Shinybees in The Knitter Magazine

The Knitter Podcast

That’s right! The podcast was recommended in the latest issue of The Knitter. It was a pleasant surprise; I bought the magazine today to get my copy of the sock heel masterclass article by Clare Devine. I spotted the mention as I was flicking through the rest of the magazine, prior to sitting down for detailed reading.

Along with Clare’s brilliant article, there were some lovely sock patterns in this issue in a separate booklet. There is also a great article on visiting Shetland, which is on our to-do list for this summer, so should come in very handy.

If you would like a quick preview of what is in this issue, you can see it on the preview video on YouTube here.

The Golden Skein

Those of you who listen to the podcast, or follow me on Twitter, will be aware of the genesis of The Golden Skein (TGS). This is a specially commissioned, limited edition yarn club, which brings together dyers from around the world. TGS is run by my good self, and the lovely Kate of Kate’s Twirl blog. We are both big fans of hand dyed yarns and love to discover new dyers and fibres. With so many talented artisan dyers to choose from, searching for those elusive ‘Golden Skeins’ can be a big task. We do all of the hard work for you, so you can spend more time knitting!

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Episode 12 – Out and About at Yarndale

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Image Credit: ‘Bus to #Yarndale’, by Bee, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to the show notes for episode 12. This episode is all about Yarndale, a new Yarn festival held in Skipton in north Yorkshire in the UK. I was lucky enough to go along and met up with Nic from Yarns From The Plain podcast and Aimee from Knit Spin Cake podcast and we had a good old giggle and shopped till we dropped. Well, Nic did most of the shopping as you will hear shortly.

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Episode 11: All Change

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Image Credit: ‘London_Euston_London_May13′ by Ian, via Flickr.

Hello everybody and welcome to Episode 11 of the podcast: All Change. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners, as always.

This episode is the first from my new base in Lincolnshire in the UK. There is a quick rundown of what I have been up to, including writing for the new iMake Magazine. There is also a Top Secret project in the pipeline. I attended Fibre East and met the rather wonderful Aimee from KnitSpinCake podcast. I will be attending Yarndale in Skipton at the end of September.

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Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure (P/Hop) Knit and Crochet Along.

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‘New Cranfords.’ Image shared with kind permission of Jane Lithgow, probablyjane on Flickr.

For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast, I thought I would let you in on the new knit and crochet along we are starting in the Ravelry group for the show – the P/hop KAL. Inspired by the recent appointment of the lovely Kate from Kate’s Twirl blog and famous roving reporter of the iMake podcast as the new co-ordinator at P/hop, the P/hop KAL will be starting tomorrow, 1st July 2013. Don’t worry if you can’t cast on tomorrow, you can still join at any time thereafter, once you have cleared down your current wips or found the perfect yarn for your P/hop project.

This KAL (and CAL, there are crochet patterns too) is for any P/hop pattern. If you look in your queue, you will probably have one already in there, as there have been some beautiful patterns donated. If not, check out the patterns here on Ravelry. I know it is difficult to narrow down to just one project, but you can always cast another on when you have finished and carry on the P/hop fun! All you need to do is download that pattern and then make a donation to P/hop, who raise money for Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF). If you aren’t familiar with the work of MSF, you can look here to find out what they do around the world as well as in South Africa, where they provide support in tackling endemic and epidemic disease, as well as exclusion from access to healthcare. The idea is that you make a donation of pennies per hour of pleasure you get from knitting or crocheting the patterns.

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We will be following everyone’s progress and indulging in a bit of chatter and banter over on the thread in the Shinybees Podcast group on Ravelry. We will also be using the hashtag #phopkal on Twitter for more up to the minute chat. As usual, I am sure there will be a liberal dose of good humour there too!

I will be knitting the Cranford Mitts in Jelliebean Yarns’ ‘Red Dragon’s Blood’, which is a sparkly, red sock yarn. I think these mitts will be a great wear in Autumn back in the UK for pram pushing and dog walking. I might even make 2 pairs and keep one for best! I was sorely tempted by the beautiful Trinity Shawlette, however as I already have a laceweight shawl on the go that is also a deadline project and I am notoriously slow at shawl KALs, I’m going to stick with something small.

