM me Via ravelry and you can find me as ‘killtocraft’.

I’ve already recieved my custom yarn order from Vicky at Baerenwolle for my Briochealicious Shawl by Andrea Mowry in shades show in the above photo.
Left to right:- Grenadine, Copper, Feel the Beet and Lime.

and I can’t wait to cast on and get knitting!! So please come join us and we’ll be there to welcome you! x

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Welcome to Killtocraft Podcast Episode 5

I really, really want to give Thank You to all of you gals and guys that are watching, sharing and taking the time out to chat, say hello and even the private messages saying how much you’ve been enjoying my episodes so far it is unbelievably sweet and touching. It’s also so nice to start meeting you all on the ‘fancy an introduction?’ thread over on the killtocraft podcast forum.

and a Big Thank you to Thefawnknits again for mentioning and sharing some upcoming killtocraft news which is

Brioche KAL

So I have Awesome news this week the Killtocraft Podcast forum is hosting it’s first ever Kal ‘Knitalong’.

I’m keeping it simple and calling it the ‘2015 Brioche Knit a long’ and you can share your projects as you go using the hashtag #2015ktcbriochekal they’ll be details of the rules on the forum and I’ll create two threads one for chatter and second as an FO thread to post your finished objects. It’s anything Brioche two or one coloured, it’s more about learning a new technique and having fun using it! And Hopefully finding something we all love to do more of!

The Kal will Begins on the starting date of 15th August 2015 and Ends 30th October 2015 and Winner will be drawn the following day on Halloween 31st October 2015 on the Podcast :D

FO’s-

Greco – By Courtney Spainhower

Again from the Summer 2015 issue of Pompom Quarterly, using 3.5mm Knitpro Dreamz interchangeable circulars. Using Rico So Soft DK

WIP:-

Curiosa Mkal – By Rachel Coopey, using 2.75mm bamboo DPNs there just a generic kind and I always tend to use 2.75mm for socks. Depending on what the pattern requires though obviously. Using Posh Yarn Betsy Sock base in colourway ‘wink wink’.

Sock Blanket

Canopy Shawl – Mandarine’s, using a 5mm knitpro Dreamz interchangeable circulars. Using malabrigo arroyo in colourway ‘Jupiter’ and beads from Justadaydream etsy store.

Test Knit:- For Melody of the Mandarines podcast. I’m using some very old stash yarn some 100% wool and Thursday night I sat and skeined the yarn so I could soak it and dry the yarn before I started!

Future Wips:-

Oak Crest by Maisie Howarth in the Autumn 2015 issue 14 of Pom Pom Quarterly

Briochealicious by Andrea Mowry (Dreareneeknits) for Killtocraft Brioche KAL

HOARDINGS:-

The Uncommon Thread yarn ‘Lush Worsted’ in colourway ‘Confetti’

Cat notebook from Homebird House

Custom Order from Baerenwolle for the Brioche Kal

Project bag from The Fawn and The Fox etsy store owned by the lovely Lara of ‘Thefawnknits’ podcast. Love the fabric, it’s so durable, stands up well, and ample sizing. Using for my 2 x100g DK weight shawl and fits everything in.

SWAPS:- With Lara, from the The fawn knits podcast. Catch Episode 9 where Lara also shares my swap package :)

What I’ve been doing:-

  • I fell down the concrete stairs
  • Visited a friend down south for a birthday
  • Seaside visit
  • Unity Hall free show volunteer as a tea lady

Other notes:-

  • Forum Chat Room Meet ups!

 

Post up a date and a time and we can meet and chatter about anything and everything and socialize with one another.

 Question for you lovelies?!

Do you like seaside visits?!

Well this pattern was gifted to my by the lovely Melody from Manderines Podcast and the lovely Ruth from Raincloudandsage blog from a giveaway I entered in hope to get chosen. There was a choice between manderine’s hat pattern or between her two shawl patterns ‘Canopy’ or ‘Blom’. First prize winner to be picked got to pick between the shawls and luckily I was the first as I’d had my longing eye on the Canopy Shawl since it was released. However the timing must not have been right because If i’d have bought it back then I woud be the same shawl I’ve been knitting up this week. Having been influenced by a Voolenvine tutorial about adding beads to your knitting and seeing Little boobins ‘Dani’ sharing her beaded influenced shawl, it all inspired me to add beads to my very own Canopy!

I started the shawl on Tuesday and I haven’t really put it down, but I’m going to make myself tomorrow so I can actually show it as a work of progress on saturdays podcast! I wouldn’t want to have started and finished without you seeing it. I’m already doing the lace on the third teir and I’m debating a possible fourth! it could be on the cards.

