Mon, 11 February 2013
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.
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)
Wrap Up (34:25)
Please feel free to make contact, it's always lovely to hear from people! If you fancy leaving me a voice mail via SpeakPipe - please do, it would be great to hear from you. Please use a microphone. Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.
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)
Sun, 9 December 2012
This podcast episode is the 'audio only' version of last night's podcaster hangout on Google+. The audio features me, Amanda from Craftlife, Laura from the Apocalyptic Diner podcast and special guest host Jo, from Shinybees. We're talking holiday crafts. Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 50. It's Sunday 9 December 2012. This show isn't in the usual format, it's audio from video following last night's podcaster hangout featuring me, Jo from Shinybees, Laura from the Apocalyptic Diner and Amanda from Craftlife. If you'd prefer to watch the video rather than listen, you can do so here... Video: Podcaster Hangout December 2012.
This is probably my last show before Christmas but I will be back in the new year. So I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas; have a wonderful new year. Thanks to Great British Yarns, as well as all my podcast listeners and blog readers.
December Podcaster Hangout (04:12)
First there's the introductions and we find out a little about Shinybees Jo, a British podcaster living in South Africa. She podcasts about craft, travel and the peculiarities of living in South Africa. Jo feels 'almost famous' following a little fan girl chat! This hangout is all about holiday crafts and traditions.
Laura talks us through her limoncello recipe. It sounds lovely. Laura mixes her limoncello with sparkling wine whereas I like to drink it straight (hardcore!) I take to opportunity to show off my raspberry gin in Kilner bottles. Laura mentions Snap Chat. Amanda does show and tell (and taste) with her fruit cake cookies. I say 'yum' rather a lot in this hangout. Did you notice?
Then there is a cultural discussion about the cookies/biscuits and chips/fries... check out Amanda's helpful infographic. Laura states 'they're like us, but not' (tee hee!) There is much discussion about baps, barm cakes and Guernsey biscuits. Let's not forget rusks - Jo feeds them to her guests in South Africa!
Louise from Caithness Craft Collective has been drinking and tweeting (bless her!)
Laura shows off a lovely Vegan Cookie Cookbook. I am not even vaguely vegan, but this looks really good. I also realise that my vanilla extract is actually vegan. Vegan vanilla extract - go me! Laura might attempt to veganise Amanda's cookies. This is how Laura's cookbook started - she veganised the non-vegan recipes she liked.
It all gets a little cheeky at this point with chat about Jo's brother-in-law cooking in his boxer shorts!
Then it's time for Christmas crafts. Laura shows off her favourite Christmas ornament, made by her fifth grade teacher. I show off a little Christmas wrapping. Jo shares the world's largest Christmas stocking. Amanda decorated some old baubles using paint, glitter and fabric.
Onto Christmas trees. Amanda and I have real Christmas trees this year. Laura has a fake tree and Jo has a black Christmas tree (fake, obviously). Jo collects baubles for her tree and tells us about South African Christmas lunches, traditionally on Christmas Eve. Laura attends Christmas lunch with an Italian family called the Feast of the Seven Fishes (veganised for Laura). Amanda tells us all about Christmas tamales in Texas.
Check out the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
It sounds like Jo is going to treat us all to a photograph of a brother-in-law in a thong, apparently he does 'things in thongs' for charity. Watch this space... Laura is raising funds for Hurricane Sandy charities, please check this out. Then there is some chatter about making a charitable donation in lieu of Christmas cards.
Now knitting chat. I show off my Twiglet Mitts (own design - pattern coming soon). Laura is wearing her lovely Nympheas scarf (pattern by Mimi Hill). Jo talks about Nurturing Fibres; she's knitting a baby hat in self-striping yarn and she shows off some enormous socks. Laura is knitting a hat for her 6 foot 1 baby! Amanda has cast on a toe up sock for her new baby. Knitting baby items is a great way to learn garment construction techniques. Laura is knitting Robin Ulrich's Frost Light for Christmas too.
Finally, we discuss our favourite childhood Christmas gifts. Laura's was a twist n' turn Barbie. Mine was an A La Carte Kitchen. Amanda's was a She-ra costume. Jo's was her brother's Sega Megadrive. That's it. We've been Jo from Shinybees, Laura from the Apocalyptic Diner, Martine from iMake and Amanda for Craftlife.
Wrap Up (01:00:23)
That's all from me, please can I just remind you that you have a couple more days to enter my needle-felting giveaway.
Happy holidays everyone and see you in the new year!
Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.
Sun, 2 December 2012
This short and sweet episode features some podcast listeners' questions, along with a creative exploits update. There's a little Christmas chatter, a podcaster hangout announcement and, of course, lots of crafty goodness. Sit back, relax, grab your current crafty work in progress and some cake and let's get crafty.
I am trying a slightly different show notes format today, please let me know what you think.
It's December! How did that happen? Welcome to new iMake Ravelry group members Pyxystitches, hirsheybolt, Schaeferyarnlovr and woollyrover. All of my contact details can be found on the Feedbackpage of the iMake website.
