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Hello?

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to reassure you all that I've not yet shuffled off this mortal coil! I am still here, usually to be found in a steamy kitchen dyeing yarn and fibre or in front of a loom, being creative. Although the podcast has taken an unintended break, I fully intend on podcasting again. I'm just putting the finishing touches to the new website and hope to be with you again within the month.

TTFN,

Nic

Hello, not from Cheshire today, but Bradford! Join me as I give a quick round up of my knitting and weaving over December and talk about my own new beginnings this year.

On The Needles

The Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat has been parked, waiting to be frogged. I have cast on a Kunye by Claire Devine as part of The Golden Skein's first birthday celebrations.

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I have also cast on an Every Baby Sweater for my cousin's little boy, but I have no pictures yet.

In the Weaving Shed

I finished my cousin's husband's scarf, made from my Mobberley 4ply and Chelford yarns:

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And I finished her scarf too, which was in a merino silk laceweight from DT Crafts.
 
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Shop

There is currently a 20% discount on items in the shop to banish the January Blues. Use the code JANUARY2015 at www.YarnsFromThePlain.Etsy.com .The shop can also be reached from the Shop link on the front page of my new (almost ready) website at www.yarnsfromtheplain.co.uk, where you can also sing up for the newletter, to keep up-to-date with any shop updates, news, etc. Ultimately the show notes will be hosted here, but not just yet, so the Blog button isn't live yet. For shop tweets, follow @yarnsfromplain.

Links
To find out about the winter Workshop in detail, check out my original blog, Tales From The Plain, starting with this post.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as @talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from the Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded on 30th November but unfortunately editing took a back seat to real life, so only got finished now.

On The Needles
As well as my Dorothy for WIPCrackAway, I've been working on the Mystery Hat from Woolly Wormhead. I think I may need to rip it out though as I suspect it is too small. :(

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WIPCrackAway
Well done everyone! What a sterling effort from you all - 87 finished items! Prizewinners can choose from:

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From Left to Right:
Green Eyed Monster GEM Alpaca Sock in The Green Green Grass
EasyKnits  Bamboo Merino Mix in Luau
Fyberspates Sparkly Silk & Silver SockYarn
Posh Yarn Lucia 70% merino 30% cashmere in Skip
Hazel Knits Artisan sock in 117 - Chuckanut Drive

I actually finished my Dorothy!

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In The Weaving Shed

The Chelford/Mobberley scarf for my cousin's husband on the Ashford Samplit loom:

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And the laceweight yarns I have dyed for my cousin's scarf.:
 
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I'm still undecided!

Links
DT Crafts

Upcoming events
The FO&Dye podcast are hosting FOFest on the weekend of 16th & 17th  May 2015 in Exeter.

Music:
Intro music is Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, final music is Shchedrik - Carol of the Bells by Kitka, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, both available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as @talesfromplain. My shop can be found here and the shop tweets as @yarnsfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a rather mild Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded earlier in the month. Brief show notes here, I'm afraid, mainly consisting of the show items that you haven't already seen.

WIP Crack Away

I'm so impressed with you all! So many finished projects! I'm plugging away on my Dorothy cardigan, but it was slower progress than I was expecting....
I have also started the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knitalong for this year.

Show Results

The quilt - not seen at its best as it's a King Size quilt show here on a double bed:

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Sheeeeeep!
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My recycled garden tealight holder
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Patch the needlework dog.
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My pirate project bag.
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The glass coasters.
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The complementary cushion.
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Shop Update

I have updated the Etsy shop with some of my new yarn bases. Take a look at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain 

TTFN, Nic x

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Hello from the M40. Listen in as I prattle on to keep myself awake on a trip to Oxfordshire!

Off The Needles
I finished the Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan! I love the little sheepy buttons, which came from Textile Garden at Unwind Brighton.

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I also got round to blocking my Rainbow Revontuli made with my Krafty Koala merino nylon
 
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WIP Crack Away!
So lovely to see all the finished items clocking up! No one has yet finished up a WIP that is as old as my whale... You can take a peek in the thread here. Don't forget it's being co-hosted with the Knit British I'm chugging away slowly on my Dorothy, a Natural Dye Studio pattern. Good job crochet blocks don't need much bandwidth...

Something I Really Like
Podcaster meet ups! I also want to say thank you for my little project bag from RunKnitDig, which I was given at Unwind Brighton. Also plotting and planning the PodRetreat....

Upcoming Events
PodRetreat is back! If you are interested in joining me, Jo from Shiny Bees, Louise from Knit British and Chrissy from Stitched Together in Chester Thursday 19th- Sunday 22nd February, the rooms are ensuite and cost £160. If you're prepared to share, the price will drop to £80. There will be an additional £10 towards breakfast and evening meals. There will also be a meet up at some point on Saturday 21st February.

Links
Caithness Craft Collective
Knit.Spin.Cake
Harbour Yarns
Geeky Girls Knit
iMake
A Playful Day

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Again, another scantly edited episode with no show notes, but it's already eight days old. One day I will get back on top of this surely?

Just a quick update on the fact that the podcaster meet up at Yarndale is on the 27th not the 28th. that's Saturday 27th at 3pm.

