Sunday, 24 February 2013

Episode 31 - Back to the real world




Hello, hello and welcome to Episode 31, it feels like eons since I last did a proper podcast, we have interent issues to thank for my unscheduled absence.

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

Chatter
I would like to start off by saying a very bug thank you for all of the feedback and lovely words of support that my last podcast prompted and also the ongoing support and chatter that you all provide on a regular basis, I am only sorry that I could not reply to you all due to the aforementioned technical issues but please know that I read them all and they are all valued by me.

LOLS
I have some LOLs that you have not even seen in progress!


I finished another For Good Hat as a gift for my friend which has already gone to its new owner.  I used, Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in a beautiful apple green colour and size 3.75mm needles.

Mind the Gap socks have been started and finished and fore these I used the fabulous Mind the Gap colourway from Trailing Clouds which is a self striping sock yarn based on the colours that appear on the London tube station.  These are for a Christmas gift for OH sister who lives in London.  I bought a short skein and I like to try to get my self striping socks to match so I decided to do the heels, toes and cuffs in black (for which I used Regia sock yarn).  it was by pure luck that when I came to put the waste yarn in for the heel that this happened to fall in the middle of a black stripe which meant that I could also end the leg on black and go into the cuff preserving the colour order.

These were knit toe up on 2.25mm needles and 64 stitches around.

I also have a knit snuggle completed out of Patons Big Fab (which was intended for slippers but since frogged).  I knit this based on the grandmothers favorite dishcloth pattern but I have no idea what the needles size are as they are too big for my gauge, the finished size is 16 inches by 16 inches.

Nattering Away
The rest of what I have worked on since we last spoke

The Ripple Crochet Blanket has seen a little bit of progress although this is slowing now as I concetrate on other items.  I am using a size 5.0mm hook and the yarn is a mix of  Sirdar Snuggly DK and Patons DK. There are more detailed notes on the pattern on my project page for the blanket here

I managed to get a god amount of progress on Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry) and this was given to me as a Birthday Gift by LittleRiaHen.  I am using Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I am using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I am knitting the 34' size. I finally separated for the sleeves and have continued down the body and commenced the travelling pattern section on the body.  I will go back and pick up for the sleeves before I fully finish the body just to ensure that I have enough yarn as my row gauge was short.

I ave also made good progress with the color affection with artesano 100% alpaca 4 ply in Argentina, Colombia and Forget me Not.  4.00mm needles.

Started another knit snuggle in Patons Big Fab, this one I'm knitting straight but just with slipped stitches as the start of each row to give it a more finished egde.

Also just cast on some vanilla socks on 2.25mm needle and done the toe increases ready for cinema trip later today.. yarn is Gemini Knits - dark eyes 100% merino

Tongue Twister
I have been spinning still and finished the  http://gnomeacres.com/ Zombie Flannel which is Polwarth / Silk 85% / 15%.  I achieved 280 yards and this is between a DK and light worsted weight.

Whispering to Me
When the colour affection is done I will cast on with my Countess Ablaze, Studentknits colourway, probably the pimpelliese

No speech therapy this week

Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Episode 30 - This one's for you Mel



Hello and Welcome to this weeks episode its Sunday 10th February and I have been musing over whether to podcast or not today since I read the latest post by MSkiKnits

I am not only saddened by the whole thing but also confused and concerned that someone I choose to share my precious time with as a podcaster or a viewer can act in such a hurtful and malicious way.

It has quite honestly left me feeling very disillusioned with watching and recording a podcast but after mulling it over for some time I have decided to go ahead and record but not in my usual format.

I will say no more here as I would prefer you to watch to hear what I have to say as so much of this whole episode has come about from words that have been typed at a keyboard and I do not want to fall into that trap of being misunderstood or misconstrued.

I wish you well and hopefully see you soon.

Bye now

 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Episode 29 - Back to it




Hello and welcome to this week's episode, today is Sunday 3rd February 2013 and this is Episode 29

If you are looking for me on Ravelry I am knittynatterzena and the group is knittynatter podcast group where have a monthly share you Lols thread to enter all of your finished objects whether they be knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.

We have a drawing this week for the January Share Your LoLs thread

Chatter
This week the OH was working til 10.30pm all week which meant I have a fair amount of progress to show you :) Alos I have been joining VKNs on a Tuesday night with Charminglochie, Kelly has to change the nights of her VKN and Tuesdays suit me so I intend to still be around for Tuesday nights VKN and will probably start one up if there is not one already running.  That said I have been informed I have plans for this coming Tuesday evening so wont be around to VKN this week.

LOLS
After a light week last week I have three LOLs this week.

New Year Firework Socks in Twisted Limone are done.  2.25mm DPNs.  These socks are my standard 60 stitched around and I am pretty pleased with the close match.

Tunisian Snuggle is finished. This is a small snuggle for the FAL KAL with Sadie of the Yarnivore Podcast.   This is 60 stitches across and completed in simple stitch.  Acrylic yarn from stash.

The sunrise socks by WendyKnits which a free pattern on Ravelry which is found on her blog.  These are valentine socks in the Tainted Love colourway from Gemini Knits, and I knit the size M which is 66 stitches on 2.25mm needle.  I am really pleased with this simple yet effective pattern and love the way that it almost looks like 'v's or hearts on the sock.

Nattering Away
The rest of what I have worked on this week.


The Ripple Crochet Blanket has seen a little bit of progress, I finished the gold section, and then the 3 row white section and am about 4 rows into the red section.  I am using a size 5.0mm hook and the yarn is a mix of  Sirdar Snuggly DK and Patons DK. There are more detailed notes on the pattern on my project page for the blanket here

I completed one more square / diamond for the Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang (the pattern is free on her blog ).  2.25mm needles and this square is another one in the Twisted Limone yarn from my Firework socks.

I managed to get a little more progress on Ink by Hanna Maciejewska ($6 pattern of Ravelry) and this was given to me as a Birthday Gift by LittleRiaHen.  I am using Rowan pure wool 4 ply which is a superwash wool and the colour is sage.  I am using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles which is one size higher than the recommended on the pattern and I am knitting the 34' size.  I did another two or three pattern repeats whilst increasing for the raglan arms. Still a fair way (4 pattern repeats) to go until I can separate for the sleeves but I have the pattern memorised now and this feels as though the progress will speed up a little even though the number of stitched is increasing.

I started the color affection with artesano 100% alpaca 4 ply in Argentina, Colombia and Forget me Not.  4.00mm needles and I have just started the first striped section and added in the second colour.

Tongue Twister
I have been spinning this week. I have just finished plying some fibre from Hill Top Cloud.  50% BFL, 40% Merino and 10% seacell.  Colourway is Estuary and this was from the fibre club I was in early last year.  I have not measured this yet but I am guessing about 200 yards.

Whispering to Me
I intend to knit another For Good Hat as a gift for my friend who is supporting me this week.  I have the yarn, Rowan Creative Foces Worsted.

Fibre whispering to me for next on the wheel is http://gnomeacres.com/ Zombie Flannel which is Polwarth / Silk 85% / 15%.

Speech Therapy
I got yummies this week.

Yarn Vs Zombies - 'Not Drifting, Waiting" in Vampire Base and this is the first sparkle yarn I have ever owned.

Trailing Clouds 'Mind the Gap' based on the tube map colours, this is for a Christmas gift for socks for SIL who lives in London.

I won with Student Knits podcast a skein of her specially dyed yarn from Countess Ablaze (not linked as it is closed at the moment due to illness.  This is for a KAL through February and March and I will probably do a shawl as it is merino/ nylon / cashmere.

Hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll see you next time

Bye Now
:)