Episode 41: A Postcard From Manchester

Hello from the Cheshire Plain. Spring is definitely in the air! This episode sees the launch of a new, occasional, series A Postcard From… A prize is available for anyone who can identify the music clips in the postcard!

Works in Progress: No work on the Damson Shawl as part of the Caithness Craft Collective Knitalong. Ravelry details are here.

I’ve completed a second bear this year for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL over at the CogKNITive podcast. This one is called Frank, in honour the the recently departed Frank Carson.

Frank

Woolsack Update: I’m partway through another cushion for Woolsack. Although I described the pattern, I didn’t actually name it (shame on me). It is Tilting at Windmills by Woolly Thoughts.

Woolsack cushion V

Spinning: I’m still spinning the Cheviot I got in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry from Shunklies. I’m now over three-quarters of the way through it.

A Postcard from…Manchester

Whilst writing these show notes, I’ve made the horrific discovery that my memory card has corrupted, so I only have a few photos that I took on my phone to share, and those do not include the detail from The Hireling Shepherd by William Holman Hunt. So sorry!

The Jasperware by Wedgewood on the landing in the Manchester Art Gallery.

And the landing itself, looking at the casts of the Parthenon friezes.

This is the sign I mentioned when I was outside Affleck’s.

I took some superb pictures of the theatre-in-the-round structure inside The Royal Exchange, but sadly you’ll just have to put up with these two wobbly shots of the same area, to go with the shortened clip (I was just too quiet!)

Links: Woolsack; Mother Bear Project; iMake Podcast; Knit A Journey Podcast; Fred Aldous; Purl City 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 email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT 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 40: Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!

Hello from a coffeeshop in Knutsford! In this episode I contemplate comfort knitting, smack my forehead at my own stupidity and, on listening back, overuse the phrase really, really interesting (sorry!).

Works in Progress: A Damson Shawl as part of the Caithness Craft Collective Knitalong. I’m using the Carezza I bought at Artfibers in San Francisco last summer and the Ravelry details are here.

Damson 17-2-12

I’m also working on a bear for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL over at the CogKNITive podcast. Although not finished at the time of recording, she is now. Let me introduce you to Ruby, stood here, in the grounds of Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home 1799-1808.

Ruby

Woolsack Update: I finished my cable cushions, although I’m obviously very stupid! Ravelry details are here and here.

Woolsack Cushions III & IV

Spinning: I’m still spinning the Cheviot I got in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry from Shunklies. I’m nearly three-quarters of the way through it, and I’m fairly sure I’m going to dye some British Blue Faced Leicester to ply with it.

Shunklies Cheviot Singles

Review: The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Robson and Ekarius.

Something I Really Like: The internet community we are building, triggered by our first Gulf State pin in the listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Links: Easyknits – look out for their Spin Love Club! Woolsack Mother Bear Project

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

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT 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 39: What’s In A Name?

Hello from a cold and wintery Cheshire Plain! This episode I share limited progress, explain terminology and hector my listeners.

Giveaway: Thank you for all your entries. We have winners!

Works in Progress: I’m knitting a cushion back (no photos or Ravelry details yet) and I’m still spinning the Cheviot I got in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry from Shunklies (still no pictures but I’ve found the purple!).
I’m also lusting after Easyknits‘ Superwash Merino Fluff in Punk colours (sorry, I mispelt it in the show) and can’t wait to spin them. Jon’s blogpost about them, along with his finished yarn, is here.

Something I Really Like: My conservatory!

Woolsack Update: Please please please consider making a cushion for the Woolsack project. There’s a thread over in the Ravlery group waiting for your pictures.

Links:
Posh Yarn;
Woolsack;
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

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 AT googlemail DOT 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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