Sunday, September 07, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 18

Fireflies Rising Shawlette
Fireflies Rising by Curious Handmade, out of Kettle Yarn Co Islington in Chambray.

Download the episode (55:06) here.

Here is the direct feed and the iTunes page for the podcast.

I am FluffyFibers on Ravelry and the podcast has a Ravelry group and forum. Social media links are in the blog's sidebar.
The show now welcomes sponsors for giveaways, reviews, etc..

SHOWNOTES


1. A BIT OF SEWING (02:50)

Jorna Tunic
 Jorna Tunic

1.a Finished:
Jorna Tank Dress in the tunic length, designed by Jenna Brand, out of Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 (also available separately on Craftsy).

1.b Upcoming projects:
- Pavot jacket by Deer and Doe. Out of a purple cotton gabardine bought from Ma petite mercerie. I mention my purple coat with a silver lining - although I should also have mentionned my red maternity coat from 2011.
- blouse for my daughter
- lightweight quilt for my daughter

Deer and Doe Pavot + gabardine
Deer and Doe Pavot and purple gabardine

2. SUMMER SEWALONG (9:26)


PRIZES:
- Onion patterns kindly provided by Maria Denmark: Onion 2017 tunic, 1032 jacket and 2009 dress, all for one winner. Winner is HelenSewStylish for this linen skirt
- Two winners each won one pattern of their choice from Aesthetic Nest on Etsy. Winners are Tini for these beach bags and Speattle for this swimsuit.
- One post randomly selected from the chat thread on Ravelry to win a set of handmade kitchen towels by our very own Speattle on Ravelry. Winner is JennyAnne.


3. A BIT OF KNITTING (17:20)

Fireflies Rising shawlette - blocking

3.a Finishes
- Socks for me out of Biscotte & Compagnie Felix Autorayante yarn in the Cupcake colourway. I'm using Susan B. Anderson's recipe.
- Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, out of Kettle Yarn Company Islington in the Chambray shade (shawl at top of post and blocking just above - yarn below).

Kettle Yarn Islington in Chambray - BFL and silk fingering. Purchased at Wild and Woolly in Hackney, London.

3.b In progress
Tube socks for my daughter, out of Biscotte et Cie Cupcake yarn.

3.c Future projects
- Curious Collective Shawl by Helen Stewart
- cardigan out of my handspun for SPAKAL. Dithering between Metro and Twigs and Willows.


4. A BIT OF SPINNING (32:02)

Wildflowers - Fleurs des champs
Wildflowers handspun - fibre from Juno Fibre Arts

- I finished spinning and plying some Juno Fibre Arts superwash merino-nylon, pictured above.I called it Wildflowers - Fleurs des champs
- I just finished spinning the singles out of 200 grams of a tonal pink merino from Alysse Création, pictured below.
Merino handspinning
'Murmure' Merino from Alysse Création

5. QUESTIONS ANSWERED (39:00)
I answer a request for tips on shopping for fabric.
I mention my post on Shopping for fabrics, yarn or embroidery notions in Paris.
I also mention Le Grand livre de la couture, edited by France Loisirs.
Websites mentioned: fabric.com , Pattern Review.

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 17

Handpsun yarn

Download the episode (46:08) here.

Here is the direct feed and the iTunes page for the podcast.

I am FluffyFibers on Ravelry and the podcast has a Ravelry group and forum. Social media links are in the blog's sidebar.
The show is now welcoming sponsors for giveaways, reviews, etc.

SHOWNOTES

1. A BIT OF SEWING (02:00)

Little Capes
- Four little capes for 2-year-olds. See above.
- A zippered pouch to host sock knitting projects, out of Toile de Jouy.
- A matching case for my tablet using this Youtube tutorial.

Knitting bag


2. SUMMER SEWALONG (12:30)

Let's sew a dress, or top, or hat, or anything summer related! Let's interpret this loosely. :)
There is a chatter thread on Ravelry and the Flickr group to enter your pictures - one picture per item.
Each picture will count as an entry towards a giveaway.
One post from the chatter thread will also be randomly selected for a prize.

PRIZES:
- Onion patterns kindly provided by Maria Denmark: Onion 2017 tunic, 1032 jacket and 2009 dress, all for one winner
- Two winners will each win one pattern from Aesthetic Nest on Etsy
- One post will be randomly selected from the chat thread on Ravelry to win a set of handmade kitchen towels by our very own Speattle on Ravelry!