 

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Apologies for the tardiness in getting this up - it's not really edited and there are no show notes, but if I don't do this now, it will never get up!

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Hello from the Plain! This episode I'm joined by some new arrivals as I explain the radio silence for the last three and half months...

Off The Needles
I finished the Traveling Woman shawl using swap yarn from Ginger Twist Studio . It's lovely!

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I also completed the March pattern of the Kaleidoscope blanket.

Spinning
I plied the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves, but missed the deadline for the Spinalong.

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Links
Caithness Craft Collective podcast
Ginger Twist Studio
Stitched Together podcast
Shiny Bees podcast

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a riverside car park in Northwich. There is still birdsong, but cars and planes too...

On and Off The Needles
I'm halfway through the  March instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby's Beau is a few rows further on. I've also cast on a Traveling Woman shawl using swap yarn.

Spinning
I've spun two bobbins of singles on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves. The pressure's on to ply by the end of April!

Competition Crazy
The Golden Skein photo competition can be found here.

Something I Really Like
The Knit British podcast.

Upcoming Events
Unwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July in the Mezzanine Café at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. More details to follow.

Links
Caithness Craft Collective podcast
Ginger Twist Studio
Stitched Together podcast

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from Cragside and a glorious holiday in Northumbria. Tune in for more birdsong!

On and Off The Needles
I finished my Ravellenics Baktus back in February and the February instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby's Beau is about 20cm up both front and back. No other progress.

Spinning
Progress on the Jacob's from Shearer Girl and some gorgeous Picperfic Fluff 'n' Stuff. I've also started on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves.

Something I Really Like
Staying in a National Trust property - I get to walk around the gardens and pretend they are all mine!
www.nationaltrustcottages.org.uk

Upcoming Events
Unwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July. More details to follow.

Shop
I have recently updated the shop with both yarn and fibre. https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a slightly blustery graveyard next to Lindisfarne Priory. Apologies for the wind gusts, I hope you can cope! In this episode I reflect on retreating from the world in such a beautiful place, fill you in on recent fun and shudder at the memory of shepherds with wandering hands...

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Links:
Lindisfarne Priory
Knit.Spin.Cake podcast
DaisyBunBoo Designs
ShinyBees podcast
Macclesfield Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
Stash Fine Yarns
Dewa Roman Experience
Cath's Blank Canvas

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Competition:
To be in with a chance of winning the pink Rowan Pure Wool Aran, leave a comment here, or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or at the Ravelry group thread, stating "I'd like to win a ball of rowan Pure Wool Aran because..."

Music:
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact:
We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from the Cheshire Plain! apologies for the lack of proper show motes, I will update these as soon as I can!

 

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Hello from a very blustery Cheshire Plain. In this episode I wax lyrical about chunky knits, share the delights of my personal Christmas Fairy and launch a Knit-Along. There will be prizes!

Works In Progress
I'm having great fun whipping up my Vivido cardigan by Stolen Stitches in New Lanark Chunky as art of the APlayfulDay podcast Feller Holiday KAL (Ravelry thread here).



I've also been spinning on my SpinCityUK spindle, with some Picperfic Seduce (60% BFL, 20% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk).

The Christmas Fairies
Did you get any crafty goodies for Christmas? My Christmas Fairy got me a subscription to the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Club (squee!)

Fair  Isle KnitAlong
I will be hosting a Fair Isle Knit-Along from January 1st to Easter Sunday (Western, not Orthodox). Can be for new or existing projects, there will be progress AND finished object prizes. Head on over to the Ravelry Group for more details.

Links
Louise Scollay's KnitBritish.net with its British Yarn Giveaway.
BabyLongLegs' Sock Yarn Club

Music
Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, final music is Dancing Day Part II: Coventry Carol (Rutter) by Stephane Potvin and the Con Brio Choir, both from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a tinsel-bedecked Cheshire Plain. Join me as I wrap presents, indulge in a bit more Christmas music and open a parcel from The Golden Skein.

Happy Christmas to you all!

TTFN

Nic x

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Hello from a not-quite-as-blustery-as-yesterday Plain! A brief episode, just so I can play some Christmas music....

Finished Object:
Woo hoo! My Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat is finished! Ravelry details are here.

Something I Really Like:
Green smoothies. My basic fall-back is one cup of chopped spinach blended very well with one cup of water, then blended with two chopped bananas and a pinch of cinnamon.

Music:
Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, and outro is God Rest You Merry Gentlemen by Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, both from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN and Season's Greetings to you all,
Nic

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Hello from the Plain! Proper show notes will follow ASAP, but here are the music and contact linky bits!

Music:
Intro music is Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, final music is Shchedrik - Carol of the Bells by Kitka, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, both available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from Bedlam…. In this episode, I probably repeat myself about some Works in Progress, smile at some crocheted critters and explain what’s happening in my world...

Works in Progress
Here’s the second pair of Saartje’s Booties…

I’ve worked on some ideas from the Amy Singer workshop and I’ve worked a bit on a Hannah Fettig Sock Sweater in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Chocolatier for another baby in the family.
I’ve also been working on the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knit-A-Long in Fyberspates Vivacious DK. Yum!

