Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 22: Trying Something New



Sharing the creations that have kept me together these past few weeks... In audio AND video this time! And with a little tea swap that is sure to brighten the weeks to come.
Episode recorded on January 21, 2015.

Download the AUDIO episode here.
Watch the VIDEO episode 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.
If you wish to connect on Instagram, please send me a note first to introduce yourself.

Kristin , Maria and Dani have inspired me to do a video episode.

The video/audio gets slightly out of sync after a while. I tried for a long time to fix it, with no success. Next time will be better I promise!

TEA SWAP!
Brilliantly imagined and organized by knittinluv on Ravelry. All the details have been posted in the ravelry group.

1. A BIT OF SEWING
I am wearing Newlook 6615, which I made in 2005.
I mention the Clothkit Dress (and matching skirt for me) that I made in 2013, and the aprons that I made last year.
I just cut out Simplicity 2946  out of a floral corduroy to make Birthday Dresses for my daughter and her doll. The pattern was sent to me by Helen.

2. A BIT OF KNITTING 

2.a Finished
Cardigan out of my handspun for SPAKAL: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio.
Woolful and KnitBritish are podcasts (and websites) that emphasise the reasons why we should be more mindful of our fibre choices.

I mention my daughter's Manteau de Lutin.

2.b In Progress
- Legwarmers out of Adriafil Knitcol in the Beethoveen (62) colourway.
- Lenny by Heidi Atwood-Reeves for my daughter, out of Countess Ablaze BFL Aran in Radioactive Raspberry.

2.c Future Projects
- Cardigan for both me and my daughter, out of the Surnaturelle yarn that I got from La Droguerie for Christmas. My cardigan is going to be Alecia Beth by Justyna Lorkowska.
- socks for Seb out of Online Supersocke 4-fach, in the shade 1530.
- socks for me out of Adriafil Knitcol (and I meant the Boccioni colourway, #66, not Boccaccio as I say in the podcast!).

3. A BIT OF SPINNING 

- I plied the merino braid from Countess Ablaze in Northern Lights.
- Currently spinning a Juno Fibre Arts braid named Wishing Tree: 70% BFL- 30% Sparkle.
I'm going to knit it into a Stretcher Quaker Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft, which was gifted to me by a VERY lovely listener. :)


Spinning Acquisitions:
I purchased rolags and batts from Sara's Texture Crafts, which are gorgeous - Malachite marl batts, Sea Foam Shantung batts, and Oslo rolags.

I forgot to mention that Sara very kindly added several tape measures (both in inches and centimetres) as a gift, knowing how much I enjoy sewing!

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

Monday, January 05, 2015

Fluffy Fibers Episode 21 - Gentleness begins at home

Manteau de Lutin

A recap of my sewing, knitting and spinning adventures in 2014, and gentle goals for the new year.
Episode recorded on January 3, 2015.

Download the episode (1:02:02) here.


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

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1. A BIT OF SEWING

In November I made a couple of ring slings for the Playful Tot and my daughter.
Patterns I made this year were by Deer and Doe, By Hand London, Colette patterns.

I mention the Raglan Pocket Dress and Minimalist Dress by Brindille et Twig.

2. A BIT OF KNITTING


2.a Finished
- Finished projects for 2014.
- Manteau de Lutin, AKA Lavanda jacket by Elena Nodel, for my daughter. I made the long, hooded version, in size 4 Y. The yarn is Basic Sport by Katia.
- Snappy Hat by Corinna Ferguson. Out of Online Divano.

- Bluebirds of Happiness: 1 one for our tree out of leftover red yarn and 2 out of Soft Payette for my sister and my friend Sylvie.


2.b In Progress
- Cardigan out of my handspun for SPAKAL: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio.

2.c Future Projects
- Lenny by Heidi Atwood-Reeves for my daughter, out of Countess Ablaze BFL Aran in Radioactive Raspberry.
- Cardigan for me, OR for both me and my daughter, out of the Surnaturelle yarn that I got from La Droguerie for Christmas.
I am considering making Alecia Beth by Justyna Lorkowska.
I mention the crocheted pullover I made out of the same yarn, and the Vitamin D cardigan.


3. A BIT OF SPINNING
- I finished spinning The Fifth Queen, out of the Catherine Howard fibre blend by Hilltop Cloud.
- Jacey Boggs Faulkner's Craftsy Class: Drafting from Worsted to Woolen is an excellent new ressource if you're learning how to spin.
- I have been spinning a merino braid from Countess Ablaze in Northern Lights.