You can tag your related projects on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #fluffyfibersSSAL

3. A BIT OF KNITTING (15:20)
3.a Finishes
Featherweight Cardigan out of Lang Golf yarn in peacock blue. Needs photographing.

3.b In progress
Socks for me out of Biscotte & Compagnie Felix Autorayante yarn in the Cupcake colourway. I'm using Susan B. Anderson's recipe.

3.c Future projects
Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.


4. A BIT LOT OF SPINNING (24:04)

Handspun yarn for a cardigan
- I finished spinning and plying my undyed BlueFaced Leicester for SPAKAL (spin along-knit along) hosted by the Knitmore Girls. My goal for Tour de Fleece was to spin all the singles; I was also able to ply all the singles and finish making all my yarn before the end of the Tour.
I have 940 metres/1046 yards of 3-ply yarn.
My ravelry page for this (with lots of pictures and more details) is here.

- I purchased some gorgeous fibre from Juno Fibre Arts to console myself for not attending Unwind Brighton:
Juno Fibre Arts Spinning Fibre - Teeswater and mulberry silk
Tesswater and mulberry silk

Juno Fibre Arts Spinning Fibre - BFL
Bluefaced Leicester

Juno Fibre Arts Spinning Fibre - superwash merino and nylon
Superwash Merino and Nylon

I just finished spinning the superwash merino and am preparing to ply it into a 2-ply.
2014-08-01 - junofibrearts merino-nylon

5. HAPPY THOUGHT INDEED (33:41)


6. SOMETHING NATURAL, SOMETHING SEASONAL (37:15)
I mention Karen of the Stashless Podcast.
I share my favourite recipe for making healthy homemade Nutella.
I mention the Omniblend blender (less expensive alternative to the Vitamix).
I also mention Rapadura as an alternative to refined sugar.

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 16

Bluefaced Leicester 2014 SPAKAL spinning

Download the episode (57:42) here.

Here is the direct feed and the iTunes page for the podcast.

I am FluffyFibers on Ravelry and the podcast also has a Ravelry group and forum. Social media links are in the blog's sidebar.
The show is now welcoming sponsors for giveaways, reviews, etc.

SHOWNOTES

1. A BIT OF SEWING (01:41)
Flutter Dress
1.a Finishes
- Flutter Dress by Aesthetic Nest on Etsy. See above and below:
Flutter Dress


- Sorbetto Top by Colette, as part of the Summer Top Craftalong hosted by Karen of the Stashless podcast.
Tutorial for using bias tape as facing:  http://so-sew-easy.com/use-bias-tape-neckline/
Sorbetto Top

1.b Future Projects
- Secret gifts!
- Another dress for my daughter
- Solveig top by Citronille. I plan to make a sleeveless version.
- Small zippered project pouch for my sock knitting

2. SUMMER SEWALONG (13:36)

Let's sew a dress, or top, or hat, or anything summer related! Let's interpret this loosely. :)
There is a chatter thread on Ravelry and the Flickr group to enter your pictures - one picture per item.
Each picture will count as an entry towards a giveaway.
One post from the chatter thread will also be randomly selected for a prize.

PRIZES:
- Two winners will each win one pattern from Aesthetic Nest on Etsy
- Onion patterns (details TBA)
- a handmade prize by Sandra, Speattle on ravelry.

You can tag your related projects on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #fluffyfibersSSAL

If you would like to sponsor the giveaway for the sewalong, please email me (email address in sidebar) or contact me by Ravelry.

3. A BIT OF KNITTING (17:07)
3.a Finishes
July 9, 2014 - birthday socks!

Socks for Seb, out of Lang Yarns Jawoll Cotton Color (19 wool, 35% cotton and 16% nylon). My first socks! Using the Universal Toe-up Formula published by Amy Swenson in Knitty.

3.b In progress
- Featherweight Cardigan out of Lang Golf yarn in peacock blue.
- Socks for me! Out of Biscotte & Compagnie Felix Autorayante yarn in the Cupcake colourway.

3.c Future projects
- Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade


4. A BIT LOT OF SPINNING (24:06)
2014-06-28_2plyed-first-handpsun-skeined
- I have been learning a lot from Felicia Lo's Craftsy class, Spinning Hand-dyed Fiber. This was recommended by Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast, also dyer of the droolworthy Voolenvine Yarns.
- I also just started watching Rita Buchanan's video, How I Spin, downloadable on Interweave.

