I also chat about the new printed version of the Zen Variations (and the printed Klee Collection too), for which there is a 20% discount with the code ‘SPRINGZEN’ in the EastLondonKnit Etsy shop. Also, there is an awesome giveaway from Woolly and Skeinny Dipping yarns, so please do have a peruse of the podcast for all the goodies!
Last but not least, Kettle Yarn Co. is helping me celebrate the launch of the printed Zen Variations with a discount on the yarn we used for several of the new Variations: Islington DK. You can get 10% off with the code ‘ZenLOVE’.
Well, this is it. I have decided to make a podcast.
I am thinking of it like this: what’s the big deal? If I fail and everyone hates it, I can quit anytime and move on. If I succeed, I will have a place to share tutorials and a place to regularly ‘meet’ with my knitting people. Either way, the only things I’m risking are time and pride, right?
Unlike many other podcasters, I won’t really be able to share what I am knitting all the time, because I am almost always knitting on a new design of my own. So what will I talk about?
First of all, I’ll share tutorials and tips regularly. I forget sometimes how it feels to be a beginner knitter, when there is everything to learn and no knowledge can be taken for granted. I have made photo tutorials, but I think having video will really help to make techniques clear and understandable.
Of course I will talk about upcoming events, new (and occasionally older) designs, and other people’s designs I wish I had time to knit… of which there are many!
To that end, here is my (bizarrely earnest!) introduction to the podcast:
Please do tell me what you think, if you like things or don’t. What are you interested in hearing about, seeing with regard to craft and knitting?
I like structure and the idea of having a regular (I’m thinking fortnightly) deadline to hold myself accountable for having something to show for my 2 weeks. The first episode will come out a couple of weeks after Edinburgh Yarn Fest, hopefully giving me enough time to recover and organise myself, and make a great first go of it:) Wish me luck… !
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!
Today the Klee Collection knit along begins and I am really pleased to discuss the first of the sponsors, who, not coincidentally, were also the wonderful sources of yarn for my collection:
Blacker Yarns, WalkCollection and The Uncommon Thread have all generously contributed to the prize pots, as have I with some gorgeous yarn from the ‘give away’ stash and surprises to be announced. There will be prizes for finished garments and finished accessories, both randomly selected, as well as a social media participation prize and a prize for my favourite finished object.
I finally worked up the nerve to listen to the podcast myself and after getting over the pain of hearing my recorded voice (it just makes you cringe at first, doesn’t it!? I can’t believe I sound like that), I think it went pretty well! Please do have a listen!
Only 2 more days until the Klee Collection goes live! The next two days are dedicated to the fine tuning of the patterns and photography. You can’t have to too many detail shots right? It would be wonderful if, when designs are published, you could give them a little love on Ravelry with a favorite or a comment! It would help me out so much! I am planning some amazing knit alongs too:)
Finally, the Good Fortune Giveaway continues! Have a look at the original post and it would be great if you would come on over to the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group and share a story or just a positive comment. I will choose a winner from the thread on Thursday and there are some lovely incentives to play along!