I’ve had a few glitches along the way like realising the beads I’d chosen however perfectly fitting with the chosen yarn they had different sized holes which was a pain but I did manage to sort them to make it easier. The beads with the larger central hole got hooked on first with the crochet hook as planned and the smaller holed ones got added at a later date nearing the end of the lace and got added the same way but using a sewing needle and sewing thread to slip the bed over the stitch.

I didn’t let it put me back to square one and searching for beads as I’d fallen in love with these ones! The shawl is so stunning I’m in love with it!

I’m so very excited about this project I couldn’t hold back and had to show it off! Just everything about this project to me is Perfect and I don’t always think that way. It will certainly get a lot of wear this autumn/winter.

Show Notes:- 

Welcome to Killtocraft Episode 4, Podcast and knitting friends, Hope you are all well and knitting your socks off! Here some notes and low down on this week’s show!

Big Thank you:-

Thank you to all friends and followers who have liked, shared and spread the podcast love, it means a lot to me to have such lovely and great people surrounding me and every one of you deserves a pat on the back from me lol!

Also a Big Big Thank you to Mina from ‘The Knitting Expat Podcast’ who shared the show on her latest Podcast, Episode 19. Mina is an amazing Person and I’ve over the past 3 weeks been catching up on her episodes so it was so lovely and such a big shock and joy to find she’d shared and said such lovely things about me and the show, Again Thank you and please check out the Knitting Expat Podcast it is a great show and Mina shares such lovely things about her life in Bahrain, including her knitting, sewing for her Etsy shop and her two lovely kitties that pop in for a nosey from time to time! You can also find her on Instagram as ‘Minaphilipp’ and Etsy as ‘Minamakes’.

Where to find me :

Instagram :- Nessatownley

Ravelry :- Killtocraft

Ravelry Forum:- Kill To Craft Podcast

Blog:- www.killtocraft.wordpress.com

Twitter:- nessa_stardom

This week’s big news about where you can find me is now over at the Kill To Craft Podcast Forum page, which I thought was maybe time to begin. This I find ever so slightly daunting so come and join in the antic’s lol!

 FO:- My only finished object this time was the test knit I’d started last episode which was to be completed in a few days for the release of the pattern, Go! By Dreareneeknits (Andrea Mowry). The Hat pattern was knitted in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK and worked in the round on magic loop with my Knitpro Dreamz interchangeables.

WIP:- Test Knit for Socks by Bryony Tofton knitted in some spare King Cole 4ply merino blend.

Greco by Courtney Spainhower from the Summer 2015 Issue 13 of Pom Pom Quarterly progress may have seemed slow and just as I was about to get fed up but I managed to pick up my dragging needles and get some pace going. I had a slight set back in progress as I stupidly finished the front and realised I’d knitted over too many stitches and had to rip back to the armholes and then started again. I’m currently knitting the I cord ties on the back before I start the sleeves.

I’ve made some slight alterations to my knitted version because I noticed that both back pieces had more rows that the front which to me wasn’t right so I made them match my front and I also didn’t do the garter stitch at the shoulder over all the stitches I left the Back edging in stocking stitch to run up to the top! I also did the three needle bind of from the wrong side of the garment so it didn’t leave a chain ridge along the shoulder which I didn’t like. Now being knitted on my Pony 40cm long 4mm straight metal needles.

Curiosa Mkal by Racheal Coopey great pattern I’m really enjoying it however behind I am, still finishing off the end of clue 2 due to hospital visits and working on finishing my Greco this has been put aside a little bit more so I best try stay away from any spoilers!

I haven’t started any new things just yet as I’m concentrating on getting my Greco finished for the Pom pom quarterly Summer Kal.

Hoardings:- Baerenwolle Baerfoot Sock.

Sirdar Heart and Sole 4ply sock yarn in new colourway ‘Twist and Shout’ shade 165.

Size 6 beads from Justadaydream etsy store. These are for my Canopy shawl when I start. A Big thank you to Dani from ‘Little Bobbins Podcast’ for being so kind and helpful by participating in a knitterly experiment for me. You’re a star!

The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes, look at the patterns Here.

Briochealicious by Dreareneeknits (Andrea Mowry). You can join in with there KNIT in COLOR knitalong on ravelry Here.

Animorphia Colouring Book.

Bookshelf:- Finished Reading ‘Comet in Moominland’ by Tove Jansson.

Currently Reading ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. 

NUNOCO ‘based in the UK’

Colourway ‘Antique Rose’ a blended Merino Tops 90% Merino Wool and 10% Milk Protein. 100g of fibre!

