Episode 85: Yarn Head

Welcome to Episode 85 of the Crafternoon Treats Crochet and Yarn podcast.


In this episode…

As usual, a bit of chat to start with. I’m still busy making things, although I did take a bit of time last week to dye up the sock club for November, which has gone off to subscribers overseas and will go to the UK subscribers at the end of October. I talk more about it in the Etsy section at the end of the podcast but the basic contents are below… There will also be a selection of treats and goodies, including stitch markers, progress keepers, edible and possibly pampering treats. And tea, goes without saying.

Crafternoon Treats Christmas mini calendar 2019

Just a reminder that there are now only a few days left until I close the listing for the 12 Days of Christmas calendars, which you can see on Etsy here. There are still a few left but I will only dye them to order this year, so there won’t be a chance to buy any after the 31 October 2019.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Moonlit shawl

Moonlit shawl by Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart. The pattern is available on Ravelry and can be made in one skein of fingering/sock weight yarn or in a DK weight yarn. Instructions include how to make both with slightly different row counts so the finished shawl is approximately the same size.

I started making this while I was waiting for Episode 84 to load up and I quickly got engrossed. Its mindful and relaxing to keep track of the stitch counts and rows. You could write stuff down but sometimes I like to just concentrate my way through something like this.

The colourway is Pumpkin Spice Latte in my British merino and Mulberry silk base and its working up so beautifully.

I am so enjoying using my own luxury yarn. It seems strange to say that but I have thought in the past that the shop yarn wasn’t for me! But how silly that was. Now I’ve realised that people like to see how yarn works up and that can help them make the decision to buy some, I can now put any feelings of guilt firmly to one side.

It has helped that I went to a craft group day on Saturday. I really love these days. Good company, away from the distractions of home/work and just the luxury of a few hours dedicated to working on projects. Bliss.

Sea Breeze crochet scarf

This is a pattern I did a while ago and its had a couple of incarnations already and so this will be the third one I’ve made.

Originally it was in Stylecraft Batik, which I really like, then I did a version in some natural rare breed wool yarn, which looked better than it felt! Now I’m doing one in the Corriepol DK using the three new colours – Iris, Lilac and Shadow. Well, purple. I couldn’t resist could I?

Giveaway winner

The prize up for grabs was the latest book by The Crochet Project, Easy Crochet Wearables. The patterns are lovely and all by Joanne Scrace. Plus the sparkly crochet hook by For the Love of Yarn.

And the winner is… Hollie, who entered by email. I have emailed you and your prize will be on its way to you in a couple of days.

If you didn’t win, you can buy a copy of the book from The Crochet Project website. A link to the book page is here.

Fibre dyeing

Just a little experiment and something to get me going with spinning again…

Sweater updates

I have an update on the crochet sweater I’ve been making from Issue 118 of Inside Crochet Magazine.

The pattern is by Grace Kok and is called the Mulberry Sweater. At the moment its not on Ravelry but it can take a while for the magazine to put all of the patterns from each issue up there.

This is what it should look like – ie gorgeous!

This is what mine looks like so far – a bit of a dog’s dinner. But it is a proof of concept project using yarn up that I already have and didn’t have any other use for.

Yarn head

This is how the episode got its name – a tale of serendipity…

The website I mentioned that gives info about yarn alternatives is Yarn Sub.

Podcasts I’m enjoying

I really enjoy the podcast by Ina of Ina Knits. She has a very gentle and relaxing way of chatting and shows beautiful knitted projects. She is also doing a monthly vlog series in November, all about getting cosy through the grey days and focusing on hygge. She is @ina.knits on instagram to follow updates.

Etsy shop news

I’m still adding new listings from Yarndale with the minis going in this week. I also want to add the colourwork jewels but that’s a lot of photographs so it could be next week now as the clearing up and getting straight after the decorating is going to be a big job this weekend with little time left for tinkering on Etsy 🙂

Lots of love and thank you for watching xxx Kathryn