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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

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.

Podcast Show Notes Episode 21

You can find me on Instagram as ‘nessatownley’, ravelry as ‘killtocraft’, and all show notes at Ravelry group ‘Killtocraft Podcast’.

NOTES
As always I tend to be looking for donantions for future giveaway and Kals, If you are interested in donating and are 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 please do get in touch.

Wearing:- Briochealicious Shawl by Andrea Mowry Yarn by Baerenwolle all colours on barefoot sock base.

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

WIPs
Dad’s Cabled Sweater by Sirdar Hayfield Aran Leaflet 9465
Yarn- Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g ball in ‘Navy’. Needles – 4mm and 5mm straight needles (Pony) 40cm length.
Every Flavour Stripy Socks by Olivia Villarreal thishandmadelife

I Heart Bees (My design)
Yarn :- In Bloom on Olsen Base by A Homespun House.

PODCASTS IVE BEEN WATCHING:-
I haven’t really been watching many podcasts this week it mainly got interrupted by the fact the new Star Wars movie came out 😀 and the fact our internet has been playing up Booooo!!!

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
Mermaid of the Black Lake from AHomespunHouse in her latest Sparkle base.
Harry Potter Themed stitch markers and Unicorn Project Bag from Thimble and Thread Makes etsy store. She is a UK seller.

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:- (Queued/future wips)
Margaretha Shawl by Helene Zechner herrlene

FINISHED READING:-
Soulless by Gail Carriger
And I loved it!! It’s such a witty book and the behaviour of trying to be proper makes it more amusing when things improper happen. It can be a little bit raunchy and steamy lol! And the relationship and banter between the two main characters and there friendship is just great.

CURRENTLY READING:-
The perks of being a wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Sorry for the wait it’s been a busy week I’ve just managed pluck a bit of spare time to sort them
🙂 Happy Weekend folks xx

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! 😀

Just manage finally to get this uploaded before I pop out for a few hours so I hope you enjoy and show noted will be written up when I arrive home. 😀 Enjoy lovelies x

Where you can find me:- Instagram as ‘nessatownley’, ravelry as ‘killtocraft’.

On today’s episode

FOs I have None 😮 How upsetting to admit 😉

WIPs
True Friend by Veera Valamaki veera
Yarn – Zauberwiese in Grey, A Homespun House in ‘This is Halloween’ (purple) on Dale fingering.
Needles – 3mm and 3.5mm Knitpro Symfonie Dreamz interchangables.

Silver Birch by LouiseTilbrook
Yarn – The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’.
Needles- 2.5mm Knitpro DPN Zings.

Striated by Nicki Merrall
Yarn – Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift in ‘Cornflower’.
Needles – 3.5mm Knitpro Symphonies interchangables.

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
Swap Packages from friends

THE POSTMAN CONTINUES.. HOARDING:-
Interpretations 3 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki can be found at the Pom Pom Press shop
juliannapiglet Julianna Fibres sock yarn in ‘Prism’ colourway can be found at her Etsy Shop

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:- (Queued/future wips)
‘Breathing Space’ from the newest Interpretations 3 book.

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