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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

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

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! 😀