Episode 49: Get Stuffed!

Hello from the Plain, where we’re being bombarded with April showers! This is a short episode to sum up after the Woolsack stuffing event. I’d love to show you pictures, but Blogger AND Podbean are both playing up. You’ll just have to go look on the Cheshire Guild WSD group thread instead. 😉

Upcoming Events:

Wonderwool Wales is at the Royal Welsh Showground, Built Wells, Powys, Sat 28th and Sun 29th April.

Fibre East is at Scald End Farm, Mill Lane, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DP, Sat 14th and Sun 15th July 2012

Links

Woolsack

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 – we’re covering 4 continents now but I’d still 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 48: Cosy Crazy

Hello from a sunny spot in Oxfordshire. This episode I’m out and about, taking advantage of the lovely weather!

Woolsack Update
Cushions are taking over my life. If you don’t hear from me for a while, you’ll find me under a pile of cushion squares and stuffing…
I’ve finished sets 9 squares for Guild cushions, seamed my sixth cushion and made a start on blocking the 4 inch squares sent in by you, my lovely listeners.

Spinning
I’ve spun up some Falkland sliver (gorgeous to spin!) that I dyed myself.

I also spun up some dyed carded Gotland.

Knitting
I’m using that handspun to make another cushion, this time the Make Do and Mend pattern. Here’s the Union flag in progress on the train.

Review
Knit Today magazine, May 2012 issue.

Something I really like: The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at the Mountbatten Festival of Music. Here’s a link to a video of the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.

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 – we’re covering 4 continents now but I’d still 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 47: Sheer Indulgence

Hello from the Cheshire Plain. Thanks for allowing me this moment of self-indulgence (yes, I know, a very long moment!)

Links Knit A Journey podcast; My Forest Canopy Shawl; Mum’s Socks; Mum’s Mrs Beetons; The Infamous Bobble Hats (apologies, I DID put a bobble on my Father-in-Law’s!); Venezia and Autumn Rose sweaters by Eunny Jang; Lissuin by Ann Kingstone; Carol Feller at Stolen Stitches; Ann Kingstone; Information on Cumbrian dialect and the sheep counting system; Sheepfold; Blacker Yarns.

If you’re not familiar with them here are Florence and the Machine:

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 – we’re covering 4 continents now but I’d still 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 46: Spinning and Knitting and Prizes, Oh My!

Hello from a cold and blustery Cheshire Plain. This episode I share spinning, update you on my Woolsack progress and reveal the answers to the Manchester music quiz.

Spinning: I finished spinning the Cheviot I got in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry from Shunklies.

Then I spun up a 125g sample pack of Shetland combed tops from Jamieson and Smith.

Woolsack Update: I finished the back for the Celtic Yarns Cushion designed by Blacker, and have knitted an edging onto one of the too small Guild cushions.

On The Needles: I’ve cast on for an Alletta shawl for the Alletta/Allegra Knit-along with the Caithness Craft Collective podcast. I’m using Fyberspates Sparkle Sock and Ravelry details are here.

Prizes! Prizewinners need to let me know their order of preference of these five skeins:

From left to right: Posh Yarn Lucia in “Skip” (100g/365yds); Posh Yarn Charlotte in “April Showers Bring May Flowers” (100g/350yds); Posh Yarn Lei (100g/380 yds); Fyberspates Echo Self-Striping Sock (100g/380yds); Natural Dye Studio Unicorn in “Apple” (100g/400m)

Upcoming Events: Cheshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are taking demonstrating and holding their exhibition at West Kirby Library on Tuesday 10th, Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. I’ll be there on Tuesday – come along and say hello!

The Guild is also hosting a Woolsack Stuffing Event at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire on Saturday 21st April, 11am-3pm. This event is open to anyone in the area to drop in and stuff your cushion. There is carparking at the Centre and refreshments.

Wonderwool Wales is at the Royal Welsh Showground, Built Wells, Powys, Sat 28th and Sun 29th April.

Links Posh Yarn Fyberspates Natural Dye Studio Woolsack

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 – we’re covering 4 continents now but I’d still 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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