iMake
A Guernsey girl shares her love of everything creative and handmade. Episodes cover a wide variety of crafts including knitting, food, photography and much more. The show also includes a generous helping of Guernsey culture too. So go on, join in - share the handmade love and celebrate the sheer joy of making stuff. Show notes can be found at www.imakegsy.com.

Welcome to episode 61 of the iMake podcast. This is the last show of 2013 - I will be back in 2014, don't fret. Today's show includes my recent creative exploits, a review, a giveaway and a chat with Charles about his festive preparations. This episode is best enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of Christmas cake...

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show; hello to new and returning listeners. On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • Review
  • Chat with Charles
  • Giveaway update

Recent Creative Exploits (03:00)

Crochet/Knitting

I have just finished Vintage Bullion by Marie Segares, the pattern was featured in  PomPom Quarterly.  I crocheted it in Quince and Co Puffin. Check out my free pattern, the Basic Beanie, here: Basic Beanie Pattern. Also mentioned: Preppy Twisted (pattern by Voolenvine). Thanks to the nice folks at Toft Alpaca for this...  Crochet Elephant. Find out about the Snowflake CAL here: Snowflake Crochetalong.

Other craft news

My sloe gin tastes nice (I think!)

 Sloe Gin

Handmade Christmas gift ideas:

Knitvent 2013 (09:07)

Knitvent is the fabulous idea of designer Helen Stewart. You may recall I have mentioned Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart  in a previous show.  Find out more about Knitvent here: Knitvent 2013 (20% discount to iMake listeners if you purchase the ebook before 24 December 2013 - use the discount code imakeknitvent at the checkout). Other links:

Magazine Things (11:55)

iMake in Craft and Click magazine:

CraftandClick

Also mentioned:

Chat with Charles (13:15)

Links mentioned in our chat:

Martine's Lego advent calendar:

Lego

Giveaway (28:40)

December's giveaway on the blog - win Intensify Pro by MacPhun.

Wrap up (29:35)

My marathon blog. Thanks to show sponsor LoveKnitting. Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations to my marathon campaign are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_61_Keep_Crafting.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:52pm UTC

This episode features my sometimes co-host, Charles, and we are talking dinner parties. There's also a recap of my recent creative exploits and a fab giveaway. Please note that no animals were harmed in the recording of this episode... you'll have to listen to find out more! Apologies in advance to my vegan friends!

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show; hello to new and returning listeners. On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • Dinner parties with Martine and Charles
  • Giveaway update

Recent Creative Exploits (02:25)

Knitting

Check out my free pattern, the Basic Beanie, here: Basic Beanie Pattern. These would make good chemo caps, check out US charity, Halos of Hope, as mentioned on the Knitmore Girls' Podcast. Here's the Mini Christmas Sweater pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy. You can find iMake Magazine Issue 2 here. I have started a Merry Knitalong ball for this month - it's got a squirrel on it! I am still loving Arne and Carlos's 55 Christmas Balls to Knit. I am on a mission to finish Preppy Twisted (pattern by Voolenvine) for my stepfather. Will I make it?

Crochet

Thanks to PomPom Quarterly, I am contemplating crochet! The pattern is a fabulous scarf called Vintage Bullion and it uses 5 skeins of Quince and Co Puffin.

Other craft news

Cross stitch has been rediscovered and I love Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson (review coming soon on the blog, it includes cheeky language - you have been warned!) Art class is going well - we were loving Georgia O'Keeffe last week. Don't forget to pick up your copy of iMake Magazine issue 2. Oh and then there's then running! Here's my marathon training blog: Run Martine Run. Finally, I am loving The White Queen Books by Philippa Gregory.

Dinner Parties with Martine and Charles (13:08)

Here are links mentioned in our chat:

Giveaway update and Wrap Up (42:20)

Here's a link to the giveaway: November Giveaway sponsored by LoveKnitting. Don't forget to use your discount code - imake10. If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway please email martine@imake.gg. Thanks to show sponsor LoveKnitting. Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations to my marathon campaign are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback. Keep listening for some silly out-takes...