I’ve not knit for a week or so because I’ve been spinning samples from Fiberholics UK into a random bobbin of singles. Suppliers include Lime Green Jelly, Knitter ScarletPorpoise Fur and Manda Crafts.

I’m currently spinning the second bobbin ready to ply with the first.

Last week I went to Manchester and made this:

Impressive, huh? Well maybe not, but here are some really great pieces:

Madness Part 1
I’ve been dyeing to show you these (groan!)

Breaking News: I now have an Etsy Shop! It can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain

Madness Part 2: Aimee from Knit.Spin.Cake and I are hosting a knitting and spinning retreat! Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February 2014 in Chester. Rooms are £140; however if you would be prepared to share then this price is reduced as the house is a fixed rate. This price covers accommodation for the three nights, food on Thursday night and breakfasts. Remaining meals and the itinerary will be agreed by the attendees later. If you are interested, please PM me on Ravelry (I’m talesfromtheplain) or drop me an email at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. OMG!

Upcoming Events
Janefrogged on Ravelry has sent up the knitsignal, asking for contributions towards the yarnstorming of Ampthill linked to Fibre East next year. To help out, please contact her on Ravelry or by email at jckclayATgmail.com.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a pre-sunrise Oxfordshire! This is a brief episode simply to highlight the Manchester Hyperbolic Coral Reef and the drop in sessions that are taking place today, 9th November 2013, Sunday 17th November and Sunday 1st December, all 1pm to 4.30pm at the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road.details can be found here. I've lifted this from the Ravelry group:

First off, and really importantly, all contributions should be made in synthetic yarn only. This is because the kind of creepy crawlies who munch through natural fibres are just the blighters who also munch through precious ancient artefacts. It’s a great excuse to use up your squeaky synthetics or have an excuse to buy that dirt cheap acrylic that’s keeps on tempting you in the pound shop!
Secondly, to avoid our coral reef ending up looking like a big pile of multicolour jumble, we’ll be sticking to a limited palette of greens, blues, purples, whites and creams if possible. A few brighter colours can be used as edgings or for small detailing but if we stick to the palette it’ll give us the opportunity to pick out starfish, anemones etc. in brighter colours later. Nice!

If you are in a knitting group please get everyone involved! There will be sessions at the Museum that you might want to come along to or please feel free to crack on at home.
You can drop off or post any contributions c/o Wendy Gallagher at

The Manchester Museum,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PL

Patterns can be found here.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Halloooo from somewhere on the M6. In this episode I share finished objects (wahay!), shake my head in despair at how easily I'm distracted and look forward to an impromptu workshop.

Off The Needles

The Every Baby Sweater by Taiga Hilliard.




Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn.



Oh The Joy!

I have completed the Neon Rainbow Merino/Nylon from Krafty Koala, and nearly finished plying it. No photos I'm afraid. It might become a Revontuli when it grows up.

Something I Really Like

Workshops of any kind!

Here are the finished items in the kiln after the workshop Mum & I took at Crafts From The Dungeon the other week. Bee has since attached the pendants, earrings and cuff links to jewellery findings.



Links
Subway Knits podcast
Stitched Together Podcast
Left Coast Yarns
Hannah Fettig Sock Yarn Sweater
Hazel Knits

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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I've just realised that the Shownotes for Episode 76 didn't get published here on the Podbean site. This has now been rectified, but I wanted to make sure you were aware of the link for the Crafts From The Dungeon Open Days, at Frodsham on 16th & 17th October 2013

Hello everyone. Where did September go?


Yarndale
I didn't record any audio at Yarndale, as it was all a bit overwhelming to be honest. I really shouldn't go to shows when I'm a bit tired and wired, as I buy way more stuff than I need or can process into anything else! It was lovely to meet up with fellow podcasters Jo from Shinybees and Aimee from Knit.Spin.Cake. For a full sharing of my goodies, please listen to Episode 12 of the Shinybees podcast.

Finished Objects

 

In the near two months since I recorded last, I have finished just one sock, a test knit. Pathetic!


On the Needles and Hooks
During the second week of the holiday I cast on a pair of socks using the sock stripe yarn from The Knitting Goddess that I picked up at Fibre East. These are currently stalled not far from the cuff and susequently mislaid (eek!).

 

When I got back from holiday I decided to join in the Mystery Sock-A-Long on the APlayfulDay podcast group, but haven't got far on those because I can't seem to pick up the lace pattern easily (limited details here). These are in the same project bag as the stripey socks, ergo they too are missing. Then at the end of August I cast on a Chevron Pullover in Noro Kureyon as part of the Stitched Together podcast's Craft-Library-a-long. Completed the sleeves within a fortnight but have now slowed down due to limited bandwidth.

On the coach back form Yarndale last week I started crocheting an Iris scarf in NDS Dazzle HT as part of a kit I bought but this photo was taken once it crashed to a halt over the pale greeny-blue top left. This has now been removed!

Last night I also picked up the Dorothy in Sublime merino DK that I bought with my prize winnings form Thame Show.

Crafting ADHD? Moi?

Something I Really Like
Parkrun!

