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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Episode 85: Retreat

Hello from a slightly blustery graveyard next to Lindisfarne Priory. Apologies for the wind gusts, I hope you can cope! In this episode I reflect on retreating from the world in such a beautiful place, fill you in on recent fun and shudder at the memory of shepherds with wandering hands…

Links:
Lindisfarne Priory
Knit.Spin.Cake podcast
DaisyBunBoo Designs
ShinyBees podcast
Macclesfield Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
Stash Fine Yarns
Dewa Roman Experience
Cath’s Blank Canvas

Competition:
To be in with a chance of winning the pink Rowan Pure Wool Aran, leave a comment here, or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or at the Ravelry group thread, stating “I’d like to win a ball of rowan Pure Wool Aran because…”

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 – 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 yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. 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 x

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Episode 84: Catching Up

Hello from the Cheshire Plain! apologies for the lack of proper show motes, I will update these as soon as I can!

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Episode 83: The Christmas Fairies

Hello from a very blustery Cheshire Plain. In this episode I wax lyrical about chunky knits, share the delights of my personal Christmas Fairy and launch a Knit-Along. There will be prizes!

Works In Progress
I’m having great fun whipping up my Vivido cardigan by Stolen Stitches in New Lanark Chunky as art of the APlayfulDay podcast Feller Holiday KAL (Ravelry thread here).

I’ve also been spinning on my SpinCityUK spindle, with some Picperfic Seduce (60% BFL, 20% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk).

The Christmas Fairies
Did you get any crafty goodies for Christmas? My Christmas Fairy got me a subscription to the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Club (squee!)

Fair  Isle KnitAlong
I will be hosting a Fair Isle Knit-Along from January 1st to Easter Sunday (Western, not Orthodox). Can be for new or existing projects, there will be progress AND finished object prizes. Head on over to the Ravelry Group for more details.

Links
Louise Scollay’s KnitBritish.net with its British Yarn Giveaway.
BabyLongLegs’ Sock Yarn Club

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 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 (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 82: And Relax…

Hello from a tinsel-bedecked Cheshire Plain. Join me as I wrap presents, indulge in a bit more Christmas music and open a parcel from The Golden Skein.

Happy Christmas to you all!

TTFN
Nic x

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Episode 81: We Have A Finished Item!

Hello from a not-quite-as-blustery-as-yesterday Plain!
A brief episode, just so I can play some Christmas music….

Finished Object:

Woo hoo! My Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat is finished! Ravelry details are here.


Something I Really Like:
Green smoothies. My basic fall-back is one cup of chopped spinach blended very well with one cup of water, then blended with two chopped bananas and a pinch of cinnamon.

Music:
Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, and outro is God Rest You Merry Gentlemen by Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, 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 at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. 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 x

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Episode 80: The Knitting Podcast With Hardly Any Knitting

Hello from the Plain! Proper show notes will follow ASAP, but here are the music and contact linky bits!

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 (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 79: Madness

Hello from Bedlam…. In this episode, I probably repeat myself about some Works in Progress, smile at some crocheted critters and explain what’s happening in my world…

Works in Progress

Here’s the second pair of Saartje’s Booties…

I’ve worked on some ideas from the Amy Singer workshop and I’ve worked a bit on a Hannah Fettig Sock Sweater in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Chocolatier for another baby in the family.

I’ve also been working on the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knit-A-Long in Fyberspates Vivacious DK. Yum!

I’ve not knit for a week or so because I’ve been spinning samples from Fiberholics UK into a random bobbin of singles. Suppliers include Lime Green Jelly, Knitter Scarlet, Porpoise Fur and Manda Crafts.

I’m currently spinning the second bobbin ready to ply with the first.

Last week I went to Manchester and made this:

Impressive, huh? Well maybe not, but here are some really great pieces:

Madness Part 1

I’ve been dyeing to show you these (groan!)

Breaking News: I now have an Etsy Shop! It can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain

Madness Part 2:
Aimee from Knit.Spin.Cake and I are hosting a knitting and spinning retreat! Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February 2014 in Chester. Rooms are £140; however if you would be prepared to share then this price is reduced as the house is a fixed rate. This price covers accommodation for the three nights, food on Thursday night and breakfasts. Remaining meals and the itinerary will be agreed by the attendees later. If you are interested, please PM me on Ravelry (I’m talesfromtheplain) or drop me an email at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom.
OMG!

Upcoming Events

Janefrogged on Ravelry has sent up the knitsignal, asking for contributions towards the yarnstorming of Ampthill linked to Fibre East next year. To help out, please contact her on Ravelry or by email at jckclayATgmail.com.

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.blogspot.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 78: A Brief Message

Hello from a pre-sunrise Oxfordshire! This is a brief episode simply to highlight the Manchester Hyperbolic Coral Reef and the drop in sessions that are taking place today, 9th November 2013, Sunday 17th November and Sunday 1st December, all 1pm to 4.30pm at the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road.details can be found here. I’ve lifted this from the Ravelry group:

First off, and really importantly, all contributions should be made in synthetic yarn only. This is because the kind of creepy crawlies who munch through natural fibres are just the blighters who also munch through precious ancient artefacts. It’s a great excuse to use up your squeaky synthetics or have an excuse to buy that dirt cheap acrylic that’s keeps on tempting you in the pound shop!
Secondly, to avoid our coral reef ending up looking like a big pile of multicolour jumble, we’ll be sticking to a limited palette of greens, blues, purples, whites and creams if possible. A few brighter colours can be used as edgings or for small detailing but if we stick to the palette it’ll give us the opportunity to pick out starfish, anemones etc. in brighter colours later. Nice!

If you are in a knitting group please get everyone involved! There will be sessions at the Museum that you might want to come along to or please feel free to crack on at home.
You can drop off or post any contributions c/o Wendy Gallagher at

The Manchester Museum,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PL

Patterns can be found here.

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.blogspot.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 (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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