Direct download: Episode_60_Guinea_Pig_Course.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:21pm UTC

In this short and sweet episode I'll tell you about my new sponsor and my latest challenge. There's a little knitting and the occasional mention of Christmas. It's just a quick episode today but there is more to come soon. So you know the drill, grab a work in progress and a cup of tea and we'll have a crafty catch up.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show; hello to new and returning listeners. It's a short and sweet episode today. On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • Knitters don't run

I have a new sponsor - Love Knitting. Find them at loveknitting.com. iMake podcast listeners and blog readers can get a 10% discount using the code imake10 at the checkout.

Recent Creative Exploits (03:54)

Knitting

There has been some knitting. I have mixed feelings about sock knitting so I am working on a beanie hat that features all the good bits about sock knitting. Pattern to follow (possibly!) Working title: Random Sock Yarn Hat. I have also been knitting mini Christmas sweaters for the Christmas tree (inspired by the Merry Knitalong). This pattern will be for the next issue of iMake Magazine (imakemagazine.com). jumper

Loving my sexy hexies. The punch has really helped. Christmas crafts are on my mind. There's lots of chutney, a little knitting and some sloe gin. I may get some raspberry gin on the go. For more inspiration check out Pinterest and CraftGawker.

Knitters don't run (12:00)

I am running the London Marathon on 13 April 2014 for Anthony Nolan. Check out my training blog over at runmartinerun.wordpress.com. It's my second marathon - but I am definitely not a runner! It's a scary challenge. Please consider sponsoring me! Click the button below... JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Perhaps you'll consider taking up a crafty challenge? Tell me more...

Wrap Up (19:42)

For photos of runs in Guernsey look at the hashtag #runmartinerun on Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe to imakemagazine.com - thank you so much. Thanks to show sponsor, Love Knitting. Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations to my marathon campaign are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_59_Run_Martine_Run.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC

In this episode I'll tell you all about my very creative weekend. There's bread making, photography, decopatch, knitting, chutney making and a good natter with my sometimes co-host, Charles. Grab your current crafty work in progress, along with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, and lets get creative.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show; hello to new and returning listeners. I have had a lovely, creative weekend and I want to share it with you. On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • Chat with Charles (Insagram, social media, holidays and inspiration)
  • Giveaway update

Recent Creative Exploits (03:50)

Knitting

This week I have been knitting my Radiance Shawl, the pattern is by Helen Stewart and it's really well written. There is a table so you can tick off rows as you go. The pattern costs US$6.00. I am knitting it in one of my New York souvenir yarns (Midnight in Manhattan, Madelinetosh Lace).

I have finished my Merry Knitalong ball for this month. It's called Tricolor and it's a 3 colour Christmas ball. Arne and Carlos know about the knitalong now thanks to Tony from the Bonito Club blog. Their book is 55 Christmas Balls to Knit.

I am still working on Preppy Twisted (pattern by Voolenvine).

I nearly jumped on the Beekeeper's Quilt bandwagon, but not quite....! I think I am safe for now and intend to focus on my Knitted Patchwork instead. Here's the hexipuff I knitted:

hexie

Other

I have been making sourdough bread; more on that later. I have also made plum chutney and I will share the recipe on the blog later in the week.

I've been doing a little Decopatch too. Here are the cardboard letters I mentioned:

decopatch

I am still enjoying my ukulele and I picked up my harmonica recently too!

Thanks to everyone who reviewed iMake Magazine - I am so chuffed! Here is a post including links to all the reviews: Issue 1 Reviews. If you are interested in writing for the magazine please email me.

Chat with Charles (13:26)

Here are links mentioned in our chat:

Giveaway update (29:13)

Here's a link to the giveaway: September Giveaway.

Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and run yak ranch located just outside the small town of Elbert on the open plains of the Colorado outback about 65 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. They have a marvellous selection of interesting yarn and fibre - there's plenty of yak, but also lots of other goodies, including a delicious cotton and cashmere blend called Roslyn. The winner of this giveaway will receive 3 balls of Roslyn (90% cotton, 10% cashmere), 2 purple, one white, and a lovely shawl pattern which has been designed specifically for this yarn called Roslyn Shawlette, by Marly Bird.

If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway please email martine@imake.gg.

Wrap Up (32:10)

Don't forget to subscribe to imakemagazine.com - thank you so much. Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.

Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations towards the running costs of the show, are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_58_So_Hipster.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

The iMake podcast is back! I am feeling refreshed after my fantastic holiday. This episode includes a review of my recent creative exploits, as well as my adventures in New York. There's also a heads up about the iMake September giveaway. You know the drill, grab your current crafty work-in-progress and your beverage of choice, and let's have a crafty catch up.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show. It feels good to be back! Welcome to new and returning listeners. The show will be released on an ad-hoc schedule moving forward (for now) but I am aiming for once a month at least. I have been active on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry and Instagramlately. On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • New York trip
  • Giveaway update

Recent Creative Exploits (04:14)

Knitting

I've been reorganising my knitting projects like a thing possessed. Something to do with recent yarn acquisitions...! Time for some guilt-free frogging. Here's my new queue: Martine's Ravelry queue. Here's a little article about the term "frogging". Frogged projects:

The Merry Knitalong is still going strong, next month's ball will be announced shortly! Visit Knitting Sarah's website. I have been trying to finish Preppy Twisted (pattern by Voolenvine). The project that I am not in a hurry to finish is my Knitted Patchwork blanket (free pattern by iMake). Here's a link to the KAL: Knitted Patchwork KAL. Links to all patterns in my Ravelry queue can be found here: Martine's Ravelry queue (although please note, it's subject to change on a regular basis!) You can also follow links to any yarns I have assigned to projects. Please feel free to stalk my queue, as well as the queues of other people you follow.

Knitwear design

I am working on a semi-circular shawl - it's not really happening at the moment so I have put it away for a bit.

Sewing

I am obsessed with English paper piecing. Here's a better definition of the technique than the one I gave on the the show: paper pieces. Thanks to Haley from The Zen of Making and Diane from Craftypod for creating this obsession. Here's Haley's great tutorial series: English paper piecing tutorial series. Online I am behind on listening to podcasts but I did notice that Libsyn have just released a podcast: The Feed. This is a podcast for podcasters. Also, I am being featured on the Libsyn blog: Interview with iMake. Audiobook recommendations:

I've been participating in Susannah Conway's August Break. This month I launched iMake Magazine! Here is a list of people that I simply could not have created my first e-magazine without:

If you'd like to contribute an article to iMake Magazine email martine@imake.gg. Please subscribe to the iMake Magazine website to be notified of new issues. You can buy your copy of the magazine on Craftsy or Etsy. On 17 August 2013 it was iMake's 3 year podiversary. I have been podcasting for over 3 years!

New York Trip (21:25)

It was a great trip. Here's a list of links mentioned in my holiday recap. Thanks to our dear friends Claire and Alex for making our stay so special.

Yarn acquisitions:

Food list coming soon. There are a few photos of the trip on Instagram(imakeguernsey).

Giveaway update (37:00)

This launches on the blog on 1 September 2013 so please check back then: Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and run yak ranch located just outside the small town of Elbert on the open plains of the Colorado outback about 65 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. They have a marvellous selection of interesting yarn and fibre - there's plenty of yak, but also lots of other goodies, including a delicious cotton and cashmere blend called Roslyn. The winner of this giveaway will receive 3 balls of Roslyn (90% cotton, 10% cashmere), 2 purple, one white, and a lovely shawl pattern which has been designed specifically for this yarn called Roslyn Shawlette, by Marly Bird.

