Monday, 27 May 2013

Episode 44 - A little Late



Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast.

If you are on Ravelry and looking for me there I am knittynatterzena and I am on Twitter and Plurk as knittynatter

There is a group on ravelry knittynatter-podcast and it would be great if you came and joined.  Every month there is a finished projects thread and one random generated winner gets their choice of either a pattern on ravelry up to the value of $7 or a set of my hand made stitch markers and you can go over to the etsy store knittynatter to choice a set from there.

Chatter
This week's episode is a little late I am recording on Monday. We have a long weekend in the UK as its spring bank holiday and we took a day trip to London on Saturday which was brilliant.  We went to The Natural History Museum, Whitehall, Westminster, Covent Garden, took a river taxi on the Thames to the Tower of London where we saw the Crown Jewels and the famous Ravens.  The weather has thankfully improved a little this weekend and it was at least dry and and relatively warm although it is due to turn chilly again from tomorrow!!

LOL
I have three LOLS to share with you this week

I finished the Summery Sweet Socks which are vanilla socks on a 2.25mm needles and 60 stitches around.  The yarn is Opal Sweet and Spicy sock yarn.  I just had a couple of rows left and the bind off so there finished right after I recorded last week.

I also finished the spring shoots sock by Alice Yu out of the Socktopus Book.  Yarn is the Boardwalk Roses from highlandhandmades sugar maple sock base and these were on 2.5m needles.  I modified hte pattern to add a 3x1 rib cuff rather than the applied cuff in the pattern.

A new cast on and now a LOL was Claude the Closet Monster which is out of The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger.  This was out of my handspun from Butterfly Bush Yarns in Robot Colourway.  I used 3.25mm needles and it took around 100 yards.  I have entered this into the Stash Dash 2013 with The Knit Girllls.

Nattering Away
Some more progress on the the lady edith by the sadly missed Karrie Steinmetz (knitpurlgurl) and this will be a KAL with the knittingden podcast for May in memory of Karrie.  This pattern was very kindly given to me as a gift on a RAP Tuesday by Keli who is SheepDreamery of the Sheepdreamery Podcast and she also dyes beautiful yarn which you can find in her etsy store.
I am using araucania Botany lace out of my stash which is 450 yards of fingering weight and 4.00mm needle.

A new cast on is the Trillian by Martina Bham.  I am using so stash yarn from At Knits End who is sadly no linger dying but this is a lovely mix of blues and pinks in the Moondance with Ewe Colourway. I cast this on in an effort to regain my mojo which left me for a couple of days this week and was a feeling I did not enjoy!  This is for a Bhemalong with Wolfe Farms and LemKnitCrochet podcasts. I am loving this pattern, I enjoy the simplicity and the colours of the yarn

I haven't started spinning anything new yet and in terms of whispering to me, I will cast on a pait of socks and probable another cardigan soon.  I have jumped in on stashdash in the hope that it will give me an incentive to finish up the evenstar as I will be able  to count the yardage on that which would give me a big boost!
No purchases this week and so that's all for this week's update, so I hope you have a fantastic week and I will see you soon, bye now.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Episode 43 - Hat Ahoy!




Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast.

If you are on Ravelry and looking for me there I am knittynatterzena and I am on Twitter and Plurk as knittynatter

There is a group on ravelry knittynatter-podcast and it would be great if you came and joined.  Every month there is a finished projects thread and one random generated winner gets their choice of either a pattern on ravelry up to the value of $7 or a set of my hand made stitch markers and you can go over to the etsy store knittynatter to choice a set from there.

LOL
The new pattern from Mel Ski the old man and the sea which was very kindly given to me by Mel.  I wanted to use stash and have some discontinued Patons Washed Haze in a lovely green colour.  This is a DK weight yarn and having checked my gauge I knit the smallest size which is written for 32" but has worked out to be correct for me with the DK yarn.  Needles used were 4.00mm and 4.5mm needles.

Nattering Away
I am so close with the Summery Sweet Socks which are vanilla socks on a 2.25mm needles and 60 stitches around.  The yarn is Opal Sweet and Spicy sock yarn and I have a couple of rows of the cuff left before I can bid off

I also did a little bit of work on the spring shoots sock by Alice Yu out of the Socktopus Book.  Working my way up the leg on the first sock and half way through the cuff. Yarn is the Boardwalk Roses from highlandhandmades sugar maple sock base.

Some more progress on the the lady edith by the sadly missed Karrie Steinmetz (knitpurlgurl) and this will be a KAL with the knittingden podcast for May in memory of Karrie.  This pattern was very kindly given to me as a gift on a RAP Tuesday by Keli who is SheepDreamery of the Sheepdreamery Podcast and she also dyes beautiful yarn which you can find in her etsy store.
I am using araucania Botany lace out of my stash which is 450 yards of fingering weight and 4.00mm needle.

Tongue Twister
I have finished the 100% south American Fibre from Butterfly bush yarns in the Robot colourway.  2 ply finished yarn with a total of 3018 yard which is my best yardage yet :)

That's all for this week's update, so I hope you have a fantastic week and I will see you soon, bye now.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Episode 42 - Good Progress



Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast.

If you are on Ravelry and looking for me there I am knittynatterzena and I am on Twitter and Plurk as knittynatter

There is a group on ravelry knittynatter-podcast and it would be great if you came and joined.  Every month there is a finished projects thread and one random generated winner gets their choice of either a pattern on ravelry up to the value of $7 or a set of my hand made stitch markers and you can go over to the etsy store knittynatter to choice a set from there.

