Sun, 13 January 2013
Welcome to the first iMake podcast episode of 2013. Or is it 2012? Who knows! It's very confusing. This show is a creative exploits catch up. It also features a listener question and a giveaway. There's plenty of knitting and sewing chatter too. So grab a cuppa and some carrot sticks and settle down for some crafty gossip…
It's 13th January 2013! Or is it 2012? No, definitely 2013. Welcome to new iMake Ravelry group members mahootak, ccdecor, ingrid6, mjtorrence and buggyknits. It's been a month, but I am raring to go. Today's show is going to consist of a creative catch up, a listener message and question and a giveaway. Feel free to make contact, don't be shy!
Recent Creative Exploits (04:26)
First let's talk Birthday Shawl Knitalong. I have finished my shawl and am really happy with it although I might be giving it away and knitting myself another! The shawl is by Kate's Twirl. I knitted my shawl in Wollmeise, colourway, Palamino. The KAL is still going strong so feel free to join us on the iMake Ravelry group.
I have cast on Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn in response to one of my Crafty New Year's Resolutions. I am using Lotus Miya (yarn I received as part of the Socktopus Sock Club). It's 70% mink, 20% merino and 10% silk. This is a great pattern.
The Twiglet Mitts pattern has been released. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry (use the discount code LOVETWIGLETS for 20% off up until the end of January 2013). Or the pattern may be purchased on Craftsy (the discount code does not work on Craftsy). These fingerless mitts feature a lovely lace pattern that looks like the branches of a tree, and a deep, comfortable gusseted thumb. You can make the mitts longer by adding more pattern repeats at the start (they are worked from the bottom, up). Thanks to test knitters, Kate from Kate's Twirl and Laura from the Apocalyptic Diner podcast, and Jo, my lovely hand model. Does anyone else only eat twiglets at Christmas?
The second pattern I have released is called Splendid Striped Cowl. It's a free pattern, available on Ravelry and Craftsy. It's a unisex cowl is knitted on the bias in 2 colours, creating diagonal stripes. It’s “splendid” because it knits up really quickly, looks fabulous and is extremely cosy. You could knit the cowl as wide or as long as you like, depending on how much yarn you have; the yardage mentioned in the pattern is just a guide. Gauge isn’t really important either.
And finally, let's talk handmade Christmas gifts. My vanilla extract and raspberry gin went down really well. A few of the gifts I gave came from Not on the High Street. Kate and Charles got me some Chiaogoointerchangeble needles. I am a very lucky knitter indeed.
Listeners' Questions (20:05)
There was a voicemail from Sandra (thanks Sandra) and she also asked where I got married. I got married in the Town Church, in the centre of St Peter Port. I believe that the Town Church was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the church in closest proximity of a pub! You can leave me a voicemail via SpeakPipe - please do, it would be great to hear from you. Please use a microphone.
Giveaway Update (24:20)
To celebrate the new year I am delighted to be giving away a copy of Made in France: Cross-Stitch and Embroidery in Red, White and Blue by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz. This is a stunning book - it's by the same people who wrote A Rainbow of Stitches, a stunning book that I have mentioned on to blog and podcast previously.
To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post: New Year Giveaway.
If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway or sending me things to review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrap Up (25:28)