If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway please email martine@imake.gg.

Wrap Up (38:40)

Don't forget to subscribe to imakemagazine.com - thank you so much.

Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.

Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations towards the running costs of the show, are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_57_The_Big_Apple.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:32pm UTC

This podcast episode introduces local paper-cutters and printers Denyse and Diana aka Iris and Dora. They have recently set up their own print studio so I took the opportunity to chat to them about their fascinating creative process. We also talked about how they moved their business from their kitchen table to a purpose-built print studio. I hope you enjoy the episode.

Check out the Iris and Dora website: irisanddora.co.uk.

Here are some photos of their work (image copyright Iris and Dora, used with permission):

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 Cushion-Cobo-Blue

 

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SarkMASTER

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Bag-Delancy-Black

 

All images copyright Iris and Dora, used with permission.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

Direct download: Episode_56_Iris_and_Dora.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:37pm UTC

This episode was planned to be a short and sweet catch up, but actually, it's longer than expected! Note to self: name shows once you have finished recording them! This episode includes a good deal of knitting chat along with my plans for summer makery. There are a few listener questions, a giveaway update and I will introduce you to a lovely Guernsey-based maker. Grab a brew, some cake and a project and let's get caught up on the crafty gossip.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show. I am recording on a Tuesday as it's half term. Today's show will be a quick catch up. I hope you enjoyed the last show where Charles and I interviewed Katherine from Haut Maison Liqueurs. We have since been invited back to dinner. It was nice to meet Stephen as well as several other creative types. Welcome to new and returning listeners. If you are a new listener I should mention that I am on an ad-hoc recording schedule at the moment. Things will be more frequent over summer. I am looking forward to it! The blog and my social media platforms are still active. Find my social media links here (including Ravelry). Here's my Instagram blog post: Why I Forgive Instagram. With regard to ensuring you are subscribed to the correct feeds, check out the links below:

On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • Listeners' questions
  • Giveaway update
  • A Guernsey maker

Recent Creative Exploits (05:50)

KnittingI am a baby knitting factory (not for myself, I hasten to add!) Here we go...

The Merry Knitalong is still going strong, next month's ball wil be announced shortly! Visit Knitting Sarah's website. I am very excited about knitting the Zelda Shawl - it should be restarted tonight. My yarn is Juno Fibre Arts Alice Lace in Shadow Cave. You can see the yarn and beads here. Any ideas for other seed bead projects? Check out my free pattern - Sock Yarn Patchwork, and the Ravelry thread is here: Sock Yarn Patchwork KAL/Chat. Kate's Twirl has a Raverly group. Yarn acquisition confession - I have purchased 3 skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Bobby Blue.

Knitwear design

If you haven't purchased Twiglet Mitts and/or my No Place Like Home Scarf and fancy a new project, here are the links: Twiglet Mitts and No Place Like Home Scarf. I highly recommend the following Craftsy classes: Heirloom Lace Edgings by Franklin Habit and Shawlscapes by Stephen West.

Food

I am loving Paul Hollywood's How to Bake. Here are some Amazon links: Amazon UK: How to Bake Amazon US: How to Bake Here's my soda bread recipe and pasta salad recipe.

Sewing

I cannot seem to commit time to this! Sewing with friends is the way forward... Check out Sewing with Knits on Craftsy.

Online

I am still having fun with Instagram and loving the Beautiful Mess App. I love the Beautiful Mess blog. I am not missing Flickr.

Listeners' questions (25:20)

Questions came from the iMake Facebook page. You can also leave me questions via Speak Pipe. My first question is from Sandra Hoving Engstrand and she asked about my teaching qualification. Not very crafty but I am happy to answer... I have been studying DTLLS which is a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. It's level 5 (foundation degree level) and gets me QTLS, the FE equivalent of QTS (qualified teacher status). Heidi Butterfield asked about new crafty endeavours.  Here's my summer plan:

  • Crochet (amigurumi)
  • Sewing
  • Paper/illustration
  • Video tutorials
  • Running - thanks to the Zombies, Run app! (Thanks to Jen!)