Upcoming Events
Knitting and Stitching Show, 10-13th October 2013, Alexandra Palace;
Crafts From The Dungeon Open Days, Frodsham, 16th & 17th October 2013
Cheshire Guild Friendship Day, Frodsham Community Centre, 19th October 2013
Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October 2013, Bakewell;
Knitting and Stitching Show, 21-24th November 2013, Harrogate.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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A mini-episode if you will, spreading the word about Hatopia a limited edition by Woolly Wormhead. Full details about the collection can be found at http://www.woollywormhead.com/hatopia/ .

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Snatching a moment to speak to you all between filling a skip and trying to get on top of the ironing! This episode is accompanied by spinning on the Traddy.

On and Off the Needles and Hooks
I've cast on a Liesl in an early handspun, but not got very far with it. I've knit two cowls as a test knit for Knit.Spin.Cake (details here and here). I've also cast on another test knit, a sock with travelling cables (no Rav notes yet). I've also bought some Sublime merino DK in raspberry pink to crochet a Dorothy.

Spin It!
Currently I'm spinning a rainbow braid bought ages ago from Krafty Koala on the Joy and a large carded batt of grey Jacob from  Shearer Girl Yarns.

Fibre East Goodies
In 67 minutes I got quite  lot! I bought yarns from the Knitting Goddess, fibre from Fluff'n'Stuff, LongdrawJames, Shearer Girl Yarns and The Wool Room, some throwsters' waste, some Knitpro Karbonz and some mill-soiled undyed sockyarn from  Texere. I also bought a new spindle from Spin City UK.

Out and About
We went to Highclere Castle - great for Downton Abbey fans!

Something I Really Like
Podcasts - this episode I talk about a newer podcast, Stitched Together and an old favourite, CogKNITive.

Upcoming Events
Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton;
Knitting and Stitching Show, 11-14th October 2013, Alexandra Palace;
Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October 2013, Bakewell.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
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TTFN,
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Hello from my garden here on the Plain. Not to self - don't place the iPhone on the same level as the Joy when recording in the garden in future! Sorry if you find the spinning noise annoying; at least it didn't squeak!

Fleece to Finished
Thanks to Bee for these photos from the event.

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From left to right: Annie's Best Coat, 4 hours 50 minutes; Elsibett, 4 hours 30 minutes; Whole Lotta Rosie 3 hours 58 minutes.

Tour de Fleece

From left to right:
16g, 28 yds of Rosie 2 ply
6g, 8.66 yds of Annie 2ply. These are the bits left on my Joy bobbins after our Guild Fleece to Finished challenge.
105g, 148 yds HilltopCloud Superwash BFL/Ramie, spun and plied as a 3-ply on the Joy.
73g, 271.5 yds BFL I’d dyed lilac myself and spun last year - final 15g spun on the Traddy and then plied as a 2-ply on the Joy.
107g, 476 yds of Shunklies Cheviot spun last year and plied as a 2-ply on the Traddy.
106g, 139yds HilltopCloud Superwash BFL/Ramie, spun and plied as a 2-ply on the Joy.
6g, 25yds Ashford merino/silk lurking on a bobbin (left over from the spinning for the Peacock Shawlette) and plied as a 2-ply on the Joy.
10g, 33yds of raw alpaca purchased from Great House Alpacas, spun and plied as a 2-ply on my spindle.
19g, 71yds of HilltopCloud hand blended in Shetland/merino/llama/fire star, spun and plied on my spindle.

Show Report
I saw alpaca...

It was very hot...

 If you get a chance at a show, you must see the Lamb National!
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OK, onto the exhibits...
 
  
Three handmade cards......                            ....and the knitted/crocheted baby item.
  
Rag doll...                                                             ....and creative embroidered picture.
 
      
 
Item made from recycled materials (oven mitts)...                 ...and a beaded necklace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item of felting....                           ...Hand or machine made bag
 
 
Knitting: Advanced...                                                             ....Cushion, any medium.
 
 
Bottom: Item of other craft, inspired by favourite book.
Top: Item of handspun yarn, knitted or woven - along with the Diploma for best exhibit.
 


Upcoming Events
Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;
Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton;
Knitting and Stitching Show, 11-14th October 2013, Alexandra Palace;
Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October 2013, Bakewell.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
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TTFN,
Nic x

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Episode 72

Some (not so) brief ramblings, the night before the show... apologies, not been edited to remove ums...

Something I Really Like My new Ultra-Fine Blocking Wires

Upcoming Events Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford; Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October, Bakewell

Music Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

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TTFN, Nic x

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Well, there was when I recorded it anyway!

Links
Ruth Packham
Woolyknit
Hilltop Cloud
Crafts From The Dungeon

Something I Really Like
The Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition at the British Museum

Upcoming Events
Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;
Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton
Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October, Bakewell

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
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TTFN,
Nic x

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Finished Objects
There is progress sin my preparation for the Oxfordshire County & Thame Show. I've so far completed three more projects for classes: a pair of oven mitts from recycled clothing (no pictures yet), my Northman stranded mittens and a pair of baby bootees from a Sirdar Snuggly 3ply pattern (Ravelry details here). I've also finished knitting the I-cord on the stripy Noro messenger bag and fulled it in the washing machine. Now it needs to be lined.

