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.

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.