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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

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

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.

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

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