In The Weaving Shed
I've been working on the 32" Rigid Heddle loom, making a houndstooth pattern. The brown is chocolate Jacob, the white is a blend of British wool, both from Wool City Wools available from Texere. This will become a cushion.

Further Show Prep
A Clothkits rag doll has been sewn, although she has no dress yet. One and half cards have been made. A half finished beaded necklace has been fished out of the WIPs bin and it is moving apace, as is a long stitch embroidery of a nuclear power and reprocessing plant. No, seriously. What do you mean you haven't got one?

Still no pictures I'm afraid!

Here's some Merino Silk blend I've spun on the Joy, which is now being knitted into the Peacock Shawlette by Kitman Figueroa.

Something I Really Like
Cancer Research's Race For Life 5k races. I'm running at Tatton Park on Sunday 30th June in memory of my Uncle Jeff. If you could spare a few coppers and would like to sponsor me for the event, my just giving page is here.  Thank you.

Links


Upcoming Events
Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;
The Wool Experience, 6 July 2013, Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough;
Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;
Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
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TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a delayed episode recorded in May. Reports and a family bereavement conspired to throw me into a flat spin and I didn't edit this for ages. Apologies for the delay. It'll probably be like buses - there'll be another episode along in a few minutes... ;)

On and Off The Needles
I have cast on another Adrift, this time in some 4 ply from John Arbon Textiles. It's gone well, but it currently languishing as I slooooooowly unpick the cast on. Ravelry details here.

The Tomten Jacket (Ravelry details here) STILL hasn't had the zip sewn in (I'm such a chicken!).

I crocheted these Easy Victorian Shell Mitts by Bron Green in DT Crafts 100% BFL Aran in an afternoon. Gotta love crochet!

Show Prep
Yes indeedy! I'm gearing up to enter several classes in the Oxfordshire County & Thame Show. If you are in the area on Saturday 13th July, do go. It's a great day out. I'm bringing a pair of stranded mittens and the stripy Noro messenger bag out of the WIP bin for some of the classes, as well as working on a number of other projects that are not yet photographed or completed. More details later!

In A Spin
Here's some Merino Silk blend I've spun on the Joy, which may well become a shawl or scarf for the show.

I don't think it's 54 wpi here though!

Something I Really Like
The Great British Sewing Bee

Links
Clothkits
Coldharbour Mill
Bohemian Rhapsody Wrap

Upcoming Events
Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;
Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;
Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton.

Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
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TTFN,
Nic x

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A little mini-episode to tie in with this year's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, organised by Eskimimi. If you want to find any of the blogposts, you need to seach for the special tags listed here on Eskimimi's blog. My entries can be found on my pre-podcast blog, Tales From The Plain.

Look! A finished object!

It's the Adrift knit in the Natural Dye Studio Sirene. I've already cast on another, in Exmoor blueface, a sample run 4 ply by John Arbon Textiles. I'll be wearing it at Wonderwool tomorrow, Saturday 27th April. See you there!

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Hello from an almost Springlike Cheshire Plain, specifically the carpark in the Blakemere Craft Village! In this episode I waffle on about the weather (again!), review something I've never reviewed before and just shake my head in despair at my knitterly ADHD.

What's On The Needles?

Zipping along on the Tomten:

 
I've also swatched for a seamless yoke sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann (I blame A Playful Day ;) !), using some of the Sheepfold blues and purples and cream left over from my Woolsack cushions. This is one idea for some colourwork....


 

...and this is the first part of the hem, with the picot row worked.

Review

Inspector Norse by Lipservice Theatre

Something I Really Like

The Killing

Upcoming Events

Wingham Woolwork Fibre Sampling Workshop, 6th April 2013, Frodsham Community Centre;

Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2013, Builth Wells, Powys;

Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;

Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;

Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton.

Music

Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Hello from a distinctly un-Springlike Cheshire Plain... brrr!

On The Needles

I've completed the waist decreases on Adrift, but I've decided to lengthen it and add some complimentary increases. Ravelry details of my project are here. I've also knit and crocheted some bunting triangles for the Guild's bunting, using the Sheepfold Clotted Cream I dyed a year ago.
 

Yesterday I cast on a Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman for a new arrival in the family.

 

Oh the Joy!

No progress pictures, but I have spun some more purple BFL on the Traddy and more green merino/silk blend on the Joy. The Traddy's had a good scrub down and wax too.

Holiday Souvenir Competition

We have a winner! Listen to find out who won one of these yarns from La Droguerie.

Something I Really Like

The National Gallery. Here's Whistlejacket, Mr & Mrs Andrews and Seurat's Bathers at Asnières.

Upcoming Events

Wingham Woolwork Fibre Sampling Workshop, 6th April 2013, Frodsham Community Centre;

Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2013, Builth Wells, Powys;

Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;

Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;

Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton.

Music

Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Hello from the M6, via a very long delay... sorry! In this episode I celebrate our mini KAL, talk about a new toy and swoon a little over Mr Thornton.


On The Needles

A few more rows on Adrift by Carol Feller at Stolen Stitches. Ravelry details of my project are here. I've also worked some more rows on the Mini-Mania Scarf by Sarah Core. Ravelry details of my project are here. This is a free pattern, so join me in a knit-a-long.

