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Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

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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!! 😀

 

I’ve been looking to replace an older store bought cardigan that is the ‘staple black cardigan’ currently in my wardrobe. It’s been on my mind this past year and I figured it would be easier to buy the yarn if I could choose the cardigan. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with Ravelry and searching for the perfect cardigan.

But how do you choose?!

I was firstly looking at them all as options but that was too difficult so I narrowed down some ideas by looking at key features of the cardigan I’m replacing.

  • Top Down or Yoked construction.
  • Fitted.
  • Large waistband and standard length.
  • 3/4 Sleeves.

The only other thing I wouldn’t mind adding to this list is that it’s not too plain. I’ve come to realise I’m one for a pattern or complex knit, it keeps me excited and interested, plus it keeps me distracted when I need it.

Here’s a few ideas I’ve collected…

 

I love the look of this it’s garter stitch but simple, it’s fitted with lovely long sleeves for the winter but it’s quite high necked! And although Carrie has written this pattern in different weights I think I’d prefer the light version.

 

I’ve always been a lover of Andi’s designs but I’ve only ever knitted Fizz which was a test knit a long while ago but she was a lovely designer to work with. This pattern is a recent release and I think the neat and simple lace detail would just be subtle and appealing in a black cardigan. It would just be enough interest to keep me happy and the fit and sleeve length is lovely enough I could wear through a few seasons.

Gemini by Cecily Glowik Macdonald

This cardigan most represents my old cardigan which is why I’d be tempted to pick it! but I’m not sure it’s interesting enough, the panel on the back is nice but I’m not 100% keen on the moss stitch borders and how they might gap slightly.

What do you think? Is there any you prefer the most or maybe you’ve also knit them? or could recommend something I’ve not looked at?

These are just a few I’m still adding to my options on my Cardigan Bundle on Ravelry if you’d care to check it out.

x

You can find me at Instagram as ‘nessatownley’

Thank You everybody Killtocraft Podcast is over 1000 subscribers which is awesome. 😀 YaY!!!
Thank you to Shannon of Soxcetera Podcast for mentioning me and saying such sweet and lovely things about me and the show, Shannon was so kind and she is awesome if you haven’t seen her podcast go and watch here!
Thank you to a few kind knitter friends who this week as gifted me some of the sweetest pattern gifts after last week I received the Wildes Meer Shawl and the Fine and Dandy Socks.

FO’s
True Friend by Veera Valimaki used yarn from A homespun house and Zauberweise.
Harry Potter socks used yarn from London House Yarns etsy store.

WIP’s
Dads Cabled Sweater yarn from Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g in navy.
Silver Birch Socks from Pom Pom Quarterly Winter issue 13, yarn from The Wool Barn. Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’

Podcasters I’ve been watching:-
Knitorious podcast doghairknits and thatknitlife
Charlotte and Gus Podcast beecharly
LoneLarch Podcast jentastk
Brooklyn Knitfolk jaclynsalem
Soxcetera shannonfisher
Yarn Junkie yarnjunkie6

Great to see back
Kemper of JunkYarn Wraybot
and
Lea of All you knit is love podcast freezeframe

Postman has been:-
Swap with Sarah of Reluctant knitter podcast.
Giveaway treat yarn bundle I received from The Farmers Daughter fibers

Giveaway winners announced for the Sweater KAL, Thank you to all of you who participated it was great fun and loved seeing all your progress and projects. And can the winners please get in touch with there shipping information. 😀 Yay!!

And thank you for coming by and spending time with me and hope you all have an amazing week! x

Welcome back here’s Episode 19 and better late than never. I realised I’d not posted it up yet Yikes!!!

Thank You’s
Eric eplutz ‘Sticks + Twine Podcast’ for Valentines swap
Lovely Katie misslavelli ‘Inside23 Podcast’ For mini’s swap
Sweetheart Amber yarnjunkie6 ‘Yarnjunkie Podcast’ For super kind belated birthday package
Beautiful Lara thefawnknits ‘The Fawn Knits Podcast’ For mentioning me in an episode where she gave thanks to everyone.

NOTES:-
Sweater Kal ends 31st March 2016 at 10pm GMT
If you are a Maker, Designer, Bag Maker, Fibre creator or anything along the lines of the creative fibre, yarnie or knitty needs and would like to donate to the Podcast for future giveaways or knitalongs please do get in touch via pm on ravelry.

FOs
Don’t get too excited I totally forgot to get out my True Friend sweater so I promise Next time…!

WIPs
Silver Birch by Louise Tilbrook
Yarn The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’. Needles- Knitpro DPN Zings. February Box of sox kal

Dad’s Cabled Sweater by Sirdar 9465
Yarn- Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g ball in ‘Navy’. Needles – 4mm and 5mm straight needles (Pony) 40cm length.