4. SOMETHING SEASONAL, SOMETHING NATURAL

My daughter and I created salt dough ornaments for our tree, for a simple, fun, and hassle-free Christmas season.

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 20




Download the episode (1:12:06) here.

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

SHOWNOTES

1. A BIT OF SEWING (03:21)

Quick, phone picture of my Pavot Coat
(with my Damson Shawlette out of Malabrigo Sock in Abril)

1.a Finished:
- Pavot jacket by Deer and Doe. 
My tutorial on how to make and sew a lining to a jacket/coat
Threads tutorial.
I mention Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques, and Tany's blog.

- Matching gifties for my daughter and the Playful Tot (to be shared next time).

1.b Upcoming projects:

- Another Moneta dress, also by Colette
- I also mention the Cosmopolitan Dress by Hot Patterns. I made mine back in 2010 (not 2009, as I say on the podcast).
- Dahlia dress, by Colette Patterns


2. A BIT OF KNITTING (24:26)
Lavanda WIP - not the most up-to-date as it is now at knee length but I liked the light in this picture.

2.a Finished
Curious Collective Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, out of Lang Yarns Merino 150.
I realized while writing up the shownotes that I had actually already finished this at the time of the previous podcast! I decided to keep the segment in nonetheless in order to mention the Knitvent collection.

2.b In Progress
- Cardigan out of my handspun for SPAKAL: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio.
- Lavanda jacket by Elena Nodel, for my daughter. I am making the long, hooded version. Forgot to mention the yarn - it is Basic Sport by Katia.

2.c Future Projects
I plan to participate in the Selfish Single Skein Along organised by A Playful Day.
Planning to knit a small Daybreak out of my handspun and Malabrigo Worsted in Parisian Night.

Left: Malabrigo Worsted in Parisian Night; Right: handspun from a Juno Fibre Arts BFL braid

3. A BIT OF SPINNING (40:00)
I spun just a little bit more on my Catherine Howard fibre blend by Hilltop Cloud.

4. A QUESTION ANSWERED (41:47)
My humble two cents on a few things to consider when purchasing a sewing machine.

I mention the établissement Lefebvre, avenue de la République in Paris, where I bought my Brother sewing machine, serger and coverstitch. I just realised online that the Lefebvre family has since retired and the store was taken over by a new team, so I cannot vouch for their service. Besides the Brother brand they now stock Elna and Babylock, which are both excellent brands http://www.coudre-paris.fr/magasin/magasin_de_paris 
I also mention http://stecker.be/

5. HAPPY THOUGHT INDEED (57:34)
Colette Patterns are launching an online magazine, Seamwork.
I was finally able to visit L'Oisivethé during a trip to Paris.

6. INSPIRATION (1:05:12)
My friend Sylvie has started a podcast in French about sewing, knitting and tea.
I give a shoutout to the very wonderful Yarniacs.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 19

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First attempt at a Navajo Ply. 99% BFL, 1% kitty :)

Download the episode (35:28) 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 (04:32)

Project bag for a friend


1.a Finished:
- Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns.
- Knitting project bags for two friends.

Project bag for a friend

1.b Upcoming projects:
- Pavot jacket by Deer and Doe. Out of a purple cotton gabardine. I got a lighter purple polka dot for the lining
- blouse and/or dress for my daughter
- lightweight quilt for my daughter

2. A BIT OF KNITTING (13:12)

Curious Collective Shawl

2.a Finishes
Curious Collective Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, out of Lang Yarns Merino 150.

2.b In progress
Cardigan out of my handspun for SPAKAL: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio.

3. A BIT OF SPINNING (17:59)

Murmure handspun
'Murmure' Merino from Alysse Création


- I plied the singles from the 200 grams of a tonal pink merino from Alysse Création, pictured below.
- Spun and Navajo-plied some BFL from Juno Fibre Arts.
- Started spinning on a braid of Catherine Howard fibre blend by Hilltop Cloud.
- I am liking this gauge measuring tool from Hilltop Cloud (mine is in cherry veneer).
- Thread on the forum on using your handspun.

First try at Navajo plying
Navajo Ply - fibre from Juno Fibre Arts

4. HAPPY THOUGHT INDEED (29:09)

5. A BIT OF READING (31:52)
Verlaine, 'Chanson d'Automne':


Les sanglots longs
Des violons
    De l'automne
Blessent mon coeur
D'une langueur
    Monotone.

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
    Sonne l'heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
    Et je pleure;

Et je m'en vais
Au vent mauvais
    Qui m'emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
    Feuille morte.

I found some rather nice rhymed English translations here.

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