Oh the Joy!
We have become a two-wheel family, with the acquisition of a lightly used Ashford Joy. Bliss!

Holiday Souvenir Competition
Don't forget, to be in ith a chance of winning one of these yarns from La Droguerie, leave a comment or message me before the end of February.

Something I Really Like
Netflix

Upcoming Events
Unravel, 23-24 February 2013, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey;
Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2013, Builth Wells, Powys;
Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;
Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford


Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,
Nic x

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Hello from a crisp Cheshire Plain! In this episode I admit to a thick head, update you on some works in progress and share some New Year's Resolutions.

Future Knits

Owls by Kate Davies Portulaca by Carol Feller

On The Needles

Adrift by Carol Feller at Stolen Stitches. Ravelry details of my project are here.

Mini-Mania Scarf by Sarah Core. Ravelry details of my project are here.

 

This is a free pattern, so join me in a knit-a-long.

In The Weaving Shed

I whipped up another Mobius cowl in a Saori style. Ravelry details of my project are here.

 
 

Details of how to make a Mobius Cowl can be found in this Ravelry forum page where there is a link to this Picasa Web Album. There are notes on each photo to explain what to do.

Something I Really Like

Craftsy

Upcoming Events

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show at Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Exeter at various points through the year, starting woith Manchester 7-9 February 2013; Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2012, Builth Wells, Powys; Woolfest, 28-29 Junes, Cockermouth, Cumbria; Fibre East, 27-28 July, Ampthill, Bedford

Links

New Lanark Mills; Natural Dye Studio Murder on the Moor Club

Music

Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

Make Contact!

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Hello and welcome to a celebratory episode of the podcast. It's my third podiversary - woo hoo! Links

CaithnessCraftCollective podcast Raspberry vodka recipe (the actual recipe is for gin but I used vodka instead) Damson gin recipe Christmas Pudding vodka recipe I can't find the exact recipe I used for the Damson brandy, but you could use the Damson gin one. The reason the one we sampled was so syruppy was because I used damsons from  the freezer that had been cooked in sugar with the intention of making jam, then followed the recipe and added more sugar! If I track the recipe down, I'll post an update. Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.
 

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

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Nic x
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Hello all! this is an extra episode, recorded when we visited Paris earlier this year.

Here are a few snaps...  Who couldn't include the Eiffel Tower? Especially at dusk, when it's covered in twinkly lights...

Some enigmatic bird...

Naopleon III's apartments at the Louvre.

La Droguerie...

Apologies that this one is on its side. I took it on the iPad and no matter how many times I save it in the other oirientation, it's not having any of it!

Boules in front of Les Invalides...

A statue on the Pont Alexandre III. I was fascinated by the padlocks...

Look! It's Miss France!

Links
La Droguerie
Lil Weasel
The Louvre
La Musée Rodin
La  Musée du Quai Branly

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

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Nic x

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Hello from an incredibly cold and windy north East of England! This episode contains another small amount of knitting, a present fail situation and some windy audio from The Toon.

Knitting
After a few rows on the Mrs Beeton mitts, I left them behind (doh!) so am making slow progress on the Adrift cardigan, a beautiful Stolen Stitches design. Still no new photos on my Ravelry details, I’m afraid.
A Festive Postcard ...from Fenwick’s window.
I recorded a video, although the quality isn't great since I took it on my phone, but I thought it would give you an idea. However, I can't seem to embed it here, so you'll have to visit the http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/ site to view it.  have no idea how many places still do this, but I know that no store in Oxford, Manchester or Liverpool does anymore.

Music

Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards (Introduction) and Shchedrik – Carol of the Bells by Kitka (closing music) from The Magnatune Collection Christmas Music. Available to subscribers from Magnatune.

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TTFN
Nic x

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Hello from a cold and wet Cheshire Plain. In this episode I share the world’s smallest amount of knitting, drool over some cables and share some happy and some sad news.

On The Needles: Some Mrs Beeton mitts. Ravelry details here, but no pictures yet, I’m afraid.
Podcaster News: The return of Life as a Nuurdygirl podcast and the awful news about KnitPurlGurl. RIP Karrie.
Links
Music
Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards (Introduction and segue music) and Dancing Day Part II –Coventry Carol by Stephane Potvin and the Con Brio Choir (closing music) from The Magnatune Collection Christmas Music. Available to subscribers from Magnatune.

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Nic x

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Hello from a distinctly chilly Cheshire Plain! In this episode I wonder if I've lost my marbles, coo over a virtual new-born and confess my latest obsession...

On The Needles

Adrift by Stolen Stitches in Lundy by The Natural Dye Studio.

News

The Playful Baby has arrived! If you haven't listened to GreenTriangleGirl at the A Playful Day podcast, go and listen.

One of my photos was featured in a post on Saturday 24th November on the Wovember website. Please go over and browse -it's a great read.

Something I Really Like

Patchwork. Who knew?

I've been learning with Cheshire Needlecraft.

