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Episode 97: For The Love Of Woolly

Hello and welcome to another café recording session!

On The Needles
BOB socks by Louise Tilbrook in Rusty Ferret Doll
Contoura by Woolly Wormhead in BabyLongLegs Mesmerino DK
Mobberley by Woolly Wormhead in YFTP Mobberley Aran in Ragazzo Bello
Skelter (2015 Mystery Hat) by Woolly Wormhead in YFTP Stanley DK.

In The Weaving Shed
I talk about the course I attended on the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers‘ Summer School, Silk Weaving with Handspun Tapestry inserts with Sue Hiley Harris. I’m struggling to upload a photo at this point, but there are some on my textile instagram, @nicolaruddtextiles .

Review
Painted Woolly Toppers For Kids by Woolly Wormhead
Elemental by Woolly Wormhead

Shop Update
Yans From the Plain yarn update this week included Mobberley in several weights. Don’t forget that if you sign up to the newsletter you will be sent regular codes for subscriber discount.

Upcoming Events
The Wool Boat is due to moor up at Abram near Wigan this weekend (21st & 22nd October), aiming to be in Parbold the following weekend, Keep up with where they will be next by following their Facebook page.
Kendal Wool Gathering   28th & 29th October, Kendal, Cumbria
Festiwool 11th November, Hitchen, Herts

Links
Caithness Craft Collective Podcast
Fluph
Countess Ablaze
Little Grey Girl
Hilltop Cloud 

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

Make Contact!
We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. Yarns From The Plain now has a Facebook page here – come over and hit that like button! There’s a Ravelry group for both the podcast and the shop, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain, on Instagram as @yarnsfromtheplain and on Twitter as @yarnsfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 94: New Year, New Beginnings

Hello, not from Cheshire today, but Bradford! Join me as I give a quick round up of my knitting and weaving over December and talk about my own new beginnings this year.

On The Needles

The Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat has been parked, waiting to be frogged. I have cast on a Kunye by Claire Devine as part of The Golden Skein’s first birthday celebrations.

I have also cast on an Every Baby Sweater for my cousin’s little boy, but I have no pictures yet.

In the Weaving Shed

I finished my cousin’s husband’s scarf, made from my Mobberley 4ply and Chelford yarns:

And I finished her scarf too, which was in a merino silk laceweight from DT Crafts.

Shop

There is currently a 20% discount on items in the shop to banish the January Blues. Use the code JANUARY2015 at www.YarnsFromThePlain.Etsy.com .The shop can also be reached from the Shop link on the front page of my new (almost ready) website at www.yarnsfromtheplain.co.uk, where you can also sing up for the newletter, to keep up-to-date with any shop updates, news, etc. Ultimately the show notes will be hosted here, but not just yet, so the Blog button isn’t live yet. For shop tweets, follow @yarnsfromplain.

Links
To find out about the winter Workshop in detail, check out my original blog, Tales From The Plain, starting with this post.

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

Make Contact!
We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, 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.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 93: Advent

Hello from the Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded on 30th November but unfortunately editing took a back seat to real life, so only got finished now.

On The Needles
As well as my Dorothy for WIPCrackAway, I’ve been working on the Mystery Hat from Woolly Wormhead. I think I may need to rip it out though as I suspect it is too small. 🙁

WIPCrackAway
Well done everyone! What a sterling effort from you all – 87 finished items! Prizewinners can choose from:

From Left to Right:
Green Eyed Monster GEM Alpaca Sock in The Green Green Grass
EasyKnits  Bamboo Merino Mix in Luau
Fyberspates Sparkly Silk & Silver SockYarn
Posh Yarn Lucia 70% merino 30% cashmere in Skip
Hazel Knits Artisan sock in 117 – Chuckanut Drive

I actually finished my Dorothy!

In The Weaving Shed

The Chelford/Mobberley scarf for my cousin’s husband on the Ashford Samplit loom:

 
 
And the laceweight yarns I have dyed for my cousin’s scarf.:
 
 


I’m still undecided!

Links
DT Crafts

Upcoming events
The FO&Dye podcast are hosting FOFest on the weekend of 16th & 17th  May 2015 in Exeter.

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 at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.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. My shop can be found here and the shop tweets as @yarnsfromplain.


TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 92: The Results Are In

Hello from a rather mild Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded earlier in the month.
Brief show notes here, I’m afraid, mainly consisting of the show items that you haven’t already seen.

