Friday, November 21, 2014

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 20




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

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.