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.

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.

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.

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.