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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.

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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)...


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

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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