Giveaway update (32:30)

We have extend the May giveaway, please check it out here: May Giveaway. Thanks to Kate's Twirl for sponsoring. The giveaway will close on Saturday 8 June 2013. If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email martine@imake.gg.

A Guernsey Maker (34:05)

Check out Caroline's website: Little Paper Gallery. She's on Facebook and Folksytoo.

Wrap Up (35:27)

Don't forget to double check your subscriptions to the podcast and blog and please consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter. Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns

Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations towards the running costs of the show, are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_55_Short_and_Sweet.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40am UTC

Welcome to episode 54 of the iMake podcast, Haut Maison. Despite the fact that I am on a podcast break I simply had to share this wonderful interview with Katherine from Haut Maison Liqueurs, Guernsey. Charles and I visited her recently and we had lots of fun touring the bottling plant and production room, meeting the chickens and sampling liqueurs.This episode also includes a recent creative exploits update at the start.I hope you enjoy the show.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to the show. Despite the fact that I am on a podcast break I simply had to bring you this episode. Before I get started I must give my friend Jo a shout out. She's doing the Moonwalk. Good luck Jo! Click here for her fundraising page.

Recent Creative Exploits (02:40)

The MerryKAL is going well - please consider joining us. You may like to check out this month's giveaway, kindly sponsored by Kate's Twirl here: May Giveaway. iMake's been in The Knitter, hurrah! Last month I release 2 patterns, here are the links: No Place Like Home Scarf and Sock Yarn Patchwork Recipe. If you want to join a Sock Yarn Patchwork KAL you can do so here on Ravelry.  I am planning lots more gardening this spring and summer. I'm imakeguernsey on Instagram.

Haut Maison Interview (09:40)

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Check out Haut Maison Liqueurs' website. Photos from our visit can be found here: Tour of Haut Maison Liqueurs Here are a few of the websites mentioned in the interview:

Guernsey folks, get your liqueurs here. You can find Haut Maison Liqueurs on Facebook and Twitter This is Katherine...

Katherine

Wrap Up (53:43)

With regard to ensuring you are subscribed to the correct feeds, check out the links below:

Don't forget to double check your subscriptions to the podcast and blog and please consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter. Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.  

Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations towards the running costs of the show, are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_54_Haut_Maison.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:23pm UTC

It's time for episode 53 of the iMake podcast. In today's show I'll tell you all about my recent trip to London aka The Big Smoke. London's quite a scary place for islanders! I've included audio from the trip; you'll hear from the lovely Kate as well as another friend of the show. This episode includes the usual crafty shenanigans as well as a fab giveaway for the knitters and a film review. I might even play my ukulele for you if you are (un)lucky! Grab yourself a slice of cake and your beverage of choice and join me for a crafty catch up.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome (01:01)

Hello and welcome to new and returning listeners.  I've been on a little podcast break due to teacher training commitments but as I am off work for Easter I thought I'd record a show.  I have missed podcasting!  The podcast schedule will be irregular between now and the end of June.  I am not pod-fading.  The blog and social media will still be very active.  Find my social media links here. With regard to ensuring you are subscribed to the correct feeds, check out the links below:

On to the plan for today's show:

  • Recent creative exploits
  • London visit
  • Giveaway update

Recent Creative Exploits (05:21)

Knitting

I am obsessed with fair isle.  It's official.  I am knitting Kate Davies' Sheep Heid in Shetland wool by Jamieson and Smith.  Next on the list is Rams and Yowes blanket by Kate Davies.  Thanks Chloe!  I got my kit from Jamieson and Smith.  Check out Mary-Jane Mucklestone's fair isle class: Fair Isle Vest - Stranded and Steeked.