Music

Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

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Nic x
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Hello and welcome from an autumnal Cheshire Plain! In this episode I (finally) bid a fond
farewell to a number of things close to my heart - but fret not, dear listeners, you are not amongst them!
On and Off the Needles
All
Woolsack Cushions are now done! Woop woop! Since the last episode I have seamed
the
Make Do and Mend cushion that has a back that was knitted by Carotrike. The
front was made in my own handspun that I had dyed before spinning. The blue and
yellow were deliciously soft Falkland, the green was the grey Gotland that shed
a lot of dodgy looking guard hairs as I spun (Details in
Episode 48).
I also
finished the
cushion based on the Circle socks by Anne Campbell. I knit it in
the round using
Judy’s Magic Cast On to reduce seaming. It’s made from
Sheepfold's lovely Clotted Cream, a blended cream aranweight yarn. I dyed what
was supposed to be Union Jack red and blue, but it turned out more pink and
baby blue!
I have also started an Elsa cardigan designed by the Natural Dye Studio, started and finished a Colour Affection Shawl as part of the iMake podcast knitalong...
and started Adrift by Stolen Stitches in more NDS yarn.
In The Weaving Shed
The finished weaving off the loom before fulling...
And then afterwards. Note how the warp has fluffed up.
Here is the seamed cushion before being sent for stuffing. Full details are listed on Ravelry here.
I also snuck in a quick Saori style Möbius cowl (details here). The photos are not great I'm afraid.
Some of the other cowls that were made during the Weave-a-long can be seen here.


Something I really like
Nicsknots' bags!

Chit Chat
It's goodbye to Woolsack, the Sticks and String podcast and Fibre & Clay. But it's hello to Ruby at home in Namibia:
Coco and Nic at home in Botswana:
and Frank and Otto at home in South Africa!
All photos courtesy of the Mother Bear photo gallery.
Competition winner!
We have our first London Souvenir winner! The first draw was from the first 100 members of the Ravelry group, and the winner is... well, you'll have to listn to find out! To be in with a chance of winning,make sure you've joined the group here or added a pin to the listeners' map!
Links
Music
Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.


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TTFN,
Nic xx
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Hello from a family bank holiday in the North East. In this episode I talk about itching to start something new and how going to a yarn show doesn't do anything to reduce the inflammation!

On and Off the Needles

I have seamed the handspun listener Woolsack cushion (details on this Rav page )

I also finished the little squares for the front of the Make Do and Mend cushion by Anna Elliot. The back for this was made by the lovely Carotrike. One more left on the needles, based on Circle Socks by Anne Campbell.

In The Weaving Shed

The actual weaving in progress.

Starting off:

You can also see the yellow of the contrast clasped weft.

Keeping track:

Nearing the end...

Something I really like

The self catering accommodation at Dairy House, nr Cullompton, Devon. Details at www.dairyhouse.biz

Upcoming Events

British Wool Weekend, Sept 1st & 2nd, great Yorkshire Showground. Details at britishwool.net.

Links

Woolsack Electric Sheep podcast

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

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TTFN, Nic xx

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Hello from a very summery day here on the Plain. In this episode I consider the London 2012 legacy, drool over thoughts of indie dyers and warp a loom.

On the Hooks and Needles

I completed my Millicent by The Natural Dye Studio, although not before the Olympic flame was extinguished :(
Millicent
Ravelry details are here. I also finished off a few Woolsack cushions (although I'm not sure it gets a mention in this episode!).

Details about the sheepy cushion here and the Guild cushions here.

Recommendation

The Shinybees podcast. Give Jo a listen, it's great!

Warped

Here are some photos from the warping session.

Ready to go...

 

...starting to warp...
...almost there...

 

...sorting out some tension issues...

 

...threading the warps through the eyes...

 

Finally!

Something I Really Like

Yarns from indie dyers such as BabyLongLegs, Easy Knits, Fyberspates, The Knitting Goddess, and The Natural Dye Studio which use common base yarns from...

Upcoming Events

...Bluefaced.com, who are having an open weekend Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August just outside Chester. Details here.

Links

Woolsack

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Hello from a variety of Olympic venues and tourist sites in London. The Olympics have started!! In this episode I try to capture a flavour of what it's like to attend some of the events, plus I visit a couple of well-known places I've never been before...

On the Hooks and Needles

My Ravellenics projects are Millicent by The Natural Dye Studio and another Woolsack cushion in Sheepfold Clotted Cream. Details here and here .

Links

Nest

Caithness Craft Collective

A Playful Day

Woolsack

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Hello from a rather noisy back garden in the North East of England! In this episode, I get over excited about all thinks Olympic. Forgive me.

Finished Objects
In reverse order, I finsihed the weaving and made the cusion from the fabric my class were weaving. Rav details here.
I also assembled the green woven cushion that's been woven for over two months. Rav details here.
And here are front (above)n and back(below) pictures of the cushion worked on during the Y6 residential that I mentioned last episode. Rav details here.
Something I really like My brand new Olympic venue Top Trumps set!
Links
Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.
We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!
Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).
TTFN, Nic
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Hello from the Plain! The last few weeks have flown by in a whirl of assessments and cushions, so this is just a quick update prior to the Postcard, which was recorded back in April.

Woolsack Update

The first two Listener Cushions are now assembled and stuffed and ready to make their way to London. Thank you all so much!

The first cushion I think is made from a lot of Rowan British Breeds, and includes a square made in the US on the front....
and squares made in Australia on the back...