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to pick up and dust off that old drop spindle of mine and pick up where I left off!  Whilst on the search for spinning fibre I came across the Nunoco Store on Etsy! By gosh there batts and blended tops in a gorgeous array of colours won me over! All careful picked and blended by the lovely team Candy and Lora who very kindly and helpfully gave me advice on being a beginner in the spinning that a blended tops would be a better choice and explained the idea of batts too me which was greatly appreicated, So whilst on my search I here you ask what did I grab…!

This colourway is subtle but gorgeous, a beige/cream with hints of rose pink and leafy green when spun it creates a yarn that is very neutral but with little delicate touches of colour!

The fibre was beautiful to spin with and has a great staple length for a beginner to work on but not just that it was unbelivably soft, I’ve spun with merino previously but it wasn’t as smooth and soft as this tops was, it was like spinning candy floss (cotton candy) but less sticky!!

Candy and Lora also enclosed a lovely and caring message to me as I weren’t too well at the time and even enclosed two sample packs of the Merino Marina and Lagoon to try and also to see the colours up close which is bad for my wallet but great for my spindle because I’ve now popped the Lagoon on my wish list :D

I recieved my package in the post but a few days later, so my gosh it arrived prompt and fast, the perfect shopping and crafting experience! I’ve already knitted up my dk weight skein of the Antique Rose and it even gets softer after washing. The fibre is really warm so my new hat will be saved for wintertime wearing!

What I loved most about this shop was the well considered colours of the batts and tops if I had a choice up close and personal to pick them I’d struggle I’d end up bringing most of it home, but not being close to see them shouldn’t put you off it’s worth every penny!

COOPKNITS MYSTERY KAL ‘based in the UK’

2015 Coop Knits Mystery Sock Knit Along. £3

Most of you will know what a knit along is and most will  also know what a mystery knit along is! But have you been involved in one yet?! I hadn’t but know I am I’m joining in and most of you will have seen Racheal Coopey’s sock designs before and even knit them but if you haven’t like me now is your time to do both!

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry and each week you get an installment or ‘Clue’ which is a part of the sock pattern to knit up. It’s very exciting I’m waiting for the third installment was posted this week. With another clue after that so get in there and cast on some socks and join in the Kal thread over on the ravelry forum.

DREA RENEE KNITS ‘based in the USA’

The 100 Stitch Slouch $4.80

I’m highly reccomending this hat as it”s a perfect design for anybody even beginner knitter who only know the basic stitches can delve a little and try out this hat! I already spoke highly about this hat in my podcast but it is a great design with or without a pom pom this hat is spot on with it’s slight slouchy which isn’t over powering and it’s lovely  fit around the head which I found to be just right  it wouldn’t fly off in the wind at least! i’m not keen on a loose fitting hat I like to know it will stay on! The constructon is made in the round work from the brim to the crown of the hat of which I used the magic loop method, I’d used my own handspun but it would take any dk weighted yarn just give it a swatch first! Such a great and simple hat design that’s timeless and could make time and time again!

Please Remember if any designers, makers, fibre creators would like me to review a product on the blog or on my podcast please get in touch! I will however only review with kind words for products I believe in and feel suit my audiences interests. Please get in touch there is still space for August’s Woolly post and a future podcast show and tell!

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Hello Everybody back for another episode the 3rd on in fact!

So today the WIPS are as follows:-

Two for the time being Test knits so there both secrets, i’ll annouce when there available and show off the FO’s.

Again the Greco by Courtney Spainhower.

Also Curiosa Mystery Sock Kal by Racheal Coopey so spoiler alert will be given!!

Today’s FO’s are as follows:-

‘Kevin’ The Kiwi (free pattern).

Yarn shares:-

The Wool Barn ‘Silk Sock’ colourway ‘Faded Jeans’ and there is still plenty of colours left from Maya latest shop update, go take a look there beautiful!

Fyberspates Scrumptious DK (Purple)

King Cole ‘Superwash wool 4ply’ in shade 926.

Posh Yarns ‘Betsy Sock’ colourway Wink Wink.

I hope you enjoy the Show and you can all catch me in the following places, Ravelry I’m ‘Killtocraft’ and Instagram ‘NessaTownley’ and search Killtocraft Podcast on Youtube. Remember if you like to ‘Like’, ‘share’ or Subscribe so I can enjoy your support as it’s very much appreciated.

Also Check out The Fawn Knits Podcast on youtube and on Lara’s Etsy Store!

Thank you again for Viewing and Happy Knitting

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