***Please note - I am aware that I said "sheeps" instead of "sheep" as the plural of sheep in this episode.  Big oops!!  It was too late to edit the show when I realised...***

Find out all about this month's Merry KAL project and prizes here: April Merry KAL (fair isle Christmas balls). Thanks to Sarah from Knitting Sarah for leaving me a lovely message on SpeakPipe.  If anyone else fancies leaving me a message I would love to hear from you: iMake on SpeakPipe. You can find the Merry KAL on the iMake Ravelry group.

My vanilla socks with an after-thought heel are in the snooze basket/bin for now, they were being knitted in Knit Picks Felici, Hummingbird. You can find out all abou the Small Skein Society here: Small Things.  I am knitting a pair of trainer socks at the moment - it's my own pattern.  Hopefully a trio of socks pattern is on the cards... watch this space.  Here's a link to Choconnastick and here's the SSS.

Martine's top tip for avoiding Second Sock Syndrome for toe up socks: cast on your second toe as soon as you have done the first so it's ready for you when you have finished sock one.

Yarn acquisition alert!  I purchased some Kidsilk Haze - more on that later. With regard to my own designs, the No Place Like Home Scarf is being test knitted at the moment.  The Trio of Socks is in the pipeline and I have knitalongs running for Twiglet Mitts and the Splendid Striped Cowl on Ravelry.

Food

I've been cooking a lot this week, namely homemade pizza, lemon drizzle cake and cheese and tomato puffs.

Crafty stuff for sale

I have some leatherwork items for sale and some knitting needles amongst other things. Here's the link: Martine's stuff for sale.

Ukulele

Enough said!

London (18:12)

Here are my photos from the London trip: London Recap.  There's lots of chat in the audio clips I have shared so I have opted for old style show notes (just a list of links) to make my life easier,  I hope people don't mind.  These are the places and things we mention in the audio...

Kate, Simon and Martine have lunch

Medcalf

Kate's Twirl

Cambridge Satchel Company

Muriel's Kitchen

Martine waiting for Les Miserables at the cinema

Westfield Centre

Martine and Simon discuss Les Mis

Les Miserables - the movie Victor Hugo and Guernsey

Goodman Restaurant

10th Anniversary Concert

Colm Wilkinson

Philip Quast singing Stars (You Tube) (goose bumps)

Martine gushes about Liberty London and the V&A

Sorry - this audio is a bit "poppy".

Liberty London

The Hobbit

V&A

London29

Giveaway update (34:10)

March giveaway - this has now closed but you can get your hands on a copy of Linda Tieu's ebook The Creative Entreprenuer Toolkit at a discounted price here: The Creative Entreprenuer Toolkit.

April giveaway - win a copy of the Zelda Shawl by Jemima Bicknell.  Just leave a comment on this post: The Zelda Shawl giveaway.

If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email martine@imake.gg.

Wrap Up (35:55)

Don't forget to double check your subscriptions to the podcast and blog and please consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter.

Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.

Positive iTunes reviews, as well as donations towards the running costs of the show, are always appreciated. Don't hesitate to get in touch and give me some feedback.

Direct download: Episode_53_Uncle_Victor.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:58pm UTC

It's episode 52 of the iMake podcast. Time flies when you are having fun. In this episode there's my recent creative exploits (of which there are many) and a bit of a chat with friend of the show, Charles. There's also a giveaway and we share the Guernsey love with a brilliant local website. So, crafty pal, grab yourself a cup of tea and a slice of cake and let's indulge in a crafty catch up.

*** Please note, as of May 2014, the iMake blog has a new website address - imakegsy.com. If you'd like to make contact, please email imakegsy@gmail.com. Thank you.***.

Show Notes

Welcome (01:01)

It's 11th February 2013 and I am recording on a Monday because it's half term. Welcome to new iMake Ravelry group members LindaMNoble, meredithwood, danceNknit, TeaHouseKnits, Woisme and Fruitful Fusion. Today's show is going to consist of a creative catch up, a chat with friend of the show Charles and a few musings on craft and friendship, a giveaway and the Guernsey section of the show.

