Author: Shinybees

I'm a multi-crafter from the North West of England, living in South Africa.

For the Love of Socks …


Like socks? Great set of offers to celebrate the end of Socktober here. And if you need any more reasons to enable yourself to sock yarn, Clare provides them here :)

Originally posted on yarnandpointysticks:

It is the final week of Socktober and to celebrate I am having a flash sale lasting for the rest of the week. Why? because I love socks, and I hope you do too. Details at the end of the post.

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The five things I love about socks … 

1) They can be incredibly simple yet breathtakingly effective (think Vanilla socks with some fabulous self stripe) or complex enough to virtually warp you mind (think Cookie A).

2) Sock yarn. Need I say more? The vast array of stunning hand dyed yarn is enough of a reason to love socks for the rest of time.

3) They are portable. You can’t lug that huge jumper project about with you, but you can easily pop a sock in your bag (or pocket).

4) They really pack a punch when it comes to techniques, you can get a lot of new techniques into…

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Episode 21: Pontoon!

Russian TU-160 Blackjack

Image Details: ‘Russian TU-160 Blackjack’ by defenceimages, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 21 of the podcast. This one has nothing at all to do with card games and everything to do with knitting, along with an interview from a special guest. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners.


Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

The Suitcase

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners.


LushPodKal Techniques 3: Short Rows and Wrap and Turn

Down With Shorts!

Image Details: ‘Down With Shorts’ by theotherdan, via Flickr.

This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring techniques used in the Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits, and some recommended resources for those techniques I have used.


LushPodKal Techniques 2: Blocking the Lace Yoke

lushpodkal soak wash blocking lace

Doing the lushpodkal? Need help with blocking the yoke?

I’ve put together my thoughts on blocking in general, with a handy video at the end of the post, for those who prefer to watch how to do it, instead of reading about it. The lace yoke, which is the first part of the cardigan that is knitted in this pattern, needs to be blocked before the stitched can be picked up for the collar and main body. In case you aren’t too familiar with how you’d do that, I’ve put together this handy guide.


LushPodKal Techniques: Provisional Cast On


Image Details: “042307Crochet_cast-on” by cabezalana, via Flickr.

In preparation for the impending start of the LushPodKal, I have been researching the best resources for learning the techniques that will be needed during the course of the pattern. I know that quite a few people are knitting their first ever adult garment and some are a little nervous about new techniques that they will be trying. Hopefully, I can take some of the pain out of finding a good tutorial (not all Google searches are created equal, my friends!) and you can find something here to help you along.