Recent Creative Exploits (03:03)
The Birthday Shawl Knitalong is going well. The shawl has been designed by Kate's Twirl, it's a garter stitch triangular, top-down shawl with a knitted-on leafy border. I am knitting my shawl in Wollmeise, colourway Palamino. We have had a couple of finishers already, the first being Cybelle aka cjcsew on Ravelry. However, it's not too late to join us; most of the chat takes place on the KAL thread in the iMake Ravelry group. There is still one more prize on offer, some handmade stitch markers made by Kate. These will be awarded to the person who has knitted Kate's favourite shawl on 24 December. In other knitting news, inspired by Kate, I have designed some lace fingerless mitts. I have named them Twiglet Mitts. The pattern is on the way; Kate is test knitting it at the moment. My Toft Alpaca Bulb bag is finished and felted. Craftsy is fab. I reviewed my first Craftsy class recently. I am currently enjoying a Online Product Photography Class. The Craftsy iPad appis also excellent.
Podcaster Hangout Announcement (06:52)
When is the hangout?
Saturday 8 December 2012 at 7.00pm GMT (Martine and Jo), 9.00pm (SAST/CAT - Jo's home in South Africa), 2.00pm EST (Laura) and 1.00 pm CST (Amanda). Use timeanddate.comto work out the time in your part of the world.
How can I participate?
What will the hangout be about?
We plan to talk holiday crafts, food and traditions. Also, we'd be delighted to answer any questions our blog readers and podcast listeners might have (see above).
Question Time (09:45)
There are lots of ways listeners can leave me feedback, check out the Feedback page of the website. Thanks to Perclexed and Ceri for being my SpeakPipe test subjects. The first question came via the iMake Facebook group from Melanie Simms, who asked if there are any Guernsey-specific holiday traditions. Neil Inder on Twitter informed me of 'le tronc de noue' which involves decorating a log and burning it on 31 December. Jo May on Twitter reminded me about the Polar Bear swim on Christmas morning and the Boxing Day swim at Cobo. Next we had questions from Sandra Hoving Engstrand. She asked where I shop for my groceries. I shop at Waitrose and also try and buy hedge veg. There was a question from Katie Fellows, she wanted to know what the hardships of living on a relatively remote island were. Great question! There are a few challenges. Everyone knows everyone. The cost of living is high. There are sometimes transport issues because of our airport's short runway. The latest news on Guernsey's runway can be found on the BBC website. Shopping locally isn't always easy. I received a voicemail message from Ursa, the voice of the Pagan Knitter podcast. Ursa asked how my Christmas knitting/crafting was going. Here's my list:
Giveaway Update (18:51)
I am still running the Hi-Fiber Kits giveaway where you can win a needle felting kit of your choice, a book and some fiber. Do check out Moxie's Etsy shop as well as my review of one of Moxie's kits. If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway or sending me things to review, please contact email@example.com.
Wrap Up (20:28)
Don't forget to tune in to the hangout if you can or keep an eye, or ear, out for the audio and video here on the blog. 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.
Sun, 11 November 2012
It's episode 48 of the iMake podcast! Thanks for tuning in. This show features my recent creative exploits, a new knitalong and some crafty chatter with the Guru of Gift-Making, Charles. There's also a great giveaway and some very useful information, for people who frequent pub quizzes, relating to Bob, and the fact that he's your father's brother (don't ask!) Please grab a project and have a listen.
Recent Creative Exploits (02:58)
The Birthday Shawl Knitalong (all links on this blog post, including discount code)
Martine and Charles Talk Craft (12:57)
Wrap up (28:30)
Thanks to show sponsor, Great British Yarns.
Please feel free to email your feedback on the show to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are on Ravelry, please join in the conversation there in the iMake group. iMake is also on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Sun, 21 October 2012
As a result of a minor technology malfunction, this episode is inspired by my regular Things I Like Thursday blog feature. In the show I share all sorts of things I like including knitting patterns, blogs, podcasts, books, Guernsey news and lots more. Grab yourself a cuppa and a slice of cake and join me for some crafty chatter.
Sun, 30 September 2012
In this episode Charles and I discuss the big C (aka Christmas)! There is lots of chat about things you can start making now in time for Christmas; as always Charles is full of wonderful ideas. We also talk gin, and ponder the existence of the sixth Spice Girl! I'll catch you up on my recent creative exploits and we finish off with the Guernsey section of the show which is all about food.
Sun, 2 September 2012
In this episode I announce the latest iMake knitalong and details of the next podcaster hangout. There's also a giveaway, as well as the usual crafty chatter. Due to time pressures, this show is not in the usual format - it's just me chatting really! Normal service will resume next month. And if you are interested, I did not manage to record the show in one take! Far from it…
Sun, 19 August 2012
This bumper episode of the iMake podcast is jam-packed with alpacas, knitting celebrities, vegetarian food, random facts and lots of giggles. In the show I share my holiday antics as well as a general update on my recent creative exploits. There's also a giveaway, a podcast promo and a few book recommendations. Grab yourself a cuppa and let's talk craft.
Tue, 31 July 2012
Welcome to episode 43 of the iMake podcast - Olympic Knitting. In this show there is a good deal of Olympic chatter; it turns out that knitting has made me into a sports fan! Who knew? There are a few blog and podcast recommendations, a giveaway heads up and a techie minute. I also wish Guernsey sporting superstars Heather Watson and Lee Merrien the best of luck in their Olympic endeavours.