Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fluffy Fibers Episode 26: Spring Happy



Episode recorded on March 20, 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.

1. MY CUP OF TEA
Élixir des petits lutins by Les Jardins de Gaia: organic rooibos with vanilla and strawberry natural flavours and cornflower petals.

2. A HANDMADE WARDROBE
I am wearing my Cosmopolitan Dress by Hot Patterns. I mention Boeken Stoffen in Amsterdam.

3. EVENTS
3.a. Tea Swap

3.b Gentle Along
Craft something that makes your life more gentle. Cosy socks, a shawl, a blanket, a tea cosy... Does not need to be cast on specifically for this, and multiple-dipping is of course fine. Can be any craft.
Let's share ways in which we are mindfully gentle to ourselves.
People have been sharing inspirational thoughts and projects in the Ravelry group.
PRIZES:
- One skein of Lambswool and mohair Aran from Gregoria Fibers.
- One braid of BFL and Trilobal from Fondant Fibre in the Happenstance colourway.
- The Tea Collection by Clare Devine: one ebook for one winner, and one pattern for two winners.
- A project bag sewn by me.

4. A BIT OF SEWING
I am making a dress out of Newlook 6643.
I also answer a question from the Suggestions Box thread on Ravelry, on how I tranfer construction marks from patterns onto fabric.

5. A BIT OF KNITTING 
5.a Finished
Vanilla socks for Seb out of Online Supersocke 4-fach, in the shade 1530.

5.b In Progress

Hitofude Cardigan out of Surnaturelle yarn from La Droguerie, in the Ardoise (Slate) colourway.

5.c Acquisitions
One skein of Succulent from Voolenvine, on her Lush base.

6. A BIT OF SPINNING 
I've been spinning Fuzzlings from Fondant Fibre. I mention Andean plying.

Friends mentioned:
Mandarine's podcast and website.
Curious Handmade
Little Bobbins
A Homespun House
Tany
Ichigo Abroad
Junkyarn


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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fluffy Fibers Episode 25: Stash Accusations


Naturally dyed yarn by Gregoria Fibers

Episode recorded on March 6, 2015.

Download the AUDIO episode here (48:48).
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.

1. MY CUP OF TEA
Nectar Enchanté by Les Jardins de Gaia: organic green tea with peach and vanilla.

2. A HANDMADE WARDROBE
I am wearing my Jalie Sweetheart top.

3. EVENTS
3.a. Tea Swap
Names have been exchanged and packages need to be sent out by March 15.
All the details are posted in the ravelry group, and we have started a chat thread. We have also set up a small Pinterest board as inspiration for handcrafted gifties.

3.b Gentle Along
Craft something that makes your life more gentle. Cosy socks, a shawl, a blanket, a tea cosy... Does not need to be cast on specifically for this, and multiple-dipping is of course fine. Can be any craft.
Let's share ways in which we are mindfully gentle to ourselves.
People have been sharing inspirational thoughts and projects in the Ravelry group.

4. A BIT OF SEWING

4.a Finished
I made a duvet cover for my daughter out of fabric from Susybee Fabrics.
4.b Future projects
- Project bags
- A dress for me
- The Boardwalk Skirt from Go To patterns for my daughter. It is currently free on Craftsy!

5. A BIT OF KNITTING 
 

5.a Finished
First sock for Seb out of Online Supersocke 4-fach, in the shade 1530.

5.b In Progress
- Second sock for Seb out of Online Supersocke 4-fach, in the shade 1530.
- Hitofude Cardigan out of Surnaturelle yarn from La Droguerie, in the Ardoise (Slate) colourway.

5.c Acquisitions
Sock blockers from Burning Impressions
Hand dyed yarn from Gregoria Fibers , who generously donated a lambswool and mohair skein for the Gentle Along.

6. A BIT OF SPINNING 


- I re-plied and caked my Juno Fibre Arts yarn named Wishing Tree: 70% BFL- 30% Sparkle. I'm going to knit it into a Stretcher Quaker Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft.
- I spun and two-plied rolags from Sara's Texture Crafts, in the Oslo colourway. My first attempt at spinning woolen.

6.b Acquistions
Fuzzlings from Fondant Fibre, who also donated a gorgeous prize for the Gentle Along!


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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fluffy Fibers Podcast Episode 24: Purple is the New Black

I have been on such a purple kick lately! I have been creating for a fresh new baby, for my own (not so) little birthday girl, and starting on some new projects. I am so pleased to be managing more frequent episodes at the moment.

Episode recorded on February 19, 2015.