- I have made a lot of progress on my undyed BlueFaced Leicester for SPAKAL (spin along-knit along) hosted by the Knitmore Girls, and as part of Tour de Fleece. I am part of Team Sasquatch on Ravelry.
I wound what I had spun onto Bobbins Up plastic bobbins, which adapt to an electric screwdriver. Pictured at the top of the shownotes. I have been spinning some more since then and have 150 grams left to spin out of my 700 grams of roving. I plan to knit a cardigan out of the resulting yarn.

- I also practiced plying for the first time by plying the very first singles I ever spun, 3 years ago - pictured above. Very over/under-spun (not over/under-plied, as I'm saying in the podcast). My first yarn nonetheless!

5. HAPPY THOUGHT INDEED (40:04 but really starts at 38:50)
New segment inspired by Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast.

Learning spinning is making me dizzy with excitement.

6. A BIT OF READING (41:55)
Chapter 2 of Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. Read here.

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 15

Me Made May - day 30

Download the episode (59:04) here.

Here is the direct feed and the iTunes page for the podcast.

I am FluffyFibers on Ravelry and the podcast also has a Ravelry group and forum. Social media links are in the blog's sidebar.
The show is now welcoming sponsors for giveaways, reviews, etc.

SHOWNOTES


1. A Bit of Inspiration (03:06)

I talk about my participation to Me Made May. You can find all my pictures here and my blog posts here. The Flickr group is here.
I mention the New Look 6557 pattern, the Menorca top from Rowan Summer Crochet, and the Monique Dress by Sew Serendipity, and the Anna Dress by By Hand London.

2. A Bit of Sewing (17:07)
2.a Finishes
Me Made May 2014 - day 3
- Day Tripper Top, from the Just Add Jeans collection, pictured above.
- Plantain tee shirt, a free pattern by Deer and Doe.
- Crocheted and sewn dress for my 1-year-old niece, pictured below. Pattern coming soon on Ravelry
Baby / Toddler Dress

2.c Future Projects
Dresses for my daughter and me. I cut out Flora and Elisalex by By Hand London and am planning on combining them. I also cut out the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns.

2.d Summer Sewalong!
Let's sew a dress, or top, or hat, or anything summer related! I'll open a thread on the Ravelry forum where you can share your projects for the sewalong. If you're not on Ravelry, I'll put up a post here where you can post your ideas and projects. You can also tag your projects on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #fluffyfibersSSAL 
There will be a giveaway for the sewalong.
If you would like to sponsor the giveaway for the sewalong, please do email me (email address in sidebar) or contact me by Ravelry.



3. A Bit of Knitting (28:21)

Honey Cardigan

3. a Finishes
- Honey Cardigan, by Veera Välimäki, in Plassard Tweedée, pictured above. Out of Plassard Tweedée.
- Owlets pullover for my daughter, out of Cascade Eco + in Lake Chelan Heather, to match my Idlewood for the Matchy matchy KAL.
- Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague. Out of Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in light grey (purchased at La Lainière de Wazemmes in Lille).

3.b In Progress
- Featherweight Cardigan out of Lang Golf yarn in peacock blue.
- Socks for Seb, out of Lang Yarns Jawoll Cotton Color (19% - not 90%! - wool, 35% cotton and 16% nylon). My first socks! Using the Universal Toe-up Formula published by Amy Swenson in Knitty.
I blame and thank the Knitmore Girls and Voolenvine of Yarngasm for putting me on the socks knitting bandwagon, especially her Queen of Gray episode.

3.c Future Projects

- Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade
- Socks for me! I just bought some self-striping yarn, ONline Garne Supersock 4-fach Art-Color in the colourway '1530' (no name?).

4. A Bit of Spinning (41:22)

Spinning Bluefaced Leicester

I mention two spinning books by Judith MacKenzie McCuin: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner, as well as her DVD, The Gentle Art of Plying. You can find an extract of the DVD on the Interweave Youtube channel.

I started spinning some Blue-Faced Leicester for SPAKAL (spin along-knit along) hosted by the Knitmore Girls, and to prepare for Tour de Fleece. I am part of Team Sasquatch on Ravelry.

5. Happy Thought Indeed (43:39)
New segment inspired by Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast.

- New additions to our family have made us very happy.
- We are going to England for the holidays. I would very much welcome recommendations of yarn shops that offer hand-dyed fiber (the only yarn shops I've been to in London are the knitting section of John Lewis and Loop) and of fun stuff to do or visit in London with a 2-year-old.

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.