Posts Tagged 'ravelry'

Sock Yarn Scrap Shawl – Progress

I just wanted to share 2 progress photos of my sock yarn scrap shawl.

This project is just so much fun and I love the element of ‘swapping’ yarn to make it.  I am keeping in contact with everyone who donates yarn or swaps with me so it is becoming something of a ‘friendship shawl’.

If anyone is interested in donating very small amounts of sock yarn for the project please email  Anything you send will be shared out between other sock yarn blanket/shawl-makers that I am in contact with.  If you are interested in completing a similar project you can also drop me a line to find out how to get involved.  Sock yarn swappers can also join the thread on the iMake Podcast Ravelry forum.


For the Ravelers…

For those of you on Ravelry, I have started a group for the iMake podcast.  Click here to join.  You will need to be a member of Ravelry to join the group.  If you are a knitter, crocheter or spinner and you aren’t on Ravelry, believe me when I say this – you are missing out.  It’s fab!!  Please join and drop me a line.  That’s all from me for now.

Episode 6 – Making

Welcome to episode 6 of the iMake podcast.  In this episode we will drool over a brand spanking new craft magazine, learn about the Guernsey pound and hear about iMake’s recent creative exploits (of which there are many!)  So pour yourself a glass of red wine, grab your current work in progress, and let’s indulge in some crafty chatter.

Click the link below to listen online:

Episode 6 – Making

Show notes

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Mother-in-Law’s Birthday Mitts

This is one of the Jane Richmond patterns I tweeted about earlier in the week.  Click here for the Ravelry link.  The pattern is lovely and simple and they knit up super quick as you are using chunky yarn.  I used Rowan Cocoon as I had some in my stash (hurrah for stashbusting!)  What I rather like about them, aside from the fact that they knit up in just a few hours, is that you can turn back the cuff and button it to give a different look (shorter mitts).

They are for my mother-in-law, Sheila, as it is her birthday tomorrow.  She will also be getting a handmade necklace or bracelet if I can get my act together tomorrow morning.  I know, I know, just call me ‘daughter-in-law of the year’….!

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Comfort Knitting

I posted a tweet a couple of days ago along the lines of ‘full of cold, settling down to some comfort knitting’.  A friend picked up on this and commented on how he liked the idea of ‘comfort knitting’.

This got me thinking!  Am I the only knitter out there who actually ‘comfort’ knits?  If I am feeling a bit blue (or ill, as was the case this time) I can generally make myself feel a bit better by curling up on the sofa (with a duvet if I am really poorly!) and knitting.  I’ll usually watch some TV or a movie or listen to a podcast or two…  I can honestly say it cheers me up no end.  It helps if I am knitting something simple on big needles, in lovely (often) chunky, luxurious yarn.  Something lacy on tiny needles would stress me out.

Another good thing about comfort knitting is that it is not very easy to comfort eat at the same time because your hands are busy!  Bonus!

Anyway if anyone feels the need to do a little comfort knitting I have suggested some patterns on Ravelry below.  These are links to projects I have completed but it is easy to find your way back to the source pattern by just clicking on its name at the top.  Enjoy!

Unshaped Shrug by Just Call Me Ruby

Stolen Moments Wrap by Amy Swenson

Basic Cabled Scarf by Haley Waxburg

Button Down Wrap by Terry Epstein

#stashbustarmy update

Now I have the podcast live and out there on the interweb and I am sitting around (me?!) waiting for iTunes to confirm that they have accepted it into the store, I have taken the time to allocate yarn to projects on Ravelry. This is my ‘stash bust army’ (check it out on Twitter) effort of the day.

My stash busting projects are…

3 balls of cream Rowan Cocoon – Stolen Moments Wrap
3 balls of grey Rowan Cocoon – Stolen Moments Wrap (will post after I have finished the above first Stolen Moments Wrap)
2 balls of Noro Silk Garden in green/blue/brown – Boneyard Shawl

I am also working on a Pashmina Cowl to use up my black Debbie Bliss 100% silk.

I just have to find the time for knitting now! I have a huge pile of ironing in the lounge that simply has to come first, then a meeting with a fellow knitter about some collaborative projects… after that, however, I have some knitting time!! Whoop whoop! What to start on??

Yarn Arrival

Very exciting morning.  Look what just arrived in the post…

The noro is for me and will be used for a Boneyard Shawl and the Cocoon is for my first knitting commission – a Christmas present for a friend’s mum (Stolen Moments Wrap).  Happy days!

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