Download the AUDIO episode here (53:53).
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.

I mention Kristin (who dyes the amazing Voolenvine Yarns) who kindly shared with me what microphone she uses on her podcast.
1. MY CUP OF TEA
Almond Green Tea by Kusmi.

2. A HANDMADE WARDROBE
I am wearing my new purple Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns.

3. EVENTS
3.a. Tea Swap
Names have been exchanged and packages need to be sent out by March 15.
All the details are posted in the ravelry group, and we have started a chat thread. We have also set up a small Pinterest board as inspiration for handcrafted gifties.

3.b Gentle Along
Craft something that makes your life more gentle. Cosy socks, a shawl, a blanket, a tea cosy... Does not need to be cast on specifically for this, and multiple-dipping is of course fine. Can be any craft.
Let's share ways in which we are mindfully gentle to ourselves.
A chat thread will be posted on the Ravelry forum.

4. A BIT OF SEWING
I sewed another Moneta dress (pattern by Colette), out of Ponte di Roma.
I made this while listening to the Woolful podcast, of which I cannot speak too highly.

5. A BIT OF KNITTING 


5.a Finished
- Lenny by Heidi Atwood-Reeves for my daughter, out of Countess Ablaze BFL Aran in Radioactive Raspberry Jam.
- Curly Snake from Susan B Anderson's Itty Bitty Toys. Knit out Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in colour #106.
- baby socks with the yarn left over from my DK socks in Adriafil Knitcol (Boccioni colourway).

5.b In Progress
- Socks for Seb out of Online Supersocke 4-fach, in the shade 1530.
- Hitofude Cardigan out of Surnaturelle yarn from La Droguerie, in the Ardoise (Slate) colourway.

5.c Future Projects
I placed an order with West Yorkshire Spinners: a ball of DK Bluefaced Leicester from their Country Birds collection (Wood Pigeon colourway), and their Signature 4-Ply in the Pennyroyal colourway. Both are destined to become socks for me.

6. A BIT OF SPINNING 


- I skeined and set my Juno Fibre Arts yarn named Wishing Tree: 70% BFL- 30% Sparkle. I'm going to knit it into a Stretcher Quaker Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft.
- Inspired by Kristin of Yarngasm/Voolenvine, and Molly of a Homespun House, I spun mini-skeins for a listener of the podcast who is making a sock scrap blanket.

7. SOMETHING NATURAL, SOMETHING SEASONAL
I mention my lemon/orange glass squeezer, and why I have a hot drink with freshly squeezed lemon first thing every morning.

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

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Fluffy Fibers: Episode 23



I seem to have been knitting lots of tubes lately! And have been keeping happy with small projects.
Episode recorded on February 4, 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.
 
Thanks to Kristin and Dani for mentioning me on their podcasts! 

1. MY CUP OF TEA
A green organic Earl Grey, by Les Jardins de Gaia. 

2. WHAT I'M WEARING
I am wearing my Lala's Simple Shawl out of Katia Sulka, layered over my red Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns.

3. TEA SWAP
Brilliantly imagined and organized by knittinluv on Ravelry. Sign-ups until February 11 (NOT 15 as said in the podcast!).
Send a minimum of 6 tea bags (can be loose tea that you package in tea bags), along with a little handcrafted tea-related item, and a note explaining your own little tea idiosyncrasies.
All the details have been posted in the ravelry group, and we have started a chat thread. We have also set up a small Pinterest board as inspiration for handcrafted gifties.

4. A BIT OF SEWING
 I made Simplicity 2946 out of a floral corduroy to make birthday dresses for my daughter and her doll.

5. A BIT OF KNITTING 

5.a Finished
- Legwarmers out of Adriafil Knitcol in the Beethoveen (62) colourway.
- Socks for me out of Adriagil Knitcol in the Boccioni (66) colourway.
I mention West Yorkshire Spinners, especially their Country Birds collection in fingering and DK weight. I am also quite enamoured with their Pennyroyal colourway in sock yarn.

5.b In Progress

- Lenny by Heidi Atwood-Reeves for my daughter, out of Countess Ablaze BFL Aran in Radioactive Raspberry.
- Curly Snake from Susan B Anderson's Itty Bitty Toys. Knit out Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in colour #106. Yarn was bought from Annette Petavy, who hosts one of my favourite podcasts (in French), Mon crochet et moi.
I cast this on as part of the Little Along hosted by Dani of Little Bobbins Knits.

5.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.

6. A BIT OF SPINNING 
- I just finished spinning and plying 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.
- My daughter spun on her merino fibre, which she intends to knit into a hat!

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