I had the pleasure of chatting with knitwear designer and podcaster Melody Hoffmann aka mandarines this episode. Melody is a charming guest and I hope you enjoy hearing about her inspiration and work! We have some great give aways as well! With a special shoutouts for Martin’s Lab, Blacker Yarn, a new pattern, jet lag and bad hair…
Shownotes are in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group, where you will also find a new call for test knitters, and other goodness among other things….
This episode was a fun one! I was joined by Lydia and Sophie of PomPom Quarterly for chat about the upcoming celebration of PPQ’s 5 year anniversary. I also chat about my new design the Starflower Shawl. I hope you enjoy it!
Last week I had the incredible luck to take a holiday by the seaside that coincided with a mini heat wave here in the UK. I was prepared with my holiday knitting: a new sweater design using brioche stitch. I made a reasonable amount of progress on it, but I can’t show it off January (!!) which feels like such a long time because I am so excited about it now. I also took my trusty camera, and thought I would share some holiday inspiration with you today.
Have you heard of a sundog? I had not, but Wikipedia tells us this about them:
We saw an astonishingly vivid sundog while out and about one evening. My camera wasn’t quite able to cope with taking in the entire scene, but there was a sundog either side of the setting sun, and halo was just visible.
I enjoyed some quality knitting time and fit in a few rows before going out in the evening.
There was a fantastic full moon. I read some things online about how this was a special full moon, but have to admit I can’t remember any of those special things, which in no way dims my enjoyment of it!
And finally, we did took some photos for a sneak peek of new a cardigan design to be released later this month.
I am so pleased to have a some new Angelus Novus cardigans to show you. Curious Handmade Helen hosted a fantastic knit-along in her Ravelry group and the resulting finished objects have been awesome!
I was honored to have designed the cardigan that Dani, aka littlebobbins knit herself as a birthday present. She even mentioned it on her podcast, which was a bit of a thrill for me!
Deb, aka Tinkhickman created a wonderful version and captured the entire making process from balls of yarn to gorgeous finished object on her Instagram feed and project page.
As I was looking through the finished objects for the Curious Handmade Klee KAL, I realised I hadn’t shared any of the previous finished objects, and I must as they have turned out so beautifully! Above is Vincakent’s cardi which I love in a fabulous shade of deep orange.
The amazing Josh Moll has knit up a wonderfully tiny version of the Angelus Novus cardigan that makes my heart burst just a little. She has sent me notes, and I’ll grade the pattern and republish it for several children’s and baby sizes. This is so very exciting! This will be the first EastLondonKnit pattern for children and I can’t wait to share it with you!
I am pretty sure that travel is good for me. It is just healthy to occasionally get out of the routine, right?
My trip to the Squam Art Workshops in June was wonderful for so many reasons; because I travelled to a beautiful part of the world and spent time with my people, but also because I had the chance to meet new people who are doing exciting things on the other side of the pond, a few of these I would like to share with you today.
In addition to the full day workshops that attendees sign up for, there are several shorter, drop-in activities going on, including Tierney Barden‘s Fairy Tales and Paper Cutting, which was incredibly fun! My efforts from that afternoon:
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I also had the pleasure of meeting Marce, aka BrownBerry, who documented her time in Squam with this sweet podcast:
Marce was accompanied by Nancy, who I met at Squam last year. I’ve been following Nancy Instagram posts of her yoga practice and fitness regime which I find really inspiring; have a look if you enjoy watching superfit people get more fit.
Finally, I was incredibly lucky to have the wonderful Amor from Crave Yarn as my roommate, who allowed me to run off with this gorgeous skein of her Thoreau yarn, a fingering/4 ply yarn of 50% yak, 50% silk in the Stolen Seas colourway (the photo really doesn’t give an accurate impression of the subtlety of the blue).
It is so soft and luxurious that I don’t even want to wind it into a cake. I am more than happy to admire it in the skein until I have time to pay some proper attention to it!