Episode 37: Happy Podiversary To Me!

Hello from an echo-y conservatory in the Cheshire Plain. This episode I talk Christmas, gin, giveaways and handspun!

Giveaway
If you would like to be entered into the giveaway for either a skein of laceweight Posh yarn or a skein of sockweight Posh Yarn, leave me a message by January 31st telling me which one you’d like to win and why. You can leave a message here on the show notes, over on the show notes on the Blogspot site, or on Ravelry.

On (and Off) The Needles
I finished the One-Row Handspun Scarf in my first (and second) wheelspun in merino. My Ravelry project details are here.

I didn’t finish the second pair of Mrs Beetons, so there are no photos on my Ravelry notes yet.

I made Christmas cards using some of JaneKAL‘s 9 patch cushion pattern for Woolsack. Details are sketchy, but here and here.


I made a start on my Rainbow Scrappy Liesl, too. Details are here.

Festive Fibre-y Gifts
I took part in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry and got some lovely goodies from Shunklies:

Secret Santa goodies!

I also got a stand for my Ashford Loom from my hubby and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook from Mum and Dad.

Links:
Posh Yarn
Woolsack site

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map! Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

Happy New Year and TTFN,
Nic

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Episode 36: The Night Before Christmas

Hello from an unseasonably mild Cheshire Plain. This episode is another brief one, just to keep me sane I think…

On the Needles: I now have a pair of finished Mrs Beeton, knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and Debbie Bliss Party Angel in pale greys. The ends are not yet woven in and I need to wrap them soon. I cast on a second pair using the charcoal DB Cashmerino DK but it won’t be finished. I’m also using my first ever wheelspun yarn to make a small scarf for my Dad, using the One Row Handspun Scarf pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. No photos I’m afraid. Half finished and unlikely to be for Christmas morning.

Something I really Like: Christmas Countdown by Frank Kelly

Music: Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music and the piece in the middle is Six Noels Anciens: Venez mes enfants (Patriquin) by Stephane Potvin and the Con Brio Choir, from Goode Christemas Musicke, both available from Magnatune. The final piece is Boars Head Carol performed by Jon Boden, released as part of the Folk Song A Day podcast project.

We have a listeners’ map! Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN and Season’s Greetings to you all, Nic

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Episode 35: Descent into Madness

Hello from chilly Cheshire! Just a brief episode today, updating you on the Christmas gift knitting here on the Plain.

On the Needles: One finished Mrs Beeton, knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and Debbie Bliss Party Angel in pale greys.


Listener Suggestion for Quick Gift Patterns:
Daisy Frog suggested Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts;
Helenhfj suggested Gradient Mitts and the Little Shells shawlette;
PokedaGoblin suggested the Cranford Mitts;
FatCat suggested Starving Artist and Starving Musician.

Music:
Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, final music is Dancing Day Part II: Coventry Carol (Rutter) by Stephane Potvin and the Con Brio Choir, both from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map! Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Episode 34: Argh…… Christmas!

Hello from a very wet Cheshire Plain. Today I dream about a future space, announce a winner and gibber not so quietly about the nigh-on uncontrollable urge to knit Christmas presents.

Congratulations to PokedAGoblin, who has won the lovely Crafts From The Dungeon Mayan Spinner from Episode 31.

Suggestions for quick(ish) present knits:
Quick Cable Slouch Hat by Azure
Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf
One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
A cowl knit in chunky yarn, like the ones here and here I knitted last year.
Fetching and Dashing by Cheryl Niamath
Mrs Beeton by Brenda Dayne (Ravelry downlad available from here)
Scar by Julie Gardner
Tidepool Socks by Rainy Day Goods

Links:
Sarah Hazell
Fibre and Clay
Rowan Colourscape Chunky
Woolsack
Sheepfold (Scroll down to find the utterly delicious Methera)
Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed, as used in my Chocolate Stripes sweater

Music:
Intro music is Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, final music is Shchedrik – Carol of the Bells by Kitka, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, both available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map! Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Episode 33: Woolsack – A Call To Arms

Hello from a blustery Cheshire Plain. This episode is entirely focussed on the Woolsack project, including an interview with JaneKAL

My Woolsack Cushions are detailed here and here.

Links: The Woolsack site (www.woolsack.org) has a long list of suppliers of British Yarn. I’ve mainly been using yarn and fibre from Sheepfold and Blacker Yarns.

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map! Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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