Come and join us! What will you be knitting?

Episode 10: Travelling Light

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Image Credit: ‘Potjie’ by s_mac, via Flickr.

Hello everybody and welcome to episode 10 of the podcast: Travelling Light. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners, as always.

The main focus of the jibber jabber this week is that of travel knitting. How do you do yours? Are you strictly vanilla sock or do you go big with a shawl? I ponder the trials and tribulations of aeroplane travel with or without one’s knitting needles from London and Johannesburg. There is also a bit of discussion about how one keeps one’s Golden Skeins safe when moving hemispheres and a précis of my top 3, from Nurturing Fibres and Flamboyance Yarns, which may be superseded by a newer offering from the Knitting Goddess. We end with a rallying cry not to do weird stuff just to get your knitting onto a plane. You know it makes sense, people.

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY7): Back to the Future.

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Image Details: ‘Delorean’ by The Plate Market, via Flickr.

Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): Looking Forward
One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Last year I set myself several things I would like to learn in the coming year, as part of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012. I decided, whilst writing this post, that it would be fun to look back and see if I had managed to achieve any of them. I do feel like I have progressed in my knitting ability during the past year and have attempted projects with wild abandon, without any regard to how difficult they were going to be. I must also confess though, that I have not looked back at those goals set last year until now. So, what did I plan to learn?

1) Fair Isle
2) Adult size jumper, for me
3) Dye some yarn
4) Handspin yarn for a project
5) Learn to do TAAT socks

How did I do?

1) Fair Isle: Epic fail. Didn’t even try any.

2) Adult size jumper, for me: Cast on Owls by Kate Davies, decided that expanding pregnant frame not suited to form fitting jumper of previous size and elected to leave it until after eviction of the little squatter. Left the project in the UK after Christmas as I needed the luggage space for baby paraphernalia.

3) Dye some yarn: Thought about it, read about it, didn’t do it. I planned to attend a yarn dyeing course with Carlé from Nurturing Fibres, however the course unfortunately did not run in the end.

4) Handspin yarn for a project: I haven’t touched the wheel in a while. I really need to start using it as I can’t really justify it’s current existence as a rather beautiful ornament. I think possibly aiming for 10 minutes a day might be the way forward for this.

5) Learn to do Two At A Time socks: Epic fail. Didn’t even try it. Did do a couple more pairs on the old DPNs though.

I found that in typical Bee-like fashion, I got distracted by other projects, such as doing a podcast! I also found that, by having such a wide scope on the goals, I didn’t actually get there because they weren’t broken down into small enough, specific steps. I have therefore decided to slim down this year’s goals to just one and I have already chosen which project I am going to do and when I will start it. If it is finished in time, I may then move on to the other two reserve projects. This way, I have a much more specific path in mind, so it is harder to become distracted from the goal. I am also going to blog about these projects once per week such that you can all keep me on track.

White and Colourful by Suuf.  Image used with kind permission of Suuf, All Rights Reserved.

White and Colourful by Suuf. Image used with kind permission of Suuf, All Rights Reserved.

1) Fair Isle. I am going to complete the White and Colourful hat and mittens project, written by Suuf on Ravelry. She kindly sent me the charts for her self-designed/adapted project, and I intend to start this in August when we return to the UK and finish it by Christmas. This will give me time to clear down my ongoing wips in order to concentrate better on this project.

2) Adult size jumper for me. I am going to get the Owls out of hibernation when I return in August and work on this when I am not in the right frame of mind for Fair Isle! The plan is to finish this before next year’s KCBW.

Box of Chocolates

Box of Chocolates

3) Two At A Time socks. I have the Box of Chocolates yarn and I am going to do Carlé’s Vanilla Sock pattern on Ravelry. As I have it with me now, so should I finish my ongoing wips, I will allow myself to cast them on.

What are your crafty goals for the coming year?

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