WIP Crack Away

I’m so impressed with you all! So many finished projects! I’m plugging away on my Dorothy cardigan, but it was slower progress than I was expecting….
I have also started the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knitalong for this year.

Show Results

The quilt – not seen at its best as it’s a King Size quilt show here on a double bed:

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Sheeeeeep!
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My recycled garden tealight holder
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Patch the needlework dog.
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My pirate project bag.
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The glass coasters.
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The complementary cushion.
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Shop Update

I have updated the Etsy shop with some of my new yarn bases. Take a look at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain 

TTFN, Nic x

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Episode 91: Travelling, Travelling

Hello from the M40. Listen in as I prattle on to keep myself awake on a trip to Oxfordshire!

Off The Needles
I finished the Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan! I love the little sheepy buttons, which came from Textile Garden at Unwind Brighton.

 
 
 
I also got round to blocking my Rainbow Revontuli made with my Krafty Koala merino nylon
 

WIP Crack Away!
So lovely to see all the finished items clocking up! No one has yet finished up a WIP that is as old as my whale… You can take a peek in the thread here. Don’t forget it’s being co-hosted with the Knit British I’m chugging away slowly on my Dorothy, a Natural Dye Studio pattern. Good job crochet blocks don’t need much bandwidth…

Something I Really Like
Podcaster meet ups! I also want to say thank you for my little project bag from RunKnitDig, which I was given at Unwind Brighton. Also plotting and planning the PodRetreat….

Upcoming Events

PodRetreat is back! If you are interested in joining me, Jo from Shiny Bees, Louise from Knit British and Chrissy from Stitched Together in Chester Thursday 19th- Sunday 22nd February, the rooms are ensuite and cost £160. If you’re prepared to share, the price will drop to £80. There will be an additional £10 towards breakfast and evening meals. There will also be a meet up at some point on Saturday 21st February.

Links
Caithness Craft Collective
Knit.Spin.Cake
Harbour Yarns
Geeky Girls Knit
iMake
A Playful Day

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

Make Contact!
We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, 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.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 90: WIP Crack Away!

Again, another scantly edited episode with no show notes, but it’s already eight days old. One day I will get back on top of this surely?

Just a quick update on the fact that the podcaster meet up at Yarndale is on the 27th not the 28th. That’s Saturday 27th at 3pm.

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Episode 89: Crafty Catchup

Apologies for the tardiness in getting this up – it’s not really edited and there are no show notes, but if I don’t do this now, it will never get up!

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Episode 88: Where Do I Start?

Hello from the Plain! This episode I’m joined by some new arrivals as I explain the radio silence for the last three and half months…

Off The Needles
I finished the Traveling Woman shawl using swap yarn from Ginger Twist Studio . It’s lovely!

I also completed the March pattern of the Kaleidoscope blanket.

Spinning
I plied the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves, but missed the deadline for the Spinalong.

Links
Caithness Craft Collective podcast
Ginger Twist Studio
Stitched Together podcast
Shiny Bees podcast

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

Make Contact!
We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, 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.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 87: Competition Crazy

Hello from a riverside car park in Northwich. There is still birdsong, but cars and planes too…

On and Off The Needles

I’m halfway through the  March instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby’s Beau is a few rows further on. I’ve also cast on a Traveling Woman shawl using swap yarn.

Spinning

I’ve spun two bobbins of singles on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves. The pressure’s on to ply by the end of April!

Competition Crazy

The Golden Skein photo competition can be found here.

Something I Really Like

The Knit British podcast.

Upcoming Events

Unwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July in the Mezzanine Café at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. More details to follow.

Links

Caithness Craft Collective podcast

Ginger Twist Studio

Stitched Together podcast

Music

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

Make Contact!

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, 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.

TTFN,

Nic x

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Episode 86: An Early Morning Walk

Hello from Cragside and a glorious holiday in Northumbria. Tune in for more birdsong!

On and Off The Needles
I finished my Ravellenics Baktus back in February and the February instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby’s Beau is about 20cm up both front and back. No other progress.

Spinning
Progress on the Jacob’s from Shearer Girl and some gorgeous Picperfic Fluff ‘n’ Stuff. I’ve also started on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves.

Something I Really Like
Staying in a National Trust property – I get to walk around the gardens and pretend they are all mine!
www.nationaltrustcottages.org.uk

Upcoming Events

Unwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July. More details to follow.

Shop
I have recently updated the shop with both yarn and fibre. https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain

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

Make Contact!
We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, 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.

TTFN,
Nic x

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