I don't have any LOLs this week

Nattering Away
I have finished one of the Summery Sweet Socks which are vanilla socks on a 2.25mm needles and 60 stitches around.  The yarn is Opal Sweet and Spicy sock yarn and I have just started the gusset increases on the second sock.

I also did a little bit of work on the spring shoots sock by Alice Yu out of the Socktopus Book.  Working my way up the leg on the first sock.

I have cast on fot the new pattern from Mel Ski the old man and the sea which was very kindly given to me by Mel.  I wanted to use stash and have some discontinued Patons Washed Haze in a lovely green colour.  This is a DK weight yarn and having checked my gauge I am knitting the smallest size which is written for 32" but will work out to be correct for me with the DK yarn.  I have a total of 786 yards of this which should be enough.

Also new on the needles this week was the the lady edith by the sadly missed Karrie Steinmetz (knitpurlgurl) and this will be a KAL with the knittingden podcast for May in memory of Karrie.  This pattern was very kindly given to me as a gift on a RAP Tuesday by Keli who is SheepDreamery of the Sheepdreamery Podcast and she also dyes beautiful yarn which you can find in her etsy store.
I am using araucania Botany lace out of my stash which is 450 yards of fingering weight and 4.00mm needle.

Tongue Twister
I am gone back to my wheel, my Ladybug named Layla and On there I have 100% south American Fibre from Butterfly bush yarns in the Robot colourway.  I have spun the first half which is on one bobbin and I am now ont he second half which I have separated into thirds.  the finished yarn will be a 2 ply.

Speech Therapy
I have a new niddy noddy from hilltopcloud which is a beautiful 2 yard niddy noddy out of welsh wood, and while looking I spotted some lovely fibre which I had to have.  This is 50% merino, 38% shetland and 12% llama in Peacock colours,  I love it.

That's all for this week's update, so I hope you have a fantastic week and I will see you soon, bye now.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Episode 41 - Its been a year




Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast.

If you are on Ravelry and looking for me there I am knittynatterzena and I am on Twitter and Plurk as knittynatter

There is a group on ravelry knittynatter-podcast and it would be great if you came and joined.  Every month there is a finished projects thread and one random generated winner gets their choice of either a pattern on ravelry up to the value of $7 or a set of my hand made stitch markers and you can go over to the etsy store knittynatter to choice a set from there.

This week we have the drawing for April Share you LOLs

Chatter
It has been a year since I did my first podcast, I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. I am thoroughly enjoying myself and so I will be around for a while yet.
I have been enjoying the warmer weather and the sunshine and so thought that I would come and sit here by the window to the garden.

LOLs
I have been busy this week and mostly this weekend, I went to Stitch Solihull yesterday for knitting group and while I was there I purchased some fabric.  I have been wanting to sew more with the warmer weather I have been thinking about a summer skirt.
The fabrics there was lovely and I opted for a light pattern fabric which reminded me of leaves growing and flowers beginning to bud.

I opted to make a simple gathered skirt with a waistband and this is about knee length.  I wanted a casual look and so rather than a zip the skirt buttons up the entire length at the front.  My buttons are a selection of pinks which differ slightly to continue the casual look.  To add a little bit of detail the waist band has the pattern running horizontally rather than vertically.

The technical information on this is that the material was 45" wide and I purchased 2 meters I have over half a metre left.  I used one width for the back and then one width for the front (split in two).  I lightly interfaced the waist band for a bit of stability and added some over stitching detail at the bottom and waist band.  Overall length is 24".

Also finished this week is the beatnik which a free pattern through ravelry and knitty.com from Norah Gaughan.  I used Rowan 100% superwash wool aran weight in a red colour and bought 7 skeins , I have just around a total of one left over. I slightly modified this to get a 34" size and reduced the side panels by a total of 8 stitches (4 each side).  the sleeve I knit as per the 36" size and I have read that they sometimes come up tight.  I am delighted with this finished jumper and it fits perfectly :)

Nattering Away
I have made a small amount of progress on my Summery Sweet Socks which are vanilla socks on a 2.25mm needles and 60 stitches around.  The yarn is Opal Sweet and Spicy sock yarn and I have completed the gusset increases on the first sock and am about to turn the heel.  I have increased to a total of 56 stitches for the gusset.

Spring Shoot Socks did not quite make it into my hands and nor did the Evenstar.

Whispering to me
The Sage I was swatching for last week have been put on hold for a little while as I am going to be knitting the new pattern from Mel Ski the old man and the sea which is due to be released tomorrow.  I have also purchased and downloaded the book to my kindle and will be reading along whilst I knit this beautiful pattern.  The pattern is written with sport weight yarn in mind but I wanted to use stash and have some discontinued Patons Washed Haze in a lovely green colour.  This is a DK weight yarn and having checked my gauge I will be able to knit the smallest size which is written for 32" but will work out to be correct for me with the DK yarn.  I have a total of 786 yards of this which should be enough.

Also whispering to me which will be on the needles this afternoon is the the lady edith by the sadly missed Karrie Steinmetz (knitpurlgurl) and this will be a KAL with the knittingden podcast for May in memory of Karrie.  This pattern was very kindly given to me as a gift on a RAP Tuesday by Keli who is SheepDreamery of the Sheepdreamery Podcast and she also dyes beautiful yarn which you can find in her etsy store.
I intend to use araucania Botany lace out of my stash which is 450 yards of fingering weight and I will probably use a 4.00mm needle to get a nice drape which is the same size needle I used on the last shawl I knit with this yarn and it worked really well.

My speech therapy this week was the fabric that has already become my new skirt.

That's all for this week's update, so I hope you have a fantastic week and I will see you soon, bye now.