Harry Potter Kal Socks
Yarn – London House Yarns in ‘Yule Ball’. Needles – 2.5mm Knitpro Zings DPNs in my Fawn and The Fox Project bag that my lovely Friend Lara so sweetly gifted me at Christmas.

This project is being entered into the #23harrypotterkal hosted by Inside 23 misslavelli, #stripeysockskal hosted by Pinfeathers & purls and March Socks for the #boxofsoxskal hosted by Yarngasm.

Brother’s Blanket
Just in the beginning stages I’m using sport/dk weight yarn and I’ve cast on 44 sts to make a 10cm square.

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
1 Skein of Fawn in ‘Grand Budapest’ colourway from The Fawn and The Fox Etsy Store (note:- There still some of this colourway available in the Alpaca Base)

Large Project Bag from Knit and Stitch Bits

1 Skein of Olsen Fingering in ‘In Bloom’ colourway from A Homespun House AHomespunHouse

THE POSTMAN CONTINUES..
My Lovely parcels
and an extra treat gift from my kind friend Stephanie of London House Yarns.
And Ravelry Postman Sent me a wonderful pattern gift from Mina mina86 of the Knitting Expat Podcast her ‘Les Molleaux’ or ‘The Squishy’ Brioche Shawl she’s recently finished it’s beautiful and can’t wait to give it a try. There is also a copy to be won in the Sweater Kal if you are taking part 😀 Yayyyy! Thank You Mina xx

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:-
Wildes Meer by Voolenvine or Kristin from Yarngasm it’s this beautiful Fingering Weight shawl with lots of delicate lace detailing and these little shell like motifs around the border edge it’s stunning and she sold it too me with the mermaid and sea feeling and now I really would love this in my collection of knits. I do like the idea of more bead work which Kristin also has an amazingly good tutorial for apply beads too your knits.

I hope you enjoy and be warned I’ve had a rough one this time lol! But I’m in good spirits even so! 😀

At Last the show notes …… 😀 Don’t ask it’s been a crazy busy week! :p

A few notices.
1. Sweater Kal is still going on in the Ravelry group until the 31st of March so you still have a good two months to join in on the Chatter and FO threads, please do come over and share you progress and you can do more than one sweater, cardigan, top or large garment. You can also Hashtag your progress with #ktcsweaterkal.
1st prize generously gifted from Nicole of Hueloco yarns and podcast.
cute Project Bag, mini’s and gorgeous skein of MCN in the Twitterpated colourway.

In conjunction with Mina and The Knitting Expat podcast so you will have a second chance of winning prizes if you also join in and share them in her group threads so twice the fun 😀

  1. Next up:- A Giveaway YAY! The Post Valentines Giveaway is going on in the Ravelry group please do go over and share something, someone or a memory you may have cherished over this past year to enter you into the ‘Giveaway’ which is my way of saying Thank you so do join in! 🙂
  2. And some Birthday pattern present Thank you’s tinypaperfoxes, mina86 and herrlene Thank you so much It made my day I was super excited 😀

FO’s
Rainbows and Unicorns Kal socks

Pattern is ‘Fika’ by Maribeth White (Pom pom Quarterly) Knitted on 2.25mm and 2.75mm Knitpro Zings, Yarn Lang Jawoll Magic in the Pastel Rainbow and with Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in grey for toes.

WIP’s
Silver Birch
by (pom pom Quarterly) Knitted on 2.50mm Knitpro Zings, Yarn The Wool Barn Tweedy Sock in the Terracotta colourway.

True Friend by Veera Valamaki
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Knitted on 3.5mm Knitpro Dreamz interchangeables, Yarn Grey is Zauberweisse and Purple/pink is A Homespun House ‘This is Halloween’ colourway.
True Friend

Scrappy Socks

Postman Has Been
Yule Ball Harry Potter inspired Christmas colourway from London House Yarns.
And Ordered a skein of Office Christmas Party from A Fine Fish Yarns.

Birthday Gifts
Star Wars Project bag by ThirdVaultYarns I love this bag I’m just wanting for that perfect skein for the perfect project! Where are you?!…….. lol

READS
Finished ‘The Ocean at the End of The Lane’ By Neil Gaiman.
I grabbed this second hand after it was recommended by Robin of the ‘Stitching Between Pages Podcast. It was a slim read so I whisked it away. I whizz through it.
Started ‘The Man in the High Castle’ By Phillip K Dick.

Podcasters Mentioned
Inside 23 misslavellia
Sticks + Twine eplutz