Recent Creative Exploits (03:25)

Last month I cast on Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn in response to one of my Crafty New Year's Resolutions.  I was using Lotus Miya (yarn I received as part of the Socktopus Sock Club).  It's 70% mink, 20% merino and 10% silk.  However, it was a little bit too challenging for me for a first fair isle project.  So I am now looking at starting something from 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne and Carlos.  Here are Amazon links for the book: Amazon UK:55 Christmas Balls to Knit Amazon US:55 Christmas Balls to Knit Tony from Bonito Club blog introduced me to this book as he is doing a knitalong with Knitting Sarah.  If anyone else is interested in knitting these Christmas balls, or indeed other Christmas decorations, then please feel free to chat in this thread on the iMake Ravelry group: Knitted Christmas Decorations. I am still enjoying knitting Preppy Twisted by Kristin from the Yarngasm podcast.  I'm using Malabrigo Worsted in Olive. I've not made any progress with my vanilla socks with an after-thought heel.  They're being knitted in Knit Picks Felici, Hummingbird, or not, as the case may be. Check out my stash enhancement, whoops... Confessions of a Yarnaholic.  I do not need any more yarn!! More to come soon about the "No Place Like Home Scarf". If you are interested in joining an informal KAL for Twiglet Mitts and/or Splendid Striped Cowl, check out the Ravelry group thread links below.  Use the hash tag #iMakeKAL if you are posting pictures to Twitter. Twiglet Mitts (KAL/Chat) Splendid Striped Cowl (KAL/Chat) I have been having fun in the kitchen recently preserving lemons (photo to be featured in Gathered by Mollie Makes soon) and cooking from the Hairy Dieters Cookbook (Amazon links below). Amazon UK: The Hairy Dieters Amazon US: The Hairy Dieters I am proud to launch my brand new photo blog iMakeography. If you are interested in picking up some crafty books or other bits and bobs, second hand, check me out on Ebay: Martine on Ebay. UK shipping only, I am afraid.  I might have a few other items that I will ship further afield and these will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Chatting with Charles - Crafty Pals (16:35)

Charles and I chatted about lunch and coffee (very noisy coffee, it was Red Mountain).  Here's the advert that Charles was on about: Red Mountain.  Charles's January was fairly quiet apart from baking and an interesting appraisal...!  Charles's top tip: bribe your boss with biscuits and cake.  He's been doing a basic Photoshop course with Creative Photography in Guernsey.  He's quite the photographic cosmetic surgeon!  Martine's top Photoshop tip: use it or lose it.  I use the following Photoshop functions for most of my blog photos: sharpen (filter), curves, exposure adjustment, zoom and that's about it.  Check out iPhoto, Aviary and the Photoshop website editor, here's my screencast: Basic Photo Editing.  There's also Instagram but I have fallen out with them! Charles is looking forward to is Sueco breadmaking course and apparently looks a bit like Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake Off.  Judge for yourselves (Charles wearing the Splendid Striped Cowl)...

Charles

Peanut butter cookies are mentioned, and thankfully there is a recipe here on the blog: Peanut Butter Cookies. Charles is excited about his Glacier Express train journey around Switzerland.  He's less excited about me trying to get him into knitting.  Watch this space...  he could be the next Jared Flood or Stephen West! Check out Jen's blog: She Went Away.

Giveaway Update (29:40)

Full details of the February iMake book giveaway can be found here: February Giveaway. If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway or sending me things to review, please contact martine@imake.gg.

Guernsey (31:30)

I chat all about Love Guernsey - don't forget to look up the hashtag #LoveGuernsey on Twitter.  I'm off for some Gâche Melée...

Wrap Up (34:25)

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Direct download: Episode_52_Crafty_Pals.mp3
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