The second cushion also has some "Made in Oz" squares, this time on the front....

Thanks to all the listeners who contributed!

A Postcard from Oxford

The music in this postcard is from the album The Oxford Ramble and is used with the kind permission of Magpie Lane .

Some photos from the day:

Magdalen Tower
Inside Darn It & Stitch
The dinosaur in a badly-knitted Fair Isle sweater (aka Keble College)
Another dinosaur - real this time!
Looking down into the Pitt Rivers - it looks a lot darker than this in real life!
The Shrunken Heads in the Pitt Rivers
The Radcliffe Camera
The Bodleian Library
Links
Darn It and Stitch http://www.darnitandstitch.com/ ;
Oxford University Museum of Natural History http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/ ;
Pitt Rivers Museum http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/ ;
Ashmolean Museum http://www.ashmolean.org/

Theme Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Just a brief episode to bring listeners up to speed on developments with the Woolsack project. There has been a lot of media coverage this week, so I thought I would round it up for you.... oh and brag about meeting the GB Women's Watr Polo squad in Manchester!

That's me, lurking at the back, third in from the right (the pink's almost washed out in this shot), along with most of the squad and six cushion makers from Tattenhall, near Chester. The squad loved their cushions!

These cuties were made by Chloe Wilcox's mum, and the girls love them!

Upcoming Events:

Woolfest at Mitchells, Cockermouth, Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd June 2012

Fibre East is at Scald End Farm, Mill Lane, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DP, Sat 14th and Sun 15th July 2012

Tour de Fleece Sat June 30th - Sun July 22nd 2012

Ravelympics Fri July 27th - Sun Aug 12th 2012

Links

Woolsack

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic

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Hello from a bunting-bedecked Cheshire Plain. In this episode I provide a few updates, sympathise with elderly people stood in the rain and consider the quandry of when a Union Jack is not a Union Jack.

Works in Progress

I finished the weaving on the Ashford Knitter's Loom with Bute from Bute from Texere. The weft is a selection of green yarns left over from my Woolsack cushions. Now I just need to cut and sew the pieces together.

I've also finished the Sheep squares designed by Ann Kingstone. The pattern is for a 4ply colourwork cushion knitted in the round; I used it to knit 13cm squares in aranweight yarn. Here they are blocking.

I've also been crocheting the listeners' squares together using crab stitch.

Something I Really Like

Bunting!


Upcoming Events:

Woolfest at Mitchells, Cockermouth, Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd June 2012

Fibre East is at Scald End Farm, Mill Lane, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DP, Sat 14th and Sun 15th July 2012

Tour de Fleece Sat June 30th - Sun July 22nd 2012

Ravelympics Fri July 27th - Sun Aug 12th 2012


Links

Woolsack


We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Hello from a sunny Cheshire Plain! In this episode I reflect on my lack of productivity, review a new toy and ‘fess up on my purchases at Wonderwool Wales.


Works in Progress

A little bit of work on the Sheep squares designed by Ann Kingstone. The pattern is for a 4ply colourwork cushion knitted in the round; I used it to knit 13cm squares in aranweight yarn. I also warped up my new loom with Bute from Texere. The weft is a selection of green yarns left over from my Woolsack cushions. Sorry for the lack of pictures.

Woolsack Haul

Some Polworth from EasyKnits (and some Falkland for my friend); a Manx Laughtan fleece; some Torddu from Sheepfold and some Dazzle HT from Natural Dye Studio to make a Millicent. The photo I have is rather badly lit, I'll try and sort it and get it up later.

Review

12” Ashford Knitter’s Loom with carry bag

Something I Really Like

The Draw Something app on my phone.


Upcoming Events:

Woolfest at Mitchelss, Cockermouth, Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd June 2012

Fibre East is at Scald End Farm, Mill Lane, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DP, Sat 14th and Sun 15th July 2012


Links

Woolsack


Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Hello from the Plain, where we're being bombarded with April showers! This is a short episode to sum up after the Woolsack stuffing event. I'd love to show you pictures, but Blogger AND Podbean are both playing up. You'll just have to go look on the Cheshire Guild WSD group thread instead. ;)

Upcoming Events:

Wonderwool Wales is at the Royal Welsh Showground, Built Wells, Powys, Sat 28th and Sun 29th April.

Fibre East is at Scald End Farm, Mill Lane, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DP, Sat 14th and Sun 15th July 2012

Links

Woolsack

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Hello from a sunny spot in Oxfordshire. This episode I'm out and about, taking advantage of the lovely weather!

Woolsack Update Cushions are taking over my life. If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll find me under a pile of cushion squares and stuffing... I've finished sets 9 squares for Guild cushions, seamed my sixth cushion and made a start on blocking the 4 inch squares sent in by you, my lovely listeners.

Spinning I've spun up some Falkland sliver (gorgeous to spin!) that I dyed myself.

I also spun up some dyed carded Gotland.

Knitting I'm using that handspun to make another cushion, this time the Make Do and Mend pattern. Here's the Union flag in progress on the train.

Review Knit Today magazine, May 2012 issue.

Something I really like: The Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines at the Mountbatten Festival of Music. Here's a link to a video of the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 4 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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